Walking on the Amalfi Coast
Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi
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.
Seasonsall 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
CentresNaples is the main city and airport, but key walking bases are Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and the gorgeous islands of Capri and Ischia
Difficultyall 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 Seethe 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
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Walk 20: the Sentiero degli Dei has recently been repaired and re-opened and is now safe for walkers once again.
Walk 20: Sentiero degli Dei: due to landslips the local council has officially closed the path to walkers until further notice.
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)
A great guide
This is another of Cicerone's foreign travel guides and visits one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy which is dominated by some magnificent sea cliffs and inland by the Monti Lattari, the mountainous backbone soaring to spectacular heights behind Sorrento. The book contains 32 walks in five main regions; The Island of Ischia, its more well known neighbour Capri, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi.
Many of the walks have dramatic scenic views down onto the azure blue Tyrrhenian Sea. In addition to the walks there are chapters on Flowers and Plants, Wildlife, Exploring and Bases, Getting there, Getting Around, When to Go, Accommodation, Culinary Delights, What to Take, Maps and Emergencies plus How to use the Guide.
Distances for the walks range from three kilometres (1.8 miles) to 11 kilometres (seven miles). The walks are also graded from one to three with one being easy and three being fairly strenuous. Gillian Price, travel writer and photographer, now lives in Venice with her Italian husband Nicola and knows Italy intimately. She recommends Spring and Autumn for the best time to walk in this area as Summer can be somewhat overpowering as I found out personally whilst there at the end of August when the temperatures were still in the mid-thirties.
The walk descriptions are good and as well as the routes themselves, Gillian also includes a plethora of information about the history of the area. If you are visiting the Amalfi coast and would like to include a walk or two whilst on holiday this is certainly a great guide to take with you to enjoy.
Your wonderful guides have been a pleasure to read, and have been particularly helpful, thank you!
Dear Ms Price,
For the last 20 years, my wife and I have relied heavily on Cicerone guidebooks. Your wonderful guides for Amalfi, Dolomites, and Gran Paradiso have been a pleasure to read, and have been particularly helpful, thank you!
Dan & Cheryl
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.
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Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice and is exploring the mountains and flatter bits of Italy. Starting in the Italian Dolomites, Gillian has written outstanding Cicerone guides to walking all over Italy as well as Corsica and Corfu. An adamant promoter of public transport to minimise environmental impact, Gillian belongs to Mountain Wilderness and is an active member of the Venice branch of CAI, the Italian Alpine Club.View Articles and Books by Gillian Price