Amalfi Coast Walking Tour - 2020

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Amalfi Coast Walking Tour – 2020

The Amalfi Coast; famous for spectacular coastlines and picturesque towns clinging to the hills; less so are the ancient walking trails along the Peninsula.

Rome • Montecassino • Vietri Sul Mare • Amalfi • Scala • Valley of the Mills • Amalfi • Scala • Ravello • Amalfi • The Path of the Gods • Praiano • Positano • Amalfi • Capri • Amalfi • Pompeii • Rome

The six day Amalfi Coast Walking Tour allows you to experience the best of the Amalfi Coast, featuring towns such as Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and nearby Capri. As well as this, the walks give you an in-depth insight into the lifestyle of the people who cultivate this land, the natural beauty (stunning sea views), and the layers of history that make up this fascinating region. Each day is a combination of walking (generally the morning) followed by time to relax and unwind in the charming villages along the coast.

  • Key locations such as Positano, Capri, Ravello and Amalfi
  • A series of walks that take you through areas where you are immersed in the untouched and traditional areas of the Amalfi Coast, with many centuries of history that reveal itself to you as we pass through at a pace allowing you to appreciate the smaller details
  • We make sure your energy levels are maintained in a series of characteristic locations, from lunch on homemade cheese and proscuitto in a rustic farmhouse, to the best pasticceria on the Amalfi Coast
  • Complete the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’
  • A visit to Pompeii and as this is guided by an archaeologist, it is interesting even to those who may have been there before
  • This walking tour is a balance between the more active side – the walks – along with enjoying the cuisine and visiting interesting places. Generally we walk in the morning, stop for lunch in a restaurant, then visit other places in the afternoon
  • The walks are fully guided (no need to spend frustrating hours looking for the path)
  • We stay for the week in one place, the town of Amalfi. By staying at the 4 star ‘Hotel Residence’ you are in the perfect location, with the beach out the front and the main piazza a few steps the other way
  • Small groups, maximum 14 people
  • This is the trip that you’d design for yourself.
  • This 6 day tour starts and finishes in Rome

Departures:

25 – 30 May
08 – 13 June
07 – 12 September
21 – 26 September

Pricing: 

$3500.00AUD per person twin share.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation (4 star Residence Hotel in Amalfi with a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ rating of 4.5/5 by Tripadvisor)
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All costs/entry fees for activities listed in the itinerary are included
  • All walks are guided
  • All transport during the tour is included. Transport is in our van/minibus with a professional driver
  • A tour manager for the duration of the trip

We meet in Rome and from here we start our journey south toward the Amalfi Coast with a few interesting stops along the way.

Our first stop is at Montecassino, site of the major WWII battle, where we visit the Allies’ cemetery.

A short drive after lunch takes us to the start of the Amalfi Peninsula and the town of Vietri Sul Mare. This is where the famous coloured ceramics are produced, using the maiolica method. We visit a manufacturer where we can see the ceramics being produced and painted, continuing a tradition that started in the 1500s. We see the incredible array of colours and designs of their finished product.

Following a drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast road, with hairpin bends and amazing views in equal measure, we reach the town of Amalfi, where we stay for the duration of the tour.

Our hotel is wonderfully situated in the centre of town, making it easy to come and go as you please. A few steps away you have ‘la dolce vita’ of Italian piazza life.

In the evening we have a Welcome Dinner and our first taste of the superb cuisine of this region.

MEALS INCLUDED: DINNER

This is our first walking day, and the trails that we follow are based around the town of Scala. In the morning we are driven to the town of Scala. In the morning we are driven to a high point (so we avoid walking uphill), from where we follow paths winding through well-tended vineyards and orchards, passing through several small villages where life still revolves around working the land through the seasons. As we are quite high up we have frequent photo stops so you can capture the rugged beauty of the coastline below us.

We then enter the Valley of the Mills, a narrow valley that was historically a hive of industry, with paper mills and iron works. Today it is largely back to its natural state, but it is fascinating to see the remains of these historic buildings.

Our trail takes us along one side of the valley heading inland, which gives us a quite different landscape and flora from the previous day’s walk. The head of this valley is a nature reserve, with a series of waterfalls and lush forest wedged between dramatic limestone cliffs. This nature reserve protects rare ferns, which can be seen growing in this shaded and fertile part of the valley.

We reach the town of Amalfi by early afternoon, so there is plenty of time to explore here independently.

Later we visit the cathedral, Sant’ Andrea. This is more than just a church. Rather it is a complex of different buildings from different era, and is the heart of Amalfi. From the evocatively named ‘Cloister of Paradise’, with elegant marble colonnades, frescoed private chapels and ancient Roman sarcophagus. The Romanesque style Church of the Crucifix. The 13th century Crypt of St Andrew, down below the church, where the remains of Saint Andrew are held. And finally into the main cathedral, with its elaborate baroque decorations.

WALKING DETAILS: PONTONE TO AMALFI

  • The walk is fully guided
  • Total Distance: 3.7 miles / 6 km
  • Duration of walking sections: 2.5 hrs
  • Terrain: Well formed track, some steps

MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Today the trails that we follow are based around the town of Ravello. In the morning we are driven to the town of Scala, from where we follow paths winding through well-tended vineyards and orchards, passing through several small villages where life still revolves around working the land through the seasons. As we are quite high up we have frequent photo stops so you can capture the rugged beauty of the coastline below us.

Around midday we reach the charming town of Ravello. Here you are free to explore Ravello independently during the afternoon.

Ravello is a fascinating town, with layers of history to be seen. Of particular note are the buildings and gardens of Villa Ruffolo, and the cathedral. From the Villa Cimbrone you have amazing views down to Amalfi. Or simply wander through some of the lanes, and relax around the piazza area where there are numerous shops and cafes. Ravello is famous for vibrant hand-painted ceramics and for the excellent local wine, both of which can be found in the specialty shops here.

Later in the afternoon we return to Amalfi.

WALKING DETAILS: SCALA TO RAVELLO

The walk is fully guided
Total Distance: 4.3 miles / 7 km
Duration of walking sections: 3 hrs
Terrain: Well formed track, some steps

MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST

We drive up to a high point on the Amalfi Peninsula, and from here we start today’s walk which has the grand title ‘The Path of the Gods’ (Sentiero degli Dei’). This is one of the more popular trails on the Amalfi Coast, and walking along this path high above the sea you’ll see why it has gained such renown. It commands fantastic views right out to the island of Capri.

The trail takes you through a mixture of wooded areas as well as typical Mediterranean countryside, rocky with wild herbs, flowers and scattered olive trees. Goat herders are often seen on the grassy terraces tending their flocks, and peregrine falcons soar high above. The walk is 2 ½ hours duration and finishes in the town of Praiano.

Following the walk we go to Positano. Famous for elegant fashion boutiques and seaside charm, this has been a holiday destination since Roman times. The afternoon is clear for some free time in Positano, which has an enviable combination of a good beach with a broad seaside promenade, with cafes and chic boutiques jostling for position in the pastel coloured buildings. This is a good time for a swim.

You can spend some of the afternoon exploring the narrow back streets lined with bougainvillea, or just find your nearest café, put your feet up and sample the local specialty – limoncello!

To return to Amalfi we go by boat, and cruising along the coast reveals a new perspective on the area with some incredible houses tucked away, and tiny hidden beaches.

WALKING DETAILS: THE PATH OF THE GODS

  • The walk is fully guided
  • Total Distance: 5.6 miles / 9 km
  • Duration of walking sections: 2.5 hrs
  • Terrain: Mainly well formed track, some natural rocky sections

MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Today we travel to Capri, a favoured destination for the rich and famous in recent times, but also with an interesting history stretching back beyond ancient Roman times.

On Capri we take the funicular railway up to the town centre, where top fashion boutiques jostle for space alongside locals selling fruit and vegetables.

Starting from the centre of town we walk out to a monastery that has a view point looking out to the Faraglioni, the towering rocks emerging from the sea which are such a distinctive feature of Capri.

We then have a lunch break before heading out to the Villa Jovis. Passing a series of luxury villas and gardens, you head through the outskirts of town and reach the ancient Roman site. The Villa Jovis was the largest and most sumptuous of the island’s 12 Roman villas and Tiberius’s main Capri residence. A vast pleasure complex, now reduced to ruins, it famously pandered to the emperor’s debauched tastes, and included imperial quarters and extensive bathing areas set in dense gardens and woodland.

The stairway behind the villa leads to the 330m-high Salto di Tiberio (Tiberius’s Leap), a sheer cliff from where, as the story goes, Tiberius had out-of-favour subjects hurled into the sea. Today Tiberius’s Leap is worth a look for the view.

Later in the afternoon you’ll find Capri has plenty of scope for simply browsing the shops and enjoying the ambience. Stroll down to the Gardens of Augustus for some more great views.

We return by ferry to Amalfi late afternoon.

In the evening we have the final dinner, enjoying the best of Amalfi Coast cuisine and celebrating the week we’ve had in this special part of Italy.

WALKING DETAILS: CAPRI / VILLA JOVIS CIRCUIT

  • The walk is fully guided
  • Total Distance: 3.4 miles / 5.5 km
  • Duration of walking sections: 1.5 hrs
  • Terrain: Well formed track

MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST AND DINNER

By now you know the local barista by name – and he knows which coffee you order – but we must say ‘arrivederci’ to the Amalfi Coast and return to Rome.

En route we visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Here we have a guided visit, where we see evidence of the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this Roman city, as well as the destruction caused by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. Even for those who have visited Pompeii before, having a specialist guide provides an in depth experience and is very revealing.

We enjoy a final lunch together in Pompeii, having our last chance to enjoy regional cuisine, before heading north to Rome.

We reach Rome early evening.

MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

 

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