Sport & Nature

Between myth and nature: the Fiordo di Furore from Praiano

On 24 September the new Authentic Amalfi Coast hiking itinerary

By Anna Volpicelli, photo by Michele Inserra

The story of iconic figures and mythological narratives blend with natural landscapes. Here, where tales of love, astrology, and temptations reign in the legends of the folklore of the Amalfi Coast, a path opens that step by step retraces and brings to life a long oral tradition, typical of popular storytellers.

The path

The Fiordo di Furore da Praiano is the new excursion itinerary signed by Authentic Amalfi Coast and realized with expert Cartotrekking guides. A walk along the coast opens up to the typical landscape of the area. The blue of the sea, the green of nature, and the rock’s gray-sand come together in perfect harmony.



The departure

On 24 September, we leave Praiano to enter the path of the Agaves in Bloom. This path winds along the Vallone Della Praia, characterized by the typical elements of the Mediterranean scrub governed by the Agave, a tropical plant, which animates the landscape, and the trail gets its name. But it is not the only specimen to paint the scenery: rosemary, myrtle, heather, and ampelodesma fill the path with their palette of colors. From this point, the vision becomes clearer: in fact, the gaze is filled by contemplating the gorge that gives rise to the Marina di Praia from above.



Blackbeard and the praise of love

Continuing the walk, you cross the legend. You enter the streets of Blackbeard, a woman who in the 1950s was known for her impeccable skills in meteorology and astrology. Legend has it that her house is still located in these places. After this stretch, you reach one of the most romantic paths of the Amalfi Coast, that of love. Its beginning is marked by a bronze statue depicting two lovers, and the call to passion continues throughout this stretch: majolica engraved with phrases about love, about life, inviting reflection. From here, you take an ancient staircase that leads up to the Fiordo di Furore.



An open-air museum

It is the path of the Fish Fox. Its name originates from an ancient legend. It is said that a fox, knowing every day the time when the fishermen returned to the Fjord, wandered around with a fatal and alert air ready to catch some fish abandoned on the shore. The landscape, of course, is one of those that most inspired Italian cinema: remember the famous film Amore by Roberto Rossellini with Anna Magnani. Consisting of a deep crack in the rock and crossed by the Schiato stream, which flows from the Agerola plateau, the Fiordo is today considered one of the fascinating natural open-air museums, which has helped to insert Furore in the ranking of the most beautiful villages of Italy.

Useful information

Departure: September 24th

Hours: 9:30

Length: 3.5 Km

Duration: 3 hours

Difference in altitude: +150 / – 300 meters

Difficulty: T – Easy

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