From the Author
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.