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Amalfi Coast

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Along the Siren Coast

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The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

Amalfi lemons

Amalfi lemons

Monte Commune - the climb was worth it!

Monte Commune - the climb was worth it!

Valle delle Ferriere

Valle delle Ferriere

Sentiero degli Dei

Sentiero degli Dei

Climbing up from Positano

Climbing up from Positano

Looking down at Amalfi from Pontone

Looking down at Amalfi from Pontone

A clear day on Monte Commune

A clear day on Monte Commune

Enjoying the Italian sunshine

Enjoying the Italian sunshine

Amalfi mule

Amalfi mule

Positano

Positano

Looking down on Atrani

Looking down on Atrani

A view of Capri

A view of Capri

The Siren Islands at sunset

The Siren Islands at sunset

Looking towards S'Agata

Looking towards S'Agata

Malacoccola

Malacoccola

Swimming  at Villa di Pollo

Swimming at Villa di Pollo

Amalfi

Amalfi

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Furore beach

Furore beach

Working mules

Working mules

Price: £905
Nights: 7
Grade:
Walk: 4-8 hr/day
Max. party size: 20

Customer Feedback

Andrew Mountstephen

"All enquiries were dealt with promptly and provided exactly the answers needed. I also appreciated the phone call the day before our holiday to check if there were any last minute queries" December 2016

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Travellers Reviews

Firstly, thank you for brilliant guide notes, blue book, maps, timetables and all your support.

You have been superbly helpful and understanding in both planning and executing our Amalfi walking holiday.

We so enjoyed the walking: the scents of lemon blossom, rosemary…, the ever-changing views of sea, mountains, villages, terraces, the sound of campaniles and clocks, the friendliness of local people. BRILLIANT! We loved the route with new vistas opening up as we walked the linear section to Positano. The view of the dramatic Isle of Capri with the Faraglioni Islands (the Sirens?) came gradually closer as we neared the end of the peninsular. On our final day it was great to visit Capri and take the walk to the natural arch and cave and look down on The Sirens - as well as to see back along the mainland coast the way we had come. From Sorrento we enjoyed looking back to the mountains we had crossed. Your help with timetables for public transport was invaluable and the baggage movement happened exactly according to plan.

Liz Taylor-Jones, Colchester April 2016

I doubt we would have attempted this without the services you provided...

... and for that, we are very grateful. We describe the trip to our friends as "extraordinary". In addition to the other planning you helped us work out, having to ignore our luggage, more or less, and simply find it following us from one nice hotel to the next took off a lot of stress and let us better enjoy our surroundings and activities.

Dave Shaw, Boulder May 2016

Just a quick note to let you all know we so enjoyed hiking the Amalfi Coast.

Our weather was good, the hotels were great, transferring of luggage went smoothly and your info packets were the best!!! Because you all pay so much attention to detail, it made our lives so much easier.

Carol Goble, Seattle Sept 2016

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About the Route

At a glance

Amalfi - 7 nights (6 walking days) - the standard route. Consider adding an extra night to explore the western end of the pensinsula, and adding rest days along the route (we suggest Positano) or extra nights in Sorrento for day trips to Capri or Pompeii for example - or even nights on Capri itself. Contact us for advice.

How much walking?

Full days: 7-17 km per day, 2¼-8 hrs walking
Using shortening options: 5-10¾ kms, 1½-4hrs with bus transfers

Max. Grade:

Along the Siren Coast

Wild mountains rising sheer from the Mediterranean sea. Unique old fishing towns clinging to the rocks, right down to the water’s edge. Spectacular paths high on the mountainside that link otherwise inaccessible vineyards, with views for miles. Bathing in little coves away from the crowds. This is a truly multi-graded walk for the hardy strider and, courtesy of the peninsula bus-system, the recreational walker too. The route shows both faces of the peninsula – the craggy scenery of the eastern (Amalfi) end and the more accessible charms of the western tip.

This standard version starts with 3 nights in Amalfi (including a walk to Ravello and back), then works its way along the coast via Praiano, Positano and the western promontories and includes a night in Sant’ Agata before arriving finally in bustling Sorrento, overlooking the bay of Naples and Vesuvius. Stay extra nights in any of our hotels along the way, and perhaps extend your stay with visits to Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples – all possible from Sorrento.

Why not also consider a few nights (minimum stay of 2 nights and 3 in high season) on Capri at the end of walk? On Foot has devised some great walks to help you explore the island to the full.

Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Mary and Emma

Nerano/Marina del Cantone option  – spend a couple of nights in either Nerano or Marina del Cantone in place of Sant’ Agata and explore the western end of the peninsula. Quiet and still quite unknown.

REVIEWS: For independent walker reviews submitted to the Association of Independent Tour Operators visit Aito.com.

Route Highlights

  • The cobbled alleys of Positano and Amalfi
  • Ravello and the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone
  • The Path of the Gods, high above the sea
  • Our ridgetop walk from Positano to Sant’ Agata
  • Walking the wild Valle delle Ferriere
  • Grilled sea-bass on the waterfront at Praiano
  • The San Costanzo peninsula and its secluded beaches
  • The legendary island of Capri

We Recommend

Approaching Amalfi by sea from Salerno (nb latest ferry 15:30 with a few more in high season), an extra day in beautiful Positano, staying in Nerano or Marina del Cantone to do our peninsula walk, and extra days in Sorrento to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius - we can provide notes for you on these options. Spend a few nights on Capri - we have devised some walks that will really help you explore this fascinating island.

Eating and drinking

Wine buffs could do worse than start their research here: (www.wine-searcher.com/regions-campania); we think you should be seeking out the best seafood in the restaurants of Amalfi, Positano (noted for its “Festa del pesce” on the last Saturday in September) and Sorrento. For a complete change though, the Agriturismo Le Tore in Sant’ Agata offers fresh home produced land-based produce throughout the year, and offers a nice contrast to your marine-focussed gorging previously… And what meal is complete without a glass of Limoncello?

How much Walking?

Full days: 7-17 km per day, 2¼-8 hrs walking
Using shortening options: 5-10¾ kms, 1½-4hrs with bus transfers

An otherwise medium-graded walk can be softened by taking daily shortening options, while retaining the excitement of high coastal walking, though there are a lot of steps (up and down) which can be tiring. Signed paths (not always consistently). Highest point on route: 800m.

Medium: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 683m (130m-1215m) per day.

Easy-medium: CUSs 236m (50m-400m) per day using all shortening options (bus past less easy stretches)

GPX file available for handheld GPS or smartphone App for complete route.

Important note: Times given for each day are  walking times for an “average” walker and exclude stops. “CUSs” stands for “Cumulative Uphill Stretches” and measures the aggregated ascents in each day, expressed in metres of climb.  See “Walk Grading” for more information.

When to go?

The best months to walk: April, May, June, September, October

Other possible months: March, July, August, November

The Amalfi Coast is a great walk for seven months of year and extends well into autumn due to the warmth of the sea, although later autumn bookings may necessitate a change of accommodation due to hotels closing for the winter. With its warm climate, Amalfi is suitable for those people looking to walk at the beginning and end of the usual walking season, but it can be very hot during July, August and early September, when plenty of rest days are recommended. Hotels and restaurants on the coast and Capri begin to close for the winter towards the end of October, which lessens choice.

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Weather Chart

 

Temperature and rainfall chart for Amalfi

Itinerary

About the Route

Day 1 - Arrive in Amalfi

... and settle in to your hotel. If you do not arrive too late, there is the cathedral as well as the waterfront to visit, or just wander the streets looking for your first restaurant.

Day 2 - The Ravello Circuit

Your first walk makes the spectacular stepped climb (380m) up to Ravello in the morning, with the chance to see the famed gardens of the Villa Cimbrone on the way. After a look at Ravello’s centre and cathedral, you descend to the little village of Pontone for lunch (picnic, or a choice of modest restaurants). For the afternoon, a visit to the dramatically sited castle Torre dello Ziro overlooking both Amalfi and Atrani is a must. (Standard circuit: Medium: 4½ hrs, 8 km, CUSs 650m)

Alternatives: Take bus to Ravello to remove most of climb; longer option also available.

Day 3 - The Valle delle Ferriere circuit

If you’re feeling in need of a little wilder walking, today’s foray into the mountains along hill paths will offer some relief, and splendid views. Our route starts directly from Amalfi climbing up to the high-level path in the mountains via the village of Pontone (which you visited yesterday). The final staging post is Pogerola, a lovely little hill village, well endowed with bars for end-of-walk refreshments. You then have a gentle stepped path down through woods back to Amalfi (or bus back). (Medium-hard: 4¾ hrs, 11kms, CUSs 735m OR take bus up to Scala to start easy-medium: 4½ hrs, 10km, CUSs 320m)

Alternatives: Either take the bus to Scala to start the walk and avoid initial climb, or take bus from Pogerola back down to Amalfi after the walk (or both!).

Day 4 - Amalfi to Praiano

Now the journey west starts. It is quite a tough day, using many old medieval paths with loads of views as always, some quite lonely places and a detour around the unique deep cleft of the Marina di Furore “fjord”. The day has a definite sense of making a journey along the coast, ending in the pleasant town of Praiano. The major staging points are: Vettica Minore; Tovere, a quiet village, highest point at 450m; Sant’Elia, a hamlet at 250m and Praiano at 150m. (Medium-hard: 5hrs, 12 km, CUSs 800m).

Alternative: Bus to start at Convento di Santa Rosa (Medium: 3 hrs, 7km, CUSs 400m)

Day 5 - Praiano to Positano

We continue our journey westward, to Positano. We ascend to a now uninhabited monastery, San Domenico, and join the Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) across a wild hillside to the mountain village of Nocelle. The views along and of the coast are unsurpassed. Then, passing through another village, Montepertuso, the descent takes us to the heart of Positano with its boutiques and milling hordes. (Medium: 4 hrs, 10 km, CUSs 500m).

Alternatives: Easier end option – arrive in Nocelle (for the bus to Positano, avoiding descending steps) OR take the bus the whole way to Positano.

Day 6 - Positano to Sant’ Agata

Today’s continuation of the westward journey comprises two parts: Positano to Colli di Fontanelle; and from there to Sant’ Agata. For the first part there is a choice between a hard mountain section or a transfer by bus. Experienced hill walkers (and when the weather is good) should try our Hard section followed by Medium or Easy to reach their goal. This is our spectacular walk, even more than the Sentiero degli Dei, but it’s tough. It involves a walk straight up the hill from Positano, then a marvellous ridge-top walk with views for miles. (GPS file available and advised as navigation can be tricky).

More recreational types could spend the morning in Positano and then try the easy option, starting (after a bus ride) from Colli di Fontanelle, about 13km west of Positano. Once in Colli di Fontanelle, follow the coastal path which explores remote terrain high above the sea, reaching the village of Torca before splitting, depending on that night’s accommodation.

Full walk Hard: 8 hrs, 17km, CUSs 1215m
Easy option (bus to start) Easy: 2¾ hrs, 5km, CUSs 310)

Option

Three options to consider.

1.  Instead of staying in Sant' Agata, transfer to Marina del Cantone, a seaside resort, to our simple hotel right on the beach

2. Spend an extra night in Sant' Agata and try the The Sorrento Peninsula walk - a day of many choices, as the tip of the peninsula has much to offer. It overlooks the island of Capri and gives views across the bays of Naples and Salerno from a fine network of paths. The official day consists of a walk to Termini, with its bar and eateries, and a choice of optional coastal walks thereafter. Those staying in Sant’ Agata take the bus back.  (Easy: 2 hrs, 7km, CUSs 130m to Termini).

3. Spend both nights (after a short transfer) in Marina del Cantone or in the pretty nearby village of Nerano and combine our peninsula walking options with swimming and relaxing.

Day 7 - Sant' Agata (or Nerano/Marina del Cantone) to Sorrento

We make the final stage of our journey along typical old paths, visiting the town of Massa Lubrense on the way. There is an option to make a detour to a headland viewpoint (with views over the whole bay) at one stage, but you may wish to save the time to explore Sorrento. (Medium: 3-4½ hrs, 10-14 kms,  CUSs 150-450m).

Alternative: Bus to Sorrento for the day.

Departure day

Return home, or stay further nights in Sorrento (as a base from which to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Capri or Naples) or even spend a few nights on Capri itself (minimum stay of 2 nights and 3 in high season) and explore this legendary island using our walking notes.

Travel Information

ARRIVING BY AIR

The best “local airport” is Naples. Intercontinental flights may use Rome then take a train directly to Salerno (around 2½ hrs) and from there either a bus or ferry (April – Oct only, latest 15:30 in low season, see www.travelmar.it for timetables) to Amalfi. The transfer from Rome Fiumicino airport to Rome Termini station takes around 30mins.

Flight information can change rapidly. Please do check for yourself directly with the airlines’ websites before finalising any booking with us and do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.

NAPLES

Land by: 14:30 if using public transport (later arrivals possible, missing supper). Private shared shuttles enable later landing times.

Return flight earliest: 10:00 (missing breakfast).

Land by/earliest return flight times not applicable if using a pre-booked taxi

Flights from UK and Eire airports:

Birmingham – Thomson (seasonal, not daily)
Bristol – Easyjet (seasonal, not daily), Thomson (seasonal, not daily)
Dublin  – Aer Lingus (not daily, seasonal)
East Midlands – Airport Thomson (seasonal, not daily)
Edinburgh – Easyjet (seasonal, not daily)
Gatwick – BA, Easyjet (daily), Thomas Cook (seasonal, not daily), Thomson (not daily); Meridiana (not daily)
Glasgow International – Thomson (seasonal, not daily)
Liverpool – Easyjet (seasonal, not daily)
Luton – Easyjet (not daily); Monarch (seasonal, not daily), Thomson (seasonal, not daily)
Manchester – Thomas Cook (seasonal, not daily), Thomson (seasonal, not daily); Monarch (seasonal, not daily), Jet2 (seasonal, not daily)
Newcastle – Thomson (seasonal, not daily)
Stansted – Easyjet (daily)

Flights with Thomas Cook and Thomson tend to be seasonal and not daily.

See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information

ARRIVING BY TRAIN

Nearest railway station:
Start: Salerno
Finish: Sorrento (Circumvesuviana Railway to Naples Centrale)

Typical rail journey from UK via Paris and Rome:
London: Eurostar to Paris (N), transfer to Paris Bercy for sleeper train to Rome. Next morning take the train to Naples, change for Salerno and then for Amalfi. ~17 hrs.
Sorrento: Circumvesuviana train to Naples, then Naples to Rome for the overnight train to Paris and then the Eurostar arriving London St Pancras International. ~22 hrs.

See www.seat61.com/Italy.htm for details and other ideas, www.bahn.de for local trains except for the Circumvesuviana timetable which can only be found at www.massalubrense.it/circum.htm.

 

Getting to the start of the walk

The first hotel is in Amalfi and the last in Sorrento. Transfer times and methods are suggested for Naples airport below. For train arrival transfers see below.

NAPLES AIRPORT:

Outward: Bus/bus or bus/train/bus or ferry (c. 3½ hrs) OR pre-booked taxi transfer from Naples airport to first hotel OR web-booked shared shuttle (see www.amalficoastairportshuttle.com or www.amalfishuttle.com.
Return: Airport bus (~€10 pp) or train/bus shuttle (c. 1 ½ hrs) OR pre-booked taxi from final hotel to Naples airport

Transfers from train stations:
Outward: Bus or ferry from Salerno to Amalfi (c. 1 hr)
Return: Short walk or local taxi from Sorrento hotel to station for Circumvesuviana railway to Naples Central

For all pre-bookable taxi prices, see “Prices”

Full transfer advice, including timetables, is provided in your Walkers’ Pack. Contact us if you would like additional pre-booking information.

Where You'll Stay

Spend your first nights in one of several possible hotels in the heart of Amalfi. Our hotels in Praiano are well-located and friendly (upgrade with sea-view rooms and pool available). We offer several small hotels in Positano; most are well-located in the heart of the town and, therefore, within easy reach of dinner but one is on quiet Fornillo beach and therefore away from Positano’s milling hordes. In Sant’ Agata stay in a well appointed hotel or choose Le Tore, a working organic farm where you’ll normally have dinner; much of what you’ll eat has been grown here too. Should you opt for a night in Marina del Cantone our accommodation here overlooks the beach, while the pension in nearby Nerano is stylish and has a pool to compensate. In Sorrento, you’ll stay in a recently renovated hotel, right in the heart of the town. Opportunities to upgrade in each village and in Sorrento. On Capri, our hotel is in the heart of Capri village but still quiet (minimum stay of 2 nights and 3 in high season).

Amalfi – Villa Annalara: (B&B)

Night 1, 2 & 3

Amalfi – Villa Annalara: (B&B)

Small pension with restaurant, in quiet location just 8 mins walk from the sea.

Amalfi – Luna Convento (B&B)

Night 1, 2 & 3 (Upgrade)

Amalfi – Luna Convento (B&B)

A former 13th century Franciscan Friary in excellent location. Pool.

Praiano – Tramonto d’Oro (B&B)

Night 4

Praiano – Tramonto d’Oro (B&B)

Family hotel in the heart of the village - upgrade to sea view rooms possible. Pool (in season).

Positano – Pupetto Hotel (B&B)

Night 5

Positano – Pupetto Hotel (B&B)

Charming hotel on quiet Fornillo beach, 10 mins walk away from Positano itself.

Sant’ Agata – Hotel Sant’ Agata: (B&B)

Night 6

Sant’ Agata – Hotel Sant’ Agata: (B&B)

Good hotel in the village of Sant' Agata with pool.

Sorrento – Hotel Astoria: (B&B)

Night 7

Sorrento – Hotel Astoria: (B&B)

Newly refurbished and very central hotel in quiet position.

Staying in Nerano, Marina del Cantone and Rome

As an option to S. Agata we can normally offer a night in La Certosa, right on the beach at Marina del Cantone or more stylishly at Casale Villarena (two-night minimum stay) in nearby Nerano (pool)

 

We think we have one of the best and most reasonably priced places to stay in Rome – Roberta’s B&B Orologio. In a narrow street between the Piazza Navona and the Vatican, Roberta has been our Rome host for the last ten years and has never let us down.  With her stylish charm and attention to detail she ensures that if you return to Rome you will stay there again.  And has opened another B&B nearby just in case she is full!

Prices

Price: £905 for 7 nights

7 nights in double/twin room, all breakfasts, all luggage transfers. Locally levied tourist taxes are not included. Headline prices are for May bookings and are indicative only; actual prices will vary according to specific hotels booked and exact date.

All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated (e.g. for taxis), and may vary with exchange rate fluctuations – check with On Foot for your guaranteed price.

Supplements (indicative – based on May prices)

Single Room Supplement from £285

Lone Traveller Additional Supplement from £75

All other months: please enquire – high season supplements and low season discounts will vary.

 

Add Ons

Additional B&B nights in any accommodation, nights in Marina del Cantone or Nerano and on Capri: Call for prices (vary with season)
Upgrade to seaview rooms at the Tramonto d’Oro, Praiano: From £45 per person per night, depending on season

TAXIS

Naples airport to first hotel: From £121 (1-3 persons), £151 (4-7) (Weekday daytime rates, supplement for night arrivals)
Salerno Railway Station to first hotel: From £81 (1-3 persons), £106 (4-7) (Day time weekday rates, supplement for weekend/holiday/night arrivals)
Final hotel to Naples/Naples Airport: From £101 (1-3 persons), £116 (4-7) (Day time weekday rates, supplement for weekend/holiday/night departures)

MINIBUSES for larger groups – contact On Foot Holidays

Customer Feedback

Andrew Mountstephen

"All enquiries were dealt with promptly and provided exactly the answers needed. I also appreciated the phone call the day before our holiday to check if there were any last minute queries" December 2016

more testimonials

Travellers Reviews

Firstly, thank you for brilliant guide notes, blue book, maps, timetables and all your support.

You have been superbly helpful and understanding in both planning and executing our Amalfi walking holiday.

We so enjoyed the walking: the scents of lemon blossom, rosemary…, the ever-changing views of sea, mountains, villages, terraces, the sound of campaniles and clocks, the friendliness of local people. BRILLIANT! We loved the route with new vistas opening up as we walked the linear section to Positano. The view of the dramatic Isle of Capri with the Faraglioni Islands (the Sirens?) came gradually closer as we neared the end of the peninsular. On our final day it was great to visit Capri and take the walk to the natural arch and cave and look down on The Sirens - as well as to see back along the mainland coast the way we had come. From Sorrento we enjoyed looking back to the mountains we had crossed. Your help with timetables for public transport was invaluable and the baggage movement happened exactly according to plan.

Liz Taylor-Jones, Colchester April 2016

I doubt we would have attempted this without the services you provided...

... and for that, we are very grateful. We describe the trip to our friends as "extraordinary". In addition to the other planning you helped us work out, having to ignore our luggage, more or less, and simply find it following us from one nice hotel to the next took off a lot of stress and let us better enjoy our surroundings and activities.

Dave Shaw, Boulder May 2016

Just a quick note to let you all know we so enjoyed hiking the Amalfi Coast.

Our weather was good, the hotels were great, transferring of luggage went smoothly and your info packets were the best!!! Because you all pay so much attention to detail, it made our lives so much easier.

Carol Goble, Seattle Sept 2016

More independent feedback
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Julian Tippett

Julian first stumbled on the medieval footpaths of the costiera on holiday in 1991. Since then, many visits and much exploration have let him 'get under the skin' of the peninsula.

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