Scupiccia Chapel in Cervione
Hike from Cervione to the Scupiccia Chapel
Nestled on the heights of the village of Cervione in Costa Verde, this hike is a continuous ascent over a positive elevation change of 432 meters through the scrubland. Initially, you may encounter goats in their enclosure, and you might also cross paths with cows, so caution is always advised. There is little to no shade, so it is advisable to avoid times of strong sunlight, and to set out with water and good footwear.
Departure from the Heights of Cervione
To access the trail, it is recommended to park in the village center parking lot, and continue on foot from the square of the Church of St. Erasmus in Cervione to the trailhead.
Mountain and Scrubland
Shortly after embarking on the dirt track, you will come across a fountain, as well as a cross with a sign from the "Corsica Cristiana" association explaining the Via Lucis. The rest of the trail takes place on a vehicle-accessible track before entering the scrubland through which some thin streams weave.
At the Summit, the Scupiccia Chapel
The climb culminates in reaching the ridge upon which the Scupiccia Chapel is built, and you are now in the commune of Sant'Andréa di Cotone. You will appreciate the panoramic view over the Mediterranean Sea.
The Madonna of Scupiccia
Legend has it that in the 16th century, a ship carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and her altar was scuttled by pirates. The art pieces, sculpted in Florence, were originally intended for the cathedral in Cordoba, Andalusia, whose edifice is dedicated to the Virgin. Struck by the splendor of this statue, the Campulurinchi from the Cervione region decided to dedicate a sanctuary to it.
The name "the Madonna di a Scupiccia" was given to her by the clergy and the locals, in reference to the place where she was placed. Now recognized and classified by the Fine Arts, she rests in a chapel erected in the 17th century. She is still affectionately referred to as the Madonna of Scupiccia. Her feast day takes place every August 15th with a procession to the Chapel.
The "A Cerviuninca" Trail
For running enthusiasts, note that this hike is also used as part of the "A Cerviuninca" trail, which takes place annually in the fall. A more athletic way to discover this beautiful region.