It was our last day on Amalfi Coast and we decided to hike Monte Catiello – one of the highest peaks in the region. Souvenir shopping? Postcards? Nah. We will have time in the evening.
To save some time we decided to start from Bomerano. Taking a bus? Walking Path of the Gods one more time? Nope. Italian style. Proper tourists. We rented a scooter! 70 Euros later we hopped (well, what I did was not really ballerina like) on the scooter and Sam was my knight on the white beast in a too big helmet.
After quite a long drive (it’s only 22 km from Positano to Bomerano) but on this scooter it hurt, we ended up in Bomerano. Grabbed a coffee and since we were quite lazy this day we decided to drive a bit more up to avoid climbing the stairs. Found a perfect place just next to the hiking path and left our white beast just to start our hike.
To get to Monte Catiello we took the same way as we did few days before when we prolonged our Path of the Gods hike (check: this post). When we reached Capo Muro that’s when our new adventure started.
Monte Catiello (1 393 m) is situated in Lattari Mountains, which are basically rocks of a limestone formation. The highest peak is Monte San Michele (1 444 m). From Capo Muro (1 100 m) you still have to climb almost 300 m up. And it is quite steep. When you look at the mountain range from Capo Muro it almost seems impossible. ‘Is there a freaking trail?’ – I asked myself. Well, there’s few options. The easiest way is just to climb up and up and up. Not many turns. It’s well marked, you will find red signs on some of the rocks. It is steep though, it’s like walking on a bloody too steep staircase. You need your hands sometimes. As we reached the summit I was glad we’re finally there. Views of Sorrentine peninsula, Amalfi Coast, Naples recompensate all the sweating and swearing.
Going down is a different story. I am half happy when I’m on the summit since I know we need to go down. It was steep but there’s no loose rocks so honestly it wasn’t that bad to go down as I thought it would be. We made our way down to Capo Muro and then continued to Bomerano to go back with our white beast scooter. Perfect last day on Amalfi Coast.
Starting point: Bomerano, we started at 840 m
Target: Monte Catiello (1 393 m)
Hike lenght: around 7 km both ways, took us 3 hours
Difficulty: ‘Circuit of Tre Calli’ trail from Bomerano up to Capo Muro is a medium difficulty hike. Capo Muro to Monte Catiello is marked as a hike for experienced and equipped hikers.
Tips: Take hiking sticks, prolong your ‘Circuit of Tre Calli’ hike with Monte Catiello since the views can’t get better than this. Do it when on Amalfi Coast. You will never forget and regret it.
Text: Agnieszka Wajs