The Ferriere Valley reserve is a protected natural area of Campania situated in the Province of Salerno.
The particular name of the Ferriere Valley comes from the presence of the ancient mills of the Republic of Amalfi, which were active above all in the production of nails for boats.
It is a place unique in the world, even reachable on foot from Amalfi, with about one hour of walk. Once arrived, you can admire waterfalls and water paths that make the environment cool also during the summer, but also many other naturalistic beauties that leave the visitor amazed.
In fact, the reserve is a place very rich from the botanical and phytogeographical point or view, given that it preserves numerous specimens of plants of ancient times.
The most interesting part of the Ferriere Valley is undoubtedly represented by the Natural Oriented Reserve, which stays at the center of the same reserve, while the official paths that allow its visit are two: one from Amalfi and another from Pontone.
From these places, you can reach the Valley that, thanks to its geographical position, preserves exceptional territorial characteristics because it has benefited from determined physical and biological features of the environment. In fact, the Valley is protected by the stone crags that preserve it from the northern cold winds and is exposed mainly to South, conditions that create a good ecological environment where the high humidity and the extremely moderate thermic excursions predominate.
In this extraordinary environment, colonies of plants, extremely interesting, have been able to survive, conserved from faraway ages.
Among these wreck species that date back to the tertiary, they stand out the thermophiles and above all the chain fern Woodwardia radicans identified for the first time by the botanist Pier Antonio Micheli in 1710. This is a very rare evidence in Italy of the pre-glacial flora, which only here and in areas as the Deep Valley Porto of Positano, could satisfy its needs of humidity.
In the Ferriere Valley again, you can see the famous Fire Salamander, belonging to the Salamandridae family, but also the Pteris cretica, the Pteris vittata and the carnivorous plant Pinguicola hirtiflora.
The entire ecosystem represents something unique, of inestimable scientific and naturalistic value.
Then, along the Ferriere Valley, you can make excursions immersed in the green and trekking, but above all enjoy a magical atmosphere and breathe fresh air in close contact with the nature and with a real piece of history.