Italy’s spectacular Amalfi Coast and the beautiful island of Capri set the stage for this idyllic walking tour. Our pathways high in the hills offer superb views as well as a glimpse of simple village life far removed from the hubbub of the coast. Unpack once, as we are based at a welcoming boutique hotel in the center of scenic Positano. Walk in teh footsteps of teh ancient Romans as we explore Pompeii with a private guide.
|•||Walk along the breathtaking Pathway of the Gods, and picnic in the shade of a shepherd’s hut with a spectacular view of the coast|
|•||Explore Capri and the Roman Villa Jovis, Tiberius' pleasure palace, with time for shopping in the renowned stylish boutiques|
|•||Visit the romantic Villa Cimbrone garden in hilltop Ravello, where Greta Garbo fell in love, then stroll through Amalfi with its glittering Moorish cathedral|
|•||Sip a limoncello in our lush hotel garden in Positano just steps from the beach, where a refreshing swim awaits you after a day’s walk|
Trek along a 2000-year old Roman road in Pompeii, then indulge in a farmhouse lunch
Add-on optional days in Naples, the birthplace of pizza, and home to a fascinating archeology museum with a secret room of Erotic Art.
|Angolo di Paradiso|
Rendezvous in Naples and transfer to a small town in the lofty hills, where we begin our 8 km (5 mile) walk along the aptly named Sentiero degli Dei - path of the Gods - enjoying extraordinary views of the coast and Capri. We are greeted by our friend, Salvatore, who prepares us a private lunch featuring scamorza grilled in lemon leaves, all served in a spectacular setting. Stroll into Positano, with time to relax in the hotel’s luxuriant garden or wander down to the sea. Tonight we dine at a favorite restaurant on the beach where fresh fish is artfully prepared.
This morning we hop on the hydrofoil and zip out to the island of Capri. Our 10 km (6 mile) route brings us through the chic center of town and out to the lush, fragrant hills. We walk to the lookout of the Faraglioni, the enormous peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea, and to the Villa Jovis, once Tiberius’ pleasure palace, now crumbling away in a vividly evocative locale. In the late afternoon we return by boat to Positano. Tonight we dine in a hilltop trattoria noted for its grilled fare perfumed with wild herbs.
Our 12 km (7.5 mile) walk begins near the unusual rock formation of Monte Pertuso, as we climb up a long flight of stone steps through a Mediterranean wood scented with wild rosemary. At the top of the climb, we continue along a quiet path to a tiny rustic eatery, where the locals know they can get a classic napoletano style meal, with the creamiest fresh mozzarella. After a relaxing lunch we continue along a pathway that wanders down the mountainside with astonishing views all the way to Positano. Free night for dinner on your own in town.
|Un Paese Tra Cielo e Mare|
We take a scenic boat ride to the town of Amalfi, once a great maritime power, and visit the glittering cathedral with its Moorish archways and radiant mosaics. Our 10 km (6 mile) walk follows ancient mule tracks as it loops through the hills to the town of Ravello, where we visit the scenic gardens of the Villa Cimbrone, with one of the best viewpoints on the Amalfi Coast. Tonight we dine on the terrace of a noted ristorante. As the soft colors of twilight fade into the sea, we toast to the end of a magical trip.
Pack up and head to Pompeii, where our expert local guide will revel the secrets of the ancient Roman way of life. Indulge in a rustic farmhouse lunch before a transfer to the Naples train station. Arrivederci!