Wednesday 22 April 2015


Some of Giovanni’s maps are now available on the website  and can be downloaded completely free of charge via the App PDF Maps.  This will enable any of you with GPS on your Apple iOS or Android not only to have off-line access to the maps, but also to locate your own position on the map.
This website, owned by the Canadian software company Avenza, offers many other useful functions and has thousands of different types of maps of varying scale and interest from all over the world. The App is free and can be downloaded to Androids or Apple iOS. It should also soon be available for Windows.
Once you have installed the App, you can then search for any maps of interest to you (Get maps). Avenza has both free maps and ones they charge for. You can filter the search to FREE only and once you have found what you are looking for, you will first see an anteprima including a description of the territory, and then you will be able to download the high-definition map of your choice.
For anyone needing maps of the trails of the Sorrento Peninsula, Amalfi Coast and Capri at present the following are available:  the map of the last segment of the peninsula (Punta Campanella, San Costanzo and Jeranto), the map of the island of Capri in its entirity and  the map of the historical centre of Sorrento, all complete with place names. These recently updated maps are already on line at  but now by using the App PDF-MAPS, all you need is GPS on your phone/tablet and away you go!
Switch on the GPS, open the App and the map, and your position will appear on the map with no need of an internet connection, and all for free.
Giovanni now asks for everyone involved in the tourist industry, including the local authorities, to actively spread the news of this new service, to the benefit not only our visitors, but also of our residents.  
Hopefully this innovation, together with the proliferation of smart new maps complete with  QR codes that have recently appeared throughout the area will give rise to far fewer calls for help from lost excursionists. As I have said many a time, the Sorrento Peninsula, Amalfi Coast and Capri have so much to offer keen hikers of every level, so this is another step in the right direction.  
On Friday 24th April at 11.00 , Giovanni will be giving a short presentation of the pdf-maps App at the Pro Loco tourist office in Massa Lubrense. With a bit of luck the walking itinerary maps of Massa and Sorrento (Progetto Tolomeo) will also be available so that a short "test" walk  through the streets of Massa Lubrense using the App can  follow. 

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