I wouldn't recommend that anyone go out of their way to do this hike, unless on extended vacation or if you're already staying very closeby and dealing with the transit system which is perpetually on strike. It will likely take an entire day out of your trip. Due to the end of the hike, you will be feeling it in your legs for days after which could put a serious hurt on other things you plan to do while in Italy.
Honestly, I would rate the hike itself as average. It's a lot of the same view though it's very pleasant. Not sure if it's because I just spent two weeks in different Italian mountain regions but it just didn't blow me away. I realize how insane this sounds after all the other reviews you might be reading.
As a seasoned hiker, I was surprised that I got lost on the trail, especially in the company of my former Eagle Scout boyfriend. It had multiple trail blazes which I now believe to be to old parts of the trail which are no longer in use and really quite dangerous. Everyone on the trail seemed to be from the NYC area too. We literally met multiple people who lived by us and wanted to chat about home on the trail. Everyone was VERY nice but it was a reminder of just how touristy the coast is.
It took us TEN HOURS in total to park in Amalfi, take the bus to the beginning of the trail, take the end bus back to Amalfi. Really, we only stopped for minimal pictures and a half hour for lunch. As of 7/1/14, the strike you've likely read about is in full force and there's no communication about which busses come and don't. You can be (as we were) left standing for hours in the blazing hot sun while waiting for your scheduled bus you already have tickets for.
The highlight of the hike for me was LUNCH which was unexpected and not a big shout out to this hike overall. The spot, which the trail literally runs through, is absolutely amazing and I can't give it enough praise. It's necessary at that point on the trail and a GREAT value and wonderful experience. My caprese sandwich had fistfuls of basil on it which were picked off the plant right in front of my table. Very refreshing.
After lunch, we descended the legendary 1000 steps to finish the trail. At this point, it no longer feels like hiking. You have to look down the entire time because the stairs are at times very slanted and very strangely placed. Your legs feel like jello at the end and I can't imagine going up them.
Then you walk along the road for awhile (yes that same mountain road you took to get there) dodging around cars to get to your bus stop.
This all might be worth it to some people but honestly, it was just alright for me.
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