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Highlights

  • Walk the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy with its network of ancient trails
  • The charming town of Ravello and its colourful gardens
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the photogenic town of Positano
  • Breath-taking views over the Mediterranean Sea at you walk
  • Explore the world famous Isle of Capri at your own pace

Walk ancient paths of the Amalfi Coast in Italy as they wind through lemon groves and terraced vineyards with rewarding views at every twist and turn.

The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has drawn visitors to its stunning coastline since Victorian times and its attraction is no less strong today.

Explore Amalfi, Ravello and Positano - picturesque villages and towns perched on the hillside. Not only will you walk the “Footpath of the Gods” which is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast, but you can also sample the fabulous seafood, take a day trip to the Island of Capri and, if you wish, visit the ruins in Pompeii.

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Day 1: Arrive in Amalfi and overnight

The town of Amalfi is accessible from Naples International Airport and takes approximately 3H on public transportation or you travel by taxi (Macs Adventure can arrange).


Amalfi is an historic town with a cluster of white buildings clinging to the hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It was the ancient capital of the Amalfi Maritime Republic and is surrounded by enchanting mountains. Take time to explore and walk along its pretty promenade and around the colourful marina.


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 2: The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Walking out of your hotel follow a scenic path up to the Medieval Tower of Zirro where you can enjoy the first of many stunning coastal views. Then enter the valley of the ancient watermills and explore the ruins of the many paper factories which date back to the 11th century.


Pass through the hamlet of Ravello, one of today’s highlights. See Villa Cimbrone and its picturesque gardens and then walk back to Amalfi through Atrani.


Walk: 13.5 km


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 3: Scala and the Nature Reserve of ‘Valle delle Ferriere’

Take a public bus from Amalfi into the mountains to the village of Scala (25 mins) where your walk begins. A quiet path leads into the nature reserve of ‘Valle delle Ferriere’, a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs.


Continue on through meadows, small waterfalls and spectacular landscapes on a high path to the tiny hamlet of Pogerola. You then descend an ancient flight of steps towards Amalfi where you will spend another night.


Walk: 13 km


Overnight: Amalfi


Day 4: Mount Tre Calli and first section of Footpath of the Gods

After breakfast take a local bus to Bomerano and from here you can choose between two options. The longer option includes a climb up Mt Tre Calli and the first section of the famous Path of the Gods.  Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera.


Follow trails to the highest massif of the Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The walk ends in the central square of Bomerano and from here you start the first section of the famous Path of the Gods, from Bomerano to Colle Serra where you enjoy some of the best views over the coast. From here take stairs going down to Praiano, your next destination.


The shorter option is a walk from Bomerano to Praiano also along the Path of the Gods.


Walk: 4-14 km


Overnight: Praiano


Day 5: Valley of Praia Walk or a visit to Sorrento and the ruins of Pompeii

Today you can either enjoy a walk in the Valley of Praia or opt for an excursion to Sorrento &/or the Pompeii ruins. If you choose to take the walk you discover the great sights of the terraced path of Vallone di Praia which takes you to Love’s Path and on to Sant’Elia. Then retrace your steps returning to Praiano walking the same path.


Alternatively you can take a local bus to Sorrento. Here it's possible to visit the historical centre of Sorrento enjoying the captivating atmosphere famous all over the world for its unique scenery and gastronomic traditions.I f you wish to further explore this area take a train to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii, the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Walk: 5.4 km


Overnight: Praiano


Day 6: The Footpath of the Gods

The Footpath of the Gods or “Sentiero degli Dei” is justifiably the most famous walk on the Amalfi Coast. From Praiano climb steeply to reach the convent of San Domenico, with stunning panoramas.  As the path twists and turns enjoy the views of terraced lemon groves and tiny villages that cling to steep cliffs over the crystal blue sea. Follow the vertiginous trail to the village of Nocelle, and then on to the charming town of Positano, your next overnight stop.


Positano is commonly referred to as the “Pearl of the Amalfi Coast”, and for good reason. This charming town is incredibly picturesque with its medley of peach, pink and terracotta houses stacked along the cliffs.


Walk: 10 km


Overnight: Positano


Day 7: Isle of Capri Walk

An unforgettable day of walking and exploring awaits as you take a boat to the fabled Isle of Capri. This island just off the Amalfi Coast has preserved its unspoilt charm and has grand villas and banks of colourful bougainvillea.


Walk firstly towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, Emperor Tiberius’s villa, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni - peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacamo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before returning to Positano.


Walk: 8.5 km


Overnight: Positano


Day 8: Onward Travel

From Positano you can return to Naples by bus/train or private transfer.


Accommodation

We specifically choose the hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food and drink. Details of the lovely local hotels we normally use are detailed below. These are subject to availability, and early booking is highly recommended for June-September in particular, as this is a popular area. In case of alternative accommodation needing to be booked, supplements may be payable and we will advise you accordingly.


Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and use the hotels  detailed in the accommodation information. Occasionally, because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you into alternative hotels which are not listed in the description. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This independent walking holiday is available to solo walkers for a supplement and is subject to availability.  If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Additional Nights

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk or at the start/end of the walk. These can be added at the time of booking.



 

 

 



	Hotel Floridiana - Amalfi



Hotel Floridiana - Amalfi

In 1100 this hotel was home to an aristocratic family and it has retained its wonderful vaulted painted ceiling and the original old style furnishings. The comfortable rooms have air conditioning and all modern amenities.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel La Perla

This comfortable family-run hotel is perched overlooking the sea in Praiano. The spectacularly situated restaurant specialises in local produce and local wines. Stay in a side sea view room. Requests for superior sea view rooms can be made on a request basis and at a supplement.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa is situated conveniently near the centre of Positano, just a few minutes’ walk away from the beach, restaurants and shops. It commands a unique view of the sea and is well-known for its characteristic Mediterranean architecture.


 

 

 

Availability

The Amalfi Coast walking holiday is available from March to October.  You can start your holiday on any date in the season. However this tour is not available from the end of July until the end of August as this is the hottest time of year and availability in the hotels is almost impossible to secure due to it being the Italian summer holidays.


Peak season availability: Please note that July, then end of August and September are extremely busy times along the Amalfi Coast and early booking is essential (ideally 6 months in advance) in order to secure the best choice accommodation. If you are interested in travelling during these months, then we may require some flexibility regarding your dates and itinerary. We will do our best to provide a suitable alternative in line with our usual tour. In the instance that our usual accommodation is not available, a supplement will be payable. Thank you for your cooperation.


Time of Year

Spring in the Amalfi Coast is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is a perfect time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable.


Meals

7 Breakfasts are included each morning. Iin Italy this is generally a light continental breakfast. Lunch and dinner are not included but are available from your hotel or nearby restaurants. The food of the Amalfi coast is strongly influenced by local produce. Traditional specialities include seafood and gnocchi alla sorrentina.


Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate and it is suitable for those who are in good physical condition. The area is undulating with ascents and descents. Also on some walks there are cliff edges and sheer drops close by which would not be appropriate for people with vertigo!


During the summer, temperatures are high and this may slow you down. Most of the route follows dirt tracks and stepped trails although you will occasionally be following minor paved roads.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is not way-marked however you will be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day. We also provide access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App upon which you can follow the GPS tracks on your phone if you wish.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to Amalfi/back from Positano

We recommend you fly to Naples.  From there you can take a Curreri bus from outside the terminal, up to Sorrento which takes 1H15mins.


From Sorrento you take a SITA bus to Amalfi which takes around 1H40 mins.  Alternatively, we can arrange private transfers at an additional cost.


Another option when travelling between May and October and between Naples Airport and Amalfi is to take the Pintour shuttle bus. The journey takes about 1h.50 and timetables can be found on the Pintour website.


From Positano you can return to Naples by SITA bus to Sorrento and Curreri shuttle bus to Naples Airport or by SITA bus to Sorrento and the Circumvesuviana Train to Naples Train Station and ALIBUS  shuttle bus to Naples Airport.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and map
  • Access to Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and our local partners in Italy

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Amalfi and from Positano
  • Return Boat to Capri (approx. €40)
  • Capri Cable Car (approx. €4)
  • Local bus tickets to walks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Private transfers to and from Naples
  • Capri Extension (3 Days & 2 Nights)
  • Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii Extension (4 Days & 3 Nights)
  • Single Room Supplement(s) if applicable
  • Additional Nights
  • Hotel room upgrade supplements (if available)

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the below answers useful. Please also take a look at our Amalfi Coast Q&A blog for some handy tips and information!

How fit do I need to be?

This walking holiday is graded moderate and involves 3.5 - 5.5 hours of walking each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday.

When is the best time of year?

Spring in the Amalfi Coast is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is a perfect time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and end of August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are buzzing which is great.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this walk and location is extremely popular. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.

Which is the best airport?

Naples is the best airport to fly into and then you can catch the Curreri bus to Sorrento and then the Sita bus to Amalfi or arrange private taxi transfers to Amalfi.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

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Pros

  • Well organised (31)
  • Great accommodations (24)
  • Fun (23)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (18)

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  • Holiday (27)
  • Trying something new (16)
  • Relaxation (9)
  • Thrill seeking (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • World traveller (13), Occasional traveller (10), Avid adventurer (7)

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5.0

Truly Amazing Amalfi Trails

By Kit and Wy

from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

About Me Avid walker, World Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Active
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Fabulous food and wine
  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Historically and culturally important
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Active/walking holiday
    • Food and wine
    • Historical and cultural experience
    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

    Macs offers and delivers on a really well planned and organized active walking holiday. They make great arrangements for punctual pick-up and drop-off at travel hubs and for excellent accommodations that are clean, friendly and perfectly situated. They also provide travellers with very thorough, accurate and updated information about walking trails, safety concerns, sites of significance, great restaurants, food-on-the-go spots, public transportation options and much more. In short, they know their stuff and make one's holiday totally enjoyable and stress-free.

     
    5.0

    Fabulous!

    By I'm in!

    from Pennsyvania

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Challenge yourself with a new hiking experience.
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

      The whole Amalfi in Style trip was awesome. Beautiful accommodations and warm, friendly people. The hiking and trail descriptions were spot on. I would highly recommend walking sticks, even if it requires that you must check a bag for your flight. They are essential, especially for for hiking back-to-back days. It is very much worth it. The views are spectacular and the countryside is something special. Loved every minute of it!

       
      5.0

      The beauty of the Amalfi coast is breath taking!

      By Pam

      from Saskatchewan, Canada

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Our hotel accommodation was wonderful.
      • Well Organised

      Cons

      • We would classify the walks as difficult.

      Best Uses

      • Best way to see the sights.
      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

      We absolutely loved the trip! The instructions for our walks were very clear. Our hotels were beautiful and close to everything - the piazzas, the beach, shopping, and restaurants. However, we found the hikes to the Footpath of the Gods difficult going. We began our ascent from Praiano, so had a long climb up. The stairs are deep in the rise, and are long, necessitating two-foot stepping. Going down was harder. Once above the monastery, they became rougher, and steeper. However, the view from the top was incredible! We were grateful for the bus ride down from Nocelle to Positano. (1700 steps down were too many for us, at that point.) We are all proud of ourselves for completing this hike!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amalfi Coastal Trails - Great Adventure!

      By Rich & Pegg

      from Park City, Utah

      About Me World Traveller

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday

        Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

        The trip was my daughter's choice and University graduation present. The hikes took us through areas not regularly frequented by visitors to the Amalfi Coast which allowed us to see a unique perspective of the region. We left on our hikes before the towns got crowded and returned shortly before the masses disappeared for the evening and had the towns relatively to our-selves. We were particularly impressed with the detail included in walking guides. We have done Hadrian's wall and look forward to the Isle of Skye next year.

         
        5.0

        Best walk we have ever done

        By None

        from Australia

        About Me Adventurous, Occasional Traveller

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Spectacular Scenery
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • Challenging at times

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Mutual Interest
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

        Detailed notes were provided on each of the routes which made the navigation very easy. The inclusion of different options in the notes allowed us to taylor the walks to our level of fitness. We enjoyed the experience of being in one location for several nights before moving on. Sometimes the stone steps were a bit overwhelming, but the end result was worthwhile.

         
        5.0

        I would use this company again

        By Sean

        from British Columbia

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

          Great instructions for walking, and good response time when help was required.

           
          4.0

          Hiking the Amalfi

          By Flea

          from Scotland

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Well Organised

          Cons

          • Very busy over a national holiday

          Best Uses

          • Holiday

          Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

          The Amalfi Coast is stunning, but very busy, so if you are looking for an escape from the crowds this is not suitable. The national park walks in this area are outstanding though. the service from Macs was excellent.

           
          4.0

          Sunny days wandering the paths and trails of Amalfi

          By Brian the Hiker

          from Seattle

          About Me Occasional Traveller

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Beautiful scenery
          • Fun
          • Great food
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Great exercise in a fabulous location
            • Holiday

            Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

            Mac's did a great job again! The organization, maps, background info were all first rate. Luggage transfers all completed with no issues.
            Only 1 negative: based on the description of the hotel La Perla in Praiano I expected an ocean view out the front of our room. It was clear they "tossed" us in the least desirable room when the hotel was practically empty. Front desk staff was surly like we were annoying them to ask questions. One positive there--the waiter was incredibly nice and provided great service!

             
            5.0

            Amazing Way to Experience the Amalfi Coast

            By Beth

            from Denver

            About Me World Traveller

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Vistas
            • Fun
            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
            • Well Organised
            • Wonderful Trails

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Holiday
              • Relaxation
              • Trying Something New

              Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

              We loved every moment! The treks allowed for a much richer connection with the area than if we had simply hopped among touristy resort towns. The trail notes are written and detailed so as to be virtually foolproof, and the vistas from each trail were stunning. We enjoyed scrambling through such varied terrain: mountain, valley, fjord, waterfall, lemon groves, chestnut forests. And given the time of year we chose (October), the trails were nearly empty, which was a nice escape from the crowds down near the seaside. One thing to note is that you may encounter more rain later in the season. We had one day that was a washout and we missed the hike to the Tre Calli. (Instead, we visited some local monuments and took solace in a long pasta and seafood lunch on a lemon terrace. ;) Sinead and the local operator Marcello were very well organized; everything went smoothly. We look forward to booking another holiday with Macs in the future.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Trip of a lifetime!

              By Ontario Traveller

              from Erin, Ontario

              About Me Avid Adventurer, Hiking and fit

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun
              • Great Accommodations
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Well Organised
              • Worry free

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Active Lifestyle
                • Holiday
                • Thrill Seeking

                Comments about macs adventure Amalfi Coastal Trails:

                This is the 4th time we've booked with Macs Adventure - and we will again! What an amazing experience! From the time we started planning the trip with Sinead - who is extremely attentive, detailed oriented, over the top informative AND really fun to plan with - we had the trip of a lifetime. The trails were spectacular - soaring views and climbs to heights we've never been. Accommodations were wonderful - all the places we stayed along the Amafi had wonderful hosts - all willing to help us whatever we needed. Macs local partner - Marcello - even called us to warn us of a pending bus strike to ensure we were aware.

                Thank you Sinead!

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