Cycling Level 3/5
Uniquely beautiful coast and peaceful villages in the mountains
Total distance: 770 km Total climb 12300 mts
(two stages have easier options)
No words can do justice to the Unesco Heritage Area, the Amalfi Coast. The unique mixture of towns, villages and vineyards, built on the rocky slopes overlooking the blue sea leaves an everlasting impression on all visitors. The Amalfi Coast comes at the end of this tour, which starts in the plains south of Salerno, among Greek temples and buffaloes (from whose milk the best mozzarella is made). We alternate rides in the interior, on quiet roads climbing up green mountains, to ones along the Tyrrhenian coast; the hotels are staying are near beaches: after a hard of riding, a swim before dinner is always restorative
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Our bike trip starts in the magnificent scenario of Paestum Temples. Van service is available on request to transport you and your bike from Napoli Airport (1 hr journey time). After your arrival we visit Ciclidea, the best bike shop in the area where it’s also possible to rent a good bike for the trip. Waiting for the welcome dinner – our host is a producer of many delicacies including a superb buffalo mozzarella – choose between a walk in the Temples (striking at sunset time) or relax at our Agriturismo pool.
Stage 1: Stio loop – 97 km – 1500 mts total climb
We start Day 2 climbing the switchbacks up to Capaccio. On top we are greeted by an open highland. The road – cut between the rock and the abyss – shows us our first views of the wild landscapes of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento. In Monteforte we stop for a cappuccino break. After a winding descent in the oak forest and another climb we get to Cicerale. Here we stop for a picnic lunch under the shade of a chestnut forest. A long descent will take us back to Paestum.
Stage 2: Paestum – Palinuro – 88km – 900 mts total climb
On Day 3 we ride South on the gently rolling coastal route. We ride along the beaches of Agropoli, Castellabate and Casal Velino and under the shade of century-old olive trees. Cappuccino break is in Pioppi just before the going gets tougher. The old national road turns inland to Ascea and Pisciotta. Two beautiful villages but built when Saracen pirates were a big problem. So both stands on top of nasty climbs. A fish lunch in a restaurant hanging over the mighty sea will be a welcome reward for your effort. A long, seaward descent till our hotel, right on the beach of Palinuro.
Stage 3: Roccagloriosa loop – 102 km – 1900 mts total climb
On Day 4 we are busy again with the hills of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento. A first tough climb followed by a long descent to get started then the long but regular ascent to Rocccagloriosa (430 mts) and a cappuccino break. Sneaking through the greenery, the road is very quiet but you will have an hard time finding a flat stretch. After crossing the Mingardo river, we tackle the longest climb to Montano Antilia (760 mts), highest pass of the day. After a well deserved lunch we ride on a highland till Cuccaro Vetere where the long and winding descent home begins. Back in Palinuro you will sure appreciate a refreshing swim in the ocean.
Stage 4: Palinuro – Maratea – 81 km – 1550 mts total climb
On Day 5 we resume our southward ride along the breathtaking Cilento coast. Flat terrain until the charming Marina di Bike Tour on Cilento coastCamerota here we start a 10k climb that takes us to S.Giovanni in Piro (600 mts). The views from every hairpin bend offer a welcome distraction from the pain of climbing. A long descent takes us down to the Gulf of Policastro. After a few flat miles we pass Sapri entering the region of Basilicata. The coast gets rugged again and we keep roller coasting above the mighty sea. The short climb to enchanting Maratea (320 mts) can be a suitable conclusion for your ride but well visible, towering above the entire gulf is the amazing statue of the Redentore (630 mts). If you feel like doing some extra climbing you’ll be rewarded with a unique view. Our fine Hotel in Marina di Maratea has private beach and pool.
Stage 5: Monte Sirino loop – 125 km – 2600 mts total climb
Short route 83 km – 1600 mts total climb
The next, tough stage is entirely set in the region of Basilicata. A first climb gets us to Trecchina (600 mts), a charming village surrounded by chestnut woods. After the winding descent down to the Noce river we climb again to Lauria (500 mts) where we stop for refreshment. Here a detour takes the more fit towards Monte Sirino, toughest climb of the tour and set of memorable Giro’s stages. It’s a 15k climb with long sections at over 10% gradient to get to the 1530 mt of Lago Laudemio. Then fasten your seat belts for the winding downhill to Lagonegro (670 mts). The two itineraries meet again at Lago Sirino where we regroup for lunch. After one or two espresso we ride a mostly descending and very pleasant way home.
Rest day – Transfer back to Paestum
Day 7 is rest day. In little more than one hour we will drive back to the same lovely agriturismo in Paestum. But first we have plenty of time for a swim in the ocean and to go shopping in the traditional bodegas of Maratea.
Stage 6: Roccadaspide loop – 103 km – 1400 mts total climb
On Day 8 we ride in the foothills of the Monti Alburni. The stage is long but the climbs are pretty easy and always leading up to charming villages. We stop at Castelcivita (380 mts) for cappuccino and at Corleto (620 mts) for lunch. The long descent back home is interrupted only by the climb to Roccadaspide. Back in the agriturismo you will find the women already busy preparing you another unforgettable dinner.
Stage 7: Paestum – Amalfi – 89 km – 950 mts total climb
Time to move up north to the Costiera Amalfitana. We follow the absolutely flat coastal route into the city of Salerno. We cross town riding on the Lungomare and soon get to Vietri sul Mare where we get our first view of the fabulous Costiera. Here nature, over the ages, and human, during the centuries, have Bike Tour Cilento & Amalfi Coast: Ravello created a miracle of beauty. We leisurely ride the breathtaking coastal route to Maiori where we turn inland starting the tough climb to Valico Chiunzi (12k climb to 660mt). After the summit we stop in the village of Tramonti. It’s about time for aperitif so we visit a cantina for wine tasting and sit down for a fine lunch. For a quick digestion we enter the small laboratory of one of the finest limoncello producers. Now we are set for a spectacular seaward descent. Almost at the bottom we stop for a stroll in splendid Ravello. Our 4 stars Hotel is in Amalfi right above the Costiera.
Stage 8: Positano loop – 59 km – 1100 mts total climb
Our final day is entirely set in the Costiera Amalfitana. A very early start it’s needed to fully enjoy, devoid of traffic, the dire road hanging between mountain and sea. Taking our time for pics we cruise down to the glamorous downtown of Positano. To top a unique, unforgettable ride we gather our residual strength to face the hairpin bends of the Agerola (700 mts). The 12km climb, lined with lemon trees and grape terraces, rewards you with incomparable views. Our tour ends right in front of the landmark that recalls the memorable climbs of Italy’s Bike Tour Cilento & Amalfi Coast: Agerola most loved champ: Fausto Coppi, il Campionissimo. Looking down you may see, on the blue sea background, the many ribbons of road that you have just climbed. Time to celebrate with toasts and a good pasta speciality. After lunch more thrills and unforgettable views on the long descent to Amalfi. After the farewell dinner we go for a stroll in town and a last bite of local pastry.
If you like to stay a few more days it’s easy to arrange tours to Sorrento, Pompei, Ercolano, Napoli, Vesuvio, Capri, etc. Otherwise our van service can take you to Napoli Airport