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A Taste of Amalfi
8 days
Italy - Trip code TOA

A Taste of Amalfi

Easy walks along the spectacular Amalfi Coast combine with eating, drinking and cooking on a gastronomic journey. Staying on a family-run farm, we learn how regional specialties are made. Hikes take us to Amalfi, Ravello and hidden coves for the chance to swim and eat fresh seafood. We also walk the famous 'Path of the Gods'. In Naples, we visit its oldest food market and the birthplace of pizza.

Trip highlights

  • Coastal trails - Easy walks on the spectacular Amalfi Coast
  • Agriturismo accommodation - Experience warm hospitality and join in farm activities
  • Food and drink - Sample local specialities at our farm stay and local restaurants
  • Local produce - Learn how to make and sample cheese, pasta and pizza
  • Naples - Take in the sights and smells of the city's oldest outdoor food market
  • Pizza - Enjoy the best Margherita pizza in the world at Spaccanapoli!
Accommodation grade:
Standard
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Easy
Suitable for most people in good health, these easy walks are predominantly on good paths, at low altitude and on undemanding terrain. Previous walking or trekking experience is not necessary.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join trip Naples airport; drive to San Lazzaro on Amalfi Coast

After joining the trip at Naples airport, it's around an hour and fifteen minutes drive to the cliff top village of San Lazzaro (620m) on the Amalfi Coast. Our base for the week, Luna d'Agerola, is a small family-run agriturismo (farm guesthouse) set close to the cliffs with stunning coastal views. Our hosts for the week, Ferdinando, Giovanna and Valentino, run a restaurant on the farm that serves up tasty, simple home-cooked meals. Much of what we eat and drink comes from the farm itself. During our stay, we learn how the different vegetables and fruits are grown and harvested and we are welcome to join in the various seasonal farm activities. The family will demonstrate how various local dishes are prepared and, if desired, we have the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and join in.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Dinner
Day 2 - Steps walk to Amalfi and pasta making

Our walk this morning takes us directly from the farm following an ancient pathway that leads down to the coast at Amalfi along a series of steep stone steps. A gem of town, set between dramatic tumbling cliffs and the turquoise Mediterranean, Amalfi is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular tourist destination. Before the coastal road was built in the 19th century, our route was the only way to get from San Lazzaro to the town. There are plenty of places to stop and admire the sea-views as we descend. On the way into Amalfi we plan to stop for a pastry and what may well be the best coffee in town, at a typical local bar. The afternoon is left free to explore and enjoy Amalfi or join an optional walk through the lemon groves above the town. In the late afternoon we drive back to the agriturismo in time to watch our hosts prepare home-made pasta for supper. Anyone wishing to join in and try their hand at pasta making is very welcome.

The morning walk to Amalfi is around seven kilometres, a descent of 620 metres, and should take us between two to three hours including stops. Walking poles can be very helpful on the steps descent. Anyone not wishing to walk can catch a local bus to Amalfi. The optional afternoon walk is four kilometres with an ascent and descent of 100 metres and will take around two hours.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3 - Walk above San Lazzaro with great views; pizza and cheese making

This morning we spend an hour making pizza dough and then leave it to proof until this evening. We then take a short walk above San Lazzaro towards the hill above San Lazzaro called Monte Murillo. The walk takes us up the old limestone steps used by the mules to transport goods between villages with great views of the Bay of Salerno, Amalfi and the beach towns of Minori and Maori. We return to the agriturismo for a light lunch.

This afternoon is an opportunity to learn more about life on the farm and join in whatever seasonal jobs may be going on. Activities may include cheese making, turning tomatoes into passata, visiting the bee hives, harvesting crops, making olive oil or wine. You may like to help make fior di latte cheese from the farm's goats: the second stage of this cheese making will be tomorrow evening when you can eat it.

In the evening, we return to the kitchen and make our own pizza from the dough that we prepared earlier today.

Today's walk is around five kilometres, an ascent and descent of 300m and should take us between two to two-and-a-half hours.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - Visit to Ravello; walk to the beach town of Minori

Today is market day in nearby Ravello and we take the local bus to get there. The morning is left free to explore the market and visit one or more of Ravello's famous villas (Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone), with their fantastic cliff-side gardens. The views here are probably some of the most striking along the whole of the Amalfi Coast. There are also small Limoncello factories with shop fronts where you can learn all about the process by which the prized Amalfi Coast lemons are turned into the bright yellow

sweet liqueur which you will see for sale everywhere along the coast here. Naturally, we will also have the chance to taste this famous tipple!

In the afternoon we walk from Ravello to the pretty coastal town of Minori. The hike takes us along a quiet agricultural valley with cultivated terraces and chestnut groves. We plan to finish with a well-deserved coffee and pastry at a wonderful local cake shop over-looking the main beach. Back at the agriturismo this evening we finish the second stage of making fior di latte and have a pre-dinner wine tasting with antipasti in the agriturismo's own wine cave. All of the wines are made by the family and are free of all the additives found in many supermarket wines.

Today's walk is around five kilometres, a descent of 365 m and should take us between two to three hours.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 5 - 'Walk of the Gods' to Positano; wine tasting at agriturismo

Today's walk is the longest of the holiday, the famous 'Walk of the Gods' to Positano, which should take around five hours. The Walk of the Gods is justifiably regarded as one of the greatest coastal walks in the world. The high cliff path contours west, with magnificent views of the Bay of Salerno and Capri. The trail passes under huge limestone cliffs and above picturesque stone farmhouses until it reaches the attractive village of Nocelle. From here, we descend an ancient stairway, past pretty flower gardens, into Positano. A poor fishing village until the 1950s, Positano has grown into a chic town that is still a favourite with Hollywood stars. Along the way we enjoy an included picnic whilst enjoying the breathtaking views.

Today's walk is around eight kilometres, an ascent of 100m and descent of 650m and should take us approximately five hours. Anyone not wishing to walk can reach Positano by a combination of local bus and a scenic boat journey.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - Optional trip to Pompeii and Cantina del Vesuvio vineyard

Today has been left free to do as you wish. You may choose to relax at the farmhouse or take an optional day-trip (organised by the tour leader) combining a visit to the ancient site of Pompeii with a tour of a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Devastated by a volcanic eruption in AD 79, Pompeii is hailed as one of Europe's most compelling archaeological sites, due to the unique way that the volcanic ash has perfectly preserved so much of the city. Walking around the paved streets and buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site provides a fascinating, if ghostly, insight into Roman life. Looming above Pompeii is Mount Vesuvius and the vines of the Cantina del Vesuvio spread out along the volcano's lower slopes. We enjoy a short tour of the vineyard, learning all about the wine production here and lunch and a wine tasting are also included.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 7 - Walk through olive and lemon groves to beach at Conca dei Marini

The final walk of the holiday takes us directly from the agriturismo and descends on stone steps through olive and lemon groves towards the tiny town of Conca dei Marini which juts out into the sea. Our destination is a secluded beach where the fishing boats bring in their catch. You can take lunch at one of the three small restaurants, (which specialise in local fish) and then, depending on the time of year, you may like to take a swim in the afternoon: the sea here is reputedly the clearest on the Amalfi Coast. There is a small changing room and a fresh-water shower that you can use. Back at the agriturismo we toast the end of our holiday with our hosts at our final supper.

Today's walk is around five kilometres, a descent of 620m and should take us approximately two hours.

Accommodation: Agriturismo Luna d'Agerola(or similar)

Standard Agriturismo
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8 - Naples oldest food market and Spaccanapoli - pizza's birthplace; trip ends at Naples airport

Leaving the Amalfi Coast late this morning, we drive to Old Naples. Our first stop is the Pignasecca food market. Although this market is small, it is the oldest outdoor food market in Naples - and there are some 60 markets throughout the city! The market is famous not just for its inexpensive, in-season fruits and vegetables, but for its top-notch pastries, cheeses, and breads. From there we walk just over one kilometre taking in the sights and sounds of Naples, to Spaccanapoli, the home of pizza. Here we can stop for lunch (not included) at Here we can stop for lunch (not included) at one of the many pizza restaurants and bars. We then have free time to explore the city sights at your leisure such as the Duomo and the carved nativity scenes by Giuseppe e Marco Ferrigno, before meeting the bus to go to the airport where our trip ends.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Easy
Trek details
We walk on five days with walks averaging around two to three hours other than the 'Walk of the Gods' on day five which will take us around five hours. Paths follow trails, sets of steps and old mule tracks between villages.Some of the terrain is rough and stony underfoot and involves long descents of steep steps. As this is a centre-based trip, any of the walks can be opted out of. If you don't wish to join the longer 'Walk of the Gods', you can take a local bus and scenic boat ride to the walk's end at the chic harbour town of Positano. We have graded this trek as Easy.
Max walking altitude (m)
920

Why book this trip

This trip stays at Luna d'Agerola, a small family-run agriturismo (farm guesthouse) set close to the cliffs overlooking the stunning scenery of the Amalfi Coast. It's just a five minute walk from the small village of San Lazzaro, which has a few bars, two mini-markets and a couple of small restaurants. There are only 11 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms and a balcony or terrace that looks towards the sea. There's a small sun terrace and quiet room where you can use the WiFi internet connection at no extra charge.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 7
  • Lunch: 2
  • Dinner: 5
Transport
  • Bus
  • Public Bus
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Driver(s)
Accommodation
  • 7 nights standard agriturismo

Trip information

Country information

Italy

Climate

April/May and October/November are pleasantly warm. June/September are the hottest months. Showers are common in Autumn.

Time difference to GMT

+1

Plugs

2 Pin Round

Religion

Roman Catholic

Language

Italian

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


Pompeii and Vineyard tour - On day 6 there is the option to visit the ancient site of Pompeii and enjoy lunch, a tour and winetasting at the Cantina del Vesuvio vineyard at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
Cost of €85.00 per person includes private return bus transfers, lunch, tour and wine tasting. You will also need approximately €11.00 for the entrance fees at Pompeii.
Amalfi - Papermill museum €3.50, Amalfi Duomo €3
Ravello - Villa Cimbrone €7, Villa Rufalo €5

Clothing

Bring a fleece jacket or jumper (the evenings can be cool), waterproof jacket, T-shirts, comfortable walking trousers, shorts, sunhat, sunglasses and high factor sun-cream. Between May and September you should expect to live in T-shirts and shorts during the day, but please be aware that temperatures and the weather change quickly and it is much cooler at night. For around-town wear you may like to bring some slightly smarter clothes - the Italians dress well when they go out. There are opportunities to spend time at the beach, so bring a towel and swimming costume.

Footwear

We recommend you bring walking boots - leather or fabric are both fine. Some of the paths are a bit rocky underfoot and so you could twist an ankle if not wearing boots. Trainers are not recommended. Make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. We recommend that you wear/carry your walking boots as hand luggage on the international flight: should your
luggage be delayed, your well broken-in boots will be irreplaceable.

Luggage

20kg

Luggage: On tour

One main piece of baggage and a waterproof day-sac (20-30 litres recommended). You just need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, picnic lunch etc. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water.

Equipment

You will need a water bottle (preferably 1-2 litres), and high factor sun cream. You may like to bring trekking poles, particularly as some of the descents can be long and a bit tough on the knees. It is a good idea to line your daypack with a good quality plastic bag - this will go a long way in protecting your gear from any rainstorms we encounter.
Tap water: is safe to drink in most places but water sources along the trail are non-existent. We encourage our clients not to buy mineral water because of the negative environmental impact with plastic bottles. Energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst walking.

Tipping

Explore leader
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Trip Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Country Information

Italy

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Lunch price
£5.00 - 10.00
Dinner price
£15.00 - 20.00
Beer price
£2.00 - 4.00
Water price
£1.00 - 2.00
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Euro.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP.
Where To Exchange
We recommend that you change any currency into Euros prior to arrival. Bureau de Change are generally only found in major cities and large airports.
ATM Availability
Major towns.
Credit Card Acceptance
Larger hotels and restaurants.
Travellers Cheques
Only in major towns. Please note, the exchange rate for cash and Travellers Cheques is poor.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Public Bus

Accommodation notes

Booking a Single Room

All of our group tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation. Please refer to the tour notes where the single room option availability is detailed on a night by night basis for this tour, and the price for the available nights is detailed on the dates & prices tab by departure date. For Self-Guided trips the Single Room supplement offers the option of a single room each and is charged per person. The Single Room supplement also applies to the third person in a party of three that will be accommodated in a single room.



Our base for the week, Luna d'Agerola, is a small family-run agriturismo (farm guesthouse) set close to the cliffs overlooking the stunning scenery of the Amalfi Coast. It's just a five minute walk from the small village of San Lazzaro, which has a few bars, two mini-markets and a couple of small restaurants. There are only 12 bedrooms, all with private bathrooms and either a balcony, window view or terrace that looks towards the sea. There's a small sun terrace and quiet room where you can use the WiFi internet connection at no extra charge.

The agriturismo's restaurant serves up tasty simple home-cooked meals, prepared by Giovanna, Valentino and Ferdinando. Much of what you eat will be grown and produced on the farm: this may include fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and wine, though this will vary in quantity and variety depending in which season you visit. Although the kitchen can cater for vegetarians, it is difficult to cater for vegans. If you need gluten-free products, the agriturismo will do their best to help, though it cannot be guaranteed that they will be able to supply these foods. However, gluten-free pizza bases and pasta are normally possible. We recommend that customers with gluten-free requirements wishing to eat bread and cereals bring their own supply from home.

Italy's agriturismi were started in the 1950s as an initiative to reverse the closing down of small non-profitable farms, Italy's agriturismo movement encouraged farmers to redevelop their properties for paying guests by converting parts of the farm such as old barns and outhouses, into guest accommodation to supplement their agricultural income. Most agriturismi tend to produce local products such as honey, corn, farro or pearl barley, as well as many vegetables and fruits. Often located in areas of outstanding beauty, they provide a great way to experience life in rural Italy. Usually there's the chance to enjoy some traditional Italian family cooking and eat the delicious produce from the farm.

Essential Information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

Italy: Visas are not required by UK, E.U Nationals, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens. Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.

You should confirm all visa related questions with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
 

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Maximum altitude (m)

920

Italy

Vaccinations

Nothing required. Tetanus recommended. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

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