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Self guided walking on the Amalfi Coast Italy, a celebrated World Heritage Site

Eight days on the Amalfi Coast Italy with a choice of flexible walks (easy to moderate), far from the crowds, with unforgettable views of the celebrated coast below.

No of Nights: 7

Stay: Hotel

Grade: Easy or Moderate


Eight days on the Amalfi Coast with a choice of flexible walks (easy to moderate), far from the crowds, with unforgettable views of the celebrated coast below. This Italian paradise offers spectacular scenery, delightful pastel towns and cliff-top gardens running down to the sea against a backdrop of wild mountain scenery. The town of Amalfi provides the perfect base for self guided walking on the Amalfi Coast; being at sea level you can wind down to it at the end of each day's walking!


  • stunning walks in one of Italy's most picturesque landscapes
  • a choice of moderate or easy walks each day
  • carefully-picked authentic local restaurants for memorable meals
  • visiting the jewels of the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Ravello, Positano with the option of exploring the world-famous archeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaeum or Paestum
  • the thrill of a spectacular jet boat trip to Capri with walking and sightseeing on this most beautiful island
  • all the creature comforts of a small, elegant family-owned hotel overlooking the harbour with its own private beach, located in Amalfi’s quietest corner and yet only a short walk from the lively cathedral square with its many pavement cafés
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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 5 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Amalfi Coast Italy.

Guest reviews

  • There were two particular highlights to this holiday - the views and the people. Both spectacular! Hotel was wonderful and I can't say enough positive things about the holiday provider. June was responsive and extremely helpful in every regard. The walks were exactly as represented and we look forward to using them again. Lorraine May, USA

  • There were many memorable parts to this holiday, not least the lovely walks with their wonderful views way off the well beaten tourist track. It was so good to stand high up in the mountains gazing down at endless groves of huge lemons with the sound of a waterfall in our ears. We could see Amalfi so far down there in the distance like a tiny toy town and thinking how great to be up here in peace and solitude whilst others down there are elbowing their way through the crowds and foraging around for souvenirs. These were recurring memorable moments. Stay in the Aurora hotel for good service and an excellent breakfast on their lovely terrace and, if you can, book a Terrace Room on the top floor! Take an early bus to Ravello and you will be rewarded with glorious peace and quiet before the crowds arrive. Read the walking directions thoroughly and take up the recommended restaurants en route. You really will not regret it. It was a wonderful area to walk and I would highly recommend it. Yes, you could organise the whole thing yourself, buy maps etc but the beauty of this holiday is you just don't have to do all that. The walking notes and accompanying commentaries are clear and interesting, maps are included and recommendations abound. It left just so much more time to enjoy the walks knowing the chances of getting lost were miniscule and no mugging up every night to sort the next day's trip out - just open up the relevant booklet and away you go. We have always organised our own trips before thinking perhaps it was a bit 'soft' to take a trip like this. Nothing is further from the truth - you still have your independence but have been given lots of information in advance to enable you to make the most of your stay without having to do the research yourself. The people who organise these walks visit the area regularly to check out the accommodation they recommend, the walks etc and therefore have a close knowledge of the area. We couldn't fault it. - Anne Hazzard, Stroud, Gloucestershire

  • Excellent holiday. It was easy to see that this Company really cared about its clients and its holidays. The organisation was faultless and the Company kept in touch with us right from our first enquiry right up until the final evening when we joined June and Aubrey for a farewell drink. The Hotel Aurora was perfect - wonderful service from all the staff, spotless rooms and excellent breakfasts on the terrace. The general information pack was very well thought out and the walk notes very well written. We particularly appreciated the tips which had clearly been borne from people with vast knowledge of this area.It is impossible to say which was the most memorable walk. Each was different and had its own special qualities. Perhaps the most memorable moment was watching dolphins and seeing a large tuna fish on our way back from walking on Capri. - Jane Murdoch, Montoulieu, France

  • The landscape and super food were two particularly memorable aspects of the holiday. I would rate the holiday 9/10 Sarah Edwards, Wallingford, Oxford

  • Absolutely fantastic! Do it if you get the opportunity. You'll come home rejuvenated: the magnificent landscapes and foods as well as the daily exercise really are magic for the body and the mind. - Nadine Kadri, California, USA


Day One
Transfer to Amalfi, full details provided. (A car is not necessary or advised on the Amalfi Coast.) The days described below list all the walks available to you on this holiday; they are presented separately in your holiday pack so you can follow the walks in any order.

Day Two
Amalfi & Valle dei Mulini:
Walk straight from your hotel to explore the medieval heart of Amalfi with the aid of our comprehensive guide. Explore narrow stone passageways to discover many delights, from the Duomo with its beautiful cloisters to one of Amalfi's former paper mills. For the easy walk, follow a scenic path above the harbour with breathtaking vistas of an azure sea below. Sample an ice cream from our favourite gelateria or enjoy a swim from the beach opposite the hotel. For the moderate day, walk through the magical Valle dei Mulini with its cascading streams and sylvan glades. Lunch in sun-soaked Pontone at a restaurant perched on the side of the mountain. A spectacular promontory walk follows, along ancient mule tracks with superb views from panoramic balcony paths. Return to Amalfi through terraces of figs and lemons via the picturesque fishing village of Atrani. Finish your day with dinner at one of the superb harbour restaurants with the light of the moon glistening on the water and waves lapping on the shore. (Easy 3-4 miles/5-6.5 km or Moderate 6 miles/9.6 km)

Day Three
Take the bus to Ravello: ‘where poets go to die’ - a favourite hideaway of writers such as D H Lawrence, E M Forster and Virginia Woolf, and composers such as Wagner, Grieg and Verdi. Ravello is, arguably, one of the world's most celebrated landscapes with the most sublime panoramic views. From the Belvedere of Infinity you can see across the Gulf of Salerno all the way to the Cilento mountains and the distant Greek temples of Paestum. Visit spectacular villas and gardens (Rufolo, immortalised by Wagner and Cimbrone, Garbo's ‘Shangri-la'), and the Duomo, a treasure chest of precious works of art. For the moderate walk, meander around the head of the valley to make a foray into wild countryside to reach ancient Scala. Then take the bus or walk back down to Amalfi via the tiny hamlet of Minuta - the choice is yours.  (Easy 3-4 miles/5-6.5 km or Moderate 6 miles/9.6 km)

Day Four
Set off by jet boat to stunning Capri. After an exhilarating boat ride, take the funicular up soaring cliffs to the famous Piazzetta which overlooks turquoise coves. With breathtaking scenes at every turn you'll explore narrow twisting lanes and stepped passageways, lined with pastel-stuccoed houses and gardens abundant with colourful plants. Picnic in our 'secret hideaway' above the sea or lunch at our recommended restaurant away from the crowds. Visit the famous Villa Jovis and explore the impressive Roman remains of Roman emperor Augustus's 'City of Sweet Idleness'! The coastal path leads to the spectacular Faraglioni, jutting out of the sea. Alternatively, simply relax, or visit some of the Capri's chic shops or the beautiful Gardens of Augustus. Finish your day with a spectacular boat ride back along the coast to Amalfi. (Easy 4-7 miles/6.4- 11.2 km)

Day Five
Free day
Spend time relaxing and exploring more of enchanting Amalfi. Your notes will guide you to the cathedral as well as several fascinating museums. Sun lovers may choose to visit the beach to sunbathe and swim, or take a boat to a tiny beach along the coast. If you'd like more walking, follow one of the extra short walks included in your pack. Or visit one of Campania’s famous ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum. All the sites are accessible by public transport and you will receive all the details you need for a memorable day out.

Day Six
Scala & the Valle dei Ferriere:  
Take the bus to Ravello for a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Explore wild terrain that contours in and out of the head of the valley, through remote woodlands, across a stream, accompanied by panoramic views and terraces of locally-grown lemons, beans, figs, carob to name but a few. Then wind up to the hill-top village of Minuta where you are likely to see the burros, still used to transport goods up and down the mountains. Or finish at historic Scala, high above Ravello in the heart of the Lattari mountains, visiting the cathedral before returning to Amalfi. (Easy 3-4 miles/5-6.4 km or Moderate 7-8 miles/11.2-12.8 km)

The more challenging option starts at Scala where you traverse a rugged hinterland of high pastures, remote woodlands and magnificent wild mountains. This energetic walk is outstandingly beautiful throughout, with dramatic views and lush vegetation along the route. Picnic beside a waterfall before walking round the mountain to the hill-top village of Pogerola. Finally, either return to Amalfi taking the well-made steps, or take a bus back from Pogerola’s tiny piazza.

Day Seven
Positano & the Pathway of the Gods:
Start the day with a spectacular boat ride to Positano followed by a bus ride up to the heart of the Lattari Mountains. Here you can walk along an easy section of the 'Pathway of the Gods'. A gentle descent will take you through enchanting hamlets and lemon groves for lunch at one of our favourite restaurants. Here, there is no menu, instead an authentic and memorable meal prepared from ingredients picked from the owners' vegetable and herb gardens. Finally explore Positano's boutique shops or visit delightful little beaches. The moderate walk takes you on the full version of the stunning 'Pathway of the Gods', with myrtle and rosemary tickling your ankles. At the highest reaches of the Lattari mountains, you walk between the sea and the sky. Lunch at the same restaurant as in the easy option before walking down to Positano past a scattering of houses, miniscule piazzas before reaching the beach and your boat back to Amalfi.  (Easy 3-4 miles/5-6.4 km or Moderate 7-8 miles/11.2-12.8 km)

Day Eight
Atrani and departure:
If your travel plans permit, take a final short walk to Amalfi's sister village of Atrani, a former fishing village with a delightful medieval square. Or you may prefer a final swim opposite the hotel. (Easy 2 miles, 3.2 km)

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Choose the highly recommended and lovely 4-star Aurora Hotel, facing the sea in a particularly quiet location. There is a choice of room types, some with their own large terraces complete with sunbeds, and breakfast is in the beautiful terraced gardens overlooking the harbour and the sea. The hotel has its own private beach and the staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful. The medieval centre of Amalfi and the buses and boats are just a 5-minute walk away.

Hotel Residence is a small, elegant 4-star former 18th-century palace owned by the same family for generations. Situated close to Amalfi’s bustling cathedral square, you are just minutes from the sea and harbour. Most rooms have small balconies, and you can enjoy breakfast and drinks on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.

Hotel La Bussola is another recommended 4-star hotel. It is larger than the Aurora and Residence but similarly situated facing the sea. It has a sun deck and rooftop terrace and is conveniently situated for the centre of Amalfi and the harbour.

Finally, a budget option is the popular Floridiana Hotel in the heart of Amalfi, awarded a ‘Travellers’ Choice’ award by TripAdvisor.

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Grade of the walks

You can choose between easy walks of up to 5 miles/8 km a day or moderate walks of up to 8 miles/12.8 km a day. They are all interspersed with options to visit places of cultural interest and recommendations for lunch. Our routes are mainly on former mule tracks, stone steps and coastal paths which have been used for centuries to link one village with another.

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Tour price and costs

Price per person: from £545 to £927 for 7 nights, depending on choice of hotel, room type and season, based on 2 people sharing a twin/double. Please enquire for single occupancy rates or for fewer or more nights.

Price includes:

  • Personalised itinerary
  • High-quality en-suite accommodation
  • Buffet breakfasts
  • Restaurant recommendations
  • Detailed route directions, written by the founders of the company, in easy-to-handle A5 format
  • Marked-up map and map case
  • Commentary notes on features of interest along the way
  • Details of places to visit on the walks
  • Suggestions for excursions and places of interest to visit on non-walking day
  • Travel information
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The nearest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples. It is easy to reach Naples from Rome. The nearest rail stations are at Sorrento and Salerno. Full information is supplied on the best way to travel to suit your particular requirements. We are happy to advise on travel options and how to book.

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