st’alfonso HILL

Are you looking for a quiet corner to refresh yourself from the chaos of everyday life? This is where you have to run! Going up a green lane you will arrive at the fabulous square of the church of San Michele Arcangelo, offering breathtaking views. The hill looks from above – we are about 185 meters above sea level – the plain below, crowded by the lively Torre del Greco.

Many peolple notice, looking at Vesuvius from the coast, a small green hill dominated by a white church. This is the delightful hill of volcanic origin of the Camaldoli of Torre del Greco.

In 1954, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori guided the Redemptorist Missionaries to purchase the entire hill, covered by a large forest and some ruins. In fact, already in ancient times the hill was occupied by a large body of church  including a guesthouse, a refectory, an infirmary and a library. The goal was to establish a hermitage that would become the seat of studies and missionary training of the young people of the Neapolitan religious province of the Congregation of the SS. Redeemer.

The modern church, in Baroque style, dates back to a reconstruction of 1741.

Even today, from the top of the hill you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Gulf of Naples, from Capo Miseno to the tip of Campanella, with its islands, with its coasts, and that of the powerful image of the cone of Vesuvius with the contrast between the green of the pines and vines and the gray of the lava stones.

Over the years, Colle Sant’Alfonso has increasingly become a center of “religious tourism”: so many people come to the hill to enjoy the silence and its extraordinary beauty.

In spring come to enjoy the scents of the first flowers or in the hot summer afternoons it is wonderful to come and take refuge in this corner of Paradise!

Taste local food specialities


Church of San Michele Arcangelo – Colle S. Alfonso via sotto ai Camaldoli, 62 80040 S. Maria la Bruna (NA)

Tel. [+39] 0818832180

How to get there:

Unfortunately, the Sant’Alfonso hill is not directly accessible by public transport. The nearest railway station is “Ville delle Ginestre”, on the Naples – Sorrento line of the Circumvesuviana. 

by car: the closest motorway exit is Torre del Greco. The hill is about 30 minutes from the Pompeii excavations and a few minutes from the beautiful Villa delle Ginestre.

For the Holy Mass schedule, please visit the official website


Free entrance, Free parking.