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Soak up the scenic Amalfi Coast on a walking holiday
Savour the last of the summer sunshine on a walking tour of the stunning Amalfi Coast, an idyllic gateway to Europe adored by romantics, celebrities and nature-lovers for its dramatic scenery, fragrant lemon groves and rustic towns nestled in the hills.
During your seven-night stay, you will explore the quaint towns of Positano, Ravello and Amalfi, as well as visiting the remains of Pompeii, in the shadow of the mighty Mount Vesuvius. On the 'Walk of the Gods', you'll be immersed in one of the most beautiful landscapes Italy has to offer, while an excursion up Monte Tre Calli will offer jaw-dropping views of the celebrated Sorrentine Peninsula. All the while you will be staying at a charming local hotel run by a close-knit family team, ensuring a convivial atmosphere each evening at dinner.
Packed with ramshackle farmsteads, glamorous beach resorts and rugged hilltop views, the Amalfi Coast is a beautiful destination for walkers, who will be well rewarded as they stroll along its scenic coastal trails. You'll visit places such as Amalfi, with a magnificent cathedral at its centre, featuring an amazing multi-coloured tiled dome; and Ravello, a town whose secluded location and scenery inspired the Bloomsbury Set; and wisteria-lined Positano, an almost vertical town clinging to the rock face of a sheltered bay.
Delicious food and wine tasting
You'll get to know the tastes, sounds and scents of rural life in southern Italy on a visit to a traditional vineyard, where you will tour the cellars and discover how the famous local organic wine, Lacryma Christi, is made. The grapes used are believed to have grown here since Ancient Roman times, allowing you to taste a little bit of history with each sip, and you'll also tuck into a lunch of wonderful local produce on your visit. Later in the week you'll have the chance to join a pizza and cooking demonstration, see how mozzarella is made, and taste the fresh final product.
Situated at the foot of mighty Mount Vesuvius, until the tragic eruption of Europe's most notorious volcano, over two days in 79AD, Pompeii was a thriving port town. The city was left buried under ash and remains perfectly preserved to this day. Touring the 'fossilised' city will give you an insight into how everyday Romans lived, as you wander around its bathhouses, bakeries and private homes, some of which still have detailed frescoes on their walls. Either explore Pompeii for yourself, or opt for a tour from a local guide, who can relate the full history of this wonderful UNESCO World Heritage site.
Your cosy hotel
You'll be staying in the Agerola Plain, in the friendly village of Bomerano, from where you'll have stunning, open views of the sea, the rocky Amalfi coastline and the idyllic wild meadows all around. Your accommodation for the week will be the comfortable Hotel Due Torri, run by the Acampora family, who pride themselves on giving their guests a taste of authentic Italian hospitality. Hearty dinners will be served each evening in the hotel's restaurant, and you can rest your weary legs sunbathing by the pool, as well as taking a refreshing swim to cool down.
Reasons to book
Visit a traditional vineyard
Classic Italian cooking
Low single supplement
- All breakfasts, four packed lunches, one lunch with wine tasting and six dinners
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Flights from London
- Transfers for group flights
Day1Fly to NaplesNapoli, Italy
Fly to Naples then transfer to Agerola, where you can settle into your comfortable family-run hotel, Due Torri. Rest by the pool or on the terrace before dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day2Monte Tre Calli walkBomerano, Italy
Today you'll walk to the top of Monte Tre Calli for impressive open views of the coastline. From the hotel it's a short stroll to the village square, where your walk begins. The circular route provides a good chance to stretch the legs; following a mixture of paths and tracks you'll 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 and on a clear day you 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.
Follow mule tracks and steps down to Amalfi before spending a free afternoon exploring 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 leads gradually downhill, 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
Day4Bay of Naples and PompeiiPompeii, Italy
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.
For lunch you'll drive to a renowned family-run winery located on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. The wine produced here is the famous Lacryma Christi, made from indigenous grapes which are believed to have existed since Ancient Roman times. We begin our visit with a tour through the organic vineyard and cellars, followed by a delicious lunch and wine tasting. Return to Agerola in the afternoon.
Day5Valle delle FerriereRavello, Italy
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 you'll have some free time to explore the town and visit Villa Cimbrone or Villa Rufolo with their meticulously landscaped gardens and breathtaking views out to sea.
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, you'll 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 medieval ironworks, we reach Amalfi.
Five hours walking. (10km/6.2 miles; 214m/702ft up; 450m/1476ft down)
Day6Free day - Capri, Mt Vesuvius or HerculaneumCapri, Italy
Today is a free day to relax or take a boat to Capri, walk up Mt Vesuvius or visit Herculaneum (all optional).
You can choose 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.
Day7'Walk of the Gods'Positano, Italy
Take a short walk to the quiet village of Bomerano before joining 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 you 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
Return to Naples for your flight home to London.
Hotel Due Torri
Comfortable family-run hotel in the friendly town of Bomerano in the Agerola Plain
Stunning open views of the sea, the rocky Amalfi coastline and the idyllic wild meadows surround you at Hotel Due Torri. Run by the Acampora family who pride themselves on giving their guests a taste of authentic Italian hospitality, hearty dinners are served each evening in the hotel's restaurant, and you can rest your weary legs sunbathing by the pool, as well as taking a refreshing swim to cool down.