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Amalfi Coast Wonders

2024

 

SCHEDULED GROUP SIZE with guaranteed departure: min 1 – max 18 guests

PRIVATE GROUP SIZE: min 1 – no limit

DURATION: 7 Days & 6 Nights

  WALK RATING: 2+

  HOTEL STYLE: very comfortable to stylish – ensuite bathroom

CLOSEST AIRPORTS: Naples (NAP)

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Scheduled Tours

2024 dates

 

  • May 1-7, 2024
  • May 15-21
  • June 5-11 (in collaboration with Linda Kriel, South African fitness guru) – it’s a regular tour with nice extra fitness routines that are completely optional 
  • June 12-18
  • Sept 4-10
  • Oct 2-8
  • Oct 16-22

Private tours

price p/p: varies according to group size. Check Price below here

Departures: anytime

Overview

Introducing the Amalfi Group Walking Tour

Embark on an enchanting journey along the Amalfi Coast, venturing through Naples, Vesuvius, and Pompeii. Behold mesmerizing vistas and savor exquisite cuisine. Experience the comfort of charming hotels, your haven amid captivating landscapes. Traverse from village to village—Amalfi, Vietri, Ravello—immersing in the authentic essence of this renowned region. We’ve handpicked hidden havens to craft an exclusive adventure, ensuring you’re free from tourist crowds.

Unveiling the Unseen

Embrace 2-3 hours of daily walking, punctuated by guide insights, coffee pauses, and delectable pastries. Engage with family-run farms and relish trattoria lunches. Our accommodations, intimate and family-operated, offer en-suite bathrooms. Melodic notes infuse the journey, enriching your experience.

A Human Tapestry

Local interactions form the heart of our tour. We believe in the magic of connecting with locals, as the best memories are etched through these encounters.

Your Journey, Your Way

Join a small group or embark privately—the choice is yours. Customize your adventure and discover the Amalfi Coast in a way that resonates with you.

Inclusions

 

    6 night stay at hotels (two 4 starred hotels and one 4 star luxury with ensuite bathroom). All the hotels are conveniently located in the town historical centers. Two out of three hotels have a swimming pool. Book early and we will try to accommodate you in a room with a view.

  All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners. Local wine is always included with lunches and dinners. Vegetarian? Vegan? No problem!

 Transportation along the tour

We carry your luggage from hotel to hotel

 Group tours: 1 local guide for groups smaller than 10. Groups larger than 10 people will be guided by 2 local guides. Private tours will be guided by 1 local guide

Entrance tickets for all the special events

  Vesuvius area wine tasting and winery visit

 Hands-on pottery making lesson in Vietri sul Mare

 Learn about mozzarella cheese making at a small farmhouse followed by a nice lunch based on cheese and pizza.

 Tammurriata music and dance special show

 All taxes

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival and visit of Naples (Night at hotel in Naples)

Welcome to Naples! After meeting your fellow travelers and guides your tour commences with the discovery of this unique city, its culture and traditions with the help of an art guide.  You walk, with comfortable shoes, in the historic center of an amazing city full of art, restaurants, piazzas and small alleys.
Beyond visiting churches and monuments our visit is focused on the Neapolitan lifestyle. For example, we explore Via San Gregorio Armeno with its endless shops dedicated to the Christmas Nativity. The shops, run by artisans, are open all through the year, not only at Christmas! Do not forget that in a recent past Italians used to celebrate this festivity with nativity statues and not with the fir tree as we all do in these days.
After having explored pretty much of the old center we sit at dinner. Tonight, we enjoy the Neapolitan pizza. The “margherita” and the “marinara” are considered the original pizza: tomatoes sauce, basil, mozzarella, olive oil… simple but tasty!


2 km = 1,2 miles

****L Costantinopoli 104 – Naples
dinner

 

Day 2 – Vesuvius and Pompeii with a wine tasting (Night at Corpo di Cava)
You begin your day with a 50-minute transfer to one of the most famous active volcano of the world: the Vesuvius. We go back with the imagination to the eruption that destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D.
A local ranger guide engage us on history and geology of the crater.
From the top of the volcano (1282mt) we can look into the crater and see the fumaroles. The view of the bay of Naples is breath-taking.
Lunch today is at a very nice winery, called Bosco dei Medici. Fresh and organic food of the Vesuvius area is accompanied with Falanghina and Lacryma Christi wines, white and red.
We then carry on to the archaeological park of Pompeii. A guide shows us around the old roman city ruins: the Forum, the bath, the market, the theatre and the Amphitheatre.
Later a short transfer delivers you the hamlet of Corpo di Cava on the Amalfi coast. This is going to be your place for the next two nights.
Dinner this evening is at a local restaurant in the town. Their specialty is wild boar and paccheri pasta. There are options for vegetarians.


 
 5 km = 3 miles Vesuvius + 3 km = 1.8 miles Pompeii
****Hotel Scapolatiello – Corpo di Cava
breakfast – lunch – dinner

SHOW DAY 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Day 3 – The Benedictine Abbey of Cava, Albori and Vietri sul Mare (Night at Corpo di Cava)

The day’s adventure begins with the visit of a Benedictine Abbey dating back 1011 A.D. Eight monks still live in this monastery! Here you can admire two sculptures of the Sienese artist Tino di Camaino (14thcentury) and the Longobard Cemetery (12th century).
From here you start the walk to reach Albori, through a wood made of chestnut trees. The village is listed as part of the most beautiful hamlets of Italy. On the way we have great views of the coast and the bay of Salerno.
A short drive delivers us to Vietri sul Mare, know as the “town of ceramics”. A gourmet restaurant presents us their sea-food specialties.
Following lunch, Elisa, a young artist, shows us her ceramic laboratory. With the help of Elisa you then work hands-on on your own piece. At the end of the lesson you will be able to take your “masterpiece” back home. Cool, isn’t it?
After some free time for shopping, we drive back to our property. Time to relax at the hotel.
Dinner tonight is served at our hotel.

5 km = 3 miles
****Hotel Scapolatiello – Corpo di Cava

breakfast, lunch (dinner on own)

 

Day 4  –  Ravello and Amalfi (Night in Minori)

This morning we drive to Ravello. This posh town was during the Middle Ages the hometown of the richest families of Amalfi. This is the reason why there are so many villas. We visit Villa Cimbrone, its beautiful gardens and the “infinity terrace” facing the sea from the height of 400 meters. We visit the Cathedral with its mosaic of “Giona and the whale”, sign of the Moorish influence. Lunch today is in a very nice restaurant with tables in the garden. We walk to Amalfi through a downhill path to our next home: Minori, a quaint, little village.

Dinner tonight is a delicious pizza.

6 km = 3,5 miles
Minori Palace – Minori
breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5   Tramonti mozzarella farm Walk in the green valley with visits of farms and an incredible lunch! (Optional excursions to Positano and Capri Island) – (night at hotel in Minori)

Today we have prepared for you a great off-the-beaten-path day.
Tramonti is one of the 13 Municipalities of the Amalfi Coast, it is the only one (or almost) to have maintained its authenticity and its characteristic on being an agricultural village, as well as having preserved its traditions that have lasted for centuries. We transfer by bus for about 40 minutes. The walk will give you the opportunity to cross the valley, observing the agricultural biodiversity that characterizes it, in fact vineyards, chestnut and lemon groves will alternate during the walk, creating a harmony of flavors and colors. A short visit to a farm will be a lovely experience, the farmer will show us his crops, breeding, and gastronomic creations (that you will taste), all activities handed down from different generations.
We will continue along the Path of the 13 Churches, which crosses the Valley, closely observing the centuries-old vineyards of the Tintore, a 300-year-old variety! The itinerary will end in an old farmhouse (called Il Tintore, also the name of one of the grapes that they use to make their own wine!), surrounded by cultivated terraces. A Limoncello-based welcome aperitif will be waiting for you! Raffaella and her husband Aniello own this organic farm. Raffaella shows us how to make mozzarella cheese. Lunch, also based on mozzarella and different serves of super-fresh food, follows in between the vineyards. Our driver takes us back to our hotel. Dinner tonight is on your own in Minori.

(Capri optional excursion) 3 months before the tour starts we ask you to choose between Tramonti or Capri options since we need to organize that day in advance. In case you decide to go to Capri you need to pay for your boat ride (about 55€ total – 1 hour boat each ride). You will be on your own to the island. No worry. You cannot get lost. Your guide will give you all the information on places to visit, what to eat and what to do. You then take the boat back to Minori and meet the group for dinner (on your own). Please notice that if you are going to Capri for the day you also can stop in Positano for a visit but you must hire a driver to go back to the hotel.

3 km = 1,8 miles
Minori Palace – Minori
breakfast, lunch (dinner on own)

Day 6 – The Mill’s Valley (night at hotel in Minori)


You begin your day with a short drive that delivers you to the hamlet of Pontone. Today we walk in the Mill’s valley, along the river Canneto and the ruins of the paper mill’s where once in the 13th/14th centuries the special paper of Amalfi was produced.
After 1 hour and half walk we get to a natural reserve. The park protects the beautiful waterfalls and a pre-historic fern. We walk in a chestnut forest; the scenery is calm and the atmosphere is very relaxing.
On our way we reach a family farm where we enjoy lunch on a terrace looking at the valley from the lemon terrace.
After lunch we continue our downhill walk to Amalfi. As we get to the town we visit the paper museum that once was a factory: a guide shows us the process of making paper using linen and cotton, the old machinery and the water channel system.

Tonight, a farewell dinner in Minori will be the appropriated occasion to toast to new friendship.

5 km = 3 miles
Minori Palace – Minori
breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 – Transfer to Naples
Your driver will take you back to Naples train station or Naples airport with a bus

breakfast

note on the itinerary
Please bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual walks and sites may vary due to season, special events, or weather. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and in unforeseen circumstances that mandate changes may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience.

FOOD

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Pizza in Naples

Pizza in Naples is not just a meal; it’s a cultural institution and a source of immense pride for the city. Naples, Italy, is widely regarded as the birthplace of pizza, and the Neapolitan pizza, or “Pizza Napoletana,” is revered for its simplicity, tradition, and exceptional flavors. Here is a description of Pizza in Naples:

  1. Authentic Ingredients: Neapolitan pizza is all about using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. The dough is made from wheat flour, fresh yeast, water, and salt. San Marzano tomatoes, known for their sweetness and low acidity, are used to make the tomato sauce. Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, a soft and creamy cheese made from buffalo milk, is a key ingredient. Additionally, fresh basil leaves and extra-virgin olive oil are essential components.

  2. Thin, Soft Crust: The Neapolitan pizza crust is thin, soft, and slightly chewy. It’s typically hand-stretched to a diameter of about 12 inches (30 cm). The outer edge of the crust, called the cornicione, is puffy and slightly charred from the wood-fired oven.

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Fried calamari on the Amalfi Coast

It is a delightful and iconic seafood dish that perfectly captures the essence of this stunning coastal region in southern Italy. The Amalfi Coast is renowned for its fresh and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine, and fried calamari is no exception. Here’s a description of this mouthwatering dish:

  1. Tender Calamari Rings: The dish typically starts with fresh, tender calamari rings and sometimes tentacles. These rings are often sourced directly from the clear and bountiful waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, ensuring their quality and freshness.

  2. Light and Crispy Batter: The calamari is coated in a light, crispy batter made from a mixture of flour and possibly a touch of cornmeal. The batter is seasoned with a blend of local herbs and spices, adding a burst of Mediterranean flavors to each bite.

  3. Golden Perfection: The calamari is carefully deep-fried to golden perfection. The high-quality olive oil used in the frying process not only contributes to the crispy texture but also imparts a rich and fruity aroma that reflects the region’s olive groves.

  4. Lemon Zest: Once out of the hot oil, a generous sprinkling of fresh lemon zest is added to the fried calamari. The lemon zest provides a zesty, citrusy kick that cuts through the richness of the fried batter and complements the natural brininess of the seafood.

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Coffee in Naples and Amalfi

Coffee in is an integral part of culture and daily life. Neapolitans take their coffee seriously, and the traditional preparation and consumption of coffee have deep-rooted traditions in this vibrant city. Here’s a description of coffee in Naples:

1. Espresso is King: In Naples, espresso is the preferred coffee style. Neapolitans often refer to it simply as “caffè.” Espresso is served in small, concentrated shots, and it’s the go-to choice for locals. The rich, dark brew is known for its intense flavor and thick crema.

2. Neapolitan Espresso Machines: Naples is famous for its traditional espresso machines, known as “macchine da caffè” or “caffettiere napoletane.” These iconic devices are often made of brass and consist of multiple chambers that allow for the slow and meticulous brewing of espresso.

3. Historical Cafes: The city is home to many historic cafes that have been serving coffee for generations. These establishments, like Caffè Gambrinus and Caffè Florian, are not just places to drink coffee but also cultural landmarks where artists, writers, and intellectuals have gathered for centuries.

4. Crema and Aroma: A well-made espresso in Naples is known for its creamy layer of crema on top, which is an indicator of quality. The aroma of a properly brewed espresso is aromatic and captivating, and it’s a key element in the overall coffee experience.

5. Coffee Variations: While espresso is the most popular choice, you can also find variations like “caffè macchiato” (espresso with a small amount of frothy milk), “caffè corretto” (espresso with a shot of liquor, usually grappa or Sambuca), and “caffè freddo” (iced coffee) during the hot summer months.

6. Sweet Treats: Coffee is often paired with sweet treats, such as sfogliatella (a pastry filled with ricotta cheese and orange zest), baba (a small, rum-soaked cake), or a simple pastry like a croissant.

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Mozzarella

Mozzarella in the Amalfi Coast region of Italy is a delightful and essential component of the local culinary tradition. The Amalfi Coast, located in the Campania region, is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, beautiful coastal towns, and rich culinary heritage. Mozzarella, a fresh and creamy cheese, plays a prominent role in the local cuisine, offering a taste of the region’s authentic flavors.

Here are some key characteristics of mozzarella in the Amalfi Coast:

1. **Freshness:** Mozzarella in this region is celebrated for its freshness. It is often made from the milk of water buffaloes, which graze on the fertile lands near the coast. This milk is considered to be of high quality and imparts a distinctive flavor to the cheese.

2. **Production:** The traditional method of making mozzarella on the Amalfi Coast involves skilled artisans who use time-tested techniques. The cheese is made daily in small batches to ensure its freshness. Local dairies and cheese factories are scattered throughout the region.

3. **Texture and Flavor:** Amalfi Coast mozzarella is known for its smooth, delicate texture and mild, slightly tangy flavor. It is often served fresh, and its softness makes it perfect for salads, sandwiches, and as a topping for pizza.

4. **Varieties:** In addition to the classic fresh mozzarella (Mozzarella di Bufala Campana), you may also find variations such as smoked mozzarella and bocconcini (small mozzarella balls). These variations offer diverse taste experiences while still embodying the essence of the region.

5. **Use in Local Dishes:** Mozzarella from the Amalfi Coast is a key ingredient in several traditional dishes of the region. One iconic example is the Caprese salad, which combines fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and a dash of salt. It’s a simple yet delicious representation of the local cuisine.

6. **Pairings:** This mozzarella pairs exceptionally well with other regional specialties, such as sun-ripened tomatoes, fragrant basil, extra-virgin olive oil, and homemade bread. It is also often enjoyed with local wines, like Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio, to create a truly authentic Amalfi Coast dining experience.

7. **Availability:** You can find mozzarella in local markets, cheese shops, and restaurants along the Amalfi Coast. Many restaurants take pride in serving this cheese in their dishes, providing visitors with an opportunity to savor its exquisite taste while enjoying the stunning coastal views.

In summary, mozzarella from the Amalfi Coast is a symbol of the region’s culinary excellence. Its freshness, creamy texture, and delicate flavor make it a must-try for anyone visiting this picturesque part of Italy, where the combination of local ingredients and traditional craftsmanship results in a culinary delight that captures the essence of the Amalfi Coast.

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Sfogliatella

Sfogliatella is a delicious and iconic pastry that is closely associated with the Amalfi Coast in Italy. This unique and mouthwatering treat is a must-try for anyone visiting this stunning region.

**Description:**

Sfogliatella is a pastry that is known for its distinctive shell-like or lobster tail shape. The name “sfogliatella” actually means “small, thin leaves or layers” in Italian, which is a fitting description of its flaky, layered texture. There are two primary types of sfogliatella you’ll find in the Amalfi Coast:

1. **Sfogliatella Riccia:** This version of the pastry features multiple layers of thin, crispy dough that create a crunchy, shell-like exterior. The layers are often so delicate that they shatter when you bite into them. The filling typically consists of a sweet and creamy mixture made from ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, and sometimes candied citrus peel. Sfogliatella riccia is lightly dusted with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness.

2. **Sfogliatella Frolla:** Unlike the crunchy layers of sfogliatella riccia, sfogliatella frolla has a softer, cookie-like pastry shell. The filling is still made with ricotta cheese, sugar, eggs, and flavorings like vanilla or citrus zest. This version is often smoother and denser in texture compared to the riccia variation.

**History:**

Sfogliatella has a rich history that dates back to the 17th century when it was created by nuns in a convent in the Campania region of Italy, which includes the Amalfi Coast. The pastry became popular throughout Southern Italy and eventually spread to other parts of the country.

**Where to Find Sfogliatella on the Amalfi Coast:**

When visiting the Amalfi Coast, you’ll find sfogliatella in bakeries, pastry shops, and cafes throughout the region. Amalfi, Sorrento, and Naples are some of the best places to sample this delightful pastry.

**Enjoying Sfogliatella:**

Sfogliatella is best enjoyed fresh and warm, straight from the oven. The contrast between the crispy layers and the creamy filling is simply irresistible. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of espresso or a glass of limoncello, which is another specialty of the Amalfi Coast.

In summary, sfogliatella is a delectable pastry that epitomizes the flavors and traditions of the Amalfi Coast. Whether you prefer the crunchy riccia or the softer frolla version, savoring this sweet treat is an essential part of experiencing the culinary delights of this beautiful Italian coastal region.

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Wines of the region

The Naples and Amalfi regions in Italy offer a delightful array of wines that complement the local cuisine and showcase the rich wine-making heritage of the area. Here are some of the notable wines you can find in these regions:

1. **Lacryma Christi:** Also known as “Tears of Christ,” this wine comes from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and is available in both red (rosso) and white (bianco) varieties. It’s made from indigenous grape varieties and is often associated with the city of Naples.

2. **Fiano di Avellino:** This white wine is produced from the Fiano grape variety in the Avellino province of Campania, near Naples. It’s known for its floral and fruity aromas with a balanced acidity, making it an excellent pairing with seafood and local dishes.

3. **Greco di Tufo:** Another popular white wine from Campania, Greco di Tufo is made from the Greco grape variety. It often exhibits a crisp and mineral character with citrus notes, making it a great choice for seafood and pasta dishes.

4. **Taurasi:** Known as the “Barolo of the South,” Taurasi is a prestigious red wine produced from the Aglianico grape in the Avellino province. It’s characterized by its robust structure, dark fruit flavors, and aging potential.

5. **Aglianico del Taburno:** This red wine is made from the Aglianico grape variety in the Taburno area of Campania. It offers a balance of fruitiness, acidity, and tannins, making it suitable for various Italian dishes.

6. **Costa d’Amalfi:** The Amalfi Coast produces some delightful wines, both red and white. These wines often reflect the unique terroir of the region and can vary in style. Look for Costa d’Amalfi DOC wines to explore the local flavors.

7. **Tramonti:** Tramonti, a small wine region in the Amalfi Coast, is known for its red wines, often made from the Piedirosso and Aglianico grapes. These wines tend to have a rustic and earthy character.

Accommodations (all with en-suite bathrooms)

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COSTANTINOPOLI 104 – NAPLES: An Oasis of Charm

More than a hotel, Costantinopoli104 is a haven we affectionately call a “charming refuge.” Nestled in the heart of Naples, on the famed Via Constantinopoli, it offers a sanctuary of tranquility. This street, known for antiquarians and restorers, sets the stage for an extraordinary experience.

Once the property of Marchese Spinelli, the villa unveils its splendor across two floors and a terrace. A testament to antiquity, the piperno stone entrance to the garden, the Marchese’s crests on the facade, and the ornate marble balustrades bear witness to its illustrious past. Art Nouveau elements, including a resplendent stained-glass window, extend a warm, colorful welcome. Each room is a treasure trove of history, adorned with marbles, adornments, and decorations that whisper tales of times gone by.

Explore further at: http://costantinopoli104.it/en/

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HOTEL SCAPOLATIELLO – CORPO DI CAVA: Where History Meets Modernity

Nestled in the heart of an age-old medieval hamlet, known as the “Badia” for its ancient Benedictine Abbey, Hotel Scapolatiello boasts a distinctive allure. This unique setting draws visitors from across the globe to immerse in its historical charm. A seamless blend of past and present, it allows you to experience the ambiance of bygone eras while enjoying contemporary comforts.

Discover more at: https://www.hotelscapolatiello.it

Minori Palace

MINORI PALACE HOTEL – MINORI: A Splendid Fusion of Elegance (for 2024 dates)

Emerging from the exquisite transformation of the former Hotel Bristol, the Minori Palace Hotel stands as a testament to architectural sophistication. Effortlessly blending history with contemporary luxury, this splendid 4-star haven showcases meticulously preserved architectural details that hark back to its origins.

Step into a lobby adorned in classic design, meticulously crafted down to the finest details. Public spaces feature prestigious contemporary art, elevating your experience. The bar, resplendent with vibrantly hued marble, invites you to savor a drink in style.

Immerse yourself in comfort and convenience. From an indulgent Italian breakfast buffet to an inviting American bar, our services are designed for your pleasure. With 24-hour concierge, garage, and laundry services, your stay is seamlessly cared for. The attentive staff and warm interiors ensure your time here is truly enjoyable.

Explore more at: https://www.minoripalace.com/

Price

Price per person changes depending on the occupancy number of your private group. Valid 2024
Number of guests price in double room (euros) single supplement (euros)
1 contact us  
2 or 3 5070 640
4 or 5 3450 640
6 or 7 3340 640
8 or 9  3220 640
10 or 11 3110 640
12 or more 2990 640
More guests? Please ask us a quote. We can also tailor the tour to your needs.
  • deposit 300 EURO
  • balance is due 95 days ahead of trip beginning date
  • you can pay in instalments
  • if you travel in July or August there is a seasonal surcharge of 400 euro per person

INQUIRY

Reviews

 

Amalfi Coast (John P  – USA)

My wife and I recently completed our third Walk About Italy and we loved it. Gianni organizes walks that are off the beaten path and uses fantastic local guides so we feel like we really experience Italy instead of just seeing heavily touristed areas. All of the food is plentiful and delicious! On this trip we visited a farm for lunch that was truly farm to table – fresh and amazing. A big bonus of these walks is the people we meet and share such wonderful experiences with. Thank you to our fellow walkers and our guides Erica, Gianni, and Matteo for providing more great memories of Italy.

 

Amalfi Coast, off the beaten path and among friends (David Minneapolis, MN – USA)

Travel to the real Italy, away from the hustle and hurry of being a ‘tourist’ and take a stroll with some of the most friendly and welcoming people in the world. Learn about the history of the area and walk through the streets and trails nestled alongside the splendor of the coast. Amazing food, wine.
Every day was a chance to see and experience something different, and the entire tour was very well organized.

Amazing Amalfi Tour (Karrie Waterford, CT – USA)

My husband and I just returned from our walking tour of the Amalfi coast. To say we enjoyed the trip would be a huge understatement. The walks we were guided through were so varied in their challenges and and experiences it’s hard to pick a favorite. The tour of Mt Vesuvius was a once in a lifetime experience. Pompeii was a living history lesson. We spent a morning touring a monastery that originated in the 14th century. All were so different and fascinating. We visited Vietri Sul Mare for a fantastic seafood lunch and shopping for beautiful ceramics. The gardens of Ravello are the most beautiful I’ve had the privilege to visit. The farm to table meals we had along our way will be forever in our fond memories.

The Only Way to Experience the Hills of the Amalfi Coast !!! (Mila & Joe, CT – USA )

In 2016 my husband and I walked the Tuscan Hills with Gianni owner of Walk About Italy – my review was titled “The Only Way to Experience the Hilltop Towns of Tuscany!!” – well, we just returned from a 7 day walking tour of the Amalfi Coast and I have to say – the only way to experience the hills of the Amalfi Coast is with Walk About Italy!!! If you love history, fabulous foods, excellent wines, homemade lemoncello and a desire to hike the steep hillsides of this beautiful region that juts into the Mediterranean then this is a trip for you. Our adventure started with a hike to Vesuvius and then to Pompei where we walked chariot rutted streets! We then started our journey to the Amalfi Coast – and then I woke to a very peaceful colorful sunrise. The hiking adventures included views of terrace lemon groves, stunning almost jaw dropping views of the Mediterranean, clusters of colorful buildings hanging onto the hillsides, hiking through a lush “rain forest” like environment in the Mill’s Valley and walking through ancient paper mill ruins. I could go on about the cheesemaking, drinking the most fabulous lemoncello and wines, fresh produce, homemade pastas and hikes that I will forever remember but instead I would strongly suggest you take this trip and experience it for yourself.
Mila

Once again a Wonderful experience (Johan, UK)

This was the second walk with Walk about Italy. First time in Tuscany, this time the Amalfi. Both trips were excellent. Wonderful scenery, wonderful food, wonderful wine. The guides are excellent and take you to places which I daresay not even many locals know about. We can’t wait to do Sicily.

Second tour with Walk About Italy, to Amalfi Coast (Shelli Whistler, BC – CAN)

I just completed my second tour with Walk About Italy, to Naples and the Amalfi Coast. My first tour through Tuscany was a wonderful experience, free from worry, every day planned and executed to give us an authentic look and taste of Tuscany. The trip to Amalfi did not disappoint. Ours guides had us on lovely trails outside villages into the countryside and down to the ocean. We saw many lovely villages and ate only in authentic farmhouses and cafes. There was much diversity and every day was planned to the minute. Many wonderful fresh meals, lovely people wherever we went. Our hotels were small and personal, every amenity you might need met. It is because of this second successful vacation that my friends and I have already booked our third tour with this company, to Sicily. It is a treat for me to tour away from home, see so much, and feel so catered to. Well done Gianni and company!!

Guides

Gianni

Gianni

Founder, trip organizer and guide at Walk About Italy (with a degree in Geology)

I am 51 years old.  Geology is my background (Ph.D.) but to me life is about more than an academic degree. Music and walking are my passions. I have been a certified guide for nature walks since 1999. After working many years as a guide and also in the back stage of the travel industry for foreign walking tour companies, I earned my Tour Organizer business license, valid in Italy and the rest of the world. Let me organize your vacation to Tuscany and other parts of Italy.

Tours he guides: Tuscany, Amalfi, Sicily, Umbria – Assisi & Le Marche

Rudy

Rudy

Photographing Tuscany (with a degree in yoga teaching)

Rudy was born in Colle Val d’Elsa, a town between Siena and Florence. He began working as a cycling guide and then as a professional nature guide. He is a Yoga teacher and passionate about natural medicine. He studied kinesiology, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy and has completed a master’s degree in osteopathy. Now he is studying photojournalism and nature photography because he wants to combine four great passions: photography, travel, people, animals.
Rudy is a vegetarian. “In Tuscany you can eat well without meat too … especially if you like good red wine.”

Tours he guides: Tuscany and Amalfi

Matteo

Matteo

Living la bella vita in Amalfi coast

Matteo was born and raised in a small village in the Amalfi coast.

He grew up in a family that takes food in big consideration. Infact along the Amalfi trip we visit and enjoy the restaurant of her cousin Raffaella, in a beautiful setting, exactly where Matteo was born and lived.

Matteo is an avis walker. He is part of a volounteering organization that takes care of the maintenance of the trails of this beautiful place. His hobby is playing soccer. How about kicking the ball with him??

Tours he guides: Amalfi

Erica

Erica

Walking changed my life!

Erica was born in San Gimignano from Italian dad and Scottish mum.

Her background is as Sales Executive in an export company but after 10 years she decided to leave the office, change her life and make a job out of her passions: walking, nature, art, living outdoor and meeting new people and cultures. Now Erica is a licensed hiking and city guide and her aim is to let you love Tuscany as much as she does!

Tours she guides: Tuscany & Amalfi

Trip facts

group meets here:

Naples – Costantinopoli Hotel 104
Via S. M. di Costantinopoli, 104
80134 – Naples

at what time?

4.00 PM

trip ends here:

Naples train station and Naples airport

at what time?

10.30 AM

Useful information on the tour

 

How to prepare for this trip

Walking or jogging for 60 minutes 3 times a week for 5 weeks ahead of trip will make your experience more enjoyable. In case you live in a flat area you might also incorporate some steps in your physical activity.

 

What to bring:

  • Walking shoes with good traction (sometimes we might have mud on the trail)
  • Hat, Swimming suit, sun cream, water bottle to refill with tap water
  • Dinners at Italian restaurants do not require any special dress code.
    Wear shoes with good traction. 
  • We provide walking sticks.

An average day of the trip

On a typical day you hike/walk with your guide in the morning for 3 hours, then we stop at a restaurant or farmhouse for lunch (lunch can last 1hour and half). We serve local food and wines as we believe that food plays an important role in the enjoyment of Amalfi coast.
In the afternoon there might be some more walking or town stroll. Around 4.30 or 5pm your guide will take you back to the hotel.
Before dinner you will be able to rest a couple of hours.
Dinner will be served in a restaurant in town that you will be able to easily reach on foot.
Local wine is always included for lunch or dinner. We serve vino della casa (house wine). You are welcome to buy your own wine from the list.

 

Weather

In general, the climate in Amalfi is very mild. Usually summers on the coast are hot with little or no rain. July and August are the hottest months (but still nice for walking as there is always a breeze blowing up on the hills). Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are milder. You can have some drops of rain but not too many. Winter is colder but you still can count on many sunny days.

Month   avg. High     avg. Low

Apr   66 °F (19 °C)    46 °F (8 °C)
May  73 °F (23 °C)   54 °F (12 °C)
Jun     81 °F (27 °C)   59 °F (15 °C)
Sep    81 °F (27 °C)   59 °F (15 °C)
Oct     72 °F (22 °C)  52 °F (11 °C)
Nov    61 °F (16 °C)  45 °F (7 °C)

Tipping your guides

Single Guide Tour: If your tour is led by a single guide, it is customary to provide a minimum tip of 20 euros per day, per customer. Your guide will be your primary source of information and assistance throughout the tour, and this gesture will reflect your gratitude for their personalized service.

Dual Guide Tour: In cases where your tour is led by two guides, we recommend a minimum tip of 10 euros per day, per customer, for each guide. This ensures that both guides are acknowledged for their contributions to your tour experience.

Tipping your drivers

If you wish to tip your drivers each of you might want to tip them 5 euro per day per driver.

Extra expenses

Plan to have extra cash or money in your credit card enough to buy a couple of coffee or tea every day (5 euros average) . One night out of six you are on your own for dinner (20-25 euros per meal per person, average)

Snapshots from the tour

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WALK RATING

Activity level:
2+ (on a scale from 1 to 5)
Daily Hours:
Up to 3
Daily Distance:
3 to 10 km (2 to 7 miles)
Walking Surfaces:
Gentle with some uneven terrain
Daily Elevation:
Up to 200 mt. (650 feet)
Personal Fitness:
Light exercise weekly, active lifestyle

WALK RATING

Activity level:
3 (on a scale from 1 to 5)
Daily Hours:
Up to 3
Daily Distance:
3 to 10 km (2 to 7 miles)
Walking Surfaces:
Gentle with some uneven terrain
Daily Elevation:
Up to 300 mt. (1000 ft.) - Average day 200 mt (650 ft.)
Personal Fitness:
Light exercise weekly, active lifestyle