Fiordo Di Furore

This attractive series of hamlets on the steep slopes of a fjord has been the setting of numerous films and is still worthy of a visit today.

Between Amalfi and Positano there is a deep cut in the mountains, an ancient gorge that’s thought to be the only fjord in Italy’s Mediterranean area. Spread out along the steep slopes of this geological formation is the village of Furore. It is really a collection of hamlets in the hills, connected by streets, alleys and stairways.

The origin of the village’s name is largely disputed, but the most commonly held belief is that it comes from the roar of the waves against the rocks on stormy nights.

Climb down the steps from the coastal road to reach the village. Visit the three main churches: the Church of San Michele, Sant’Elia and San Giacomo, with its tall spire and beautiful frescoes.

Look out for murals on the walls of some of the houses. Artists are invited to paint the murals every September as part of an art festival called Muri d’Autore.

The picturesque Furore is so captivating that it has been the backdrop and setting of numerous movies, including Roberto Rossellini’s 1948 movie ‘L’amore’ starring Anna Magnani. The director and his leading actress were lovers at the time and their former home has been turned into a museum dedicated to the couple. 

Stop by The Virtual Eco Museum of Furore. This small complex consists of a greenhouse for organic produce, a herbarium of local plants, a mini astronomical observatory and a shop selling handicrafts. 

Go on a walking trail of the surrounding area. Furore is a good base from which to explore Amalfi’s countryside, as there are several trails leading from here. They take between 30 and 90 minutes to complete. Check the village’s official website for maps. 

The small pebble beach is a picturesque spot between steep cliff walls and close to the bridge that spans the narrow ravine.

Fiordo di Furore is 4.6 miles (7 kilometers) from the center of Amalfi and 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Naples. Driving directions can be found on Furore’s website. Local buses link to Furore from Amalfi.


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