Italy’s Amalfi Coast is well known for its glorious scenery. Blue skies meet glistening seas nestled between cliffs and mountains. As soon as the holiday was booked, I knew that we must complete a hike along the stunning coast, it would be rude not to! Hiking is one of my favourite things to do when abroad, I’m more of a nature girl than a city girl, although I do love the odd city too.
I visited the Amalfi Coast with my boyfriend and his family in May. His grandad, aka Gamps, hired an unbelievable villa for the whole family for his 90th birthday overlooking Mount Vesuvius (I’ll save that for another post). On our second day there, a few of us were planning on walking the Path of the Gods. What we didn’t realise was firstly, how far away it was and secondly, part of the trail was closed. Because of this, we opted for a walk closer to our villa which turned out to be the perfect decision.
Unless you’re staying in the area, it’s unlikely you’d know about this walk. It’s not one I’d read about prior to visiting the Amalfi Coast and we didn’t see many others along the trail. Our walk started in a town called Termini (we were kindly driven there by Mike’s uncle). From there, we walked to another town, Nerano. This turned out to be the worst part of the walk, believe it or not, as it was so steep! We did walk through some cute, quaint alleyways though.
Once we were in Nerano, we started the trail up the coastal path. The trail wasn’t strenuous but it was fairly uneven and also very hot! The first part of the walk was through a protected reserve covered with greenery and flowers. The views peeking through the plants were wonderful.
Along the way we saw gecko after gecko. Sometimes, they would run across the path in front of us or we’d hear them rustling through the plants beside us.
Once we got higher, the views became even more glorious. With each corner was a new cliff popping out of the turquoise sea. I couldn’t stop taking photos (no change there then).
I loved the rich colour of the water. Some parts were glistening in the sunlight. Doesn’t it make you want to jump right in for a swim? We saw more beautifully coloured water like this near the island of Capri on another day where we did get to jump in. The swim lived up to the beauty of the water.
This bay was my favourite part of the walk. I decided to walk ahead myself to see it whilst the others stopped for some shade ready to head back. I’m so happy that I did go ahead as it seemed like a cove from paradise. There was no one else around and I was in my element. I could have easily sat here for hours.
We noticed a another viewpoint for the bay on the walk back. Don’t you just love candid shots! I much prefer ones like this rather than of my cheesy smile. Why did I have to sit in mud right before this photo though?
After the walk, back in Termini, we stopped for a well-deserved ice-cream (I went for a good old strawberry flavour). I can’t think of a better way to have ended a perfect morning.
I’m so pleased we found this lesser-known hike in the Amalfi Coast; it turned out to be my favourite thing we did in Italy. I’m sure the Path of the Gods would have been incredible too but I certainly don’t feel like I’m missing out after this hike. I wish I had more time to explore the area, a week is never enough. There are many other trails from Termini which I’d like to try in the future.
Have you ever hiked along the Amalfi Coast? Where else would you recommend? Let me know in the comments.
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