TRAMONTI “THE GREEN LUNG” OF THE AMALFI COAST
The small town of Tramonti, nestled among the Lattari Mountains, is considered the green lung of the Amalfi Coast. The 13 small towns that make it up (Pucara, Novella, Paterno Sant’Elia, Paterno Sant’Arcangelo, Figlino, Pietre, Capitignano, Corsano, Campinola, Polvica, Gete, Ponte e Cesarano) are full of history and traditions and will surprise you with their beauties, their food, and wine delicacies.
by Annalisa Russo
Tramonti, totally immersed in the nature, boasts healthy air and excellent locally sourced food. Here, you will have the opportunity to visit places with a great historical, cultural and artistic heritage that show the ancient prosperity of this small town,once tied to the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.
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The beauties of Tramonti
The best way to discover Tramonti is through the path of the 13 churches that will give you the possibility to appreciate the beauties of its 13 small towns.
In its architectural and artistic landscape, we have to report the Conservatorio dei SS. Giuseppe e Teresa where the concerto liquor was created for the first time and the Church of S. Erasmo in Pucara, the Church of S. Elia in its homonymous small town, the stone Church of the Ascension that dates from the 10th century in Paterno Sant'Arcangelo, the Church of S. Pietro Apostolo with its wonderful majolica floor in Figlino, the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Campinola, the convent of San Francesco in the small town of Polvica and the rocky chapel of Gete that dates from the 13th century.
Flavours and scents
However, the small town of Tramonti is famous not only for its architectural beauties, a successful example of its historical, artistic and cultural heritage but also for its food and wine resources and especially for the pizza that since 2010 has been certificated as a local product with an old history, dating from the middle ages.
Then, we have to report all these excellent ingredients: fior di latte cheese, the Re Umberto o Fiascone tomato, also known as the ancestor of the San Marzano tomato, the tintore, in other words, a native red wine variety with a unique aroma, the tasty chestnuts, the olive oil and the PGI lemons.
All these excellent local ingredients will be turned into delicious dishes which are deeply rooted in the history of Tramonti, a small town that has kept its authenticity, with its traditional scents and flavors.
- The name of the small town of Tramonti comes from its location and from the latin “intra montis, in other words, “land among mountains”.
- Although there were different theories about the origin of the name of the northern wind “tramontane”, one of these reports that the name “Tramonti” would have inspired the sailors of the ancient Republic Amalfi who used to call “tramontane” the wind that blowed from Tramonti, identified as the Northern.
- Tramonti is known as “the capital of pizza”, from which more than 3000 pizza chefs set off to export the pizza culture in Italy and in the world.
- The pastry workshop of one of the most renowned pastry shops of the Amalfi Coast located in Minori (pasticceria Sal de Riso) is in Tramonti.
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