Sport & Nature

The Amalfi Coast for kids

Four itineraries suitable for the whole family

By Editors

There are numerous trekking routes to delve into the coastal landscape. Few, however, are suitable for children and teens. We have selected four family-friendly ways. Easy walks that traverse the area’s environmental, historical and cultural heritage.

A dive into the history of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi

A trail leads to discovering legendary plots and pieces of Amalfi Coast history. To reach the Ziro Tower, start from the oldest village on the coast, Pontone. In this tiny village, the Roman patricians who arrived on the coast in the first half of the 4th century from the Lattari Mountains found a naturally strategic location to create a new town. Dynamism, innovation, and artistic creativity animated the streets of the tiny hamlet of Scala. And the path begins at the town square, then continues along the road that leads to Monte Aureo: the mountain that towers sheer above Amalfi and Atrani. Follow the path to the belvedere, which opens to a moving painting that offers a panorama from Capo d’Orso to Conca Dei Marini. From here, the landscape changes to a lush coniferous forest that leads directly to the Ziro Tower. The ‘ancient fortress served the inhabitants to sight and protected themselves from Saracen invasions and attacks. Behind the tower, a small passage leads to an observation plaza used for sightings. 

The Valle delle Ferriere, courtesy of @cartotrekking

Discovering the local biodiversity

It is one of the most amazing places to touch upon the typical biodiversity of the area. The Valle Delle Ferriere, a protected nature reserve, runs along a path that descends from the Lattari Mountains towards Amalfi, crossing woods and streams. Its name derives from the presence of factories specialized in ironworking of medieval origin once located within the green area. The Valley is divided into two parts: the upper part that covers the territory of Scala, where these factories were based, and the lower part near Amalfi that exhibits, in addition to scenic beauty, ancient paper mills where the famous Amalfi paper was made. Beyond the historical sites, what is most striking is its vegetation, which has remained intact thanks to the cold currents from the mountains and the warm breezes from the sea. Such climatic conditions have allowed the growth and preservation of a giant fern dating from the Cenozoic period, Woodwardia radicans, a symbol of the Valley. Surrounded by pristine natural splendor, the muffled silence of the landscape is interrupted by the sound of water cascading down the falls, bringing a new rhythm to the entire walk.

The suggestion of the Fiord of Furore

It starts from Praiano to reach one of the most famous destinations on the Amalfi Coast: the Fiordo di Furore. It is a half-coastal walk that opens up to the typical landscape of the area where the blue of the sea, the green of nature, and the gray sand of the rock blend perfectly. The route guides the little explorers to discover different sceneries. The first is that of the Flowering Agave Trail. This path winds along the Vallone Della Praia, characterized by the typical elements of the Mediterranean scrub governed by the Agave from which the trail takes its name. In addition to the tropical plant, the path gives a bouquet of different scents, including rosemary and myrtle. From here, one arrives at the Marina di Praia and then delves into the ways of Blackbeard, a woman who in the 1950s was known for her impeccable meteorological and astrological skills. Legend has it that her house is still located in these places. Past this section, one comes upon the Path of Love, recognized by the bronze statue depicting two lovers. From this point, an ancient flight of steps leads up to the Fiord of Furore.

A view of the Path of Lemons

In the heart of the agricultural wealth of the area

In the past, it was the only road that connected the town of Minori to that of Maiori and vice versa. With the evolution of industrialization and the construction of the Amalfitana state highway, this stretch has turned into a kind of open-air museum that tells the story of Sfusato Amalfitano. The 400 steps that characterize this promenade contain long expanses of lemon gardens that paint the landscape a deep yellow. It is the area with the highest concentration of terracing. The path has been enhanced over the years thanks to the farmers and the members of the Proloco of Minori, who understood this heritage’s historical and cultural value and implemented practices to protect and safeguard the entire ecosystem.

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The Luminaria of San Domenico’s flames

On August 3, the first Authentic Amalfi Coast excursion tour made its debut in collaboration with Cartotrekking and with the support of the Amalfi Coast Tourist Guides Association. A walk along the streets of Praiano peeps out at Piazza San Gennaro, home of the famous festival.