|Day 1||Transfer from Naples (arrangements for varying flight times) along the famous 'Amalfi Drive'. After settling in at your wonderful hotel, we invite you to join your fellow walkers at a Welcome Meeting on the terrace with a complimentary glass of wine, depending on arrival times.|
|Day 2||Start 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 3||Today 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)|