As those of you who have traveled in Italy already know, it can be difficult to get inside smaller churches and historical sites. This is the case especially in small towns. Here on the Amalfi Coast, many towns have four, five or more smaller churches in addition to the one major church. Those of you reading for awhile have already been along with me to Torello, to Ravello, and to Sorrento. So you can imagine my glee (and I mean kid in a candy shop glee) when I saw the sign above last week advertising Scala Porte Aperte, or Scala Open Doors. I nearly (or maybe I did) jump up and down as I read the list of all the churches that would be open. No surprise then that I was dressed and ready to go first thing Sunday morning with my camera fully charged.
Sunday was beautiful and sunny as we drove all over Scala stopping at six churches and a courtyard to a 17th-century palazzo. Then we headed down to nearby Pontone to see a few more churches and stop by the tasting of local foods and wines that was set up in the Piazzetta San Giovanni. Let’s see . . . architecture, free samples of local wine, cheese, salami and pancetta, and a booth selling strawberries and herbs . . . that is certainly my equivalent to a candy shop! Here are few photos from Pontone to wet your appetite:
As I have been delayed and distracted by technical difficulties here (complications with our new wireless internet), the church photographs will have to wait until the coming weeks. Check back soon for a series of posts on the churches of Scala!