Ravello, Mt. Vesuvius, and Spectacular Coastal Hikes

Overview

The Amalfi Coast has long been exalted as the most dazzling coastline in all Europe. Across the Bay of Naples lies seductive Capri, a sun-splashed jewel set in a sparkling sea. We’ve combined these two glorious settings with wonderful hikes from top-of-the-world Ravello to enchanting Positano, to the summit of Monte Solaro for fantastic vistas of the sea, and along the brooding crater rim of Vesuvius. In addition to our hikes, we’ll watch mozzarella di bufala being made (and sample it, of course!), visit a family-run olive oil farm, and explore the haunting remains of Herculaneum and Paestum. Our Trip Leaders are simply incomparable, with a true passion for sharing their love of la bella Italia.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Naples / Paestum / Ravello

Our adventure begins with a visit to Naples’ archaeological museum and the eerie remains of the Roman city of Herculaneum, destroyed when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. After a visit to the majestic ruins of Paestum, where Doric temples still convey an exquisite grandeur, we hike a steep trail that winds up staircases and paths to the entrancing hillside town of Ravello, set 1,200 feet above the sea. This elegant town, with its sunny climate, has attracted writers, artists, and musicians for centuries. Our next day’s hike is a leisurely descent from Ravello to the seaside town of Amalfi.

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Days 4-7
Sentiero degli Dei / Positano / Capri / Sorrento

The spectacular Sentiero degli Dei (“Pathway of the Gods”) brings us past ancient stone huts and across steeply terraced hillsides to Positano, with its brightly painted houses draped in bougainvillea. Ferrying to the storied isle of Capri, we set off on hikes that lead along stone-paved lanes to the ruins of imperial Roman villas and to the summit of Monte Solaro, with its eye-popping views across the azure sea. In sunny Sorrento, we visit an olive oil farm run by the same family since 1849 and hike through lemon and walnut groves.

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Days 8-9
Mt. Vesuvius / Naples

Our last hike is on Mt. Vesuvius, with a chance to peer into the steaming abyss of the volcanic caldera, followed by lunch and wine tasting at a winery on its slopes. Depart on Day 9 via Naples.

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Highlights

Highlights

The Villa Rufolo and Cimbrone Gardens of Ravello
Two overnights on Capri, with magnificent coastal panoramas from our hikes
Storied Mt. Vesuvius and ancient Herculaneum
Regional delights including Sorrento’s famed limoncello, mozzarella di bufala, wine from the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5295  
Arrive: Naples, Italy
Depart: Naples, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights small inns and hotels
Meals: All meals included except 3 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate walks and hikes, some steep staircases, 3-6 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike).