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At the eastern border of Scala, beyond the last houses of Santa Caterina, you reach the chestnut groves. It is an area rich in vegetation with wild fruit trees such as the 'renelle' pear, sweet with an intense aroma. Along the Dragone river, which forms a natural boundary between Scala and Ravello, you will discover one of the lesser-known perspectives of the coastal landscape, away from the throes of mass tourism.
The arrival on the Coast of the Greek Orthodox monasteries and then of the Benedictines consolidated the Amalfi state. The increase in population created an immense interest in any land not yet cultivated. With the laborious work of terracing the slopes, vineyards, olive groves, citrus groves and vegetable gardens multiplied. The many mixed woods turned into chestnut trees, the precious wood of which is still used in the construction of pergolas, lemon groves and fences even today.
These are the paths where David Herbert Lawrence, during his stay on the Amalfi Coast, loved to walk and where he imagined Lady Chatterley's meetings with her lover took place.
Thin skin, white flesh and flattened on one side, the ‘marrone’ is a variety of chestnut typical solely of this area. The harvest in october is a deeply felt tradition in which everyone takes part and culminates in the annual Chestnut Festival, one of the most anticipated and popular events on the Amalfi Coast.
Terraces with intertwined wooden embankments: soil containment is still performed today using ancient techniques. A stringent testimony of harmony with nature.