The hamlet of Pogerola is compact but packs a panoramic punch. Sitting prettily high above Amalfi, from below the village appears to have been carved out of the rocky hillside. When you approach it, though, you see that it is actually a terraced town that grasps the mountain side and overlooks the entire gulf.
Originally a look-out post with a castle and defensive wall, Pogerola was a strategic perch to give advance warning of invaders to the Republic of Amalfi. Trails branch off to take advantage of the views and enjoy the peaceful, natural landscape that surrounds the town. Pogerola enjoys sweeping vistas of the coast, the Li Galli Islands, and the surrounding towns. It is worth a visit just to sit in the quiet countryside and enjoy the scenery!
While it's small, Pogerola has some shops and restaurants; it's where the Amalfi locals go to eat out because they can avoid the crowds and enjoy a good meal at a good price. There is a fruit and vegetable shop, coffee bar, and small grocery. Amalfi is just six kilometers away.
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie stands over the piazza with its high bell tower and squat tiled dome. The 12th century chapel of Santa Maria Vergine has a vaulted portico. The compact centro has medieval buildings and a friendly village atmosphere.
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