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Welcome to Agerola, one of the most enchanting villages in the South of Italy!
Located just a few kilometers from Naples, this small town reveals an authentic and unspoiled beauty that will leave you breathless. In fact, Agerola is the ideal place for those who are looking for an escape from the hectic city life and want to immerse themselves in nature and peaceful places.
In reality, however, this village is not only synonymous with relaxation and tranquility, but also with extraordinary nature trails during which you can discover breathtaking views, vineyards and taste the famous Provolone del Monaco cheese produced only here.
However, you will also find history, architecture and a vibrant cultural life.
You just have to leave now to discover with us what to see in Agerola!
The hidden gems of Agerola: what to see in this enchanted village
When you think of the Amalfi Coast, places like Positano, Amalfi or Ravello probably come to mind. However, there is a lesser-known but equally fascinating village that really deserves to be discovered: it is Agerola.
This hidden gem is located behind the Coast, at an altitude of about 600 meters above sea level, and is surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of mountains and valleys.
Agerola is most famous for being the starting point of the Path of the Gods, a scenic route that offers such spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Naples and that it is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.
The town is also a real gem: so find out what to see in the historic heart of Agerola!
What to see in the historical center of Agerola
The village of Agerola has very ancient origins, estimated to date back as far as the Iron Age. In Roman times, this was a thriving place, at least until the eruption of Vesuvius, which had covered the Coast with five feet of pumice. In later times, the people of Agerola became specialized in the art of silk, from raising silkworms to manufacturing it, making small pieces of art from fabric.
Today, Agerola presents itself as a medieval-looking village furrowed by beautiful narrow streets and dotted with interesting churches and monuments.
Among the attractions to visit in Agerola, we certainly point out the Lauritano Castle, about 700 meters above sea level. This imposing medieval fortress is located on top of a hill to the north of the village, in the hamlet of San Lazzaro. The view from this castle is unparalleled and sweeps from Salerno, to the Coast, to Cilento.
Also not to be missed is the Sanctuary of SS. Maria del Rosario, with a splendid fresco from the late Gothic period, and the Church of Santa Maria della Manna, linked to the miracle of the exudation of a bluish liquid by Mary. For this reason, in the month of August, the face of the statue of Our Lady is washed.
In addition, ag Agerola also features the Ethnographic Museum, which preserves numerous objects related to daily life and local traditions. There is also a splendid silver Processional Cross made in the 15th century.
Trekking and trails
Trekking in Agerola is a unique experience for those who want to discover the hidden beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
Among the most popular trails is the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods), a scenic route that connects Agerola to Positano. The path offers breathtaking views of the sea and the coast and passes through ancient villages and small towns.
Another well-known trail is the Varrone delle Ferriere, named after the ancient railway ruins. The trail can be started from Agerola and, through forests, waterfalls and streams, finally reach Amalfi, in the ancient Vallone dei Mulini.
Part of the Path of the Gods, although it is certainly a lesser known section, is the Santa Maria al Castello path instead, starting from the historic center of Agerola and reaching the church of Santa Maria al Castello, located in a panoramic position over the valley. The trail is known to be quite difficult and challenging.
Finally, there is the Tre Calli circuit, a route that crosses the mountains of Agerola, passing through the refuges of Bomerano, Fuenti and Monti Lattari. Along the way, there are spectacular views of the Agerola valley and the Amalfi Coast.
Before embarking on a trek in Agerola, in any case, we recommend that you first inquire about the condition of the trails and the difficulty of the route. However, once at the top, know that the breathtaking views of the valley and the sea will make every effort pay off.
What to eat
The local cuisine is rich in the flavors and aromas of the Mediterranean tradition, with dishes based on fresh and genuine local products.
Among the most typical products of these lands are certainly cheeses. Caciocavallo, ricotta and, above all, the famous "provolone del Monaco DOP".
There is also no shortage of cured meats, such as salami, ham and pancetta, as well as capocollo and flavored lard.
Very good are the taralli and the biscuit bread, both identified by the De.Co. mark, or Municipal Origin. Among the fruits, the sweetest local cherry tomatoes cannot miss the call.
And to accompany it all? To accompany these delicacies, one cannot fail to mention the local wine, Gragnano, a dry and fruity red made from Piedirosso and Sciascinoso grapes, perfect to pair with meat and fish dishes, but also to enjoy on its own.
How to get there
To reach Agerola by car, you can take the A3 Naples-Salerno highway and exit at Castellammare di Stabia. From here, you can follow the provincial road SP1 for about 23 km until you reach Agerola. The route offers breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast and takes about 45 minutes to travel.
The nearest airport is Naples, which is about 35 kilometers away.