Top reasons to climb and sail the Amalfi Coast
Find good food and even better climbing everywhere along the coast
Grades from 4c (5.6) up to 8b (5.13) with varying styles of climbing
Over 400 climbing routes all around this UNESCO World Heritage Site
Amalfi Coast just an hour south of Naples runs for phenomenal 50km through one of the most spectacular stretches of coast in the world. Famous for its architecture and peculiar geography featuring contrasting mountainous cliffs and a narrow sea, it has become a luxurious tourist destination over the years. Stunning and charming Italian cities decorating the coast such as Positano, Salerno, and Amalfi, feature traditional architecture, vibrant communities, and hundreds of rock climbing routes for every skill level! Sail effortlessly between wonderful spots on the coast such as Punta Campanella and Capri and climb the best cliffs and overhangs of South Italy. This outdoor enthusiast paradise offers something for everyone — from challenging climbing routes to hiking paths with spectacular panoramic views and, last but not least, calm sea, ideal for a refreshing swim between the climbs.
Salerno, IT, is just over half an hour away from the meeting point
Beginner to advanced
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Sailing and Rock Climbing on Amalfi Coast
Discover the stunning rock climbing sites available along the Amalfi Coast in the South of Italy and sail the turquoise seas with a professional skipper and guide! This 8-day adventure takes you to the best locations along the coast and lets you explore the most charming towns, local cuisine, and single and multi-pitch routes varying from 5.6 to 5.13. A week of sport and nature along the renowned Costiera Amalfitana will leave you wanting for more. Explore cities along the stunning coastline and visit small islands on a sailing boat and have the time of your life!
Day 1: Arrival in Salerno
Meet your guides in Salerno marina sometime after 18:00 and head to your accommodation. Go over equipment and organization of the boat for the week with your group and settle into your cabins. Spend the evening getting to know each other and relaxing!
Day 2: Departure from Salerno
After an early breakfast, you’ll head north. After a few miles of sailing, your first stop will be Praiano’s beach. There is a nice equipped cliff rising right of the beach, ideal for warming up for the coming week. After climbing, continue your adventure in search of a quiet bay where you’ll drop the anchor and spend the night.
Day 3: Deep Water Solo
Keep sailing north passing the most vertical and even overhanging cliffs on the whole Amalfi Coast. The spot is ideal for practicing deep-water solo! No harness, no rope, no bolts — just the water as a crash pad in case of a fall. Spend the night in Amalfi’s harbor and visit the old town. Amalfi is a town included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites set below steep cliffs on Italy’s southwest coast.
Day 4: "Pansa" patisserie and Nocelle
Enjoy breakfast at “Pansa” patisserie, one of the best and oldest bakeries in Italy since 1830! After a good morning start, make your way to Nocelle where you will be able to do the famous trek along Sentiero Degli Dei (the God’s trail). This panoramic path 7km long connects Nocelle to Agerola, where you’ll find the boat waiting for you.
Day 5: Punta Campanella
After some sailing, reach Punta Campanella, the northeast cape of the Amalfi’s seashore and the spot with the best rock in Italy. Many single and multi-pitch climbing routes start right at sea level! Climb until dusk admiring the spectacular sunset behind Capri and relax on the boat with your group.
Day 6: Capri
Explore the coast of Capri with a possibility for multi-pitch climbing. Attempt to climb the famous island’s sea stacks and spend the night in Capri’s bay.
Day 7: Sailing Day
Sail down south and stop here and there for some swimming in the wonderful turquoise sea before arriving at Salerno by 18:00.
Day 8: Disembark
Pack up, exchange contacts with your new friends, and say farewell to Amalfi! Disembark in the morning before 9.00 a.m.
Meet your guides
Skipper and Passionate Climber
Skipper and Passionate Climber
IFMGA Mountain Guide
IFMGA Mountain Guide
Vertical Sailing TourVertical Sailing Tour
Vertical Sailing Tour
I would totally recommend the Vertical Sailing Tour experience to any climbers, from the most passionate and advanced to the beginners and the ones that are curious to discover this amazing sport in the best way possible, on a sailing boat ! The team is very professional but above all fun, the best mix to have an incredible climbing experience in the best corners of Europe !
This Vertical Sailing Tour is the best thing since sliced bread and cheese ! A true dream come true!! Well thought out, organized and truly Awesome. From start to finish, professional, easy to work with, Tony and Lorenzo went out of their way to accommodate my needs.
And seriously what better group of people could you want to hangout with?
Great Time, Great People, Great Tour! Lifetime friends are just waiting to meet you on this adventure!
The idea of combining sailing and climbing together is brilliant…the nature always surrounds you, a real trip among nature and poetry! The staff is very competent, great food and lots of prosecco! A must do experience with the risk of not being able to live without it!
To me the Vertical Sailing Tour was the best way to experience Greece and the Amalfi Coast…two unforgettable experiences!
Awesome crew, vertical sailing is an incredible way to explore new cracks and having the full experience of the outdoors & bay surrounding. I had an inspiring and joyful time. Always again, thanks crew!
Things to know
Covid measures on Amalfi Coast
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures on Amalfi Coast, Italy, please refer to the official website of the Government of Italy.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- An experienced rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Accommodation on a sailing boat — double size bed or bunk beds sorted and arranged by and among guests
- Food and beverages
- Boat fuel
- Harbor fees
- Final cleaning
- Insurance covering the crew and the group during sailing and climbing
If you have any dietary restrictions, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
What’s not included:
- Transportation to the harbor of departure
- Meals on land
- Alcoholic beverages on board
How fit do I need to be?
Good physical shape is important but don’t worry — it doesn’t matter the grade you can climb on, you’ll always find a partner matching your level, and if that’s not the case, your guide will be there for you. Rock climbing is more about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun retreat, your guide will be there to supervise the climbing and to help all the climbers to improve their skills, and to choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level. You don’t need any knowledge of sailing — the skipper will take care of everything!
What if I’ve never climbed or sailed before?
Amalfi Coast has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Amalfi Coast has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
If this is your first time on a sailing boat and you don’t know what to expect, here is what you can expect:
- On board , everyone is responsible to clean up after themselves.
- Teamwork makes the dreamwork! Be ready to participate in cooking, prepping food, washing the dishes, etc. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to cook or if you hate to wash the dishes, you can always swap the job with another crew member.
- You may be asked to use water and electricity with moderation while out at the sea
- Don’t worry about any sailing knowledge. The skipper will be there to ensure your safety and will give you precious tips on how to live on board.
- If you wish to learn how to sail or if you are an experienced sailor and want to help your skipper, they will be glad to operate the sails with you and teach you anything you want to know!
What about required equipment?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
- Belay device
- Chalk bag
- Harness with a locking carabiner
- Rock shoes
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Pack large enough to carry all the items listed (no rigid suitcases — make sure your suitcase is foldable to save space on board)
- Backpack for daily tours, climbs and hikes
- Hiking shoes
- Clothes for a week of sailing and climbing
- A warm pullover and a waterproof jacket
- A pair of long pants and a pair of shorts
- Bathing suit
- Bathing towel
- Water bottle
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this group adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 9:1, and cost is per person.
- Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- It takes a minimum of 5 people for the tour to operate.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
There is a $600 deposit for reserving your place onboard. Once the tour is confirmed, your guide will notify you via email. The remaining amount of the trip cost will have to be paid within 90 days prior the departure.
If the minimum number of 5 participants is not ensured, you’ll have the option to either receive a full refund of the deposit or to switch to another tour with Vertical Sailing Tours.
A deposit fee of $360 (300 euros) in cash per person will be collected by the skipper when boarding. The deposit serves as a guarantee fund which will be returned at the end of the trip if no damages had been made.
All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.
If the tour is cancelled by the guide due to the lack of participants, the down payment will be fully refunded. Please note the trips for 2022 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low. Once the tour is confirmed, the down payment cannot be refunded anymore.
If Client cancels the Booking forty (40) calendar days or less in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is not entitled to any refund.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Salerno, most people fly into Naples International Airport which is just under an hour away from your meeting point in Salerno marina. Once you get to Naples, you can rent a car or motorcycle, or take a shuttle to Salerno..
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.