South of Naples the Sorrentine Peninsula extends about 50 km into the Tyrrhenian Sea pointing towards Capri. The rugged cliffs on the southern side of the peninsula are known as the Amalfi Coast, which is considered one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. The region was only accessible by sea until the 19th century, when a road was carved into the side of the cliffs. The picturesque villages therefore appear to be clinging to the cliffs below the road. The area was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997 due to its great physical beauty and the diverse nature of the terrain, which ranges from terraced vineyards and orchards on the lower slopes to wide upland pastures.
Pilgrimage route with a view
Every year at Pentecost, thousands of pilgrims set out for Maiori by starting at the coast and hiking up to two derelict monasteries, the Santuario dell'Avvocata and the Corpo di Cava. Those who come for non-religious reasons will still appreciate this extraordinary trail because of the unique view it offers of Salerno and the Apennines. (6 hrs, 11.7 km, elevation gain: 970 m, loss: 610 m)
On the heavenly “path of the gods” along the Amalfi Coast
This “path of the gods” winds its way high over the sea through the bluffs of the Amalfi Coast. The amazing panoramic view of the coastline here is unforgettable. If you like, you can stop for a bite to eat in Nocelle. Once in Montepertuso, you can take a bus or taxi back along a parallel road to Bomerano. (one way: 3 hrs, 7.7 km, elevation gain: 250 m)