Amalfi Coast Walking Tour
Small group tours of Italy
The Amalfi Coast is world famous for its spectacular coastline and the picturesque towns clinging to the hills. What is less well known are the fascinating ancient walking trails along the Amalfi Peninsula. The six day Amalfi Coast Walking Tour allows you to experience the best of the Amalfi Coast, featuring towns such as Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and nearby Capri. As well as this the walks give you an in-depth insight into the lifestyle of the people who cultivate this land, the natural beauty (stunning sea views), and the layers of history that make up this fascinating region. Each day is a combination of walking (generally the morning) followed by time to relax and unwind in the charming villages along the coast.
On The Amalfi Coast Walking Tour You will experience:
- Walk through the terraces to the beautiful village of Ravello
- Walk along ancient trails in the Valley of the Mills
- The famous ‘Walk of the Gods’ high up on the peninsula
- Visit the beautiful island of Capri, walking past Roman villas and an ancient temple
- Stunning views and a spectacular coastline
- Charming coastal villages, we visit on a private tour.
- Taste the regional specialitiesEnjoy meals showcasing the best of Amalfi, with a focus on regional specialities
- Discover the layers of history that make up this fascinating region
- Pompeii, with a guided visit by an archaeologist
- Visit Positano, seaside relaxation and chic boutiques
- Amalfi, stay here in the heart of this coastal region
As well as the items listed above, the Amalfi Coast Walking Tour Includes:
- 'Italy With Pleasure' provides a Tour Manager for the duration of the trip, who will coordinate all activities and accommodation.
- We provide guiding for three of the four walks.
- All accommodation is included.
- All breakfasts are included with the accommodation, plus main meals included as listed in the itinerary.
- All costs/entry fees for the activities listed in the itinerary are included.
- All transport during the tour is included. Pick up and drop off in Rome.
The hotel we use for this tour, Hotel Floridiana, is a good quality hotel right in the heart of the town of Amalfi.
By staying centrally you get to really experience the vibrancy of this town. The hotel is wonderfully situated a few steps from ‘la dolce vita’ of Italian piazza life.
This hotel has a very distinctive style, from the frescoes in the main hall, to the 17th century building (but also restored and complete with wifi, air conditioning, etc.)
You can stroll into town whenever you like to have a gelato or browse the shops (with no shuttle bus needed like you would from hotels further from town). Amalfi has a good swimming beach, perfect for relaxing after a day out walking and sightseeing.
Day 1 - Travelling to the Amalfi Coast
We meet in Rome and from here we start our journey south toward the Amalfi Coast with a few interesting stops along the way.
Our first stop is at Montecassino, site of the major WWII battle, where we visit the Allies' cemetery.
A short drive after lunch takes us to the start of the Amalfi Peninsula and the town of Vietri Sul Mare. This is where the famous coloured ceramics are produced, using the maiolica method. We visit a manufacturer where we can see the ceramics being produced and painted, continuing a tradition that started in the 1500s. We see the incredible array of colours and designs of their finished product.
Following a drive along the stunning Amalfi Coast road, with hairpin bends and amazing views in equal measure, we reach the town of Amalfi, where we stay for the duration of the tour.
Our hotel is wonderfully situated in the centre of town, making it easy to come and go as you please. A few steps away you have ‘la dolce vita’ of Italian piazza life.
In the evening we have a Welcome Dinner and our first taste of the superb cuisine of this region.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Walking through the terraces to Ravello
This is our first walking day, and the trails that we follow are based around the town of Ravello. In the morning we are driven to the town of Scala, from where we follow paths winding through well-tended vineyards and orchards, passing through several small villages where life still revolves around working the land through the seasons. As we are quite high up, we have frequent photo stops so you can capture the rugged beauty of the coastline below us.
Around midday we reach the charming town of Ravello. Here we have lunch on a superbly situated terrace, following which you are free to explore Ravello independently during the afternoon.
Ravello is a fascinating town, with layers of history to be seen. Of particular note are the buildings and gardens of Villa Ruffolo, and the cathedral. From the Villa Cimbrone you have amazing views down to Amalfi. Or simply wander through some of the lanes and relax around the piazza area where there are numerous shops and cafes. Ravello is famous for vibrant hand-painted ceramics and for the excellent local wine, both of which can be found in the specialty shops here.
Later in the afternoon we are driven down to Amalfi. There is also the option to walk this route, winding your way downhill through terraces of lemon trees grown on a trellising system in the way they have been cultivated for hundreds of years. Tiny chapels cling to the rugged cliffs. We pass through the coastal town of Atrani, where the lifestyle is relatively untouched by tourism. From the popular beach of Atrani, it is a short walk around a headland to our hotel in Amalfi.
WALKING DETAILS: SCALA TO RAVELLO
- The walk is fully guided.
- Total Distance: 4.4 miles / 7 km (morning)
- Duration of walking sections:
2.5 hrs before lunch (optional 1.5 hrs after lunch)
- Terrain: Well formed track, some steps
- Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3 - Walking through the ‘Valley of the Mills’
For today’s walk you depart from Amalfi into the valley that lies directly beyond the town. This takes in the Valley of the Mills, a narrow valley that was historically a hive of industry, with paper mills and iron works. Today it is largely back to its natural state, but it is fascinating to see the remains of these historic buildings.
Today’s walk takes in the Valley of the Mills, a narrow valley where paper mills and iron works flourished from the middle ages onwards. Today the area is largely back to its natural state, but following the river up the valley we see the remains of these historic buildings and the old stone acquaducts.
Our trail takes us along one side of the valley heading inland, which gives us a quite different landscape and flora from the previous day’s walk. The head of this valley is a nature reserve, with a series of waterfalls and lush forest wedged between dramatic limestone cliffs. This nature reserve protects rare ferns, which can be seen growing in this shaded and fertile part of the valley.
Once we have arrived at the upper reaches of the valley we then have a couple of options. Some can follow the river back towards the coast (for those with lower energy levels or knee issues). Others can return higher up along the side of the valley, reaching a vantage point above Amalfi before descending back to sea-level.
We are back in Amalfi by early afternoon, so there is plenty of time to explore here independently. Or just find your nearest café, put your feet up and sample the local specialty – limoncello!
Back in Amalfi we also visit the cathedral, Sant’ Andrea. This is more than just a church. Rather it is a complex of different buildings from different era, and is the heart of Amalfi. From the evocatively named ‘Cloister of Paradise’, with elegant marble colonnades, frescoed private chapels and ancient Roman sarcophagus. The Romanesque style Church of the Crucifix. The 13th century Crypt of St Andrew, down below the church, where the remains of Saint Andrew are held. And finally into the main cathedral, with its elaborate baroque decorations.
WALKING DETAILS: VALLEY OF THE MILLS
- The walk is self guided.
- Total Distance: 3.5 - 5 miles / 6 - 8 km
- Duration of walking sections: 3 - 4 hrs
- Terrain: Well formed track
- Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch (picnic lunch)
Day 4 - Walking the ‘Path of the Gods’ to Positano
We drive up to a high point above Amalfi, and from here we start today’s walk which has the grand title 'The Path of the Gods' (Sentiero degli Dei’). This is one of the more popular trails on the Amalfi Coast, and walking along this path high above the sea you’ll see why it has gained such renown. It commands fantastic views right out to the island of Capri.
The trail takes you through a mixture of wooded areas as well as typical Mediterranean countryside, rocky with wild herbs, flowers and scattered olive trees. Goat herders are often seen on the grassy terraces tending their flocks and peregrine falcons soar high above. The walk is 2 ½ hours duration.
Following the walk we go to Positano. Famous for elegant fashion boutiques and seaside charm, this has been a holiday destination since Roman times.
We have lunch together in a restaurant overlooking the beach.
The afternoon is clear for some free time in Positano, which has an enviable combination of a good beach with a broad seaside promenade, with cafes and chic boutiques jostling for position in the pastel coloured buildings. This is a good time for a swim. You can spend some of the afternoon exploring the narrow back streets lined with bougainvillea, or just find your nearest café, put your feet up and sample the local specialty – limoncello!
To return to Amalfi we go by boat, and cruising along the coast reveals a new perspective on the area, with some incredible houses tucked away and tiny hidden beaches.
Late afternoon we travel by ferry from Positano back to our base in Amalfi.
WALKING DETAILS: THE PATH OF THE GODS
- The walk is fully guided.
- Total Distance: 8.6 miles / 13.8 km
- Duration of walking sections: 2.5 hrs
- Terrain: Mainly well formed track, some natural rocky sections
- Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 5 - Island time in Capri
Today we travel to Capri, a favoured destination for the rich and famous in recent times, with an interesting history stretching back beyond ancient Roman times.
On Capri we take the funicular railway up to the town centre, where top fashion boutiques jostle for space alongside locals selling fruit and vegetables.
Starting from the centre of town we walk out to a monastery that has a view point looking out to the Faraglioni, the towering rocks emerging from the sea which are such a distinctive feature of Capri.
We then have a lunch break before heading out to the Villa Jovis. Passing a series of luxury villas and gardens, you pass through the outskirts of town and reach the ancient Roman site. The Villa Jovis was the largest and most sumptuous of the island's 12 Roman villas and Tiberius's main Capri residence. A vast pleasure complex, now reduced to ruins, it famously pandered to the emperor's debauched tastes, and included imperial quarters and extensive bathing areas set in dense gardens and woodland.
The stairway behind the villa leads to the 330m-high Salto di Tiberio (Tiberius's Leap), a sheer cliff from where, as the story goes, Tiberius had out-of-favour subjects hurled into the sea. Today Tiberius's Leap is worth a look for the view.
Later in the afternoon you’ll find Capri has plenty of scope for simply browsing the shops and enjoying the ambience. And stroll down to the Gardens of Augustus for some more great views.
We return by ferry to Amalfi late afternoon.
In the evening we have the final dinner, enjoying the best of Amalfi cuisine and celebrating the week we've had in this special part of Italy.
WALKING DETAILS: CAPRIVilla Jovis Circuit
- The walk is fully guided
- Total Distance: 5 miles / 8 km
- Duration of walking sections: 1.5 hrs
- Terrain: Well formed track
- Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6 - All Roads Lead to Rome
By now you know the local barista by name - and he knows which coffee you order - but we must say 'arrivederci' to Amalfi and return to Rome.
En route we visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Here we have a guided visit, where we see evidence of the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this Roman city as well as the destruction caused by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. Even for those who have visited Pompeii before, having a specialist guide provides an in depth experience and is very revealing.
We enjoy a final lunch together in Pompeii, having our last chance to enjoy regional cuisine, before heading north to Rome.
We reach Rome early evening.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
2018 Tour Dates:
21 - 26 May 2018
11 - 16 June 2018
03 - 08 September 2018
24 - 29 September 2018
Amalfi Coast Walking Tour Price:
€1950 ( GBP£1650 / US$2250 / AUD$2900 / NZ$3200 / CAD$2800 )
* Price is denominated in Euros. Prices listed are based on twin share.
Tour Price Includes:
- Accommodation is included (the Hotel Floridiana, a 17th century palazzo in central Amalfi).
- Meals as listed in the itinerary.
- All costs/entry fees for activities listed in the itinerary are included.
- All transport during the tour is included. Travel is in our van/minibus with a professional driver.
- 'Italy With Pleasure' provides a tour manager for the duration of the trip.
Amalfi Coast Map