When walking or hiking the Amalfi Coast, please always check the latest info on wild fires and landslides carefully!
Herewith the most recent info (updated 8 September 2020)
Unfortunately the Amalfi Coast is a very fragile area and prone to landslides, especially after the wild fires which occur almost every Summer.
This time wildfires have affected the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’, which is closed now and will be closed for at least a week, and probably more.
Another fire has developed along the upper ‘Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve’ between Scala and Amalfi. We therefore recommend NOT to go hiking in these areas without guidance (although feasible – the beauty in some areas is gone for a while – until Nature fights back).
Since the big wild fires in Summer 2017 there have been problems along several trails above Positano, more specific above the hamlets of Nocelle and Montepertuso. Most paths are feasible again – and in the notes of our self-guided walks we suggest as well some alternatives.
Of course we are, as always monitoring continuously the situation, not only to keep our (few…) clients ‘out of danger’, but also to give them valid alternative in case they have one of the affected walks in their programme.
There have been several other fires (also in the Cilento, in Sicily and in Calabria), but these have no consequences for our tours. Those of you who do a walking tour in Sicily: the Zingaro nature reserve unfortunately has been burnt almost completely 🙁
The walking tours which have been affected mostly are the tours along the Amalfi Coast, where a some paths are not feasible/closed at the moment:
Bomerano/Praiano – ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ – Nocelle – Positano: access blocked between the Convent of San Domenico and Colle Serra
While the ‘Path of the Gods’ after the recent fires is accessibile again from Bomerano, unfortunately the access from Praiano / San Domenico is still blocked.
However, there are several alternative routes to reach the ‘Path of the Gods’ from Praiano: either by walking up the path 327b, straight to Colle serra, or by taking the path through the Valley of Praia, along Santa Barbara to Bomerano. Both options are given in the route notes for our individual ‘self-guided’ walks.
- The walks above Positano – included in the some of our tours are all feasible – and can therefore be used as an ‘alternative ‘high Path of the Gods’ – along th3e Caserma Forestale. This is only for good hikers – NOT for everybody!!!
- The descent from Colle Serra (at about an hour from Bomerano) to Praiano is OPEN, and therefore represents a valid alternative for those walking from Agerola to Positano: just walk down to Praiano and then travel by bus to Positano. Please refer to this map: SENTIERO degli DEI – diversion (Sept. 2020).
N.B. For the clients which stay in Praiano, and normally walk up to the Convent of San Domenico and then along the Path of the Gods to Positano: this walk is not feasible. We recommend to either walk up along the path 327b from Praiano to Colle Serra (check this PRAIANO MAP – AND WALK TO THE START OF ROUTE #19/#6 – just above San Luca – from the hotel where you are staying (refer to the map). In alternative you can take the bus to Positano and make a beautiful roundwalk in the mountains above Positano (day 7 of our tour ‘AMA2’: www.genius-loci.it/tour/italy_coasts_islands/amalfi-coast-positano-walking).
- The walks from Santa Maria al Castello in western direction (Monte Comune/Colli di San Pietro are not damaged, hence are safe and feasible.
- The ‘classic route’ up from Positano to Santa Maria al Castello, locally known as ‘Le Tese’ is feasible.
‘Alta Via dei Monti Lattari’
- For our beautiful trek along the ‘Alta Via dei Monti Lattari’ (genius-loci.it/tour/italy_coasts_islands/amalfi-sorrento-altavia-trek-selfguided-hiking-tour ), the consequences have been surprisingly few. The whole route along the ridge is feasible, and –very important to our clients- the path to the Monte Sant’Angelo, the highest peak of the Amalfi Coast, has no damage. The ascent is therefore absolutely feasible.
The only problem area is the part between the Valico di Chiunzi and Mt. Cerreto, which is overgrown. We have warned the local authorities and hope that the problem will be solved soon.
‘Fjord’ of Furore’
To end with some good news: the paths through the so-called ‘Fjord’ of Furore’, halfway Amalfi and Praiano, where there had been landslides before, for which reason local authorities had already retained necessary to block access to all persons, are finally open again – since the end of August 2020!
Please refer to the map below: FURORE Fjord MAP – diversion
At least we hope so … as soon as these paths open again we let you know!