Simon Gautier, 27, was found dead at the bottom of a ravine in Belvedere di Ciolandre after a rescuer spotted his backpack.

Gautier had called for help on August 9, saying he had fallen down a cliff and broken both legs, but was unable to give his location other than “in the middle of nowhere, on the coast”.

Teams of firefighters and alpine rescuers along with a helicopter and drones on Sunday searched the area of mountains and cliffs bordering the sea.

His family has complained that it took too long for the rescuers to organise the search.

Gautier had been living in Rome for two years working on a thesis on art history.

He set out to hike alone from Policastro Bussentino to Naples and had sent his family a picture of his backpack.

On Sunday evening a vigil was planned in the village of Scario, the closest town to the search area, where an open-air mass had been held in the afternoon for the rescue teams and the young man.