Walking on the Amalfi Coast
Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi
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Guidebook describing 32 day walks on Italy's beautiful Amalfi Coast. The areas covered include Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano and Monti Lattari, and the idyllic islands of Capri and Ischia. The region is criss-crossed by ancient mule tracks and pilgrim routes, offering a variety of walks from family strolls to strenuous treks.
- all year round, though midsummer can get a bit hot. The spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) months are probably the best. Winter can be wonderful - and quiet
- Naples is the main city and airport, but key walking bases are Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and the gorgeous islands of Capri and Ischia
- all walkers catered for, from strollers to active trekkers; simple short routes on old mule tracks, but flat land is in short supply here and stepped pathways are the norm; walks are graded 1-3
- Must See
- the UNESCO World Heritage Amalfi Coast, with Ravello, Positano and Amalfi as well as Sorrento on the Gulf of Naples, the gorgeous island of Capri and neighbouring Ischia. Walks are both easy and challenging, Sentiero degli Dei, the Monti Lattari, Roman villas, hidden coves, lemon orchards, coastal ferry trips, divine Neapolitan cakes, medieval alleyways
Walking on the Amalfi Coast describes 32 day-walks, ranging from 3km to 11km in length. The walks explore the Sorrento Peninsula, Amalfi Coast and Monti Lattari, as well as the islands of Capri and Ischia in the Gulf of Naples. The whole area is crisscrossed by ancient mule tracks, pilgrim routes and goat tracks, offering a variety of walking from family strolls to strenuous treks across terrain from paved paths to verdant hillside paths and rough volcanic scree.
Split into the five sections of Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi, each walk is accompanied by relevant public transport information as well as a sketch map. The book also provides local and practical information, accommodation options and an Italian–English glossary.
The steep southern edge of the Sorrento peninsula, famous for its medieval villages perched atop plunging cliffs, with their near-vertical vineyards and lemon orchards, is recognised as a World Heritage Site. This coastline, the rugged landscape behind, crowned by the Monti Lattari, and the idyllic islands of Capri and Ischia together make a perfect holiday destination for walkers.
Flowers and plants
Exploring and bases
When to go
What to take
Using this guide
Dos and don’ts
Walk 1 Over Monte Epomeo
Walk 2 Bosco della Maddalena
Walk 3 Maronti to Sant’Angelo
Walk 4 Piano Liguori traverse
Walk 5 Sentiero dei Fortini
Walk 6 Over Monte Solaro
Walk 7 Villa Jovis loop
Walk 8 Arco Naturale–Faraglioni circuit
Walk 9 On Monte Sant’Angelo
Walk 10 Bagni della Regina Giovanna
Walk 11 Monte San Costanzo and Punta Campanella
Walk 12 Monte San Costanzo
Walk 13 Baia di Ieranto
Walk 14 Sant’Agata to Massa Lubrense
Walk 15 Marina di Crapolla
Walk 16 The Siren trail
Walk 17 Sant’Elia
Walk 18 Santa Maria Castello to Montepertuso
Walk 19 Montepertuso–Fornillo circuit
Walk 20 Sentiero degli Dei
Walk 21 Above Praiano
Walk 22 Grotte di Santa Barbara
Walk 23 Furore Fjord
Walk 24 Upper Valle delle Ferriere
Walk 25 Valle dei Mulini, Ferriere and Pontone
Walk 26 Torre dello Ziro
Walk 27 Ravello to Amalfi via Valle del Dragone
Walk 28 Ravello and Santa Caterina loop
Walk 29 Minori–Atrani–Amalfi
Walk 30 Minori and San Nicola
Walk 31 Santuario dell’Avvocata
Walk 32 Badia Santa Maria dell’Olearia
Appendix A Italian–English glossary
Appendix B Walk summary table
Appendix C Further inspiration
Sketch maps are provided alongside the walk descriptions in this guidebook. The idea is to provide as much useful detail and as many key landmarks as possible, space permitting. Acquiring a larger commercial map is also warmly recommended for identifying distant points of interest and for plotting your own routes.
One map that covers nearly all the walks in this guide is ‘Monti Lattari, Penisola Sorrentina, Costiera Amalfitana, Isola di Capri’ at 1:25,000, published by Edizioni Il Lupo in collaboration with the area Alpine Club and on sale locally.
Several 1:10,000 carta dei sentieri walking maps (www.carteguide.com) are available locally. They show paths in greater detail, although the coverage means multiple maps are needed. Their downside is the dearth of landmarks and names. There are currently three useful maps: 1 does Vietri sul Mare (close to Salerno) as far as Minori, 2 Maiori to Furore, and 3 covers Conca dei Marini to Positano.
Both the Ravello and Amalfi tourist offices have free maps showing walking routes in their districts.
The promontory centring on Massa Lubrense is covered by an excellent 1:18,000 map, available free of charge at the tourist office. Another clear one is the 1:12,500 ‘Monte Faito & S. Angelo a Tre Pizzi’.
For Capri a decent if small map can be downloaded from the Capri tourism website, www.capritourism.com; it shows the paths used in Walks 5, 7 and 8, but not Walk 6. Otherwise Kompass do a good 1:7500 map ‘Isola di Capri’.
Ischia is a bit of a no-man’s land, although Kompass has done 1:15,000 map n.680, easily the clearest on the market.
Walking maps are available from leading map suppliers in the UK such as Stanfords www.stanfords.co.uk or The Map Shop www.themapshop.co.uk and through Libreria Stella Alpina in Florence www.stella-alpina.com.
Italian terminology commonly found on maps can be found in English translation in Appendix A.
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Walk 19: In the wake of summer forest fires above Positano walkers may encounter a sign 'enter at your own risk' as well as several charred logs along the way.
(Thanks to DJ Anderson)
Just wanted to comment on your book Walking on the Amalfi Coast. I walked # 25 - Ravello to Amalfi via Valle del Dragone and it was a perfect hike with perfect directions. I had some naysayers with me who thought the book and its directions were all wrong and at one point did not want to continue on. But I kept saying trust the book. And we hit every landmark you said would be there, arriving in Amalfi a little over an hour and a half later. They could not believe we ended up where we did. The book was wonderful and it was like following a visual treasure map. Thank you for the great work.
Gillian Price was born in England but has lived in Venice for many years. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price
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