My recent trip to the Amalfi Coast with Exodus was brilliant, the trip I was lucky to be part of was the 'Walking the Amalfi Coast'. Our base for the trip was the Hotel Due Torri, a wonderful family owned hotel run by the Amcampora family, perfectly situated for exploring the highlights of the Amalfi Coast by foot or car. Arriving into Naples, we were promptly transferred to the village of Bomerano only just over an hour’s transfer.
The next day we headed off on our first walk of the trip; the picturesque route from Ravello to Amalfi. Before we set off, we had chance to explore the beautiful Villa Cimbrone, a 12th Century villa in the beautiful town of Ravello. The villa itself is nestled in the beautiful landscaped gardens overlooking the dramatic Amalfi coastline. The route we took was mostly downhill through the shaded Valle Dell Ferriere National Park towards the town of Amalfi where we headed off back to the hotel to sample the wonderful cuisine the hotel always had to offer.
The following morning, we headed off to one of the most visited sites of Italy, the archaeological site of Pompeii. Even though I have visited this site before, it is hard not to get goosebumps as you explore the well preserved streets, baths, shops and houses and look round this fascinating city literally frozen in time.
Later on in the afternoon we visited the vineyards of Cantina Del Vesuvio, a family run vineyard in the shadows of Mount Vesuviu. Our tasting experience combined mouth-watering cheeses, meats and pasta all paired with beautiful wines from the vineyard.
The highlight for me had to be the 'path of the gods' or in Italian 'Sentiero degli del'. The hike was breath-taking, we followed the snaking paths high above quaint villages with the most amazing views over the Mediterranean Sea. The walk itself is classed as leisurely to moderate and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures of the scenery around you or simply sit for a while and take it all in. Just over halfway through the walk was an absolute local gem pf a place called 'll chiosco del sentiero degli del' roughly translated in the 'kiosk of the path of the gods'. Here I tried the best bruschetta I have ever tasted and of course you can't leave without trying their homemade limoncello. We headed onto our final destination but not before tackling to 1800 steps downhill to the Jewel of the Amalfi Coast - Positano, the coasts most elegant seaside getaway. It's a vertical town filled with luxury boutique hotels, famous restaurants and of course numerous designer boutiques.
The guides on this trip were so knowledgeable and the whole trip from start to finish was so much fun. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to experience typical Italian hospitality, great food, like-minded company and outstanding scenery. If this appeals to you then Exodus' Walking the Amalfi Coast' has got to be for you.