Walking Holidays in Italy - Amalfi Coast - Gems of the Divine Coast


Amalfi Coast - Gems of the Divine Coast - Multi-Centred
Holiday Highlights
  • Stay in Amalfi & Positano, two of the coasts most photogenic towns with delectable cuisine
  • Superb selection of walks, some at least a thousand years old
  • Enjoy a rest day on the popular beaches or visit fascinating medieval architecture


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The Amalfi Coast stretches 50km from Sorrento to Salerno and is one of the most breath-taking coastlines in Europe. Steep terraces full of scented lemon groves fall sheer into a deep blue Mediterranean sea; whitewashed houses cling precariously to unforgiving slopes while sea and sky merge in one vast blue horizon. Colourful towns are pasted onto the steep slopes and have a history dating back 100’s of years. 


Amalfi Town  

Your first four nights are spent in the beautiful town of Amalfi which has origins documented as long ago as the 6th century when it was the centre of a trading network spread throughout the Mediterranean. Today, it is still known well beyond what its size should command due to the beauty of the town and its stunning setting. Situated at the head of a deep ravine you can wander along narrow alleyways through the town and surrounding slopes unimpaired by traffic as the town is car free. Explore the small quaint shops often packed with locally produced Limoncello liqueur found in many shapely bottles and take refreshments in the tea shops, inspired by the English 100 years ago when they were the dominant visitors. Exploring further, steep steps lead to the exquisite 9th century Duomo and many other examples of medieval architecture. Far below, the town also has its own beach popular amongst visitors and locals alike. 


Positano

Positano is the coast's most photogenic town, rising almost vertically from the sea in a riot of colour. It is called the ‘Gem of the Divine Coast’ with houses and villas built on terraces with beautiful gardens planted with palm trees, orange and lemon groves. The main road passes high above, leaving the town mostly to those who wish to explore the narrow streets, winding lanes, paths and tracks around the town on foot. Small shops and elegant boutiques selling locally produced clothing line the narrow streets. Below is a small beach lined with restaurants to sip a cool ‘Limoncello’ whilst taking in the atmosphere after a day’s walking.

We offer a superb selection of walks from the thousands of footpaths along the Amalfi coast. Some are famous such as the “Sentiero degli Dei”- the “Pathway of the Gods” – or are at least a thousand years old, like the “Maestra dei Villaggi” – the ‘main road’ of the Republic of Amalfi. The paths are sporadic in quality of marking but our walk booklet of course, will mean you will not be ‘misplaced’. Most of the walks follow the coast allowing you to enjoy the stunning coastal views from a high vantage point, an eagle’s eye view and on occasions as far as the island of Capri off shore in the distance. Walks will take you; through real mountainous scenery, along paths near the cliff edge, through chestnut forests and attractive countryside, with wonderful terraced lemon groves and vineyards. You can visit cultural treasures such as rural chapels, walk past ancient farm houses, and explore rural villages far away from the tourist trail. 


Baggage Transfer 

The luggage is transferred for you from Amalfi to Positano so you have the day to walk.


Walk Grading

Easy to Moderate. 


Extension 

You can extend your stay on the Amalfi Coast with 3 nights in Sorrento. As well as enjoying the town overlooking the Bay of Naples you could visit the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum or take a trip to Vesuvius.

Hotel Centrale - 3 Star

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A stately building dating back to 1398, the hotel is central to Amalfi's heartbeat on the cathedral square. Completely refurbished in 2002, the hotel now offers a blend of 14th century architecture and surroundings, matched by 21st century comfort within. All 17 rooms are comfortable with private bathroom. Breakfast is taken on the roof overlooking the bustling square; there are many lovely restaurants to choose from for your evening meal.

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Hotel Luna - 4 Star

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Hotel Luna has to be one of the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast. Once a Franciscan monastery dating back to 13th century the building has now been beautifully converted into a modern 4* hotel with all services offered. There are 43 rooms, standard, superior or deluxe rooms. Breakfast is taken in the restaurant overlooking the coast and lush gardens below. Again, there are plenty of good restaurants to choose from within the town.

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Hotel Pupetto - 3 Star

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Just a short walk along the coast from the town the hotel, set in a onetime lemon grove, is in a sublimely quiet location. The 34 rooms offer sea view, terrace or balcony and private bathroom. Breakfast is taken in the hotel restaurant with the scent of lemons in the air as you enjoy the local specialities. You can choose to take your dinner at the hotel or select from the many lovely restaurants in Positano.

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Hotel Palazzo Murat - 4 Star

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This boutique 4* hotel is located in Positano’s centre just 250 metres from the beach. Set in an elegant 18th-century building and surrounded by landscaped gardens, most of the 31 rooms overlook the sea, gardens or town. All are air conditioned with balcony.

A breakfast buffet is served in the garden view courtyard, for dinner the resturant offers local specialties and homemade pastries on a veranda surrounded by ancient citrus trees. Alternatively, you can choose to enjoy dinner at any of the great restaurants in the town. There is a small swimming pool open in the season.

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Availability Information

The best time to go is in spring or autumn. Summer is also good, but it can be hot and the coast is at its busiest.

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