Ecotourism and hiking on the steps of the writers and artists who loved Agerola: The Path of the Gods and the CAI paths to discover the historical and cultural memory of the Amalfi Coast
The myth and magic of the marvelous paths of the Amalfi Coast and of the Monti Lattari Park in Agerola, from Villa Paradise Resort
Villa Paradise Resort is located in the upper part of the Amalfi Coast, the wonderful place that the ancient inhabitants believed to have been torn from paradise. In it the Greek settlers recognized their native land: the high and jagged coasts, the islets and the rocks, the landings, the tops of the mountains wrapped in soft clouds.
For thousands of years, the people who live in this enchanting coast are sailors in the summer and farmers in the winter, and the upper part of the coast, over the centuries, has been transformed into terraces planted with vines, olive trees, and citrus. The local cuisine is full of delicious dishes that meet the vegetables, fruits, flavors and wild herbs of this magical land. Agerola, with its lush nature, has provided for centuries the Amalfi Republic, the oldest of the Maritime Republics, of precious timber for its fleet. The connections between the sea and the mountains, the millennial mule tracks, are today a destination desired by visitors from all over the world.
Many of these paths are found in the pages that writers and artists have dedicated to Agerola and which have inspired the names of the rooms and the spaces of Villa Paradise.
Below we report the links of the paths traced by the CAI, for all those who love to deepen their knowledge of these wonderful places.
Please, contact the staff at Villa Paradise Resort for further information.
THE PATH OF THE GODS
The “Hall of the Gods“, which welcomes the guests of Villa Paradise Resort, with its tasty breakfasts, is also a comfortable sitting room for moments of relaxation. Its name is inspired by the Path of the Gods, reachable a few meters from the structure and viewable from our terraces. The legend says that this path, which is famous all over the world, was formed by the Greek gods, who came to the aid of Ulysses, to protect him from the seductive song of the Sirens.
The bewitching mythological creatures dwelled on the Li Galli archipelago, and their appeal was irresistible to the navigators, as even today is for the people this paradisiac location: the silhouette of Capri, with its stacks, rises from the sinuous profile of Punta Campanella ; the folds of the coast hide the look on Positano; Praiano reveals itself with the white clusters of his little houses clinging to the coast.
It seems therefore natural that the ancient settlers chose this path as a place of worship of their divinities, dominated by the suggestive Monte Tre Pizzi, whose peaks, sometimes surrounded by light clouds, emerged to their eyes like the Olympus of their homeland. With its heady scents of myrtle, a plant sacred to Venus, and the zagare, the orange flowers, the golden notes of lemons, the caves, the ravines, the Path of the gods is among the verses of many famous poems.
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THE PATH OF ABU TABELA
The names of the rooms of Villa Paradise are inspired by the artists, writers, and personalities of the historical and cultural memory of Agerola.
Abu Tabela is the deformation of the surname Avitabile, the name with which General Paolo Avitabile is still remembered today in Afghanistan. The “Star of the East” room is dedicated to this illustrious person because the personal symbol of the General was the five-pointed star that decorated “the stone at the top of the entrance door of his palace and the lattices of the loggias of his rooms“.
The General, born in Agerola on October 25, 1791, obtained numerous honors and riches during his military career, particularly in Persia and India. Returning to the Bourbon Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, in 1843, he built his marvelous castle on the Bel Sito hill, in San Lazzaro, an enchanting hamlet of Agerola. From this hillock, it majestically dominated the entire wonderful Amalfi Coast. In Agerola he is remembered, in particular, for having imported a jersey cow from the United Kingdom, received as a gift from Queen Victoria. From the crossing of this cow with the Mestizo of Bruna Alpina and Podolica the Agerolese cow was born; from the processing of the exceptional milk of these cows, you get the famous Fior di Latte di Agerola, a fresh dairy cheese, and the tasty Provolone del Monaco D.O.P.
READING THE PAGES OF “IL PASSO DEL DIAVOLO” BY EMILIO SCAGLIONE: PATHS BETWEEN THE AMALFI COAST AND THE MOUNT LATTARI PARK
The “Oceano di Sole” room was born from the pages of the book by Emilio Scaglione: journalist and editor of the Neapolitan editorial staff of “Il Mondo”, the author in 1929 of “Il Passo del Diavolo“, a novel wonderfully set in Agerola.
In its pages, the writer captures all the beauty of these places, between the enchantment of the sea, the coast and the lush nature of the hinterland, returning a reading full of intense emotions: villages, ancient traditions, paths, which the author gives their natural and authentic poetry.
In the book, there are many paths, now traced by the CAI, such as the Via Maestra dei Villaggi, from Amalfi to the Belvedere of San Lazzaro, an ancient flight of steps that Mauro, sailor and protagonist of the book, walk to Agerola to sell the fishes.
Along the path of the Knights of Amalfi, from Agerola to Gragnano, you can admire part of the Castle of Pino, of the tenth century, with the recently restored Church of Santa Maria di Pino.
The Path of the Devil: At the end of the novel, we find one of the paths (due to its particular shape it reminded of a paw, attributed to the imprint of the devil by popular beliefs), which were used in ancient times as a connection between the peaks of Monte Tre Pizzi. Emilio Scaglione chose it as the title of the book.
VIA MAESTRA DEI VILLAGGI
IL SENTIERO DELLE SORGENTI
SENTIERO ALTO DI VALLE DELLE FERRIERE
SENTIERO DEI CAVALIERI DI AMALFI
DAL FIORDO DI FURORE A BOMERANO
SENTIERO DEI PIPISTRELLI IMPAZZITI
DA PRAIANO A COLLE LA SERRA
SENTIERO DA BOMERANO A CAPO MURO (CAI 329C)
DA CAPO MURO AL CANINO
DA CAPO MURO A COLLE GAROFALO
AMALFI COAST AND AGEROLA’S HAPPINESS IN GUIDO PIOVENE’S BOOK
From 1953 to 1956 the writer and journalist Guido Piovene undertook a “Journey to Italy” region by region, enclosing his reportage in a book, composed of careful and precise descriptions and reflections on cities, villages and places in Italy.
His book “Viaggio in Italia” was a great success, also narrated on the radio Rai. Guido Piovene wrote, in an euphoric and cheerful tone, of his passage through Agerola, placing the accent on the goodness of its inhabitants.
The name of the room “Costa Romantica” of Villa Paradise is inspired by the warm description that the writer gave to the stretch of coast on which it faces: “The coast that goes from Sorrento to Salerno is medieval and romantic. In fact, it was a romantic love!”
SENTIERO ALTO DEGLI DEI
SILENCE, NATURE, MYSTERY AMONG THE VERSES OF ROBERTO BRACCO
Agerola has the natural form of a theater, shaped by time and by man, and with its wonderful scenery of every day, has inspired writers and composers.
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.
“… among these steep solitary paths that rise towards the sky, among these rocks that have human colors and that look and move in the shadows of the night and speak the mysterious words of the echoes …” Roberto Bracco
FROM THE PATH 361 TO THE PATH 354
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