Today you arrive in the bustling city of Naples. Settle into your hotel in the heart of the historical centre of Naples. Take a short stroll through the busy and colourful streets, soaking up its atmosphere, or visit a museum. Naples has plenty of hidden gems, like the underground city. Grab some of the local Neapolitan pizza for lunch and follow it up with one of the many delicious pastries that are cooked fresh in the city.
Towards the end of the afternoon, we meet our tour leader and the rest of the group. After a brief introduction of the tour, we will go for an interesting and informative walk through the heaving center of Naples. In the evening we dive into the local food, dining in a lovely restaurant close to our hotel. (Total walking distance: 5 km)
One of the world’s best known volcanoes is today’s first stop. Mount Vesuvius. This volcano still towers over Naples and Pompeii, though it is shorter than it was when it erupted in 79 AD. The eruption completely destroyed the bustling Roman city of Pompeii.
Our walk around the mountain takes us past impressive volcanic phenomena around the crater. We will see lava flows, pumice fields, grottoes, and the amazing ‘Valley of the Giant’, culminating in a walk to the top. The literal ‘high’ light is a spectacular detour, led by a specialist volcano guide, which will take us right around the crater rim and up to the highest point at 1281 metres (4000 feet). This is the best view of the Bay of Naples.
We will have a relaxed lunch on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, before travelling down to Pompeii. A visit to Pompeii gives you an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city. The eruption stopped time it its tracks, freezing people and buildings in that moment. We will go for a stroll around the fascinating unearthed city and then have an ‘aperitivo’ to look back on a great day.
We take a private coach to the Amalfi Coast this evening. The bus drops us off in a great place in Agerola, high above the Amalfi Coast.
Today’s section of your Amalfi Coast walking Holiday is one of the most amazing walks Agerola has to offer.
Along relatively easy paths & tracks, we climb towards the highest peaks of the Amalfi Coast. The views from here are perhaps even more beautiful than from the famed ‘Sentiero degli Dei’. The first part of the walk is a relaxed stroll through the charming village of Bomerano. From here the scenery changes to vineyards and chestnut forest as the path starts to climb.
After about an hour of walking uphill, we reach the ridge of the Monte Tre Calli. We walk along the ridge to a natural rock formation known as the ‘mushroom’, then choose our level of fitness for the next piece. Some might want to continue the climb to the Monte Sant’Angelo, otherwise, we opt for a relaxed ‘picnic with a view’.
Our next stop is the little chapel of the ‘Virgin of the Silence’, before an easy road back to our accommodation.
In the morning we’ll do what many guides refer to as one of the world’s greatest hikes. We start the walk directly from our accommodation. Along a panoramic road, high above the coast, we walk to the village square of Bomerano where we can have a coffee and buy some sandwiches.
Now we start along the ‘Footpath of the Gods’. One on the most famous footpaths of the area, this path lives up to its name. We walk suspended between the sky and the Mediterranean.
For a few hours we will be walking along some of the most spectacular scenery of the whole Amalfi Coast. You will want your camera ready and fully charged for this stunning walk to the charming hamlet of Nocelle.
We will have a delicious lunch in a nice restaurant in Nocelle, with amazing views over Positano and the Amalfi Coast.
After lunch, we pass another spectacular valley before arriving in the little village of Montepertuso. A short walk further we arrive in Positano, one of the most charming villages of the Amalfi Coast.
Montepertuso is a maze of small alleys with gorgeous spots for a swim or a drink on one of its many terraces. There is time to go for an independent exploration on your own if you would like to, before we return to Amalfi by boat.
A fresh and filling meal in a relaxed atmosphere is the perfect end for this great day on the Amalfi Coast.
In the morning we will first pay a short visit to the beautiful medieval town with its wonderful ‘Duomo’ and the Paradise cloister. We’ll pass through the Piazza dei Dogi and along the Antichi Arsenali. Another street takes us to the Vagliendola quarter, with its tower houses and the famous Hotel dei Cappuccini. Then we walk to the beautiful little town of Atrani, along a very scenic path.
From Atrani we proceed through the narrow white little streets and then up the ‘Valley of the Dragon’. Soon, we reach Ravello, another highlight of the Amalfi Coast, where we have plenty of time to see everything. We pay an extensive visit to the dramatically located Villa Cimbrone, with its amazing gardens and one of the coast’s most famous viewpoints. Then we walk along to the hamlet of Castiglione before heading back down to the little town of Atrani. We pass through many vineyards and fragrant lemon groves.
In Atrani, one of the best-preserved villages of the coast, we wander the town centre and perhaps drink a glass of local wine in the square. We drive the short coastal route back to our accommodation in Amalfi. This evening we are free to choose from a large range of restaurants, from simple pizzerias to exclusive restaurants.
You have two options to choose from for today. You can either have a relaxed day in Amalfi, or you can take a boat to the famous island of Capri.
Roman emperors travelled to Capri as tourists, and it has been popular ever since. The island is home to a wonderful loop track from Marina Grande, the main harbour. It will take you through lemon groves and gardens to the central square of the little town of Capri, the famous ‘Piazzetta’.
The eastern part of the island is the most stunning. The track traces the amazing Villa Lysis, and passes the ruins of the Imperial Villa Iovis which once belonged to Roman Emperor Tiberius. We’ll walk past the Arco Naturale rock archway, and of course along the Faraglioni coastal rock formations. A picnic lunch here will be followed by coffee or an ice cream.
Walking back to the centre we will visit the Certosa monastery and the Gardens of August. This walk can be extended or shortened in many ways. Late in the afternoon we then travel back to Amalfi by boat.
In the evening we have dinner together, at perhaps the best pizzeria in town.
Walking inland along the narrow whitewashed alleys of Amalfi we head towards the charming little village of Pontone. Here we begin the walk along the narrow ridge of the Torre dello Zirro. A series of ascents and descent eventually bring us to the ruins of the Torre dello Zirro, known from the play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’.
From here we enjoy dramatic views of both Amalfi and Atrani, and the stunning coastline. We retrace our steps to Pontone, where we savour our lunch in the shade of the lemon trees. The intriguing ‘Valle dei Mulini’, the valley of the watermills, with its ruins of Europe’s most ancient paper fabrics is our next stop.
The path takes us deep into the valley, to the entrance of the nature reserve, with its lush vegetation and waterfalls. We walk along the river, before returning to Amalfi through the charming little back streets of the town centre.
You now have the option of visiting the fascinating paper museum, the Museo della Carta. Back in Amalfi there is still some time for a swim or an ‘aperitivo’.
This evening we gather for our last delicious Italian meal. We are picked up by private boat and brought to a nice restaurant located in a beautiful little bay nearby. After dinner, we travel back to our hotel.
The tour ends in Amalfi after breakfast today. If you would like to extend your stay in Amalfi we can arrange this without accommodation. Otherwise, you might want to add on another walking holiday to your trip. Have a look at our other Italian walking holidays.
A taxi transfer to the train station or airport can be arranged on request.