Amalfi Coast – 5 nights
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The Amalfi Coast
Monte Commune - the climb was worth it!
Valle delle Ferriere
Sentiero degli Dei
A clear day on Monte Commune
Enjoying the Italian sunshine
Looking down on Atrani
A view of Capri
The Path of the Gods
The Siren Islands at sunset
Looking towards S'Agata
A bird's eye view of Amalfi
Swimming at Villa di Pollo
Colourful shop front in Sorrento
I feel that your attention to detail in the planning and documentation for the walks made the difference to this holiday, which was always going to be great, given its location. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
The notes were superb. We have done many self-guided walks, and yours are probably the best notes I have seen.
Peter Greig-Smith, Colchester, UK - September 2019
It was a divine trip. We had high expectations and yet the walk exceeded them. I loved the design of each day's walk, the simple luxury of arriving to our hotel and having our luggage be there.
The scale and warmth of each hotel was perfect for this kind of trip. Every morning we loved all the ripe plums and peaches offered for breakfast, and the excellent cappuccinos and espressos. The trip more than delivered on the promise of a sense of solitude and unspoilt territory. It was really an exceptional time.
Jardine Libaire, USA - June 2019
Obviously the scenery takes some beating, and the wild flowers were absolutely fantastic - so many different kinds and colours.
With all the steps, the walks were quite strenuous, but not too long. We particularly enjoyed the variety of the last day's walk when we passed through some authentic villages.
James and Joan Paxton, Germany - May 2019
We LOVED this trip.
The hikes were a great length and the level of difficulty, and absolutely gorgeous. The logistics were all perfect, and allowed us to just focus on enjoying the crazy views, the phenomenal food and wine, and the exploring.
Mike Zamore, Washington DC, USA - October 2018
We had an amazing trip. We enjoyed every day and it was wonderfully distracting from normal life.
We loved the baggage service, it was great to find everything in our room when we arrived every day. We loved the variety of hotels and the ambiences, from the busyness of Amalfi to the relative quiet of Pupetto. We met many people trying to walk from a single base taking buses every day etc, and we found this whole experience so much better than that.
Keith and Sara Girling, Nottingham, UK - October 2018
Our trip to the Amalfi Coast was wonderful in all ways. We had perfect weather, spectacular scenery, charming hotels, and our group of 8 enjoyed our hiking immensely.
You really outdid yourselves with all the information you provided to help us find our way before, during and after our hikes.
Cathy Bergeron, Vermont, USA - October 2018
The walks were all great experiences, but we especially appreciated the more remote hikes with exceptional scenery: Valle delle Ferriere, Sentiero degli dei, Santa Croce/San Costanzo loop, Sentiero dei Fortini. We also loved the opportunity to walk through so many small towns that one might rarely see if visiting the Amalfi Coast by car, or simply staying in the main tourist towns. Walking is clearly the perfect way to see the area; and... the weather gods cooperated when we most needed them to!!
While we didn't stay on Capri, we thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous Sentiero dei Fortini hike to the Blue Grotto.
Deena Behnke, Nevada, USA - September 2018
Amalfi Coast is beautiful. The walk into Priano on the donkey trail was lovely.
We finished at Sorrento (a lovely town), and were able to get to Capri, Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. So, this walk had it all - beauty, great people, good food, great scenery, shopping if desired and historic sites.
Eileen Behan, New Hampshire, USA - April 2018
At a glance
Amalfi - 5 nights (4 walking days) - one night in each hotel. Consider adding an extra night in Sant' Agata 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: 10-17 km per day, 4-8 hrs walking
Using shortening options: 3-10km, 2¾-4 hrs
Along the Siren Coast
Wild mountains rising sheer from the Mediterranean sea. Unique old fishing towns clinging to the rocks, tumbling 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 multigraded 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 5-night version starts with just 1 night in Amalfi (you can still walk to Ravello if you get there early enough), then works 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 en route, 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
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- 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 new ridgetop walk from Positano to S. 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
This route features the following characteristics and interests: Coast
Approaching Amalfi by sea from Salerno (nb latest ferry 15:30), an extra day in beautiful Positano, one in Sant' Agata 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?
Using shortening options: 3-10km, 2¾-4 hrs
The toughest version of our route at medium-hard, this 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 – careful attention to our written walking directions required). Highest point on route: 800m.
Medium-hard: Average cumulative uphill stretches (CUSs) 679m (200m-1215m) per day.
Medium: CUSs 240m (100m-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.
Please note: date ranges shown are for a ‘normal’ year. While Covid-19 restrictions remain, please contact us to discuss your plans and availability.
Temperature and rainfall chart for Amalfi
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 - 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 culminating in the spectacular high Abu Tabela path from the mountain village of San Lazzaro. The day has a definite sense of making a journey along the coast, ending in the pleasant town of Praiano. (Medium-hard: 4½hrs, 12 km, CUSs 680m).
Alternatives: There are lots of options today both easier and harder. Ask On Foot for advice.
Day 3 - 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). (The Sentiero degli Dei is very busy at weekends so try to plan your walk to avoid the crowds if you can).
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 4 - 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)
An option to consider.
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).
Day 5 - 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.
Two-three nights on Capri as an add-on. We have two walks on the island, or you can just relax! See the accommodation page for information on where you can stay.
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.
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 30 mins.
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.
Flight information can change rapidly and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner (see below) before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights until we have confirmed that we have provisionally reserved accommodation for you.
For up-to-date schedules and flights from all airports check Skyscanner.
See “Getting to the start of the walk” below for transfer information
ARRIVING BY TRAIN
Nearest railway station:
Finish: Sorrento (Circumvesuviana Railway to Naples Centrale)
Typical rail journey from UK via Paris and Rome:
Sleeper train from Paris Bercy to Rome. Next morning take the train to Naples, change for Salerno and then either ferry (best) or bus to Amalfi. ~12 hrs.
Also TGV from Paris Gare de Lyon to either Geneva or Turin. Then train (possible change in Milan) to Salerno. ~13 hrs.
From Sorrento: Circumvesuviana train to Naples, then Naples to Rome for the overnight train to Paris . ~17 hrs.
Parking available in Amalfi at Luna Rossa underground car park (not tested, c. €20 per day). Bus back from Sorrento at the end.
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.
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 amalficoastairportshuttle.com or 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 quietly located and friendly (upgrade with sea-view rooms and pool available for two-night-plus stays). 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. In Sorrento, you’ll stay right in the heart of the town. On Capri, our hotel is in the heart of Capri village but still quiet (minimum stay of 2 nights and 3 in high season), or you could choose to stay in quieter Anacapri.
A 4-star family run hotel which enjoys excellent views. Villa Romita is located nearby and is a restored 19th century villa.
Amalfi – Hotel Croce di Amalfi (B&B)
A small hotel with a warm welcome, great sea views yet close to the town centre.Website
Amalfi – Luna Convento (B&B)
A former 13th century Franciscan Friary in excellent location. Pool.Website
Praiano – Locanda Costa Diva (B&B)
Garden terraces with lemon trees give this hotel its character. Restaurant. Some rooms a little on the small side.Website
Positano – Pupetto Hotel (B&B)
Charming hotel on quiet Fornillo beach, 10 mins walk away from Positano itself.Website
Positano – Hotel Villa delle Palme (B&B)
A welcoming, family-run hotel, within easy reach of the centre of the town.Website
Sant’ Agata – Grand Hotel Hermitage & Villa Romita (B&B)
A 4-star family run hotel which enjoys excellent views. Villa Romita is located nearby and is a restored 19th century villa.Website
Sant’ Agata – Le Tore (dinner, B&B)
A real working organic farm, where almost everything you will eat is grown. Idiosyncratic welcome. Dinner supplement.Website
Sorrento – Hotel Astoria (B&B)
Newly refurbished and very central hotel in quiet position. 2 night minimum stay.Website
Staying in Capri and Rome
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!
If you wish to stay in Naples, there are plenty of choices – please ask if you would like us to help find somewhere to stay.
Total 5 nights (1 night in each town) in double/twin room, all breakfasts, luggage transfers between all hotels on walking route; full Walkers Pack with route directions, maps, transfer and background information; local telephone support.
All prices are per person unless otherwise indicated, and are based on a standard booking in May. Prices may vary seasonally and a fixed price will be given to you before you commit. Locally levied tourist taxes are not included.
Single Room Supplement (SRS): From £280
Lone Traveller Additional Supplement (LTAS): From £85
Maximum party size: 20
Additional B&B nights in any accommodation, nights on Capri: Call for prices (vary with season)
Sending Walkers Packs to addresses outside the UK and Ireland: £10-£40 (per pack, location dependent)
Naples airport to first hotel: From £130 (1-3 persons), £150 (4-7) (Weekday daytime rates, supplement for night arrivals)
Salerno Railway Station to first hotel: From £80 (1-3 persons), £100(4-7) (Day time weekday rates, supplement for weekend/holiday/night arrivals)
Final hotel to Naples/Naples Airport: From £100 (1-3 persons), £115 (4-7) (Day time weekday rates, supplement for weekend/holiday/night departures)
MINIBUSES for larger groups – contact On Foot Holidays
Route designed by:
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.