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Torre dello Ziro

sunny 70 °F

After lunch in Pontone, we continue or hike on the spur that leads to the ruins of the ancient watchtower of Torre dello Ziro, perched on a promontory high above Amalfi and Atrani.

Ruins on the hillside

Ruins on the hillside

Heading up to Torre dello Ziro

Heading up to Torre dello Ziro

Plenty of stairs

Plenty of stairs

The ruins are built on several terraces on the promontory of Monte Aureo. We start by climbing up the the highest level at the summit of the mountain. We're treated to expansive views of Ravello, on the other side of the valley.

Ravello

Ravello

View from the top of Monte Aureo

View from the top of Monte Aureo

Villa Cimbrone at Ravello, on the high escarpment

Villa Cimbrone at Ravello, on the high escarpment

Below us to the south is the town of Atrani.

Atrani far below

Atrani far below

Ruins of the old fortification

Ruins of the old fortification

Atrani

Atrani

The tower itself is supposedly haunted and avoided by locals, with a story about a madwoman ("La Pazza") who was once imprisoned here. That doesn't seem to deter the young lovers we find stretched out on blankets behind a grassy hill.

Torre dello Ziro

Torre dello Ziro

At this point, we realize we missed one of the terraces...the one that gives the best view of the tower. We decide to backtrack back up Monte Aureo.

We need to climb to that column to get the best view

We need to climb to that column to get the best view

Looking toward the town of Scala

Looking toward the town of Scala

The climb back up is worth it...once we reach the column, we have a spectacular view of the ruins below us, with the town of Atrani to the left and Amalfi to the right.

View from the column above Torre dello Ziro

View from the column above Torre dello Ziro

Atrani on the left, Amalfi on the right

Atrani on the left, Amalfi on the right

From here, we hike back to Pontone, and the stairs down to Amalfi.

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Posted by Zukini 16:52 Archived in Italy Tagged torre_dello_ziro

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