Amalfi Coast Tour
The beauty of Nature
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Forget the car and wear a pair of comfortable shoes…. in Costiera really interesting routes await you among history and nature, mule tracks and paths that wind through hills overlooking the sea, traced by farmers and traders to move when the 163 state highway was not built. You walk immersed in the scent of lemon groves and small vegetable gardens, you meet hermitages and convents, you come across goats and mules, until you find yourself suspended overhanging the sea admiring breathtaking views.
ITINERARY 1; THE PATH OF THE GODS
From Agerola, a village on the hills of the Amalfi Coast famous for the fiordilatte (a particular type of fresh mozzarella), to Nocelle, a hamlet of Positano perched on the slopes of Mount Pertuso, the Path of the Gods is an extraordinary panoramic path that overlooks the Amalfi Coast. Already the name suggests its spectacularity. The advice is to walk in the direction that goes from Agerola to Nocelle, so as to walk slightly downhill and have the panorama of the Amalfi Coast and Capri in front of you. The Path of the Gods begins in Bomerano, a hamlet of Agerola. To reach Agerola there are the Sita buses that depart from Amalfi, ask the driver to indicate the stop Bomerano. From there follow the road signs that will take you to the beginning of the path. The Path of the Gods can also be reached from Praiano, but it is necessary to take a long staircase to pass from the sea level to the 580 meters of Colle Serra pass. The route is marked with white and red signals with the numbers 02. From Colle Serra, go downhill until you reach a fountain: on the left you will find the mule track that climbs up from Praiano, while on the right you continue along the Sentiero degli Dei path. Below you will notice the Convent of San Domenico, which is located on the road when you climb from Praiano. From this point the landscape changes, and from a vegetation made up of a few shrubs and grasses, where sheep and goats often meet on pasture, we pass to the Mediterranean scrub of holm oaks, arbutus, heather and rosemary. The path at this point becomes more windy, and through ascents, descents and vertigo views you pass the Vallone Grarelle up to the village of Nocelle, fraction of Positano. In ancient times Nocelle was only accessible on foot along a steep staircase that climbed from Positano. Today you can decide whether to go down by bus or on foot for the 1500 steps that will take you to Arienzo. If it’s good weather its worth taking another 300 steps to reach Arienzo beach and enjoy a refreshing bath. From Arienzo, following the SS 163 for about 1 kilometre and you will be in the centre of Positano.
Time of travel: about 3 hours.
ITINERARY 2: IL VALLONE DELLE FERRIERE
Behind Amalfi, the Ferriere Valley is a route that descends from the Lattari Mountains through ferns woods and along streams. The name derives from the presence of ruins of ironworks of medieval origin. The area is also known as Vallone dei Mulini for the presence in the final part of the route of water-operated mills that were used for the production of the famous Amalfi paper. The starting point of the route is the village of Pontone, a small hamlet of Scala, 225 metres above sea level. To reach it you can take one of the Sita buses that connect Amalfi to Ravello and Scala. You can also get there on foot from Ravello or from Scala through easy and pleasant streets. From the main square of Pontone follow the mule track that passes in front of the Trattoria Antico Borgo following the main route (on the right you will see a steep staircase). After passing an arch on the left, you’ll come across an original nativity scene set in a country house with scarecrows and home furnishings.
Continue on towards the interior of the valley, go down a few steps and head off for the small climb between lemon trees and vineyards.
After the climb a path that leads to an aqueduct begins, and after a few meters after this, descend to the left. You will reach the first ironworks and the Canneto stream. The downhill path leads you directly to Amalfi along the stream and passing through the ruins of ironworks and mills. Before starting the descent, however, you can take a detour to reach the Integral Reserve where the last specimens of Woodwardia radicans grow, a fern dating back to the age of glaciations, which still survives here thanks to the particular type of cool and humid environment (the detour is short but challenging).
To reach the Reserve, you have to cross the river passing through a tree trunk as a bridge, and follow a small uphill path that leads to the two locks that prelude to the fence of the Reserve. Here the entrance is forbidden but some venture inside anyway until they reach the spectacular waterfalls. If you decide to cross the fence, make sure that you don’t tear off the ferns and that you have the utmost respect for the environment.
At this point turn back and take path no. 25, which runs along the left side of the river and in about 45 minutes leads to the centre of Amalfi. Once you arrive in the city, we recommend a visit to the Paper Museum, where there is an old paper mill from the 13th century and a library with more than 3,000 texts on the origins of paper.
Time of travel: 3-4 hours.
ITINERARY 3: THE TOWER OF ZIRO
This pleasant walk leads to one of the most important landmarks of Amalfi’s tormented history: the walls of the Grand Duchy of Amalfi with the Torre dello Ziro, one of the many towers scattered along the Amalfi Coast used to sight from afar the Saracen fleets that came from the sea. An idyllic place and, according to legend, the scene of bloody events. This itinerary also starts from Pontone, the small hamlet of Scala. From the small square of the village take the stairs of Via Fritto, proceed along the road and after about 10 minutes you will find on the left a flight of stairs that leads to Atrani. Continue straight up a few steps, and turn left following the signs for the “Torre”. After a while you will arrive at the base of the staircase leading to the Fortress, which was once part of the walls of the Grand Duchy of Amalfi. You are halfway between Ravello and Amalfi: by raising your gaze you can admire Villa Cimbrone, while the valley of the Dragon stream stretches down below. After the visit to the Tower you can continue going down the flight of stairs from Pontone to the centre of Atrani. The locals don’t really like to go here, because the Tower is not simply one of the many towers built to defend the Saracens’ incursions, but was the scene of one of the bloodiest episodes in the history of Amalfi. Here, in the early sixteenth century, Giovanna D’ Aragona (called “la pazza”) was imprisoned with her sons. Her fault was that she had had a relationship with the butler of the court after remaining widow of Alfonso Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi, a dissolved and corrupt man to whom she was married at 20 years of age. The relationship at the time created great scandal, so that her brother decided to imprison Giovanna and her sons, still children in the tower, where they were slaughtered. Still today, popular legends consider the Tower as a place populated by ghosts and from which to stay away.
Time of travel: 2-3 ore
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