Start this beautiful Amalfi Coast hike in the village of Scala
Travelers from around the world fall in love with the beautiful beaches on the Amalfi Coast, but fewer discover the other side of this coastline that is just as remarkable – the mountains! Hiking on the Amalfi Coast is one of the best ways to experience the quiet villages, the ancient pathways and the majestic mountains that soar high above the sea. The town of Amalfi is perfectly situated if you enjoy hiking and walking as it is surrounded by some of the best pathways offering marvelous views.
Come along on one of our favorite walks, which begins in the little town of Scala located high in the mountains above Amalfi. You can easily catch a bus from Amalfi to Scala, a quiet mountain village that you can see in the photo above. Follow the road toward Minuta, which is a tiny hamlet in Scala. This is where you begin the descent toward Amalfi. Locals say there are about 1,300 steps between Scala and Amalfi … but we haven’t counted them yet!
The sleepy hamlet of Minuta has marvelous Amalfi Coast views
The Piazza in Minuta has a very old church dedicated to Santa Maria Annunziata that was founded in the 11th or 12th century. It is rarely open, but if it is do ask to see the rare and beautiful 12th century frescoes in the crypt of the church. From Minuta you will see the ruins of another church standing on a little promontory overlooking the valley. This was the Church of Sant’ Eustachio, which was built in the 12th century.
The ruins of the medieval Church of Sant’Eustachio on the Amalfi Coast
Take in a deep breath and just imagine how many centuries people have been living in this beautiful spot and looking out to the sea beyond. When you walk along the ancient pathways connecting the villages of the Amalfi Coast, it’s possible to really feel the history with every step you take.
Hiking under the olive trees and oleander flowers along the ancient pathways on the Amalfi Coast
Below Minuta the steps will take you below olive trees with their silver-green shimmering leaves and oleander trees that drop their colorful blossoms on the stones. Look to the left and you’ll have a picture perfect view of Ravello in the distance. That lush green garden on the top of the promontory is the Villa Cimbrone, but we’ll have a visit there in another blog post!
A fine view of the Ravello promontory and the gardens of the Villa Cimbrone
Below Minuta is a sleepy area dotted with homes, terraces of olive and lemon trees and the rhythmic song of the cicadas on a hot summer day the only sound to fill the silent air. Continue to follow the stairs down and soon you will arrive in the peaceful hamlet of Pontone. The lovely little piazza is a great spot to rest your legs before tackling the rest of the stairs down to Amalfi.
Stop for a rest in the peaceful piazza of Pontone
From the piazza in Pontone, follow the staircase below the overlook (pictured above) down and cross the street. Look for the little sign pointing down toward Amalfi and that’s your pathway. Below Pontone you’ll be walking amid terraces of lemon trees with the view of the brilliant blue sea beckoning you on. Across the valley you’ll see Pogerola, a hamlet of Amalfi tucked away in the mountains high above. Down the stairs and around a few more corners and you’ll be greeted by an incredible view of Amalfi from above.
Getting closer to Amalfi with every step!
The stairs hug the side of the mountain between the rocky cliff and a grove of lemon trees. As you approach Amalfi the sound of church bells fills the valley and the staircase becomes steeper and very close to the mountains. Turn around and take a look up to see just how far you’ve come!
Looking up at the stairs and mountains on the walk down to Amalfi
Soon you’ll hear more sounds from Amalfi and before you know it you’ll be walking along a straight pathway amid the rooftops of the city. When you’re in the town take any of the staircases down to the right and they’ll lead you right back to the main street of Amalfi. Stroll along the bustling street lined with shops and restaurants until you reach Piazza Duomo.
What a beautiful sight at the end of your hike on the Amalfi Coast – the Cathedral of Amalfi in Piazza Duomo!
Here the stunning Cathedral of Sant’ Andrea sits atop a grand staircase overlooking the lively piazza below. Stop for an aperitivo or gelato to celebrate the end of a beautiful hike on the Amalfi Coast. Stay tuned … we’ll be sharing more of our favorite hikes on the Amalfi Coast soon!