“On the right, the sea traces a path between two steep peaks. On the left, the Furore valley is a crevice carved out of the base. A narrow and serene, grassy and cultivated mountain landscape peeks in from the top. It is clear to whoever gazes at the sea that the water shrinks as it approaches the land until it meets the stream, where it is reduced to the smallest thread.”
There are numerous large valleys that are scattered across the Amalfi coast. Together with the steep slopes, they make up a complex geomorphological system that unequivocally reflects the complex shape of the territory and the types of human settlements that evolved with time. Inland, resting on the cliffs, places with a more normal pace are found, on the slopes of the hills and on a plateau that is more or less flat.
The Furore valley, or the Fjord, can be considered one of the predominant elements that mark the structure of the coastal landscape.
The fjord is a deep fissure in the rock, originally formed by a stream, the Schiato, that plunges straight down from the edge of the Agerola plateau and is almost always dry.
The overhanging rocks, the vegetation that clings to the cracks in the walls, the groups of houses built with tenacity on top of the soil, the sound of the waves that crash against the coastal cliffs, and the deep color of the sea render the fjord a very evocative natural and anthropological setting. Inside the valley, visitors can find picturesque landscapes in which the natural and the man-made are in perfect balance.