An ancient network of routes leads us across stunning landscapes, with abundant wildflowers and inspirational panoramas. The heritage of mule tracks lead us from village to village, where we are welcomed into local trattorias as friends. From the charming town of Ravello, to the picture perfect island of Capri, and the rugged Sorrento Peninsula, nature and architecture combine to create a highly evocative atmosphere.
Italy Walking Tour Overview
With a string of spectacular little towns and fishing villages, enchanting gardens and ancient ruins, and the freshest cuisine imaginable, the Amalfi coast is an extraordinary place to indulge your senses. From the ancient city of Pompeii, we follow in the footsteps of Robert Wagner and D. H. Lawrence to the charming town of Ravello. Old-mule tracks lead us to picturesque Positano, and the white-washed town of Amalfi. From here, we ferry to the captivating island of Capri. Walks along mesmerizing trails lead us from the breathtaking Arco Naturale and the Faraglioni rocks, to the elegant town square, and the quieter town of Anacapri. Finally, we arrive on the Sorrentine Peninsula, where we learn the secrets of traditional cuisine in a hands-on cooking class, and walk through dazzling scenery high over the Tyrrhenian Sea. With local guides, we are welcomed along the way as friends, and treated to the very best this region has to offer.
Italy Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Travel from Naples to Pompeii. Explore this ancient city on a guided tour and continue to the enchanting town of Ravello. Visit the breathtaking gardens of Villa Cimbrone at sunset. Toast to our week ahead with our first dinner together.
Day 2: Follow old mule tracks to Scala, the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast. Walk the Valley of the Mills trail past remnants of paper mills to a nature reserve. Conclude our morning walk in the white-washed town of Amalfi for lunch. Optional afternoon walk to the fishing village of Atrani, or continue to explore the town of Amalfi.
Day 3: Hike along the spectacular Path of the Gods. Stop for lunch at a memorable trattoria and explore the picturesque town of Positano. Transfer to Capri where we are treated to island specialties for dinner.
Day 4: Walk along the western coast of Capri past old fortifications dotting the coast. After lunch in Anacapri, enjoy a chairlift ride to Monte Solaro, the highest point in Capri. Follow a footpath down to Anacapri and return to our luxurious hotel to relax before dinner.
Day 5: Enjoy expansive views of the Faraglioni rocks and the Bay of Naples. Catch the ferry to Sorrento for a delicious lunch in town before an afternoon walk to Monte San Costanzo. Dine this evening at one of our favorite hidden gems.
Day 6: Take a short walk this morning to a beautiful farmhouse where we indulge our senses in a Sorrentine cooking class using fresh, local ingredients. Stroll along the narrow streets of Sorrento, lined with shops and cafés. Celebrate la dolca vita at a historical restaurant in town.
Day 7: Depart from Sorrento at your leisure.
Discover the Amalfi Coast
“This land is so happy, so delightful, so fortunate that it is obvious that it is nature’s favorite. This revitalizing air, the perpetually clear skies, the so fertile land, the sunny hills, the dark forests, the mountains lost among the clouds, the abundance of vineyards and grapevines . . . the copiousness of the running waters and springs. A land open at all sides . . . as if to encourage man, reaches its arms out into the sea.”
~ Plinius the Elder, 1st Century B.C.
THE BOUNDLESS JOURNEYS' ADVANTAGE
- A passion for travel. Simply put, we love to travel, and that is woven into every one of our journeys.
- Unique, award-winning itineraries. Our flexible, hand-crafted journeys have received accolades from the world’s most revered travel publications.
- Insider connections. There is simply no substitute for traveling with a knowledgeable insider.
- Small groups. We tread softly, and our average group size is just 6-8 guests.
- Flexibility to suit your travel style. We offer both small-group departures and Private Collection trips.
- Customer service that goes the extra mile. There is no request that is too big – or too small.
- Sustainability. We are committed to traveling responsibly.
Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)
Traveling to and From
Most Convenient Airports:
Naples International Airport (airport code NAP).
Meeting Time and Place:
10:00 a.m., Day 1, in front of the Renaissance Naples Hotel Mediterraneo, Naples.
Departure Time and Place:
At your leisure, Day 7, Sorrento.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Hiking the Amalfi Coast & Capri is rated 3, moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). It features walks of 4-6 hours over often hilly terrain with many ascending and descending staircases. Those with vertigo may find some of the walks uncomfortable. Van support is limited as our walks are often through the woods and along narrow footpaths; however, you can always opt out of a day's hike if you prefer. Please refer to the detailed itinerary for descriptions of the activities on each day of the trip.
Preparing for this Trip
The more well-prepared you are for the activities on this trip, the more you will enjoy yourself! Please engage in moderate aerobic activities (hiking, jogging, or cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you do not live in an area that supports hiking on an incline, we recommended that you incorporate stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness programs.
What the Trip is Like
Hiking the Amalfi Coast & Capri will expose you to some of the finer aspects of these special areas, and allows for an intimate experience as we set out on foot through the beautiful landscape and picturesque hill towns. The accommodations we have chosen are some of the finest in the region, and are in ideal locations offering views of the area and the mountainous countryside. Our meals are chosen to introduce you to regional specialties and they may be taken in a lively trattoria, or as a multi-course meal in an elegant setting. All will be memorable!
The weather in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, and nightime temperatures in the 50s and 60s. You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
When to Go
With comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds, the spring and fall are the best times to visit. In spring, the wildflowers are in bloom and wisteria cascades over stone walls in village gardens. Fall typically brings clear skies, russet-colored woods, and quieter trails.
Overview: First-class and charming accommodations in ideal locations with beautiful views.
Nights 1 & 2: Hotel Villa Fraulo
Once the residence of the noble family Cortese, the 4-star Hotel Villa Fraulo retains the historic atmosphere of an aristocratic retreat, along with today’s modern conveniences and luxury. All 26 rooms have a private terrace or balcony, offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. Amenities include a relaxing spa and a spectacular infinity pool.
Nights 3 & 4: Hotel La Vega
Facing the wonderful Certosa di S. Giacomo Monestary, on Italy’s famed Isle of Capri, Hotel La Vega is perched high above the Mediterranean Sea and nestled among lush private gardens. Each of the 24 spacious rooms includes modern conveniences and offers wonderful views of the sea. Enjoy a lovely curved swimming pool cut into the rock and a large solarium.
Nights 5 & 6: Grand Hotel La Favorita
La Favorita is located in the heart of Sorrento, just steps away from the main square. Boasting a striking mix of old-school splendor and boutique chic, you will find chandeliers alongside local handmade décor. Relax in the cocktail lounge‚ on the leafy terrace, or by the rooftop pool‚ where you can enjoy spectacular views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
Italy Detailed Itinerary
Meet in Naples; Visit Pompeii; Continue to Ravello
Two hours, easy walking (2-3 miles).
This morning we depart the bustling city of Naples for Pompeii. Along the way we enjoy views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that buried Pompeii in 79 A.D.
Once a thriving commercial port of 20,000, Pompeii grew from Greek and Etruscan roots to become an impressive Roman city. As we tour the ruins with our private guide, it is difficult to imagine that the streets were once lined with stalls and jammed with customers from sunup to sundown.
After this glimpse into the past, we continue our journey to Ravello. This elegant hillside town, located 1,200 feet above the Amalfi Coast, has attracted artists, writers, and travelers for centuries. Before dinner, you may choose to relax at our beautiful hotel, or take a stroll through the magnificent 11th-century Villa Rufolo, whose gardens inspired the German composer Wagner for his opera, “Parsifal”.
This evening, we enjoy the sunset at the gardens of Villa Cimbrone. As a result of the strong influence of classical literature and the reinterpretation of the Roman villa, numerous impressive decorative elements from all over the world were placed in the gardens. We walk under wisteria-draped arbors, taking in the magnificent blend of flora and artistic treasures lining the trails. We arrive at the “Infinity Terrace” where the gaze of onlookers is lost in what American author Gore Vidal called, “The most beautiful view in the world.” Dinner follows at our hotel, located in the historic center of Ravello.
Hotel Villa Fraulo, Ravello
Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills); Amalfi to Atrani
Morning walk – moderate, 3 ½ hours along trails (approximately 4 miles); Afternoon walk – easy, 1-2 hours along cobblestone walkways, trails, and stairs (approximately 2 miles).
Our walk this morning begins in Ravello. Following a series of alleys and staircases, we arrive to Scala, the oldest town on the Amalfi Coast. During the Middle Ages, Scala was an important defensive point for the Republic of Amalfi, bringing much wealth to prominent merchant families. The town is spread out across the mountainside and divided into many frazioni, or hamlets. Each hamlet, centered around a church, has its own unique feel.
The first part of our walk takes us to the hamlet of Minuta, which cascades down the side of the mountain. This little hamlet deserves its name, which means “small.” But what it lacks in size, Minuta makes up for with incredible views from where its situated, on a little promontory between two mountain valleys.
From here, we continue on to Pontone, the lowermost hamlet of Scala, passing near the beautiful ruins of the Church of Saint Eustachio – one of the few masterpieces of the 11th century which is still partly visible.
From Pontone, we begin our walk along the Valley of the Mills trail to the nature reserve of “Valle delle Ferriere,” a deep valley surrounded by high cliffs. The stable microclimate of this area allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans – a rare type of long-leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Our walk continues through meadows, small waterfalls, and spectacular landscapes. We will depart the reserve in late morning and continue our walk to the town of Amalfi. Here we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch near the seafront, with local specialties.
After lunch, we have the option to walk to Atrani, a little village next to Amalfi. During the time of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, Atrani was the residence of local nobles, and the ancient Church of San Salvatore de’ Birecto was the place where the Doges (elected chiefs of state), were crowned with a ducal cap, or birecto. Today, Atrani is a picturesque fishing village, where white houses contrast with balconies full of colorful flowers, interspersed with lemon groves.
Those who are not interested in the walk can have free time in Amalfi to visit the Piazza Duomo, the Paper Museum, or perhaps to enjoy some shopping.
This evening you can experience one of Ravello’s wonderful restaurants, where the cuisine is accented with local flavors. You may enjoy the fishermen’s catch of the day, or the equally fresh produce of the hillside farms, citrus orchards, and artisan pasta-makers.
Hotel Villa Fraulo, Ravello
Bomerano to Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods);
Positano; Transfer to Sorrento
Walk – moderate, 3-5 hours along trails (approximately 6 miles).
Today’s walk from the thriving village of Bomerano to picturesque Positano takes us along man-made terraces hundreds of meters above the sea. Every step on the Path of the Gods brings us magnificent views, with Limestone cliffs tower overhead, and the rugged coastline below.
We conclude our morning walk at an unforgettable restaurant, Il Ritrovo, where we dine on the magnificent creations of executive chef, Salvatore Barba.
After lunch, you will have time to explore the town of Positano, with pastel-colored homes stacked on top of one another spilling into the sea.
Later this afternoon, we transfer to Sorrento and catch a ferry to the legendary island of Capri. Upon arrival, we take the funicular to our hotel in time to stroll through the garden, or perhaps walk through town, before enjoying a dinner of island specialties.
Hotel La Vega, Capri
Transfer to Anacapri, Fortini Trail; Chairlift from Monte Solaro to Anacapri
Walk – moderate, 3 hours along trails (approximately 3 miles); Afternoon walk – easy, 2 hours (1.2 miles).
After breakfast, we head to the village of Anacapri, a less-explored part of this island paradise, for the start of our morning walk. We begin along the west slope of the island on the Sentiero dei Fortini trail, a path that connects three fortifications built by the British during the 1806 Napoleonic invasion. Our walk is a mix of history, nature, and the sea, as we travel along the coast. Once we reach the third fort, we have a wonderful view of the Punta Carena Lighthouse.
From here, we walk a short distance to the road and transfer back to Anacapri. In town, we are free to enjoy lunch in one of the many delicious restaurants nearby. Our guides are happy to recommend their favorite spots.
This afternoon, we continue to Monte Solaro, Capri’s highest point, with a scenic chairlift ride to the top. At the summit, we enjoy sweeping views of the two gulfs, Salerno and Naples. We then walk back down to Anacapri on foot.
Tonight you are free to explore Capri’s fantastic selection of trattorias – perhaps starting with a fresh insalata caprese.
Hotel La Vega, Capri
Arco Naturale and Belvedere delle Noci; Ferry to Sorrento; Afternoon hike to Mt. San Costanzo
Morning walk – moderate, 3-4 hours along trails (4-6 miles); Afternoon walk – easy, 3 hours along trails (2 miles).
We begin our day with a walk to the breathtaking Arco Naturale and the Belvedere delle Noci, where we get a closer look at the Faraglioni rocks shooting skyward from the Bay of Naples.
Later this morning we enjoy a ferry ride to Sorrento, perched on an imposing cliff over the sea. This charming town holds on to its medieval and classical roots, while also preserving Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Our afternoon walk starts from the little square of Termini up to Monte San Costanzo, where we are afforded outstanding views of the gulfs of Salerno and Naples, Mount Vesuvius, and the island of Capri. After marveling at the great expanse before us, we return to Termini and transfer back to Sorrento.
This evening, we settle into our hotel overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Dinner is at one of our favorite restaurants, Sorrento da Gigino, where we enjoy Sorrentine specialties.
Hotel La Favorita, Sorrento
Malacoccola Trail to Cooking Class; Afternoon free
Morning – moderate walk, 3 hours on trails (approximately 2 miles); Cooking class (4-5 hours).
This morning, we venture through chestnut trees, olive groves, and orchards along the Malacoccola Trail. It is not long before we arrive at a beautiful farmhouse, Fattoria Terranova, for a hands-on cooking class.
Located on six acres of land, the farmland surrounding Fattoria Terranova is distributed amongst a staircase of terraces, which all descend harmoniously towards the sea. From here, we have views of the enchanting Li Galli Island, where legend has it that Ulysses was entranced by beautiful Sirens.
Our cooking class is centered around fresh produce cultivated on the farm. Together we develop an authentic menu and dine on our creations.
You can spend the rest of the afternoon exactly as you wish: shopping, swimming, or joining your guides for an easy afternoon walk.
This evening we celebrate la dolce vita at a historical restaurant in Sorrento. Here we have a final chance to embrace the aromas and the flavors of the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Naples.
Hotel La Favorita, Sorrento
Today at your leisure, transfer to the Sorrento train station, a short walk from our hotel. From here you can make connections to Naples, or other destinations throughout Italy.
Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.
- May 18–24, 2014
- Sep 14–20, 2014
2014 Land Cost
$4,495 per person
Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement may be charged to participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. We have made every effort to eliminate or greatly reduce this cost for most of our scheduled small-group departures; however, these savings are limited to two single supplements per departure. Therefore, the first two single participants to reserve will receive the savings. This is not applicable to our Private Collection journeys.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 90 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary).* Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!
*This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands or Antarctica. Please see these trip pages for more details.
- Expert leadership
- All accommodations
- All van and boat transportation
- All meals except two dinners and one lunch
- Table wine with included meals
- All activities as noted in the itinerary
- All gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
Please complete the following information to request a reservation. A trip deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation (payable by check or major credit card). Once we receive your request we will contact you within one business day to confirm availability and answer any questions you may have.
About our guides
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.
Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.
Luigi Esposito: A native of the Island of Capri Luigi has been guiding on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and Capri since 1996. Coming from a true “caprese” family made of farmers, gardeners, masons and wonderful cooks, Luigi loves to share local traditions, architecture and cuisine of this region. Dedicated to protecting natural resources, Luigi founded Capri Outdoors, a volunteer organization that promotes environmental protection and outdoor adventure. He is also head of the Italian Mountain Search and Rescue Corp Alpine Team for the Campania Region.
What other guests have said about our Italian guides:
“Usually my husband and I travel alone. It’s more expensive, cumbersome, lonely and not time efficient. Traveling with such a knowledgeable guide who knows the local customs, people, etc . . . changes everything.” – V.M., Katonah, NY
Picture Yourself Here:
Daily walks through breathtaking landscapes with vineyards, lemon groves, hillside towns
Visits to the enchanting towns of Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, and Sorrento
Sorrentine cooking class, wine and cheese tastings, and fine accommodations
- May 18–24, 2014
- Sep 14–20, 2014
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