8 days

Pathways of the Amalfi Coast (self-guided)

Pathways of the Amalfi Coast (self-guided)

Isle of Capri

Amalfi's 'Pathway of the Gods'

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  • On this self-guided tour, you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of culture and nature. Ancient mule tracks and stone stairways will link you between beautiful villages and remote farmsteads whilst winding pathways along cliff faces will reward you with the most stunning coastal vistas.

    Why we love it

    • This trip showcases some of the coastline's most famous spots as well as the hidden treasures
    • Explore the villages of Ravello, with its impressive villas and gardens, and Scala, one of the oldest on the coast
    • Walk the famed Pathway of the Gods through terraced vineyards, lush vegetation and ancient hamlets to the charming town of Positano
    • A full free day allows for the opportunity to take an optional excursion to the beautiful Isle of Capri, the once popular holiday spot of Roman emperors


    Day 1 - Amalfi

    • Your trip starts with your arrival in the town of Amalfi, the historical heart of the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi can be easily reached by bus or ferry from Salerno or Naples. Private transfers from Naples airport can be booked at an additional cost - enquire at the time of booking.
    • Upon arrival in Amalfi and after settling into your hotel, a short stroll around this small but charming town will familiarise you with your base for the next four nights.
    • Depending on your arrival time, a visit to the 11th century Sant'Andrea Cathedral is well worth a visit. An icon of the village, with its black-and-white mosaic facade, it is reached by a steep staircase from the main town square, Piazza Duomo.
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    Day 2 - Amalfi - Ravello - Amalfi

    • This morning you will take a local bus up to the pretty village of Ravello, magnificently located high above the Amalfi Coast. Ravello not only has a very interesting history, and many medieval monuments, but due to its position also offers specactular views over the Amalfi Coast.
    • You can take your time to stroll through the village, before taking an easy walk down to the coast. Along the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone and the hamlet of Castiglione you will walk down to Amalfi, passing first through vineyards and lemon groves, then through the beautiful little town of Atrani, one of the best preserved villages of the coast, with the possibility to stop and explore the narrow little streets of the town centre.
    • The last short stretch back to Amalfi is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints of the city centre. (Walking distance: approx. 4.5 km/1.5 hours)
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    Day 3 - Amalfi - Scala - Valle delle Ferriere - Pogerola - Amalfi

    • Today you will take a local bus up to the village of Scala (or you can opt to walk there), the oldest village of the Amalfi Coast. Once in Scala, a visit to the beautiful Duomo (church) is highly recommended.
    • You will then continue your walk to the hamlet of Campidoglio, from here a steady path leads into the Valle delle Ferriere, one of southern Italy's most beautiful nature reserves.
    • You will see some spectacular scenery, walking along footpaths underneath the towering cliffs, and passing by some little waterfalls. Continuing through the forest, you will descend to the little village of Pogerola, dominating the valley of Amalfi from the west.
    • From here you'll take a beautiful medieval staircase, which also offers great views over the valley, down to the centre of Amalfi. (Walking distance: approx. 10km/5 hours)
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    Day 4 - Amalfi - Pontone - Valley of the Mills - Amalfi

    • From Amalfi you will walk up to the little village of Pontone, where you can visit the medieval defence system of the Amalfi Maritime Republic, located on a narrow ridge. The main point of interest is the marvellous Torre dello Ziro, from where you enjoy dramatic views over both Amalfi and Atrani.
    • You will then walk back to Pontone, a charming little village, where you can take some time to relax. From here you will walk into the famous 'Valle dei Mulini', the Valley of the Watermills, an almost fairytale like landscape with its ruins of Europe's most ancient paper factories, dating back to the 11th century.
    • A beautiful medieval mule track will take you down to Amalfi from here, amidst lemon groves and maquis. (Walking distance: approx. 9-10 km/4-5 hours)
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    Day 5 - Amalfi - Bomerano - Footpath of the Gods - Positano

    • From Amalfi you'll make a scenic bus ride to Bomerano, on the Agerola high plain, dominating the Amalfi Coast. From here you will walk directly onto one of Italy's most famous footpaths, the 'Sentiero degli Dei', or 'Footpath of the Gods', a walk with unrivalled views.
    • After the first stretch through beautiful terraced vineyards and ancient houses you will reach Colle Serra, where the views open up towards the other end of the peninsula; from the monastery of San Domenico, set in stupendous scenery and dominating the coast from its hilltop to the island of Capri.
    • An optional detour to the monastery is possible and from here you can take a short rest before climbing back uphill. The path now really lives up to its name: it winds through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and lush vegetation and unrivalled views over the coast and the Mediterranean Sea.
    • You will then reach the small charming hamlet of Nocelle. Continuing past another spectacular valley, you will then arrive in the little village of Montepertuso.
    • After Montepertuso it's only a short walk downstairs to Positano itself, one of the most picturesque villages of the Coast and your base for the next 3 nights.
    • (Walking distance: approx. 9 km/4-5 hours)
    • Note: Before you leave the hotel in Amalfi this morning, please have your luggage packed and ready at reception so it can be transferred to your next hotel in Positano.
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    Day 6 - Positano - Montepertuso - Positano

    • This morning you will jump on a local bus to take you up to Montepertuso (optional walk), from where you will start a wonderful walk, around the valley of Positano.
    • Following ancient footpaths through the forest and via marvellous viewpoints you will climb towards Santa Maria al Castello, the old fortress which once defended the narrow valley between the Amalfi and the Sorrento side of the peninsula.
    • From here you can see both the Gulf of Salerno and the Gulf of Naples. Through a nice wooded area in a park-like landscape you then descend to the Caserna Forestale, the foresters' house.
    • For those who are interested, you will have the option to climb up from here to the Monte Sant'Angelo, the highest mountain of the peninsula, a very demanding but rewarding ascent.
    • The walk then continues through the forest and with a number of zigzags descends down to Montepertuso. Along another medieval mule track you will then descend down to Positano. (Walking distance: approx. 11 km/4-5 hours)
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    Day 7 - Positano - Optional Daytrip to Capri

    • Today will be free for you to explore your surrounds, you may choose to travel by boat to the famous island of Capri, a once favourite holiday spot of Roman emperors.
    • Take some time to wander around before taking a beautiful round walk, passing the ruins of Villa Jovis; the most impressive of the many Roman villas on the island, as well as the untouched coastline and many grottoes of the island.
    • The walk can be extended or shortened in a number of ways depending on your endeavour, after all you may prefer to spend your time on Capri exploring the boutique shops or relaxing over a seafood lunch.
    • In the late afternoon you will return by boat to Positano, past the 'Islands of the Sirens'. (Walking distance: approx. 8 km/4 hours)
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    Day 8 - Positano

    • Your trip will come to an end this morning in Positano, after breakfast. Additional accommodation can be booked in Positano or other villages on the coast - enquire at the time of booking.
    • From Positano, onward travel to Naples, Salerno or Sorrento is possible by boat, ferry or bus.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Luggage transfers
    • Detailed route notes and maps
    • Visit the oldest village on the Amalfi Coast
    • Walk through Valle delle Ferriere, one of southern Italy's most beautiful nature reserves
    • Walk into the famous 'Valle dei Mulini', the Valley of the Watermills

    Not Included

    • Return ferry to Isle of Capri
    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Taxis/transport (if opting out of walking stages)
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PEPA
Group size 2 - 15
Start City: Amalfi
End City: Positano
Style: Independent

What to know

This is a moderate walk which is suitable for those who have some experience with hiking/walking and those with a good general physical condition. You should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in hot sun and on dusty or stony tracks.

This is a self-guided walking tour and does not include the services of a tour guide and you will not be part of a group.

Departure dates
This trip operates daily from 01 March until 31 October.
Due to the heat and crowds, we recommend you avoid booking this trip in the month of August.

Route notes
At the joining hotel on Day 1 you will receive your detailed route notes which includes a technical description of the itinerary, maps and 24-hour emergency phone number, as well as useful information on each place visited.

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