Hiking on Valle Delle Ferriere

The Valle

The Valle delle Ferriere is a real surprise that you would not expect to find at a seaside destination. After an hour and 30 minute walk you will find yourself in a tropical environment, surrounded by flowing streams which generates a powerful waterfall down a canyon which is around 3 km long. Historically, this valley has guaranteed the survival of Amalfi after the destruction of the port due to a storm in 1250. Since then, in fact, Amalfi has lived almost exclusively on the production of paper and the cultivation of lemons, which was made possible due to the abundance of water present along the valley. This water was channeled by an ingenious canal system in order to irrigate the lemon groves and to run an industry which was made up of 17 factories which were running from 1200 to 1800.

Length of walk

The route is easy and not particularly tiring but demanding, and should be avoided if you are not particularly fit or are walking with small children. he walk takes 3-4 hours. This is more or less how long it takes to get to the Riserva Naturale Orientata (RNO), enjoy the beauty of it and return. Overall you will cover a distance of 6,4km (3,2km to get there and the same distance to return) at an altitude of 300 meters. The route is made up mostly of stairways. If you would like to walk a shorter distance you just need to turn back before you get to the Riserva Naturale but this means that you would miss the most interesting part of this unique location.


Comfortable shoes and a bottle of water are necessary. You can refill your bottle during the trip at the many fountains found along the way.

Estimated time: half day.

The "wow factor" of those valley views

part of Amalfi’s history

Evidence of a centuries-old history