The Lemon Walk – smells as good as it sounds. The walk itself is around 3km (2 miles) and begins with quite a steep staircase, but it flattens out and there are many seats along the way to enjoy the view and have a rest. It’s easy to follow and is well marked with lemon themed signs numbering each point. If I can follow the signs, anyone can. Also, one tip – if you can get google maps on your phone the lemon walk is on there so there is little chance of getting lost.
- It starts out on the main street in Maiori, with a narrow staircase between Osteria Totò e Peppino restaurant and a small food shop. The Scala Santa (Holy Steps) are pretty steep but it didn’t take me long to get to the top. There is the Collegiate Church S. Maria A Mare, where you can have a quick rest before ascending the next set of steps!
- Taking the Via Vena up just a few more steps at Way mark 1. There are some seats to enjoy the beautiful view over the top of the colourful church dome and the whole of Maiori.
- After the short break it was up the last few steps (very steep, but I made it. YAY!!). A kitty was having a well earned snooze under the carob trees which marked the path at way mark 2.
- The steps have finished and the path is now a gentle incline, with beautiful views over the Lazarro District on the left. This is way mark 3.
- Wild rosemary plants gave off a wonderful aroma. I also found an abandoned scary house! Along with more beautiful views at way mark 4.
- Way mark 5 . The path widens into a beautiful path covered by lemon groves and grapevines.
- At waymark 6 it is apparently good place to bird watch. Instead I made a friend, kitty and I decided to stop and enjoy the view.
- Way mark 7 is filled with beautiful lemon groves and houses. There are a few locals selling homemade goods and lemonade! I also found a few other hiking paths, but I decided not to go up any this time.
- Waymark 8 is The Mortella Overlook and the beginning of an easy descent. I loved the views of Maiori had at the beginning of the hike, but the views over Minori were stunning. The end of the main hike came out at San Michele Arcangelo church, which had lots of friendly lizards running around!
- Via Torre path signposts a gentle descent into Minori, the steps at this part of the hike were a lot more gentle than at Way mark 1.
Made it to the end of the hike and I’m excited to to explore another town on the Amalfi Coast, Minori, home to one of the best cake shops in Italy!
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