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kelpie Sep 15th, 2005 02:27 AM

hiking- amalfi coast
 
Hi there.... would appreciate some info from anyone who has hiked in this area...looking for cheap accomodation ..planning to hike between towns..... May next year ....any advice/ comments would be taken on board. Thanks....

JQReports Sep 15th, 2005 09:04 AM

Hi kelpie,

The footpath map of the Amalfi Coast that I bought in Amalfi last October listed 98 marked trails, and came with a small description of each trail. Caution: the first trail I tried to hike out of Ravello was poorly marked and then unmarked after an hour and a half.

Most trails tend to take you inland before coming back to a seaside town, and you do NOT want to walk along the main road if at all possible.

The hike up from Amalfi to Ravello is a good one. Second caution: this is best not done in the mid-afternoon sun after a plate of pasta and half a bottle of wine.

The most famous path is the Sentiero Degli Dei (Path of the gods), reached out of Positano. Unfortunately the day we planned for this was very cloudy. If you google this path I'm sure you will find lots of pictures.

If you make it onto Capri, and you are an experienced hiker, hike Il Passetiello, you won't be disappointed. Make sure you do this in the Capri to Anacapri direction (east-west).

While in Amalfi we met a young man at a bar opposite the bus interchange. He rented out rooms to backpackers, probably thirty or forty euros but no views. I'm sure next May he will be sitting outside the bar, or a similar entrepreneur.

I would also go to the Lonely Planet's the Thorn Tree to post your question, as you will get more hikers there than on Fodor's.

Happy trails. JQ

jamiec Sep 15th, 2005 09:04 AM

The "sunflower" line of books has tours and walking trips...it's a great guide. Also, check the www.Massalubrense.it website , it has hiking tours and a variety of other items listed. We are leaving in 11 days for Italy and will be staying on the AC - look for our trip report in the middle of October!

Cicerone Sep 15th, 2005 05:53 PM

I second the recco on the Sunflower books. I first read about it on this site, and thought it was very useful. Their website is http://www.sunflowerbooks.co.uk/walking_titles.htm. They rate hikes by difficulty and time it takes to complete all or each section, and give good directions on how to reach each walk. They publish many other walking guides to various places in Europe.

JRP Sep 15th, 2005 06:44 PM

Though I didn't ask, thanks for the info. Didn't even think of hiking last year during my first visit to The Coast- followed my more experienced family members through the towns. Next year I'll slip off for a little seclusion, now that I'm informed.

kelpie Sep 16th, 2005 08:20 AM

Hi there...
thanks very much for the replies ..appreciate all the info and any more that arrives..will check out the web sites youve suggested as we want to have a mix of hiking,cheap accomodation and use of the italian train passes and public transport.......

bellastar Sep 18th, 2005 02:50 AM

In Ravello, stop by the Tourist information center near the ceramics factory to the left as you are favcing the church, and they'll you a free hiking map of that area, which includes Amalfi, and also Pontone and Scala with various trails described in English. I used this last week and also ran into a British fellow who was carrying the Sunflower guide in the trail above Pontone. The SUnflower guide looked very good.

The Sentiero Degli Dei from the Positano end is actually reached from Nocelle, a town above Montepertuso, reachable by local bus from Positano. Or from Agerola.

There are also some good hiking trails all over the Sorrentine Penninula, and there are maps for these available in the tourist office in Sorrento, or in the tourist office in Sant'Agata. I have hiked all around there, and yes, found some areas that are not as clearly marked, but never got lost. It's essential to bring enough water.

If you are feeling very ambitious, The hike from Nerano to Baio Jeranto is pretty strenuous at the end, and takes awhile, but you will find a protected pebble beach in a little bay there where the commercial boats are prohibited and the swimming is peaceful, clean, and idyllic. Also a minimum of tourists, always a welcome interlude.

for "cheap acommodations", there is a hostel, I think, in Atrani.

Best of luck, and enjoy your trip.

Gerardo Sep 3rd, 2006 01:50 AM

<font color="BLUE">The Hostel in Atrani is the WWW.hostelscalinatella.com and offers basic accommodation and subsequently has very mixed reviews.It attracts a good young multi national crowd to Atrani mostly backpackers and budget travellers</font>


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