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When the older residents of Scala say “I’m going to Scala”, they really mean they are going to Scala Centro. It is the oldest village and is where the commercial activities and the most important monuments are found. You reach it along a sunny avenue of linden trees which leads to piazza Muncipio (the square in front of the Town Hall). The square is between the imposing façade of the Duomo and the mountainside.
A historical building next to the Duomo, ancient seat of the Bishopric. Worth noting the lovely oval chapel and the forecourt with its secular camellia trees.
The internal courtyard in palazzo Mansi is shrouded in silence. Even though worn away over the centuries, the building still maintains its sobre, refined character.
Near the imposing bell-tower, between the older cathedral square and the recently built panoramic square overlooking Ravello, there is a superb 18th century fountain. The water is pure and comes directly from a spring called Vrecciale on Santa Maria dei Monti.
On the east, behind the fountain, is the sunny piazzetta di San Lorenzo. The open space, recently built, is beside the cathedral and has a wide panorama from Ravello opposite and over the valley, down to the sea.
Past piazza Municipio, along via Torricella, the scenic road that leads to the village of Minuta, you come across Palazzo Mansi d’Amelio. A rare example of a medieval noble dwelling: despite the 18th century façade, the inner courtyard preserves almost intact its original Gothic style characteristics.
A short guide to the
ancient town of Scala.