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April 23rd - April 29th, 2017

September 20th - September 26th, 2017

October 15th Through October 21st, 2017

Explore and savor a true paradise with breathtaking views at a leisurely pace

Tour designer: Federica Luppi

There’s no other place in the world as magical as the Amalfi Coast and its satellite island of Capri. This 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 coming 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 from where there’s 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 classiccal 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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  • Capri – Faraglioni, Piazzetta and Villa Jovis
  • Ravello – Villa Cimbrone gardens and terrace
  • Amalfi Cathedral and Cloister
  • Il Sentiero degli Dei (the Path of the Gods) hiking trail
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites: Positano, Amalfi’s old town and the Amalfi Coast
  • Old-fashioned paper making and Limoncello in Amalfi
  • Two nights at magnificent Hotel Le Sirenuse
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  • Hike to Villa Jovis, the site of one of Tiberius’ villas on Capri
  • Anacapri, a lesser-known hiking paradise on Capri that is uncrowded and beautiful
  • Visit an old paper mill and take home your own sheet of paper
  • Hike on Il Sentiero degli Dei (the Path of the Gods)
  • Limoncello production
  • Handmade Capresi sandals
  • Optional visit to a local potter
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Where: Capri
Terrain: Flat
Hike: 
1 to 2 hrs
Meals: L, D

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 guides. A light lunch together will allow your guides to give you an overview of the tour. 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.

Hotel: Capri  (alternative Gatto Bianco)

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Where: Anacapri
Terrain: Hilly
Hike:
2.5 to 3 hrs
Meals: B, L, D

After breakfast we will take a bus 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 one 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 a craftsman following the old tradition. 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.

Hotel: Capri  (alternative Gatto Bianco)

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Where: Capri
Terrain: Rolling
Hike:
3 Hrs
Meals: B, L, D

This morning we will walk to Villa Jovis, one of Tiberius’ villas, in about 1.5 hrs. A visit of 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 25 meters wide and 60 meters long, with a tiny entrance less than a meter high. 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.

Hotel: Capri  (alternative Gatto Bianco)

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Where: Amalfi
Terrain: Rolling
Hike: 
2.5 to 3 hrs 
Meals: B, L, D

Leaving Capri is never easy but we have to look ahead from the jet boat and to see our next destination: Amalfi. We will not regret this transfer on the mainland, since Amalfi will welcome us with its lively port and square and streets full of small shops and coffee bars. From Amalfi centre we will walk along La valle delle Ferriere and back to Amalfi. A lunch in Amalfi will be followed by visit to an old paper mill, now a museum, where each of you can make his own paper sheet in the old traditional way and using the original machineries! This will be our gift to be taken home with you. Don’t forget to taste a Delizia al Limone, a lemon spongecake, at the pastry shop next to the Cathedral square before starting our visit of the town with a local guide. The Cathedral and its cloister and treasure will be a highlight of the day! Some free time for shopping and to discover Amalfi on your own and then we will take a bus to Ravello. A pottery handcraft shop visit in Ravello is another interesting activity that we suggest to complete this rich day. In Ravello it’s possible to enjoy a classic music concert in Villa Rufolo. Check the program with the guides in advance. 

Hotel: Rufolo

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Where: Positano
Terrain: Rolling
Hike:
3 Hrs
Meals: B, L, D

Today we leave Ravello and we head north to 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 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 the bus down to the center of Positano where we can rest at our hotel. A fish dinner in Positano with a view over the coast will be our reward for this long walk.

Palazzo Murat (alternative Poseidon)

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Where: Positano
Terrain: Rolling
Hike:
2 Hrs
Meals: B, L, D

A leisurely day in Positano. For our last day we suggest a short and easy walk to the old cemetery of Positano from where you can admire the entire town. On the way back to the hotel we can learn some of the history of Positano by visiting some of its quarters. Lunch will be in town by the sea and then enjoy some souvenir shopping and a good gelato al limone (lemon ice cream) before we get ready for our celebration dinner in the wonderful location of Furore, a canyon carved by the sea. A shuttle will take us there (and back) for a last night view of this incredible coast! 

Palazzo Murat (alternative Poseidon) 

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Where: Positano
Terrain: Departure
Ride: 
None
Meals: B

After breakfast a shuttle will take you to Naples airport or to another destination according to your travel plans.

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Airport/s - Naples Capodichino (NAP)

Other transportation -  Private transfer by Tourissimo from the airport in Naples to catch a jet boat and then transfer to the first hotel by taxi. If you fly to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) you can catch a fast train and reach the Naples airport to be picked-up with the rest of the group. Upon request, guests can be picked-up elsewhere (additional cost).

 

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Airport/s - Naples Capodichino (NAP)

Other transportation - Private transfer by Tourissimo from last hotel to the airport. If you fly out of Rome you can take the fast train to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) at a cost of about 45 Euro. The train ride takes about 2hrs.

 

Apple_Touch_IconTour Level

Recreational/Active/Athletic - Active: 2 to 3 hrs a day along rolling and hilly terrain.

 

Apple_Touch_IconClimate Data

In April temperature averages 10C (50F) low / 21C (70F) max - precipitation probability is 22%.

In September temperature averages 14C (58F) low / 27C (80F) max - precipitation probability is 16%.

In October temperature averages 12C (53F) low / 21C (70F) max - precipitation probability is 24%.

 

Apple_Touch_IconTour Program Cost (All-inclusive)

Tour price per person in double room is USD 4,155 

Private room surcharge is USD 800

Please contact our office if:

- The tour you are interested in is scheduled to start within 90 days

- You would like to make this tour private 

- You would like to choose your own dates

 

Apple_Touch_IconAll-inclusive Program 

• One or two professional tour guides throughout the program

• All accommodations 

• All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners

• Wine and beer with meals, coffee, cappuccino, and gelato stops

All logistics during the tour and luggage transfer

• Shuttle at the beginning and at the end of the tour

• All activities mentioned in the day-by-day description

 

Info about food and wine, and Slow Food products

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 lemon sfusato: “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, artichoke, 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, colours 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 the coastal wines.

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Hotel Rufolo Ravello (Campania)

 

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Palazzo Murat Positano (Campania)
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