Amalfi to Sorrento walking holiday in Italy
Description of Amalfi to Sorrento walking holiday in Italy
There is nothing quite like an Amalfi to Sorrento walking holiday in Italy and hardly surprising that it is one of our most popular. A self-guided trip, you can walk at your own pace, following our carefully crafted itinerary around the perfectly crescent-shaped Bay of Naples and Sorrentine Peninsula. Here, some of the highlights include the ever romantic Ravello, described as the place ‘Where poets go to die’, with its stunning views over the Bay of Salerno, its magnificent ‘duomo’ and elegant villas. Then there is the almost painfully pretty Positano, with stairways built into the rocks that take you up to piazzas or down to stunning beaches. This is definitely a walking holiday where you need to have your swimsuit to hand at all times.
With walks that take you off the beaten path, you avoid the tourist crowds and wander through olive groves, quiet villages, lesser known coves such as at Marina del Cantone and, of course, along the famous Path of the Gods. Which is, indeed, heavenly.
One of the last stops on the trip is at the cliff top town of Sorrento, on the west side of the peninsula. With views over Vesuvius, this is a great place from which to visit Pompeii or Herculaneum by train, or Capri or Ischia by boat and you have a free day to do so here. Staying in a four star hotel that overlooks the bay, this is just one of several elegant accommodations that you will stay at on this trip, including a converted monastery in Amalfi, with sea views, of course. That is what the Amalfi coast is all about, although food is very high on the agenda here too, with no shortage of trattorias and fresh local produce to tuck into along the way.
1 Reviews of Amalfi to Sorrento walking holiday in Italy
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2014 by Christine Higgins
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The views and location by far - and with only a few exceptions the friendliness of the people and their willingness to speak English without any hint of frustration by your lack of Italian.
The Hotel Capodimonte in Sorrento deserves a special mention for its first class service across the board but particularly for its restaurant.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Do not hesitate if you have the footwear for demanding terrain.
The walking guide is detailed and comprehensive - it is wise to read and ensure you understand every word used for it means exactly what it says.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
They must surely have benefited financially.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Outstanding organisation, including administration, transport and walking guide.
An excellent mix of hotels, with the 3 star Albertina in Positano outshining the 4* in Marina De Cantone.
Planet and peopleUK Office:
We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
Two nights of this hotel-to-hotel independent walking holiday are spent at the Hotel La Conca del Sogno in the private cove of Recommone, just around the corner from Marina del Cantone’s bustling bay. Managed by the Tizzani family for over 40 years, this 7-room retreat started life as a quarry! Towards the end of the 1950’s, the viability of the quarry ceased, so Pietro Tizzani and his wife, Giuseppina, decided to take advantage of the immense natural beauty of their land and created a small, family restaurant serving fresh fish specialities under their panoramic pergola. Enjoy your two nights dining here!
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Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.