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The posterchild of Italy's southwest, the Amalfi coast is a patchwork of postcard-perfect seaside towns and lush rural landscapes. Walk the ancient stone stairways, limestone cliff paths and old mule tracks that link Campania's picturesque villages and discover Italian icons from Ravello to Positano and Capri. At the end of the day, relax and enjoy organic wine and farm-to-table food at our rustic agriturismo.
Explore Tour Leader
7 nights comfortable agriturismo
Leisurely and Moderate
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
The authentic village of San Lazzaro will be our home for the duration of our tour. Sitting 650 metres above sea level, you can get a feeling for slow-paced village life at one of the handful of local bars and restaurants.
Today is about getting our bearings, so feel free to get to know the village or wander further, before joining this evening's welcome supper. We'll get our first taste of the South with a homecooked dinner and wine, produced right here at our agriturismo.
Naples International Airport (NAP) is our closest airport. We operate two transfers from the airport to our agriturismo in San Lazzaro. The first will be at 11.45am (to join this one, your flight should arrive no later than 11.20am) and the second is at 7pm (to join this one, your flight should arrive no later than 6.35pm). Your driver will meet you in the arrivals hall, holding an Explore sign.
As we need to arrange the transfer vehicles some time in advance and to help us monitor flight arrivals, if you have not booked your flights through Explore you must let us know your flight details and which transfer you would like to join at least 30 days before the start of your trip. If you do not tell us these details, we'll assume that you're travelling on the earlier transfer. There may not be room on the later private bus for you, in which case you'll need to take a taxi at your own expense - this costs in the region of €120. If you plan to arrive later than the second transfer, you'll need to make your own way to the accommodation.
Our base for the week is Luna d'Agerola (Agerola's moon), a small family-run agriturismo set on a plateau above the Amalfi coast. We stay with the family, as their guest, on their working farm. The property is small and intimate with just 11 rooms - all with private bathrooms. There's a terrace to relax on after a day of walking and a quiet room where you can access Wi-Fi. For more information about the agriturismo, visit the accommodation section of our trip notes.
Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola (or similar)
Today, we take a bus to the village of Bomerano, just across the Agerola Plateau. Our hike back to San Lazzaro takes us along a scenic route of coastal views and through the dramatic rocky pathways of the Pino Gorge.
In the afternoon, there's the option of another walk. We'll depart from our agriturismo and head up through the outskirts of the village, passing through lush forest and stretches of countryside. We'll take a circular route, treating us to open vistas of the Gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi Sea before we descend back to our farm stay.
Our morning walk covers 4 kilometres/2.5 miles and is graded as leisurely. It has a total ascent and descent of 250m/820ft and should take around 2 hours. The optional afternoon walk covers 5 kilometres/3.1 miles and is also graded as leisurely. It has a total ascent and descent of 300m/984ft and sbould also take around 2 hours.
We'll explore two Italian icons today, Amalfi and Ravello. In the morning, we'll take a bus from San Lazzaro down to Amalfi, our starting point for today's hike. Leaving the famed harbour town behind, we'll ascend on ancient footpaths and staircases to Ravello. Our hike takes us up through fragrant lemon groves and past farms cultivating olives, fruits, and vines, giving us a real snapshot of life on the Amalfi coast.
Often referred to as the hidden gem of the Amalfi coast, Ravello is located high up on the rugged coastal cliffside. Famous for its Moorish architecture, the village has attracted artists and writers for generations, thanks to its tranquil atmosphere as well as its enchanting streets, brimming with spots for al-fresco coffee. Here, we'll have lunch and there's the option to visit the town's famous, manicured gardens before heading back to Amalfi via a different route.
On arriving back in Amalfi, we'll have free time to explore. Indulge in the baroque charm of the Duomo di Sant Andrea or take in the ancient Roman basilica. Cool off with a swim on the public beach and don't forget to taste typical Italian gelato at one of Amalfi's many gelaterias before we catch our private bus back to San Lazzaro.
This evening, there's the option to join a mozzarella and pasta making cooking class run by our hosts, followed by a dinner at the agriturismo to taste what you've prepared.
Today's circular walk covers 8 kilometres/5 miles and is graded as moderate. It has a total ascent and descent of 400m/1312ft. We expect it to take around 4 hours.
Starting early, we'll take a bus to Amalfi, where we'll catch a boat to the island of Capri (note: from 28th October until the end of the year, we board the boat in Sorrento). The view from the ferry gives us an unobstructed panorama of the coast - be sure to look up and spot the clusters of villages clinging to the dramatic cliff face.
Capri has been high up on holiday bucket lists since the Roman times when it was visited as a coastal resort. Easily explored in a day, Capri is petite, measuring just 7 kilometres long and 3 kilometres wide - 600-metre-high cliffs lend it its imposing presence. Our island walk will wind us through the vibrant streets, teeming with boutiques and cafes, via grand houses and kitchen gardens to the coast. We'll breathe in the scent of bougainvillea as we head to less populated parts of the island and climb the limestone cliffs for a spectacular view of the mainland and the Mediterranean that separates us. After our walk, there will be time for those who wish to explore Capri's main town, visiting Emperor Tiberius' palace and Villa Lysis before heading back to the mainland.
Today's walk covers 10 kilometres/6.2 miles and is graded as leisurely. It has a total ascent and descent of 400m/1312ft. We expect it to take around 4 hours.
Note: Occasionally the ferry does not operate due to inclement weather. In this instance, our trip to Capri will be rearranged.
Today's walk starts at our agriturismo. From here, we'll navigate the ancient limestone stairway that takes us high above San Lazzaro, rewarding us with views towards Salerno and Campania's scattered villages and towns. We'll work our way past woodlands and valleys before crossing the Vallone di Ferriere. Surrounded by limestone cliffs, this valley has a unique microclimate, creating a habitat for plant species not commonly found in southern Italy. Working our way out of the valley, our path delivers views of the coast before we descend to Amalfi, where a private bus waits to take us back to San Lazzaro.
This evening, there's the option to join a pizza-making demonstration at a hotel in the village followed by a pizza supper.
Today's walk covers 13 kilometres/8.1 miles and is graded as moderate. It has a total ascent of 360m/1181ft and descent of 1015m/3330ft. We expect it to take around 6 hours.
Today we have nothing scheduled, so you\ re free to recoup and explore the local area at your leisure. If you\ d rather explore further, there's an optional day trip to Herculaneum and Pompeii. Both cities were devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 and give us a fascinating (if ghostly) insight into Roman life. The UNESCO-listed city of Pompeii has been almost perfectly preserved in volcanic ash, sitting unchanged since the time of the eruption. Herculaneum is another town preserved by the eruption, here you can see roofs, beds, and doors, as well as organic-based items such as food and papyrus, as they once were, centuries ago. The trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum is organised locally, so you don't need to book in advance.
The grand finale of our Amalfi coast walking tour has to be the Walk of the Gods. Regarded as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world, this hike delivers some of the most breathtaking views of the southern Italian coast. We'll follow the high cliff path as it contours west from Bomerano, opening to views of the Bay of Salerno and Capri. Passing under limestone cliffs and above an old stone farmhouse, we'll reach the village of Nocelle. From here, we start our descent down a lengthy ancient stairway into Positano. Once a poor fishing village, Positano has gained popularity and is now a must-visit spot. We'll take time to enjoy the beach town before boarding our private bus back to the agriturismo for our final evening.
Today's walk covers 11 kilometres/6.8 miles and is graded as moderate. It has a total ascent of 330m/1083ft and descent of 900m/2953ft. We expect it to take around 5 hours.
Our trip ends at Naples International Airport (NAP). We operate two return transfers from our agriturismo to the airport. The first is timed to arrive at the airport at 8am (the earliest your flight can depart is 10am). The second is timed to arrive at the airport at 2.30pm (the earliest your flight can depart is 4.30pm).
Note: If you're travelling on the second transfer, please be aware that you will need to check out of your room after breakfast. Luggage can be stored at the agriturismo and you are free to relax in the common areas.
Total distance : 51 kilometres
April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.
2 Pin Round
Herculaneum and Pompeii - Private return bus transfer €60 per person (payable to tour leader, arranged once on tour) plus entrance fees of €14 for Herculaneum and €19 at Pompeii. Please note that we normally need a minimum of 6 people to operate this excursion. We recommend a fast track ticket for €60 per person which includes skip-the-line access and 2-hour guided tours and entrance fees for both sites. A minimum of 10 people is needed and this can be organised by your tour leader. Amalfi - Papermill museum €4.50, Amalfi Duomo €3 San Lazzaro - Mozarella and pasta-making class at the agriturismo with dinner (which includes what you have made) - €35 per person. Pizza-making demonstration and pizza supper - €20 per person.
The following are essential: waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or jumper (the evenings can be cool), T-shirts, comfortable walking trousers, shorts, sunhat, sunglasses and high factor sun-cream. Between late April and early October you can expect to live in T-shirts and shorts during the day, but please be aware that temperatures and the weather change quickly and it is much cooler at night. From October to early April it will be cooler during the day and from November to mid-March it can be cold. It is also quite likely to rain. You should come prepared for this and bring waterproof trousers and jackets, walking boots, warm clothes, woolly hat, gloves and scarves. There are opportunities to spend time at the beach, so bring a towel and swimming costume.
We recommend you bring walking boots - leather or fabric are both fine. Some of the paths are a bit rocky underfoot and so you could twist an ankle if not wearing boots. Trainers are not recommended. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We recommend that you wear/carry your walking boots as hand luggage on the international flight: should your luggage be delayed, your well broken-in boots will be irreplaceable.
One main piece of baggage and a waterproof day-sac (20-30 litres recommended). You just need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, picnic lunch etc. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.
You will need a resuable water bottle (preferably 1-2 litres), and high factor sun cream. You may like to bring trekking poles, particularly as some of the descents can be long and a bit tough on the knees. It is a good idea to line your daypack with a good quality plastic bag - this will go a long way in protecting your gear from any rainstorms we encounter. Tap water: is safe to drink in most places but water sources along the trail are non-existent. We encourage our clients not to buy mineral water because of the negative environmental impact with plastic bottles. In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros. Energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst on trek as well as a lunch box/Tupperware for picnic lunches.
Bus, Ferry, Public Bus
Our base for the week is Luna d'Agerola (Agerola's moon), a small family-run agriturismo set on a plateau above the Amalfi coast. We stay with the family, as their guest, on their working farm and can see how multiple generations work in harmony to produce organic vegetables, tend to the animals, and harvest grapes for wine. Ferdinando will serve you simple, authentic Italian dishes freshly prepared by his sister Giovanna. You might spot Valentino tending to his bees whilst Pasquale is waiting to introduce you to the family's home-grown organic wine in the cellar. The agriturismo is just a three-minute walk from the village of San Lazzaro. There, you can find a small number of bars, restaurants, and shops to pick up basics. The farm stay itself is small and intimate with just 11 rooms - all with private bathrooms. There's a terrace to relax on after a day of walking and a quiet room where you can access Wi-Fi. Note, there's no Wi-Fi access in the bedrooms. The kitchen caters for vegetarians and gluten-free diets however, as it's a small kitchen, they can't fully guarantee there will be no cross-contamination for gluten-free meals. If you require a vegetarian or gluten-free diet, you must inform us before you travel.
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