Scala is the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast so it is appropriate that they also have the oldest church. The church of Santissima Annunziata (the holy annunciation) is a fine example of Medieval construction and art from the 1100s and 1200s. The Romanesque interior has three naves, the central one lined with 12 ancient granite columns capped with corinthian capitals. A holy water font also rests atop an ancient carved capital. The walls and vaults bear beautiful frescoes, including one particularly lovely Nativity of Christ. The lunette above the door is painted with 12th century Madonna and Child.

Scala is a pretty hamlet perched on the hill above Amalfi. It offers beautiful views that were advantageous as a defensive point for the Republic of Amalfi. Below you can see the ruins of an old church and sweeping vistas of the sea and surrounding villages. Despite its small size there are a handful of eateries, and hiking trails lead off to other villages and panoramas.

Been there? Done that? Share your experience and tips!

Haven't visited yet? Have questions about Church of St Annunziata? Ask them here!

Enjoy the comfort of a vacation home in Scala.