Ravello, Mt. Vesuvius, and Spectacular Coastal Hikes


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, and along the crater rim of Mt. Vesuvius. You’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 adventures begin 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, hike airy trails from Ravello, with its stunning vistas of the shimmering Mediterranean.

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Days 4-7
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 draped 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 views across the azure sea. In sunny Sorrento, we enjoy a pasta-making class, 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. After exploring Naples, depart on Day 9.

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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


Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5195  
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)