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hills by which the Campi Phlegraei are encircled on the N the
highest point near Naples (1416 ft.).
Donkeys (2 1. and a trifle to the attendant; for a party 1V2 1
each), which afford the pleasantest means of accomplishing this
excursion, are to be found in the Str. dell' Infrascata PI. D, E 3)
which ascends from the Museum to the 1. Or a carriage may be
taken as far as Antignano, but the last part of the ascent (l'/,'hr.)
must still be performed on foot or by the aid of a donkey. "'The
whole excursion from the Museum to the monastery arid back
occupies about 3i/2 hrs. if a donkey be taken, on foot somewhat
more. The early morning and the evening are most favourable
for the view.
The Str. dell' Infrascata ascends to Antignano. After 7 min.
walk an open space is reached, where the new Corso diverges to
the 1. The road next passes the Stabilimento di Francesco di
Sales, a girls' school, leads between rows of houses and finally
through gardens in 14 min. more to the village. The road to
S. Elmo here diverges to the 1.: that to the r., through the vil¬
lage, is our present route. The road soon divides, the branch to
the 1. leading to Vomero. The branch to the r. must be taken,
and, where the road again divides shortly after, that to the left.
Half-a-mile farther the frontier of the city douane is reached;
below it and in the garden to the r. are beautiful pines. A few
min. walk farther, the field-road passing the Osteria to the 1.
and soon afterwards crossed by a small viaduct, is taken and not
again quitted. It traverses a small ravine and is enclosed by
underwood and pines. After 20 min. a house is seen to the r. ;
2 min. more, a farm. The path now ascends to the r., com¬
manding a fine view of the bay. Where, after 7 min., it divi¬
des, the branch descending to the 1. is taken , passing a ravine,
through which a beautiful glimpse of Capri is obtained. At the
end of the ravine a road diverges to the 1., but this and all the
intersecting forest paths must be avoided. After 20 min. the path
passes through a gateway, ascends to the 1. by the wall of the
convent garden , and then to the 1. Admission to the monastery
is accorded (gratuity 1 1. or more to the attendant, a few sous to
the doorkeeper), but as both monastery and church are uninte¬
resting, the garden may at once be entered; ladies are admitted.
The **View from Camaldoli embraces the bays of Naples,
Pozzuoli and Gaeta, the widely extended capital (of which a great
portion is concealed by S. Elmo) with its environs, the Lago
d'Agnano, the craters of Solfataia and Astroni , the promontories
of Posilipo and Misenum, the islands of Nisida, Procida and Ischia,
the districts of Baias, Cuma? and Liternum. Towards the S. the
view is bounded by Capri and the Punta della Campanella. the
ancient promontory of Minerva. The small towns of Massa, Sor-