Scala Amalfi Coast
Scala was once a noble city of impressive splendour and still today has many churches and palaces and a charming historic centre. Its artistic legacy includes the crypt of the cathedral, an architectural complex in stucco which dates back to the mid 1300s.
The primitive Romanesque-style church was rebuilt in the 17th-century but still conserves its original portal. Inside is a mosaic pulpit and a group of valuable 13thcentury wooden sculptures on the main altar, depicting a Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary and Saint John.
The church of San Pietro at Campoleone, of San Giovanni Battista and of the Annunziata in Minuta are examples of the rich heritage of secular and religious buildings, while in the village of Pontone the church of San Giovanni Battista, the ruins of Sant’Eusta chio and the Torre dello Ziro which leans out towards the sea, are worth visiting.
From Scala, birthplace of Fra’ Gerardo Sasso, first Grand Master of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem, it is possible to make several delightful nature excursions on foot to the small surrounding villages of Santa Catarina, Campoleone, Campidoglio, Minuta and Pontone.
Every since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Scala hosts ‘Scala meets New York’ every September. Moments of reflection and discussion of the international political issues of the day are alternated with entertainment and an international prize awarded to personalities from the worlds of culture, entertainment, cinema, television and journalism. Also not to be missed is the Sagra della Castagna (chestnut festival) which usually takes place in the last three weeks of October.
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