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Amalfi & Capri

Italy, Europe

from $4,395* per person 8 Days May, September, October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Wilderness Travel 14 people max
  • Naples, italy
  • Active & Adventure trips
With its head in the clouds and its feet in the sea, the precipitous Amalfi Coast has long been exalted as the most spectacular coast in all Europe. Across the blue Bay of Naples from Amalfi is enticing Capri, a sun-splashed jewel of an island soaring out of azure waters. With hikes on ancient footpaths connecting hilltop villages and seaside hamlets, we explore this glorious realm surrounded by amazing landscapes. We also taste homemade pastas, watch mozzarella di bufala being made, enjoy trailside picnics, explore the remains of Herculaneum and out-of-the-way Paestum, and finish with a hike on the rim of brooding Mt. Vesuvius. Our Italy Trip Leaders are simply the best in the world, with a true passion for sharing their love of la bella Italia.

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Italy, Europe

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Itinerary

Days 1-3
Naples / Herculaneum / Paestum / Ravello

From Naples we head to fascinating Herculaneum, unearthed from the lava of Vesuvius with its mosaics and frescoes still intact after 2,000 years, and to the majestic Greek ruin of Paestum to explore its beautiful temples. One of our afternoon hikes begins in Minori, a lovely village of seafront promenades, and brings us up to top-of-the-world Ravello, a gorgeous town perched on a spur high above the Mediterranean. The next day’s hike is a leisurely descent, much of it on stone steps, via the hamlets of Scala, Minuta, and Pontone to the shimmering blue sea. Our hotel in Ravello has spectacular Mediterranean views.

Days 4-5
Sentiero degli Dei / Positano / Capri

Our panoramic hike across the beautiful Sentiero degli Dei (“Path of the Gods”) leads us through groves of Italian cypress, fields of wildflowers, and across hillsides overlooking the sea. Reaching stunning Positano, we ferry to the isle of Capri, with its Roman ruins, high trails with sweeping views, and stone-paved lanes fragrant with lacy swathes of wisteria. Our hikes here offer eye-popping views across the azure sea and of the famous gray spires of the Faraglioni Rocks, familiar from the many classic movies filmed in Capri.

Days 6-8
Capri / Sorrento Peninsula

A ferry brings us to Sorrento, with its truly inspired location atop rocky cliffs at the end of a peninsula. We enjoy a wonderful walk through Sorrento’s maze of narrow streets packed with goods including intarso, the local inlaid woodwork craft, and authentic limoncello made from Sorrento’s special lemons. We end our journey with a memorable hike on the outer rim of Mt. Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe. Depart via Naples on Day 8.

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