Favorite thing: Pontone another of the village environs of Scala was once a defence stronghold for the surrounding towns during the Amalfi Republic.
Its another picturesque tiny hillside medieval village you'll pass on a hike in these parts.
Steps of Scala
Fondest memory: The network of wide and well-maintained mule paths criss-crossing the region, some of them centuries old dressed stone steps. The paths wander among lemon and olive groves, pines and oaks, valleys and ridges. They are lined with sweet-smelling herbs and bright with rock roses, prickly pears and cyclamen. The tracks are never far from the sparkling blue sea and give spectacular views of the near-vertical towns below.
From here we did some pleasant walks down these old steps to Atrani and Amalfi.
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Favorite thing: The rugged cliffs of the Lattari Mountains rise out of the Mediterranean to form coves and ravines in which nestle pretty whitewashed villages of which Scala one of the oldest and smallest of the Amalfi towns. A stopping off point for pilgrims to Jerusalem in the 12C it has a lovely 13C cathedral. Once industrious and populated town, Scala is nowadays a nice small village sorrounded by chestnut, oak, and ilex woods, rising quiet and isolated in front of Ravello.
Map of Scala and environs
Favorite thing: Most of the villages had these colourful ceramic tiled plans by the road as you entered the village, showing their sights and neighbouring villages. Ravello had one entitled the city of music.
Favorite thing: The fountain in the square of the little hamlet of Minuta was one of the prettiest I saw in this area. It almost loked like a wishing well.
View down to Pontone
Favorite thing: Sit on the wall in the square in Minuta and you will have a great view down to Pontone the village below with the ruins of the BASILICA OF S. EUSTACHIO.
Favorite thing: A bit further along the road through Scala and slightly higher is the delightful hamlet of Minuta - worth a look as you possibly pass through on a hike.
Favorite thing: Scala overlooks the two winding valleys which separate this town to Ravello on one side and Amalfi and Atrani on the other.This view of the valleys was taken from our hotel restauarant balcony.
Scala Views to Ravello
Favorite thing: Although quieter than Ravello the best vies of Ravello are from Scala! Best of all was the view from my hotel bedroom through the balcony :-)) What a view and so little effort too!
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