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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: 9km


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: 11km


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: 4-13 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: 5km


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: 11km


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: 8km


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 always way-marked and it is necessary to follow the detailed walking notes and maps provided. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!


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.

Amalfi Coastal Trails worth the visit!

5

My husband and I wanted to travel to Italy for many years. We enjoy hiking. The Macs Adventure tour of the Amalfi Coast was a great way to experience the Italian coastal hiking. The cost was affordable. Trails were well marked, the book of step by step directions were excellent and the GPS App was reassuring to let us know we were on the right track. We meet some nice people along the way, but also enjoyed some quiet couple time. I would definitely use this service in the future for other hikes.

Lynn

Bedford, NH

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Excellent Job by MacAdventure

5

MacAdventure provided great GPS support for each hike, made reservations at good hotels and transitioned from one town to another in a comfortable but challenging way.

kga9east

Massachusetts, USA

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A great week in a beautiful region

5

The daily walks in this trip are outstanding - varying from green and leafy valley walking to exhillerating 'mountain clambouring ' to strenuous and satisfying coastal hill walking. The towns of the Amalfi Coast are picturesque, the food is great and the accommodation was always comfortable and full of character. The views along the way are at times staggering, and always beautiful, even in the rain.

Tony

Sydney Australia

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Brilliant views of the sunny dramatic coastline

5

This walking tour combines visiting a beautiful part of the world with stimulating hikes. The hikes are varied and include trails and paths through small towns, countryside and woods. In late June/early July it was very hot but there was water available on the walks. Because it was breezy and dry it remained comfortable. Macsadventures chooses excellent accommodations and makes very good local restaurant recommendations. We had several memorable lunches in lovely restaurants along the trail which sure beats a crushed sandwich.

Heat tolerant hikers

Florida

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4

This was a great first time adventure to Amalfi. The towns along the Amalfi coast are colorful and fun. The vistas along the hikes were surreal. Finishing the hike each day gave me a sense of accomplishment. The hotels were ideally located, quaint, well run and friendly. As an older adult who is fit (68 yo female), I found the hikes challenging but doable going at a steady pace and using walking sticks. However, some in our group where not physically prepared for the level of hiking they would be doing. More detail on the level of activity required for each hike would have helped some in our group to opt out of the more strenuous hikes. Shopping, food and wine were fabulous.

AD

Hawaii

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Amalfi Coastal Trails

4

Very well organised and informative. Didn't like day 3. Overall great time.

My bucketlist 60th

South Africa

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One of the world's great coastlines

4

This was my sixth or sevenths Mac Adventures walking holiday in Europe, and the third Karen and I have done together. The Amalfi Coast - even in May - is busy and despite some fabulous walks in the valleys above the coast, this is not a 'get-away-from-it-all-holiday'. There's also quite a lot of local getting-about to sort for yourselves - on the famous (and famously crowded) SITA buses which go up and down the coastline on incredibly engineered roads which climb up and down what look like sheer cliffs. The reward is spectacular views from every hotel-room (the accommodation for this holiday was superb) and bus window and trail high above the towns and villages which perch above tiny bays on the cliffs. One or two sections of walk are really not for the faint-hearted or those with any kind of serious vertigo - narrow unfenced paths above very big drops! Mac Adventures might consider adding warnings about this to the holiday descriptions. But we had a fabulous time, and you really should make time at the beginning or end of the trip to spend a few days in Naples, one of Italy's great cities, and arguably its most vibrant.

Jim and Karen

London

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Fantastic views, wonderful food, great walks

5

Great holiday. We stayed in three wonderful hotels, and enjoyed the walks tremendously. The walks were just as described - not too challenging - but there were one or two tricky sections. The views were astonishing - and the food great. We were a little unlucky with the weather - some thunderstorms and one day of fog - but other than this no complaints at all. Note though - do not do this if you don't like steps! On one section of the walk there is a stroll that starts with 964 stairs going up and finishes with 1700 steps going down!!

Kev

Surrey

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SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTING

3

This trek is perfect for newbies to the wonderful world trekking around the globe. But, if you've done treks even simple treks such as Tour du Mont Blanc, you will probably find Amalfi Coast boring. Walking/hiking Amalfi Coast is beautiful but it's the same view over and over. You're honestly better off booking a couple of nice hotels here and there (Amalfi, Positano or Sorrento) and explore on your own. So easy to get around by bus or ferry and plenty of trains coming into Amalfi Coast from nearby cities. Plenty of posts on the net for hikes in this area. Pathway of the Gods should be renamed Pathway of the Mortals. It's just ok. The hardest part about the hike are the steps down. If you have bad knees, it may be a bit of a problem. Anyone who has a chance to visit Amalfi Coast should do it because it is gorgeous. I'm just not sure I would recommend hiking it 7 days. After a few days, it just feels all the same. Oh, if it's cloudy, don't bother hiking to Mt. Tre Calli (sp?). No views. Hope this helps.

Nature Lover

Los Angeles

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5

Enjoyed trip. Appreciated luggage transfer as we have done similar trips where we have carried our own gear point to point.

Doc

Canada

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