Minori and the Hotel Santa Lucia represent the ideal starting point for lovers of hiking and trekking.
Do not miss the walks in the green of the "Path of the Lemons", towards Ravello, the Convent of San Nicola in Forcella or along the valley of the Sambuco river ...
all reachable in less than 3 hours !!!!!
Torre village / Belvedere Mortella / church of San Michele (2.00 hours low difficulty)
The village of Torre along the Sentiero dei Limoni is set in one of the most fascinating places in the Amalfi Coast, kissed by the sun in a panoramic position on the promontory that divides the beautiful cities of Maiori and Minori. If, for a moment, we decide to move away from their beaches, we will discover a place where time passes slowly and the smells and stones give us suggestions from the past.The ancient road that connects Maiori and Minori was in the past one of the most busy areas of the Amalfi Coast, mainly due to the cultivation of lemons. In the village of Torre there is one of the areas of maximum diffusion and quality of lemon, which has been around for many centuries; some documents of the seventeenth century that remind us, in fact, that "the most frequent fruits of its territory are lemons and limoncelli". The "path of lemons”Therefore, it will make you touch the tradition and the history that the scent of citrus still tells us today, closely observing all the hard work that revolves around the Amalfi sfusato. Throughout the year, and in particular in the harvesting periods between spring and summer, it is possible to witness the phases of lemon growing. Especially in the months from June to August, it is not uncommon to meet men carrying heavy crates of lemon, the so-called "baskets" of almost 60 kg, on their backs or on mules, and to notice the care that the Amalfi Coast lemon growers dedicate to their precious fruits.
The path can be done in both directions, the path is largely paved and in both directions there are several stairs to climb (about 1,500)
We begin our walk along Via Lama at the end of which we will find, on the right, the stairs to the "Torre Village".
At the detour, which on the left leads to the bell tower of the Annunziata, from the Arab - Norman period, you have to continue to the right, directed to Torre - Maiori, on the "Path of the Lemons". We then arrive at the Mortella viewpoint, whose name originates from the presence of myrtle plants: from here you can enjoy a suggestive view of Minori and the coast.
Below us the majestic Basilica of S. Trofimena; above the villages Monte with the Church of the Guardian Angels, and Villa Amena with the Romanesque Church dedicated to S. Gennaro of the XII century, with the adjoining Archconfraternity Madonna del Rosario. Walking through the Torre village we come across a portico with a small votive shrine in memory of the faith of its inhabitants.
The route continues in the heart of the Torre Village, with the church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. The date of foundation is uncertain but it is certainly older than 936. Inside it has a single rectangular nave, the altar is covered by two pointed arches supported by 4 twisted columns with a sort of Corinthian capitals.
A fountain and a bench, under a large plane tree, seem to want to cover the facade of the Church, to the right of which rises a balcony overlooking the Amalfi Coast, with Atrani and Amalfi in the distance, and Ravello appearing above.
We enter an avenue lined with oleanders, while the lemons seem to look out from the pergolas. To our left an arched wall in memory of the sighting "tower", from which the toponym Torre may derive. The walk continues and a fountain, at the beginning of a flight of stairs, leads to the Monastery of S. Nicola, but we continue to Maiori and, turning our gaze towards the sea, we see Capo d'orso, the Gulf of Salerno and the horizon the Cilento coast.
We are in the center of the San Francesco valley, a little further on and before a small uphill stretch it is possible to glimpse a lemon garden from a gate, a suggestive and emblematic image of peasant culture.
A short downhill stretch begins, at the top, a pergola of overhanging lemons and grapes that overlooks us, in a riot of yellow and green; a few meters and we leave Minori to continue in the municipality of Maiori.
We walk the last stretch of the ancient path, while below the valley part of the Vallone San Francesco appears.
Via S. Giuseppe now begins with a panoramic stretch that opens towards the blue of the sea. From the belvedere, a window opens onto the city and onto the green and yellow majolica roof tiles of the Collegiate Church of S. Maria a Mare, whose name originates from the statue that in the year 1200 was found on the beach of Maiori. To visit the aforementioned church and the adjoining Museum of sacred art.
Continue along via Vena and Via Pedamentina while from above we admire the Mezzacapo Palace, now the Town Hall, and the eighteenth-century gardens designed in the shape of a Maltese cross by the will of the Knight Filippo Mezzacapo.
We go into Corso Reginna and the Maiori seafront to visit the Convent of S. Francesco.
Locality Auriola and Forcella / Convent of San Nicola (2.00 hours of medium difficulty)
The convent of San Nicola is located in Minori, on top of a hill in the center of the valleys of the Lattari Mountains. Although not very high, it allows you to enjoy a spectacular scenery, with the peaks of Monte Sant'Angelo that light up when the sun rises, Monte Finestra, the mountains of the State Property and again the Avvocata. In the center, instead, the valley of Reginna Minor and the houses of Minori, to the west the rocky spur where Scala and Ravello are blessed, to the east the valley of Maiori.
The departure is possible from Minori through numerous paths among which we recommend the "path of lemons" that leads to the Torre village, along the way you will find clear indications to reach the convent. Another recommended route is the one that starts from the inland area of Minori that from the ancient paper mills in Auriola, an area rich in greenery and woods, leads to Forcella, the first settlement of the population of Minori and to the Convent of San Nicola, presumably founded in the early decades. of the XII century
Villamena / Torello locality (1.30 hours low difficulty)
The locality of Villamena (Minori) and Ravello, a route mostly surrounded by steps, lemon terraces and vineyards that make up the natural environment of the coastal hills. To the left of the entrance to Villa Rufolo, there is via Annunziata: from here the first begins flight of stairs to go.
After passing the church of the Annunziata, you arrive on the paved road, cross it and take another flight of stairs that leads to Torello.
After a walk of about 3 minutes, you will arrive at the church of San Pietro alla Costa.
Along the road to Torello it is possible to choose between two paths that both lead to Minori.
The first goes down via Santa Croce on the left, which leads to the remains of the ancient church of Santa Croce and to the group of buildings in Villamena with the church of San Gennaro.
Alternatively, the other path, continuing straight, leads to the small square of Torello, where the church of San Michele Arcangelo is.
Continuing to go down the stairs you will arrive in Minori.
Departure from Bomerano (3.00 hours high difficulty)
For lovers of hiking and walking in the open air, the Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast is a 'must' ... A holiday on the Amalfi Coast cannot be considered complete if you do not plan an excursion on the Path of the Gods, from Agerola to Positano.
The best known route is rather easy with a duration of about 5 hours and a drop of 600 meters in descent. We should not underestimate the fact that those suffering from vertigo may have some difficulties, but with the necessary precautions, trekking here is possible for everyone. The route includes a departure from Agerola, more precisely from the hamlet of Bomerano, or from Praiano to reach the hamlet of Nocelle in the municipality of Positano (440 meters above sea level). Starting from the hamlet of Bomerano from 635 meters above sea level allows you to walk the path almost always downhill with evident greater comfort, while starting from the town of Praiano, above sea level, forces the hiker to reach Colle Serra first ( 579 meters above sea level).
Let's imagine starting from Bomerano, Agerola: the itinerary is immersed in total silence and absolute tranquility, with the scenery of spectacular panoramic views, and with Capri, the island of lovers, opposite. From up here the traffic and the din of the SS163 Amalfitana are just a distant memory.
The path takes us to the "Grotta del Biscotto" and continues with the crossing of the Monte Serra pass. Once you have passed the characteristic Vallone Grarelle you reach the town of Nocelle, located at 440 meters above sea level, a little known and characteristic hamlet of Positano, isolated until very recently and reachable only thanks to an impervious staircase.
Here you can choose whether to go down the approximately 1500 steps that separate Nocelle from the Amalfi state road and enjoy a regenerating bath on the beaches of Positano or, if still full of energy, stretch up to Monte Pertuso (352 meters above sea level), which owes its name to a hole (= 'pertuso' in local dialect) in the rocky wall of its summit due to the natural phenomenon of erosion, and from here descend to Positano Both paths are very suggestive and captivating, along which it is possible to meet shepherds and farmers that will make you taste some of their products, such as pecorino cheese, caciotte, salami, etc.
An alternative itinerary, which combines nature, culture and religious worship: An idea could be to start from Vettica Maggiore and through a comfortable staircase, recently renovated, to reach the religious complex of "San Domenico" in about half an hour. 400 mt. above sea level. Here it is possible to visit both the church of “S. Maria a Castro ”of the XII century. that the annexed Dominican convent of the sixteenth century.
The famous "Path of the Gods", in its most panoramic stretch, is about 30/45 minutes of trekking, and you can continue from east to west in the direction of Nocelle, through the typical Mediterranean scrub of the Amalfi Coast, the holm oak woods, and admire caves and deep inlets…. After about 2 hours of walking, you will reach Nocelle, and from here you will choose one of the two paths indicated above.
The right clothing? Comfortable, of course! Possibly long trousers and comfortable shoes, up to the ankle, but above all don't forget your camera!
Departure from Amalfi
Time: 3 hours Difficulty: low
One of the most fascinating trekking routes on the Amalfi Coast is located between Amalfi and Scala, where the Valle delle Ferriere lies, crossed by the Canneto stream. The atmosphere is typical of a canyon, with a particular microclimate that has allowed the conservation of rare vegetation.
It is possible to walk the path in different directions, going downhill starting from Minuta di Scala or from the village of Pontone or uphill starting from Amalfi. In the lower part, not far from Amalfi, you cross the Valle dei Mulini where there are the remains of the ancient paper mills and the ancient mills famous for paper processing, while going up we enter the Valle delle Ferriere, so called for the presence of ancient environments for iron working.
Small rapids and waterfalls guard what has been a nature reserve since 1972. Another nearby route that we have reviewed is the Vedette trail.
Departure from Maiori
Time: 3 hours Difficulty: medium
The ascent to Mount Falerzio on whose slopes stands the Sanctuary of the Avvocata is one of the most suggestive walks, where nature, history, and popular religious tradition blend perfectly. The excursions on the Amalfi Coast are all characterized by the presence of stairs, even the one that leads to the Sanctuary of the Avvocata is not far behind, especially in the first part of the ascent.
Once in Maiori, we start from Via del Casale and, after numerous stairs, we arrive at the locality of San Vito crossing the typical terraces of the coast and the ruins of old houses. From San Vito about half an hour's walk separates you from the ruins of the peasant house in Santa Maria and from the source called “chestnut water”, a little higher up. The flat sections alternate with steep and uphill ones, and after passing in front of the Grottone and the Teglia, another vast plateau opens up with the church of the Avvocata.
Among the points of particular interest to report on this route is the viewpoint that leads to the top of the mountain, where, along the dizzying promenade, we meet Matteo Salese's cave. Legend has it that he threw himself into the void after a chase with the gendarmes.
EXCLUDING NATIONAL Holidays (1 MAY, 2 JUNE, 15 AUGUST)
Meet your local guide for the day and board the coach to depart for Pompeii, passing the beautiful towns along the Amalfi Road. When you arrive in Pompeii, you will have approximately 2 hours of guided tour of the archaeological excavations of this commercial center which was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. Discover the conditions and contexts of ancient life which ended abruptly in the night between 24 and 25 August 79 AD when 5 meters of lapilli and ash buried this city on the Campania coast. You will have free time for lunch before continuing to Herculaneum. When you reach Herculaneum, the other city buried by Vesuvius, you will have about 2 hours visit to the excavations. Unlike Pompeii, which was a thriving commercial center, Herculaneum was a quaint residential coastal town. On the return journey you will stop at the well-known cameo atelier. Please note this tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility as it involves a long day of walking around the excavation sites.
Minori - Via Roma (at the fountain in the parking area)
Departure : 8.15 am Return: 2.00 pm
IMPORTANT INFORMATION / VOUCHER INSTRUCTIONS:
Please wait at the meeting point 5 minutes before the scheduled time.
We recommend that you bring with you on an excursion:
- Low shoes suitable for walking;
- Protective sunscreen, water, umbrella and / or raincoat;
- Camera or video camera;
- Cash for optional lunches, personal expenses and entrances (not included);
- Identity document to get free / discounted admission to state sites and museums
RATE: €125.00 per person
What's included: Transportation for the whole day • Expert guide • Earphones • Skip-the-line tickets
Not included: Lunch and personal expenses • Tips
Customers under 18 are entitled to free access to excavations and state museums upon presentation of a valid identity document.