from Italy on Trail
Known in Italian as the Costiera Amalfitana – The Amalfi Coast is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site, simply because of its beauty and history. The area is known for its cliff-side scenery, which you will probably be familiar with from various travel websites and magazines!
Where is The Amalfi Coast, and What is it?
The Amalfi Coast is located in the Campania region of Italy. If you want to learn more, read introductory guide to Italy’s regions. The Amalfi Coastal area includes cliffs, mountains, and every in-between, as well as several towns which are all must visits in their own right.
The area is just south-east of Naples, and within easy reach of this iconic city, as well as close enough to Sorrento to make that somewhere to check out also. The coastline is therefore described as beginning in Sorrento itself, and stretching as far Salerno.
Within the Lattari mountains you will find the towns of Scala and Tramonti, and these are popular stop-off points for hiking and walking tours.
On the coastline you will find Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Ravello, Minori, and Cetara, to name just a few. These particular towns make for a fantastic town and beach break destination.
Where to go on The Amalfi Coast for Walking, Hiking, or Running?
With ancient mule tracks, paths and pilgrim routes that cross rugged mountains, small fishing villages, and tiny coves. There are countless trails to follow on the Amalfi Coast.
Beware that it’s steep walking, with nearly vertical slopes along the cliff side coastline, but you will be rewarded by incredible views, vineyards, olive groves and lemon orchards, a perfectly blue sea, pastel coloured villages and a truly magical vibrancy!
Trail idea – Walk of the Gods
Overall however, the landscape is made for outdoor exploration. There are various guided or self guided tours available which last between a few hours and several days. The Walk of the Gods is iconic, and this is without a doubt one of the world’s best and most scenic coastal walks. Il Sentiero degli Dei, as it’s called in Italian is a only 7,8km from Agerola to Nocelle – Positano. Read more HERE and take a look at the incredible short video we’ve posted below.
Trail idea – Santuario dell’Avvocata
For something a little more strenuous try the Santuario dell’Avvocata – the walk up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna dell’Avvocata. In total, 16km from town of Maiori uphill to the summit of Monte Falesia and back again. It may be challenging but you’ll be rewarded with some amazing views!
As in the rest of Italy, trails are waymarked and maintained by the C.A.I. Club Alpino Italiano – Maps are available with the CAI way marked paths.
Want Something More?
Oh, the choice! If you want to venture a little further away, you could opt to climb Mount Vesuvius! Yes, really! See HERE for details.
For a chill out, head to celeb central Capri, or you could explore the history and culture in Naples, as a day’s break away from the Great Outdoors.
Books and Maps
- Cicerone Press:
“Walking on the Amalfi Coast – Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi” by Gillian Price
32 day walks to be enjoyed in the area ranging from 3km to 11km.
- Sunflower Books:
Walking in Sorrento, Amalfi and Capri “Landscapes of the SORRENTO, the AMALFI COAST and CAPRI:” by Julian Tippett
- KOMPASS-Verlag Maps 1:50,000 Sorrento Peninsula – Amalfi Coast – Vesuvius – Pompeii – Salerno – Sorrento
This area is popular with walkers, hikers and holiday makers. There are plenty of organized walks and tours on offer – but you can also do it alone We’ve chosen several websites which we hope will be useful for getting a feel for the area.
- Giovanni Visetti – hiker, traveller, mapmaker.
A great website with plenty of resources on the area. Maps, advice, and inspiration. In English and Italian.
- Rick Steve’s Europe – Guide to Naples, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.
- C.A.I. Monti Lattari – is a fantastic website, in Italian and English, with ideas for walking routes, with details, profiles and maps, in the Lattari Mountains.
- Vesuvius National Park in Campania on Parks.it website.
- Hiking Campania is Liz’s website about hiking and walking in the area. We came across Hiking Campania, and liked the simplicity and enthusiasm that we found. Good ideas for the family
- Nicki Positano – In Positano since 1999 – Some great Videos on her Youtube page!
Il Sentiero Degli Dei: Traversing Italy’s “Path of the Gods” a short fpm by Yeti Adventure Films
What Trail Race Events can I enter in this Area?
Race Circuit – Trail Campania offers several trail races
- TRAIL DIFESA SAN BIAGIO – takes place in July
- AMALFI POSITANO ULTRATRAIL – takes place in May
- VESUVIO SKYMARATHON – takes place in May
- AMALFI TRAIL DELLE FERRIERE – takes place in April
- NIGHT TRAIL PRAIA SAN DOMENICO – takes place in July
When to go to The Amalfi Coast
Summer can be hot, hot, hot, so if you’re not into searing temperatures, perhaps May or September is best for you. This is when the temperatures are best described as mild, with the odd hot day, however there is the slightly higher chance of a shower from time to time. Winter can be cold.
The nearest airport is Naples, which is a fantastic excuse to spend a few day’s exploring the city before boarding a bus to the coast itself.
Bus is the best way to get around. For this reason, there are countless bus services on offer, and SITA Coach runs from Amalfi around the region daily. You can jump on the service from Sorrento to Amalfi, or vice versa, checking out the timetable online.
Whilst you’re wandering around the coast, be sure to check out the following: