Day 1: Arrival in Amalfi
Arrival in Naples (airport) or Salerno (train station). Once you have made your way to Amalfi by bus, you already have a good feel of what this coastline has to offer! And you won't be disappointed. When you arrive, check into our cosy hotel in the historical town centre and take a stroll through the picturesque tangle of backstreets and steps. You are greeted by whitewashed alleys, arches and a welcoming piazza.... This is the start of your holiday!
Day 2: From Amalfi to Pontone and back (9-10 km., 4-5 hrs)
Today you make a first easy walk, which gives you immediately a good idea of the amazing cultural and natural heritage of the Amalfi Coast. An ancient staircase takes you up underneath the impressive limestone cliffs, towards the little village of Pontone, part of the medieval defense system of the city of Amalfi. The main point of interest is the marvelous Torre dello Zirro, located on a narrow ridge, in a park-like landscape, with unforgettable views of Amalfi to the one and Atrani to the other side. The comfortable footpath runs along the river course, in an abundant green, almost un-Italian, landscape. Those who want can penetrate deep into the valley, through spectacular scenery, underneath the towering cliffs, through an almost fairytale-like landscape. Here you can admire a number of beautiful waterfalls. Then you return back down to Amalfi.
Day 3: Walk from Ravello to Atrani (7,5 km, 4,30 hrs)
Today you first take a local (open) bus up to the charming historic village of Ravello, one of the most exclusive villages of the Amalfi Coast, and a sought after place by artists over the centuries, as its lofty position and sunny, dry climate made it an appealing place to writers, artists, musicians and travellers from northern Europe. Ravello not only has a very interesting history, and many medieval monuments, but also offers beautiful views over the Amalfi Coast. You can take your time to your time to stroll through the village, before starting the walk back down to the coast. Along the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione you walk first through vineyards and lemon groves, then along a medieval flight of stairs down the beautiful little town of Atrani. This certainly is one of the best preserved villages of the coast. The last short stretch to Amalfi is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints on the city centre. As the walk is relatively short you now still have some time to wander around in Amalfi or take your time for a swim.
Day 4: Walk along the the ‘Maestra dei Villaggi’ to Praiano (10-13 km, 5-6 hrs)
From Amalfi you walk along one of the oldest pathways of the medieval Amalfi Maritime Republic, the ‘Maestra dei Villaggi’, or ‘main road of the villages’, an old paved mule track dating back to the 9th century. You pass the little villages of Lone and Vettica, before arriving at the imposing monastery of Santa Rosa. The walk from here first goes to the charming little village of Conca dei Marini, from where you’ll have wonderful views both on Amalfi and towards the western tip of the peninsula. You then descend into the spectacular fjord of Furore, with its charming fishing village underneath the towering limestone cliffs. A great last stretch through forest, vineyards and Mediterranean scrubland, then brings you to the coastal village of Praiano, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.
Day 5: Walk from Praiano and back along the Valley of Praia (11 km, 5 hrs)
From your hotel you walk through the little streets of Praiano, up towards the little church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli. From here on a comfortable path above the village itself, you walk into the Valley of Praia, a beautiful green valley with many vineyards clinged to the cliffs. You then climb up to the little church of Sant’Alfonso and from here the very scenic caves of Santa Barbara: another short section uphill brings you to the beginning of the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods), a walk with unrivaled views. After a very panoramic stretch with views over the whole Amalfi Coast, reaching out until the island of Capri, you start the descend back to Praiano.
Day 6: Walk from Praiano to Positano via the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (9 km, 4,30 hrs)
You start your walk again in the picturesque white washed alleys of Praiano. Along a medieval pilgrims’ route you then walk uphill towards the monastery of San Domenico, set in a stupendous scenery, dominating the coast from its hilltop. Here you can have a little rest before continuing the climb uphill, through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and luxurious vegetation. Shortly you then reach one of Italy’s most famous footpaths, the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’, or ‘Footpath of the Gods’. This path really lives up to its name! Through unique scenery with unrivalled views you reach the hamlet of Nocelle. Passing another spectacular valley you arrive in the little village of Montepertuso. After Montepertuso it’s only a short walk downstairs to Positano, but it will take you some time as there are too many photo opportunities along the route. Positano itself, is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and certainly one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast.
Day 7: From Montepertuso to Positano (11 km, 4,30 hrs)
First you take the local bus up to Montepertuso, from where you start a very scenic walk, around the upper valley of Positano. Following ancient footpaths through the forest and along marvelous viewpoints you climb up towards Santa Maria al Castello, the old fortress defending the narrow valley between the Amalfi- and Sorrento-side of the peninsula. From here you can admire both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. For those who want there is the possibility to climb up from here to the Monte Sant’Angelo, the highest mountain of the peninsula, a very demanding but rewarding ascent. Along another medieval mule track you then return to Positano again.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast you return by boat or bus and train to Naples and by shuttle bus to the airport. An extra night in a hotel can be booked upon request.
March 15th - April 14th: 645 Euro/person (280 Euro single room supplement)
April 15th - May 31st: 755 Euro/person (350 Euro single room supplement)
June: 790 Euro/person (350 Euro single room supplement)
July: 820 Euro/person (350 Euro single room supplement)
August: 870 Euro/person (380 Euro single room supplement)
September: 825 Euro/person (380 Euro single room supplement)
October: 700 Euro/person (290 Euro single room supplement)
* N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!
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Arrival: The tour starts in AMALFI, connected with Salerno by a frequent bus (and boat) service and with Naples by a less frequent bus service. In Summer there are direct boats from Naples. A taxi pick-up service can be arranged either from Naples (airport or train station), or from Pompeii or Castellammare di Stabia, which can both be easily reached from Naples, with the local Circumvesuviana train.
Departure: The tour ends after breakfast on Day 8 in Positano. A frequent bus service can bring you to either Sorrento or Amalfi/Salerno, from where you travel to your next destination (Naples, Salerno or Rome can all be easily reached). Several taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.
Accommodation & luggage transportation
3-4* family-run hotels, incl. breakfast. Days 1-3 are spent in Amalfi (or Atrani), days 4-5 - in Positano. Luggage transfer is included.