8-Day WALKING & EXPLORING ITALY'S AMALFI COAST: Escorted/Hosted

WALKING & EXPLORING ITALY’S AMALFI COAST

Discover Italy's most famous coast and some of the region's hidden  gems, between splendid mountain scenery, medieval villages and grand canyons.

ESCORTED / HOSTED 

JUNE 9, 2019

TRIP LENGTH: 7 nights/8 days -  GROUP SIZE: Maximum of  12

TRIP GRADE: Moderate walkMEALS INCLUDED: 7 Breakfasts 

LUGGAGE/PEOPLE TRANSFERS : As indicated 

PRICE FROM: Euro 1,750 per person twin share   SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Euro 550   DEPOSIT:  AUD1,000

The Amalfi Coast is probably Italy’s most beautiful coastline, with a stunning combination of sea, picturesque coastal towns and mountains, an abundance of both culture and nature. The landscape is immensely varied and surrounded by infinite ever-changing views. It can be typically Mediterranean, intoxicating with its wild perfumed herbs, with myrtle shrubs, thyme, rosemary and mastic trees, or almost alpine with meadows and bare rocks. And cultural heritage abounds! Man has created an incomparable mosaic-terraced landscape. Beautiful little churches, ruins of castles and old farmhouses are found all over the place.

And the best thing is, everything can be discovered on foot along the many walking paths that exist. Some of these pathways have become famous, such as the “Sentiero degli Dei” (the “Footpath of the Gods”) or are at least a thousand years old, like the “Maestra dei Villaggi” – the ‘main road’ of the Republic of Amalfi. However, there are also a myriad of unknown trails which are just as beautiful. Heading from the sea to the mountains, or vice versa, there are always stupendous views, and you'll walk through little villages, vineyards and olive groves.

On this trip you will understand why the Amalfi Coast has become Italy's most famous coastline. And also learn how easy it is to get ‘off the beaten track’ and find yourself surrounded by nature.



THE WALKING

Moderately easy (2-3): Mostly easy walks, though some include walking uphill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some day’s extensions or shortcuts are possible. 

A reasonable standard of fitness is required and you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in the hot sun on dusty or stony tracks. 

Most paths are relatively well maintained and part of the route is way marked; elsewhere you have to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these you will always be able to find your route.


THE ACCOMMODATION

All nights are spent in beautiful, characteristic family-run hotels with en-suite facilities on a bed and breakfast basis. There are a large number of restaurants to choose from each night for your evening meal and your hotel can give you good tips. Alternatively, you can eat at the premises of the hotel (on some occasions). 

Picnic lunches are not included in the tour price but these can be prepared for you by the accommodation holders, or materials for picnics can be purchased in the villages where you’ll be staying. On some occasions you have the option of having your lunch in a restaurant along the way. 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 

ARRIVE NAPLES - Day 1

Welcome to Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Italy’s third-largest city and one of its oldest, most artistic and most delicious. Naples'  centro historico (historic centre)is a  UNESCO World Heritage  Site, its archaeological treasures are among the world's most impressive.  Amalfi was once an    important naval power, like Venice, and its past glory still shows.

NAPLES - Day 2/Night 2 (Capri returning to Naples) Walking time 3 to 4 hours

Start the day with a ride on the hydrofoil to the rightly famous island of Capri. Capri was popular as a tourist destination for the Roman emperors many centuries ago, and has never lost its fame. Here a wonderful round walk can be made, starting from Marina Grande, the main harbour, through lemon groves and gardens to the central square of the little town of Capri and the famous ’Piazzetta’. You then take a beautiful walk around the eastern part of the island, which shows you most of the ‘highlights’ of the island. These are both cultural and natural wonders, always accompanied with magical views in an unrivalled Mediterranean landscape. The walk brings you past the amazing Villa Lysis and the ruins of the Imperial Villa Lovis, one of the villas of the Roman emperor Tiberius.

Through the Gardens of Augustus and the impressive Via Krupp, perhaps the world’s most beautiful pedestrian way, you descend to the charming Marina Piccola, where you can make your own arrangements to travel back by boat to your hotel. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways, depending on how much time you would like to dedicate to walking, relaxing or shopping.

NAPLES - Day 3/Night 3

Today you can either do a full day exploration of the intriguing city of Naples, or visit the Roman city of Herculaneum by local train. Here you can explore the stunning villas of this once very wealthy town, which still shows in the opulence of its buildings. If you do opt to visit Herculaneum it’s definitely worth it to walk through the city centre of Naples, and witness the highlights , such as the Royal Palace, the royal theatre, the beautiful ‘Galleria’ and the medieval castles. The walk also brings you through quiet parks and along the shore, to relax from the hectic street life in Naples with a rewarding view of the Bay of Naples. Along the route there are several options to go ‘underground’ to discover that there is another city under the actual city. And of course you can also pay a visit to the world-famous archaeological museum, where all the artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum are displayed.

POMPEII - AGEROLA Day 4/Night 4

This morning you take the short train ride from Naples to Pompeii to visit what are perhaps the world’s most fascinating ruins. Pompeii was once a huge bustling city, until it was destroyed by the pyroclastic flow of ash from Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. You will be astonished by the exceptional frescoes and the opulence of the villas, with their atriums and stunning mosaics, owned by the rich and influential of the day. Visit the amphitheatre as well as the Villa of Mysteries with its masterpiece frescoes depicting the secret Dionysus rites, the Roman Forum and Basilica, temples, public baths, and the tiny Odeon created for music recitals.

From here you climb Mount Vesuvius following a completely different route from the standard visit to Vesuvius (and normally closed to the public), which makes you feel like you're in a completely different world. What is less known to many is that also the 'new' town of Pompeii is definitely worth the detour, if only for its amazing sanctuary. Go for a stroll here and then have an ‘aperitivo’ to look back on a great day. Your private taxi then picks you up and brings you to Agerola, known as "the small Switzerland" thanks to the beautiful mountain landscape, the bracing air, the refined buildings along with street order and cleanliness. 

AGEROLA - (Traverse the Lattari Mountains walking time 5 hours) Day 5/Night 5

Today you walk along an incredibly scenic path, through one of southern Italy’s most interesting nature reserves, the ‘Valle delle Ferriere’ down to Amalfi. Traversing the Lattari Mountains you will follow relatively easy paths and tracks as you ascend towards the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast. You will then descend through the forest to the little village of Pogerola, dominating the valley of Amalfi from the west. From here you take some beautiful medieval steps, which offer superb views over the valley, down to the centre of Amalfi. Through a number of wonderful alleys, you then end up in the main square, Piazza Duomo. Perhaps you have the time to visit the paper museum or take your time for a swim, before taking the bus back up to Agerola. 

AMALFI - (Walking to Agerola to Positano walking time 5 hours) Day 6/Night 6 

Leaving your hotel on foot this morning you take the most famous footpath of the Amalfi Coast, the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Footpath of the Gods). Walking through terraced vineyards, you reach Colle Serra, where the views open up towards the other end of the peninsula. You then continue on a more or less level path, through spectacular scenery with bizarre rock formations and luxurious vegetation. Here the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ really lives up to its name! Through unique scenery with unrivalled views you reach the hamlet of Nocelle. Passing another spectacular valley, you arrive in the little village of Montepertuso. After Montepertuso it's only a short walk down to Positano, Positano is considered to be one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, and certainly one of the pearls of the Amalfi Coast. After a stroll through its alleys you could relax for a bit or go for a swim, before taking the boat to Amalfi, where you settle in at your hotel in the centre and not far from the beach. Your luggage will be transferred to the hotel. 

AMALFI - (Walking Ravello to Amalfi walking time 5 hours) Day 7/Night 7 

Today you start by taking a local bus up to Ravello, a charming, historic and one of the most exclusive villages on the Amalfi Coast. Throughout history it has been sought after by many, including writers, artists, musicians and travellers from northern Europe due to its lofty position and sunny, dry climate. Ravello not only has a very interesting history, and many medieval monuments, but also offers beautiful views over the Amalfi Coast. It boasts two magnificent villas the superb 11th-century Villa Rufolo, once a papal residence and later the home of Wagner, and Villa Cimbrone, a sumptuous 19th-century mansion with fabulous gardens and unequalled views over the Gulf of Salerno. You can take your time to stroll through the village, before starting the walk back down to the coast. The easy path runs alongside the course of the river, in an abundant, green, almost un-Italian landscape. Those who feel like it can penetrate deep into the valley, to admire a number of beautiful waterfalls. Along the path there are many impressive ruins of what were once the first paper mills of Europe, adding a mysterious touch to the landscape.

RETURN TO NAPLES - Day 8

Although your journey comes to end today, the experience will be etched in your memory for a lifetime. 

You can return to Naples/Salerno by taxi, boat or bus.  

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander  with us again. 

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