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The Amalfi Coast & Villages

Europe’s most dramatic coastal scenery
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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. (Best avoided on a Sunday when it can be very popular with locals and visitors alike.) 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.

Naples or Sorrento?

To extend your holiday, why not add on a couple of nights in Naples if you are flying via this vibrant city? Alternatively, you could relax in urbane Sorrento, a Grand tour resort on the other side of the peninsula, where we offer two excellent 4-star hotels: the Hotel Minerva or the Hotel Helios.

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Walking Chart:The Amalfi Coast & Villages This is an approximation only. If comparing holidays, please note the scale of the chart as this can differ.
Amalfi Coast Discovery
This holiday combines superbly with our Sorrento Peninsula walk to make a wonderfully rewarding 12-night Amalfi Coast Discovery journey around the peninsula from Corpo di Cava to Sorrento.