The early Romans were not wrong when they choose Hercolanum and Baia as their privileged holiday resorts, as it is here that mythology put its most famous heroes, Enea and Ulysses.
The rage of the volcano Vesuvius gave us Pompeii, unique evidence buried under ashes since 79 D.C. Going south we find Amalfi, which reached its maximum splendour in the X and XI centuries, when it became the first Sailor Republic in Italy and played a great role in the commerce with the Orient and transporting crusaders. This link with the Arab-Byzantine world is even clearer when wandering up and down along the labyrinth of white roads in Atrani, looking to the arches of the Paradise’s Cloister in Amalfi or even in the architecture of the first church of Positano.
Enchanted by the lovely climate and the beauty of nature, many artists and princes have build their sumptuous villas here, especially in Ravello or in Capri. As an extension of the peninsula there is the island of Capri, last residence of the emperor Tiberio, which delight us with its beauty. Also here we find huge villas by artists and princes, surrounded by pine-trees.
A superb area to walk and experience the true Italy!
Individual arrival in Naples.
Visit of the city. Overnight stay in Naples, hotel 4*.
Transfer with the “Circumvesuviana” to Ercolano. Here you will begin your climbing to the Vesuvius, first by bus and then on foot, enjoying the wonderful panorama over the Gulf of Naples. In the afternoon you will visit the archaeological site of Ercolano, buried with Pompeii in the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. Return to Naples with the “Circumvesuviana”. Overnight stay in Naples hotel 4*.
From the port of Marina Grande, the hike leads today to the Hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella, crossing the Passetiello, a narrow passage between rock faces, overlooking the town of Capri. From the top you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view on the Island and on the Gulf of Naples, dominated by the Vesuvius. Descent along the stone steps built by Phoenicians. Possibility of bathing. Overnight stay in Naples hotel 4*.
Visit of Pompeii and the Villa of Mysteries. This is the biggest open-air archaeological site in the world. A great example of past human life, where the huge eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD fixed forever under ashes and lava the inhabitants in their daily activities. In the afternoon private transfer to Amalfi’s Peninsula to reach Minori, a nice village on the coast just 4 km far from Amalfi. Accommodation, dinner and overnight stay in Minori in hotel 4*.
After breakfast public bus to Amalfi. Here the walk starts bringing you to discover the “Valle dei Mulini” (mills valley) along the path still used by mules bringing wood. The Valley takes its name from the mills of the area used for the production of pasta. The trek continues to Ravello where the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Pantaleone stands out. The relic blood of the Saint, conserved in the Cathedral, liquefies every year. From the village overhanging the sea, at an altitude of 300 m above sea level, the view goes across the Gulf of Salerno and over the Cilento Mountains. Optional visit to Villa Cimbrone and to Villa Rufolo, characterised by a melange of styles, Arabic, Sicilian and Norman, which had been a source of inspiration for Wagner. Return on foot through Atrani (chance for a swim) to Amalfi. Return with public bus from Amalfi to Minori. Dinner and overnight stay in Minori in hotel 4*.
First hike to Ravello, where the Dome dedicated to Saint Pantaleone stands out. From the village overhanging the sea the view goes across the Gulf of Salerno and over the Cilento Mountains. Optional visit to Villa Cimbrone and to Villa Rufolo, characterised by a melange of Arabic, Sicilian and Norman styles. Return, on foot, through Atrani (chance for a swim) and Amalfi. Dinner and overnight stay in Minori in hotel 4*.
After breakfast transfer with public bus to Agerola (private transfer possible with supplement). From here starts a panoramic hike on the Path of Gods. Return to Minori by boat or by public bus. Dinner and overnight stay in Minori in 3* hotel***.
After breakfast, at 09 a.m. transfer to Naples airport or Naples train station or to a hotel for extra nights. (On request and with supplement transfer on other times).
Paths and easy country roads, stairs, some steep descent, several stairs in the Amalfi coast on day 5, 6 and 7. It is advisable to have done a little trekking practice or a little training. Trekking height: between 0 and 650 mt, average duration of the stages between 4 and 5 hours, positive difference in height from 0 to 500 mt per day.. Good hiking gear is required.
We suggest flying directly into Naples.
Departure Dates: Every Saturday from April to October
Season 1: Sept. 30 to Oct. 27
Season 2: April 7 to July 14; Sept. 1 to 29
Season 3: July 15 to August 31
|Price per person: season 1||CAD||$1065|
|Season 2 supplement||$75|
|Season 3 supplement||$110|
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