Furore and Agerola
“Furore! The village that is not there. Don’t look for the circle of houses gathered around the square. You will not find it. Furore, the village is not there, the village is not the country, with its scattered settlement on the flaks of the mountain overlooking the sea, offered in small doses, it can be discovered with coquettish reluctance. […]”
(Raffaele Ferraioli, “Il paese che non c’è”)
Along the S.S 163 towards Amalfi, Furore is an obligatory stop being one of the “most beautiful village in Italy”, offering one of the most fascinating views of the Amalfi Coast. Born from the incessant work of the torrent Schiato, descending from Agerola, it was a former fishing village. If you have time and desire to explore this place, just go down the stairs that lead from the bridge all the way down to the beach. You’ll immediately notice the “monazeni” deposits for the fishing gears, the little church between the rocks and the small houses. You will find that one of these was dedicated to actress Anna Magnani, who acted in “The Miracle” by the great Roberto Rossellini.
If you move into the inner part of the fjord, you will be amazed to discover a natural corner still intact, which includes rare species of flowers and animals, old paper mills and mills, for the production of wheat in the late eighteenth century, but also waterfalls and prehistoric caves. Walking along one of the many trails you can reach up to the top of Furore. If you don’t want to continue, we will be waiting for you on the bridge, ready to proceed to the next stage.
Curious is how Furore is defined, “the village that is not there”, because the houses sprout from the rocky ridges and there is a real village. You will have the feeling to go through an art gallery en plein air, gifted by the unlimited murals and sculptures that line the street made by numerous artists. Walking around you will notice the spectacular terraced vineyards, that produces some of the finest wines of the Amalfi Coast.
“…Starting right from the Path of the Gods, from that road suspended on the magical bay of Sirens still furrowed from memory and myth”
Further down the road you’ll reach Agerola which is, like Furore, a favorite destination for hikers. The oldest town on the Amalfi Coast, most likely dating from the Early Iron Age. Land of the Gods located at 600 meters above sea level, between the Lattari Mountain chain, it’s a sequence of breathtaking landscapes, artistic and architectural heritage, ancient traditions of local products passed down from generation to generation.
The churches of St. James, St. Michael, St. Elias and Santa Maria in Furore.
The churches of St. Matthew the Apostle, St. Michael the Archangel, of the Santissima Annunziata at Agerola.
Sentiero degli Dei
The most famous paths in the area, one of the most famous worldwide. A centuries-old route that goes from Bomerano, fraction of Agerola, to the village of Nocelle, fraction of Positano. As you walk along you will understand why it’s so famous: your eyes will enjoy the view of the coast and glimpses of the Peninsula, while your sense of smell will appreciate the scent of the Mediterranean.
Sentiero dell’Agave in fiore
From Punta S. Elia (Furore) to Marina di Praia, you will walk between agaves and prickly pears, carob trees, mastic and rosemary.
Sentiero della Volpe Pescatrice
From S. Elia (Furore) to the fjord, along the ancient route of the farmer-fisherman.
Sentiero dei pipistrelli impazziti
Starting from the fjord you will reach the center of Conca dei Marini, walking by canals and locks and passing through the mill, where you’ll see flying bats.
Marisa Cuomo Canteen
Furore is home of one of the most popular wineries in the Coast, the Cantine Marisa Cuomo. During the walk you’ll find the vines scattered throughout the village of Furore, or you can also book one of the guided tours to visit them and taste their products.
Agerola can be proud of its international trademark: the “Bread City”. In one of the guided tours, or just one of the many delicatessens of the place, you can taste and buy two of the oldest products of “agerolese” tradition: “Tarallucci al finocchietto”, or a variant with almonds, and whole wheat bread Cookies and those made with Maize.
Produced with milk from the renowned bovine race Agerolese, Provolone del Monaco D.O.P., Fior di Latte, Caciotte, Caciocavalli, Ricotta, Burrata are known for their unique taste.
You can attend to their production and taste them in one of the many dairies that abound on the territory.
The art of cold cuts in Agerola dates back to Roman times: this activity was very productive during the time of the Amalfi Republic. They differ in scent and color, the result of processing techniques of which the salami factories agerolesi hold the secret. Let someone take you to one of the local butchers, or ask us to stop for lunch in some local restaurant to taste a tempting appetizer of salami agerolesi: Capicollo, Guanciale, aromatic lard, Bacon, Soppressata, Sausage.
Fruit and vegetables
Don’t worry, in Agerola even vegetarians and vegans can satisfy their palate.
Between Tomatoes Piennolo, which have produced here since the nineteenth century, and so called because they’re hung in clusters to walls or ceilings, Lardari beans, or “Tondini” for the round shape, and wild chicory, including the Chestnuts “Palummina” variety and Nuts, Apples and Apples Limoncella Tubbiona, sweet flavor and aromatic, including Mastantuono and Pinnate pears, eaten naturally as they are or as preserves, you will return happy and satisfied.