Campania – The Amalfi Coast – Springtime Between The Sea And Mountains

Campania – Discover Ischia and Capri on foot
8 October 2017
8 October 2017

from May to October


Springtime colours between the sea and mountains
We’ve chosen the Amalfi coast for this holiday; a natural paradise with its Mediterranean scrub, lemons, hilltop villages above the sea, and coves create a unique place that has been called a “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO. The shape of the coast makes it look like it’s a half suspended balcony above the cobalt blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and with the light blue colour of the sky, which many painters have tried to reproduce over the years. The great beauty of this landscape, however, cannot be appreciated through photos or stories, and for this reason you can find the Amalfi Coast among the lists for the tops places to visit at least once in your lifetime. For outdoor nature lovers like us, you can walk along the many trails that overlook the coast. The last few years have seen an important development in terms of path – like the “Path of the Gods” – which makes these places unforgettable.

Easy hikes on paths that twist and turn through the Mediterranean scrub between the coast and the surrounding mountainous areas with the characteristic that there will be ascents and descents based on where we leave from.

Day 1:

Naples – Agerola

Meet participants at the train station of Naples at 5pm. Transfer by bus from the station to Agerola where the hotel is located. Check-in and room assignment. Free time. Dinner. Presentation of the itinerary after dinner.

Day 2:

Trekking in Valle delle Ferriere (Amalfi)

After breakfast, depart by bus for Pontone, where our excursion start (some interesting points include the tower Torre dello Ziro and the remains of the ancient San Eustacchio Cathedral). The trip will then move towards the Natural Reserve of Valle delle Ferriere, a captivating place for its nature and landscape. The next descent towards Amalfi (one of the four maritime republics) runs along the “Canneto” torrent where you can see the ruins of the ancient ironworks and mills where they worked paper; they made use of the abundant water that came from the heart of this valley. Free time in Amalfi to visit the village (the Duomo and Vietri pottery are particularly interesting to see). We’ll climb back up to Pontone and ride back to the hotel in the bus. Dinner.

Starting point: Pontone
Arrival point: Pontone
Change in elevation: 150 m elevation loss and 300 m in elevation gain
Level of difficulty: easy

Day 3:

Path of the Gods and Positano

After breakfast, we’ll leave for the panoramic excursion that we’ll take us on the famous Path of the Gods. Up until the 19th century, this path that twists and turns along the coast was the only way to travel from the small isolated villages to the minuscule terraced fields and vineyards of the zone. The characteristics of this path is the constant view with a breathtaking panorama of the whole peninsula up to Capri and the gulf with its crystal clear sea, always walking surrounded by the aromatic plants of Mediterranean scrub. The descent will lead to Positano whose coloured houses were built in the shape of an amphitheatre facing the sea, creating a unique picturesque look of the village. Free time to visit Positano. Return by bus to the hotel. Dinner.

Starting point: Agerola
Arrival point: Positano
Change in elevation: 100 m in elevation gain; 650 m in elevation loss
level of difficulty: easy

Day 4:

Monte San Costanzo – Punta Campanella

After breakfast, we’ll head by bus to Termini to begin walking towards Monte San Costanzo where will be able to admire the last branch of the Sorrento-Amalfi peninsula in view of the Island of Capri. From the mountain we’ll descend towards Punta Campanella on the extreme point of the Sorrento Peninsula, where we can find a protected marine area and World War II stationings, and where an ancient Greek temple stood. Return towards Termini on the same path tucked away among the Mediterranean scrub and where we will take the bus to get back to the hotel.

Starting point: Termini
Arrival point: Termini
Change in elevation: 150 m in elevation gain, 450 m in elevation loss and then 300 m in elevation gain
Level of difficulty: easy

Day 5:

Vesuvio – Naples

Check-out after breakfast. Transfer by bus to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius (1000 m), where the ascent to the volcano starts. On foot we’ll arrive to the crater with the Vulcanology Guide who will explain the characteristics of this fascinating corner of Italy. You can enjoy a panorama to which very few part parts of Campania can compare. Return and transfer to the train station of Naples by 3:30 – 3:30pm, where we will say goodbye.

Change in elevation: 200 m
Level of difficulty: easy

The walks are suitable for everyone, trekkers and Nordic walkers. The change in elevation is moderate so this allows even new fitness walkers to participate. All you need to have is a minimal level of fitness habits, such as walking.

There are different ways to reach Naples.

By plane: from all major national airports (i.e. €100.00 to / from Milan)

By train: from Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome on “Frecce” Trenitalia trains (i.e. about €120.00 to / from Milan)

By bus: Flixbus coach operates in most major cities (i.e. varies from €18 to €72 to / from Milan)

– For information:

– The planned activities and itinerary will be carried out weather permitting. Alternative excursions or activities will be proposed if necessary.

– The holiday will take place as long as the minimum number of persons has been reached; should that minimum number not be reached, the client will be fully reimbursed.

– The holiday will take place, upon decision of the organizers, even if the minimum number of persons hasn’t been reached, only with the accompaniment and the assistance of the local guide.

– The hotel accommodation facilities could change, in case the standard and services will be guaranteed

– The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions with the final decision being that of the guides.

– Recommended equipment: for more information click here

-Technical management managed by Geosfera Viaggi – Globe Inside srl Group

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