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Translated Jeff Matthews

Last weekend we hiked a stretch of the trail along the ridge of the Amalfi peninsula. The original idea was to hike to Mount Catiello leaving from Santa Maria del Castello, but, alas, a sudden change of weather caused us to turn back before we got even halfway, right about when we had reached the Capo Muro saddle.

(The village of Santa Maria del Castello is part of -- and about 6 km/4 mi  from -- the town of Vico Equiense, overlooking the Amalfi side of the peninsula. Santa Maria del Castello is easilly accessible from both sides of the peninsula, both the Sorrento side and the Amalfi/Positano side.)

Besides myself, the trekkers were Nando, Alessandra and Leá Lord A.

We covered about 6 km (4 miles) with an altitude differential (that is, there and back) of about 600 meters. It took us 2 hours and 30 minutes. On only a few occasions did we enjoy a view totally free of clouds, but those moments were stunning, letting us see, laid out before us, the entire final stretch of the Amalfi coast and then, in order, Li Galli islands, Vetara rock, Isca rock, and the isle of Capri hidden way off in the distance.

Here below you will find the GPX indications for your GPS to help you plan your own outing. Please remember that hiking on mountain trails is potentially dangerous; prepare adequately and be prudent. GPX indications are just a guide to help you along. Be alert, especially along exposed stretches above high cliffs.

Good hiking.

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GPS: Santa Maria del Castello – Capo Muro Saddle

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Panorama of the final stretch of the Amalfi Coast ridge.


Marching along


The steep cliffs


The group minus your humble photographer behind the lens

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