Essential Amalfi Walking - short break - AMA7
The Heart of the Amalfi Coast: Ravello, Atrani, Positano & the Sentiero degli Dei
Highlights of the world’s most beautiful coastline
For those who have little time available but want to do a few of the best walks, Genius Loci Travel has developed this special tour, based in the famous coastal resort of Amalfi. You’ll enjoy the best of Amalfi, but will also enjoy the other highlights, such as Positano and Ravello and will discover a number of ‘hidden treasures’ further inland. Amalfi, is the capital city of the Coast, and located in its very heart, so everything can easily be discovered from here.
The Amalfi Coast is probably Italy’s most beautiful coastline, so it’s no surprise that tourists have been flocking here for centuries. More recently, its amazing network of footpaths has been re-discovered too, and it’s just as well, because walking along the Amalfi Coast is something everyone should do at least once in their lives! The landscape of the Costiera Amalfitana is immensely varied and surrounded by infinite ever-changing views. Along the coast it can be typically Mediterranean, with numerous species of wild perfumed herbs, myrtle shrubs, thyme, rosemary and mastic trees. And as it is protected from the cold northern winds by the impressive mountains, it has a wonderful climate & flowers all year long. Further inland it can be almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks. In between, man has created an incomparable mosaic-terraced landscape. Amazing lemon groves and vineyards look out over the clear sea. And cultural heritage abounds, with beautiful little churches, ruins of castles and old farmhouses found all over the place… The Costiera Amalfitana is definitely Europe’s most dramatic stretch of coastline!
And the best thing is everything can be discovered on foot, as there are literally thousands of footpaths here. Some are at least a thousand years old, like the “Maestra dei Villaggi” – the ‘main road’ of the Republic of Amalfi. Some have become famous recently, such as the “Sentiero degli Dei”, the “Footpath of the Gods” (but the lesser known paths are just as beautiful as well!) 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 scrub and woods, living rocks and chestnut woods.
You will mainly walk along well maintained footpaths and paved alleyways, and through attractive countryside with wonderful terraced lemon groves, vineyards and cultural treasures like rural chapels, ancient farmhouses, old watermills and wonderful villas and villages, where you can sit down and relax with a drink. On this tour you will discover that it is not without reason that the Amalfi Coast has become Italy’s most famous coastline. But also that it only takes a little effort to get ‘off the beaten track’ and find yourself surrounded by nature.
Please note: this is a moderately easy tour which is suitable for those who have some experience with walking and a good general physical condition. Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Part of the paths is waymarked. Elsewhere it is necessary to follow the route notes provided together with the maps.
Average walking times: approx from 5 to 6 hours each day.
Amalfi Coast Hiking Tour
Arrival in Naples (airport) or Salerno (train station). You are met by a taxi (optional) and brought to your hotel in Amalfi. Short visit to the town centre and maybe a swim to wash off the weariness of the journey.
Hotel ***/**** – Amalfi
Today you make an initial easy walk, which immediately gives you a good idea of the amazing cultural and natural heritage of the Amalfi Coast. First you walk into the quiet little back alleys of Amalfi, where you can still notice the strong Moorish influence. An ancient flight of steps takes you up underneath the impressive limestone cliffs, towards the little village of Pontone, part of the medieval defence system of the town of Amalfi. The main point of interest is the marvellous Torre dello Ziro, located on a narrow ridge in a park-like landscape, with unforgettable views of Amalfi to the one side and Atrani to the other. This area also offers a number of marvellous picnic spots, all with dramatic views. 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, across 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. As the walk is relatively short you’ve still got some time left now to wander around in Amalfi or take your time for a swim.
Hotel ***/**** – Amalfi
Distance: 9 km. Approx. 4,5 h. walking. Ascent & descent: +/- 450 m.
Today you first take a local bus up to the charming historic village of Ravello, one of the most exclusive villages on the Amalfi Coast and sought after by writers, artists, musicians and travellers from Northern Europe over the centuries due to its lofty position and sunny, dry climate. Boccaccio, DH Lawrence and Richard Wagner are among the more notable guests who have succumbed to its spells. Ravello not only has a very interesting history, and many medieval monuments, but also offers beautiful views over the Amalfi Coast. The French novelist André Gide once described the village as being ‘closer to the sky than the sea’. Ravello also boasts two magnificent villas – the superb 11th-century Villa Rufolo, once a papal residence and later the home of Wagner, and Villa Cimbrone, a sumptuous 19th-century mansion with fabulous gardens and unequalled views over the Gulf of Salerno. You can take your time to stroll through the village, before starting the walk back down to the coast. Past the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione, you first walk through vineyards and lemon groves, then down some medieval steps to the beautiful little village of Atrani. This is certainly one of the best preserved villages on the coast, where you have the chance to look around the narrow little white streets of the village centre. The last short stretch to Amalfi is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints over the town centre. Again the walk is relatively short, so you’ll still have some time left to explore the streets of Amalfi or immerse yourself in the lemon groves for a unique ‘Lemon Tour‘ experience or go for a swim.
Hotel ***/**** – Amalfi.
Distance: 9 km. Approx. 4 h. walking. Ascent & descent: +/- 480 m. (longer options available)
Today you first take a local bus up to the small village of Bomerano, on the Agerola high plain. Here you find 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). You then continue on a more or less level path through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and luxurious vegetation. Here the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ 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, but it will take you a bit of time as there are so 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. After a stroll through its alleys, you could relax for a bit or go for a swim at the large beach, before taking the boat back to Amalfi in the evening.
Hotel***/**** – Amalfi
Distance: 10 km. Approx. 4,5 h. walking. Ascent & descent: + 150 m./- 650 m.
After breakfast you return by train, bus or boat to Naples (airport).
N.B. It is possible to extend this tour with 2 days in Positano and/or two days in Capri (see tour variations). On request it is also possible to book a night in Positano’s only ‘mountain hut’.
Walking Tour Amalfi Coast
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
All nights are spent in a beautiful, characteristic family-run hotel (generally 3/4-star; 5-star on request). All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Accommodations is on B&B basis (no evening meals included). In the evening you are free to choose from the wide choice of restaurants in the area for your dinner. Your accommodation holder can give you good tips. On some occasions you can also choose to eat at the premises of the hotel.
No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way.
Nights 1 – 4: All nights are spent at Amalfi, the ancient capital of the Amalfi Coast, in a welcoming and comfortable 3-star hotel, which has been recently renovated or a beautiful 4-star hotel in the heart of the village. All hotels are centrally located, at walking distance from the sea and all major monuments of the medieval town centre.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Moderately easy (2-3): Mostly easy walks, but with nonetheless some walking uphill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days extensions or shortcuts are possible.
Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary but clients should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in hot sun on dusty or stony tracks.
FOOTPATHS & WAYMARKING
Footpaths: Most paths are relatively well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown (we are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the paths clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths).
Waymarking: Most trails are waymarked and can easily be found; elsewhere you have to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these you will always be able to find your route.
In case you don’t feel confident a local guide can be provided for some trails.
- 4 nights Hotel in Amalfi ***/**** – BB
- Entrance ticket to the stunning Villa Cimbrone
- Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
- Maps at 1 : 25.000 scale
- 24/7 assistance
- Private transfers as specified
- Departure taxes
- Tourist tax
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional additional tours or activitie
- Items of personal nature
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
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 the 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 in AMALFI on day 5. A frequent bus (or boat) service can bring you to Salerno, where you travel on to your next destination (Naples or Rome can both be easily reached). Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.
Choose the hotel which is right for you !
The standard accommodation is a good 3-star hotel in the heart of Amalfi. Prices for this tour start at 250 euro per person (low-season) – see below.
Upgrades can be arranged – in several stunning hotels. Genius Loci Travel, as the leading adventure travel company in Campania, can book your room in any hotel you could dream of! We do not look for luxury for the sake of luxury, so if you’re looking for the right blend of discrete luxury, excellent service, gracious hospitality and a spirit of authenticity, do not hesitate to ask us.
N.B. For this tour tailor-made guided departures (for groups of minimum 4 persons) can be planned on any date. Availability & prices on request. Prices depend on the season, the hotel of your choice and number of persons in your private group. Special luxury departures can be planned on request.
|You can book this tour with a minimum of 1 person.
|There are a very limited number of available places on these dates. Immediate booking is recommended.
|Availability and prices on request.
- Prices are per person and based on the season within which the first night of the tour falls.
- Prices are based on 2 people sharing double or twin accommodation. Single rooms (double rooms – single) are available on most trips however the supplements listed apply.
- If you are travelling alone then on some trips (which include taxi transfers) a ‘Solo Traveller Supplement’ will be applied instead of the normal single supplement.
- Prices are expressed in Euro’s. There will never be a currency surcharge.
- Actual exchange rates: GB £ - US $ - CAN $ - CHF - DKK - SEK - NOK - Other currencies.
VARIATIONS IN AMALFI AND/OR RAVELLO
It is possible to do this tour as well, while based in a hotel in Atrani or Ravello. A large selection off ‘Premiere Inns’, very good hotels, is available, many among the world’s best hotels, as acclaimed from Condé Nast Traveler, Travel+Leisure and many others. Genius Loci Travel, as the leading adventure travel company on the Amalfi Coast, can book your room in any hotel you could dream of!
Also is it possible to spend the first 2 nights in Ravello and the last 2 nights in Amalfi (or Atrani). Extra nights can be booked. Extra walking or sightseeing options will be provided!!!
Also a shorter 4-day (3 nights) version of this tour is also available.
LONGER ‘BEST WALKS’ TOURS
In case you have some more days available, we can recommend you the short break ‘Best walks of the Amalfi Coast’, with stays in both Amalfi and Positano. Also do we offer a short centre-based tour staying in Positano (the ‘Positano – Best walks’).
At the beginning or the end of the tour there is also an opportunity to visit Naples and/or Pompeii. The tour can easily be extended with a few days in Naples or on the island of Capri. Several good accommodations are available. Details and prices on request.
Several hotels in Capri/Anacapri can be booked as an extension to your tour. There are direct boats from Positano to Capri. The program would then include two full day walks in Capri & Anacapri. For more details check out our ‘Exploring Capri’ – short break.
N.B. Travelling in the morning by boat to the island of Capri, you can immediately start with the day walk of day two. Therefore to explore the island ‘in full’ you would need only two extra nights (while the full Capri tour includes three nights on the island).
To visit Capri only briefly it is also possible to book an extra night in Positano, as there is a direct boat from Positano to Capri. In that case you can make one beautiful round walk, passing the ruins of Villa Iovis, the most impressive roman villa, the untouched coastline and many grotto’s. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways, according to your wish to dedicate to walking, relaxing or shopping. In the late afternoon you return by boat to Positano, along the ‘Islands of the Sirens’.