Would you like to spend a charming holiday in Agerola, on the Amalfi Coast?
Follow the footsteps of the writers and the artists who loved Agerola from Villa Paradise Resort!
Discover the history of this place kissed by the gods: on the Amalfi Coast, in Agerola, stay at Villa Paradise Resort!
Villa Paradise Resort is the realization of the Iovieno family’s dream, originating from Agerola but lived in the United States and in the North of Italy, who returned to their land on the wonderful Amalfi Coast.
The charm of this place seduces thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Agerola will amaze you with its lush nature, the genuineness of its inhabitants, the millennial traditions, its typical products and the stunning sea-views that you’ll admired from its numerous terraces that overlook the Amalfi Coast.
The scents of the sea, flowers and nature will captivate you among the gardens and terraces of the Villa Paradise Resort.
There are countless venues and emotions that inspired the artists who chose to stay in Agerola over the centuries: here Francesco Cilea composed the world- famous lyrical aria of “Il Lamento di Federico” in the opera “l’Arlesiana“.
The sunsets on the Amalfi Coast, the full moon nights, its wonderful landscapes have been imprinted in the verses of the poet Salvatore di Giacomo (Luna d’Agerola) and in the tales of the writers Guido Piovene (Viaggio in Italia) and Emilio Scaglione (Il piccolo Santo).
The most intimate side of this territory has been enclosed in the most famous work of the playwright Roberto Bracco, “Il Piccolo Santo“.
Villa Paradise Resort has given voice to the prestigious works of these authors in the spaces of its enchanting structure.
Agerola was known since Ancient Roman times for the healthy virtues of its milk, praised by Galeno, supplied by the sheep and cattle of this valley. Already in 1284 Agerola supplied pork products the Reign of Naples (a man of Agerola origin was included, by the writer Giovanni Boccaccio, in a novel of the Decameron) and later famous all over the world for its products (meats, cheeses, Provolone del Monaco DOP and fresh dairy cheese Fior di Latte, taralli and wholemeal bread, piennolo tomatoes, pears and other fruits and vegetables).
The gastronomic traditions and the organic products of our generous land enrich every morning the appetizing and tasty breakfast served at Villa Paradise Resort.
From the pages of the writers, who have set their works in Agerola, are born numerous itineraries of ecotourism that you will discover during your stay at Villa Paradise Resort.
Contact our reception for all the information you need to spend an unforgettable stay at Villa Paradise Resort!
Eco-tourism routes and panoramic walks on the Amalfi Coast from Villa Paradise Resort: the historical paths and the most important events in Agerola
Agerola offers extraordinary paths on the Amalfi Coast, panoramic walks and spectacular events that take place throughout the year: the Carnival, the St Crucis on Good Friday, the Procession of the “Battenti”, in the squares and along the streets of the town, the Living Nativity of Campora, the feasts of typical products in the various hamlets.
Among the numerous events, there is the Festival on the Path of the gods, “Festival Sui Sentieri degli dei”, an amazing artistic and cultural event that hosts famous celebrities from the world of entertainment, music, cinema, and literature in the most beautiful and scenic places of Agerola. In addition, for fans, there are sporting events such as the Spring Cup, the Trail running along the Path of the Gods, the marathon races and cycling and much more.
Hamlet of Bomerano – Punta Belvedere Fausto Coppi
Punta Belvedere Fausto Coppi, a few steps from Villa Paradise Resort, is a small square from which you admire a wonderful view of the sea. It symbolically opens the doors to the Amalfi Coast, rising at the border of Agerola with the Municipality of Furore. A plaque on a monolith remembers the famous sprint of April 3rd, 1955, of the cycling champion Fausto Coppi, called L’Airone, during the Giro d’Italia.
From Punta Fausto Coppi, along the state road 366 Agerola-Amalfi, for lovers of walking, you could take the ancient stairs linking the hamlet Bomerano of Agerola and Furore.
Corona Park and Belvedere Punta Corona
Villa Paradise Resort is immersed in the lush vegetation of the Corona Park, a large area of chestnut woodland, perfect for morning jogging and outdoor walks. The Punta Corona viewpoint offers a fabulous panorama on the Amalfi Coast. Along the path of the Corona Park, towards Piazza Paolo Capasso in Agerola, you will see some enchanting views of Praiano, the outline of the coast up to Punta Campanella and the island of Capri with its stacks. The walk also leads to the Path of the Gods, which begins with the Grotta del Biscotto, a cave so named because its particular shape resembles the typical bread of Agerola.
Piazza Paolo Capasso
Piazza Paolo Capasso, reachable on foot from Villa Paradise Resort, is the center of the hamlet of Bomerano.
Here there are a lot of bars, cafes, shops of local products and souvenirs, pizzerias, restaurants.
The square in summer hosts many of the events of the Festival Sui Sentieri degli dei. In the month of July, it becomes the main stop of the Borgo del Pane, an amazing feast of typical products among the alleys, houses and courtyards of the hamlet, where you’ll taste the traditional cuisine of Agerola, rediscovering the ancient traditions.
Each court is rejoiced by musicians and singers and the feast culminates with concerts and shows in the Piazza Paolo Capasso.
The square takes its name from an important personage of Agerola’s history: Lieutenant Paolo Capasso, of Agerola, honored by the Gold Medal to the military valor to memory for the courage shown during an attack with asphyxiating gas occurred on July 29, 1916 on Monte San Michele del Carso (North Italy).
From Piazza Paolo Capasso begins the path to reach the enchanting Path of the gods, an ancient and marvelous route that leads to Positano. On the square there is the 16th century Parish Church of San Matteo Apostolo, which houses marvelous works from the 15th to the 19th century.
Walk to the Belvedere of Paipo
The Belvedere terrace of Paipo offers a wonderful view of Positano, Punta Campanella, and Capri. Reachable by car from Piazza Paolo Capasso, crossing small mountain roads, or by a long walk, will lead you to one of the most beautiful sights of Agerola.
Church of All Saints in Bomerano and the feast GustaSettembre
A short distance from Villa Paradise Resort, the church preserves architectural elements of the fifteenth century and it is dedicated to the cult of St. Mary and All Martyrs (dating back to the seventh century). The high altar has a beautiful painting of 1652 by the painter, well known in Naples, Michele Ragolia. In the transept, there is a late Gothic fresco depicting the Virgin Mary with Child and angels. Many of the migrants from Agerola, who have been living for decades in all parts of the world, are still very attached to the cult of this church. The religious celebration is on 12th September of each year. In this period there is also the feast GustaSettembre that attracting many visitors. An inviting gastronomic feast that also celebrates the symbolic wedding between two typical products of Agerola: the pinnate pear and the cheese Provolone of the Monaco D.O.P.
Hamlet of Pianillo, the cult of Sant’Antonio Abate and the Fior di Latte feast in August
In the Church of San Pietro Apostolo, dating back to the XII century, there is the statue of the Saint Patron of Agerola, Sant’Antonio Abate. The religious celebration is on January 17th of each year and there is a long procession through the town. The return of the statue of the saint in its church, after being hosted week by week in the various parishes of the town, is experienced with great joy and illuminated by the characteristic “focarone“, a huge pile of wood that is set on fire.
During the summer celebration for the Saint Patron, there is also the famous Fior di Latte Feasts, and this product, a fresh dairy cheese, is the prince in the gastronomic preparations to taste.
Casa della Corte Civic Museum
At the Casa della Corte Civic Museum, located in Piazza d’Italia, in Pianillo, you could visit the historical library and the Civic Museum which collects elements of the local culture.
The Museum could host some vernissages and pictorial exhibitions, screenings of films and photos, conferences and cultural events.
A marble plaque, affixed to the facade of the Court House, Civic Museum of Agerola, reads:
“The little saint, the exemplary tragedy of the silence of men when the mystery speaks.”
It is dedicated to the great writer, journalist and playwright, Roberto Bracco stayed in Agerola for several years. During his stay in 1908 he wrote his innovative masterpiece “Il Piccolo Santo”, a work that deals with a careful psychological study of the characters, setting it in this pleasant valley dominated by the imposing pyramidal mountain of Tre Pizzi.
Hamlet of Santa Maria – Parish Church Santa Maria La Manna
The church preserves an important marble sculpture of the thirteenth century, representing the Virgin enthroned with the Child, sculpted by Nicola da Monteforte; the Church is called La Manna for the particular liquid that sometimes exudes from the marble statue. The square in front of the church and the streets of the village host, in the days of August, the popular Potatoes Festival, an excellent opportunity to enjoy the various typical dishes with this product very grown in Agerola. The hamlet of Santa Maria is one of the sets narrated by Emilio Scaglione, journalist, and editor of the Neapolitan editorial staff of “Il Mondo”, the author in 1929 of “Il Passo del Diavolo”, a wonderfully novel set in Agerola.
Campora hamlet – Between present and past and the traditions of Agerola
In Campora, in the house next to the Church of Our Lady of Loreto (where his mausoleum is kept), General Paolo Avitabile was born on October 25, 1791, one of the most important historical figures of our town. During his military career, the General obtained, in particular in Persia and India, numerous honors. Returning to the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1843, he brought in Italy a “Jersey cow” obtained as a gift from Queen Victoria of England. From the crossing of this cow with the mestizos of other breeds, the “Agerolese cow” was born.
With the milk of these cows is produced the provolone del Monaco D.O.P. and the “Fior di latte”, a fresh dairy cheese, protagonists in the tasting menus of the Agerola feasts and in the “Caponata di Campora Feast“, on 2nd of July each year.
Another tradition that is present for some decades is the Living Nativity in December and January, through the alleys and the ancient houses of the hamlet.
Hamlet of San Lazzaro – The terrace on the Amalfi Coast
The hamlet of San Lazzaro begins with the road named after the famous composer Francesco Cilea who stayed at a noble house on this street. During his stay in Agerola, Francesco Cilea, he conceived the famous lyric aria “Il Lamento di Federico”, present in the second Act of “L’Arlesiana”, a musical Romance known throughout the world and interpreted by the greatest tenors.
The Church of the Santissima Annunziata of the fifteenth century overlooks the square named after the General Avitabile.
In the Church are kept the statue of St. Francis and a two-sided marble cross dating back to the fourteenth century, coming from the Franciscan convent of the Cospiti. The writer Emilio Scaglione describes the inside of the church in various parts of his novel “Il Passo del Diavolo”.
From the General Avitabile Square, you reach the wonderful sea-view point of Punta Belvedere, immortalized in the verses of “Luna d’Agerola”, poetry of the poet Salvatore di Giacomo.
Punta Belvedere was also the initial set of the novel “Il Passo del Diavolo“.
The Belvedere gives an enchanting view over the Gulf of Salerno, up to the Cilento with Punta Licosa and the surrounding mountains. It overlooks the sinuous point of Capo di Conca in the village of Conca dei Marini, and on the left, between the vastnesses of the cobalt sea, Punta Campanella, the island of Capri with its stacks.
A road leads to the upper part of the Belvedere, to the Park of Colonia Montana and to the Astronomical Observatory. From the half to the XIX to the early XX century here there stood the Palace of General Avitabile, later replaced by the Palazzo della Colonia Montana which preserves, on its imposing façade, two big bas-reliefs by the sculptor Eros Pellini. A wide panoramic terrace gives a unique view of the Amalfi Coast.
In summer this location becomes an open-air theater for many of the prestigious events of the Festival on the Paths of the Gods.