This walking holiday is a great way to experience the Amalfi Coast and the western part of the Sorrento peninsula as well as the Sorrento. The Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula have been a loved tourist destination for centuries. In the Victorian era of the 19th century the Sorrento became popular among many Northern Europeans. who came here to battle their winter depression. This place really is like a paradise in the warm Mediterranean sunshine and with a dramatic coastline of the mountains rising straight from the sea.
The walking trails here are well maintained and they take you through an amazing landscape with stunning views waiting to welcome you. Located opposite of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, Sorrento is an elegant and charming city and its historic center is definitely worth a visit.
See the map of the trek further down the page.
When you arrive at the train station in Salerno, go outside the arrival hall and look for the SITA buses (Blue).
Remember to purchase the ticket at the tabaccio stand before you board the bus, and remember to validate the ticket in the machine once on the bus.
The SITA buses run every half hour along the Amalfi Coast and stop in Cetara, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano and Sorrento. Bus tickets to Amalfi cost about 6€.
After arrival and check-in at the hotel, you may want to go for a stroll around the charming center of the village, or perhaps even take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea just to freshen up after your journey.
The first stage of the walking tour is easy and gives a great insight into the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Amalfi Coast. Walk through the small quiet alleys of Amalfi, where the strong Moorish influence is still obvious.
An ancient staircase leads up under the mighty limestone cliffs towards the small village of Pontone, which is part of Amalfi's medieval fortifications. The main attraction here is the Torre dello Zirro, located at a narrow ridge. On one side you have the view of Amalfi, on the other side you can admire the coastal village of Atrani.
After passing Pontone, the trail runs down the Valle dei Muilini (Vally of the water mills). Here you find the ruins of Europe's oldest paper mills, which date back to the 11th century. The pleasant path follows the river running through a vast green landscape. Once you're back in Amalfi, it is worth visiting the paper museum before heading back to the hotel.
Start the day by taking a local bus to the small village of Bomerano, located on Athe gerolas plateau. It is just outside this village that the famous 'Sentiero degli dei' (the Footpath of the Gods) begins. As one of Italy's most famous footpaths, it offers unforgetable views.
After enjoying this very panoramic stretch, overlooking the Amalfi coast all the way to the island of Capri, the path leads to the San Domenico monastery. Continue along the mostly flat trail through spectacular rock formations and a lush scenery.
The trail runs all the way to Nocelle and shortly you will reach the village of Montepertuso. From here it is only a short walk to Positano. Positano is known to be one of Italy's most beautiful villages and one of the loveliest pearls on the Coast of Amalfi. After a stroll through the narrow alleys, you will arrive at your hotel, located in the city center and within walking distance to the beach.
Take the bus back up to Montepertuso, which is the starting point of the beautiful hike in the upper vally of Positano. Walking on ancient forest trails, which are spiced up with amazing views, you will reach the old fortress of Santa Maria al Castello. It is situated on a ridge, separating the Amalfi- from the Sorrento side of the peninsula. From here you have a clear view of both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples.
The descent takes you through a forested area to the Caserma Forestale (a Forest Service office). If you are up for it, you can climb Monte Sant'Angelo, the highest peak on the peninsula - a demanding but a rewarding climb.
The hike down continues through the forest and winds its way back to Montepertuso. Continue down to Positano along a medieval mule track.
After breakfast you can either take a local bus (or taxi) or walk from Positano to Colli di Fontanelle. This route passes the church of Santa Maria al Castello and mountains Monte Comune and Monte Vico Alvano.
From Colli di Fontanelle you will follow the small path that runs parallel to the coastline. After a steep descent the trail continues through olive groves towards the small village of Torca.
From here the road continues down to Marina di Crapolla, where you can visit a small beautiful church, which is built in the honor of Saint Peter. You can also take a dip in the sea before walking up to the charming agriturismo, where you will spend the night. Here you will enjoy a lovely dinner made from local, organic ingredients.
Today's hike will take you to Punta Campanelle, the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula, where you can look directly across to the isle of Capri. You can either follow the Alta Via dei Monti Lattari trail that runs all the way from your accommodation, or you can take a local bus to Termini, which is the last village.
From here a staircase leads up to the little church of San Costanzo, where you have a 360 degree views of both the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. A path runs along the spectacular cliffs of the cape and leads you to the tip of the peninsula, where, according the legends, Odysseus built a temple dedicated to Athena.
The return trek from Punta Campanelli and Termini follows the comfortable path of the ancient Roman Via Minerva, and offers beautiful views of Capri before it takes you back to the agrituristmo for another dinner and overnight say.
Today's walk goes to Sorrento and you can choose between several options, depending on how you prefer to divide the day between walking and shopping/sightseeing in Sorrento.
The beautiful route passes through the nice historic city Massalu Brense, as well as several small villages. The trail is surrounded by olive and lemon groves.
An optional detour takes you past the historic castle, from where General Napoleon watched the siege of Capri.
The shorter trail leads through Sant'Agata directly to Sorrento.
Whichever route you choose, you will arrive at the gorgeous view point in Sorrento, from where artists have depicted this city for centuries.
Walk through the town and enjoy the views of the bay from one of the many outdoor restaurants before you check in at your hotel, where your luggage awaits you.
Sorrento is the starting point for many interesting excursions: a day trip to Capri or a visit to Pompeii.
You can also do some easy walks or go for a swim in the sea.
It is a beautiful hike to the Capo di Sorrento and down to the large Roman villa situated on the cape. If you have the energy, you can go to the small fishing village of Marina di Puolo before returning to Sorrento.
After breakfast, take the train, bus or ferry back to Naples or Rome.
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions. maps and other practical things.
The daily walking tours as described in the itinerary are at level 2. Since you are walking individually without a guide, it is possible to make your own decisions on how far you want to walk on each day.
This holiday can be booked from March to November, with daily departures.
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Getting to/from Salerno
Rome and Naples are the most accessible airports for reaching Amalfi.
If you arrive in Rome, take the airport bus to Termini, Rome's main train station. From here, there are regular departures with the Eurostar AV high-speed train to Salerno, which also stops in Naples. The high-speed train runs at up to 300km per hour. The trip to Naples takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and from there it takes 30 minutes to Salerno.
The tickets from Rome to Salerno by high speed train cost about 45€. With IC trains, the trip lasts about 3 hours and costs about 24€.
Use Rome2Rio to find your public transportation options for reaching Amalfi from any airport. The link here shows a search from Naples to Amalfi, but it can easily be changed according to your preferred airport. Since it is difficult to purchase or change tickets online, we recommend that you buy them directly from the ticket machines at the train station before departure.
From Salerno to Amalfi
When you arrive at the train station in Salerno, you'll find the bus company SITA blue buses right outside the Arrivals Hall. The SITA buses depart every 30 minutes and drive along the Coast of Amalfi, stopping in Cetara, Ravello, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano and Sorrento. Remember to purchase your bus ticket to Amalfi (about €6) before you get on the bus. This is done in the small tabaccio and news stands near the bus stops. Enquire about the most updated timetables.
If you have more time
If you should arrive early then you can take the opportunity to stop by Naples and visit the the impressive Capodimonte museum or the famous archaeological museum, where all the objects from Pompeii and Herculaneum are on display. On your way home you may like to go on a full-day excursion in Pompeii. We also highly recommended spending a few days in Rome.
Breakfast is included at all of the hotels and in Sant'Agata dei due Golfi dinner is included as well.
We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.