Ravello, Mt. Vesuvius, and Spectacular Coastal Hikes

Overview

The precipitous Amalfi Coast has long been exalted as the most dazzling coastline in all Europe. Across the Bay of Naples is seductive Capri, a sun-splashed jewel set in a sparkling sea. Our superb adventure connects these two glorious settings with wonderful hikes between picturesque hilltop villages, seaside hamlets, and across a gorgeous countryside. You’ll watch mozzarella di bufala being made (and sample it, of course), visit a family-run olive oil farm, explore the haunting remains of Herculaneum and Paestum, and hike on the rim of brooding Mt. Vesuvius. Our Trip Leaders are simply the best, with a true passion for sharing their love of la bella Italia.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Naples / Paestum / Ravello

Our adventures begin with a visit to Naples’ archaeological museum and the Roman city of Herculaneum, eerily preserved when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. After a visit to the majestic ruins of Paestum, with its Doric temples still conveying an exquisite grandeur, hike airy trails from top-of-the-world Ravello, with its stunning vistas of the shimmering Mediterranean.

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Days 4-6
Sentiero degli Dei / Positano / Capri / Sorrento

Soaring above the sea, the spectacular Sentiero degli Dei (“Pathway of the Gods”) brings you past ancient stone huts and across steeply terraced hillsides. From Positano, with its brightly painted houses covered in bougainvillea, ferry to the storied isle of Capri. Our hikes here lead along stone-paved lanes to the ruins of imperial Roman villas and to the summit of Mt. Salero, with its eye-popping vistas across the azure sea. In sunny Sorrento, visit an olive oil farm run by the same family since 1849.

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Days 7-9
Sorrento Peninsula / Mt. Vesuvius

Enjoy a hike through lemon and walnut groves and walk through the port streets, stopping to sip Sorrento's famous lemon liqueur, limoncello . Our last hike is along the crater rim of Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe, followed by lunch and wine-tasting at a vineyard on its slopes. Depart on Day 9 via Naples.

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Highlights

Highlights

Ravello, airily perched above the glittering blue sea
Two overnights on Capri, with magnificent coastal panoramas from our hikes
Storied Mt. Vesuvius and ancient Herculaneum
Regional delights including Sorrento’s famed limoncello, wine from the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5095  
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)