“Nfennu and Paradisu”

Trail length:

1 km (height difference 40 m)

Trail duration:

45 min

Difficulty level:


To get to the start of the path, you have to walk all the way along Via Manica, as far as an old 'red house', from where a vantage point allows you to enjoy the enchanting view of the entire west coast. You can get there from the main Capo road (Via Addolorata or SP72) or from Tono, where you can park and walk up a flight of steps that connects with Via Manica. The path joins the Manica district with that of Monte Trino; a route of medium difficulty that takes about 45 minutes.

After about a hundred metres from the start of the main path, there is also a diversion to the left that leads to the sea, near Punta Tono. There is no certainty as to the origin of the singular name of this path: it seems to be due to the contrast between the 'paradisiacal' nature of the place and the 'infernal' thirty-metre drop to the cliff below Cala Prestalona. Much of the path runs along drystone walls popularly called 'ammacìi'. This ancient path was abandoned for half a century, only to be restored in 2001 during one of Legambiente's international volunteer camps. It offers splendid scenery, from the Castle to the Bay of Sant'Antonio. You will then reach the slopes of Monte Trino, where you will come to a fork in the path: proceeding to the left (west), the path descends to the sea, at Punta Grottazza; proceeding to the right (east), after a few hundred metres, the path joins a side road on Via Trinità.

This leads to the small church of Monte Trino, from which there is a magnificent panorama. To return to the starting point of the path, one can walk along the asphalt road. Numerous prickly pears that we find on the 'ammacìi' were originally planted to separate properties. In several places, the effect of the strong west wind shapes the foliage of the olive trees, giving them their typical 'flag' shape.


Isgrò C. Guida alla natura di Capo Milazzo, Milazzo 2016