Valle delle Ferriere
Valle delle Ferriere
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasWaterfalls
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The enchanting Ferriere Valley is hidden in the mountains of Scala in Amalfi. You can take a half-day trek through the lush nature reserve, which will take you past spectacular waterfalls, lemon groves, rare prehistoric botanical relics and fossilized moss walls. This easy-to-moderate hike also traverses through the historical Valley of Mills, where you can explore ancient water mills and ironworks, and learn about the history of producing Amalfi paper. Uncover more about the area on a guided hiking tour, which often includes a stop at Ravello Coast. The valley can be cool so remember to wear a jacket and a good pair of trekking shoes. – Tripadvisor
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𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
Moscow, Russia139,854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The route is suitable for people in good physical shape, it will take the whole day in time. be sure to wear comfortable shoes, in some places it is not so easy to climb. Be sure to stock up on water. When you go up, you will see many beautiful views.
Written August 23, 2023
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Lukas J
Kretinga, Lithuania9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
The walk was really great, it only tooks us an hour to get there, but we only stopped to take a sip of water. The views were great, it felt like a jungle. The only problem was when we go to the falls, they were closed, but the people who looked after the place, let us in for a few minutes and gave us a small tour.
Written August 30, 2021
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,861 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
There is quite a bit of confusion on TA about the trails of Valle delle Ferriere (Valley of the Ironworks) and the Valle dei Mulino (Valley of the Mills) as regards the route and difficulty.

This is possibly due to different starting points and merging routes, the actual ground covered as well as varying levels of fitness.

As best as I can make out the Valle delle Ferriere is split into several sections from Amalfi. The Lower Trail leads to the ruins of the ironworks and takes about 1 ½ hours return; there is then a link section which adds another 50 minutes return; and finally there is the Upper Trail which takes 5 hours each way and is for “experts” due to the dangerous terrain in some sections however those walking from Amalfi join this route roughly at the mid point. There are several alternative starting points to the route including Pontone. The Valle dei Mulino seems to be used as an alternative to describe the Valle delle Ferriere.

We didn’t know any of this when we set off on our walk from Amalfi. Our experience, prompted by a brief description in our guide book, turns out to have been related only to the Lower Trail. It is paved most of the way although uphill for much of it too and would probably be fine for those of average fitness. A guide is not a necessity. The higher sections became more track-like and muddy in places so I’d suggest walking boots or trainers rather than flip-flops! The Upper Trail seems to involve more strenuous effort, has narrow sections with large drops at the edge and is probably the route where guides may be useful to gain authorised access, provide direction and information about the locale.

From the Cathedral in Amalfi head up the main street until you reach the Paper Mill Museum. Take a right steeply uphill briefly then turn left to follow the steps uphill - it is signposted for Valle delle Ferriere.

Part of the way up it’s handy to catch your breath and look back towards Amalfi and across the valley opposite to get some very scenic views which included lots of citrus growing. We did a detour off the path to the right at one stage on a steep alley and ended up at the gates of a doctor’s house so don’t make the same mistake! Keep straight on up the hill.

Eventually we came across the ruins of several papermills which were almost submerged in the surrounding greenery. There is nothing to stop you exploring the ruins but a torch would be handy and of course some commonsense since the structures are an unknown quantity in so far as safety is concerned. Some of the buildings are huge too.

After some time we came to a little café - Fore Porta - and stopped for some water. Unfortunately for us they didn’t sell it in plastic bottles, presumably due to their green credentials, so we decided to move on. Further up the path we came to the hydro electric station and a little further we reached a small waterfall. This was as far as we progressed as we had no idea if and when we’d reach a more spectacular waterfall although there are definitely pictures of one on the route somewhere! We did stop off at Fore Porta on the way back and had some bottled water, a glass of their lemonade and a slush puppy version too both made from real lemons. It wasn’t to our taste but we enjoyed a drink in any case. We sat on an outside terrace and there was a rustic looking interior too where a few people were having some food although I’m not sure what was on offer - staff were friendly.

The return to Amalfi down the route we came took around 35 minutes. Overall we’d been away for just over 2 hours and had enjoyed our excursion into the hills as a different side to Amalfi. Lunch was enjoyable at Ristorante La Perla just off the main street near the Cathedral (up some more steps!).

Possibly go better prepared than us with a map of sorts and some water.
Written December 13, 2017
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John_Blake_Jr
Hove, UK103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
Take a fairly gentle walk following the route of the river past various abandoned paper mills. The route is reasonably steep but achievable by a 6yr old and some grown ups alike. The views are amazing and there's plenty of opportunity to stop mid route for a paddle in the cool river (although it's extremely fast flowing and has some very hairy waterfalls, so choose a safe shallow spot)

We did the walk in October and it was a very hot day and there was plenty of dappled shade, however the heat of midsummer may be too much.

A roundtrip takes about three hours, maybe. But I'd suggest stopping for lunch at Ristorante Antico Borgo in Pontone at the summit of your walk.
Written November 4, 2014
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Livie709
Kingston upon Thames, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
If you want some time for peace and tranquillity, then doing Valle delle Ferriere is definitely a must.
From Paper Mill turn right following the red arrow that says Valle delle Ferriere. The route goes through picturesque lemon groves and settlement nesting at the edge of the mountain. In a way it is a nice introduction to real Amalfi life. The walk is not difficult but be aware that you will have to go up quite a few stares while going to the wood. National Trust maintains the paths and there are small white and red flags on the rocks that indicate directions. There are also signs indicating directions to Amalfi.
The walk offers stunning views and it gives a different perspective of the area through its lush greenery, noisy, crystal clear and icy rivers.
While the paths in the forests are maintained, you still need to wear comfortable walking shoes/ sandals with good grip. Have waterproof with you as well, as weather is changeable and it can rain or get windy very suddenly.
With its rich and diverse flora, the area served inspiration for many artists and writers. The tranquillity and beauty of the place lifts one up above mundane troubles. The walk to the waterfalls goes through forest and you can see ruins of old mills and habitats along the way. It is perfect place to come for picnic and spend the whole day there.

Things to remember

There are no toilet facilities
There are no restaurants or cafes along the route, bring your own water and food
The gates leading to the main waterfall can be locked and you may not have full access to the main waterfall
Throughout summer months there are lots of lizards on the stones, also be aware of snakes which according to the locals come out
Written June 25, 2014
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Jeff E
Stamford, CT30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
This was a great scenic hike up the mountain valley behind the town of Amalfi! We walked up the main street of town until we got to the paper museum, then turned right and there were marked stairs that began the trail. Well marked along the way, the trail passes by ruins of old paper mills and iron foundries which both seemed to have harnessed the gushing water as a power source in days gone by. It was a hot day in the town, but the mountain valley had cool breezes and cold streams and waterfalls along the way. A lot of stairs but not terribly difficult, the hike took us a little over 3 hours. The only disappointment was the gate to the nature preserve area was locked (not sure who is allowed in and when). No matter, we headed toward Pantone which offered amazing views of the town below and the sea beyond. Bring water and snacks/lunch as there is nothing at all on the trail.
Written September 25, 2013
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KimL88Travels
Pleasanton, CA28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
You have to do this hike if you want to get away from the tourists along the main road in Amalfi! Yes, there's an incline and stairs galore, but it has beautiful views and if you're in semi-decent shape and can walk 3-6 miles even at a slow pace without huffing and puffing, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. We did this hike on 7/15/17 and got a late start at around 4pm. Disclaimer: we didn't finish the entire length of the trail due to rain.

Previous reviewers mentioned that the trail markings to find the trail were not clear. Maybe the signage has been updated since then, but we didn't have a problem. At the end of the main street in Amalfi, where the shops/restaurants end, was a brown sign on the left hand side pointing the way to Valle delle Ferriere (and also the other trail, Valle dei Mulini). Keep going up that main street (incline) and it leads you through a residential area that also has a restaurant and a small grocery store. I think there was another brown sign on the right hand side - just keep following it. Eventually you reach a small intersection and on the pillars of the buildings were a couple of "less official" looking signs (hand written, and I think one of them was blue) that point you to the street that goes to the right. Within a block or so, look to your left and you will see the beginning of the stairs and there's another brown sign pointing you to Valle delle Ferriere. Let the stairs begin!

The stairs lead you through a residential area and through lemon groves and amazing views. It's all paved at this point and there are flattish portions to catch your breath and take pictures. More stairs...

Previous reviewers mentioned a lemon slush shop along the way and about 1 hour into our hike, we finally came across it. It's called Fore Porta. We got there at 5pm, just in time, as they were closing at 5:30pm. We were hot and tired at that point and the lemon slush (I think it was 2 euro) was so very good and refreshing! They have the slush (sweetened with sugar) and another option of plain lemon juice in water. The shop is very quaint and has some outdoor patios (and indoor area) where you can sit, rest, and enjoy the view. The woman behind the counter told us that the first waterfall was just another 15 minutes away. We kept on trekking. Soon after that shop the path turns into an unpaved trail and there are old paper mills (kind of spooky looking) along the way. We came across tiny waterfalls between Fore Porta and the building "Officina Elettrica" which is actually where we ended our hike and turned around because it started pouring rain. Before we turned around, we came across another hiker on his way down. He said that in another quarter mile or so, the trail becomes much steeper and there are goats along the trail. I would have loved to keep going, but we had one person in our party waiting for us in Amalfi, it was pouring rain, it was already close to 5:30pm, and there were a ton of mosquitos.

Overall, I recommend this hike! You should be able to walk/hike on moderate inclines and do some stairs comfortably, wear decent walking shoes (all out hiking boots on the portion that we did are not necessary; I had on trail running shoes and my son had on Converse Chuck Taylors and it was no problem). Bring water, a bit of cash for lemon slush, and mosquito repellent. We took 2 hours total there and back (turning around at the electricity office which is about 5-10 mins past lemon slush), so I would allow more time to do more of the trail. I'm pretty sure we didn't go far enough to see the "official" two waterfalls other reviewers mentioned and definitely did not see waterfalls depicted in some of the photos (didn't expect gushing waterfalls in July anyway), but we still got amazing views and tiny waterfalls.
Written July 22, 2017
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Daniel L
Cary, NC129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Valle delle Ferriere is situated at the top of Amalfi and requires a hike through Amalfi's one street through town, and then up a seemingly never-ending amount of stairs. It is quite a hike just to get to the site, but the views along the way are also fantastic. Once you reach the end of the road, you get into the farm of Amalfi, where the famous Sorrento lemons are produced for Limoncello, as well as limes, tomatoes, and others. This entire portion is sidewalk and stairs, going past the homes of those working on the farms. Once past this you reach Valle delle Ferriere.

The valley is a nice, fairly easy hike on a laid out path. There are many little side paths that follow the main trail but get you closer to the stream that comes down the mountain. This stream is also what powered the old mills where Amalfi paper used to be produced, so the beginning of the hike will get you up close to these collapsing structures. Once you get past these, you have more nature, some small waterfalls, and great views of the mountains. The very end of the marked trail leads to the large waterfall, though it was only a trickle when we visited. There is a path that continues beyond here, though it was locked when we were there. We were able to get around the gate, fortunately, because the best part of the hike was here. It may involve some simple climbing, but the view was amazing. Moss and trickles or water lined the rock faces, and another medium waterfall ended our path. The amount of water in the area dropped the temperature quite a bit so it was very refreshing. This area felt very secluded and was an excellent place for us to relax, cool down, and enjoy some lunch.
Written January 14, 2016
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dvorac4
USA691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
This is a wonderful walk with incredible views and a nice way to get away from the bustle of town. From the main street, take the main road that goes back in away from the water until you get to the paper museum; take the paved road to the right that says "to Pontone." From there, it is 374 steps (plus straightaway - not all steps all the time) to where it narrows and is a bit overgrown. There is a cute little restaurant at the 349 step mark (again this is not a all stairs path). The path is ancient and paved; 30 min past the restaurant there are lovely wooded waterfalls. You'll walk past butterflies and lemon groves. It is peaceful, serene, and a wonderful walk.
Written August 16, 2018
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randfl
Ringwood, Australia84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This walk takes a bit of an effort for us 50 yo's but is great. The abandoned paper mills, water falls and great views completed by a lovely lunch in Pontone made for one of our best Italy experiences.
Written November 18, 2014
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