Italy | Capri & the Amalfi Coast
Captivating coastlines, sapphire waters, and a laid-back Italian lifestyle.
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Hiking along Italy's Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its great physical beauty and natural diversity.
Walking the Sentiero degli Dei (the Trail of the Gods) en route to the magical beach town of Positano, which, according to legend, was founded by the great sea god, Poseidon.
Relaxed hikes on the Isle of Capri, an island famous for its cultural and natural treasures including the Villa Jovis, the Grotta Azzurra, and the Faraglioni.
Exciting add-ons: cooking classes in Ravello, additional day hikes between Amalfi and Positano, and visits to famous tourist sites like Paestum, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.
Let the sirens tempt you with captivating coastlines, sapphire waters and a laid-back Italian lifestyle that the locals call “tranquillo.” It is no coincidence that Homer chose Capri and the Amalfi Coast as the home for his fabled sirens in the epic tale, The Odyssey. Once you experience the enchanting life of southern Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, you won’t want to return home either.
Following ancient footpaths, carved into the mountains and coastlines by Greeks and Romans, you hike between the famous Mediterranean beach towns of Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano. Hike on the island of Capri, succumbing to luxury-laden boutiques, cliffside walks and ancient temples. Admire the region’s esteemed natural wonders like the Blue Grotto, a small sea cave that glows with blue light from within, and the Faraglioni, three imposing rock formations (one with an arch), that stand just off the coast of Capri.
You dine on Italian cuisine, of course, and it goes without saying that you’ll delight in delicious regional specialties from the mountains and the sea. Treat yourself to this 7-day hiking tour of Italy’s Capri and the Amalfi Coast, and the toughest decision that you’ll have to make is whether to dine beachside each night, or to relax with a glass of wine in the heart of one of many atmospheric old towns.
Choose from our standard itinerary or customize the trek by adding or subtracting days. We are happy to offer harder or gentler hikes where possible.
Arrive at Naples airport. Catch a bus or taxi to the harbor and continue to the Isle of Capri by ferry. If time permits, we suggest you visit the famous “Grotta Azzura” (The Blue Grotto) in the afternoon. Overnight in a stunning 4-star hotel in Capri.
We picked a beautiful and serene, coastal hike as a warm up. Familiarize yourself with the island as you walk to Villa Jovis, Tiberius’ home, and onto Arco Naturale, to reach ‘belvederes’ of the Faraglione Rocks. Along the way enjoy views towards the Amalfi Coast and get a glimpse of Villa Malaparte, one of Capris most famous modern structures.
Distance: 5.5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 920 ft.
Today you hike or take a lift to Monte Solaro and descend along wild and precipitous cliffs reaching the Faro Lighthouse for a fine swim in the sea, a caffè macchiato, and conversations with the locals. Find your way to the captivating Sentiero del Fortini and return to your hotel via bus.
Distance: up to 10 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1720/2300 ft.
Take a ferry from Capri to Amalfi and walk through the narrow streets to find the trailhead to the Valley of the Mills. Before heading towards Ravello, we suggest you tour the 14th century Museo della Carta (allow 45 minutes). The hike to Ravello is stunning as you walk among hundreds of terraces of lemon trees and organic gardens gradually ascending to the hamlet of Nocelle for lunch. In Ravello, visit the gardens of the 11th century Villa Rufalo and the 20th century Villa Cimbrone. Either walk back to Amalfi via Atrani or take the bus back to Amalfi.
Distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1720/2300 ft if walking back to Amalfi.
Hike from Amalfi to the hill town of Positano on the stunning and aptly named Pathway of the Gods. This dizzying clifftop hike was known for where the Sirens sang to Odysseus luring him away from his path. Stop for lunch in Nocelle before you continue to Positano and rest up in your lovely 18th century hotel. Tonight, dine in one of Positano’s many old restaurants.
Distance: 6 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1020/2610 ft.
Start your hike today from your hotel to reach well-preserved ancient steps and a Roman road taking you up high to the small villages near the Lattari Mountain Range. Dine at an infamous farmer’s restaurant for a simple, yet amazing lunch. Meander through chestnut trees and find your way back to Positano on cobbled stairs to Montepertuso, where you can enjoy a glass of Campania wine and the view of Positano. Return to your hotel and perhaps enjoy the afternoon on Positano’s beach, Spiaggia Grande.
Distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2100/2360 ft.
You can depart by ferry, bus and train, or for a fee we will arrange a taxi driver to take you to Naples upon your departure. With this taxi arrangement you can stop at Herculaneum, Pompeii, and even hike Mt. Vesuvius before you return to Naples.