The Secret Side of the Amalfi Coast

| Thu, 07/18/2019 - 00:00
The fiord in Furore on the Amalfi Coast Italy

Less known than Amalfi and other towns of the Amalfi Coast, Furore, a bunch of houses scattered on a mountain overlooking the sea, delights visitors with its frescoed churches, itineraries through woods and waterfalls, and the newly inaugurated Flight of the Angel on the fjord.

The fiord is surely one of Furore’s main attractions, a narrow inlet where the tiny beach is sandwiched between cliffs. The most impressive view is from the 28-meter-high bridge that connects the two sides of the mountain.

You can no longer reach the beach and the fiord after a fire two years ago made it inaccessible for safety reasons.

But you can fly over it, as the new ‘Volo dell’Angelo’ has just been inaugurated: a modern zip line where you fly at 326 meters of altitude at the speed of 60 km per hour from Furore Schiato to Conca dei Marini in 55 seconds, with impressive views of the void created by the deep inlet and of the deep blue sea.

The name itself – Furore meaning fury – seems to derive from the sounds that provoke fear when storms hit the place.

The marine village has a number of interesting churches, although some are not very well preserved; they include the Church of Sant'Elia, Saint Giacomo Church, which houses a collection of religious iconography of female saints, and San Michele Church, featuring Gothic elements, such as the sharp arch, coexisting with Romanesque figurative decorations. There’s a small chapel carved into the rock, dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, protector of millers.

And there are the picturesque houses that belonged to fishermen, the most famous of which are two where director Roberto Rossellini and actress Anna Magnani temporarily lived while Rossellini was filming two episodes of the movie Amore (1948), at the time of the stormy relationship between the two.

Furore and its surroundings, part of the Regional Park of the Monti Lattari, are ideal for those who love hiking, as there are numerous walks and itineraries, including one that leads to the famous Sentiero degli Dei, which continues to Positano.