Length: 5.5 km (3.4 miles), terrain hilly
Article and photos by John Griffith, co-founder of the great UK running site, the Running Bug
John has a love of exotic routes. See John's Havana waterside run here: Running The Malecon; Havana, Cuba
|View from town|
The Amalfi coast is pretty much vertical. What I mean is the coastline doesn’t have a shore – it’s more of an escarpment. For reasons best known to those that live there, everything is perched on an almost sheer drop. Houses are etched into the hillsides and roads snake from promontory to promontory with the occasional gasp of a bridge or gloom of a tunnel. Finding a route for a run that didn’t take in some stiff hills was just going to be impossible. The scenery however is breathtaking from almost anywhere you stop.
Taking a local footpaths map from the Hotel I headed out of the lobby onto the main road turning right down into Amalfi town centre on the inappropriately named Via Quasimodo. There’s enough of a footpath to remain safe but keep your elbows in. Enjoy the downhill because pretty soon you’re going up and I mean UP!!!
|When we say up, we mean UP!|
Head on up the road about 1/2-km and watch on your left for Via Casamare – I think there was a police station there too – it’s a cul de sac, but head on up round the bends and at the end you will see the start of the 1,700 steps up to Pogerola. I don’t think there is a sign but press on up the steps which snake back and forth up the mountainside past inquisitive goats and wild horses.
You arrive in the little hamlet of Pogerola with burning calves twenty minutes later, take a left on Via Papa Leone X and bless the downhill that lies ahead. Stick on this road and you can get back down to the coast road again where a left will take you back towards the Hotel and Amalfi town. For the brave, take one of the footpaths that weave through the netted lemon groves, heavy with the scent of citrus and steaming in the midday sun.
|The sculptor had a sense of humour with this fountain|