High cliffs overlooking the the vivid blue Mediterranean sea creates an indescribably beautiful coastline, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Picturesque villages and towns perched on the hillside combined with an exceptional diversity of landscape provide the perfect landscape for walking. Ancient paths wind through fragrant lemon groves and terraced vineyards, rewarding you with breathtaking views at every twist and turn.
Your holiday starts in the town of Amalfi, an ancient Maritime Republic famous for its refined architecture and your base for the first three nights. Agerola is your next stop, a rural community situated on an high plan surrounded by a dramatic landscape rising steeply from the shore to rugged mountains. Your walking holiday continues to the fishing village of Praiano and then you explore the most marvelous section of the “Footpath of Gods”, walking though an unmatched Mediterranean landscape.
DAY 1: Arrive Starting Point: Amalfi
It is recommended flying to Naples International Airport. Amalfi is 75km by road from the airport and we can arrange taxi transfers or you can travel by train to Sorrento and then bus/taxi to Amalfi. Surrounded by enchanting mountains, enjoy the day exploring the steep streets and alleyways of this charming town. Overnight: Amalfi
DAY 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk: Walk: 13.5km, 5h30 approx.
Starting from your hotel you follow a scenic path up to the medieval Tower of Zirro to enjoy the first of many stunning coastal views. Walking along twisting mule tracks, through the fragrant groves of the typical lemon trees, you head into the wooded hills. You soon enter the valley of the watermills and can explore the ruins of the many paper factories. These date back to the 11th century and made Amalfi paper famous. The next highlight is the hamlet of Ravello with its picturesque gardens of Villa Cimbrone and the stunning 13th-century Villa Rufolo. You then walk back to Amalfi through Atrani. Overnight: Amalfi
DAY 3: Isle of Capri Walk: Walk: 3h30-5hrs approx.
An unforgettable day of walking and exploring awaits as you take a boat to the Isle of Capri. You walk towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, the palace of Emperor Tiberius, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni - the peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before returning to Amalfi. Overnight: Amalfi
DAY 4: Scala and the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere”: Walk: 13km, 5hrs approx.
To start your day you take the public bus from Amalfi into the mountains to the village of Scala (25 mins). A quiet path leads into the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere”, a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs. The stable microclimate allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans - a rare type of long-leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Your walk continues through meadows, small waterfalls and spectacular landscapes on a high path to the tiny hamlet of Pogerola. You then descend an ancient flight of steps towards the Amalfi and your overnight stop of Agerola. The village of Agerola sits at 600m above sea level in a wide green valley surrounded by thick natural forest and offers spectacular sea and mountain views. Overnight: Agerola
DAY 5: Coastal Views from Mt. Tre Calli: Walk: 10km, 4h30 approx.
Today’s walk is one of the best of the best for panoramic views.. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera. From the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) the walk leads toward some of the highest cliffs in the Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are unforgettable. Further alongthe walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri. Overnight: Agerola
DAY 6: The Fjord of Furore: Walk: 11km, 5hrs approx.
Starting from Agerola you follow ancient alleyways, which for centuries linked the high-plain of Agerola and the rural communities situated on the terraced shoreline. Following a network of paved paths, the walk arrives at the highest point of the Fjord of Furore, a spectacularly deep gash into the Amalfi Coast. You descend steeply into the valley, passing an old mill, ancient paper factory and a small fishing village before arriving at a lovely beach on the shore. Following the fjord to the shore you arrive in the coastal town of Praiano. Praiano is the hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast, a quaint fishing town away from the busy tourist areas and offering rich culture and history, great views of Positano and an authentic experience. Overnight: Praiano
DAY 7: The Footpath of the Gods: Walk: 10km, 4h30 approx.
The Footpath of the Gods is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast and the highlight of your walking holiday. From Praiano you climb steeply to reach the convent of San Domenico, a stunning view point and the beginning of the most spectacular part of the world famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (Footpath of the Gods). As the path twists and turns high above the sea it offers some of the most remarkable views on the Amalfi Coast. Terraced lemon groves and tiny villages cling to steep cliffs over the crystal blue sea. You follow the vertiginous trail to the village of Nocelle, and then on to the charming town of Positano. Return by bus to Praiano.
DAY 8: Onward Travel
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