The inner Amalfi Coast

Furore

Furore salerno borgo Furore

Tourist attractions in the historical centre:

Furore owes its notoriey to a natural resource: the Fjord, paradigm of the Amalfi Coast cultural landscape and a recurring element in local myths and legends. The inlet – which holds a little sea village recently restored with some of its ancient buildings turned into museum areas offers an extremely beautiful picture, framed by lush cliffs spotted with terraced gardens.It is called the “painted village” for the characteristic subtle colours of the external walls of its houses, often made more attractive by astonishing Graffiti, which make this little village a true “plein air” museum. From the upper part of Furore – which is also called the “Village of never land” for its built-up area scattered along the hillside – climbing down a little stair inside the rocks you can reach a pebbly little beach, in an unspoilt corner surrounded by steep slopes. Furore natural beauty is even more enriched by important religious buildings like the Church of Saint Michael Archangel, in Baroque style, and the Church of Saint Elia, built in the 14th century, which holds a precious triptych dating back to 1482 by the painter Angelo Antonello from Capua and the Church of Saint James, also known as Saint Jaco.

Tourist attractions in the geographical surroundings:

The beauty of Furore’s hamlet and its Fjord is enhanced by the many terraced gardens with vineyards and, above all, lemon orchards, from the typical “sfusato” cultivar, which paint with yellow the multicoloured landscape where this little “village of never land” is nestled. The area, which is of great naturalistic interest for the presence of woods, is well known above all for its different trails which have often fanciful names: Love, Abu Tabela, Ravens nest and Crazed Bats. In particolare there are two trails which start from the bottom of the Fjord up to the hill and another one, very charming to walk through in the summer, which crosses the Schiatro stream . On the horizon, the deep blue sea which never leaves the visitor’s eyes.


Scala
Scala Panorama da Ravello

 

Tourist attractions in the historical centre :

Scala, a little village of the Amalfi Coast, once Episcopal See depending from Amalfi, still keeps nowadays its monumental splendour, with its historical centre characterised by wonderful buildings decorated with tuff and coloured clay inlays, echoing overseas cultures. All around chestnut trees, tangible assets which find their intangible matching part in the Chestnut Festival, popular traditional autumn event. Scala’s historical centres is overlooked by the Cathedral, dating back to 11th century and dedicated to Saint Lorenzo Martyr; in the inside there are works by Marco Pino and Bartolomeo Guelfo, as well as a terracotta floor with Neapolitan majolicas of 1853. Every year the Cathedral is the setting of the historical reconstruction of the Medieval Wedding between Antonio Coppola, noble from Scala, and Marinella Rufolo, member of the most important noble family of Ravello, arranged in the 14th cent. in order to bring peace between the two neighbouring towns. The bride, accompanied by bridesmaids and pages, leaves Villa Rufolo in Ravello to walk down the bridge over the Dragone brook where she meets his future husband and together they reach Scala’s Cathedral, where the Bishop marries them. After the service, in the square in front of the church they have a feast in the period style, with the dishes they usually ate on the Coast in the Middle Age and with traditional noble games.

Tourist attractions in the geographical surroundings:

The country surrounding Scala is rich in history and naturalistic beauties. On a spur, stretching out toward the sea, between Atrani and Amalfi, there is the Ziro Tower, with a narrow path enclosed by crenellated walls, which links the Tower with the end of the esplanade. But the landscape would not be so unique if there had not been the lemon orchards, the symbol of the Amalfi Coast, stretching toward the sea on terraced gardens, a multi-coloured picture dotted by the bright yellow colour of the “Sfusato” and the blue of the sea for the visitor to see. The lush vegetation dominates also the Valle delle Ferriere (Ironworks Valley) which is divided between the municipalities of Amalfi and Scala, a favourite place for trekkers not only for its naturalistic beauty, made up of unspoilt corners, but also for the presence of many evidences of industrial archaeology dating back to different ages. Starting from the little square of Pontone Hamlet, where the ruins of the Church of Sant’Eustachio lie, the path reaches down the valley crossed by the Chiarito river, which flows into the sea in Amalfi, leaving at high altitude chestnut trees and deciduous woods alternating with terraced gardens up to the protected Natural Reserve, where a wet heat microclimate facilitated Tertiary subtropical vegetation. The descent goes on skirting woods and clearings until a show of different kind comes up to the visitor’s eyes: proto-industrial buildings, mainly paper mills, which made use of the water’s driving force for their productions. Scala is very appealing for trekkers since it is the starting point of several trails marked by CAI (Italian Mountain Sport Association), as well as location of two rock- climbing sites.


Tramonti
Tramonti_Pucara Chiesa S. Erasmo

 

Tourist attractions in the historical centre :

Of very ancient origins, characterised by a strong rural culture, enveloped by myths and legends, Tramonti is a mountain village situated in a valley, the only large one of the Amalfi Coast. Its farm and craft vocation makes Tramonti the most genuine symbol of Amalfi Coast ancient traditions. You can experience its strong agricultural identity following the Itinerary of cow’s milk and dairy products, a route which joins the 13 hamlets which form this charming “Land among the Mountains”, each with its own church overlooking a little picturesque square. Apart from the appeal of its pastoral landscape, Tramonti benefits from an appreciated archaeological centre. Infact in the ‘80s of the last century, some important archaeological evidences have been found in this area, dating from Hellenistic to Medieval ages. Undoubtedly, the most important historical record is represented by the Country Villa, in Polvica hamlet. The building is composed of two overlapping structures. The most ancient one (1 cent. b.C.) has been used as the foundation for the new one, of which the remains of 4 rooms and of an “opus signinum” floor are left. Some of the remains date back to around 79 AD. Other important historical vestiges are the remains of Santa Maria La Nova Castle, the Church of Sant’Erasmo, with some paintings by Luca Giordano school, and the Church and the Convent of Saint Francesco, in Polvica hamlet, where the famous herbs liqueur “Concerto” had been created. .

Tourist attractions in the geographical surroundings:

The valley on the slopes of the Lattari Mountains surrounding Tramont and its 13 hamlets is characterised by numerous terraced gardens with olive trees, vineyards and lemon orchards, which produce a mix of colours and perfumes making this land unique and original. Its vine varieties, developing in rows along the terraced gardens, represents the trademark of Tramonti landscape. In fact the deep transformations of the territory man had brought about during the century by means of several reclaim works, created the ideal habitat for vineyards with the production of important DOC wines. The occasion to taste them together with the local traditional dishes is represented by the yearly event “Goblets of stars”, which is organized at national level all over Italy, and takes place, in Tramonti too, on the 10th of August, the night of shooting stars.

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