Scala Travel Guide

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  • Scala 2003
    Scala 2003
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    the arched view
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Scala Things to Do

  • Pontone's Churches

    Pontone's skyline dominated by a number of noble mansions and three tall bell towers: that of the BISHOP'S HOUSE with an interesting courtyard; that of the CHURCH DI S. FILIPPO NERI, and then the bell-tower of S. GIOVANNI BATTISTA (XII century) adorned with an unusual clok in polychrome majolica.

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  • Minuta's Square

    The village of Minuta has a delightful square with its well fountain and the church of S.Maria Assunta, built in IX century.

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  • Cathedral from above

    Another view of the cathedral is to walk up to Campidoglio, the village above Scala and to look down from the vineyards onto it!

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  • Cathedral - interior

    The walls of the cathedral were fairly plain, compared to the rich paintings above.We didn't get to see the crypt - the inside had damp patches and smelt musty - the rain must be getting in somewhhere - so we made a hasty return to the sunshine outside.What can be seen if you are interested is the CEILING by De Simone, and three large paintings by...

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  • Scala Cathedral

    The village of Scala is tiny - won't take long to see - basically the two main hotels, a couple of shops and the main square with the cathedral. The Cathedral, named after S.Lorenzo, is a large three-naved building, with XIX century floor and romanesque door. In the crypt apparently are some wooden sculptures of XIII century and a gothic tomb with...

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  • Maltese Connection

    Scala is the native land of Fra' Gerardo Sasso, the founder of the Ordine of Spedalieri or St. John's Order, which later became the Knights of St John, Malta Order. This plaque on the back wall of Scala's small piazza commemorates this.

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  • Redemptorists Origins

    It is there that the Redemptorists were founded by St. Alphonsus Ligouri in 1732.Their church is just a bit further along Scala's road from the cathedral and the monastery is just opposite.

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  • Fountain of Scala

    Just by the church in the square is a lovely old fountain - with ice drinkable cold water.I love the detail on these rustic old fountains - like this one in Scala.

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  • Main Square

    The main square is tiny - the church and the customary municipio (town hall) and a small cafe with some outdoor seating in the square.There always seemed to be a few cars parked here too.

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Scala Hotels

Scala Restaurants

  • Seafood and view

    Nice, small restaurant, with panoramic terrace (no sea view, but great view over vineyards and lemon trees) and very well done seafood plates.Nice appetizers, and very good pasta with seafood and grilled or baked fish.Relaxing atmosphere, good wine. Pasta with seafood (paccheri con rana pescatrice)

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  • A family concern

    This is a family concern, staffed by three generations of the owners family. They grow all their own food, make their own fresh pasta (southern Italy generally uses mass-produced dry pasta) and believe me it was wonderful and even grow the grapes for the wine. As well as all types of pasta dishes I enjoyed the vegetarian aubergine bake and the...

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  • Poolside bar

    The Villa Guisseppina had a terrace overlooking the pool where lunchtime snacks and meals were availble. After a long transfer from pescasseroli we enjoyed a lunch here just unwinding and enjoying the views. Beef rolls with parmesan and rocket - my choice was a large mixed house salad.

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Scala What to Pack

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    by the pool :-)

    by sandysmith Written Jul 3, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes for those steps!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repelents would be advisable here.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A sarong was invaluable for returning down the short stretch of road to Hotel La Margherita from the pool at the other Hotel.

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Scala Off The Beaten Path

  • Walking down to Atrani

    The walk uses the old Roman road of Via Fiume down to the main square of Atrani, which is dominated by the church of Salvarore de Bireto.The path is clearly signposted once you reach the steps down to road junction with Ravello...so lets go......

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  • Churches and towers

    Nearer to Atrani you will see abandoned church ruins and and the Tower of Ziro - where a grissly tale relates that Giovanna d'Aragon, otherwise knoewn aas the Duchess of Amalfi, was enclosed here with her children in about 1510.

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  • Nearly there...

    At the top end of the village of Atrani is this lovely old church and the steps have now been whitewashed - looked fairly recently painted too. So when you see these whitewashed steps you are nearly there...but for pics of Atrani, I will save for Atrani page itself :-)

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Scala Sports & Outdoors

  • Hike to the Torre to Ziro

    From Scala's square continue on the road for 700m/yds to a hairpin bend. Here take the steps descending to square of Minuta. Continue down to the right past the drinking fountain. Descend on the main path for 200m/yds to a fork where path to the left descends under an arch. Either path will take you down to the square in Pontone.Leave by arch to...

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  • Valley of the Ferriere Hike

    This 3 hour hike starting from Minuta and then Pontone, leads down old steps and along good, sometimes shaded paths through lemon and citrus groves and then along rocky slopes to the Valle delle Ferriere Nature reserve, a wooded area with tall chestnuts trees, natural springs and waterfalls. The valley is surrounded by the high ridges of Mount...

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  • Map of Scala and environs

    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.

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  • Minuta's fountain

    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.

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  • View down to Pontone

    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.

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