Walking Holidays in Italy - Amalfi Coast - Short Break Walks


Holiday Highlights
  • Witness one of the most breath-taking coastlines in Europe
  • Walk the most famous footpath of the Amalfi Coast, ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods)


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Our Amalfi Short Break begins in the historic city of Cava dei Tirreni before embarking on your first walk, the most famous pilgrim route of the area, ‘Madonna dell’Avvocata’, a spectacular panoramic walk leading you into the namesake town of Amalfi. Next you have another famous walk, ‘The Footpath of the Gods’ which again rewards you the most incredible panoramic views of this stunning coastline before arriving at the beautiful seaside town of Positano.

The Area

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.

Day 1: You will be collected from Naples airport and transferred to your first hotel in Cava dei Tirreni. Overnight Cava dei Tirreni.

Day 2: The first days’ walking follows the most famous pilgrim’s route of the area to the Madonna dell’Avvocata, situated on a spectacularly panoramic balcony high above the Amalfi Coast. More panoramic views ‘to die for’ unfold as from a hermitage you can see as far as Paestum and the mountains of Calabria to the south, while views of the Amalfi Coast reach as far as Ravello and Conca dei Marini. This is definitely one of the most beautiful trails of the entire coast. Descend to the village of Maiori, from where you catch a bus to Amalfi. Overnight Amalfi. 

Ascent: 800m. Descent: 1150m. Distance: 6 miles. Time: 4.5 hours.

It is possible to reduce the days walking if you would prefer. Turning off the path before the Madonna dell’Avvocata you head down a ridge towards the prominent Monte Falerio then turning down into the deep Cetara valley, until you reach this unspoilt coastal village. From Cetara you catch a bus to Amalfi. 

Ascent: 450m. Descent: 800m. Distance: 4 miles. Time: 2.5 hours.

Day 3: You will be transferred from Amalfi to Bomerano where you begin your walk on the most famous footpath of the Amalfi Coast, the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods), it’s a walk with incredible views. After the first beautiful stretch through terraced vineyards and ancient houses you reach Colle Serra where the views open towards the other end of the peninsula and onto the island of Capri. Next comes a terrific panoramic stretch through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and luxurious vegetation. Here the ‘Footpath of the Gods’ really lives up to its name! Then after passing through some delightful hamlets, descend to Positano, one of the most charming villages of the coast. Overnight Positano. 

Ascent: 255m. Descent: 740m. Distance: 5.25 miles. Time: 3.75 hours.

Day 4: Either take the bus from Positano to Sorrento and onto Naples airport (all payable locally) or take a private transfer directly to the airport at a supplement. 

Extra Nights

Why not add an extra night or two 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 Scapolatiello 4*, Cava de’Tirreni

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Situated in what is known as the centre of an ancient medieval hamlet due to the presence of its thousand-year-old Benedictine Abby, this gorgeous 4* hotel offers a relaxing spa and swimming pool within this unique location. Enjoy traditional Italian dishes in their panoramic restaurant.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer. 

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Hotel Centrale 3*, Amalfi

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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.

All rooms feature Wi-Fi (payable), television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer. 

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Hotel Pupetto 3*, Positano

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Just a short walk from town along the coast sits the hotel set in a onetime lemon grove, it is in a sublimely quiet location. The 34 rooms offer sea view, terrace or balcony. 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.

All rooms feature Wi-Fi (payable), television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.  

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Availability Information

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

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.  

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