Amalfi Coast

Azure blues meet between the sky and sea and towering cliffs accent the coastline, such is the beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Connected by forest trails and ancient stone staircases, your walking holiday will take you on a magical journey down one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.

Amalfi Coast to Positano In Style

Self-guided

Experience the Amalfi coast, staying in stylish 4* hotels. Walk from Amalfi to the elegant streets of Ravello. Spend 2 nights in Praiano with optional walks on Capri Island.

Self-guided 6 Days From $2495 Moderate What's Included

Amalfi Coast to Positano In Style

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What's Included
  • 5 nights accommodation in 4* hotels
  • 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Flexible itinerary to add or remove days
  • Optional visit to Capri Island
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk to the elegant town of Ravello and visit Villa Cimbrone
  • Authentic Italian hospitality
  • Stay in the sleepy coastal village of Praiano
  • Explore the terracotta buildings and artisan market stalls of Positano
  • Complete the ‘Walk of the Gods’ from Agerola to Positano

Amalfi Coast, Mountains & Positano

Self-guided

Explore the contrasts of the Amalfi Coast. Visit the swish towns of Ravello, Positano and catch a ferry to Capri. Stay in rural Agerola and hike in the Monti Lattari mountains.

Self-guided 7 Days From $1725 Moderate What's Included

Amalfi Coast, Mountains & Positano

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What's Included
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Flexible itinerary to add or remove days
  • Optional visit to Capri Island
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Explore Europe’s famous Amalfi coastline
  • Walk to the romantic hillside town of Ravello
  • The cobbled streets, cafes and gelato shops of Amalfi town
  • Discover the exotic gardens of Ravello’s Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone
  • Hike rugged hill paths to the summit of Monte Tre Calli
  • Complete the ‘Walk of the Gods’ from Agerola to Positano

Amalfi, Positano & Sorrento

Self-guided

Explore the sensational Amalfi and Sorrento coastline on foot. Discover Ravello and Positano, with optional visits to Capri Island and the Roman city of Pompeii.

Self-guided 8 Days From $1970 Moderate What's Included

Amalfi, Positano & Sorrento

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What's Included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch
  • Luggage transfers as described
  • Route Notes, Maps and GPX tracks
  • Flexible itinerary add or remove days
  • Optional visits to Pompeii and Capri Island
  • 24/7 telephone support
  • Walk Europe’s famous Amalfi coastline to Sorrento
  • Visit the exquisite Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
  • Take a dip in the warm waters of the Mediterranean
  • Hike the ‘Walk of the Gods’ from Agerola to Positano
  • Discover the sophisticated coastal town of Positano

OVERVIEW

Starting in Amalfi, you will take a metaphorical step back in time to when this city was a centre for trade. The magnificent 13th century St. Andrew’s Cathedral is just one example of the ancient relics that make up this splendid town. From there, you will walk to the “City of Music”, Ravello. Perched on a hillside, Ravello is known for its enchanting gardens and spectacular views across the Sorrentine peninsula that have inspired poets, composers, and artists for centuries. You will be able to walk through the nature reserve in the Valle delle Ferriere and along the balcony path known as the “Walk of the Gods.” You will also have the opportunity to visit the island of Capri and discover its fascinating Roman history.

There’s a lot more to the Amalfi Coast than just its incredible natural beauty; the uniquely fascinating towns and villages are a major draw for tourists. Wander through the terracotta buildings of the pink town of Positano, taste authentic Italian cuisine in Amalfi’s breathtaking restaurants, and pass through the sleepy hamlets that dot the coastline. You will stay in 4-star stylish accommodations where you will be treated to genuine Italian hospitality at its finest. As you walk, we will transfer your luggage to the next location so you only have to carry a lightweight day bag.

history

Today, the cliffside villages of the Amalfi region are a hotspot for tourism with thousands of visitors coming each year to experience their unique architecture and breathtaking views of the sea. Although this region has exploded in popularity as a travel destination in recent years, it has a rich and interesting history dating back thousands of years. The Amalfi Coast was once a centre of trade that allowed many of its inhabitants to prosper.

The first settlers of the Amalfi Coast arrived in the 6th century when wealthy Roman noblemen built little seaside villages. While not much is known about the area in the following centuries, it did declare itself a Republic in 839 during a period of unrest when power was changing hands between major regional powers.

Amalfi quickly grew into a centre of trade. By the time Venice and Pisa had firmly established themselves as power players, the Amalfi people were already taking full advantage of the sea. Their influence spread quickly and over a vast area around the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Syria and everything in between. Influence from far-off lands, especially the East, can still be seen in the architecture of Amalfi towns.

Amalfi, given its small size and geographical isolation, was not a centre for power. In 1073, Amalfi fell under Norman control and subsequently suffered Pisan attacks in the 1100s. This did not deter the Amalfi people, as they continued in their creative and intellectual pursuits in the following centuries. They became one of the first paper producers in Europe and created some beautiful pieces of architecture.

Sadly, as good fortune cannot last forever, the Amalfi region was dealt a staggering blow during the 13th century. Many inhabitants of the Amalfi coastal towns succumbed to the plague, and their trade industry was decimated when a storm destroyed most of the ships, the entirety of the port, and a portion of the towns themselves. The Amalfi coast was not able to recover from the extreme loss and became a sleepy fishing region once again.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that the region underwent another transformation. Roads were constructed into the area, making it possible for new settlers and travellers to explore this gorgeous coast. Prior to this, it was only possible to access the towns by mule. Due to the massive increase in accessibility, the Amalfi Coast eventually became the tourist centre that we know and love today. Due to its historical and cultural significance, the Amalfi Coast has been named one of the 50 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

While the town is no longer a centre of trade, you can still see bits and pieces of its history as you walk through the region. Amalfi’s fascinating journey through the ages makes one appreciate its beauty all the more.

Flora & Fauna

The wild landscape of Italy has been conquered by humankind for centuries. Many species of both plants and animals have long since been driven away or hunted to extinction. While the Italian peninsula was once home to bears, lynxes, and wolves, they are now entirely gone or pushed deep into the remaining untouched areas.

One place that has gone untouched is not on land but rather under the surface of the glistening coastal waters. Many of the animals that inhabit this area cannot be seen unless you take the plunge into its underwater world. The massive sea storm that hit the coast of Amalfi in the 1300s pulled much of the city into the ocean, creating a sunken metropolis for the marine life to make their own. Giant tuna and amberjack are commonly found travelling in groups among the ruins. Additionally, this area is rich in plankton, which provides support for an abundant underwater ecosystem. A large variety of small fish can be found darting in and out of the gorgonians, a type of coral, and huge lobsters can be seen shuffling along the seafloor. It is easy to spot seagulls soaring above the coastal waters as they look for their next meal. If you are lucky, you may also spot cormorants diving into the water to hunt for fish.

The animals that remain on land are much smaller in size but are still very important to the local ecosystem. The smallest of animals include butterflies like the marbled white butterfly, swallowtail butterfly, clouded yellow butterfly, peacock butterfly, and more. Dragonflies, soldier beetles, bees, and other small insects can frequently be found perching on top of the wildflowers that line the coast.

The Amalfi coast of today is mainly home to gardens, farmland, and orchards. One famous product of the region is the Amalfi lemon. This lemon is sweet and can be eaten plain as dessert, without needing any sugar. Due to that, it has become a popular ingredient in the local cuisine and the famous “limoncello” liqueur.

Gorgeous gardens dot the coastal towns, bringing in flower lovers from around the world. As you walk through these charming towns, vibrant pink bougainvillea can be seen draping the walls, trellises, and homes from late summer into early autumn. While carefully manicured flower gardens are certainly beautiful, there’s something special about spotting them in the wild. During your walking holiday, you can see wildflowers alongside the path and perched precariously on the seaside cliffs. You will be able to see the fresh white of the cuckoo flower, the bright pink of the hollyhock, and the sweet yellow of the four o’clock flower, also known as the Mirabilis jalapa. As you walk through the Valle delle Ferriere, you can see plants of old including the rare Woodwardia radicans and the carnivorous plant, Pinguicula hirtiflora. The Amalfi Coast is also home to a variety of wild orchids. Look carefully and you will be able to see lady orchids, bumblebee orchids, tongue orchids, pyramidal orchids, and even the stunning tooth orchid.

Local Cuisine

Eolo

Located in the charming Marina Riviera Hotel is the Ristorante Eolo Amalfi. Views looking over the Amalfi coast provide stunning scenery and an air of romance, especially at sunset. Eolo specialises in the cuisine of the Amalfi and Mediterranean region. Fresh ingredients and decadent spices will delight your taste buds. You must try one of their signature seafood dishes; it doesn’t get much fresher than when the sea is at your doorstep.

M’ama!

M’ama is the perfect place to express your love for your partner, family, and friends. The sweeping views over the Amalfi Coast are both romantic and peaceful, providing the ideal location for any group of people looking to come together to enjoy excellent food. Fresh and seasonal ingredients combined with artisanal mastery makes for a splendid meal. M’ama features a wide selection of beers, wines, whiskies, rums, and calvados; grab a drink with dinner and you’re set for an excellent evening.

Rossellini's

Located in the Palazzo Avino in Ravello is the fabulous restaurant Rossellini’s. Only open for dinner from March to November, Rossellini’s is a must-try. We suggest starting with their amuse-bouche to get an idea of what they bring to the table. We also highly recommend trying their Acquerello risotto, which is ravioli stuffed with wild rabbit and suckling pig. While Rossellini’s is a little on the expensive side, it is worth it for the incredible dining experience.

Babel Wine Bar, Deli, & Art

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a meal or drink at Babel. This establishment focuses on serving simple, good food with a relaxed atmosphere. Here you can enjoy a fabulous glass of wine while perusing the ceramic art displays that feature pieces by the world-renowned artist, Scuola di Vietri. We highly recommend trying their Roman-style pizza that has a modern twist.

Al Ristoro del Moro

Just off the main square of Ravello is Al Ristoro del Moro. This restaurant features stunning views over the sea that will take your breath away. A combination of traditional local cuisine with innovative touches will delight your taste buds. Try their lamb’s rib with potato cream, the beef fillet with wine sauce, the risotto with red prawn sauce, and much more. You will leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.

La Capannina

This pizzeria is more than just a pizza shop. La Capannina creates unique dishes using locally sourced, in-season ingredients to produce a delightful meal just for you. Experience the flavours of the sea paired with the sweetness of the Amalfi lemon. Try one of their handcrafted pizzas or one of their signature pasta dishes to refresh your energy after a long day of walking.

Ristorante Franchino

Hanging over the edge of the rocks with an extraordinary view over the sea is the Ristorante Franchino. Open for lunch and dinner, Franchino is a romantic location perfect for couples. They bring together fresh ingredients to create traditional Mediterranean dishes that will delight your palate. Try their swordfish rolls or their aubergine ravioli, and be sure to pair it with something from their large selection of wines.

La Strada

Located in Praiano, overlooking the blue waves of the sea, is La Strada. This charming restaurant focuses on combining fabulous ingredients to create simple, wonderful meals. You can get a taste of the sea by trying their grilled calamari with fennel and lemon or keep it simple with a handcrafted pizza. By the end of the evening, you will leave happy, rejuvenated, and full.

Next 2

Walls adorned with jasmine flowers and a relaxed but elegant atmosphere awaits you at Next 2. This restaurant combines fresh ingredients with a distinctive flair to give you a meal worth remembering. Try their linguine with cauliflower sauce, cuttlefish, broccoli, and lemon or keep it simple with the catch of the day. Next 2 also features a prominent cocktail and wine menu to help find the perfect pairing for your meal.

Terrazza Cele

Named after the founder’s sweet nickname from her husband, Terrazza Cele infuses craftsmanship and love into every meal. There are many options to choose from including the smoked amberjack tartare, pumpkin risotto with marinated and smoked prawns, and lamb with artichokes. Make sure to leave room for the lemon gratin with mixed wild berries and orange sauce to finish off the evening with a burst of flavour.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Marina Riviera

This hotel became famous during the 14th century when visiting the Amalfi Coast was common for tourists from all over Europe. Just a stone’s throw away from Cathedral Square, Marina Riviera features picturesque views over the coast with sunlight glinting on the water. Enjoy a stunning view from the terrace while you have breakfast or in the afternoon as you drink a glass of wine. There is a wide variety of Mediterranean style rooms available that will surely delight you.

Hotel Margherita

Hotel Margherita is a family-run hotel based on the principles of love and hospitality. Everyone at this 4-star hotel will treat you like one of the family. The staff are kind and incredibly attentive, working hard to ensure that you have the best experience possible. They believe that an incredible stay lies in the details, a concept that you will come to understand during your stay. You can relax in the panoramic swimming pool, enjoy an incredible meal at the in-house restaurant, or just unwind in one of their lovely suites. You can choose a room overlooking the glistening waters of the Amalfi coast or the tranquil lemon garden. By the end of your stay, you will wish that you could stay forever.

Transport

As a part of your tour package with Auswalk, we transfer your luggage between accommodations. Therefore, you will only have to carry a light daypack as you enjoy your walking holiday.

How you arrive in the starting city of Amalfi and depart from the final town of Positano is up to your discretion. We have provided some suggestions below, and we are more than happy to arrange a private transfer at your request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our service representatives who will happily guide you through the best available options.

To Amalfi

Naples Airport:
If you are travelling from outside of Italy, you can find arrival and departure flights in Naples. Naples has a variety of flights connecting from Europe and other regions of the world. Once you have landed at Naples Airport, there are bus connections through to Amalfi. If travelling between May and September, you can pre-book a direct Pintour shuttle bus from Naples airport through to Amalfi (journey time is just over 2 hours). Alternatively, you can catch the Alibus from Naples airport to the Immacolatella (Porta Di Massa) and change for services to Amalfi (journey time around 3 hours). If you prefer, we can always organise a private transfer which is approximately a 1-hour journey.

Napoli Centrale Train Station:
If you are travelling from within Italy, there are a variety of bus and train lines that will connect you to Amalfi from Naples. From the Napoli Centrale Train Station, you can take the regional line to Salerno Station, which takes about 45 minutes. From Salerno Station, you can transfer to the bus destined for Amalfi, which takes an additional hour and fifteen minutes.

Another option from Napoli Centrale would be to transfer at Piazza Garibaldi for services to Via Nocera, which is a 40-minute journey. Here you can take a 35-minute taxi to Amalfi.

Onward Travel from Positano

The easiest way to return to Naples is via taxi to Castellammare di Stabia train station, where you can catch a direct service to Naples.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more scenic transportation option, you can travel from Capri to Naples Harbour via ferry. You can take the ferry out to Capri (walk-on or by car) and transfer to the ferry service to Naples Harbour.

You can also take the bus from Positano to Sorrento. Here you will transfer to the Napoli Porta Nolana train to Napoli Porta Nolana. Once you arrive at the Napoli Porta Nolana Train Station, you can transfer to another train, take a bus into the city, or transfer to Naples Airport for a flight.

More Information

For all train travel in Italy prices, timetables and ticket reservations can be made through The Trainline or Tren Italia. Another useful generic planning tool for your trip is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

climate/weather

The temperature along the Amalfi Coast changes dramatically depending on the season. Winter can be dreadful along the Amalfi Coast. December is the wettest month of the year with an average of 65mm of rain, less than four hours of sunshine possibility a day, and nearly freezing temperatures at night. It is best to avoid this region during the winter.

The weather becomes much more pleasant as soon as spring hits. In April, the temperatures can rise to 18°C during the day. While April can be quite rainy, with 38mm of average rainfall, it is still a pleasant time to walk. After April, the rainfall drops significantly for the rest of the summer.

Summer draws the most massive crowds, which is not a surprise given the fantastic weather. There is an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day, making this time of year excellent for all outdoor activities. The temperature ranges from a low of 18°C to almost 30°C during the hottest parts of the day. Being on the coast, it isn’t uncommon for Amalfi to experience thunderstorms during summer days, so you should always be prepared for rapidly-changing conditions.

Come September, the temperature will cool back down, with temperatures reaching a low of 15°C and a high of 26°C. The rainfall will increase to 44mm during the month, and the hours of sunshine will lessen.

Terrain

The Amalfi Coast is a picturesque display of a classic Mediterranean landscape with its terraced vineyards, unique towns, and steep cliffs. Along the coast, much of the land contains sweeping farmland. You will find rolling pastures, sweeping orchards, and steeply terraced vineyards. The towns cling to the side of the cliffs, with their incredible architecture making it appear as though they were carved from the rock itself. The “Walk of the Gods” is a perfect example of the terrain you will encounter on the Amalfi Coast. This balcony walk takes you along the cliff edge with panoramic views of the glistening sea below twinkling like a finely cut sapphire. In town, you will mainly walk up and down the steep and narrow paths to get around, making for a killer leg workout.

when to walk

The best time to walk along the Amalfi Coast is from the end of spring through the middle of autumn. To avoid the excessive summer crowds (and heat), we have made this walk available from late April to the end of June and from mid-August through October.

From April into June, days are warm and sunny with the flowers in full bloom. You may find that earlier in the season you can encounter a few rainy days, but generally speaking, the piazzas buzz with life and are perfect for enjoying an al fresco dinner. From late August into September the summer crowds have thinned, and the intense summer heat has dissipated. This cooler climate appeals to many walkers who love to walk without the sometimes oppressive heat of summer.

If you are looking to enjoy some days in the sea, it is best to visit during August when the sea is at its warmest; it reaches an average of 26°C during this time.

walking fitness levels

This walking holiday will take you along rocky trails, through forest paths, in and around the towns of the Amalfi Coast, and along the balcony trail called the “Walk of the Gods.”

This trail is graded as moderate, and each route is well-defined and easy to navigate. You will be walking up to 10km per day with up to 500m of ascent and descent. For each of the walks, you will be provided with daily walk notes, a map, and the GPX tracks if you require them to use with your own device.

It is recommended that walkers maintain an exercise regimen of 2 to 3 days per week for some time prior to this walk. Keep in mind that many sections of the trail will have prolonged sections of stone staircases that you will ascend and descend. Most of these staircases will have handrails but there are some that will not. If you suffer from knee or joint problems, it is wise to consult with your doctor before attempting this walk.

In addition, the “Walk of the Gods” is a balcony cliff walk. If you suffer from severe vertigo, it is advised to skip this portion of the walk and instead take the ferry from Amalfi to Positano.

Lastly, be aware that it is commonplace in Italy for there to be no separate footpaths, even in the towns, which means you will often be walking on the roads. Please be mindful of all road users when doing so.

walking essentials

Your main piece of luggage will be transported for you each day as you walk, so when you arrive at your accommodation, it will be there waiting for you. You will only have to carry a light day pack with your essentials.

As with any journey, it is essential to be prepared for your self-guided walking holiday. While we will be transporting your luggage from accommodation to accommodation, you will still be carrying a lightweight day pack with you. Here is what we suggest that you take with you each day:

  • Walking notes, map and a map case
  • Picnic lunch packed in an insulated container (when supplied)
  • Quality waterproof jacket with a hood
  • Warm jumper or jacket
  • Sunhat/Rainhat
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Sunscreen (at least 15 SPF+)
  • 1 to 2 litres of water
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Some money
  • Mobile phone (please note that reception is not available in all walk areas)
  • Personal insect repellent, band-aids, and a small container of salt mixed with rice grains
  • Personal necessities (example: required medication)

Now that we have the essentials packed, it is time to think of any additional items that may be worth taking along with you. These items may include but are not limited to:

  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Extra socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (with a spare battery or SIM cards)
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook and pen
  • Matches
  • Small torch
  • Walking stick / walking poles
  • Additional snacks

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and have a chat with our friendly team. We will happily advise you on what types of clothing, backpacks, boots, and other materials you may need for your walking holiday.

locations

Amalfi

It is from this town that the coast gets its famous name, Amalfi. As the largest town along the coast, Amalfi is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit. Amalfi has been around since the 6th century and still possesses incredible medieval buildings and fascinating cultural traditions. Take time to visit the lifeblood of Amalfi, the ocean, down at the marina where you will see boats from all over the world. Walk along the promenade and smell the sweet, salty air before visiting the Piazza del Duomo and the magnificent cathedral. Historical museums, hidden grottos, delightful restaurants, quaint cafes, and little shops will keep you busy for your entire stay.

St. Andrew Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Andrew, the patron saint and protector of Amalfi, is impossible to ignore. Located in the centre of town, the cathedral stands tall at the top of a magnificent staircase. Despite this cathedral holding both the religious and historical heart of Amalfi, the locals just refer to it as the “Duomo.” Striking bronze doors from 1061 will allow you entry into this glorious building. Once inside, you will find incredible architecture and art at every turn.

Valley of the Mills

Valley of the Mills trail takes you on a relative journey through time. Amalfi was once a major paper producer in Europe; in order to create and maintain their industrial prowess, they had to harness the power of their surroundings. On your walking holiday, you will follow the path of the 13th century paper mills that served as the heart of the industry. As you walk, you will witness the incredible waterfalls that once powered the now ruined mills. In addition, as you navigate your way up the plentiful stone staircases, you will gain a better understanding of what it was like to transfer goods from one village to the next back in the good ‘ole days.

Ravello

Like much of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello has a harsh history. Once a town of almost 40,000, the plague nearly destroyed everything they knew and loved. While Ravello is not as large as Amalfi or Positano, this town does not lack in beauty. Now only 3,000 people inhabit this little town, but there is still so much to see. The stunning gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, and the quaint restaurants and shops are just the beginning. Ravello is also known as the City of Music, as it holds incredible musical festivals each year.

Villa Cimbrone

This 11th century garden is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the incredible Amalfi Coastline. Villa Cimbrone itself is a 5-star luxury hotel, but the gardens are open to the public; it is an essential location to visit while in Ravello, with six hectares of botanical gardens waiting for you to wander through. Villa Cimbrone’s gardens are a picturesque model of English landscape design due to the intense remodelling done by a British nobleman in the 1900s. Colourful flowers, temples, statues, and more await you in this alluring garden. One place you must make sure to see is the Terrazza dell’Infinio (Terrace of Infinity) that hangs 365 meters above the Mediterranean. While the view down is not for the faint of heart, its sheer beauty will take your breath away.

Scala

Known as the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast, Scala was settled by the Romans in the 4th century after their ship wrecked nearby. Scala was once a much larger town, but after being attacked by the Pisan forces in the 12th century much of the town was left in ruin. Scala is made up of many little hamlets, and each one has something unique to offer. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Monastery of Santissimo Redentore, and the Palazzo of Mansi-D’Amelio are just the beginning.

Valle delle Ferriere

The Valle delle Ferriere was once an industrial hub, with the production of iron and paper being common in the area. Prior to the 18th century, these industries took advantage of the abundant local waterfalls in order to provide power to their factories. After industry moved out of the valley, nature retook control. This valley’s subtropical environment is not something you will typically encounter on the Amalfi Coast. Being protected by the cold winds of the north while taking in the high humidity, it is a wonderland for plants. Giant ferns, moss clad limestone, and ancient flora can be found as you walk through the valley, especially within the nature reserve found at its heart.

Pogerola

Pogerola is a peaceful gem along the Amalfi Coast. This small hamlet is not overrun by tourists and still maintains the simple Italian way of life. In the days of the Republic of Amalfi, Pogerola was a defensive outpost designed to spot incoming invaders. The terraced town is now a relaxing place to grab an inexpensive bite to eat, explore artisan shops, and enjoy quiet scenery overlooking the coast and countryside.

Walks of the Gods

Known as one of the best balcony walks of Europe, the “Walk of the Gods” is not for the faint of heart. The legend says that it was close to here that Ulysses almost met his fate when the Sirens sang their deathly song. The Gods of Olympus rushed to help, even though Ulysses’s men had already solved the problem by tying him to the boat’s mast and stuffing their ears with wax so as not to hear the Sirens’ song. In the Gods’ rush to help, they ran along the Amalfi coastline, leaving behind rugged cliffs and incredible rocky structures in their wake. Now, as you walk along the stunning trail, you can take in the breathtaking views of the coast that are unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Bomerano

Bomerano is just one of six tiny villages that make up the area known as Agerola. Bomerano may be small, but it’s not lacking in culture or heart. Walk along the steep stairs and winding paths that lead through the village before stopping for a bite to eat. Most cafes and restaurants in the town are reasonably priced and have a relaxed atmosphere, perfect places to eat on a day filled with walking.

Nocelle

This ancient hamlet that was once used as a strategic location to warn the coast of impending pirate attacks. Now, Nocelle is a relaxing stop that will get you away from the hustle and bustle of the larger towns along the coast. Four hundred metres above sea level, this hamlet offers spectacular views over the beach. Stop in at one of the restaurants to grab a drink or snack before continuing along your walking holiday.

Marina Grande

Marina Grande is an excellent location to end a day of walking as it is the liveliest beach along the Amalfi Coast. At 300 metres in length, there is an abundance of activities to take part in once you arrive. Cafes, restaurants, bars, and the famous Music on the Rocks discotheque (night club) line the beach. Of course, you can also take the time to soak up the sun’s rays or take a refreshing dip in the water.

Praiano

Praiano is an ideal central location to get away from the crowds while still being able to easily reach everything along the Amalfi Coast. This small town is known for its incredible hospitality and even won the Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) for cleanliness. Delightful restaurants, hidden coves, and the town’s cathedral are all just a stone’s throw away. From the Torre a Mare to the Marina di Praia, this town will capture your heart and your imagination with its everlasting beauty.

Isle of Capri

During your walking holiday, you will have the option to spend some time exploring the Isle of Capri. All it takes is a ferry ride, and you will be wandering through the island famed for being a celebrity hangout. There are a variety of routes that you can take, like the rugged trails of Monte Solaro or the paths that head towards the northeastern end of the island where you will find the Villa Jovis. If you would like to chill like a celebrity, make your way back to the centre of the island to have a late lunch or sip on a sweet drink.

Monte Solaro

If you’re looking for something exciting to do while enjoying your relaxation on the Isle of Capri, you can always take a day trip up to Monte Solaro. Monte Solaro is 589 meters above sea level and is the highest point on the island. From the mountain’s peak, you can easily see the Amalfi Coast and all the way to the mountains of Calabria. If you do not feel like hiking to the top of the mountain, you can instead take the chairlift to the summit from the station near Piazza Vittoria. Whether it is by foot or by chairlift, the views from the top are worth the journey.

Villa Jovis

On the northeast corner of the Isle of Capri, you can explore the Villa Jovis. Built by the Roman Emperor, Tiberius, in 27AD, it was designed to provide comfort, privacy, and security for the emperor. The villa covers 7,000 square meters and has multiple levels, which was odd for the time but necessary for the environment it was built in. It is here that you will also find the infamous “Tiberius’s Leap,” where, according to the age-old tales, servants and guests who had displeased the emperor were hurled off the edge to a death at sea. You don’t need to worry about that anymore, just enjoy the view and the gorgeous sculpture of Madonna resting in front of the church.

Positano

Positano is one of those towns that looks like it hasn’t changed in a century, and that’s because it hasn’t. This town has strict building codes to keep that old-world charm intact, keeping the skyline a never-changing representation of life there. The best way to spend a day in Positano is by eating, shopping, and relaxing. Stop in to one of the little restaurants or pop by a rosticceria to grab a snack to go. While wandering through the charming shops and galleries, you will have the opportunity to purchase some of the town’s specialties, ceramics and linens (window shopping is fine too). Make sure to spend some time down on the beach relaxing and watching the boats come and go. It is hard to spend just one day in this adorable location, so we highly recommend planning to spend an extra day here.

non-walking activites

Emerald Grotto

An underwater nativity scene made of ceramics is submerged in this famous grotto, bringing in divers from all over the world around Christmas, and during the rest of the year, to see this unique sight. The Emerald Grotto is in the bay of Conca dei Marini, not far from Amalfi. It became famous not for the nativity scene but rather for the vibrant emerald colours that shine through an underground opening. The cave is a natural wonder with stalactites decorating the caves. You can get to the entrance of the grotto by boat or ferry, and a guide will take you in on a rowboat from there. It is a magical sight that will surely amaze you.

Torre dello Ziro

Combined with the Walls of Dukedom in Amalfi is the Torre dello Ziro, an iconic landmark in Amalfi. This tower was built to keep watch for plundering pirates trying to make their way into the Amalfi Coast. Despite its beauty, in the 16th century something dreadful happened within the tower. After being accused of an affair, the Duchess of Amalfi and her children were locked in the tower and murdered. Many of the older residents still believe that the tower is haunted, do you think you will get spooked?

Paper Museum

Known in the local language as Museo Della Carta, the Paper Museum takes you back through time to when Amalfi was one of the first paper producers in Europe. Founded by Nicola Milano, this museum was created when he had to close his last paper mill due to transportation problems. Now you can learn about the Amalfi art of paper-making at this historic museum.

Torre a Mare

Haven’t had enough towers yet? Situated along the Amalfi Coast, at the edge of Praiano, is the Torre a Mare. This medieval tower is perched on a charming promontory as a striking landmark with a backdrop of the sparkling coastal waters. Take the time to walk over to this tower and you will be able to view some pieces created by the local artist Paolo Sandulli.

Villa Rufolo

If you didn’t get enough of the spectacular gardens and views during your visit to Villa Cimbrone, Villa Rufolo is another fabulous villa that features colourful gardens and stunning views of the sea. It was built by one of the most affluent men of Ravello, Nicola Rufolo, in 1270. It was here that Richard Wagner, a famous composer of the 1800s, was so inspired by the incredible beauty of the villa that he finished an opera that had been two decades in the making. No matter when you visit, this garden is spectacular and blooms almost all year long.

Festival Internazionale della Musica

Held in the “City of Music,” Ravello, is one of the oldest music festivals in Italy, taking place in Villa Rufolo. Over the years, prominent orchestras, conductors, jazz artists, opera singers, pop singers, dancers, and actors have performed on the incredible stage that overlooks the sea. While artists may differ in opinion on the concept of outdoor performances, no one can argue about the magical quality of watching a concert with one of nature’s most beautiful landscapes as the background.

Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius

Are you looking to visit the cities that were buried in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD? It is easy to schedule a day trip to these incredible historical landmarks before or after your walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast. Explore the vast cities that were wiped out by the volcanic ash that quickly blanketed the area, leaving no time to escape. You can explore the ruins of these once magnificent cities, imagining what life there might have been like before that fateful day.

Snorkelling

Off the Amalfi Coast is another world residing under the azure waves. By taking a snorkelling tour, you can discover the secrets that the coastal waters have to offer. Hidden caves, breathtaking beaches, and an entire submerged ecosystem are waiting for you. There are many tour companies to choose from, primarily depending on your skill level and the experience you are looking for; no matter what you choose, you will create a memory that lasts a lifetime.

Boat Tours

Are you ready to get out on the sparkling blue waves that you have been staring at for your entire walking holiday? Taking a boat tour is one of the most incredible activities that you can take part in while on the coast. You will have the opportunity to get a whole new perspective of the Amalfi Coast, looking back at the land you have been wandering through. Boat tours offer a little something for everyone, decide what is most appealing to you and set sail!

Overview

OVERVIEW

Starting in Amalfi, you will take a metaphorical step back in time to when this city was a centre for trade. The magnificent 13th century St. Andrew’s Cathedral is just one example of the ancient relics that make up this splendid town. From there, you will walk to the “City of Music”, Ravello. Perched on a hillside, Ravello is known for its enchanting gardens and spectacular views across the Sorrentine peninsula that have inspired poets, composers, and artists for centuries. You will be able to walk through the nature reserve in the Valle delle Ferriere and along the balcony path known as the “Walk of the Gods.” You will also have the opportunity to visit the island of Capri and discover its fascinating Roman history.

There’s a lot more to the Amalfi Coast than just its incredible natural beauty; the uniquely fascinating towns and villages are a major draw for tourists. Wander through the terracotta buildings of the pink town of Positano, taste authentic Italian cuisine in Amalfi’s breathtaking restaurants, and pass through the sleepy hamlets that dot the coastline. You will stay in 4-star stylish accommodations where you will be treated to genuine Italian hospitality at its finest. As you walk, we will transfer your luggage to the next location so you only have to carry a lightweight day bag.

History

History

Today, the cliffside villages of the Amalfi region are a hotspot for tourism with thousands of visitors coming each year to experience their unique architecture and breathtaking views of the sea. Although this region has exploded in popularity as a travel destination in recent years, it has a rich and interesting history dating back thousands of years. The Amalfi Coast was once a centre of trade that allowed many of its inhabitants to prosper.

The first settlers of the Amalfi Coast arrived in the 6th century when wealthy Roman noblemen built little seaside villages. While not much is known about the area in the following centuries, it did declare itself a Republic in 839 during a period of unrest when power was changing hands between major regional powers.

Amalfi quickly grew into a centre of trade. By the time Venice and Pisa had firmly established themselves as power players, the Amalfi people were already taking full advantage of the sea. Their influence spread quickly and over a vast area around the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Syria and everything in between. Influence from far-off lands, especially the East, can still be seen in the architecture of Amalfi towns.

Amalfi, given its small size and geographical isolation, was not a centre for power. In 1073, Amalfi fell under Norman control and subsequently suffered Pisan attacks in the 1100s. This did not deter the Amalfi people, as they continued in their creative and intellectual pursuits in the following centuries. They became one of the first paper producers in Europe and created some beautiful pieces of architecture.

Sadly, as good fortune cannot last forever, the Amalfi region was dealt a staggering blow during the 13th century. Many inhabitants of the Amalfi coastal towns succumbed to the plague, and their trade industry was decimated when a storm destroyed most of the ships, the entirety of the port, and a portion of the towns themselves. The Amalfi coast was not able to recover from the extreme loss and became a sleepy fishing region once again.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that the region underwent another transformation. Roads were constructed into the area, making it possible for new settlers and travellers to explore this gorgeous coast. Prior to this, it was only possible to access the towns by mule. Due to the massive increase in accessibility, the Amalfi Coast eventually became the tourist centre that we know and love today. Due to its historical and cultural significance, the Amalfi Coast has been named one of the 50 Italian sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

While the town is no longer a centre of trade, you can still see bits and pieces of its history as you walk through the region. Amalfi’s fascinating journey through the ages makes one appreciate its beauty all the more.

Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

The wild landscape of Italy has been conquered by humankind for centuries. Many species of both plants and animals have long since been driven away or hunted to extinction. While the Italian peninsula was once home to bears, lynxes, and wolves, they are now entirely gone or pushed deep into the remaining untouched areas.

One place that has gone untouched is not on land but rather under the surface of the glistening coastal waters. Many of the animals that inhabit this area cannot be seen unless you take the plunge into its underwater world. The massive sea storm that hit the coast of Amalfi in the 1300s pulled much of the city into the ocean, creating a sunken metropolis for the marine life to make their own. Giant tuna and amberjack are commonly found travelling in groups among the ruins. Additionally, this area is rich in plankton, which provides support for an abundant underwater ecosystem. A large variety of small fish can be found darting in and out of the gorgonians, a type of coral, and huge lobsters can be seen shuffling along the seafloor. It is easy to spot seagulls soaring above the coastal waters as they look for their next meal. If you are lucky, you may also spot cormorants diving into the water to hunt for fish.

The animals that remain on land are much smaller in size but are still very important to the local ecosystem. The smallest of animals include butterflies like the marbled white butterfly, swallowtail butterfly, clouded yellow butterfly, peacock butterfly, and more. Dragonflies, soldier beetles, bees, and other small insects can frequently be found perching on top of the wildflowers that line the coast.

The Amalfi coast of today is mainly home to gardens, farmland, and orchards. One famous product of the region is the Amalfi lemon. This lemon is sweet and can be eaten plain as dessert, without needing any sugar. Due to that, it has become a popular ingredient in the local cuisine and the famous “limoncello” liqueur.

Gorgeous gardens dot the coastal towns, bringing in flower lovers from around the world. As you walk through these charming towns, vibrant pink bougainvillea can be seen draping the walls, trellises, and homes from late summer into early autumn. While carefully manicured flower gardens are certainly beautiful, there’s something special about spotting them in the wild. During your walking holiday, you can see wildflowers alongside the path and perched precariously on the seaside cliffs. You will be able to see the fresh white of the cuckoo flower, the bright pink of the hollyhock, and the sweet yellow of the four o’clock flower, also known as the Mirabilis jalapa. As you walk through the Valle delle Ferriere, you can see plants of old including the rare Woodwardia radicans and the carnivorous plant, Pinguicula hirtiflora. The Amalfi Coast is also home to a variety of wild orchids. Look carefully and you will be able to see lady orchids, bumblebee orchids, tongue orchids, pyramidal orchids, and even the stunning tooth orchid.

Local Cuisine

Local Cuisine

Eolo

Located in the charming Marina Riviera Hotel is the Ristorante Eolo Amalfi. Views looking over the Amalfi coast provide stunning scenery and an air of romance, especially at sunset. Eolo specialises in the cuisine of the Amalfi and Mediterranean region. Fresh ingredients and decadent spices will delight your taste buds. You must try one of their signature seafood dishes; it doesn’t get much fresher than when the sea is at your doorstep.

M’ama!

M’ama is the perfect place to express your love for your partner, family, and friends. The sweeping views over the Amalfi Coast are both romantic and peaceful, providing the ideal location for any group of people looking to come together to enjoy excellent food. Fresh and seasonal ingredients combined with artisanal mastery makes for a splendid meal. M’ama features a wide selection of beers, wines, whiskies, rums, and calvados; grab a drink with dinner and you’re set for an excellent evening.

Rossellini's

Located in the Palazzo Avino in Ravello is the fabulous restaurant Rossellini’s. Only open for dinner from March to November, Rossellini’s is a must-try. We suggest starting with their amuse-bouche to get an idea of what they bring to the table. We also highly recommend trying their Acquerello risotto, which is ravioli stuffed with wild rabbit and suckling pig. While Rossellini’s is a little on the expensive side, it is worth it for the incredible dining experience.

Babel Wine Bar, Deli, & Art

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy a meal or drink at Babel. This establishment focuses on serving simple, good food with a relaxed atmosphere. Here you can enjoy a fabulous glass of wine while perusing the ceramic art displays that feature pieces by the world-renowned artist, Scuola di Vietri. We highly recommend trying their Roman-style pizza that has a modern twist.

Al Ristoro del Moro

Just off the main square of Ravello is Al Ristoro del Moro. This restaurant features stunning views over the sea that will take your breath away. A combination of traditional local cuisine with innovative touches will delight your taste buds. Try their lamb’s rib with potato cream, the beef fillet with wine sauce, the risotto with red prawn sauce, and much more. You will leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.

La Capannina

This pizzeria is more than just a pizza shop. La Capannina creates unique dishes using locally sourced, in-season ingredients to produce a delightful meal just for you. Experience the flavours of the sea paired with the sweetness of the Amalfi lemon. Try one of their handcrafted pizzas or one of their signature pasta dishes to refresh your energy after a long day of walking.

Ristorante Franchino

Hanging over the edge of the rocks with an extraordinary view over the sea is the Ristorante Franchino. Open for lunch and dinner, Franchino is a romantic location perfect for couples. They bring together fresh ingredients to create traditional Mediterranean dishes that will delight your palate. Try their swordfish rolls or their aubergine ravioli, and be sure to pair it with something from their large selection of wines.

La Strada

Located in Praiano, overlooking the blue waves of the sea, is La Strada. This charming restaurant focuses on combining fabulous ingredients to create simple, wonderful meals. You can get a taste of the sea by trying their grilled calamari with fennel and lemon or keep it simple with a handcrafted pizza. By the end of the evening, you will leave happy, rejuvenated, and full.

Next 2

Walls adorned with jasmine flowers and a relaxed but elegant atmosphere awaits you at Next 2. This restaurant combines fresh ingredients with a distinctive flair to give you a meal worth remembering. Try their linguine with cauliflower sauce, cuttlefish, broccoli, and lemon or keep it simple with the catch of the day. Next 2 also features a prominent cocktail and wine menu to help find the perfect pairing for your meal.

Terrazza Cele

Named after the founder’s sweet nickname from her husband, Terrazza Cele infuses craftsmanship and love into every meal. There are many options to choose from including the smoked amberjack tartare, pumpkin risotto with marinated and smoked prawns, and lamb with artichokes. Make sure to leave room for the lemon gratin with mixed wild berries and orange sauce to finish off the evening with a burst of flavour.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Marina Riviera

This hotel became famous during the 14th century when visiting the Amalfi Coast was common for tourists from all over Europe. Just a stone’s throw away from Cathedral Square, Marina Riviera features picturesque views over the coast with sunlight glinting on the water. Enjoy a stunning view from the terrace while you have breakfast or in the afternoon as you drink a glass of wine. There is a wide variety of Mediterranean style rooms available that will surely delight you.

Hotel Margherita

Hotel Margherita is a family-run hotel based on the principles of love and hospitality. Everyone at this 4-star hotel will treat you like one of the family. The staff are kind and incredibly attentive, working hard to ensure that you have the best experience possible. They believe that an incredible stay lies in the details, a concept that you will come to understand during your stay. You can relax in the panoramic swimming pool, enjoy an incredible meal at the in-house restaurant, or just unwind in one of their lovely suites. You can choose a room overlooking the glistening waters of the Amalfi coast or the tranquil lemon garden. By the end of your stay, you will wish that you could stay forever.

Transport

Transport

As a part of your tour package with Auswalk, we transfer your luggage between accommodations. Therefore, you will only have to carry a light daypack as you enjoy your walking holiday.

How you arrive in the starting city of Amalfi and depart from the final town of Positano is up to your discretion. We have provided some suggestions below, and we are more than happy to arrange a private transfer at your request. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our service representatives who will happily guide you through the best available options.

1. To Amalfi

Naples Airport:
If you are travelling from outside of Italy, you can find arrival and departure flights in Naples. Naples has a variety of flights connecting from Europe and other regions of the world. Once you have landed at Naples Airport, there are bus connections through to Amalfi. If travelling between May and September, you can pre-book a direct Pintour shuttle bus from Naples airport through to Amalfi (journey time is just over 2 hours). Alternatively, you can catch the Alibus from Naples airport to the Immacolatella (Porta Di Massa) and change for services to Amalfi (journey time around 3 hours). If you prefer, we can always organise a private transfer which is approximately a 1-hour journey.

Napoli Centrale Train Station:
If you are travelling from within Italy, there are a variety of bus and train lines that will connect you to Amalfi from Naples. From the Napoli Centrale Train Station, you can take the regional line to Salerno Station, which takes about 45 minutes. From Salerno Station, you can transfer to the bus destined for Amalfi, which takes an additional hour and fifteen minutes.

Another option from Napoli Centrale would be to transfer at Piazza Garibaldi for services to Via Nocera, which is a 40-minute journey. Here you can take a 35-minute taxi to Amalfi.

2. Onward Travel from Positano

The easiest way to return to Naples is via taxi to Castellammare di Stabia train station, where you can catch a direct service to Naples.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a more scenic transportation option, you can travel from Capri to Naples Harbour via ferry. You can take the ferry out to Capri (walk-on or by car) and transfer to the ferry service to Naples Harbour.

You can also take the bus from Positano to Sorrento. Here you will transfer to the Napoli Porta Nolana train to Napoli Porta Nolana. Once you arrive at the Napoli Porta Nolana Train Station, you can transfer to another train, take a bus into the city, or transfer to Naples Airport for a flight.

3. More Information

For all train travel in Italy prices, timetables and ticket reservations can be made through The Trainline or Tren Italia. Another useful generic planning tool for your trip is Rome2Rio should you be travelling from, or to, other destinations.

climate/weather

climate/weather

The temperature along the Amalfi Coast changes dramatically depending on the season. Winter can be dreadful along the Amalfi Coast. December is the wettest month of the year with an average of 65mm of rain, less than four hours of sunshine possibility a day, and nearly freezing temperatures at night. It is best to avoid this region during the winter.

The weather becomes much more pleasant as soon as spring hits. In April, the temperatures can rise to 18°C during the day. While April can be quite rainy, with 38mm of average rainfall, it is still a pleasant time to walk. After April, the rainfall drops significantly for the rest of the summer.

Summer draws the most massive crowds, which is not a surprise given the fantastic weather. There is an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day, making this time of year excellent for all outdoor activities. The temperature ranges from a low of 18°C to almost 30°C during the hottest parts of the day. Being on the coast, it isn’t uncommon for Amalfi to experience thunderstorms during summer days, so you should always be prepared for rapidly-changing conditions.

Come September, the temperature will cool back down, with temperatures reaching a low of 15°C and a high of 26°C. The rainfall will increase to 44mm during the month, and the hours of sunshine will lessen.

Terrain

Terrain

The Amalfi Coast is a picturesque display of a classic Mediterranean landscape with its terraced vineyards, unique towns, and steep cliffs. Along the coast, much of the land contains sweeping farmland. You will find rolling pastures, sweeping orchards, and steeply terraced vineyards. The towns cling to the side of the cliffs, with their incredible architecture making it appear as though they were carved from the rock itself. The “Walk of the Gods” is a perfect example of the terrain you will encounter on the Amalfi Coast. This balcony walk takes you along the cliff edge with panoramic views of the glistening sea below twinkling like a finely cut sapphire. In town, you will mainly walk up and down the steep and narrow paths to get around, making for a killer leg workout.

when to walk

when to walk

The best time to walk along the Amalfi Coast is from the end of spring through the middle of autumn. To avoid the excessive summer crowds (and heat), we have made this walk available from late April to the end of June and from mid-August through October.

From April into June, days are warm and sunny with the flowers in full bloom. You may find that earlier in the season you can encounter a few rainy days, but generally speaking, the piazzas buzz with life and are perfect for enjoying an al fresco dinner. From late August into September the summer crowds have thinned, and the intense summer heat has dissipated. This cooler climate appeals to many walkers who love to walk without the sometimes oppressive heat of summer.

If you are looking to enjoy some days in the sea, it is best to visit during August when the sea is at its warmest; it reaches an average of 26°C during this time.

walking fitness levels

walking fitness levels

This walking holiday will take you along rocky trails, through forest paths, in and around the towns of the Amalfi Coast, and along the balcony trail called the “Walk of the Gods.”

This trail is graded as moderate, and each route is well-defined and easy to navigate. You will be walking up to 10km per day with up to 500m of ascent and descent. For each of the walks, you will be provided with daily walk notes, a map, and the GPX tracks if you require them to use with your own device.

It is recommended that walkers maintain an exercise regimen of 2 to 3 days per week for some time prior to this walk. Keep in mind that many sections of the trail will have prolonged sections of stone staircases that you will ascend and descend. Most of these staircases will have handrails but there are some that will not. If you suffer from knee or joint problems, it is wise to consult with your doctor before attempting this walk.

In addition, the “Walk of the Gods” is a balcony cliff walk. If you suffer from severe vertigo, it is advised to skip this portion of the walk and instead take the ferry from Amalfi to Positano.

Lastly, be aware that it is commonplace in Italy for there to be no separate footpaths, even in the towns, which means you will often be walking on the roads. Please be mindful of all road users when doing so.

walking essentials

walking essentials

Your main piece of luggage will be transported for you each day as you walk, so when you arrive at your accommodation, it will be there waiting for you. You will only have to carry a light day pack with your essentials.

As with any journey, it is essential to be prepared for your self-guided walking holiday. While we will be transporting your luggage from accommodation to accommodation, you will still be carrying a lightweight day pack with you. Here is what we suggest that you take with you each day:

  • Walking notes, map and a map case
  • Picnic lunch packed in an insulated container (when supplied)
  • Quality waterproof jacket with a hood
  • Warm jumper or jacket
  • Sunhat/Rainhat
  • Comfortable walking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Sunscreen (at least 15 SPF+)
  • 1 to 2 litres of water
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Some money
  • Mobile phone (please note that reception is not available in all walk areas)
  • Personal insect repellent, band-aids, and a small container of salt mixed with rice grains
  • Personal necessities (example: required medication)

Now that we have the essentials packed, it is time to think of any additional items that may be worth taking along with you. These items may include but are not limited to:

  • Waterproof over-trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Extra socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (with a spare battery or SIM cards)
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook and pen
  • Matches
  • Small torch
  • Walking stick / walking poles
  • Additional snacks

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office and have a chat with our friendly team. We will happily advise you on what types of clothing, backpacks, boots, and other materials you may need for your walking holiday.

locations

locations

Amalfi

It is from this town that the coast gets its famous name, Amalfi. As the largest town along the coast, Amalfi is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to visit. Amalfi has been around since the 6th century and still possesses incredible medieval buildings and fascinating cultural traditions. Take time to visit the lifeblood of Amalfi, the ocean, down at the marina where you will see boats from all over the world. Walk along the promenade and smell the sweet, salty air before visiting the Piazza del Duomo and the magnificent cathedral. Historical museums, hidden grottos, delightful restaurants, quaint cafes, and little shops will keep you busy for your entire stay.

St. Andrew Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Andrew, the patron saint and protector of Amalfi, is impossible to ignore. Located in the centre of town, the cathedral stands tall at the top of a magnificent staircase. Despite this cathedral holding both the religious and historical heart of Amalfi, the locals just refer to it as the “Duomo.” Striking bronze doors from 1061 will allow you entry into this glorious building. Once inside, you will find incredible architecture and art at every turn.

Valley of the Mills

Valley of the Mills trail takes you on a relative journey through time. Amalfi was once a major paper producer in Europe; in order to create and maintain their industrial prowess, they had to harness the power of their surroundings. On your walking holiday, you will follow the path of the 13th century paper mills that served as the heart of the industry. As you walk, you will witness the incredible waterfalls that once powered the now ruined mills. In addition, as you navigate your way up the plentiful stone staircases, you will gain a better understanding of what it was like to transfer goods from one village to the next back in the good ‘ole days.

Ravello

Like much of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello has a harsh history. Once a town of almost 40,000, the plague nearly destroyed everything they knew and loved. While Ravello is not as large as Amalfi or Positano, this town does not lack in beauty. Now only 3,000 people inhabit this little town, but there is still so much to see. The stunning gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo, the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, and the quaint restaurants and shops are just the beginning. Ravello is also known as the City of Music, as it holds incredible musical festivals each year.

Villa Cimbrone

This 11th century garden is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the incredible Amalfi Coastline. Villa Cimbrone itself is a 5-star luxury hotel, but the gardens are open to the public; it is an essential location to visit while in Ravello, with six hectares of botanical gardens waiting for you to wander through. Villa Cimbrone’s gardens are a picturesque model of English landscape design due to the intense remodelling done by a British nobleman in the 1900s. Colourful flowers, temples, statues, and more await you in this alluring garden. One place you must make sure to see is the Terrazza dell’Infinio (Terrace of Infinity) that hangs 365 meters above the Mediterranean. While the view down is not for the faint of heart, its sheer beauty will take your breath away.

Scala

Known as the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast, Scala was settled by the Romans in the 4th century after their ship wrecked nearby. Scala was once a much larger town, but after being attacked by the Pisan forces in the 12th century much of the town was left in ruin. Scala is made up of many little hamlets, and each one has something unique to offer. The Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Monastery of Santissimo Redentore, and the Palazzo of Mansi-D’Amelio are just the beginning.

Valle delle Ferriere

The Valle delle Ferriere was once an industrial hub, with the production of iron and paper being common in the area. Prior to the 18th century, these industries took advantage of the abundant local waterfalls in order to provide power to their factories. After industry moved out of the valley, nature retook control. This valley’s subtropical environment is not something you will typically encounter on the Amalfi Coast. Being protected by the cold winds of the north while taking in the high humidity, it is a wonderland for plants. Giant ferns, moss clad limestone, and ancient flora can be found as you walk through the valley, especially within the nature reserve found at its heart.

Pogerola

Pogerola is a peaceful gem along the Amalfi Coast. This small hamlet is not overrun by tourists and still maintains the simple Italian way of life. In the days of the Republic of Amalfi, Pogerola was a defensive outpost designed to spot incoming invaders. The terraced town is now a relaxing place to grab an inexpensive bite to eat, explore artisan shops, and enjoy quiet scenery overlooking the coast and countryside.

Walks of the Gods

Known as one of the best balcony walks of Europe, the “Walk of the Gods” is not for the faint of heart. The legend says that it was close to here that Ulysses almost met his fate when the Sirens sang their deathly song. The Gods of Olympus rushed to help, even though Ulysses’s men had already solved the problem by tying him to the boat’s mast and stuffing their ears with wax so as not to hear the Sirens’ song. In the Gods’ rush to help, they ran along the Amalfi coastline, leaving behind rugged cliffs and incredible rocky structures in their wake. Now, as you walk along the stunning trail, you can take in the breathtaking views of the coast that are unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Bomerano

Bomerano is just one of six tiny villages that make up the area known as Agerola. Bomerano may be small, but it’s not lacking in culture or heart. Walk along the steep stairs and winding paths that lead through the village before stopping for a bite to eat. Most cafes and restaurants in the town are reasonably priced and have a relaxed atmosphere, perfect places to eat on a day filled with walking.

Nocelle

This ancient hamlet that was once used as a strategic location to warn the coast of impending pirate attacks. Now, Nocelle is a relaxing stop that will get you away from the hustle and bustle of the larger towns along the coast. Four hundred metres above sea level, this hamlet offers spectacular views over the beach. Stop in at one of the restaurants to grab a drink or snack before continuing along your walking holiday.

Marina Grande

Marina Grande is an excellent location to end a day of walking as it is the liveliest beach along the Amalfi Coast. At 300 metres in length, there is an abundance of activities to take part in once you arrive. Cafes, restaurants, bars, and the famous Music on the Rocks discotheque (night club) line the beach. Of course, you can also take the time to soak up the sun’s rays or take a refreshing dip in the water.

Praiano

Praiano is an ideal central location to get away from the crowds while still being able to easily reach everything along the Amalfi Coast. This small town is known for its incredible hospitality and even won the Bandiera Blu (Blue Flag) for cleanliness. Delightful restaurants, hidden coves, and the town’s cathedral are all just a stone’s throw away. From the Torre a Mare to the Marina di Praia, this town will capture your heart and your imagination with its everlasting beauty.

Isle of Capri

During your walking holiday, you will have the option to spend some time exploring the Isle of Capri. All it takes is a ferry ride, and you will be wandering through the island famed for being a celebrity hangout. There are a variety of routes that you can take, like the rugged trails of Monte Solaro or the paths that head towards the northeastern end of the island where you will find the Villa Jovis. If you would like to chill like a celebrity, make your way back to the centre of the island to have a late lunch or sip on a sweet drink.

Monte Solaro

If you’re looking for something exciting to do while enjoying your relaxation on the Isle of Capri, you can always take a day trip up to Monte Solaro. Monte Solaro is 589 meters above sea level and is the highest point on the island. From the mountain’s peak, you can easily see the Amalfi Coast and all the way to the mountains of Calabria. If you do not feel like hiking to the top of the mountain, you can instead take the chairlift to the summit from the station near Piazza Vittoria. Whether it is by foot or by chairlift, the views from the top are worth the journey.

Villa Jovis

On the northeast corner of the Isle of Capri, you can explore the Villa Jovis. Built by the Roman Emperor, Tiberius, in 27AD, it was designed to provide comfort, privacy, and security for the emperor. The villa covers 7,000 square meters and has multiple levels, which was odd for the time but necessary for the environment it was built in. It is here that you will also find the infamous “Tiberius’s Leap,” where, according to the age-old tales, servants and guests who had displeased the emperor were hurled off the edge to a death at sea. You don’t need to worry about that anymore, just enjoy the view and the gorgeous sculpture of Madonna resting in front of the church.

Positano

Positano is one of those towns that looks like it hasn’t changed in a century, and that’s because it hasn’t. This town has strict building codes to keep that old-world charm intact, keeping the skyline a never-changing representation of life there. The best way to spend a day in Positano is by eating, shopping, and relaxing. Stop in to one of the little restaurants or pop by a rosticceria to grab a snack to go. While wandering through the charming shops and galleries, you will have the opportunity to purchase some of the town’s specialties, ceramics and linens (window shopping is fine too). Make sure to spend some time down on the beach relaxing and watching the boats come and go. It is hard to spend just one day in this adorable location, so we highly recommend planning to spend an extra day here.

non-walking activites

non-walking activites

Emerald Grotto

An underwater nativity scene made of ceramics is submerged in this famous grotto, bringing in divers from all over the world around Christmas, and during the rest of the year, to see this unique sight. The Emerald Grotto is in the bay of Conca dei Marini, not far from Amalfi. It became famous not for the nativity scene but rather for the vibrant emerald colours that shine through an underground opening. The cave is a natural wonder with stalactites decorating the caves. You can get to the entrance of the grotto by boat or ferry, and a guide will take you in on a rowboat from there. It is a magical sight that will surely amaze you.

Torre dello Ziro

Combined with the Walls of Dukedom in Amalfi is the Torre dello Ziro, an iconic landmark in Amalfi. This tower was built to keep watch for plundering pirates trying to make their way into the Amalfi Coast. Despite its beauty, in the 16th century something dreadful happened within the tower. After being accused of an affair, the Duchess of Amalfi and her children were locked in the tower and murdered. Many of the older residents still believe that the tower is haunted, do you think you will get spooked?

Paper Museum

Known in the local language as Museo Della Carta, the Paper Museum takes you back through time to when Amalfi was one of the first paper producers in Europe. Founded by Nicola Milano, this museum was created when he had to close his last paper mill due to transportation problems. Now you can learn about the Amalfi art of paper-making at this historic museum.

Torre a Mare

Haven’t had enough towers yet? Situated along the Amalfi Coast, at the edge of Praiano, is the Torre a Mare. This medieval tower is perched on a charming promontory as a striking landmark with a backdrop of the sparkling coastal waters. Take the time to walk over to this tower and you will be able to view some pieces created by the local artist Paolo Sandulli.

Villa Rufolo

If you didn’t get enough of the spectacular gardens and views during your visit to Villa Cimbrone, Villa Rufolo is another fabulous villa that features colourful gardens and stunning views of the sea. It was built by one of the most affluent men of Ravello, Nicola Rufolo, in 1270. It was here that Richard Wagner, a famous composer of the 1800s, was so inspired by the incredible beauty of the villa that he finished an opera that had been two decades in the making. No matter when you visit, this garden is spectacular and blooms almost all year long.

Festival Internazionale della Musica

Held in the “City of Music,” Ravello, is one of the oldest music festivals in Italy, taking place in Villa Rufolo. Over the years, prominent orchestras, conductors, jazz artists, opera singers, pop singers, dancers, and actors have performed on the incredible stage that overlooks the sea. While artists may differ in opinion on the concept of outdoor performances, no one can argue about the magical quality of watching a concert with one of nature’s most beautiful landscapes as the background.

Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius

Are you looking to visit the cities that were buried in ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD? It is easy to schedule a day trip to these incredible historical landmarks before or after your walking holiday along the Amalfi Coast. Explore the vast cities that were wiped out by the volcanic ash that quickly blanketed the area, leaving no time to escape. You can explore the ruins of these once magnificent cities, imagining what life there might have been like before that fateful day.

Snorkelling

Off the Amalfi Coast is another world residing under the azure waves. By taking a snorkelling tour, you can discover the secrets that the coastal waters have to offer. Hidden caves, breathtaking beaches, and an entire submerged ecosystem are waiting for you. There are many tour companies to choose from, primarily depending on your skill level and the experience you are looking for; no matter what you choose, you will create a memory that lasts a lifetime.

Boat Tours

Are you ready to get out on the sparkling blue waves that you have been staring at for your entire walking holiday? Taking a boat tour is one of the most incredible activities that you can take part in while on the coast. You will have the opportunity to get a whole new perspective of the Amalfi Coast, looking back at the land you have been wandering through. Boat tours offer a little something for everyone, decide what is most appealing to you and set sail!

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