Last weekend we took a morning drive up to Tramonti, one of the Amalfi Coast’s lesser known towns. Driving into the mountains from Ravello toward the Valico di Chiunzi and the pass that takes you over the mountains and down to Naples, you will drive past the town of Tramonti along the way. It is not one centralized town, but a series of villages tucked here and there around a valley. The name stems from the Latin phrase intra montes, or “between the mountains,” which is the perfect description for Tramonti. This is a wonderful time of year to visit Tramonti to try its local DOC wines and the autumn food specialties in this mountain town. Think wonderful meats, cheeses, fresh porcini mushrooms all washed down with the novello wines from this year’s harvest. If you think the Amalfi Coast’s cuisine is all about lemons and seafood, you simply must visit Tramonti!
This time of year is also perfect for a drive up to Tramonti to see the beautiful fall colors. While the sky was a bit overcast, I still was able to snap a few good shots while we zoomed around the corners.
Oranges, yellows, reds!
The road ahead
A mountainside of color!
We’ve been out driving and exploring the mountains recently, and boy do I have some pictures to knock your socks off coming up this month. Stop back by again soon!
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This year the weather especially recently has been perfect to show up the glorious Autumn colours.
Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish says
So nice to see all of those fall colors. We don't have quite as many colored leaves here in Sicily but all of the trees full of oranges right now make up for it. Happy Fall to you!
Diana and "Guido" says
I'm a new blogger from Calabria. Looking to find new contacts in our region. Beautiful photos.
Ciao LindyLouMac! Agreed! After a rainy October, I'm really loving this beautiful weather. Enjoy the sun!
Ciao DSB&C! Mmm… those trees full of oranges sound mighty fine. Happy happy Fall right back at you! Is this your first in Sicily?
Ciao Diana & Guido! Thanks so much for stopping by and introducing yourself. I look forward to following your blog Il Terazzo Italiano and hearing all about life in Calabria. Welcome!!
Chef Chuck says
This is a beautiful mountain treasure full of wonderful colors! Thanks for sharing your journey!
Ciao Chuck! Anytime! 🙂
gorgeous! Not something we see on the coast around here. thanks for sharing!
Ciao Amanda! The landscape here always surprises me. You're not that far away, but it can be so different. That's one thing I love about the Amalfi Coast. You can go from sea to mountains so quickly! Glad you enjoyed! 🙂
Very nice! Chiara and Gennaro shipped a case of Tramonti wines to NYC for some of the events – can’t wait to visit in April! 🙂
Ciao Laura! Wonderful … I love the wines in Tramonti. You’re coming here in April?! I would love to meet up! 🙂
wow – you have chosen to live in a wonderful place – thank you for your inspiring blog. We are coming over for a week in late October this year and hope to see some of the fabulous colours then. We plan to stay in Tramonti because we like the countryside and it looks less built up than the coast. Will we be able to drive ok to Pompei, Herculaneum, Naples, amalfi, Paestum – I don’t want to find we have an hour on slow, winding roads before we even get to the main road….. your advice appreciated!
Ciao Claire! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your nice comment. Oh, October is a wonderful month here!! Tramonti is certainly a bit off the beaten path for sure, but you will really get a feel for small town life on the Amalfi Coast by staying there. It goes without saying that all the roads here are pretty winding. 🙂 But from Tramonti to Ravello is a beautiful drive, and the road is pretty easy going. From Ravello you can continue down to the Amalfi Coast road to reach Amalfi. Or, from Tramonti you can follow a road directly to Maiori, another town on the sea. If you are renting a car and plan to do many road trips in Campania, Tramonti is not a bad choice, because from there you are near the Chiunzi pass, which takes you over the mountains and to the autostrada in Angri … from where you can reach Naples, Pompeii, Paestum in not too long. Are you comfortable driving in the mountains? If you’ve driven a lot in the mountains and are comfortable with narrow, twisty roads then you’ll probably be OK. If you decide you want to be closer to the sea, I would recommend checking out the towns of Scala (just across the valley from Ravello and above Amalfi, but still a very quiet small town) or the towns of Furore and Conca dei Marini (between Amalfi and Praiano). Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have other questions!