HighlightsAmalfi | Positano | Walk of the Gods | Pompeii | Mt Vesuvius | Valle delle Ferrier National Park | Ravello | Napolitan pizza making
Description of Amalfi Coast walking holiday, ItalyAmalfi coast walking holidays are exactly what you need to fill your life with an artist's palette of colour along one of Europe's most scintillating, and romantic, coastlines.
This eight day Amalfi coast walking holiday takes place against a classic Mediterranean backdrop with mountains ascending out of the ocean ringed by walking trails and winding narrow roads.
Secret grottos and coves align the shore and make Amalfi coast walks as much about getting outdoors as they are about rest and rejuvenation. Further up the steep mountain slopes you'll be invited to follow ancient donkey trails and well-worn footpaths leading to out of the way villages and towns where citrus groves span deep gorges and ocean views are simply sublime.
This Amalfi coast walking holiday leads travellers over the Agerola Plain in order to experience the slim snaking streets of traditional Italian villages where local stores, stone churches and rustic bars provide a fascinating insight into the day-to-day lifestyles of coastal communities.
From the abundant lemons, bursting with zest, to the regional wines, made for long hot summer evenings, this area of southern Italy is a foodies' paradise with plenty of free time included within the itinerary to help travellers get to grips with the gastronomic delights of the Amalfi coast.
Alternative adventures to experience whilst walking the Amalfi coast include walks up Mount Vesuvius as well as visits to the semi-preserved citadels of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both of which offer a unique glimpse into the lives of the ill-fated Romans who once lived on the fertile volcanic slopes.
The final full day of this eight day Amalfi coast walking holiday concludes with one of the most scenic walks on the planet, the aptly named: Walk of the Gods, so if you're looking to round off your week in style then there's no better opportunity to do just that.
Our top tip: Much of the terrain is uneven so we recommend hiking boots (not trainers!) and walking poles. Trip type: Small group tour. 4-16 adults (min. age 16) with a tour leader. Activity level: Leisurely. 4 days’ walking, av. 10-12km per day, 4-6 hours. Accomm: A family run, 3* hotel with a pool. Solos: Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge. Included: Accommodation, all listed activities, some meals, flights (if booked). Meals: All breakfasts, 4 packed lunches from local bakery, 6 dinners (3-4 course Italian food, at hotel).
|Day 1:||Those on the group flights will be met in Naples airport by the tour leader.
A transfer of approximately 1 hour 20 minutes takes us to the Hotel Due
Torri, our base for the week in the village of Bomerano, on the Agerola
plains above the Amalfi Coast. Enjoy a warm welcome from local hosts the
Acampora family before settling in. Land only clients can arrive at any time,
although we do recommend arrival by approximately 8pm to meet the rest of the
group and enjoy a first dinner together.|
|Day 2:||From the hotel it's a short stroll to the village square (or in the case of
Bomerano, a triangle) and the start of today’s walk. The circular route
provides a good chance to stretch the legs; following a mixture of paths and
tracks we ascend to the top of Monte Tre Calli to be rewarded with
spectacular wide-open views of the jagged coastline and seemingly endless
blue sea. The Agerola Plain and the village of Bomerano are laid out below us
and on a clear day we can see as far as the famous island of Capri, a haven
and idyllic hideaway for many celebrated artists and writers over the past
200 years. After admiring the majestic scenery descend to Bomerano and enjoy
some rest time before a hearty dinner.|
|Day 3:||Start walking towards Amalfi, a town popular with the British since Edwardian
times when the upper classes favoured it as a pleasant place to spend their
winters. The route has a downhill bias, following the path from Bomerano at
700m to the shores of the Mediterranean, accompanied by wonderful coastal
views. There are sections of steps today (approx. 2000 in total), but there
are also plenty of opportunities to rest and go at your own pace. On arrival,
you will see the large Duomo (Cathedral) dominating the town with its
brightly-coloured tiled cupola (dome), which along with the baroque facade
and interior, is a typical example of regional architecture. Take some time
to explore the town, swim in the small bay or enjoy a well-earned gelato
before taking the transfer back to Bomerano.|
|Day 4:||Transfer to the Bay of Naples, the area spanning between the region’s
capital city, Naples, and the town famed for its lemon groves, Sorrento.
Situated on the lower foothills of the volcano dominating the Gulf, Pompeii
was a thriving port town until Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption spanning two
days in 79AD during which the city was buried in ash and pumice. Lost for
1700 years, Pompeii is now a UNESCO World Heritage site as the perfectly
preserved remains give us an amazing insight into life in a Roman city,
complete with bathhouses, bakeries and homes – some of which still have
walls adorned with detailed frescoes. You may take some time to explore the
site this morning, perhaps opting for a detailed tour accompanied by a local
guide. After lunch, travel by bus high up onto the slopes of Vesuvius to view
the volcanic crater. Depending on weather conditions, it may be possible to
take one of the many extended walks around the caldera and beyond, led by an
expert volcanologist (optional).|
|Day 5:||Starting from Amalfi, follow the stream gently upwards through lemon groves,
past the shells of former paper factories (a major local industry from the
12th to 19th centuries) and mediaeval ironworks into the Valle delle Ferriere
National Park. Continue on, crossing wooden bridges and following shady paths
carpeted with wild flowers in season, to the beautiful moss-clad waterfalls
within the closed gates of the nature reserve. The groups have exclusive
access to this beautiful protected area; a real privilege as entrance is
restricted to the public. The route then follows the track back before
turning up to the quaint village of Pontone. We stop to take in outstanding
views of Amalfi and enjoy a picnic lunch in the charming village piazza
before proceeding up to Ravello, a town much favoured by the Bloomsbury set
and other artists and intellectuals due to its secluded location and
inspirational scenery. Take some time to explore at your leisure; perhaps
visit Villa Cimbrone with its meticulously landscaped gardens.
*Please note that on occasion, depending on weather conditions and group’s
fitness, your leader may decide to reverse the walk starting in Ravello and
ending in Amalfi (5 hours walking, 10km – 6.2 miles, , 214m – 702ft up -
450m – 1476ft down).|
|Day 6:||Today we have a day at leisure to relax at the hotel or go down to the
seafront. The hotel also offers private transfers (payable locally) to the
most popular attractions in the region not covered during the rest of the
week, including the city of Herculaneum. Also destroyed during the disaster
of 79AD, Herculaneum was buried in mud rather than ash and it is said that
this lead to the site being even better preserved than the bigger Pompeii.
You might instead choose to take a ferry to the chic island of Capri and the
funicular through lemon groves up to Capri town. These optional excursions
can be arranged locally by your leader. Alternatively, spend the free day by
the pool or in true Italian style in a café, sipping espresso and watching
the world go by!|
|Day 7:||A fitting finale to the week is one of the world's finest day walks. Leaving
the hotel it's a short stroll through the quiet village of Bomerano before we
join the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ (Walk of the Gods), thus named as it
provides some of the most evocative views in the world, of ragged cliffs
speckled with tiny villages and extensive views of the sparkling
Mediterranean sea. The route follows undulating hills, carpeted with flowers
in season, the contours of the land and the coast. The trail is broken by
insights into local life, passing shepherds huts and ancient stone houses
carved into the limestone before we descend a long series of steps to the
colourful Positano, an almost vertical town clinging to the rock face of a
sheltered bay. Take some time to explore the alleyways lined with wisteria
and designer boutiques or have a dip in the clear water of the beachfront
before returning to Bomerano by boat and bus (seasonal) in the late
afternoon. During the week many meals will have included some delicious local
smoked mozzarella cheese and before dinner, we will have the chance to see
how it is made and taste the mouth-wateringly fresh final product.|
|Day 8:||Transfer to Naples; fly to London.
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