Amalfi and Capri

Ravello, Mt. Vesuvius, and Spectacular Coastal Hikes

Overview

The Amalfi Coast has long been exalted as the most inspiring in all Europe, and across the Bay of Naples lies enticing Capri, soaring out of azure seas. We’ll link these two realms with a journey of moderate hikes, wonderful cultural encounters, and superb meals! One hike brings us from top-of-the-world Ravello to Positano across the Sentiero degli Dei (the “Path of the Gods”), and on craggy Capri, we follow a stone-paved path to the very top of the island. Back on the mainland, we hike across lemon groves in the Sorrento Hills, then walk along the brooding crater rim of Mt. Vesuvius above Pompeii. Between hikes, we’ll watch mozzarella di bufala being made, visit an olive farm, and explore the haunting ruins of Herculaneum.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Naples / Herculaneum / Paestum / Ravello

After a pizza lunch in the colorful city where it was invented, we stroll in the Roman city of Herculaneum, buried in ash yet remarkably preserved when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. We explore Greek-era Paestum, with its iconic Doric temples, and hike up to entrancing Ravello, set on an incredible perch above the sea. A panoramic hike brings us down to the seaside town of Amalfi, with lunch right in the town square.

Hotel Rufolo
Ravello, Italy
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-7
Sentiero degli Dei / Positano / Capri / Sorrento

On the fantastic high trail known as the Sentiero degli Dei, we hike across terraced hillsides down to Positano, one of the most photogenic towns on the Amalfi Coast, with its brightly painted houses draped in bougainvillea. Ferrying to Capri, our hikes lead along stone-paved lanes to imperial Roman villas and up Mt. Solaro for views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. Back on the mainland in sunny Sorrento, with its old town high on a seacliff, we visit an olive farm and hike through fragrant lemon and walnut groves.

Hotel Gatto Bianco
Capri, Italy
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Hotel La Favorita
Sorrento, Italy
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-9
Mt. Vesuvius / Naples

Our last hike takes us along the rim of Vesuvius, with a chance to peer into the steaming abyss of the volcanic caldera. The ash produces rich soil for growing grapes, and we’ll have lunch at a winery on the volcano’s slopes. Depart on Day 9 via Naples.

Highlights

Highlights

Hike the spectacular Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) above the Amalfi Coast
Overnights on magnificent Capri—after the day-trippers have gone!
Explore mysterious Mt. Vesuvius, ancient Herculaneum, and intriguing Paestum
Savor Amalfi’s fresh-caught seafood, Neapolitan cuisine, and wine from the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius

Details

Length: 9 days
Cost From: $5995  
Arrive: Naples, Italy
Depart: Naples, Italy
Lodging: 8 nights small inns and hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 3 dinners as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures, Culinary
Trip Level:

A mix of moderate walks and hikes, some steep staircases, 3-6 hours a day, van support

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