Best things to do and what to see in Furore and the Fjord.
Furore is a small town in the Amalfi Coast, known as “il paese che non c’è” (the town that does not exist) because of its size and how incredibly difficult it is to find its entrance. Even those who seek it can lose it (it happened twice to us!). In our last trip to the Amalfi Coast, following the SS163 we passed without realizing it and we were looking for it!!!. Upon returning we managed to identify the entrance thanks to a large number of cars parked at the edge of the road (something you should not do!) And the number of people walking towards the entrance.
The “true” town is in the mountains on the SS163, practically hidden among the mountains, Furore has the rigid aspect of the rock and the fluid aspect of the sea. It is a town divided in two: on one side is the port or fjord, on the other side the small town, with its houses scattered along the ridge, practically invisible to the eyes of those who travel along the Amalfi Coast. Very interesting, romantic and an amazing experience!. Be prepared to walk and climb into a one-thousand stair!.
Since 1997, Furore, with other towns of the Amalfi Coast, is part of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. And with its 800 inhabitants, it has joined the club of “the most beautiful villages in Italy”, in Italian “Borghi più belli d’Italia” a very selective list of the most beautiful villages in the whole country.
What to see in Furore – Main attractions
In the village of Furore, high in the mountains, you can visit interesting buildings such as the church of San Giacomo, which preserves its ancient characteristics intact. You can also visit the church of San Michele with its characteristic asymmetric entrance, according to the experts made after the extension of the left corridor.
Finishing with the Church of Sant’Elia, with a single central corridor and with several layers still subject to study, from which passes one of the most popular routes for hikers of the Amalfi Coast, or “the path of love” that leads to the Belvedere de Praiano, where you can enjoy a romantic view of the coast.
What to do in Furore?
Live the beauty of its landscapes, the vegetation, the sea and the odyssey of men !. The landscape offered by Furore is disarming, with the majestic fjord that advances without fear over the sea and the city, which seems to want a dip in those crystal clear waters. The tranquility that surrounds the winding streets of Furore will immerse you in a magical and dreamy atmosphere. The rocks that stand out, the vegetation that asks for a bit of space in the cracks of the dry walls, the groups of houses that fight against the rebellion of the territory, the haunting sound of the waves breaking on the coast, Furore is all this and also much more if you pay attention to their silences.
Trails and outdoor activities to do in Furore
There are many roads that cross the territory of Furore, some very interesting. Among the most spectacular are: the “Camino de Abu Tabela” in Italian Sentiero di Abu Tabela, a walk of 50 minutes that leaves from the area of Pine and reaches San Lazzaro.
The “Raven’s nest trail”, in Italian, sentiero dei Nidi di Corvo is slightly longer and part of Centennial to reach Bomerano di Agerola.
For the audacious, there is a “crazy bats trail”, in Italian sentiero dei Pipistrelli impazziti, which lasts 30 minutes, leaving from Furore and reaching Punta Tavola through the dense vegetation leading to the old paper mill, inhabited by bats and wrapped in a sinister and mysterious air.
The “Camino de Agave en flor” is decidedly milder, and leads from Punta S. Elia to Marina di Praia in the middle of the cliffs and joins the “paseo del amor” for a short distance.
They are quite rural roads, so remember to bring shoes and clothing, water and of course be in good physical shape. Walking around these paths can be quite difficult during the summer to due high temperatures. I recommend verifying in the local tourist office meteo conditions and other useful information before starting.
Curiosities of Furore
The land register completed in 1752 has brought to light a large amount of historical information about the Furore fjord, which, as far as agriculture is concerned, was considered an inhospitable place and characterized by unproductive lands. Among its main activities, the paper was worked and grain was ground.
The streets of the village have the names of the most important families, such as “Li summonti”, “Le porpore”, “Li cuomi” and “Li candidi”. The oldest family is the one of “Summonti”, that arrived at Furore Furore around the year 1400 and was well-known like honest and just men, since every year they made a collection so that a good but poor “spinster” could marry.
How to get to Furore
Getting to Furore is relatively easy, finding the entrance is more difficult !. It is on the road SS163, if you want to visit the Cala di Furore, a sea entrance stuck in the vertical rock, it is best to arrive with SITA bus and get off at the stop of the same name. Getting there by car is not complicated but there is no parking available, the closest is Conca dei Marini or Marina di Praia and walking on the road. Personally, I do not recommend walking on the road, many do it, but because of the number of corners it is dangerous when there is a lot of traffic.
They can also arrive by rental boats or tours that make from the other towns of the Amalfi Coast. They are usually small tour in boats of few people.
If you want to visit the town, you can go up by car or bus on the winding and narrow roads, typical of the area !.
Video of Furore
If you want to see “Il Fiordo di Fuore”, here is a video of my last visit !. Beautiful Furore !.