|View from Amalia's terrace|
Worthy of note is the story behind Nocelle's inception. When pirates invaded parts of the Amalfi way back in the early centuries, the inhabitants of Positano moved literally north, as in up the mountain to Nocelle, where they had uninhibited views of traffic from the sea in order to defend themselves against invasion, and also built a town with narrow winding roads where the villagers could run, barricade themselves and hide. It would have been very difficult if not impossible to carry large guns and equipment up to the heights where Nocelle is located. Smart thinking for would be survivors!
On our hike we saw remains of farms and stone ovens where limestone was baked down into powder for making cement, and land that was terraced for grazing cows, sheep and other domestic animals as well as for growing wheat and other produce. Absolutely incredible in terms of the labour involved in these constructions by the locals!
|Note Nino, the experienced hiker, stands perilously close to the edge, while Charles, hiker poser, stands well back :)|