Despite the name with which it is commonly known, it is actually a river, a small body of water placed at the mouth of a steep valley, created by the incessant work of the stream Schiato that runs from Agerola along the mountain to dive at sea, and welcoming a tiny seaside village that was inhabited, among others, by Roberto Rossellini (who shot the film L'amore) and by Anna Magnani, who was then sentimentally linked to the director and who was the interpreter of a episode of that same movie. A small museum dedicated to them is housed in one of the small houses.
The fjord is also bypassed by the state road through a 30 m high suspension bridge, from which, every summer, there is a stage of the World Championship of Diving from the Great Heights . Inside the fjord there are the Stenditoio and the Calcara, two buildings used for local productions. The Stenditoio was used to dry the sheets of paper extracted from the fibers of cloth. La Calcara instead was used for the processing of stones for local construction .
The fjord also appears in the novel Italy dies by the writer Alex Monti. One of the two protagonists fight with a killer on the overlying road bridge and then in the fjord itself.