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Though the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place where you should kick back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery, you'd be missing out on all it has to offer if you didn't make room for a little adventure in your itinerary. In between the coast's various towns are a plethora of beautiful pathways and trails begging for further exploration. Though you can easily admire the sea from the many cliffside hotels, restaurants and lookout points that dot the region, getting up close and personal with the natural elements of Amalfi's spectacular terrain can't be missed. 
There are a bevy of hikes that vary in length and difficulty. One of the most popular pathways is the Il Vallone delle Ferriere, a 4-mile trail that snakes through a wooded area found just atop the town of Amalfi near Ravello. The path is lauded by travelers for its picturesque setting: think fern-lined streams, cascading waterfalls and ruins of medieval foundries and paper mills, the latter of which Amalfi is widely known for producing. For more coastal views, seek out La Baia di Ieranto, a 4-mile journey considered moderate in difficulty. Located in the small fishing village of Nerano, this trek on the tip of the peninsula takes visitors to the Bay of Ieranto, passing through a sea of lush, Mediterranean shrub along the way. From the Bay of Ieranto, travelers can see the nearby island of Capri and venture down to the pebble beach of Ieranto Bay. There's also the Il Sentiero degli Dei, otherwise known as the Path of the Gods (once you reach the top of the peak, you'll understand why it's earned such a grand title). This 5-mile-long journey nestled in Positano hugs Amalfi cliffs, offering truly unforgettable views of the seemingly never-ending coastline. You can also catch a bird's-eye view of Positano where the path eventually terminates.  
Trailhead locations vary, though the best way to reach most of them is by car. Sita buses service all of the areas where the above trails are located. To reach Il Vallone delle Ferriere, take the bus to Pontone, where the trailhead starts. To reach La Baia di ieranto, hop on the bus to Nerano, and for the Path of the Gods, take the bus to Amalfi. If you're in Positano, take the next bus to Agerola, where the trailhead is located. 
Trails are free to explore at all hours of the day, however, it's smart to factor in trail lengths and weather conditions before beginning your journey. If you're anxious about roaming the often steep trails that cover the coast, Carto Trekking – recommended by the Positano Tourism Board – offers guided hiking tours across 36 trails, including Path of the Gods. For more information about hiking the Amalfi Coast, check out the Positano Tourism Board website. Though the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place where you should kick back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery, you'd be missing out on all it has to offer if you didn't make room for a little adventure in your itinerary. In between the coast's various towns are a plethora of beautiful pathways and trails begging for further exploration. Though you can easily admire the sea from the many cliffside hotels, restaurants and lookout points that dot the region, getting up close and personal with the natural elements of Amalfi's spectacular terrain can't be missed. 

Though the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place where you should kick back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery, you'd be missing out on all it has to offer if you didn't make room for a little adventure in your itinerary. In between the coast's various towns are a plethora of beautiful pathways and trails begging for further exploration. Though you can easily admire the sea from the many cliffside hotels, restaurants and lookout points that dot the region, getting up close and personal with the natural elements of Amalfi's spectacular terrain can't be missed. 

There are a bevy of hikes that vary in length and difficulty. One of the most popular pathways is the Il Vallone delle Ferriere, a 4-mile trail that snakes through a wooded area found just atop the town of Amalfi near Ravello. The path is lauded by travelers for its picturesque setting: think fern-lined streams, cascading waterfalls and ruins of medieval foundries and paper mills, the latter of which Amalfi is widely known for producing. For more coastal views, seek out La Baia di Ieranto, a 4-mile journey considered moderate in difficulty. Located in the small fishing village of Nerano, this trek on the tip of the peninsula takes visitors to the Bay of Ieranto, passing through a sea of lush, Mediterranean shrub along the way. From the Bay of Ieranto, travelers can see the nearby island of Capri and venture down to the pebble beach of Ieranto Bay. There's also the Il Sentiero degli Dei, otherwise known as the Path of the Gods (once you reach the top of the peak, you'll understand why it's earned such a grand title). This 5-mile-long journey nestled in Positano hugs Amalfi cliffs, offering truly unforgettable views of the seemingly never-ending coastline. You can also catch a bird's-eye view of Positano where the path eventually terminates.  

Trailhead locations vary, though the best way to reach most of them is by car. Sita buses service all of the areas where the above trails are located. To reach Il Vallone delle Ferriere, take the bus to Pontone, where the trailhead starts. To reach La Baia di ieranto, hop on the bus to Nerano, and for the Path of the Gods, take the bus to Amalfi. If you're in Positano, take the next bus to Agerola, where the trailhead is located.

Trails are free to explore at all hours of the day, however, it's smart to factor in trail lengths and weather conditions before beginning your journey. If you're anxious about roaming the often steep trails that cover the coast, Carto Trekking – recommended by the Positano Tourism Board – offers guided hiking tours across 36 trails, including Path of the Gods. For more information about hiking the Amalfi Coast, check out the Positano Tourism Board website

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#1 Positano If you only have time to visit one town in the Amalfi Coast, it should be Positano. Positano is everything you'd dream the Amalfi Coast to be; lush cascading ... Read more » Eugeny / Getty Images

#2 Hike Though the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place where you should kick back, relax and soak up the stunning scenery, you'd be missing out on all it has ... Read more » Jürgen Mangelsdorf / Flickr

#3 Beaches A trip to any coastal destination wouldn't be complete without a trip to the beach. In the case of the Amalfi Coast, your vacation wouldn't be complete without ... Read more » Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

#4 Villa Cimbrone (Ravello) If you're looking to take in spectacular views without breaking too much of a sweat, head to Villa Cimbrone. Situated in the mountaintop town of Ravello, Villa Cimbrone is ... Read more » Kevin & Debbie Rudd / Getty Images

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Of all the Amalfi towns, Positano caters most to tourists, having the most hotels of any in the region and acting as a central departure point for boat tours. And with its pastel-colored architecture, popular beaches and chic shopping, it's as quintessentially Amalfi as you can get.  Eugeny / Getty Images

The Amalfi Coast is brimming with amazing trails and pathways just itching to be traversed. A traveler favorite is Path of the Gods, which takes hikers right along the edges of the famous coastal cliffs.  Jürgen Mangelsdorf / Flickr

The Amalfi Coast is home to 100 beaches, but don't expect your typical shorelines. Due to the geography of the coast, beaches are small and composed of pebbles, so bring comfy footwear.  Pola Damonte via Getty Images / Getty Images

The Villa Cimbrone Gardens are the most important example of English landscape and botany culture in the South of Europe, housing both rare species and centuries-old plants. A word of warning though: Some visitors found the gardens to be a bit lackluster outside of peak season blooming (spring).  Kevin & Debbie Rudd / Getty Images

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The picture-perfect Furore Fiordo garners praise from travelers for its beauty. If you're visiting in the summer months, you may want to pick this stretch of sand to beat the heat. Due to its location, the sun only ever hits the beach in the morning, creating a cool hideaway in the afternoon.    robangel69 / Getty Images

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