State Natural Reserve | Scala

The State Natural Reserve of the Ironworks Valley was founded in 1972. The name of this very peculiar place derives from the ruins of an ancient Ironwork which used to extract iron from the iron ore imported from Elba Island. The Canneto river crosses this valley and creates rapids, falls, pools of crystal waters where to cool down during the walk. In the last centuries the Canneto used to feed the paper factories no longer in use which were famous all over the world for the production of the fine Amalfi paper. These elements of industrial archaeology make the valley even more attractive. It is one of the most unspoiled places of the Coast and it keeps botanical rarities like the giant fern Woodwardia Radicans, a sort of “living fossil” dating back to the Tertiary Period

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