The Amalfi Coast & Mountains - 8 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Follow ancient footpaths to see hidden corners of the world’s most beautiful coastline
  • Walk to the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast and enjoy the views
  • Explore Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve
  • Experience the famous “Footpath of the Gods” a walk with unrivalled views

Discover the highlights and hidden corners of the world’s most beautiful coastline on this 8-day self-guided hiking/walking tour along ancient footpaths of the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is a stunning combination of sea, picturesque coastal towns and mountains, with an abundance of both culture and nature. The landscape of the Amalfi coast is immensely varied and surrounded by infinite ever changing views that can be typically Mediterranean with myrtle shrubs and mastic trees or almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks. And there’s cultural heritage abound! Nothing can compare with the mosaic terraced landscape, or the little churches, ruins of castles and old farmhouses that are found all over. The Amalfi Coast is definitely Europe’s most scenic and dramatic stretch of coastline. And the best thing is, everything can be discovered on foot!

On this tour, explore some of the thousands of footpaths on the Amalfi coast, some which are famous such as the Sentiero degli Dei (the Pathway of the Gods), and others which are at least a thousand years old, like the Maestra dei Villaggi – the ‘main road’ of the Republic of Amalfi. Also, have the chance to explore a few lesser known paths which are just as beautiful! Going from the sea to the mountains or vice versa, there are always stupendous views, and you’ll walk through little villages, vineyards and olive groves, Mediterranean scrubs and woods, living rocks and chestnut woods.

A large part of this tour is along the coast, and of course, it touches all the famous coastal villages, which are a must to see and include Amalfi itself, but also Atrani, Ravello, Praiano and of course the scenic Positano. Walking in this area, you will enjoy some of the most splendid views of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples, while being immersed in an almost Alpine landscape. You will also surely enjoy the rural scenery, which makes you feel far away from the glitter of some of the fashionable places along the coast.

This tour shows you the paths most guides don’t know about and most books don’t write about! Discover the reason why the Amalfi Coast has become Italy’s most famous coastline, but see as well that there are still places to be by yourself, surrounded by nature.

Day 1

Arrival in Naples. You are met by a taxi (optional) and brought to your quiet agriturismo in the charming little village of Bomerano, beautifully located high above the Amalfi Coast, overlooking the Bay of Salerno. If you arrive early you can walk a short stretch of the world-famous ‘Footpath of the Gods’ to take in the first spectacular views.

Day 2

Today’s walk brings you towards the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast, where views are perhaps even more beautiful than from the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’. The first part of the walk is a relaxed stroll through the charming village of Bomerano, but then, through vineyards and chestnut forest, the path starts to climb. After about an hour walking uphill you reach the ridge of Monte Tre Calli, where you find 360° views. You then walk along the ridge to a natural rock formation known as ‘the mushroom’, where you face a choice: you could continue the climb to Monte Sant’Angelo or opt for a relaxed picnic lunch. Then you start the descent towards the little chapel of the Virgin of the Silence, where you get views of Positano which are grand, to say the least! From there you then walk back to your agriturismo along an easy road.

Day 3

From Bomerano, we will walk down into the green Praia valley, a wonderful landscape of sheer mountain cliffs and terraced vineyards. Along recently restored footpaths, you reach the grotto of St. Barbara, where some medieval frescoes can still be found. Then, after passing the chapel of Sant’Alfonso, you reach the small hamlet of Furore. The route then descends into the spectacular fjord of Furore, with its towering limestone cliffs. You reach the village of San Lazzaro, where you can enjoy a coffee or a drink, and admire one of the most wonderful panoramas of the whole Amalfi Coast.

From here, continue your walk downhill, now along one of the oldest pathways of the Amalfi Maritime Republic: the Maestra dei Villaggi, or Highway of the Villages, an old paved mule track dating back to the 9th century. You go past the hamlet of Tovere, above the imposing monastery of Santa Rosa, and then reach the small village of Vettica Minore. From here you have the option to either continue on foot to Amalfi, passing through the medieval hamlets of Lone and Pastena, both beautifully located above the rocky shore, or to walk down to the beach at Santa Croce and then make the short transfer to Amalfi by local boat.

Day 4

Today you can either walk or take the local bus to the charming historic village of Ravello, a highlight of the Amalfi Coast. We recommend walking the first very scenic stretch to the beautiful little town of Atrani, with great views of the town centre. Atrani is probably the best-preserved town on the Amalfi Coast, with narrow little streets and a serene town square.

Then you can either take the bus or follow the Valle del Dragone (Valley of the Dragon) up to Ravello. The French novelist, André Gide, once described the town as being “closer to the sky than the seashore” and indeed you’ll have to climb a number of steps. Ravello is still one of the most exclusive villages of the Amalfi Coast. You can take your time to stroll through Ravello, before walking back down to the coast, past the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Pontone, possibly visiting the Torre dello Zirro, a medieval watchtower dominating the towns of Amalfi and Atrani from above.

Then, through the charming village of Pontone itself, you walk into the ‘Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the mills, with the ruins of Europe’s most ancient paper mills, dating back to the 11th century. The comfortable footpath runs alongside the course of the river, in an abundant, green, almost un-Italian landscape. Those who feel like it can penetrate deep into the valley, through spectacular scenery, underneath the towering cliffs, through an almost fairytale-like landscape. Here you can admire a number of beautiful waterfalls.

Then you return back down to Amalfi. The path gradually descends past a number of impressive ruins of what were once the first paper mills, adding a mysterious touch to the landscape. Along the last stretch the scenery changes to lemon groves and maquis.

Back down in Amalfi, you can visit the paper museum before returning to your hotel.

Day 5

Today you make a spectacular round walk in one of southern Italy’s most stunning Nature Reserves, the Valle delle Ferriere.

From Amalfi, you first take the bus to Scala. From here you first walk to the stunning hamlet of Minuta, from where you have great views over Amalfi, Ravello & Atrani. Then you climb up a flight of stairs and enter the Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve. You will see some spectacular scenery, walking over comfortable footpaths underneath the towering cliffs, and passing close to some little waterfalls. Though close to Amalfi, the scenery looks like it belongs to a different world: one of isolated mountains. After crossing the main stream, the path gradually descends through the forest towards the little village of Pogerola, dominating the valley of Amalfi from the west. From here a beautiful medieval mule track curves down to Amalfi, amidst lemon groves and maquis, with nice views over the valley.

Day 6

From Amalfi, you take a local bus to the monastery of Santa Rosa, a very scenic drive which saves you a 300 m climb uphill (you also have the possibility of walking there along part of the Maestra dei Villaggi)! From here, the walk first goes to the charming little village of Conca dei Marini, where you’ll have wonderful views over both Amalfi and the western tip of the peninsula.

The route descends to the coast again and follows the coastline past some charming churches beautifully located above the rocky shore. You now descend into the lower part of the spectacular Fjord of Furore, with its charming fishing village underneath the towering limestone cliffs. From here you walk past the church of Sant’Elia into the Praia valley, and then to the coastal village of Praiano, with an optional descent to the very picturesque inlet of Marina di Praia, the little old harbour of Praiano.

Day 7

You start your walk in the picturesque whitewashed alleys of Praiano. Then, along a medieval pilgrim route, you walk uphill towards the monastery of San Domenico, set in stupendous scenery, dominating the coast from its hilltop. Here you can have a little rest before continuing the climb uphill, through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and luxurious vegetation.

Before you know it, you reach one of Italy’s most famous footpaths, the Sentiero degli Dei, or ‘Footpath of the Gods’. This path really lives up to its name! Through unique scenery with unrivalled views you reach the hamlet of Nocelle. Passing another spectacular valley you arrive in the little village of Montepertuso. After Montepertuso it’s only a short walk down to Positano itself, one of the most charming villages on the coast. There is ample time to explore or perhaps go for a swim before you return by local bus to Praiano, a short, but very scenic drive.

Day 8

End of the tour

  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 nights in agriturismos (B&B farm stays) in Agerola
  • 3 nights in 3 or 4-star hotels in Amalfi
  • 2 nights in 3-star hotels in Praiano
  • Extensive route notes, with a description of the route and tourist information
  • Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale or more detailed
  • GPS tracks of each walk
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Luggage transfer
  • Private transfers as specified

OPTIONAL ADDONS(Available during check-out)

  • Single supplement
  • Visas
  • Departure taxes and tourist tax if requested
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional additional tours or activities
  • Tips
  • Items of personal nature

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