Self guided Walking

Amalfi Coast

CampaniaDifficulty path:
Moderate
Self guided · WalkingDuration: 8 daysCode: ws009
from 890 €per person

Highlights

“I forgot for a long time an air that tasted of myrtle and a skyline of cypress and pine trees as in Amalfi, where the yellow flowers of the clover are already open in January and the springs flow on the rocks, smoothed from the steps and the prayers of the Capuchins”.
As the Italian novelist and poet Quasimodo, other poets, writers and travelers have been enchanted by one of the most beautiful coastline in the world, which offers breathtaking natural landscapes. One of the most famous tourist destinations in southern Italy is still incredibly fascinating.
An itinerary that will take you from Salerno to Amalfi, to discover the eastern part of the Amalfi coast and, moving away from the coast time to time, to admire still authentic places, scented with Mediterranean scrub and kissed by the sun and the sea.

 

  • Terraced lemon and olive groves, orchards and vineyards

  • Walks among mountains and green valleys

  • Local craft: fine Ceramics and ancient Paper Mills

  • The ancient path from Agerola to Amalfi

  • Hidden Medieval rocky settlements

  • Fresh seafood and innumerable local flavours

Program

Day1

Salerno

The ancient Roman Salernum is today a modern town dominated by the medieval Castle of Arechi and protected by a prestigious commercial port.
We recommend that you arrive early in the city to arrange your first urban trekking to discover the historic centre and its lively promenade.
Along the long Ruga Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti) you can easily orient yourself reaching the Provincial Art Gallery and, later, the Cathedral of Salerno, which in its crypt houses the remains of San Matteo.
From here a nice walk along the promenade, to catch a glimpse of the paths that go up and down from the Amalfi coast and to enjoy the blue of its marina. If you fancy a bit of greenery, you can walk inside the Municipal Villa, the green lung of Salerno, or visit the Minerva’s Garden, the first Botanical Garden of Europe for the cultivation of plants for medical purposes.

Day2

Salerno – Vietri sul Mare and the small villages

(about 5km, 2 hours of walking, elevation gain: +120 -290)

A short private transfer will take you to Vietri sul Mare, the eastern gate of the Amalfi Coast, famous for the production of fine handmade pottery.
With this first excursion you will discover the small towns within the municipality of Vietri sul Mare and you will immerse yourself in scenic spots of great beauty. After crossing the hilltop village of Benincasa with its folkloric wayside shrines spreads in its narrow streets, you will continue uphill to Dragonea. Here you can breathe the fresh air coming from the Lattari mounts, which in the hot summer days goes down to the sea, refreshing the many tourists.
Following the loop you can make a short detour to the pretty village of Albori and its labyrinths of stairs that branch off around the church of Santa Margherita D’Antiochia.
Downhill towards the Marina di Vietri the last detour takes you to reach Villa Guariglia, an historic building that now houses the interesting Museum of Ceramics.
And finally you will reach the Marina di Vietri and its long beach. For lovers of small things, it will be possible to reach the beauty Marina di Albori.

Day3

Vietri - Maiori

(about 5km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +170 -290)

Early in the morning by a short transfer you will reach the starting point of your daily itinerary, the Abbey of Santa Maria de Olearia. With a little luck you can visit the rich medieval rock settlement consisting of three superimposed and finely decorated churches.
The trail, after a steep ascent, follows the route of the aqueduct and of the Amalfi coast to remain halfway up the hill walking between typical cultivations and Mediterranean vegetation.
The route will end in Maiori, with its wide and long beach which is crowned by the characteristic terraces planted with citrus.

Day4

Valley of Tramonti

(about 11km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +180 -180)

After breakfast, a short public transfer will take you to start your route.
Today you will move away from the coast to discover the hinterland behind Maiori: the Valley of Tramonti, an enchanting bucolic landscape that still has a remarkable forest heritage, rich in springs and waterways. Here, far from the traditions of the most famous coastal countries, things have remained just as they once were.
Walking through the quiet streets of this “Land in the mountains”, you can see nestled on the slopes of the Lattari Mounts, the many terraces cultivated with lemons, olive trees and especially vines. This is a territory dedicated to the production of the most prestigious DOC wines of the Amalfi coast. And to make the excursion complete, we suggest you to enjoy a good glass of wine along with a taste of Fior di Latte mozzarella, an excellence of the ancients.
Return to Maiori again by a short public transfer.

Day5

Maiori - Ravello - Amalfi

(about 6km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +290 -330)

You will start your today’s itinerary after a short private transfer.
From Minori a long staircase, today’s most challenging stretch, leads to Ravello, a town perched on the coast, an authentic pearl of this coastline. Among the many attractions of Ravello, do not miss the magnificent Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, adorned with rare species of plants, statues and fountains. The paths in the garden lead to the Belvedere, from where you can admire the most spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast.
The last steps, all downhill, lead back to Atrani, and, going a few meters further, end in Amalfi.

Day6

Valle dei Mulini reserve

(about 7km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +170 -490)

Taking the SITA buses, this morning you will reach Scala, the oldest village in this part of the coast, a fortified stronghold that was part of the complex defense system of the Amalfi territory.
After the small village of Scala you will climb up to the Ziro Tower, one of the many towers scattered along the Amalfi Coast used to spot from afar the fleets of Saracens coming from the sea. Here one of the bloodiest episodes of the history of Amalfi occurred.
From the picturesque hillside village of Pontone the path will lead you to the Valle dei Mulini reserve, from where you will continue in the direction of Amalfi through a smooth and fragrant trail, rich in water and dense vegetation made unique by the presence of a fern that dates back to the age of glaciation.

Day7

Via Maestra dei Villaggi

(about 7km, 3 hours of walking, elevation gain: +60 -590)

The last transfer by public bus will follow the many bends uphill, to lead you to San Lazzaro, a small hamlet in the municipality of Agerola.
After a delicious tasting of typical products in a farm and a panoramic stop at the Castle Lauritano, you will have the right energy to start the last stage. It will take you back to Amalfi following the Via Maestra dei Villaggi, the ancient path that connected Agerola to Amalfi, passing through some villages.
Look at the several dramatic views of the immense blue sea, and then go down the innumerable stone steps and the tight hairpin bends immersed in a Mediterranean maquis characterized mainly by holm oak, which gently gives way to carob and arbutus trees.
After the descent, the path continues between gentle ups and downs and some steep ascent through the villages of Lone, Pastena and finally arriving in Amalfi.
For the sea lovers, before arriving in Amalfi, it will be possible to reach the beaches of Duoglio, a magnificent and well equipped small bay carved into the rock.

Day8

Amalfi

After breakfast end of services.
Try to don’t miss a visit to the Paper Museum, an authentic old paper mill, to discover the history and evolution of the production process through a careful guided tour, demonstrating the use of ancient machinery that transformed rags into paper.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Scheduled private tranfers (day 2, 3 and 5)
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Tasting day 7
  • Description and Information material
  • Phone assistance 8am-9pm

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Public transports
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 14,00)
  • Insurance and what's not listed as Included

Departure dates

01/04/2019 => 23/06/2019
Standard890 € /p
02/09/2019 => 31/10/2019
Standard890 € /p

Supplements per person

Solo traveller in single room
Standard385 € /p
Single room
Standard195 € /p
Transfer Napoli airport-Salerno (min.2 people)
Standard55 € /p
Transfer Amalfi-Napoli airport (min.2 people)
Standard90 € /p
Extra night double room in Salerno
Standard60 € /p
Extra night single room in Salerno
Standard80 € /p
Extra night double room in Amalfi
Standard90 € /p
Extra night single room in Amalfi
Standard140 € /p

Other Information

Technical data

The tours wind mainly through dirt paths and country lanes; rarely, and only when strictly necessary, on busy roads.
We recommend to wear comfortable walking shoes, better if trekking boots, and to bring with you a hat, drinking water, sun cream, swimsuit and a waterproof jacket in case of rain.
The itinerary is designed to offer a combination of nature and culture, while providing a good level of comfort.
The short public and private transfers included in the program are an important part of the journey, as they contribute to a perfect balance between slowness and comfort; operated by the SITA SUD lines they enrich the journey making it more authentic by living contact with the locals.
The morphological conformation of the Amalfi coast provides considerable differences in level to be tackled daily, so the tour is suitable for anyone with good walking training.
The length of a walking day ranges from a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 11km, with travel times between 2 and 3 hours.

Accomodations & Meals

The tour offers accommodation in pretty B&B and 3* hotels.
All rooms are ensuite.

1 night in Salerno
1 night in Vietri
2 nights in Maiori
3 nights in Amalfi

7 breakfasts and 1 tasting included. All other meals are not included.

Support

We will take care of your luggage while you are walking.
In case of need you can call our emergency number ON from 8am to 9pm. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.

Getting There

Salerno is well connected to Naples and its airport.

BY TRAIN. From Napoli Central Station or Piazza Garibaldi you can easily reach Salerno by train. The regional trains ticket to Salerno costs around 3-4 € and it’s called U-5 Unico Campania. Other trains are more expensive and cost around 7-10 euros. To research schedules and purchase the tickets please go to the following websites www.trenitalia.com e www.italotreno.it

BY AIR. The international airport of Napoli-Capodichino is located about 60km from Salerno. From Naples airport there are several ways to reach the city of Salerno.
There is the bus service of ALIBUS, at a cost of € 3 if purchased from outside the airport (near the bus stop about 20 meters from the terminal) or with a surcharge of € 1 if purchased directly on board . You can reach the Naples Central Station to take one of the regional trains that connect Naples to Salerno, or choose one of the high-speed trains. The ALIBUS bus also stops in Piazza Municipio (Molo Beverello), from which you can find the SITA bus (ticket € 4.30) to Salerno, 5 minutes’ walk away. SITA races are carried out 4 times a day, except Sunday.

BY BUS. You can reach Salerno by the bus service operated by SITA. Always check the destination written on the bus, or you can ask for “Salerno”. The journey should take an hour so so. The ticket should cost between 3€ and 4€ per person.

BY CAR. If you arrive from the north, take the A1 highway Napoli-Salerno, then Salerno A30 Caserta-Roma, exit Fratte/Salerno centro. If you arrive from the south take the A3 highway Salento -Reggio Calabria, exit Fratte/Salerno.

 

 

 

Back to Salerno

Amalfi is well connected to Salerno by SITA SUD direct bus line. The ticket price is around 4 €; travel time is approximately 75 minutes.
Timetable updated on the website www.sitasudtrasporti.it.

In the period from April to November there are operational connections by boat with the Amalfi coast (harbors of Amalfi and Positano), with the islands of the Gulf of Naples (Capri and Ischia) and the Sorrento coast (Port of Sorrento). The service is provided by the companies Travelmar and Gescab.

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Travel tips

When do you fancy leaving?

South Italy would be an ideal place to go on holiday all year if it were not that many places of hospitality, bars and restaurants close for fear of not seeing much sun … but the real winter is another thing!
If you want to plan your holidays 2019, without a doubt the best time to visit the Amalfi Coast is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is quite hot, and the sea allows the first dives of the season.
Traveling in the late spring or early summer, you will not have the tourist crush in July and August and the overly hot temperatures later in the year.
Sleeping villages come back to life after winter, people come back to the streets, cafes and restaurants reopen their doors to let the sun in, and along the winding streets, the scent of citrus and jasmine charms the first visitors of the season.
The tourist season officially begins from Easter weekend 2019 and runs through October: during May and June prices are generally lower than during July and August and also in the first months of autumn, when the temperatures are still mild and the majority of tourists have left.

 

Why choose this tour for your holidays in 2019?

In southern Italy the sun almost never fails and the Amalfi Coast offers all the ingredients for a perfect one-week walking holiday – great food, wonderful landscapes, Italian culture, typical family run hotels and a bit of ancient history.
You will walk along an incredibly beautiful coastline, as well as through the contemplative hinterland, always overlooking the sea. Our new itinerary and the right travel tools will allow you to explore this spectacular land at your own pace.

Local specialties

The cuisine of this land is abundant in fish, seafood and fruit and vegetables grown from the Mediterranean sun and, for meat eaters and cheese lovers, the Lattari mounts offer many protein-packed delicacies.
Lemons are part of the landscapes of the Amalfi Coast and they are used in many local recipes of sweets, pasta sauces and the world famous limoncello!
A must for sea flavours are the scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a dish made with sea food and the fresh pasta typical of the Amalfi Coast, as well as the “divine” anchovies used to make the superb Cetara’s Colatura di Alici: few drops can transform the most simple of pasta dishes in an explosion of flavour.
Among the mountains a lot of small, family-run dairies carry on the cheese making tradition: ricotta, fiordilatte and provola cheeses here are laced with the scent of herbs.
Fresh ricotta is one of the principal ingredients in “ndunderi“: a type of gnocchi declared from UNESCO one of the oldest pastas in the world.
The Amalfi Coast proposes also fabulous recipes for cakes and desserts: in Minori you can find chocolate coated aubergine, custard filled aragostelle pastries, and the hazelnut crumb cake, filled with ricotta and pears.
In Amalfi, yummy Amalfi biscuits and over-sized Zeppole of San Giuseppe…there is even a temple dedicated to chocolate!

Authentic “experiences”

Taking the bus on the Amalfi coast in the middle of summer requires a good deal of patience: in July and for most of August, it may be a problem finding a seat on the bus, unless you choose the less traveled days and times. In all the other months traveling is more quiet, but it is still a picturesque way to get in touch with locals!
And if while walking you meet some little dog without owner, don’t be scared, they are very friendly and they will probably follow you from village to village … it’s their way of spending time!