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Amalfi on high

1 May 2006  A day away from the crowds and usual sights in Italy
4.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

Mayday last year we walked in the hills high above Furore and Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast. We stayed at an ex-monastery and joined the track from our back door . We followed the red markers on a path that clung to the cliffs and crossed several hills jutting out high above the sparkling coast. The air was full of the fragrance of blossoming fruit trees and we marvelled at perfect rows of grapes cultivated in impossibly steep gullies. The morning haze turned to bright sunshine and we drank in the the crisp air far from the madding crowds - this is truly the "walk of the gods". Descend 3000 steps into Positano where we sampled delicious calzone before returning to Amalfi by ferry.

  • Category: Walking tour
  • Traveler type: Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Agriturismo Sant Alfonso

    Charming ex-monastery in Furore hills, 70e with breakfast but price negotiable if staying for several nights. Dine in or short walk to good restaurants. There are several steps to negotiate to the accomodation so the fewer bags you have the better.

  • 2. Train from Rome to Salerno

    Trains depart several times a day for Naples but it is easier to access the Amalfi Coast from Salerno. There are 3-4 ferries per day between Salerno and Amalfi and they are less scary than riding the bus. Take the bus from Amalfi up to Sant Alfonso in the Furore hills - a 20 minute ride depending on the driver!. The bus station is by the water close to the ferry terminal.

  • 3. Map of Italy

    Planning your trip

  • 4. Positano for coffee or cocktails

    The kindest man we met in Italy works at Hotel Poseidon. I have been singing his praises since I accidentally left my back pack on the bus from Sorrento. (In retrospect we should have taken the train to Salerno and then the ferry. Trains via Naples and Sorrento require a further bus ride around the coast via Positano). It was about 5.00pm when we finally got to Positano en route to Amalfi. This good Samaritan gave me a ride on his motorbike back to the bus stop at the top of Positano. The bus had already returned to Sorrento and he went all the way back on his motorbike and found my bag. If you find yourself sipping coffee or cocktails at this hotel please send him my heartfelt thanks.