San Lazzaro

Over the next few posts we will be taking you with us to all the places we visit. Around the Agerola plain, through hillside villages and towns, in to a national park and on to an island. We will start with where we live…

We live in a little village called San Lazzaro, Agerola. Situated 660 meters above sea level and about 1 kilometre inland means we have fabulous views out to sea. From the Castello Lauritano at the end of the road, you can see down to Amalfi and all along the coast, past Maiori and over to Salerno. Here the endless horizon stretches out before us, which is very different from the mountains we are used to.  Built above the village and dominating the surrounding landscape is the ruins of the Colonia Montana. It is a shell of a building left over from fascist times. A beautiful shady park has been built around it. The sculptures by Pellini are still intact.  The other day we (along with the rest of the village) watched a forest fire raze the hillside below. It took two sea planes and a helicopter a few hours and lots of dumps of sea water to put the fire out.

We stay on an agriturismo, one of many in the area, which is a working farm with noisy farmyard animals, no need for an alarm clock here thanks to Mr Rooster! The produce grown here is used in the kitchen, making all of the meals amazingly tasty and fresh.  We eat Italian style with carbohydrate first (pasta mostly, sometimes risotto) then the protein course (meat or cheese with salad and/or veggies) then pudding is often fruit but sometimes cake. We often get cake for breakfast!!

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