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Italy - Walking the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula

This walking holiday is a great way to experience the Amalfi Coast and the western part of the Sorrento peninsula and the Sorrento. The Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Peninsula has been a well known tourist destination for centuries. In the Victorian era of the 19th century the Sorrento became popular to many north Europeans, who in their winter depressions was drawn to this paradise by the warm Mediterranean sunshine and the dramatic coastline of the mountains rising straight from the sea. The walking trails here are well maintained and goes through the amazing landscape, with stunning views waiting to welcome you. Located opposite the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, Sorrento is an elegant and charming city and its historic center is definitely worth a visit. 

  • Walk along well-maintained ancient mule tracks
  • Discover the unique natural- and cultural heritage of the Amalfi Coast
  • You will experience one of the most famous walking trails of Italy - The Foothpath of the Gods"
  • Hiking through small mountain and costal villages
  • Walking through olive- and lemon groves
  • View of the Amalfi Coast to Capri
  • Staying in the historic towns of Amalfi and Positano
  • Transportation of luggage

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Day 1 Arriving in Amalfi
When Arriving at the train station in Salerno, go outside the arrival hall and look for the SITA busses (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. SITA buses run every half hour along the Amalfi Coast and stop in Cetara, Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Positano and Sorrento. Bus tickets to Amalfi costs about 6 €. 
After arrival and check-in at the hotel, it is possible to go for a little stroll around the charming center of the village, or maybe even take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea just to cool off after the journey. 
Day 2 Walking in Amalfi and the surrounding area

walking time 4-5 hours

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 on a narrow ridge. To one side you have the view of Amalfi, on the other side you can admire the coast 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 dates back to the 11th century, and the pleasant path follows the river running through a vast green landscape. Back in Amalfi it is worth visiting the paper museeum before heading back to the hotel. 

Day 3 Walking on Sentiero degli Dei - The Footpath of the Gods

Walking time 4-5 hours

Start the day by taking a local bus to the small village Bomerano, located on Agerolas plateau. It is just outside this village that the famous 'Sentiero degli dei' (the Footpath of the Gods) begins, and as one of Italy's most famous footpaths it offers unforgetable views. After a 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 now more or less flat trail through spectacular rock formations and lush scenery. The trail runs all the way to Nocelle and shortly after 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 prettiest pearls on the Coast of Amalfi. After a stroll through the narrow alleys, you will arrive at your hotel, located in the city center, within walking distance to the beach. 

 
Day 4 Hiking in the upper Valley of Positano

Walking time 4-5 hours

Take a bus back up to Montepertuso, which is the starting point for a beautiful hike in the upper vally of Positano. On ancient forest trails spiced up with amazing view points, you will reach the old fortress of Santa Maria al Castello, which is situated on a ridge, separating the Amalfi- from the Sorrento side of the peninsula. From here you have a clear view over both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. The descent takes you through a vegetated area to the Caserma Forestale (a Forest Service office). If you are up for it, you can climb from Monte Sant'Angelo, the highest peak on the peninsula, and a demanding but 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. 

 
Day 5 Walking along the coast, through olive groves

Walking time 3-5 hours

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 hamlet Torca. From here it continues down to Marina di Crapolla, where you can visit a small beautiful church, which is built in the honor of Saint Peter. It is also possible to take a dip in the sea before walking up to the charming agriturismo, where you are staying for the night. Here you will enjoy an evening meal made ??from local, organic ingredients. 

 

 
Day 6 Punta Campanella

Walking time 3-5 hours

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 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 Odysseus according the legends, built a temple dedicated to Athena. Returning from Punta Campanelli and Termini is done on a convenient path, the ancient Roman Via Minerva, and brings beautiful views of Capri, before it takes you back to the agrituristmo for another dinner and night.

Day 7 All roads lead to Sorrento

Walking time 3-5 hours

Today's walk goes to Sorrento and you can choose from several options, depending on how you will divide the day between walking and shopping/sightseeing in Sorrento. A beautiful route passes through the nice, historic city Massalu Brense, and through several small villages. the trail is surrounded by olive and lemon groves, and a possible detour goes past the historic castle, from where General Napoleon watched the siege of Capri. A short trail leads through Sant'Agata directly to Sorrento. Whichever route you choose, you will arrive at Sorrento at the gorgeous view point, from which artists through the centuries have depicted Sorrento. Go through the town and enjoy the view of the bay from one of the many outdoor restaurants before you check in at your hotel. 

Day 8 Capri, Pompeii or Capo Sorrento

Walking time 3-5 hours

Sorrento is the starting point for many interesting excursions: a day trip to Capri or a visit to Pompeii. There are also great opportunities for easy walks or 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. Depending on your desire to extend the walk you can go to the small fishing village of Marina di Puolo, before returning to Sorrento. 
 
Day 9 Departure

After breakfast, take the train, bus or ferry back to Naples or Rome.

Price includes

  • 2 nights accomodation on a hotel in Amalfi - incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights accomodation on a hotel in Positano - incl. breakfast
  • 2 nights accomodation on a agriturismo (country house) in Sant'Agata - incl. dinner and breakfast
  • 2 nights accomodation on a hotel in Sorrento - incl. breakfast
  • Luggage transfer from Amalfi to Positano (Day 3)
  • Luggage transfer from Positano to Sant'Agata (Day 5)
  • Luggage transfer from Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi to Sorrento (Day 7)
  • Detailed routenotes, maps and other relevant tourist information
  • 24 hour local assistance
Not included
  • Transportation to/from Italy
  • Local busses
  • Cancellation- and travel insurance
EUR 730.00

Practical info

Price info
Note: The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.
 
- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.
 
On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organise your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.
 
Dates of departure
This tour can be arranged with daily departures from mid-March to mid-November.
Transportation

Please note that transportation to and from Amalfi, Italy are NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight. This is easily done online. It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits start and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.
Rome or Napoli is the most accessible airports for Amalfi. 
The tour from Rome/Napoli to Salerno, is most easily made by train. On www.trenitalia.com it is easy to get an overview of timetables and destinations on the Italian trains (Rome/Salerno takes between 2-3 hours, Napoli/Salerno takes about 40 minutes). 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.

Local Transportation
The local SITA bus tickets can be purchased in the small tabaccio and news stands near the busstops. Also ask here for the most updated timetables. The cost of tickets are 1-3 euros.
Tickets for any of the costal cruises from Positano can be purchased right on the waterfront, from the booths of the operating companies.

 
Accommodation

You will stay two nights in Amalfi, two nights in Positano, two nights in Sant'Agata and two nights in Sorrento, on nice tourist class hotels and one charming agristuritmo. Breakfast is included, and two nights of dinner (day 5 and 6).

 
Trip grading

The daily walking tours as described in the itinerary is level 2. As you are walking individually without a guide, it is possible to make your own desicions on how far you want to proceed from day to day, or whether you want to use the local buses on parts of the routes. Read more about our grading system here.

 
Cancellation Insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

Travel insurance

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.

Passports and Visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

 
Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the first accommodation.

Climate

It can be hard to plan your trip according to the weather, but to give an idea of the local climate, see data below:

Statistics for Amalfi as seen on www.yr.no

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