Key information: Pastena-Lone Circuit
- Lovely three-hour circuit through the lower levels of the hills west of Amalfi, a stunning stretch of rugged World Heritage coastline south of Naples, which commands constantly breathtaking views of both Mediterranean and mountains.
- This is a moderate-level path, with a height gain of 820ft, whose views of the Med through a terraced sea of citrus groves, vineyards and wild flowers, has changed little since Longfellow penned his 1875 poem, Amalfi.
- An area of antiquity, culture, architecture, religious art, inventive farming and ferocious natural beauty. It is also a tourist hot-spot with prices that are often as breathtaking as the landscape. Be prepared to hear your credit card squeal.
- Walkopedia rating93
- Natural interest15
- Human interest14
- Negative points0
- Total rating93
- Length: 2 1/2 hrs
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
A plethora of writers, poets, artists and musicians have visited and been inspired by this rugged, beautiful coastline: among them the poet Longfellow who, though more commonly associated with America, was a huge Italophile with a special feel for this area, writing fulsomely about the local landscape in his idyll, Amalfi.
<span style="font-family:" en-gb"="">Starting at the far side of the road tunnel on Amalfi?s western edge, this is a lovely pastoral walk which leads, firstly, upwards (the highest point is 820ft from the start) via rock-hewn steps and good paths, past series of fine chapels and into the foothills of the Lattari mountains, and returns gently downhill (with a detour for those who want a glimpse of something more rugged) along a higher level of the same coast back to the starting point. A lush paradise of citrus and olive, vines and wildflowers whose terraces, climbing up above the blue Mediterranean, are a moving history lesson in their own right.
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