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It seems a little impossible that a place like Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Watermills) could still exist as it does in the 21st century. One of the lesser travelled walks of the Amalfi Coast, you start your ramble by walking through someone’s front gate. And as you pass through, it can feel as if you’re leaving one world behind and entering another.
The watermills that give the valley its name were paper mills that were built almost a thousand years ago. Amalfi was the centre of Italian papermaking, but now the buildings lie as unguarded and outrageously picturesque ruins. What strikes you most, however, are the local people you’ll see and meet, gathering wild mushrooms, herding animals or carrying great loads of lemons bound for the local limoncello presses. Though the tourism machine that is the Amalfi Coast lies just a few miles away, here you’ll seldom see other foreigners and life seemingly continues as it always has, undisturbed.
Though the walk through the Valle dei Mulini is just one of many you can take on a Peregrine trip, it perhaps sums up the Italy we work hard to show you. Our small groups and local leaders mean we can go to places like Valle dei Mulini without upsetting the local, and unmistakeably Italian, balance.
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