Overnight stay in
|Journey to Salerno
|3:30h to Amalfi /
4:30h to Pogerola
|to Amalfi: 500m
to Pogerola: 800m
|to Amalfi: 500m
to Pogerola: 500m
|7.5 km to Amalfi /
9.7 km to Pogerola
|Amalfi or Pogerola
|from Amalfi: 4:00h
from Pogerola: 4:30h
|from Amalfi: 950m
from Pogerola: 950m
| from Amalfi: 320m
from Pogerola: 620m
|Positano or Colli S. Pietro
Detour to Monte Vico Alvano
|long version: 5:15h
short version: 3:45h
|long version: 685m
Short version: 445m
|long version: 955m
short version: 720m
|Sorrento or alternatively again in
|Total (longest variant)
|74 km in the longest version
By the way, we have created a convenient and clear planning aid for planning your trip and booking accommodation: To the planning table.
From Salerno to Sorrento in 6 day stages
Although the Amalfi Coast has been one of Italy's most popular destinations for decades and is also ideal for hiking holidays, most Amalfi holidaymakers with a wanderlust are surprised to find that half-day and day hikes are almost exclusively on the agenda. Multi-day hikes from place to place on the Amalfi Coast? Maybe even the entire coast from Salerno to Sorrento on foot? Even local hiking guides reacted with amazement when we told them about our planned route. But they thought it was a very good idea, just like we did!
What the Amalfi Coast lacks in comparison to other hiking areas is perhaps a real attraction of the calibre of a European long-distance hiking trail. Although the CAI-300, a major hiking trail of the Italian Alpine Club, crosses the entire Amalfi Coast from east to west, the trail is neither particularly well known nor has the official route been chosen in a particularly well thought-out way, as it strays far too far into the hinterland in some places.
From our point of view, we made the best of it: a clever mix of CAI-300 and its byways takes us from Salerno to Sorrento in six day stages - including arrival and departure very well suited for an 8-day holiday!
The route in brief
On the day of arrival we stay overnight in the pretty and appealing town of Salerno, which can be reached very easily by train from Naples (see Arrival). The start of the hike is a few kilometres or a short bus ride west of Salerno (see Stage 1).
From here on, we continue completely on foot for the next few days. Only at the end of stage 4 do we take the bus again for a short distance from Positano: this is because this part of the coast is very steep and rocky, so there is no really recommendable path leading west from Positano. According to maps, there is supposedly a section of the CAI-300 hiking trail at an altitude of about 800 metres above Positano, but we tried in vain to find this trail for two hours during our hike in May 2016. Therefore: Bus ride from Positano to Colli S. Pietro!
Colli S. Pietro offers a great short hike - as "compensation" for the distance covered by bus - which, depending on your condition and the weather, can be done either directly after stage 4 in the afternoon or in the morning before stage 5 (see Hike to Monte Vico Alvano).
Stage 6 leads with a shorter and a longer variant via Punta Campanella to Sorrento (see Departure).
Shorter variants possible: departure after stage 4, 5 or 6
For all 6 stages, including arrival and departure days, 8 days should be planned. If you have less time, you can shorten the route at the following points:
- Departure after stage 4: the suggested bus from Positano continues to Sorrento via Colli S. Pietro. From there you can reach Naples airport within two hours.
- Departure after stage 4 with morning hike to the "Monte Vico Alvano": After stage 4, stay overnight near the bus stop "Colli S. Pietro", but on the day of departure, take the relatively short hike up the "Monte Vico Alvano" in the morning. Departure: Bus ride from the "Colli S. Pietro" to Sorrento.
- Departure after stage 5: From Schiazzano there are (a few) bus connections to Sorrento, but in any case it is possible to leave for Sorrento by taxi (ask at the hotel or in one of the restaurants).
- Departure with shortened stage 6: The shortest variant of stage 6 is as follows: Schiazzano - Termini - white chapel Chiesa San Costanzo - short stretch on the CAI 300 towards Punta Campanella - back to Termini, from there by bus to Sorrento.
longer variants: Extra tours for connoisseurs
For those who can or would like to take a little more time, the following extensions are available:
- 2 nights in Bomerano: If you spend two nights in a row in Bomerano, you can take an extra tour to one of the peaks of the so-called "Milk Mountains" - in Italian "Monti Lattari" (half-day hike). From an altitude of approx. 1,300 m, you have a wonderful panoramic view of the Gulf of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast in good weather.
- additional days of recreation in Schiazzano: From our point of view, the hotel in Schiazzano recommended by us is well worth a longer stay (Hotel Casa Lubra Relax).
Variant as a hiking holiday with fixed accommodation
Last but not least, it is of course also possible to hike the stages of the long-distance hike in sections as day tours. More information on this at: Variant with fixed accommodation.