The Amalfi Coast: A Jewel Of Southern Italy

The Amalfi Coast: A Jewel Of Southern Italy

Italy » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Discover the world famous Amalfi coast
  • Enjoy delicious Italian sea food and great wines
  • Swim in the turquoise water of the Mediterranean Sea
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Duration (days): 6-8

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The Amalfi Coast is probably Italy’s most beautiful coastline and one of the best destinations for coastal self-guided hiking in Europe. This tour is a good option for a great walk already in early spring or in late autumn. The landscape is immensely varied and surrounded by infinite ever changing views. It can be typical Mediterranean, intoxicated by wild perfumed herbs, with myrtle shrubs, thyme, rosemary and mastic trees, or almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks. And there’s cultural heritage abound! Man has created a stunning mosaic terraced landscape, which nothing can compare with. And beautiful little churches, ruins of castles and old farmhouses are found all over… The Costiera Amalfitana is definitely Europe’s most dramatic stretch of coastline! There are thousands of footpaths on the Amalfi coast, some of which are famous such as the “Sentiero degli Dei” – the “Pathway of the Gods” – or are at least a thousand years old, like the “Maestra dei Villaggi” – the ‘main road’ of the medieval sea Republic of Amalfi.

8-DAY ITINERARY (scroll down for the 6-day/5-night option)

Day 1
: Arrival in Naples (airport) or Salerno (train station). Once you have made your way to Amalfi by bus, you already have a good feel of what this coastline has to offer! And you won't be disappointed. When you arrive, check into our cosy hotel in the historical town centre and take a stroll through the picturesque tangle of backstreets and steps. You are greeted by whitewashed alleys, arches and a welcoming piazza.... This is the start of your holiday!
Day 2: Today you make a first easy walk, which gives you immediately a good idea of the amazing cultural and natural heritage of the Amalfi Coast. An ancient staircase takes you up underneath the impressive limestone cliffs, towards the little village of Pontone, part of the medieval defence system of the city of Amalfi. The main point of interest is the marvellous Torre dello Zirro, located on a narrow ridge, in a park like landscape, with unforgettable views of Amalfi to the one and Atrani to the other side. The comfortable footpath runs along the river course, in an abundant green, almost un-Italian, landscape. Those who want can penetrate deep into the valley, through spectacular scenery, underneath the towering cliffs, through an almost fairy tale like landscape. Here you can admire a number of beautiful waterfalls. Then you return back down to Amalfi.
(9-10 km.;4-5 h. walking)
Day 3: Today you first take a local (open) bus up to the charming historic village of Ravello, one of the most exclusive villages of the Amalfi Coast, and a sought after place by artists over the centuries, as its lofty position and sunny, dry climate made it an appealing place to writers, artists, musicians and travellers from northern Europe. Ravello not only has a very interesting history, and many medieval monuments, but also offers beautiful views over the Amalfi Coast.  You can take your time to your time to stroll through the village, before starting the walk back down to the coast. Along the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione you walk first through vineyards and lemon groves, then along a medieval flight of stairs down the beautiful little town of Atrani. This certainly is one of the best preserved villages of the coast. The last short stretch to Amalfi is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints on the city centre. As the walk is relatively short you now still have some time to wander around in Amalfi or take your time for a swim.
(7,5 km.;4,5 h. walking)
Day 4: From Amalfi you walk along one of the oldest pathways of the medieval Amalfi Maritime Republic, the ‘Maestra dei Villaggi’, or ‘main road of the villages’, an old paved mule track dating back to the 9th century. You pass the little villages of Lone and Vettica, before arriving at the imposing monastery of Santa Rosa. The walk from here first goes to the charming little village of Conca dei Marini, from where you’ll have wonderful views both on Amalfi and towards the western tip of the peninsula. You then descend into the spectacular fjord of Furore, with its charming fishing village underneath the towering limestone cliffs. A great last stretch through forest, vineyards and Mediterranean scrubland,  then brings you to the coastal village of Praiano, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.
(10 (13) km.; 5 (6) h. walking)
Day 5: From your hotel you walk through the little streets of Praiano, up towards the little church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli. From here on a comfortable path above the village itself, you walk into the Valley of Praia, a beautiful green valley with many vineyards clinged to the cliffs. You then climb up to the little church of Sant’Alfonso and from here the very scenic caves of Santa Barbara: another short section uphill brings you to the beginning of the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods), a walk with unrivalled views. After a very panoramic stretch with views over the whole Amalfi Coast, reaching out until the island of Capri, you start the descend back to Praiano.
(11 km.; 5 h. walking)
Day 6: You start your walk again in the picturesque white washed alleys of Praiano. Along a medieval pilgrims’ route you then walk uphill towards the monastery of San Domenico, set in a 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. Shortly you then 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 downstairs to Positano, but it will take you some time as there are too many photo opportunities along the route. Positano itself, is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and certainly one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast.
(9 km.; 4,5 h. walking)
Day 7: First you take the local bus up to Montepertuso, from where you start a very scenic walk, around the upper valley of Positano. Following ancient footpaths through the forest and along marvelous viewpoints you climb up towards Santa Maria al Castello, the old fortress defending the narrow valley between the Amalfi- and Sorrento-side of the peninsula. From here you can admire both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. For those who want there is the possibility to climb up from here to the Monte Sant’Angelo, the highest mountain of the peninsula, a very demanding but rewarding ascent. Along another medieval mule track you then return to Positano again.
(11 km.; 4,5 h. walking)
Day 8: After breakfast you return by boat or bus and train to Naples and by shuttle bus to the airport. An extra night in a hotel can be booked upon request.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Accommodation is on B&B basis, in all accommodations. Nights 1, 2 & 3: The first three nights are spent at Amalfi, the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast, either in a welcoming and comfortable 3-star hotel, or in a small charming family run hotel right on the (private) beach. Nights 4 & 5: These nights you stay in the little town of Praiano, in a good 3-star hotel, with a few nice little beaches at walking distance. Nights 6 & 7: The last two nights are spent in the romantic & fashionable little village of Positano, with its characteristic houses built onto the steep slopes of the mountains. You stay either in a comfortable 3-star hotel, or in a bigger 4-star hotel.
 


6-DAY ITINERARY

This walking tour can be considered the condensed ’classic’ tour along the coast, which takes in all the famous coastal villages and the most beautiful walks to made in the area, some of which listed among the ‘world’s best walks’. In only a short time you’ll visit the villages which are a must to see: Amalfi itself, but also Atrani, wonderfully preserved through the centuries, Ravello with its magnificent villa’s, the quiet Praiano and of course the scenic and fashionable Positano. You will walk along well maintained footpaths, often paved alleyways, through attractive countryside, with wonderful terraced lemon groves, vineyards and cultural treasures like rural chapels, ancient farm houses, old water mills and wonderful villa’s and villages, where you can sit down and relax with a drink.

Day 1: Arrival in Salerno/Amalfi.
Day 2: First you walk into the quiet little back alleys of Amalfi, where you still notice the strong Moorish influence. An ancient staircase takes you up underneath the impressive limestone cliffs, towards the little village of Pontone, part of the medieval defence system of the city of Amalfi. The main point of interest is the marvellous Torre dello Zirro, located on a narrow ridge, in a park like landscape, with unforgettable views of Amalfi to the one and Atrani to the other side. Then, through the charming village of Pontone itself, you walk into the ‘Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the watermills, with the ruins of Europe’s most ancient paper mills, dating back to the 11th century. hose who want can penetrate deep into the valley, through spectacular scenery, underneath the towering cliffs, through an almost fairy tale like landscape. Here you can admire a number of beautiful waterfalls. Then you return back down to Amalfi. (9-10km; 4-5hrs)
Day 3: Today you first take a local (open) bus up to the charming historic village of Ravello, one of the most exclusive villages of the Amalfi Coast, and a sought after place by artists over the centuries, as its lofty position and sunny, dry climate made it an appealing place to writers, artists, musicians and travellers from northern Europe. Along the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione you walk first through vineyards and lemon groves, then along a medieval flight of stairs down the beautiful little town of Atrani. This certainly is one of the best preserved villages of the coast, with the possibility to look around the narrow white little streets of the town centre. The last short stretch to Amalfi is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints on the city centre. As the walk is relatively short you now still have some time to wander around in Amalfi or take your time for a swim. (7-8km; 4,30hrs)
Day 4: Today you first take a local bus up to the small village of Bomerano, on the Agerola high plain. Here is the beginning of the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (‘Footpath of the Gods’), one of Italy’s most famous footpaths, and certainly a walk with unrivalled views. After a very panoramic stretch with views over the whole Amalfi Coast, stretching out as far as the island of Capri, you reach the junction for the monastery of San Domenico, set in stupendous scenery, dominating the coast from its hilltop (optional detour along a medieval pilgrim route). 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 downstairs to Positano, but it will take you some time as there are too many photo opportunities along the route. Positano itself, is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and certainly one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast. (9km; 4,30hrs)
Day 5: First you take the local bus up to Montepertuso, from where you start a very scenic walk, around the upper valley of Positano. Following ancient footpaths through the forest and along marvelous viewpoints you climb up towards Santa Maria al Castello, the old fortress defending the narrow valley between the Amalfi- and Sorrento-side of the peninsula. From here you can admire both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. Through a nice wooded area in a park like landscape you then descend to the Caserma Forestale (the forestry service’s house). For those who want there is the possibility to climb up from here to the Monte Sant’Angelo, the highest mountain of the peninsula, a very demanding but rewarding ascent. The standard walk though continues through the forest and zigzags back down to Montepertuso. Along another medieval mule track you then return to Positano again. (11km; 4,30hrs)
Day 6: Departure day.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
3-4* family-run hotels, incl. breakfast. Days 1-3 are spent in Amalfi (or Atrani), days 4-5 - in Positano. Luggage transfer is included.

Prices 2017 (8-day program):
March: 650 Euro/person (260 Euro single room supplement)
April: 710 Euro/person (300 Euro single room supplement)
May/June: 760 Euro/person (330 Euro single room supplement)
July: 790 Euro/person (350 Euro single room supplement)
August/September:820 Euro/person (350 Euro single room supplement)
October: 710 Euro/person (300 Euro single room supplement)
November: 650 Euro/person (260 Euro single room supplement)
* N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!

Prices 2017 (6-day program):
March: 495 Euro/person (single room supplement: 200 Euro)
April/May/June: 610 Euro/person (single room supplement: 230 Euro)
July/August/September: 660 Euro/person (single room supplement: 260 Euro)
October: 570 Euro/person (single room supplement: 210 Euro)
November: 495 Euro/person (single room supplement: 190 Euro)
* N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes (8-day program): 3 nights Hotel in Amalfi ***/**** – B&B; 2 nights Hotel in Praiano ***  – B&B; 2 nights Hotel in Positano ***/**** – B&B; 1 Luggage Transfer from Amalfi to Praiano (day 4); 1 Luggage Transfer from Praiano to Positano (day 6); Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information; Maps at 1:25.000 scale (or better); 24/7 local assistance;

The price includes (6-day program): 3 nights Hotel in Amalfi ***/**** – B&B; 2 nights Hotel in Positano ***  – B&B; 1 Luggage transfer from Amalfi to Positano (on day 4); Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information ; Maps at 1:25.000 scale (or better) ; 24/7 h local assistance

The price does not include: Departure taxes; Travel Insurance; Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary; Optional additional tours or activitie; Tips; Visitors' taxes (payable locally)

Tips:
Arrival: The tour starts in AMALFI, connected with Salerno by a frequent bus (and boat) service and with Naples by a less frequent bus service. In Summer there are direct boats from Naples. A taxi pick-up service can be arranged either from Naples (airport or train station), or from Pompeii or Castellammare di Stabia, which can both be easily reached from Naples, with the local Circumvesuviana train.
Departure: The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8 in Positano. A frequent bus service can bring you to either Sorrento or Amalfi/Salerno, from where you travel to your next destination (Naples, Salerno or Rome can all be easily reached). Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.