The Amalfitana

Scenic Route · Napoli
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Distance
49.9 km
Duration
1:18h
Ascent
3313 m
Descent
3350 m
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Sorrent‘s steep coast offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean and the coast trip until Salerno.

This coast street nestles on the cliff coast of Sorrent in Campania, stretching from the small town of Piano di Sorrento for about 50 km to the commune of Vietri sul Mare, just a few kilometers from the coastal city of Salerno.

Amalfitana is bordered by picturesque vineyards, with the delicate scent of lemon in the air. This is where you can also find several sight spots such as the Bay of Sorrent, the coastal villages of Positano and Ravello as well as the stunning Grotta dello Smeraldo.

But beware: You should only go on this tour if you are an experienced driver. There are several hairpin bends and narrow serpentine roads, so you might need to give way to oncoming traffic. You shouldn’t be afraid of heights either. The ledges might be impressive and nice to look at, but you might feel giddy when passing them by.

Author’s recommendation

As there’s always a lot of traffic, try to avoid rush hour and start in the early morning.

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Highest point
311 m
Lowest point
2 m
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Safety information

The stretch between Vietri sul Mare and Positano is forbidden from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. for caravans, trailers and mobile homes. Buses higher than 4 meters or longer than 10,36 meters aren’t allowed either. Those excluded from the prohibition are regular service buses and local tourism companies.

Tips, hints and links

We recommend you to visit Costiera Amalfitana in late spring or autumn. From June onwards (especially in August) most people go on holiday, so you should avoid this season to enjoy the trip. Besides, you will feel more comfortable when avoiding the high temperatures of the summertime.

Start

Meta at Piano di Sorrento (119 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
40.640047, 14.419572
UTM
33T 450920 4498962

Destination

Vietri sul Mare

Turn-by-turn directions

Departing from Meta at Piano di Sorrento, we take the Strada Statale 163 (signposted as “SS 163“) southwards and get to the coastline after 6 kilometers passing several serpentines and hairpin bends. We follow the road for further 6 kilometers until Positano, then we continue eastwards on SS 163 crossing Arienzo and Praiano until we get to Grotta dello Smeraldo after a total of 26 km. Passing another hairpin bend we reach Lone after approximately 3 kilometers and get to Amalfi after about 2 more kilometers. Crossing Amalfi we head in the northeastern direction, passing another hairpin bend at Minori after about 3 kilometers. We continue eastwards for further 11 kilometers past Maiori until the small town of Cetara. From there it’s just 2,5 more kilometers until Vietri sul Mare.

Public transport

From the bus station of Maddalena - Aeropoto Civile, at about 1 kilometer from the airport of Naples (”Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino“) we take the bus line 182 in direction of Dante until  Foria. We take the metro line 7703 to Napoli S. Giovanni Barra until Stazione di Napoli Centrale. From there we go to Salerno via FB 8877 in direction of Reggio Di Calabria Centrale. In Salerno we go to Piazza V. Veneto and take the bus line 5120 to Amalfi, then we continue by bus line 5070 until Colli S. Pietro. Then we have to go about 2 kilometers by foot until we reach Piano di Sorrento (total duration: approx. 5 hours).

Getting there

From the airport of Naples (“Aeroporto di Napoli-Capodichino“) via the E35 and the SS145 to the small town of Piano di Sorrent (total length: approx. 50 km; duration: approx. 1 hour).

Parking

Alongside Amalfitana Road there are signposted parking areas.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

For the stopovers along the road, you will need sturdy shoes with a good profile, warm clothes, and rainwear. In the summertime, you should also carry sun protection (headgear, sun cream).

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Wolfgang Paulus
Updated: February 24, 2020


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