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An itinerary that will take you from Salerno to Amalfi, to discover the eastern part of the Amalfi coast and, moving away from the coast time to time, to admire still authentic places, scented with Mediterranean scrub and kissed by the sun and the sea.

Highlights

  • Terraced lemon and olive groves, orchards and vineyards
  • Walks among mountains and green valleys
  • Local craft: fine Ceramics and ancient Paper Mills
  • The ancient path from Agerola to Amalfi
  • Hidden Medieval rocky settlements
  • Fresh seafood and innumerable local flavours

Program

Day 1

Salerno

The ancient Roman Salernum is today a modern town dominated by the medieval Castle of Arechi and protected by a prestigious commercial port.
We recommend that you arrive early in the city to arrange your first urban trekking to discover the historic centre and its lively promenade.
Along the long Ruga Nova Mercatorum (Via dei Mercanti) you can easily orient yourself reaching the Provincial Art Gallery and, later, the Cathedral of Salerno, which in its crypt houses the remains of St. Matteo.
From here a nice walk along the promenade, to catch a glimpse of the paths that go up and down from the Amalfi coast and to enjoy the blue of its marina. If you fancy a bit of greenery, you can walk inside the Municipal Villa, the green lung of Salerno, or visit the Minerva’s Garden, the first Botanical Garden of Europe for the cultivation of plants for medical purposes.

Day 2

Salerno – Vietri sul Mare and the small villages (2hrs walking: elevation up 120 down 290, about 5km)

A short private transfer will take you to Vietri sul Mare, the eastern gate of the Amalfi Coast, famous for the production of fine handmade pottery.
With this first excursion you will discover the small towns within the municipality of Vietri sul Mare and you will immerse yourself in scenic spots of great beauty. After crossing the hilltop village of Benincasa with its folkloric wayside shrines spreads in its narrow streets, you will continue uphill to Dragonea. Here you can breathe the fresh air coming from the Lattari mounts, which in the hot summer days goes down to the sea, refreshing the many tourists.
Following the loop you can make a short detour to the pretty village of Albori and its labyrinths of stairs that branch off around the church of St. Margherita D’Antiochia.
Downhill towards the Marina di Vietri the last detour takes you to reach Villa Guariglia, an historic building that now houses the interesting Museum of Ceramics.
And finally you will reach the Marina di Vietri and its long beach. For lovers of small things, it will be possible to reach the beauty Marina di Albori.

Day 3

Vietri-Maiori (3hrs walking: elevation up 170 down 350, about 5km)

Early in the morning by a short transfer you will reach the starting point of your daily itinerary, the Abbey of St. Maria de Olearia. With a little luck you can visit the rich medieval rock settlement consisting of three superimposed and finely decorated churches.
The trail, after a steep ascent, follows the route of the aqueduct and of the Amalfi coast to remain halfway up the hill walking between typical cultivations and Mediterranean vegetation.
The route will end in Maiori, with its wide and long beach which is crowned by the characteristic terraces planted with citrus.

Day 4

Valley of Tramonti (3hrs walking: +180 -180, 11km)

After breakfast, a short public transfer will take you to start your route.
Today you will move away from the coast to discover the hinterland behind Maiori: the Valley of Tramonti, an enchanting bucolic landscape that still has a remarkable forest heritage, rich in springs and waterways. Here, far from the traditions of the most famous coastal countries, things have remained just as they once were.
Walking through the quiet streets of this “Land in the mountains”, you can see nestled on the slopes of the Lattari Mounts, the many terraces cultivated with lemons, olive trees and especially vines. This is a territory dedicated to the production of the most prestigious DOC wines of the Amalfi coast. And to make the excursion complete, we suggest you to enjoy a good glass of wine along with a taste of Fior di Latte mozzarella, an excellence of the ancients.
Return to Maiori again by a short public transfer.

Day 5

Maiori – Ravello – Amalfi (3hrs walking: elevation up 290 down 330, about 6km)

You will start your today’s itinerary after a short private transfer.
From Minori a long staircase, today’s most challenging stretch, leads to Ravello, a town perched on the coast, an authentic pearl of this coastline. Among the many attractions of Ravello, do not miss the magnificent Gardens of Villa Cimbrone, adorned with rare species of plants, statues and fountains. The paths in the garden lead to the Belvedere, from where you can admire the most spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast.
The last steps, all downhill, lead back to Atrani, and, going a few meters further, end in Amalfi.

Day 6

Valle dei Mulini (3hrs walking: elevation up 170 down 490, about 7km)

Taking the SITA buses, this morning you will reach Scala, the oldest village in this part of the coast, a fortified stronghold that was part of the complex defense system of the Amalfi territory.
After the small village of Scala you will climb up to the Ziro Tower, one of the many towers scattered along the Amalfi Coast used to spot from afar the fleets of Saracens coming from the sea. Here one of the bloodiest episodes of the history of Amalfi occurred.
From the picturesque hillside village of Pontone the path will lead you to the Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills), from where you will continue in the direction of Amalfi through a smooth and fragrant trail, rich in water and dense vegetation made unique by the presence of a fern that dates back to the age of glaciation.

Day 7

Via Maestra dei Villaggi (3hrs walking: elevation up 60 down 590, about 7km)

The last transfer by public bus will follow the many bends uphill, to lead you to San Lazzaro, a small hamlet in the municipality of Agerola.
After a delicious tasting of typical products in a farm and a panoramic stop at the Lauritano Castle, you will have the right energy to start the last stage. It will take you back to Amalfi following the Via Maestra dei Villaggi, the ancient path that connected Agerola to Amalfi, passing through some villages.
Look at the several dramatic views of the immense blue sea, and then go down the innumerable stone steps and the tight hairpin bends immersed in a Mediterranean maquis characterized mainly by holm oak, which gently gives way to carob and arbutus trees.
After the descent, the path continues between gentle ups and downs and some steep ascent through the villages of Lone, Pastena and finally arriving in Amalfi.
For the sea lovers, before arriving in Amalfi, it will be possible to reach the beaches of Duoglio, a magnificent and well equipped small bay carved into the rock.

Day 8

Amalfi
After breakfast end of services.
Try to don’t miss a visit to the Paper Museum, an authentic old paper mill, to discover the history and evolution of the production process through a careful guided tour, demonstrating the use of ancient machinery that transformed rags into paper.

What’s included

  • 7 nights with breakfast
  • Private transfers day 2, 3 and 5
  • Luggage transportation hotel to hotel
  • Tasting day 7
  • Roadbook and information material
  • Phone assistance 8am-9pm

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Public transport day 4, 6, 7
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel tourist taxes (about € 21,00)
  • Insurance and everything not listed as “Included”

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