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Walking the Amalfi Coast

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Discover the highlights of Italy’s Amalfi coast on foot

  • Reviews 91 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Walking the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic coastlines in Europe. Mountains jut steeply out of the Mediterranean and picturesque towns nestled in the coves below. Walking the ancient hillsides studded with lemon groves and framed by deep gorges, we descend from the Agerola Plain to the quaint towns of Positano, Ravello and of course Amalfi itself. No visit to the Bay of Naples would be complete without a trip to see the remains of Pompeii under the imposing volcanic cone of Mount Vesuvius. The best is saved till last with arguably the world’s best coastal walk: the ‘Walk of the Gods’. Away from the trails we partake in a favourite traditional pastime and sample incredible food and wine just like the Italians do. The perfect combination of idyllic coastal views, heritage sites and picturesque towns make the Amalfi Coast our most popular destination for walking. We have been operating this trip for over 15 years, using the comfortable Hotel Due Torri run by the friendly Acampora family who offer genuine Italian hospitality and ensure everyone has a wonderful stay.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 4 packed lunches and 6 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Tour leader throughout

Not suitable for severe vertigo sufferers

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Walk the heady ‘Path of the Gods’ to Positano
  • Stroll through Amalfi’s cobbled streets
  • Discover 2000 year-old history in Pompeii
  • Feel at home at our family-run hotel with pool
  • Best selling trip
  1. Day 1 Start Agerola.

    Those meeting the group transfer at Naples airport (designated times, inquire for details), will be met by their tour leader on arrival. 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 our local hosts, the Acampora family, before settling in. Clients can arrive at any time, although we do recommend to join the group at the airport as public transport options to the hotel are limited.

  2. Day 2 An impressive walk to top of Monte Tre Calli for great wide open views of the coastline.

    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.

  3. Day 3 Follow mule tracks and steps down to Amalfi; free afternoon to explore the famous cathedral or the Paper Mill Museum.

    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.

  4. Day 4 Drive to Bay of Naples; visit fascinating ruins of Pompeii and take an optional walk up the vast crater of Mt Vesuvius.

    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).

  5. Day 5 Walk from Ravello to Amalfi through the forests of the Valle delle Ferriere natural reserve.

    Today’s walk starts in Ravello, a town much favoured by the Bloomsbury set and other artists and intellectuals due to its secluded location and inspirational scenery. Before setting off for the walk we have some free time to explore the town and visit Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo with their meticulously landscaped gardens and breath-taking views out to the sea (optional).  The route today is mostly downhill but it does include a considerable amount of steps. After descending and taking a quick stop in the village of Pontone, we continue through wooden bridges and shady paths carpeted with wild flowers in season, to the beautiful moss-clad waterfalls within the closed gates of the Valle delle Ferriere National Park. Finally, following the stream gently downwards through lemon groves, past the shells of former paper factories (a major local industry from the 12th to 19th centuries) and mediaeval ironworks we reach Amalfi.5 hours walking, 10km – 6.2 miles, 214m – 702ft up – 450m – 1476ft down).

  6. Day 6 Free day to relax or take a boat to Capri, visit Naples or Herculaneum (all optional).

    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!

  7. Day 7 'Walk of the Gods' with superb panoramic views all the way to Positano; return by boat to Amalfi; try some locally-made Mozzarella cheese.

    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.

  8. Day 8 End Agerola.

    Trip ends in Bomerano.**

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Where you stay

Hotel Due Torri

We spend 7 nights at the 3-star Hotel Due Torri in Bomerano, a small village in the municipality of Agerola, set high above the Amalfi Coast at an altitude of approximately 700m. Run by the warm and welcoming Acampora family, the Hotel Due Torri is well known for its great local cuisine, providing authentic dishes of the Campania region as well as fun pizza-making demonstrations. All rooms have en suite facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

A limited number of superior rooms (with facilities including Jacuzzi bath, power showers and fridge) are also available for a supplement starting from $279 or equivalent per room payable pre-departure. Please ask your sales consultant for further info.

Being higher up in the hills the property offers the benefit of cooler nights, although beaches are not too far away and there is a small outdoor pool. The village is generally quiet and provides a relaxing contrast to the busier towns by the sea.

On occasion if the hotel is full you might be offered (upon booking) to stay at an alternative accommodation located within walking distance from the Due Torri. Guests staying at alternative accommodation will still make use of all the facilities of Hotel Due Torri, including the pool and restaurant.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 packed lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Breakfast is continental style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee. Included packed lunches usually consist of a sandwich filled with a choice of cold meats, tuna or local cheeses. All evening meals are taken in the hotel, where the standard is excellent and the chef takes great pride in showcasing the best of regional foods, including dishes such as ‘Scialatielli all’amalfitana’ (homemade pasta with seafood) and ‘branzino all’acqua pazza’ (seabass in crazy water!). Dinners usually consist of four courses, commencing with antipasti, followed by soup and/or pasta, a main meat dish with salad or vegetables and dessert. On certain evenings, there is the opportunity to learn how to make the famous Neapolitan pizza. Please note that drinks are not included with meals but available to purchase. Vegetarians are well catered for in Italy.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) 4 days centre-based walking with low altitude throughout.

The Amalfi Coast is home to some of the best-loved walks in Europe; the varied scenery and temperate climate make this a heaven for hikers and ramblers. The pace of the walks allows time to rest and enjoy the views, however, the terrain encountered on some of the paths is similar what you may find on a moderate walking trip.

The terrain and type of path will vary from man-made paved tracks and tarmac to forest trails. Whilst most walks are manageable for those with a good level of fitness, the walks involve some steep climbs and descents on slightly loose terrain and some have sections on narrow pathways alongside some sheer drops (not recommended for severe vertigo sufferers). Optional walks on Mount Vesuvius are on rocky cinder/gravel trails and likely to be loose underfoot, with steep sections and quite large drops in places.

On most days, there are considerable sections of steps (over 1500), which make the walks unsuitable for those with knees problems. Walks usually take between 4 and 6 hours including lunch stops (depending on the pace of your group) and require a good level of fitness. Summer temperatures can make some of the walks more strenuous. If you are concerned about the difficulty of the walks we recommend calling us to discuss the trip in more detail.

Please note that due to high demand for this tour, on some weeks we may lay on a second group departure, which will follow an alternative itinerary. This includes the same excursions but taken in a different order, usually reverse.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Fantastic scenery, great food and central base mean a relaxing trip with plenty of exercise

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Vesuvius and walking along the crater was an absolute highlight for us and brought a sense of adventure to an otherwise relaxed walking trip/
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    We loved our guide Satva. She's local and therefore deeply passionate about the history and food. Most of the guides we met were local and that added a huge amount to the experience. Loads of fun too!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's worth doing the side trips whenever possible, even if your legs are a little achy. We chose to go to the ruins of Herculanum rather than Capri but it could even be possible to squeeze in both if you can fit the visit to Herculanum on your last day before your flight.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

amalfi aventure

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Vesuvius walk was a great moment
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent - top marks all the way
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    if going in the summer, plenty of water and sun protector. enjoy the food and the views are amazing, take the trip ....

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Anna Owen

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking round the crater of Mount Vesuvius. It's an awe-inspiring experience. The local guide at the top was an added plus -- very informative and enthusiastic. Pompeii was also fascinating.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was great -- organised, informative and fun. Satva and Enrico, who were shadowing him, were also lovely.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book this trip. You won't regret it!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I found the walking pace a bit slow, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the walks.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Amalfi Coast Hiking - May 2017

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk from Ravello to Amalfi. I loved the variety of the walk, walking through the lemon groves and the nature park.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable and helpful.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for lots of stairs and downhill segments.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The lunches were adequate but not very interesting.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Mrs

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the organised walks were amazing, the coastal views were breath taking especially the "Walk of the Gods" On our day off, our guide organised a trip to Capri. What a beautiful island, not to be missed.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    He was brilliant. He liked us to be punctual which is a good thing, meant no hanging around. He organised everything right down to lunch breaks and comfort breaks. He was supportive of the slower members in our walking party and helped when any of us were struggling with pathways along cliff edges.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Come with an open mind.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best holidays I have ever had. Everything ran like clock work and everything met my expectations.

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