Holidays to Scala take you to a hillside town on the Amalfi Coast for rustic ristorantes, Medieval churches and green woodland. Plus the bright lights of Amalfi are just 10 minutes away.
A hillside escape
Scala is a traditional town way up in the rocky hillside of Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Its steep winding streets meander through a restful town, and a friendly nightlife revolves around family-run ristorantes and a charming little main square. On one side you have dense chestnut woodland, and on the other a series of beaches that roll out along the jagged coastline.
The beach duo
Scala is just 10 minutes’ drive from a pair of sand-and-shingle beaches. To the west, Amalfi’s main beach Marina Grande has rows of sunloungers and umbrellas, as well as lively restaurants along the promenade. A quieter spot is to the east in Minori – it’s a quaint little patch with colourful fishing boats on the sand and pedalo rental from the watersports centre.
The town is dotted with hand-painted ceramic signs directing you to the major sights. At Scala’s heart is the 12th-century Duomo of San Lorenzo, a Romanesque building with intact mosaic floors. Meanwhile the crumbling ruins of the 12th-century Basilica of St. Eustachio look down from the top of town.
Trips along the Amalfi Coast
Scala is a good base to explore the Medieval towns of the Amalfi Coast – and 2 of the most famous of these are within 10 minutes’ drive. There’s Ravello, where the Duomo dates back to the 11th-century and boasts grand bronze gates and a beautiful white marble interior. And in Amalfi, the brightly-coloured houses of the town climb up the hill around the 9th-century cathedral, with its famous Arab-Norman facade.
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