length: 1,5 Km • walking time: 1 h • starting point: piazza Generale Avitabile, S. Lazzaro or piazza Paolo Capasso, Bomerano
Walking Path 12, from Bomerano or from St. Lazzaro, reaching the crossroad of via Lamaro and main road between Agerola and Amalfi, you take the steps that lead to the church of St. Michael. Along the route you intersect the main road more than once. You follow the steps until reaching Porpore, where you cross over the main road and at the west shoulder of the bridge over the 'fjord' of Furore, take the steps that descend to the beach that is at the bottom (Marina di Furore).
To return to Agerola, you can take the SITA bus service to Amalfi, with a connection to Agerola.
Valuable information and points of interest
Along the descent through Furore, you walk among terraced fields torn tenaciously into the steep topography of the area, and laid mostly to vine and lemon trees. Here and there are examples of typical Amalfitana architecture (homes with roof-covered porticoes with arches, that at times are meticulously decorated), while admiring the promontory of Capo di Conca and the shape of the Cilento beyond the Gulf. Once past the hamlet of Porpora and heading down into the deep and narrow gorge at the end of the Rio Penise, one can comprehend the reason it was baptized Schiato, a word of Greek origin (from skiathos) which means fracture boundary. Its sheer walls make it look like as if it happened as a result of a sudden tectonic movement when in fact, it is the fruit of long, fluvial erosion. In the past, it really represented an insurmountable border until the bold, bridge of the coastal state road, reunited the opposing walls. The last flight of steps before reaching the bottom, passes through the picturesque fishing village of Marina Furoris, the attraction of which lies in the various simple, yet elegant lines of houses. For their closeness, almost crouching in the narrow space afforded them by the rocky walls. A short walk from the homes is a shoreline penetrated into the gorge as a result of a rising sea level which happened after the last glaciations. Finally advancing inland you can visit the chapel in the cave, of St. Catherine of Alexandria, protector of millers and old water mills, and also three mills and two paper mills which were recently restored and made museums.