Mount Tre Calli stands at an intimidating 1,122 metres above sea level, but as the hike begins from the mountains village of Bomerano, only 500 metres of ascent remain to the top.
This walk saves its biggest surprise until your final steps; Not until the summit do you finally earn that jaw-dropping 360° panoramic view. Every point of the compass reveals something new. Looking west is the colourful buildings of Positano which cascades, almost vertically, up the mountain slopes behind it. Turn around and you’ll see the red tiled houses of Agerola - a quintessentially Italian scene – as the settlement sprawls across its plateau, enclosed by an amphitheatre of mountains.
To the south the Mediterranean melts into the sky, spanning from one horizon to the other. Like a long finger, the peninsular of Sorrento juts into this vast sea, seeming to point at the Isle of Capri which lies just beyond its reach. Turn around, and to the north you’ll see the hulking mass of larger mountains in the Mount Lattari Chain; even from your high altitude these monsters still appear to tower above.
There are some exposed and unfenced edges throughout the walk; always remain on the path.
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement. Walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic, unless there is a verge separated by line-markings that provides space to walk on.
Much of the path is rocky. Bear in mind these may be slippery when wet, place your feet with care, and use the handrail, where one is provided.
As you are climbing a mountain, check the weather before you begin – if stormy weather, particularly lightning, is forecast, it is not advisable to do this walk.
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Points of Interest
It is the summit of Tre Calli that is the point of interest on this hike, providing a truly panoramic view, and of a very diverse landscape; the Mediterranean Sea, the mountains, the Gulf of Salerno, the Isle of Capri, topsy-turvy Positano, and the sprawling red-tiled houses of Agerola. I won’t indulge you with more details lest I spoil the surprise – Enjoy the view with your own eyes!
Food and Drink
There are no options to buy food or drink after leaving Bomerano, so be sure to bring enough provisions for the hike.
There are no taps to fill your water bottle after leaving the piazza, so carry all the water you will need for the ≈3 hour hike.
Sturdy hiking boots and a waterproof/wind-break layer are required. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Make sure you bring enough water. It is recommended to drink 0.75 litres per 1 hour of hiking.