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The Amalfi Coast Discovery

Campania's UNESCO-protected coastline
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Starting point: Hotel Scapolatiello in Corpo di Cava for your first two nights.

Day 1
Circular walk via Benedictine monastery: 8km, 3hrs; ascent / descent 530m

For your first day we suggest a gentle introductory circuit which starts from the village’s impressive Benedictine monastery, founded in the 11th century and later restored in Baroque style. The route leads through chestnut woods and crosses streams to rise to an ancient chapel from where there are fine views of the coast. You return to Corpo di Cava via another chapel which again boasts wonderful coastal panoramas.
Alternatively, for a day of sightseeing, you could take the train to Pompeii, a 30-minute ride away – pay locally.

Day 2
Corpo di Cava to Ravello: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent 700m / descent 350m

The day starts with a transfer to the coastal town of Maiori. From here, you ascend hundreds of ancient stone steps past fragrant lemon groves and through woods of pines and chestnuts to the late 11th-century Convent of San Nicola, which perches on a hill 486 metres above the sea, the highest point of the walk. You then descend through woodland to Ravello, passing occasional olive groves and vineyards. For your two nights in Ravello you stay at the stylish Hotel Giordano, although you can choose to upgrade to the Villa Maria overlooking the coast.

Day 3
Circular walk via watchtower: 8.5km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 640m

If you wish, the day is free for you to explore exclusive Ravello and appreciate the impressive views – the best in the region – of the Amalfi Coast. Some of the most breathtaking and far-reaching vistas are enjoyed by the formal gardens of the Palazzo Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo (pay entrance fees locally). The cathedral is also worth a visit as it houses some fine works of art. Ravello has a thriving concert society, and there are many musical recitals throughout the summer (pay locally).
However, for more walking, we suggest a route that leads down to an ancient watchtower on a wooded promontory, returning to Ravello via a couple of small villages surrounded by lemon trees and vines.

Day 4
Ravello to Agerola Plain then transfer to Bomerano: 15km, 7hrs; ascent 880m / descent 625m
Ravello to Amalfi then bus to Bomerano: 14km, 5hrs plus 45mins on bus; ascent 600m / descent 960m

From Ravello you walk past isolated farms and along a panoramic path to enter the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve, a lush valley in which salamanders, red woodpeckers, giant ferns and the insect-eating Pinguicola hirtiflora can be found. The path contours the Lattari Mountains, affording splendid views. On the other side of the valley, you ascend directly to the Agerola Plain in the mountains above (your host will collect you from the finish point).
Alternatively, you can choose to descend along a stepped pathway to historic Amalfi which you have time to explore before catching the bus (pay locally) to the authentic mountain village of Bomerano and the Hotel Due Torri for one night.

Day 5
Bomerano to Positano: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent 400m /descent 1010m

This is a spectacular walk, possibly rewarding you with a sighting of a peregrine falcon in addition to the breathtaking views which give you the impression of being on top of the world. The route contours the mountains and takes you along the 'Path of the Gods' high above the sea, the views often stretching as far as the island of Capri. You then descend along hundreds of stone steps to reach the elegant resort of Positano and your high-quality hotel for your next two nights, the Buca di Bacco. (You can opt to take the bus back to avoid the descent on the steps. Pay locally.)

Day 6
Circular walk via Santa Maria Castello: 7.5km, 4hrs; ascent / descent 660m

Today, we recommend a thrilling route that penetrates the wild rugged mountainside behind Positano, some of the steepest and most exhilarating of the whole coastline. You ascend via an ancient mule-track that is well-preserved and which offers magnificent birds-eye-views over Positano, At its top, you reach the church of Santa Maria Castello, set beneath some of the highest peaks of the Monte Lattari range, and which also overlooks the Bay of Naples. There is a rustic bar-restaurant nearby for a well-deserved lunch, before you descend via forest-clad slopes back to Positano.
Alternatively, you could spend the exploring Positano’s tiers of houses linked by narrow alleyways and stairways lined with boutiques, and realing in one of the many cafe or bars. You could also take a boat trip from Positano along the coast (pay locally) for a day of leisurely sightseeing.

Day 7
Positano to Marina del Cantone: 12km, 4hrs; ascent 340m / descent 680m

After a short transfer to Fontanelle, you strike out across a low ridge, passing through a small pine forest where you can detour via Sant' Agata to a spot that commands inspiring views of Vesuvius. The route continues south-west across a range of small hills and down to the coast, with wide views on both sides of the peninsula and as far as Capri. Your hotel for the next two nights is the friendly Hotel delle Sirene in Marina del Cantone.

Day 8
Linear walk to Punta Campanella: 9km, 3.5hrs; ascent 310m / descent 620m
Linear walk to Baia Jeranto: 6.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 440m (bus to start)

Today, we suggest a choice of routes: the first visits the peninsula’s westernmost point, Punta Campanella, with its lighthouse and watchtower, and separated by just three miles of water from Capri. The second starts with a bus ride to Nerano, from where you can enjoy a relaxed route that descends gently through the western foothills to the Baia di Jeranto, part of a marine reserve, but also home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including over 100 bird species, including the Sardinian Warbler, Wren, Raven and European Robin.
Alternatively, you could hire a boat from your host Marinella’s husband. Pay locally for all transfers and excursions.

Day 9
Marina del Cantone to Sorrento: 12km, 4hrs; ascent 370m / descent 640m

This is a varied walk that leads northwards across the Sorrento Peninsula along mule tracks, paved paths and quiet lanes through gently rolling hills coated with olive and citrus groves, pine woods and stands of carob trees. You walk through several pretty villages with beautiful churches boasting magnificent tiled floors, and also pass various viewpoints, some of which look across to Naples and Mount Vesuvius in clear weather. As you approach the northern coast, you enjoy a real sense of completion to finally arrive at the famous Grand Tour resort of Sorrento. (You can shorten the walk by taking a bus for the first 4 kilometres.) Your hotel for your three nights here is the Hotel Minerva.

Day 10
Circular walk on Capri: 8km, 3.5hrs; ascent 250m / descent 510m

For a final walk and splendid coastal views, take a boat (pay locally) to Capri, where we suggest a route that explores the quieter western coastline, following an informative nature trail (in English) across cliffs and scrub-covered rocks, past a number of small coastal forts dating from the early 19th century, and terminating near the Blue Grotto, which can be visited via small rowing boats.

Day 11
Explore Sorrento

Spend your last day relaxing, either in the hotel gardens or on one of the small bathing platforms (there are a couple in Sorrento itself, as well as some others within a short bus ride). You could also take a boat trip (pay locally) – some companies offer excursions around the peninsula while others offer trips to the islands of Ischia and Procida. Or take the Circumvesuviana train to visit Pompeii or Hercolaneum.

Add-on Naples

If you are flying via Naples, experience the thrill of this vibrant city with a night or two at the 4-star Palazzo Alabardieri.

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