• Positano and the Lattari Mountains

Ultimate Amalfi Coast Trek: Cava de’ Tirreni to Punta Campanella

5 Days / 4 Nights

Small group of 4 to 8 people

“Laced with trails first carved in the Middle Ages and used by mules to transport goods between villages, the hills and mountains of Amalfi offer some of the very best hiking in all the Mediterranean.”  Washington Post


Enjoy five days of trekking in the Amalfi Coast with overnight stays in local B&Bs and have your luggage transported for you!

We’ll pick you up at your hotel and drive to the town of Cava de’ Tirreni, where the trek starts.

DAY 1

We pick you up at your accommodation and drive to Cava de’ Tirreni, to reach the Benedictine Abbey at the Badia.

A local guide we’ll take us trough the Abbey, the cloister, the catacumbs and the Museum, before start our trek towards Mount Avvocata (max. 3 hrs).

Trekking on the Mount of the Avvocata is a classic route, with breathtaking views over the Gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast.

Every Monday, after Pentecost, the Monastery on Mount Avvocata is reached by thousands of pilgrims from Cava de’ Tirreni and Maiori to renew their devotion to Our Lady. We visit the cave where the Lady appeared to a local shepherd and told him to have the monastery built there.

Time for a lunch break before descending on a steep path from 1,014 meters above sea level, to the village of Maiori at sea level.

Overnight accommodation in a local B&B.

Boxed Lunch, and Dinner included.

DAY 2

After breakfast, we start our second day on the Lattari Mountains: from Maiori, through the so called Lemons’ Trail, we’ll admire beautiful scenery and stunning views.

We’ll walk through the villages of Minori, Atrani, Pontone, and entering the Mills’ Valley: through ancient stairs and paths amid lemon trees, there’s a pristine woody area, full of springs and waterfalls amid high cliffs. Within the deep valley, you can see several examples of industry from as early as the 10th century, such as the remains of an old aqueduct and ironworks. There are also ruins of several paper factories, that remain one of the few links to the history of wealth and power of the medieval Republic of Amalfi.

The vegetation of the Valley of the Mills has been studied since 1859, starting with the famous German naturalist Karl Haekel. In this subtropical microclimate, one can find Cyclamen, Wild Orchids, Pterris vittata, Pinguicola hirtiflora (a carnivorous plant), Woodwardia Radicans, and Erica terminalis (a rare species of the giant fern which has its origins in the tertiary period). In the valley, you can also spot Peregrine Falcons, Otters, and the Spotted Salamander “with glasses”.

We will descend into Amalfi, with options to visit the Paper Museum, the Duomo and relax in the square for a well deserved coffee, and a pastry.

Transfer to our overnight accommodation in a local B&B.

Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, and Dinner included.

DAY 3

After breakfast we enjoy a pleasant hike on the the most famous trail on the Amalfi Coast: the Path of the Gods (Italian: Sentiero degli Dei).  Walking across the mountainside, at the feet of the Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi mountain, hikers can admire one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world.

The path starts from the square in Bomerano (Agerola); in its first part, it offers outstanding views of Praiano, Positano, Li Galli islets, and Capri; it goes into tunnels made by elm and oak trees, surrounded by myrtle and juniper. It crosses wild precipices, full of caves and small vineyards, where the ped’ e palomma grapes are obtained. You’ll see the Grotta Biscotto, an old shepherds shelter, built into the rock and inhabited since Prehistoric times.

Within 3 hours you’ll reach the small village of Nocelle, with Monte Pertuso in front of you. The path ends with 2,000 steps going down, leaving you very close to Positano, where you can reward yourself with a well-earned locally made gelato.

Transfer to our overnight accommodation in a local B&B.

Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, and Dinner included.

DAY 4

Today is the longest day of the itinerary and quite strenuous, but very rewarding, since we’ll admire some unique scenery.

We’ll reach the Tre Calli Mountain, then the Saint Michael Mountain (called Molar, since remind you of the tooth), and the Conocchia, before reaching the cable-car that will take us down to Castellammare di Stabia.

Transfer to Sorrento for the overnight accommodation in a local B&B.

Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, and Dinner included.

DAY 5

After breakfast we leave to Punta Campanella to complete our last day of hiking (5 hours).

Standing in front of the island of Capri, you can imagine when Ulysses sailed this part of Italy, on his way back home after the Troy war.

We will then head up towards the Convent of San Costanzo, the protector of Capri, to have a 360 degree view over the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the Gulf of Salerno, the Amalfi coast, and all surrounding islands.

From there we descend to the Bay of Jeranto where you can swim in the emerald green water of the Mediterranean sea, before reaching the quiet village of Nerano (named after the Roman emperor Nero). Then a well-deserved rest in a coffee shop in the square and a great opportunity to try the exquisite homemade frozen lemonade.

The tour ends after returning to your hotel.

Breakfast and Boxed Lunch included.

LEVEL

MODERATE TO STRENUOUS

TIME

4 DAYS

LENGTH

75 KILOMETERS

Tour Price

750

Per person (minimum 4 people)

Dates 2019

April

2

Available

May

Dates on request

Available

June

5

Available

September

3

Available

October

1

Available

November

7 , 14 , 21

Available

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

  • FOUR NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN B&B

  • VISIT AMALFI, POSITANO, AND SORRENTO

  • 4 BREAKFASTS / 5 BOXED LUNCHES / 4 DINNERS

  • ENGLISH-SPEAKING TREKKING GUIDE

  • LUGGAGE TRANSFERS

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