Having been here for rather a long time and having, in that time, spent quite a lot of it hiking the trails of the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, I have obviously acquired some favourite spots along the way.
One of these is the Sella di Arola, a small grassy plain between Monte Vico Alvano and Monte Comune. Sella means saddle and this one straddles the peninsula with the Bay of Naples on one side and the Amalfi Coast on the other.
In any season it is beautiful and sometimes, when the wind is in the right direction, clouds will swirl up and across it, creating a cloud dance that hides the incredible views before suddenly parting to give you a fleeting glimpse of what is below and beyond.
At other times the air is clear and you don’t know where to look first: over towards Arola and the distinctive humps of Monte Sant’Angelo and Monte Crocione, up towards the tree-clad slopes of Monte Vico Alvano and its iron cross, or down at the craggy rock formations clinging precariously to the cliff face above the sea and beyond to the Galli
In spring the Sella is a festival of flowers, a botanist’s paradise. Often you will find clumps of rocket growing wild and there is nothing better than picking a few of its leaves and enjoying its tangy taste as you stroll along.