Day 1: Arrival in Amalfi/Atrani
The most convenient arrival points for this independent walking trip are Naples airport and Salerno train station. You can easily reach Amalfi/Atrani by bus from either of the suggested starting points. Check into your hotel and take the time to explore the historic town center in the afternoon.
Day 2: From Amalfi/Atrani to Pontone and back (9-10km, 4-5 hrs, +550m/-550m)
We have foreseen an easy circular walk for your first hiking day which will give you an excellent taste of the incredible cultural and natural riches of the Amalfi Coast. You will walk towards the small village of Pontone following an ancient staircase beneath the overhanging limestone cliffs. The highlight is the magnificent Torre dello Zirro, not only a curious heritage site but also a great viewpoint of the Amalfi and Atani landscape. Those of you up for an adventure can continue deeper into the valley and contemplate a number of beautiful waterfalls. The overnight is in Amalfi/Atrani.
Day 3: Walk from Ravello to Atrani (9-12 km, 4-5hrs, +450-500m/-450-500m)
You begin this day with a short bus ride to the captivating historic town of Ravello. It is one of the iconic villages of the Amalfi coast, appealing to artists, writers, musicians and travelers from around the world. Take your time to explore the village, as it is abundant in medieval heritage sites, but also in spectacular views of the Amalfi coast. Later, you continue down the coast passing the beautiful Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione walking through vineyards and lemon groves. Soon, you follow the romantic medieval stairs town to the charming little town of Atrani, one of the best-preserved villages of the coast (situated only 10min walk from Amalfi).
Day 4: Walk along the the ‘Maestra dei Villaggi’ to Praiano (10-13 km, 5-6 hrs, +350-600m/-600m)
This day form the self-guided walking route is dedicated to the oldest pathway tracing back to the medieval Amalfi Maritime Republic - the ‘Maestra dei Villaggi. It translates to ‘main road of the villages’ and used to be a paved mule track from the 9th century. You walk pass the charming little villages of Lone and Vettica to reach a highlight of the walk - the impressive monastery of Santa Rosa. From there, your self-guided hiking route continues to the captivating little village of Conca dei Marini offering inspiring views to Amalfi and the western peninsula. Next, the trail takes you down to the magnificent fjord of Furore and the delightful fishing village underneath the towering limestone cliffs. The last section of today’s route takes you through an enchanting Mediterranean landscape of vineyards and forests to the coastal village of Praiano where your next two overnights will be.
Day 5: Walk from Praiano and back along the Valley of Praia and "Footpath of the Gods" (11 km, 5 hrs, +600m/-600m)
After breakfast, you head for a spectacular circular walk starting on the small streets of Praiano. You reach the little church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli where you take the path above the village into the beautiful green Valley of Praia with its numerous vineyards. A highlight to look forward to are the incredible caves of Santa Barbara - a worthy award after the climb to the church of Sant’Alfonso. The next treat of today’s hike is a walk of a section of the legendary ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods) famous for the amazing views it offers. A very scenic descent takes you back to Praiano.
Day 6: Walk from Praiano to Positano via the "Sentiero degli Dei" (9 km, 4,30 hrs, +400m/-400m)
Today’s independent walking route begins by following a medieval pilgrim route to the monastery of San Domenico located in a particularly dramatic setting overlooking the coast from a hilltop. You continue ascending further through curious rock formations until you reach the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’. Today you will walk the section to Positano. Through spectacular scenery and enjoying breathtaking panoramic views, you walk towards the hamlet of Nocelle. Then, you pass a wonderful valley and arrive at the little village of Montepertuso. The last section of today’s route, from Montepertuso to Positano, is short, but so full of gorgeous viewpoints that it will take you some time while you enjoy it and take advantage of the numerous photo opportunities. Positano is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and a true gem in the crown of the Amalfi Coast. The next two overnights are in Positano.
Day 7: From Montepertuso to Positano (7,5-11 km, 4,30-5,30 hrs, +700-850m/-700m)
You start today’s independent hiking route with a short bus ride up to Montepertuso and to the starting point of a picturesque walk around the upper valley of Positano. You follow ancient pathways to the old fortress of Santa Maria al Castello once serving a defending purpose of the valley between the Amalfi- and Sorrento-side of the peninsula. Take the time to contemplate the views towards the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. From here, you have the option to climb the highest mountain of the peninsula - the Monte Sant’Angelo. Following another old mule trail, you return back to Positano.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, you bid Positano farewell and continue your onward travels, or stay a little longer by booking extra nights. You can return to Naples by boat, bus or train and by shuttle to the airport.