Hiking in Sorrento: The Sorrento Peninsula, Sorrento in particular, is a famous and beloved tourist destination both for Italians and foreigners. It is the full expression of the Neapolitan style and sunny nature of the South Italians in the world; much praised by the songs ‘Come back to Sorrento’ and ‘O’ sole mio ‘.
In addition to the postcard images and beautiful coastal views in which sea and sun are the main characters.
For lovers of walking and hiking Mount Faito plays the master and needs to be explored. Its name comes from the local dialect word “beech”, because the area is especially rich in beech trees, as well as oak and chestnut trees. The paths through the beech trees lead into the heart of the mountain until to its peaks almost touching the sky. Mount Faito is 1131 meters high and is one of the peaks of the Lattari Maounts, the Preappennine mountain group in Campania. It offers spectacular views of the Sorrento Peninsula; the Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius, the island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno.
For all lovers of the sea the ideal is to walk in the Natural Marine Reserve of Punta Campanella and reach the beach of Jeranto; from which you will enjoy a stunning view of Punta Campanella itself and the famous Faraglioni, symbol of Capri Island. And the area is a protected natural reserve and certainly one of the most beautiful Italian coasts; with a luxuriant vegetation and a rich underwater life.
Sant’Agnello, Golfo del Pecoriello, Sorrento
The Path of the Gods, set in stunning natural beauty, is a must to see; at least for who wants to deeply dig into the marvels of the Amalfi Coast. From the Path of the Gods it is possible to admire one of the most striking panoramas on Earth: halfway up the hill the path crosses, from Bomerano to Nocelle village; through the most fascinating gorges, cliffs and precipices of the Amalfi Coast.
An incomparable overview of the coast from Punta Licosa, in the Cilento (part of the Province of Salerno that lies on the south of the Amalfi Coast) to the Island of Capri. An ancient natural extension of Punta Campanella (watershed between the gulfs of Naples and Salerno) where the Athena loop trail, another wonderful hike, lays.
The name, a little exaggerated, is due to some aerial exposed part of the path; the magnificent wide views of the sea and splendid hamlets of Vettica Maggiore (Praiano) and Furore located just below the path. From above you can admire, impending over the sea; the extremely steep and wild noses of “Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi”, the highest summit of the Sorrento Peninsula.
The Path of the Gods, despite of the name; is an extraordinary monument to the boundless obstinacy and exertion of the humankind that, throughout the ages; has been able to colonize even the most impracticable places on the Amalfi Coast. Today, shepherds, woodsmen and farmers still use the path as it lays through hundreds of dry stonewalls; vegetable gardens, woods, lemon groves and old vineyards stolen to the mountain. Beside the path, you find caves and terraces dropping from the cliffs to the sea and deep valleys. The caves host pens, folds, depots and other constructions. Of the vertical faces, with a dolomitic look overlooking the path; You’ll admire their elegant glides, gulls, crows, peregrine and kestrel falcons, coming out their aeries.
The Sorrentine Peninsula is surrounded by the Lattari Mountains which hugs the Sorrentine Coast and the Amalfi Coast; rich with plateaus, sheer cliffs, peninsulas and deep gorges.
There are many trails in the country side, and different and various different lengths and difficulty range.
This can be considered as the most difficult hike of all the Sorrentine Peninsula. Though its elevation is 1350 mt, it is a trail advised just to expert hikers. If you are brave and expert enough, you will not want to miss this one, because of the landscape you can enjoy from there, and all the quietness that surrounds you will just make you fall in love with that place.
Also known as Monte San Michele, this is the highest mountain of Lattari mountains, with its 1444mt of elevation. Although you will front 700 mt of altitude gaining, it runs through good trails curated by CAI (Italian Alpine Club). On the top of it, you will witness a 360° astonishing view, from Vesuvio to the Gulf of Naples, and from the Amalfi Coast to Cilento.
Starting from Piano di Sorrento, you will hike to Monte Comune first, at 877mt, and then descend to Positano. During the trail you will be fascinated from the Mediterranean scrub and from the view on small inlets with crystal clear water
This panoramic route goes up high some beautiful mountains of the Lattari. Nine km long, it's a nice walk up to "Tre Calli mount", which stands on 1122mt on sea level, offering some beautiful perspective of the Amalfi Coast.
Take your swimsuit with you for this one! Starting from the village of Nerano, you will do a simple and astonishing hike to this famous bay, and you will not want to miss for everything in the World a nice swim in this stunning bay.
If you are here after the first part of this list, it means you are searching some serious and hard hike! So stick with me, and I promise you that the last four hikes here are the most challenging of all the Sorrentine Peninsula!
Similar to the Path of the Gods, this particular hike is for those who likes more challenging in a trek. Longer, higher, you will walk on top of Lattari mountains, following the steps of the Gods. Take with you your camera and binoculars, you could see hawks flying around or resting on some cliffs.
To hike this trail, you have to go to Castellammare di Stabia and take a cable car which will take you to Villaggio del Monte Faito. From there you will start the hike which will lead you to beautiful 360° panoramas on all the gulf of Naples and Cilento, until the reach of the top of Monte Faito.
The legend says that this trail was once hiked by the old greek Gods to save Ulysses from syrens on Li Galli little isle.
Probably this is the most known hike of all the Peninsula, due to its stunning views, which hikers experience during all the ca. 5km hike, from Bomerano (an Agerola hamlet) to Nocelle.
This simple yet beautiful hike starts from the city of Amalfi. Finding signboards to "Valle dei Mulini" in the main square, it is quite simple to follow the path. It starts with a well-paved path, and after 800 mt or so, it becomes more "wild". You are going to experience there a real adventure, as you will see the ruins of the old paper mills that took advantage of Canneto river to produce the renowed Amalfi paper.
The Punta Campanella hike is a total jump in the past. You find yourself walking on a cobblestoned paved path, which date back to ancient romans. The trail you are going to hike, in fact, was once the Minerva road, that led the romans to the extremity of the Sorrentine Peninsula where once there was a greek temple devoted to Athena and that the romans consecrated to Minerva. All the way down the path you will be accompanied by the jaw dropping sight of the island of Capri in the middle of the Thyrrenian Sea. Once you arrive to the head of the Peninsula, you are going to see a modern lighthouse next to a medieval abandoned watchtower.