Friday, 14 July 2017


Many of you, being keen hikers, will already be acquainted with Giovanni Visetti's website, where you can find a wealth of maps covering most of the trails of the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast.
Well, I have some good news for you all. Giovanni has decided that it is time to move with the times, and has consequently started adapting his maps in order to make them more compatible with tablets and smartphones.
Freed from the constraints of having to fit everything onto a sheet of A4 paper, Giovanni has identified the 7 areas of main interest to hikers (see the picture below), three of which are connected to each other (maps 4, 5 and 6).

Capri is on its own, and the other 3 are the classic Campanella, San Costanzo, Santa Croce and Jeranto (map 2), the trails between Marina del Cantone and the hills of Fontanella (map 3), and the Valley of the Ferriere (map 7). The latter not only covers Scala and Amalfi but extends north to Cervigliano and Santa Maria ai Monti (including Scalandrone and the woods of Santa Maria) and west to San Lazzaro, including Acquolella, Cospita and Murillo.
Anyone even faintly familiar with the territory of the Monti Lattari will realise that the 3 remaining maps cover just about all  the hills between the road at Colli San Pietro (311m, linking Sorrento and Positano) and the tunnel of Agerola (701m, linking Castellammare and Amalfi), extending north to Faito and Sant'Angelo a Tre Pizzi (1.444m) and therefore include hundreds of kilometres of trails across the southern slopes. In order not to make maps 4 and 5 too big, Giovanni has divided them (but included an overlap) along the axis Santa Maria del Castello - Positano and therefore the two trails linking these localities (Tese and Valle Pozzo) figure in both of them.
Here is a preview of map 5 (from S.Maria del Castello to Bomerano) which in addition to  the previously mentioned links also includes Forestale - Conocchia, the rockfall (frana), M.Tre Calli, M.Catiello, Vagnulo and the Path of the Gods.

Apart from the maps of Capri and San Costanzo/Campanella that are on a larger scale, the GIF files of all the other maps have the same scale (1:15,000) and  the same dpi. Consequently, apart from a few minor tweeks, they are uniform and the 3 that overlap should be easily assembled.
Another novelty is that where possible the updated numbering of the CAI (Club Alpino Italiano) trails has been included.
Giovanni is also working on a new website that will be entirely and exclusively dedicated to hiking, so watch this space!