Pastena-Lone Circuit

  • View of Amalfi From Lone - © Dee Mahan
  • Pastena-Lone Circuit
  • Lone - © Dee Mahan

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 rating

  • Walkopedia rating93
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest14
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating93

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 2 1/2 hrs
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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Lone - © Dee Mahan

WALK SUMMARY

Amalfi is, itself, an extraordinary city, having succeeded in thriving (it appears in Boccaccio?s 1471 work, Decameron)  despite, for most of its history, only being accessible to the outside world by sea. Cradled in a river-valley valley above its natural harbour, its rulers have been surprisingly influential on Italian history for people so cut off from its centres of power. Though it has been possible to access the outside world via the famous Nastro Azzuro road for 150-odd years, the coast the city dominates still has a wonderful sense of isolated otherworldliness.


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.


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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