There’s no other place in the world as magical as the Amalfi Coast and its satellite island of Capri. Our Magnifica Tour will take you to this paradise on earth. The scent of its lemon groves and flowers, the light breeze of the Mediterranean Sea, the lush shady woods and the unique towns perched on the cliff slopes will bind you to this corner of southern Italy, much like the mythical Sirens’ singing enchanted Ulysses’ sailors in Homer’s masterpiece, “Odyssey.”
Our tour starts on the Island of Capri, a mecca for fashionable people and artists looking for a quiet place to live but 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 boat ride to Amalfi will take us to the mainland for the second half of the tour. Amalfi was one of the Maritime Republics and a powerful trading port in the Middle Ages. Today it’s a lively little town whose inhabitants are welcoming and possess a contagious, positive attitude. After visiting the town center and its majestic cathedral and cloister, we will walk out of the crowds and soon be immersed in a lush vegetation of lemon trees, vegetable gardens, flowers and mediterranean bushes and trees until we reach Ravello, a stunning town with one of the best views of the coast below. A music festival takes place in Ravello every summer and its old villas are the perfect location for classical music concerts. We could not end our tour in a better place than Positano, a nativity-scene-like town where getting lost in its maze of alleys can be an unforgettable experience. Take a picture of Positano from the old cemetery and keep it as a reminder that someday you must come back!
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April 18 - April 24, 2021
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Private room (single supplement) USD 495
7 days (6 nights)
The entire team catered to each of our needs and ensured everyone had a good time. Your keen awareness of how the tour is going and making the necessary adjustments shows your passion in making sure we have the best 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, a taxi will take you to the hotel where you will meet your guide(s) for a light lunch and tour overview.
In the afternoon you can enjoy a warm-up 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 will take a private transfer to the town of Anacapri on the opposite side of the island. An easy path will lead us to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island, in about an hour. Once at the top we will enjoy panoramic views of the island that include Marina Grande and Marina Piccola (the two ports of the island), 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 back down or take a chairlift right to the center of town where we can have lunch. Shopping time is mandatory in Anacapri to try on the Capresi sandals that are handmade by craftsmen following the old tradition and a legendary perfumer. The shopping street of Anacapri is also the beginning of the path that will take us back to Capri, walking down the steps of the Phoenician Staircase, an old path that the islanders used to walk up and down before the road was built. In 1.5 - 2 hours we will be back to the hotel. A public bus is also available all day long should you wish to spend more time shopping or wandering through the town of Anacapri and inside some of its old palaces. One that stands out is Villa San Michele, a wonderful palace with gardens, built by a Swedish doctor and veterinarian, Axel Munthe, for his retirement.
Capri - 3 hrs - Rolling
This morning we will walk to Villa Jovis, one of Tiberius’ villas, in about 1.5 hrs. A visit to this ancient Roman site is a great opportunity to see how good the ancient Romans were in constructing their noble mansions. They also created the forefather of 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 relax 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 cave mouth. Once inside, the boats bob in the dark, suspended on the surface of water so blue that it seems dream-like.
Amalfi - 2.5 - 3 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.
From Amalfi center, we will walk along La valle delle Ferriere and back to Amalfi. A lunch in Amalfi will be followed by a visit to an old paper mill, now a museum, where each of you can make your own sheet of paper in the old traditional way and using the original machinery! The Amalfi coast is famous for its lemon orchards. These lemons are huge compared to the ones grown elsewhere and even the peels can be eaten out of hand. This afternoon we’ll learn about the farming tradition involving lemons but also about the local cuisine and recipes. In fact, a family that runs a beautiful farm with an abundance of huge Amalfi lemons that is also an informal cooking school will host us. The engaging cooking class and the finished dishes will delight you! The tour is capped off with lemon dessert and limoncello.
Some free time for shopping and to discover Amalfi on your own. Our hotel enjoys a great location on the Amalfi harbor.
Amalfi - 2 hrs - Hilly
A leisurely day in Amalfi with some free time with time for shopping and to discover Amalfi on your own. However, we have a guided visit with a local guide who will tell us about the history and traditions of Amalfi, ones 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.
We'll offer an optional hike in the afternoon to the spectacular Ravello and its spectacular villas. A pottery workshop visit in Ravello is another interesting activity.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant is our farewell to Amalfi.
Amalfi - Positano "Sentiero degli Dei" - 3 hrs - Rolling
Today we plan to reach Positano. A private transfer will take us to the town of Bomerano, near Agerola, where our hike starts. We will walk to Positano today, following Il 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.
Our lunch will be a picnic along the path with focaccia and mozzarella from Agerola, or a late lunch in Nocelle square, before taking a private transfer down to the center of Positano. Gelato - lemon flavor, of course - will be our reward for this long walk.
If you have some extra energy to spare, we suggest a short and easy walk to the old cemetery of Positano from where you can admire the entire town. Before dinner, we can learn some of the history of Positano by visiting some of its quarters. Celebratory seafood dinner in another carefully selected location.
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. 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 recognized 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 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.