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Scala and the Nature Reserve of Valle Delle Ferriere

A hike which links 2 charming villages and takes in both mountains and sea.

Hiking Moderate

10 km
545 m
915 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
8 m
High Point
614 m
Scala and the Nature Reserve of Valle Delle Ferriere Map

Much of the walk between Scala and Amalfi passes through Ferriere Nature Reserve. Ferriere translates as "ironworks", so as you brush through waist-high ferns, skip over streams on stepping stones and admire views to Amalfi, consider the old iron workers whose footprints you walk in.


Today’s walk proves Amalfi isn’t only about the coast; soon after leaving Minuta, a small village 1 kilometre after Scala, you will enter the Ferriere Nature Reserve. The Italian word ‘Ferriere’ translates to ‘ironworks’, which was once a burgeoning industry here, utilising the many streams to power their factories, and the port in Amalfi to transport their produce. This industry collapsed during the 18th century, and much of the infrastructure has now been reclaimed by nature and returned to its original state, though if you look carefully you might see overgrown stone bridges and houses dating to this period.

The same streams that once powered the ironworks now impress those who wander through this primitive woodland. From the path you will skip across several streams on stepping stones and admire waterfalls as the stream plummets over the rock, but to see the most impressive waterfall requires a short (200 metre) detour after 4.9 kilometres.

Along the way, you might experience a 'traffic jam', caught in the chaos of goats being herded - it is likely these goats produce the delightful cheese (formaggio) found in this region. Alternatively, you might pass mules and donkeys, which remain the easiest and quickest - if somewhat archaic - way to navigate these paths. At the foot of the limestone cliffs, crane your neck skywards for the chance to see daredevil climbers clinging to the crag, and edging their way to the top.

Finish by strolling down to the legendary village of Amalfi and grab a drink on the seafront.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

in April, May, June, July, September and October


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly

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