Campania – Discover Ischia and Capri on foot

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from May to October

The splendid sea, special islands and natural hot springs

The Gulf of Naples is embellished by the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, that form a line along the coast between the two outer towns of Sorrento and Pozzuoli; known all over the world for their charming panoramas, nature and cultural characteristics, with nothing else like them in the world. Their landscapes are all different thanks to their geological origins: Capri is a rocky spur that broke off from Sorrento peninsula in prehistoric times while Ischia and Procida both came about from the intense volcanic activities of Campi Flegrei. To enjoy this holiday in the best way possible, we will use Ischia as our base, also known as the “Green Island” for its abundant vegetation, thanks to its rich soil and constant mild climate. We will travel around on foot from here to discover the natural and historic beauties that characterize these islands, getting glimpses of unique and amazing views. Ischia is dominated by Monte Epomeo, an extinct volcano with numerous scattered small craters which were active in prehistoric times. Today, there are traces remaining of various hot springs and fumaroles found on the coastlines and on the bottom of the sea, thanks to the island’s volcanic origins, and ancient remains from the Greek and Roman periods can be found as well. There will also be time to explore Capri, whose magic can be felt by simply going there when the last rays of sunlight paint the Faraglioni sea stacks. From Monte Solaro we’ll see the amazing views of the entire island, Sorrento and of the entire golf. It’s not by chance that a few Roman emperors governed their territories from this island.

Capri, Monte Solaro with its breathtaking views of the golf and the Faraglioni sea stacks, Ischia with Monte Epomeo, its craters and hot and thermal springs. The tastes and exquisiteness of Neapolitan cuisine.

Day 1:

Meet at 2pm at the “Napoli Centrale” train station. Group transfer to the port and then continue on to Ischia by hydrofoil. Arrival at the hotel, room assignments and free time. Before dinner a presentation of the holiday.

Day 2:
MONTE EPOMEO

Level of difficulty: EASY

Change in elevation: 350 m

Packed lunches.

Excursion up to the top of Monte Epomeo on a panoramic trail that passes through a forest filled with acacias and chestnut trees while passing by various landmarks like the stone church Santa Maria al Monte, the “stone houses” (which were carved out of massive rocks fallen off the mountain) and the “snow ditches” which were made for collecting snow. We’ll continue on, passing by ancient wine cellars built in the tuff stone and vineyards. We will finally get to the peak of Epomeo where we will can enjoy a spectacular view of the island and visit the stone church dedicated to San Nicola (15th century). We will then go down to see the “Pietra dell’acqua” (water stone), a gigantic carved boulder which is still used today to collect water.

Day 3:

CAPRI – MONTE SOLARO

Level of difficulty: EASY – MODERATE

Change in elevation: 587 m

Packed lunches

Transfer by ferry from Ischia to Capri where we will go on one of the most spectacular trails of Italy. We’ll start off going up a charming little path called Passetiello to get to the hermitage called Eremo di Cetrella and from here we’ll move on to Monte Solaro (587 m) which is the highest peak overlooking the island that. In the afternoon, return to Ischia by hydrofoil.

Day 4:

PIANO LIGUORI

Level of difficulty: EASY

Change in elevation: 394 m

Packed lunches

A very scenic trail on the southeast side of the island. The path begins along the splendid Bay of Cartaromana and at the bottom of it, it is still possible to see the remains of “AENARIA”, the old submerged Roman Ischia. We’ll follow a path that will pass through various inlets bordered by terraced vineyards and then continue through the Mediterranean scrub until San Pancrazio (156 m) to get to “La Scarrupata” where it’s possible to enjoy the breathtaking view. After that, we’ll head towards Monte Vezzi (394 m).

Day 5:

CRATERS AND HOT SPRINGS

Level of difficulty: EASY

Change in elevation: 440 m

Packed lunches

The excursion starts from Cretaio (Casamicciola) and crosses the crest of the crater of a volcano where it is possible to observe the “Fondo d’Oglio” and fumaroles which are still active. The trail carries on to Montagnone and Monte Rotaro, two of the many volcanoes found on Ischia; the first is covered by the Mediterranean scrub while the other is filled with pine trees. Continuing on, we will go through orchards and vineyards until the trail narrows in an undergrowth of holly oaks, strawberry trees, heather, myrtle and ivy up until the borders of the crater of Rotaro.

The next stop is the springs of Buceto among tall chestnut trees and tropical vegetation. We’ll continue on towards Piano San Paolo (440 m), Costa Sparaina, a trail with broom trees and Madonna di Piedimonte with splendid landscapes. Arrival at the spring of Nitrodi with a brief visit of the hot springs. Return to the hotel by bus.

Day 6:

Breakfast. Check-out. Transfer from the hotel to the port. Departure by hydrofoil at 2pm and arrival at the port of Naples at 3pm. Transfer to the main train station of Naples at around 3:30pm.

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.

Naples can be reached in various ways.

By plane: from all major national airports (i.e. €100.00 roundtrip Milan-Naples)

By train: from Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome on “Frecce” Trenitalia trains or Italo trains (i.e. about €120.00 roundtrip Milan-Naples, but with advanced booking, it’s possible to spend less than half of that)

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

– For information: contact@dimensioneattiva.it

– 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 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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