Join AdventureWomen in September 2016 for a scenic hiking vacation to the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri in Italy where we’ll feast on picturesque coastal views around the Bay of Salerno and on the freshest Italian cuisine from the region of Campania.
“The sun, the moon, the stars, and Amalfi” is how the Amalfitans of 600 years ago described their kingdom. Exploring Italy’s classic Mediterranean coast, today’s walkers feel the same way. Many people say the Amalfi coastline, extending south of Naples, is the most beautiful region in the Mediterranean. Having been there, it’s difficult to disagree.
At first view, it looks like Amalfi’s coastal cliffs and mountains surrounding the Bay of Salerno are too steep to walk, but you will be happily surprised to discover that there is a wonderful network of footpaths linking the radiant landscape where one mountain after another plunges into the aquamarine sea; where towns full of lemon and olive groves are linked to terraced hillsides of vineyards and vegetable gardens; where green forests, deep gorges, and limestone cliffs link the picturesque villages of Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi. These ancient and intricate pathways ascend to mountaintop monasteries and Roman villas, and often consist of well-constructed steps or mule paths that were once the only route of communication between villages. From this vertical landscape the paths descend to romantic harbors and lovely beaches. John Steinbeck once described Positano as “a dream place” and D.H. Lawrence and Gore Vidal raved about Ravello. We’re sure you will too!
We’ll discover the dreamy island of Capri, where extraordinary rock formations rise from the sea; Sorrento, the mythological and bewitching home of the Sirens; and visit the old Roman city of Ercolono (ancient Herculaneum), famous as one of the few cities, besides Pompeii, whose ruins from its destruction in AD 79 from Vesuvius can be viewed. Our hikes take us off the beaten path to discover the hidden side of the Amalfi coast, and we’ll marvel at the golden light, dark blue water and what the Romans called “The Happy Land.”
In addition to feasting our eyes on spectacular coastal scenery and staying in wonderfully panoramic accommodations, we literally feast on the bounty of the region’s incredible variety of flavors. Lemons from the Sorrentine Peninsula have inspired the liquer limoncello, sipped ice cold after dinner. Fresh Italian cuisine from seafood and cheeses to pasta dishes unique to the Amalfi region in Italy, are among other tastes to be savored in this exploration of a mythical coastline—a blend of flavors from the sea and the fertile countryside. Join us in September 2016 on the Amalfi Coast in Italy hiking her idyllic and enchanting paths!
PLEASE NOTE: This trip is for women who are active, in shape, and LOVE to hike! We expect all participants to be in excellent hiking condition, and that you have read the description of the Activity Level that you need to be in to take part in this adventure.
- Hike Italy's classic Amalfi Coastline, said by many to be the most beautiful region in the Mediterranean.
- Explore Herculaneum, the remains of a Roman city that was destroyed in a sea of volcanic mud when Vesuvius blew up in 70 AD.
- Take a boat trip to the magical island of Capri, explore its Roman villas, and the gardens of Villa Michele.
- Sip the famous limoncello, and eat an entire lunch based entirely on lemons!
- Hike such gorgeous trails with names like Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) and the Scala Fenicia (800 stone steps of Greek and Roman origin).
- Visit Ravello, one of the most panoramic towns in Italy, and its famous gardens, Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo.
What You'll See and Do
- Cultural Exploration
- Wine Tasting