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Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)
Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)

Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve (Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere)

Riserva Statale Valle delle Ferriere, Scala, Campania, 84010

The Basics

The Ferriere Valley Nature Reserve is named after the old ironworks that once lined the Canneto riverbank from the peaks of Monti Lattari to Amalfi to the sea. See the ruins of some of these historic foundries through the thick undergrowth of ferns and take memorable photos of the waterfalls that once powered them.

Hike the two main trails in the reserve—the relatively easy Lower Trail (Sentiero Basso 323a) between Pontone and Amalfi and the challenging Upper Trail (Sentiero Alto 325a) that begins in Pogerola—with a professional nature guide. A guide is part of a private tour that also includes transportation to and from the trailhead and end point.

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Amalfi waterfalls - 'Valle delle Ferriere' Nature Reserve - group walking tour
Amalfi waterfalls - 'Valle delle Ferriere' Nature Reserve - group walking tour
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$83.07 per adult
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Terrific tour. Tour guide is passionate...
Terrific tour. Tour guide is passionate and knowledgeable. He does this hike for fun in his spare time. You'll see the beauty, history of Amalfi is not technical, nor do you have to be a perfect specimen, but is pretty physical. Be able to walk 3-4 hours, down lots and up some stairs. Wear good shoe
Matthew C, Aug 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Amalfi Coast

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, Jul 2018
Private Tour: Amalfi Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve Walking Tour
this climb through densely wooded hills above Amalfi towards the waterfalls is very quiet and beautiful. Alessandro's knowledge of the area and its historical geo-political significance is much appreciated.
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3 hours walk from Ravello Square down...
Muhammad Hafidz B, Jul 2016
Amalfi waterfalls - 'Valle delle Ferriere' Nature Reserve - group walking tour
3 hours walk from Ravello Square down to Amalfi Coast. Along the way you can see beautiful nature and architecture, even taste the local's fresh lemonade and organic fruits. Definitely a must do if you have time in Amalfi. The guide is friendly and knowledgeable.
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the tour was great! amazing scenery and...
Maura A, Jul 2016
Amalfi waterfalls - 'Valle delle Ferriere' Nature Reserve - group walking tour
the tour was great! amazing scenery and the tour guide was very knowledgable of the area and kind. Would definitely recommend it!
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A wonderful experience. Our guide...
Daniel S, Apr 2018
Private Tour: Amalfi Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve Walking Tour
A wonderful experience. Our guide Enzo tailored the walk to start and end in Ravello, where my wife and I were staying, eliminating the need to get transportation back from one of the coastal cities at the conclusion of the walk. For 4 hours, the walk produced breathtaking views of Atrani and Amalfi, and a lot of history of the once industrialized region. Enzo was very passionate about the area, and was an excellent guide!
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Our tour guide Alessio offered...
John L, Apr 2018
Private Tour: Amalfi Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve Walking Tour
Our tour guide Alessio offered interesting facts along the way and tailored the walk to our needs. The scenery was beautiful and the early hour was definitely a plus as we were basically alone on the way up.
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Beautiful 3 hours walk, passing through...
Avy S, Oct 2016
Amalfi waterfalls - 'Valle delle Ferriere' Nature Reserve - group walking tour
Beautiful 3 hours walk, passing through a settlement basically unchanged hundreds of years, typical Mediterranean vegetation, and then the fantastic valle delle ferriere river - a green heaven with unique waterfalls. Our guide Polina was just fantastic. Very knowledgeable, in all aspects vegetation, history, local stories. It was very clear that she loves the country and is happy to share this love. Polina's English was no less than excellent. Excellent Walk. We enjoyed it a lot, and we recommend it highly. Hana and Avy
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Phenomenal Journey
GregoriousTraveler, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Amalfi Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve Walking Tour
Our guide Michele was awesome!!!! He was so knowledgeable of the area and gave us so much insight. We walked by Lemon groves, and up to the abandoned paper mills that lined the river long ago. All that’s left of most of them are empty shells. Here you will find the only waterfalls along the Almafi Coast. This is why the pAper mills were built, the natural running water. Here too are prehistoric ferns o my found 3 places on earth, and petrified moss which was really cool to see. This trek is pretty strenuous and does a lot of climbing and retuning by a lot of stairs. It was well worth it to see this gem of the Almafi Coast.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Botany buffs will be interested in the indigenous Woodwardia radicans ferns and Pinguicula hirtiflora carnivorous plants seen during their hike.

  • Bring your camera to capture views from the rocky ridges and the overgrown former mills.

  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and bring a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water.

  • Wheelchair users or those with limited mobility won’t be able to access the stairs, rough terrain, and steep slopes of these trails.

  • Older children especially enjoy this hike when accompanied by a nature guide who can explain the unique terrain and history.

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How to Get There

Some Sita public buses from Amalfi stop in both Pontone and Pogerola. From Sorrento, Ravello, and Positano, take the bus to Amalfi and connect to the local routes there.

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When to Get There

Hiking in the Ferriere Valley is particularly pleasant and scenic in summer and fall, with mild temperatures and lush countryside. But, start out in the cool morning hours in summer (June–September) as it can get quite hot.

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The Valley of the Mills

Part of the same nature reserve and adjacent to the Ferriere Valley, the Valley of the Mills (Valle dei Mulini) is known for its romantic paper mill ruins that were once powered by the Canneto River waterfalls. One of these historic paper mills still functions in Amalfi. Visit the town’s Paper Museum to learn more about the history of this important local industry.

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