Self guided Walking

Walking the Amalfi Coast

CampaniaDifficulty path:
Moderate
Self guided · WalkingDuration: 8 daysCode: ws009
from 730 €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

From Salerno to Vietri sul Mare and small villages

5km, 2h, +120m -290m

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.
Overnight in Vietri sul Mare.

Day3

Walk on the Lemon Trail

6km, 2,5h, +260m -380m

Early in the morning a short transfer will take you to the starting point of your daily itinerary on the Amalfi Coast.
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 first part of the route will end in Maiori, with its wide and long beach which is crowned by the characteristic terraces planted with citrus.
Leaving Maiori behind continue on the so-called path of the Lemons up to the lovely Minori, where you will be inebriated by the smell of orange blossoms and the taste of the sea. Here, if you haven't already done so, sip a nice limoncello and go to the Sal De Riso pastry shop to try its specialties.
Overnight in Minori.

Day4

Trek in the valley of Sambuco stream

9km, 3h, +450m -450m

You are far from the most crowded area of the Amalfi Coast, and with this circular excursion you will discover the beauty of the hinterland, equally surprising but much more peaceful.
With the sea behind follow the course of the Sambuco stream climbing towards the locality of the same name. Continuing on the path you will arrive at the crossroads that leads to the small Complex of San Nicola, with the adjoining Church and Convent. After the visit, we go back to Minori to spend the last hours of the day.
Along the way it is possible to admire the testimonies of the craft activities present on the site: in addition to the remains of the ancient paper mills, there are those of the calcare, circular buildings where lime was worked, very important for the construction of the Coast.
Overnight in Minori.

Day5

From Maiori to Amalfi via Ravello

10km, 3,5h, +450m -580m

From Minori a long staircase, today’s most challenging stretch, leads to Ravello, a town perched on the coast, an authentic pearl in 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 route continues in the direction of 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. 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.
Overnight in Amalfi.

Day6

Via Maestra dei Villaggi

5km, 2h, +40m -650m

After breakfast a 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.
Overnight in Amalfi.

Day7

Trek on the Path of Gods

9km, 3,5h, +240m -850m

Using the SITA buses, this morning you will reach Bomerano in Agerola.
And, last but not least, today you will walk the most famous pedestrian-naturalistic path of the Amalfi Coast: the Path of the Gods. You will immediately realize why this path has this name, enchanted by the marvelous views of the sea that lead up to Positano, the jewel of the Amalfi Coast. Here you can spend the last hours of the day walking through its narrow streets, and visiting the Church of Santa Maria Assunta whose majolica dome dominates the view over the city.
After a nice refreshing bath, I return to Amalfi again with the SITA buses for the last overnight stay.

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.



Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.
Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each walker can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Travel App (maps, tracks, route notes)
  • Tasting day 6
  • Private transfers day 2
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Phone assistance 08:00-21:00

Not included

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

Departures and prices

Peak Season18/12/2020 => 04/01/2021
Standard990 € /p
Low Season05/01/2021 => 26/03/2021
Standard730 € /p
High Season27/03/2021 => 05/04/2021
Standard920 € /p
Mid Season06/04/2021 => 24/06/2021
Standard810 € /p
High Season25/06/2021 => 25/07/2021
Standard920 € /p
Peak Season26/07/2021 => 31/08/2021
Standard990 € /p
Mid Season01/09/2021 => 25/10/2021
Standard810 € /p
Low Season26/10/2021 => 17/12/2021
Standard730 € /p
Peak Season18/12/2021 => 04/01/2022
Standard990 € /p

Supplements per person

Single room - Low Season
Standard290 € /p
Single room - Mid Season
Standard360 € /p
Single room - High Season
Standard400 € /p
Single room - Peak Season
Standard450 € /p
Transfer Napoli Apt-Napoli Htl (min 2 pax)
Standard50 € /p
Transfer Agerola-Napoli Apt (min 2 pax)
Standard80 € /p
Extra night in double room - Low Season
Standard70 € /p
Extra night in double room - Mid Season
Standard80 € /p
Extra night in double room - High Season
Standard90 € /p
Extra night in double room - Peak Season
Standard95 € /p
Extra night in single room - Low Season
Standard99 € /p
Extra night in single room - Mid Season
Standard120 € /p
Extra night in single room - High Season
Standard138 € /p
Extra night in single room - Peak Season
Standard148 € /p
Solo traveller
Standard165 € /p

Other Information

Grade

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 selected 3* hotels.
All rooms are ensuite.

1 night in Salerno
1 night in Vietri
2 nights in Minori
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 08:00 to 21:00. Anytime, our staff will be available to make your holiday quiet and serene.

Travel documents

A few days before departure you will receive:

  • Service List (with the link to download the Travel App);
  • Luggage labels (to be printed and applied on your luggage).


Arrival and Departure

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. NB: 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.
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.

Private Transfer

If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure. 

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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, without a doubt the best time for walking 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 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 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!