THE FJORD OF FURORE
It is one of the most picturesque and photographed beaches of the Amalfi Coast, it is located under the State Road 163 between the municipalities of Praiano and Conca dei Marini. Sometimes, it goes unnoticed because of its location but if you are on the Amalfi Coast the Fjord di Furore is a must-see.
by Annalisa Russo
The Amalfi Coast is a treasure trove of beauties that never ceases to amaze: have you ever heard of the Fjord of Furore? Sometimes, it goes unnoticed because of its location and this is the reason why I have some tips for you! Seeing the Fjord of Furore is a must if you are on the Amalfi Coast. Let’s go to the Fjord of Furore in the small town of Furore. This spot will surprise you!
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The Fjord of Furore
The small town of Furore
The small town of Furore, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 together with the other municipalities of the Amalfi Coast, is part of the club of the most beautiful small towns of Italy.
It is known as the “Town which does not exist” due to the absence of a built-up area: the town sprawls along the coast’s steep cliffs and the houses are perched on the rocks.
The appellation “the painted town” comes from the presence of the “artist’s walls” (works of art that have enhanced the beauty of this place and have turned it into an open-air museum). Then, the Fjord will leave you speechless.
Discovering the Fjord of Furore
The Fjord of Furore is one of the most picturesque and photographed beaches of the Amalfi Coast, it is located under the State Road 163 between the municipalities of Praiano and Conca dei Marini. If you come from Amalfi, after the signpost “arrivederci Conca dei Marini” and after having passed through the tunnel, on the right side there is a long staircase that leads you to the Fjord of Furore, the ideal place to relax during a muggy day: the Fjord, as a matter of fact, enjoys the sunshine only from the late morning until the early afternoon.
It is a little cove created by the stream Schiato which flows from Agerola towards the sea. This is a small tiny rocky beach of approximately 25 meters tucked away under the high road bridge which links the cliffs. This is a slice of heaven. The Fjord is visible from the bridge and you will feel suspended in mid-air. What a stunning view! I suggest you not to stop here but take the stairs that lead to the beach!
On your left, there is the fishing village: a series of coloured houses or “monazzeni” in the local language, perched on the rocks, which were fishermen’s shelters in the past. The scenery is even more spectacular thanks to the boats beached on the shore.
Furore: a movie set
Among these coloured houses there are also the “Villa della Storta” and the “Villa del Dottore”. The first one was owned by Anna Magnani, an Oscar-winning actress, and the second one belonged to the movie director Roberto Rossellini.
Both the actress and the director, who were a couple at the time of filming the movie “L’Amore” in 1948, fell in love with this place, the movie set of some scenes of the episode “Il Miracolo”, filmed on the Amalfi Coast.
Furore was the setting for their tumultuous and passionate love story which soon would have ended. Today the “Villa della Storta” is a museum that remembers the presence of the actress in this place.
If you are on the Amalfi Coast I suggest you spend a few hours at the Fjord di Furore because it is a stunning place you should visit at least once in a lifetime.
- The name of the small town, Furore, comes from the fury of the sea which breaks against the cliffs during the stormy days. The original name was “Terra furoris”, in other words, Land of Fury.
- The bridge, from which you can see the Fjord, is approximately 30 meters and it was chosen for several years by the Marmeeting for the spectacular high diving competition.
- The Fjord, besides the evocative fishermen’s shelters, houses a little chapel dedicated to Santa Caterina and ancient factories which today are a museum.
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