Amalfi coast easy walking vacation, Italy

“A glamorous but active, guided small group walking tour, with five easy scenic walks, and at least fifty flavours of ice cream. May and October only. ”

Highlights

Amalfi | Positano | Ravello | Cathedral of Sant’Andrea | Pathway of the Gods walk | 4 * hotel with private beach | Expert local walking guide | boat trip to Capri | Free day to explore Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum.

Description of Amalfi coast easy walking vacation, Italy

A high quality vacation offering only the best of the Amalfi Coast. Medieval Amalfi is the perfect place to stay, close to the harbour, beach and wonderful restaurants. A relaxed programme of easy walks, far from the crowds, with unforgettable views of the coastline below. Here, in this Italian paradise, the scenery is spectacular, vertical pastel towns and cliff top gardens appearing to tumble into the sea against a backdrop of wild mountain scenery.

Enjoy:

• a choice of relaxed walks led by a professional local guide
• 5 easy, scenic walks
• brief commentaries to enhance the walks
• choice of hotels
• carefully-selected local restaurants
• 2 memorable boat trips included
• visits to Capri, Positano, Ravello included
• optional visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum
• sea-bathing, a stone’s throw from the hotel
• small groups of 10-12; couples, singles, friends

Climate:

May and October are the best times for walking on the Amalfi coast when the weather is perfect. The average temperature is 18-22 degrees with 7-8 hours of daily sunshine. The sea temperature in October is a very comfortable 22 degrees and the crowds have gone home!

Hotels:

The Hotel Aurora, a small, elegant 4-star hotel, has been owned by the same family for generations. Situated close to Amalfi's historic heart, it's minutes from the cathedral square and harbour and opposite the beach. Most rooms have balconies overlooking the sea and double rooms have wonderful large private terraces overlooking the sea. Breakfast is taken on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, also an ideal place for a drink with new-found friends before dinner. We can also offer rooms at the 3-star Hotel Floridiana in the centre of Amalfi. All guests dine together in local restaurants.

Dining:

Each evening we eat out in different restaurants. Nothing beats dining in one of Amalfi's top fish restaurants, the moon reflected in the water, waves lapping on the shore. Then there is the fun of exploring Amalfi's medieval stone passageways at night as we visit yet another restaurant set in a medieval square. There are memorable lunches high in the mountains at authentic family-run restaurants where many of the ingredients are picked fresh from the garden and Mama cooks up a storm in the kitchen: unforgettable!

Leaders:

All tours are personally researched and organised by the company founders and led by Luciana, a friendly, knowledgeable local guide. The walks are punctuated with informative commentaries on the history and culture of the area. We are small enough to care and able to adapt to the needs of individuals. And we are renowned for our personal touch, dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your vacation is as perfect as we can get it.

Grading of Walks:

The walks in our programme are gentle, relaxed and flexible, allowing on occasion some options for shortening the walks if required. There is a choice of routes each day on easy paths.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1Transfer from Naples along the famous 'Amalfi Drive'. After settling in at your hotel, we invite you to join your fellow guests at a Welcome Meeting on the terrace with a complimentary glass of wine before dinner (depending on flight arrival times).
Day 2Start by threading through Amalfi’s winding streets to the cathedral of Sant’Andrea with its brilliant facade. For an easy day we include a three-hour ‘Lemon Tour’ where you will be taken to the lemon terraces owned by one of Amalfi’s oldest families, whose origins date back to the 11th century. Learn about the cultivation and production of lemons, an important part of the economic life on the Amalfi Coast. The tour ends at the family’s farm with a Limoncello tasting. Lunch nearby at our favourite restaurant and spend the afternoon exploring Amalfi’s many attractions such as the paper mill, museum, cathedral and its beautiful cloisters. For a more demanding day, your guide will lead you into a romantic magical valley of sylvan glades and cascading streams. Along ancient mule tracks and panoramic balcony paths you’ll reach sun-soaked Pontone for lunch. Here either opt to rest in the piazza or follow a spectacular promontory walk, an enchanting mix of woodlands, wild flowers and superb viewpoints to an ancient watchtower, Torre del Ziro. Back in Pontone, everyone descends on a memorable stepped path back to Amalfi for a delicious icecream in one of Amalfi’s famous gelaterias! Simply relax or take a swim before meeting for dinner at one of Amalfi's superb harbour restaurants. Nothing beats dining under the stars, the light of the moon glistening on the water, waves lapping on the shore. (3-4 miles, 5-6 km easy walking or 6-7 miles/10-11 km moderate walking)
Day 3Today climb high above Amalfi to Ravello but the bus does the hard work for us! Ravello - ‘Where poets go to die’ - favourite hideaway of D H Lawrence, E M Forster, Virginia Woolf as well as Wagner, Grieg and Verdi. At 1,000 feet above the Bay of Salerno, the sun shines faithfully and serenity reigns. Ravello, part of this World Heritage Site, boasts one of the world's most celebrated landscapes with vistas amongst the most sublime in the whole of Italy. From the Belvedere of Infinity marvel at prospects across the Gulf of Salerno all the way to the Cilento mountains and the distant temples of Paestum. Admire spectacular villas and gardens and the beautiful Duomo, a treasure chest of precious works of art. We visit them all: Rufolo, immortalised by Wagner, and Cimbrone, Garbo's ‘Shangri-la'. Lunch at The Garden, enjoying more stunning views across the Gulf of Salerno. There's free time to further explore this enchanting place before the bus winds back down to Amalfi to relax with a drink or swim in the sea - the choice is yours. For more walking, there is an afternoon option to make a foray into wild countryside, contouring in and out of the head of the valley, traversing remote woodlands, crossing streams, enjoying panoramic views throughout. Admire terraces of locally-grown produce: lemons, beans, figs, carob to name but a few. Then continue gradually winding up to the hill-top village of Minuta where, with luck, you will encounter the burros, still used to transport all sorts of goods and materials up and down the mountains. Alternatively, finish at ancient Scala, an historic village in the heart of the Lattari mountains, where you can sip a cappuccin before taking the bus back to Amalfi. (3-4 miles, 5-6 km easy walking or 7-8 miles/11-13 km)
Day 4:Off by jet boat to picture-postcard perfect Capri, once named the ‘City of Sweet Idleness’ by the Emperor Augustus. Capri is a “must see” with its breathtaking scenery at every turn. Wander along narrow twisting passageways lined with pastel-stuccoed houses, colourful gardens overflowing with luxurious plants, a riot of colour. Cliffs of white limestone soar above turquoise coves. Explore an amazing network of narrow paved lanes and stepped alleys to the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, once Tiberius’ pleasure palace. Lunch at a secret, idyllically-located garden overlooking the sea, unknown to most visitors. For a longer walk you can continue along the Arco Naturale coastal path to reach the spectacular Faraglioni, rocks jutting out of the sea. Or explore Capri at your own pace perhaps taking a leisurely lunch at our recommended restaurant. Explore the island’s chic shops or simply relax by the harbour enjoying a drink. Whatever your choice your day on Capri will long remain in your memory. Finally a spectacular boat trip takes you back to Amalfi. Dinner tonight at a renowned pasta restaurant. (3-4 miles, 5-6 km easy walking)
Day 5:Free Day. Today simply relax on your balcony or the hotel's terrace and further explore enchanting Amalfi. Sun lovers may like to visit the beach opposite the hotel to take a swim. Or visit one of Campania’s ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum or Paestum. You can join a coach excursion or, subject to numbers, we can organise a private tour with our excellent guide who will bring history to life. All the sites are also accessible by public transport and you will be supplied with all the details you need to reach these destinations under your own steam if you prefer. You could alternatively visit Sorrento for shopping. For more walking, we will supply you with route notes to the adjoining village of Atrani. Tonight dinner is not included so you can take full advantage of your day off or ‘go light’ or try out yet another restaurant with new-found friends.
Day 6:Today we take the bus up to Scala in the heart of the Lattari Mountains, where we start by visiting the Duomo to see 13th century sculptures. Our walk takes us to a different world, through a rugged hinterland of high pastures, remote woodlands and magnificent wild mountains that rise to 3,300 feet. After an initial ascent up stone steps, the walk follows more or less the same contour throughout and is perhaps the most beautiful of all the walks, a wonderful day’s outing. At Bosco Grande, enjoy fantastic views to Amalfi before entering the renowned Valle delle Ferriere Nature Reserve, waterfalls and woodlands lining the route, lunching beside a sparkling stream. Finish at the hill-top village of Pogerola. You can then either walk back down to Amalfi through lovely woodlands on well-made steps cut into the hillside, or, if you prefer, take the bus back from Pogerola’s tiny piazza after enjoying magnificent views while sipping the very best cappuccino and wonderfully-bitter chocolate! For an easier day, follow the above itinerary as far as the stream at lunchtime. It is then an easy matter to simply retrace your steps back to Scala for an early afternoon return by bus to Amalfi. (6-8 miles/10-13 km or 5 miles/7 km)
Day 7:A spectacular bus ride up to the heights of Bomerano for the famous ‘Sentiero degli Dei’ or ‘Pathway of the Gods’ walk where whizzing clouds pace your approach into the highest reaches of the Lattari mountains, clumps of myrtle and rosemary tickle your ankles, trees rise above you and craggy volcanic cliffs tower in the distance. The views walking between the sea and the sky along this stretch of coast are unsurpassed. The walking is mostly easy with just a few rocks to negotiate on one occasion. Continue via the charming villages of Nocelle and Monte Pertuso where you'll enjoy an authentic, memorable lunch until, later, a stone alley, a scattering of houses and stairways, a miniscule piazza, a church, and then, far below, your final goal, Positano itself comes into view. Explore this famous town, a natural amphitheatre of villas and Moorish-style houses painted in every hue, colourful patios set with statues and cascades of bougainvillea, stepped pathways taking you past fashionable boutiques to a delightful little beach. Time to shop or swim before returning to Amalfi by boat. For an easier afternoon, after lunch, take the bus from Montepertuso back down to Positano. (6-7 miles/10-13 km)
Day 8:Our final day together and, depending on flight times, the option of taking a short walk to the neighbouring picturesque fishing village of Atrani. Sipping a drink whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the medieval piazza makes a memorable finale to our week’s walking. If you want some more exercise you can join one of your leaders to follow sinuous alleys up and down stone stairways back to Amalfi. Less energetically, simply walk back through the tunnel which links Atrani to Amalfi. Farewell to Amalfi and a scenic drive by coach, stunning panoramas unfolding at every turn as we make our way to Naples Airport and home. To quote Cynthia Frazer of London W4, "That was a fantastic vacation in Amalfi. I came away with so many wonderful memories ... The hotel was excellent and beautifully positioned and the walks and trips outstanding. It was fun to try so many different restaurants." (2 miles, 3 km easy walking)

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06 May 2017
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08 Oct 2017
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Our top tip:
Amalfi is famous for its steps built into cliffs and rock face, so walking poles come in handy.
Trip type:
Small group vacation 10-12 people.
Activity level:
Flexible, easy to moderate.
Accomm:
4 * hotel.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 dinners, transfers, 2 boat trips.
Meals:
Lunch (€10-15) at rural marvels which you won
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Amalfi coast easy walking vacation, Italy

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel, keeping the environmental impact of our groups to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we use public transport and by selecting Amalfi as our base we have an excellent bus system literally on our doorstep. We aim to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits sustainable tourism can bring to local economies. We therefore focus the main part of our walks on the Amalfi Coast in areas that are as much as possible ‘off the beaten track’, providing our clients with authentic experiences removed from mass tourism. The small hotel we use in Amalfi has been in the ownership of the same family for generations and employs staff from the local community.

In our small home office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material to reduce the waste in landfill sites. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by maintaining heating thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We do not print brochures, keeping customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer.

Community

We support local projects, craftsmen and artisans; for example, on our Amalfi Coast walking vacation, we visit a local paper mill involved in the traditional manufacture of high-quality paper. People invariably buy the paper as gifts or souvenirs. We introduce our clients to the local liqueurs, such as Limoncello, grown from local lemons and important to Amalfi’s economy.

We use a small privately-run hotel in Amalfi which has been run by the same family for generations. They employ only local staff. We employ a local guide who was born and bred in the area. We take our groups to restaurants for dinners and lunches, establishments preparing their menus from locally grown produce purchased from local farming families who have worked the land for centuries. When packed lunches are required, we use local bakeries, delicatessens and fruiterers for our supplies.

We use local transport companies and their drivers for airport transfers, the nearby bus company for local journeys and local boat operators for trips to Capri and Positano. We liaise with local tourist offices and employ knowledgeable local guides to take our groups on excursions to ensure our clients benefit from specialist local knowledge. We believe that we have made valuable economic contributions to local rural businesses, bringing them repeat business, and it is our aim to continue to do so.

Reviews of Amalfi coast easy walking vacation, Italy

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?




2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 22 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The walks were stunning! Definitely worth the effort to hike up into the surrounding countryside and experience the views!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't prebook an excursion for your free day because the itinerary may get switched around to deal with the weather. If you want to sight see in the towns you should do your own research. We upgraded to a terrace and had a spectacular view but there was really little free time to use it. The weather can be unpredictable in October.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Generally we trod lightly on the earth, walking and appreciating nature and local farming. We ate local food and drank local wines.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We really enjoyed our vacation in Amalfi. The place is beautiful. We had some amazing walks and got lots of exercise. We had a great time with our fellow travelers and local guide and made new friends.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you Jackie for such a great review, we’re so pleased you had such a wonderful time on the Amalfi Coast.

As we discussed recently, we completely agree that when taking a guided vacation you should not have to do your own research. However, the law is very strict in Italy and walking guides like Luciana are not permitted to guide in cities such as Amalfi and Ravello, as she explained. It seems impossible to find a guide who has expertise in both the countryside and the cities. For this reason, since this is primarily a walking vacation, we have to compromise. This is also why Luciana supplies the notes we have written for Amalfi and Ravello so that people can guide themselves during the hour or so of free time in these locations. Thank you for understanding about having to makes changes to the itinerary but thankfully the bad weather that was forecast didn't actually happen!

As you concluded, October is one of the best times for walking in Amalfi when the weather is as reliable as weather can ever be and when the crowds have gone and the temperature for walking is ideal.

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The sheer beauty of the Amalfi coast.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take walking sticks and extremely good, broken in, walking shoes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Only in the sense that all tourism helps local people. There was nothing which particularly emphasized environmental sensitivity.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Would not hesitate to recommend.

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being in the countryside every day

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be ready for any weather, it's worth it

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most definitely, we travelled by public transport and used local restaurants, it worked exceptionally well

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, a really good group of people from all walks of life and Italy is a glorious country to visit

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Being in a very scenic location with lots of old charming cities. The weather was very pleasant at this time in September and made sightseeing a pleasure, If
you want modern glass box hotels and glitz this is not the place to choose.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The Amalfi coast has mountains dropping into the Mediterranean and all walking will have lots of vertical ascent and descents. There will be lots and lots of
stairs and twisty steep paths. If you cannot comfortably walk up and down this type of terrain then choose the sightseeing via bus or boat. - it still is very
scenic. There is plenty of transportation vias bus, boat, taxi to adjacent cities and sights. Italian food is some of my favorite and you will have lots of local
excellent cuisine to try,

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The main business in Amalfi coast seems to be tourism. Floods of tourists always have environmental impact but that notwithstanding the cities and
surrounding areas seemed to be nicely clean, trash free, and charming. The Mediterranean water looked clean and transparent and was inviting for
swimming.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Going to a charming place with beautiful vistas and pleasant climate and friendly people is we found highly enjoyable. It is a nice change from totally flat
areas where we live.

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking in the hills above Amalfi was very special, and it was lovely seeing
some of the little villages tourists generally don't visit.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that the Amalfi coast is hilly and walking involves lots of stairs and
going up and down. If not for you there are easier options each day.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


This was an walking tour and local buses were used to get to the start of each
days walk so it was environmentally friendly. Also the hotel used the lovely
Aurora is family owned.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Reviewed on 13 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It is difficult to identify just one part as the whole vacation was wonderful. I think the views from the last two walks were spectacular - Valle delle Ferriere and Sentiero degli Dei.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for hundreds of steps but well worth the climb up and down as every view is stunning.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely, in the attention to using local restaurants, shops and public transport.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was amazing. June and Aubrey are welcoming, knowledgeable and experienced. They made the vacation a truly memorable experience. Nothing was too much trouble.

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