The Amalfi Coast by bicycle
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most fascinating stretches of coast in the world and exploring it by bicycle is a unique and unforgettable experience, very different from traditional cycle tourism destinations.
The territory has a particularity: there are very few flat roads but this cannot be a reason to give up. You just need to be sufficiently trained to face the numerous ups and downs. And if you are not trained, it is better to rent an e-bike. The pedaling assisted by the electric motor reduces physical effort to a minimum, allowing you to tackle even the steepest climbs in total comfort. In any case, our advice is, as the beautiful song by Riccardo Cocciante intones, to “ride by bicycle, pedaling without haste“, taking all the time to admire the countless beauties that the area offers. The safety issue is equally important: remember to pay attention to hairpin bends with blind bends and not to cycle on the edge of the roads overlooking the sea but as much as possible on the safe internal side.
There is certainly no shortage of itineraries to travel by bicycle. Below we present three of them.
State road 163 Amalfi
The Amalfi State Road 163 is the main road that connects all the small towns on the coast. If there were no cars in circulation it would be the most beautiful road in the world, from a cycling point of view. It offers wonderful views and winds between steep cliffs, terraced vineyards and lemon groves overlooking the sea. The route, also suitable for the less trained because it does not present challenging differences in altitude, crosses the most beautiful places on the coast. It is about 50 kilometers long but can also be done in stages, depending on the places you want to reach.
For those who want to escape the heat and traffic of the Amalfi state road 163 we recommend the Anello di Agerola, one of the most beautiful cycling itineraries in Italy. The route is 57 kilometers long and runs towards Agerola, a small and delightful town that dominates the Amalfi Coast from the top of the Lattari mountains. You pass through the countryside of Conca dei Marini and Furore, to then arrive in the center of Agerola, from which it is possible to enjoy an enchanting panorama. Along the way there are several climbs that may not be suitable for everyone.
The Chiunzi Pass connects the Amalfi Coast to the towns of the Agro Nocerino-Sarnese through the Albino massif, belonging to the Lattari mountains. The route leads inland, avoiding the traffic and chaos of the seafront but without giving up splendid views of the coast and breathtaking landscapes. The itinerary is 46 kilometers long and passes through Ravello, Tramonti and other towns in the area. Once you arrive at the pass, you can admire the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius. It has uphill sections, some of which are quite challenging.