Experience the pure magic of the Amalfi Coast and its enchanting satellite island, Capri, on our Magnifica Tour. The fragrant lemon groves and vibrant flowers, the gentle breeze of the Mediterranean Sea, the verdant woods, and the picturesque towns perched on cliff slopes will captivate you, much like the Sirens' song that lured Ulysses' sailors in Homer's Odyssey.
Our tour starts on the Island of Capri, a mecca for fashionable people and artists looking for a quiet place to live, and also a window to showcase their creations to visitors who come from all over the world. We will visit Anacapri, a lesser-known part of the island, and discover its beautiful nature and views of the Amalfi Coast. The famous piazzetta, the little square in the center of Capri, will be the setting for an aperitivo, an Italian-style pre-dinner drink, with local appetizers and people watching!
A ferry ride to Amalfi will take us to the mainland for the second half of the tour. Amalfi, once a powerful trading port during the Middle Ages, is a lively town whose warm and welcoming inhabitants possess an infectious, positive attitude. We'll tour the town's highlights and venture away from the crowds to immerse ourselves in the lush vegetation of lemon trees, vegetable gardens, flowers, and Mediterranean flora. We'll get up close to centuries-old grapevines, meet their caretakers, and relish in the breathtaking views of the coast from the stunning town of Ravello. Our tour culminates in the nativity-scene-like town of Positano, where getting lost in its maze of alleys promises an unforgettable experience.
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Capri - 1 to 2 hr - Flat
After a boat ride from the mainland to Marina Grande, the main dock in Capri, we will take the funicular to the hotel for a light lunch and tour overview.
In the afternoon you can enjoy a warmup walk on the paved streets of Capri to the Faraglioni, gigantic coastal rocks formed by erosion from sea waves. Enjoy the sunset over the Faraglioni and the Capri coastline before heading back to the piazzetta for our first aperitivo and a toast to the beauty of Capri.
Anacapri - 2.5 - 3 hrs - Hilly
After breakfast we transfer by bus to the town of Anacapri on the opposite side of the island. An unforgettable chairlift ride will take us to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island. Once at the top we will enjoy panoramic views of the island that include Marina Grande and Marina Piccola (the two ports), the Faraglioni, and Villa Jovis on the top of a cliff. On a sunny day, views extend to Naples and to Mt. Vesuvius. You can walk down or take a chairlift back to the center of town where we will have lunch. Shopping time is mandatory in Anacapri: try on the Capresi sandals that are handmade by craftsmen following traditional methods, and visit a legendary perfumer. Linger in Anacapri for more shopping or to visit some of its old palaces (such as Villa San Michele) and take a taxi (or bus) back to the hotel, or if you are in the mood for more walking there is (steep) path down the steps of the Phoenician Staircase that will take you back to Capri in 1.5-2 hours. This is an old path that was used by the islanders before the road was built.
Capri - 3 hrs - Rolling
This morning we will walk to Villa Jovis, one of Tiberius’ villas, in about 1.5 hrs. This is a great opportunity to see how good the ancient Romans were at constructing their noble mansions. They also created a precursor to the modern spa, the thermal baths, remains of which you can still admire at this villa. Our lunch stop will be on the way back to the center of Capri and in the afternoon we can take another short walk to visit the Augustus Gardens or spend some time shopping in Capri and relaxing before dinner.
Boat ride to the Blue Grotto (weather permitting). This is the most famous sight on Capri, where visitors from around the world form long lines to get a peek inside for just a few magical moments. This natural cavern is 82 ft (25 meters) wide and 197 ft (60 meters) long, with a tiny entrance less than three ft (one meter). To enter, visitors lay back in wooden rowboats and glide through the low mouth of the cave. Once inside, the boats bob in the dark, suspended on the surface of water so blue that it seems dreamlike.
Amalfi - 1.5 - 2 hrs - Hilly
Leaving Capri is never easy, but we can look ahead from the jet boat and see our next destination: Amalfi. We will not regret this transfer to the mainland since Amalfi will welcome us with its lively port and square, and streets full of small shops and coffee bars.
We’ll begin our Amalfi exploration right away, taking the Via delle Cartiere (paper mills) right from town.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its lemons, which are larger and sweeter than a typical lemon (you can even eat the peel!), and we’ll stop for lunch at a family-run lemon grove to learn about their farming traditions. This is all capped off with a taste of limoncello and a demonstration of how to make this famous digestivo.
We’ll meet up later in the day to explore Amalfi’s hidden streets and alleyways with a local guide before dinner in a prime location overlooking the piazza. Amalfi was once a maritime power, trading grain from its neighbors, salt from Sardinia and slaves from the interior, and even timber, in exchange for the gold dinars minted in Egypt and Syria, in order to buy the Byzantine silks that it resold in the west.
Ravello and Tramonti - 3.5 hrs - Hilly
The day starts early with a transfer to Ravello. We’ll explore the town and tour the amazing park of Villa Cimbrone, which boasts one of the best views in all of the Amalfi Coast.
Today’s hike takes us inland to a part of the Amalfi Coast that you probably haven’t imagined, but that is filled with agricultural history (which means food and wine). We’ll take a secondary path and enter the Tramonti Valley, which is now considered the wine production capital of the area and is also a hiker’s paradise, with an interesting network of trails from the mountains that connect the 13 hamlets of which Tramonti is comprised. Our hike will take us to a winery that prides itself on having pre-phylloxera vines that are over 250 years old. Lunch will be an unforgettable experience where we pair local delicacies with autochthonous grapes, a dive into the true essence of the Mediterranean Diet.
Back in Amalfi you’ll have some free time before dinner. We highly suggest a visit to the old mill and paper museum where you can learn about the traditional way of making paper and why it was important to this area.
Amalfi - Positano "Sentiero degli Dei" - 3 hrs - Rolling
A private transfer will take us to the town of Bomerano, near Agerola, where our hike starts. We will walk to Positano today, following the famous Sentiero degli Dei (The Path of the Gods) to Nocelle, just above Positano. The 4.8 mile (7.8 km) path is about 3 hours and has stunning views.
After lunch we’ll reach the center of Positano via private transfer where you will have time to explore the narrow, winding alleyways of Positano that house shops and cafes. Gather with your guides on Spiaggia Grande before taking a private boat back to Amalfi along the coast. Our final dinner together will be a special event at one of our favorite restaurants.
After breakfast, a shuttle will take you to Naples airport or to another destination according to your travel plans.
Upon request and free of charge, you can use our Ferrino Mustang light aluminum alloy walking poles (highly recommended).
The Amalfi coast, Positano and Capri have a well-deserved reputation for great food. When there, you will find yourself eating more slowly, savoring for example the vivid taste of San Marzano tomatoes (Slow Food presidium) just off the vine served with fresh mozzarella. Yes, we are in the birthplace of Caprese salad! The Amalfi Coast is the land of lemons. The enormous and intensely aromatic sfusato di Amalfi lemons are used to prepare Limoncello liqueur and to cook some traditional dishes and sweets. Slow Food recognizes and protects the biodiversity of the sfusato lemon: “It is something more than a simple cultivation. It is at least from three centuries the engine of the local agriculture.” Fish from the Tyrrhenian Sea is not to be missed in a meal. For thousands of years the villagers have specialized in catching and preserving anchovies. They make a wonderful anchovy essence, a little like an anchovy pesto, by pressing the fish. It's absolutely delicious on hot spaghetti. The anchovies from this area boast two Slow Food presidia status. The perfect climate and the influence of the salty seawater give vegetables like tomatoes, artichokes and eggplants a sweet taste.
From this unique land come unique wines. In fact, harmony, complexity and uniqueness are the terms which best describe the Amalfi Coast and…its wine. The production territory extends from Positano as far as Vietri sul Mare, along the terraces facing the sea, where the perfume of citrus fruits and Mediterranean flora mix with the smell of the sea, the mists of the mountains and the woods condensing first of all in vats and then in glasses, in wines of great class. The vines climb the walls, grow horizontally, peep out from the rocks, run along stones and earth in a way which is both extreme and heroic. The vines are often real secular giants with a thousand arms, from which golden bunches of grapes hang; grapes of shapes, colors and aromas which are impossible to find in other areas, as they are expressions of varieties cultivated exclusively on the Amalfi Coast. This represents a further fascinating element of the strength of the vines and wine culture of the Divine Coast. Alongside Biancolella (a vine which grows near the sea, present only on the Amalfi Coast, Ischia, Capri and Procida), Falanghina, Per e' Palummo and Aglianico (the top grape of varieties typical of Campania) there are other vines which make up the DOC certification such as Pepella, Fenile, Ginestra, Tintore, all of which further contribute to the exclusiveness of these coastal wines.