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Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri Walks and Car Tours (Landscapes Series) Paperback – 15 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Sunflower Books; 7th Revised edition edition (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856914291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856914291
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 11 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want to get away from the tourist trail and get a little taste of the "real" Italy ... read on. A wonderful network of medieval footpaths criss-crosses the Sorrento peninsula and Capri. With such dramatic terrain, there's always a marvellous view round the next corner. You get into chance meetings with locals tending their lemon terraces or carrying timber by mule, or discover remote chapels, find a fig tree groaning with fruit on the path side, sample a beer or a pasta in a small village piazza, be regaled by orchids, rosemary, cyclamen and countless other wild flowers, and finally work up an appetite to justify a mighty evening meal. All comes at the cost of this small guide book and a little effort.

This seventh edition (pub. April 2013) is the product of over twenty years visiting the region. By walking the paths and sifting the news from readers who have written in, I have developed a route network that gives maximum flexibility for you to choose a walk of just the right length and difficulty. You are helped in planning the walks by the fact that the network is divided into connecting segments, with walk planner diagrams to help choose the segments to make up your walk. Many walks are good for strollers. Quite a few of the segments go high into the hills along mountain tracks.

This new edition features just one new walk but also corrects the text as demanded by the inevitable changes that have occurred on the ground. Latest timetables are given

Mostly a car tends to hinder rather than help. Parking is a nightmare and often your walk ends up in a different place from the start. Best to use bus or boat, using timetables in this guide book (plus lots of web links). Quite often you can organise your walks to start right from your hotel doorstep. Despite this homily, some short car tours to out-of-the-way places have been included.

Use the book to organise your own unforgettable walking holiday. Choose a package tour to one of the main resorts, or use the web links and timetables, and advice on public transport to put your own holiday together. The best resorts to base yourself are Sorrento and Amalfi as they are the prime local transport hubs. And get the update for this book from the Sunflowerbooks web site — it gives a number of nuggets of extra information plus any changes that have occurred since publication.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Jacobson on 1 Mar. 2015
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This is the first Sunflower Guide we have used - it was excellent. The thing that made it so exceptional was the amount of detailed information in the chapter for each area (Amalfi/Ravello, Positano/Praiano, Sorrento, etc.). Other guides have set walks: this guide has “walk segments” which enable each user (e.g. us) to put together walks that visit the perfect number of chosen highlights. For example we extended our walk from Bomerano to Nocelle (along The Walk of the Gods), to also include Santa Maria del Castelo and admired views as far as Naples, while other walkers without a Sunflower Guide took the low road. The recommended walks and information on tourist sights, and the especially public transport info, are also excellent.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brian Marsden on 15 May 2013
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This superb little book has details of how to get from anywhere to anywhere else. including details such as the time it will take and metres of ascent in both directions. This allows you to plan any number of walks of any desired length and difficulty. The descriptions for the ones we tried were in general pretty accurate as well. A must for anybody planning a walking holiday on the Amalfi cost or Sorrento peninsular.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RD Crowley on 11 Nov. 2014
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We used this as pretty much our only guide for planning our own point to point walking holiday from Ravello to Sorrento, and had an absolutely amazing holiday! We couldn't stop going on about how much we were seeing during our stay, and how much more fun we had than getting buses between towns. The instructions for the walks were rock solid, and full of interesting information along the way, and allowed us to navigate with confidence for over a week's walking from hotel to hotel. The only times we went wrong were both our fault, and not the book's; once we didn't check the updated information on the website to see part of one path was closed, and attempted to do another walk, Colli to Fontanelle to Positano, in reverse-most of the walks are helpfully provided both ways, but not in this case.

All in all, highly recommended for a beautiful part of the world!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brass Monkey on 17 April 2014
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This little book made our holiday! Having considered all kinds of excursions to the big sights in the area, we settled for taking the bus to somewhere new, using our terrible Italian to buy a picnic, and walking back using the walk segments in the book. The bus timetables at the back of the book are really useful too, and the rural bus service puts ours (Lincolnshire) to shame. The one time a bus didn't turn up, we just changed our plans and followed another walk through the countryside instead. I'd be quite happy to go back to this area and spend another week doing the same thing. Thank you. x
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The Amalfi coast can be overwhelming due to the sheer volume of tourists in the peak season! This book was our best friend for the week we spent in Amalfi/Sorrento/Capri in September.

The hike segments listed in the book were excellent and we used segment combinations from the Capri, Anacapri and Sorrento walks extensively. The map is pretty basic but useful. We did use a detailed map for the region.
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Don't leave home without it!
The Amalfi coast is dramatic, and here's a way to explore it - paths are good, well marked and a network that gives huge numbers of options. This book is the essential guide - including bus times to get to & from walks. I have a number of guides in the Sunflower series - all of which have been consistently good & tremendously enhanced our holidays. Well deserved 5 star rating!
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A really useful guide for walkers Multiple choice short walks did work out as some routes were closed due to road repairs..pathway of the God's is a must.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ori Brenner on 1 July 2014
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This is an amazing book! The area it describes is one of the most beautiful parts of the world and it does an excellent job of informing one where to go, what paths to take etc. Not a trivial matter in a region where you can climb 80 stairs and get to a dead end....
Highly recommended to hikers with strong knees!
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