Fun, active and engaging. These are the essential elements of this carefully researched family trip exploring the diverse attractions and landscapes from Rome to the famed Amalfi Coast. Packed full of activities to enrapture the whole family you'll soon find that those electronic devices will become redundant as the kids swap them for even more interactive ideas like making the perfect Neapolitan pizza, tasting the best Gelato, cycling along the ancient Via Appia in Rome, hiking to the top of the Mount Vesuvius volcano, swimming at the beach in Positano and taking a boat to the beautiful island of Capri, to name just a few. In the company of an expert local guide, your family will explore the hidden treasures in Rome, visit a ceramics workshop, a paper museum and enjoy a typical southern Italian lunch at a family run vineyard. Surrounded by verdant forests and with sweeping views of the Mediterranean, your base at Agerola is the ideal location to explore the many natural highlights of the Amalfi Coast. In between walks and the scheduled activities, take time out to relax and enjoy the fine hospitality, a dip in the sea and sample the delicious local cuisine.
INTRODUCTORY – GRADE 1
This trip includes introductory grade walks along paths that are well defined and clearly marked and sometimes paved. There are some steep hills (Amalfi and climbing Mt Vesuvius) but they are not long with most walks less than 3 hours. A reasonable level of fitness is required. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, and jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.
The group will rendezvous with the guide at the hotel in the centre of Roma at 6pm. After settling in, there will be a briefing from our guide on the week’s activities before we head out for dinner at a neighbourhood restaurant.
The best way to discover all the fascinating beauty of Rome: the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna… is on foot. Every corner you turn another amazing sight will reveal itself. After lunch, we will discover another side of the city but this time riding a bike: the regional park of the Via Appia is cycle friendly, allowing you to safely enjoy the many ancient sights including aqueducts and ornate tombs and the first 16km of this ancient consular road. We return to our hotel and in the evening you can enjoy dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants nearby - your guide will be happy to offer suggestions.
This morning we leave Rome by train and travel to Naples, where we are met by a minibus to take us to Herculaneum. We'll have a typical lunch in a family run vineyard and visit the cellars before climbing the sleeping giant of Mt Vesuvius. We can look right down into the steaming crater and imagine the eruption of 79 AD, when huge flaming boulders were hurled all the way to the Bay of Naples! The walk to the crater and back will take around 2 hours and is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness. Later we transfer by minibus to our accommodation in Agerola where we will have a lesson on how to make the perfect Neapolitan pizza with our chef Nicola.
This morning we take the public bus to Amalfi where we spend some time looking around the village. Once the capital of the Duchy of Amalfi, a powerful maritime republic, it was here that the Amalfitan Tables (Tavole amalfitane) were developed, the oldest maritime code in the world. We visit the paper museum which offers a fascinating insight into the history of the art of papermaking which came to Amalfi from the Arabs, making it one of the first towns to make paper in Europe. Limoncello is also from Amalfi, and you can sample some back at Agerola this evening. After visiting the town we head out through the delightful Valle Mulini, literally the ‘valley of the mills’ owing to its paper industry legacy. The trail takes us to Ravello, a very picturesque and peaceful village located high on a cliff overlooking the sea. This is a favourite for travellers seeking a quiet yet typical Amalfi village, and we'll have some free time to explore the village and sample gelato, always a good way to end a walk. We return to Agerola by public bus.
Another great day as we head down by public bus to the harbour of Amalfi to catch the boat to the isle of Capri. A path with steps takes us to Capri’s most famous and picturesque roads (passeggiata), the Via Tragara. Here you can take an optional walk offering spectacular views over Capri’s iconic limestone stacks known as the Faraglioni rocks, have free time to wander the fascinating streets, enjoy a dip in the sea or a highly recommended boat tour to the “Blue Grotto”, a spectacular sea cave (extra - paid for locally). Later we return to Amalfi where a private minibus will take us back to Agerola.
(optional walk 2h; +200m -200m)
Transfer by private minibus to Pompei for a visit to the ancient Roman town. Everyone knows the story of Pompeii, buried under ash for 1700 years after a catastrophic eruption of nearby Vesuvius, but to actually walk around and see this incredible sleeping city is quite another story. In the afternoon, we transfer back to Agerola where we'll witness the art of Italian ceramic making in a workshop and return to the hotel with a small souvenir.
A spectacular hike this morning along the “walk of the Gods”, an ancient terraced mule path linking Agerola to the village of Positano. From Agerola we descend to the tiny village of Nocelle, where we stop for a picnic lunch. Following a short bus ride, we reach one of the prettiest and most photographed villages on the Amalfi coast, Positano. There will be plenty of time to explore the steeply descending village and swim at the beach. Depending on conditions, we have the option of returning to Amalfi by boat before returning by private minibus back to Agerola.
(2.5hrs, +50m -260m)
After breakfast there will be a group transfer at 9am to Naples airport or Naples train station, where the trip concludes.
We suggest you do not make arrangements from Naples airport before 12 noon, if you require the group transfer.
Per Person, Twin Share