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Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari

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Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Difficulty
Moderate
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Itinerary

Day 1: Monte Sant’ Angelo
Day 2: Santa Maria al Castello
Day 3: Massa Lubrense
Day 4: Massa Lubrense
Day 5: Departure

Overview for Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari


On this demanding but rewarding trek above the Amalfi Coast, Positano and Sorrento, you will discover the unspoiled beauty of the Lattari Mountains. The Alta Via is a must for the avid hiker – you will walk through real mountain scenery, past amazing sheer drops, through chestnut forests and beautiful countryside with terraced lemon groves and vineyards.

Walking in this area lets you enjoy some of the most splendid views on the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples, while immersed in an almost alpine landscape. You will surely enjoy the rural scenery as well, which makes you feel like you’re far away from the glamour of the fashionable places along the coast.

If you have more time, you may consider our even more demanding full 8-day trek from Cava dei Tireni.

Highlights

  • Amalfi Coast
  • Alta Via
  • Lattari Mountains and Monte Faito
  • Sentiero degli Dei (Footpath of the Gods)
  • Maestra dei Villagi


Itinerary for Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari

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Day 1: Arrival Monte Sant’ Angelo

By local train you travel to Castellammare di Stabia (easily reachable from Naples), from where you board the amazing ‘Funivia’ to the ridge of Mount Faito, one of the world’s most spectacular cable car rides. Here you settle in your welcoming mountain hotel in the area known as ‘Belvedere’, offering spectacular views to the Bay of Naples. If you arrive early, you can go for a nice walk, and perhaps enjoy the sunset behind the island of Capri.

Optional extra day: Explore Mount Faito

From your hotel you have several options to explore the area of Mount Faito, an extensive forested high plain dominating the Bay of Naples. You’ll walk through old beech forests, mountain meadows and barren limestone rocks and enjoy stunning views. Also you have the option to make the ascent of the Monte San Michele today, making tomorrow’s  walk slightly less challenging.

Day 2: Santa Maria al Castello

From the plain of Monte Faito, you walk to the mountains above Positano today. There are several options to do this: you can, of course, follow the ‘Alta Via’, but you can also opt to take in a section of the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (‘Footpath of the Gods’), with equally beautiful views.

The ‘Alta Via’ today brings you onto the highest mountain of the area. You start with a gentle walk through the beech forests and begin to climb up towards the highest peak of the area, Mt. San Michele (1,444 m. above sea level – at only a mile from the seashore). After spending some time enjoying the best view that one could take in the Amalfi Coast (and perhaps have lunch here), you continue in a western direction, along one of the most scenic paths of the area, with views ranging from the Cilento National Park, Capri & the Bay of Naples.

Then you descend into a lovely wooded area, a park-like landscape with cypresses and olive groves, and an easy last stretch brings you to your agriturismo in Santa Maria al Castello, the old fortress defending the narrow valley between the Amalfi and Sorrento sides of the peninsula. From here you can admire both the Gulf of Salerno and the Bay of Naples. You should make the short walk to one of the most stunning viewpoints in the area: with Positano literally at your feet. Dinner is on the premises of the agriturismo, based on homegrown specialities again.

  • Walking for the day: 12 km, 5 hours ↑500m ↓850m
  • Accommodation: agriturismo – Santa Maria al Castello (Vico Equense)

Optional Extra Day: Walk to Positano

Your agriturismo in Santa Maria al Castello is literally 1 mile away from Positano. You can walk down to this stunning little town along an amazingly beautiful route through the mountains above Positano, with the possibility to walk all the way down to the centre of the village and the beach. Following ancient footpaths through the forest and past marvellous viewpoints, you first walk from Santa Maria al Castello down to the Caserma Forestale (the forestry service hut). The walk then continues through a nice wooded area in a park-like landscape down to Montepertuso. Along another medieval mule track you can then continue down to Positano itself. For the return you have several options: to make it easy you can first you take the local bus up to Montepertuso, where you start a very scenic walk around the upper valley. Along a historical flight of stone hewn steps you then walk back up to Santa Maria al Castello.

  • Accommodation: agriturismo – Santa Maria al Castello (Vico Equense)

Day 3: Massa Lubrense

Today your trail starts again directly from the door of your agriturismo. A first easy stretch, along the edge of the plateau, overlooking Positano, brings you to some of the most beautiful pastures in the area, green and covered with wild orchids, the plateau of Monte Comune di Fontanelle. Then you continue to the ‘beacon’ of Monte Vico Alvano, after which a long descent brings you to Colli di San Pietro and Colli di Fontanelle.

From here you take a narrow path along the southern side of the ridge, now fully immersed in the Mediterranean colours and the lovely smells of the herbs. The trail runs parallel to the seashore with spectacular views over the ‘Islands of the Sirens’. Then the path descends quite steeply and continues through olive groves towards the little hamlets of Monticelli and Torca.

From here you walk up along well-maintained paths to your lovely agriturismo in the middle of the orchards, where you will have a pleasant dinner made from local organic produce.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 6 hours ↑300m ↓450m
  • Accommodation: agriturismo in Massa Lubrense

Day 4: Massa Lubrense Circular Walk

Today you’ll make a circular walk over the ridge dividing the Bay of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno, discovering the very different landscapes and some charming small hamlets. Through pine woods, olive groves and orchards you walk down to the picturesque inlet of Marina di Crapolla (where Saint Peter is alleged to have disembarked on his way to Rome) where you are free to swim.

Then continue along well-maintained paths to the charming little seashore village of Marina del Cantone, on the south side of the Sorrento Peninsula. The landscape is spectacular, you walk in a beautiful scenery, dominated by dry-stone walls and olive groves, all the time overlooking the sea.

A spectacular path, running along the impressive cliffs then brings you to the tip of the peninsula, where, according to legend, Ulysses erected a temple in honour of Athena. In some parts, the path can be a bit demanding, though never too difficult. The return, between Punta Campanella and Termini, is on an easy trail, the old Roman Via Minerva, with great views of Capri and many medieval watchtowers, which once protected the coast.

From Termini you then take the local bus back to Sant’ Agata sui Due Golfi, to have another night in your agriturismo.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 6 hours ↑800m ↓950m
  • Accommodation: agriturismo in Massa Lubrense

Day 5: Departure or Onward Travel

After breakfast, you can easily return by boat or by bus and train to Naples, and then by shuttle bus to the airport. An extra night in a Naples hotel can be booked upon request.

Hotels for Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari

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Accommodation is in simple but comfortable country inns, 3-star hotels and agriturismi** as indicated in the itinerary. We have carefully hand-picked all places and regularly monitor their quality. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

  • Night 1: The first night you’ll stay in a nice, comfortable hotel on Mt. Faito, near the stunning ‘Belvedere’, from where you overlook the whole Bay of Naples.
  • Night 2: This night you’ll stay at a nice agriturismo, this time in the hamlet of Santa Maria al Castello, overlooking the bay of Naples, Positano and the whole Amalfi Coast.
  • Nights 3 & 4: The final two nights you spend near the small village of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, on the high plain dominating the Bay of Naples, the Gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast, in a beautiful agriturismo.

Sample hotels: Sant’ Angelo, Le Tore, La Ginestra

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

**What is an agriturismo? A combination of the words for “agriculture” and “tourism” in ItalianIt is a farm-stay, but it’s also much, much more. Typically, an agriturismo is an independently-owned farm that the owners have decided to use partially for accommodation purposes, in a way similar to English or American bed and breakfasts. One of the best parts of staying in a traditional agriturismo? The food. An Italian agriturismo will usually serve guests food that was prepared from raw materials – vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat, and often wine and olive oil – produced on the farm or from other local merchants.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation owners, or products for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions, you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way.

Travel for Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Naples. Other Italian airports are also well connected to Salerno and Sorrento.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

By local train fron Naples you travel to Castellammare di Stabia, from where you travel up with the amazing ‘Funivia’ to the ridge of Mount Faito, one of the world’s most spectacular cable car rides. Visit the Italia Rail website for up-to-date timetables and fares, or check the rome2rio link below.

The tour ends after breakfast in Massa Lubrense on Day 5. A frequent bus service can bring you to Sorrento, where you travel on to your next destination (Naples or Rome can both be easily reached by high-speed train). Taxi services are available to bring you directly to your next destination.

Private Transfers

Airport transfers by public transport are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers. You can also book a private airport transfer with us.

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Baggage Transfers

Hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included on this trek.

Travel Insurance

A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have a valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads Logo to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

  • Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
  • Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
  • Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.
  • Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here. Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.

Trip Info for Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate

This is a rather demanding trek which is suitable for those who have experience of hiking in the mountains, good general physical condition and ability to read maps and GPS tracks. There are some sheer drops and steep sections, both uphill and downhill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. Also mind that along the Amalfi Coast there are sections involving long and steep series of stone steps (stairs); climbing them can be quite tiresome, especially in hot weather. Good level of fitness is necessary. You should be able to walk for up to 6 hours a day – partly in the hot sun on dusty or stony, sometimes steep, tracks (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

Most of the walks are on good paths, some of them just recently restored by the local authorities. Parts of the trails are waymarked. Elsewhere you have to follow the route notes provided together with the maps.

Most paths are relatively well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown, especially the lesser used paths. We are in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the trails clean – please help us by providing your feedback on the quality of the paths.

We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from April until October.

Late spring, the whole summer and early autumn are beautiful on the Amalfi coast. It may become very hot in July and August, and some of the resort towns may become overcrowded in these months, although the trails along the mountain slopes above the coast are far from the tourist crush.

Without a doubt the best time to see the Amalfi Coast is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season.

The months of September and October are also an excellent time to visit the Amalfi Coast, while the temperatures are still mild.

The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 25 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included for Amalfi and Sorrento: Alta Via dei Monti Lattari

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  • Detailed pre-departure holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route descriptions, road notes and maps (electronic copy + one printed copy per party)
  • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • 1 night Hotel on Mt. Faito ***– HB
  • 1 night Agriturismo in Santa Maria del Castello – HB
  • 2 nights Agriturismo in Sant’Agata – HB
  • Luggage transfers on all walking days
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local representative in Salerno

Options and Extras

  • Where individual members of a group require a single room, a single room supplement is applicable
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers, a supplement is applicable as transfer and accommodation costs are not shared
  • Private airport transfers are bookable at an extra cost

(please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options and supplements for your desired dates – seasonal pricing applies)

Extensions and Upgrades

  • Optional extra day after Day 1 – Explore Monte Faito, including one extra night in Sant’ Angelo Hotel
  • Optional extra day after Day 2 – Walk to Positano, including one extra night in Santa Maria al Castello
  • Optional hotel upgrade: Stay at a 4-star hotel in Sant’Agata instead of agriturismo on Days 4 and 5

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Airport train and bus fares
  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

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