Main info about the trail
How to get there
The trail begins from Paterno Sant'Elia, one of the Tramonti hamlets reaching by car or on foot from Pucara hamlet or Polvica hamlet, where the SITA bus line Maiori-Tramonti stops.
Points of interest along the trail
Incrocio 310 Paterno Sant'Elia (235), Casa Vitagliano (218), Incrocio 315E (210), Vallone Trapulico (160), Incrocio 315A San Gineto (295)
The “Trail of The Ants” is an ancient pedestrian path that connects Tramonti to the nearby seaside places of Maiori and Minori.
It runs through an area dense of lemon groves and its name is linked to this particularity.
In fact “ants” were called the women carrying lemons, who slowly, with a basket of around 55kg on their heads, in single file, transported the freshly picked lemons to Maiori and Minori.
This was the work most practiced by women on the Amalfi Coast until the 1970s. A very hard work, exhausting, which however they did with surprising naturalness.
The path begins in Paterno Sant’Elia, close the Church of Sant’Elia, where it crosses the Path of the 13 Churches (310 CAI).
From this intersection, go down Via Vitagliano (the paved road on the right of the Church of Sant’Elia) until to reach Casa Vitagliano (218 m) where you will leave the asphalted road to take the path on the right. After about 200 meters, you will reach the intersection with the Trail 315E to Ravello. At this intersection (210 m) continue to the left. The path, after a first stretch of stairs, becomes a country way and thus continues for its whole way.
Once in Vallone Trapulico (160 m), recognizable by the presence of an ancient water conduit dug into the rock to the right of the path, you must continue along the steep slope to the right and then to the next pedestrian way that leads the San Gineto place (m 295), where the path ends at the cross with 315A Trail.
From this point, it is not long way (about 20 minutes) to reach the “Path of the lemons”, which connects Minori to Maiori.