The Haunting Valley of the Mills
There is a great deal to see in spectacular Sorrento, but not much captures the imagination quite like haunting Valle dei Mulini. Deep in a great ravine — not far from bustling Naples — nature is reclaiming the long-abandoned buildings.
Here, in the historic Valley of the Mills, all is calm and quiet. It is sometimes rather creepy, but don’t let that put you off. In the area? Be sure to check it out.
The crumbling buildings here once housed thriving flour mills that dated back to the 13th century. For more than 600 years, the flour produced here was sent to Naples and the surrounding towns and cities.
Methods changed in the 1940s, with production moved elsewhere and the mills allowed to fall into disrepair. Yet they’ve survived earthquakes and great volcanic eruptions and, although the rampant plant life here has taken hold, the buildings are still standing. Valle dei Mulini serves as an important reminder of Sorrento’s past — even if it is a little eerie.
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