Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Sheer cliffs plunging into turquoise waters. Decadent villas. Pebbly beaches shaded by colorful umbrellas. Fragrant lemon trees, beckoning gelato stands, chic cafés, friendly faces. Spectacular hiking paths that few visitors find. Experience six unforgettable days on the Amalfi Coast, the realm of Italy's elite.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Walk timeless trails through citrus orchards and terraced gardens high above the water | Cobblestone paths and rugged steps make this area delightful to hike | Stunning views of the Bay of Naples escort you to the bustling port town of Sorrento.
Once a monastery, this elegant retreat is set in the heart of town and features a private garden, Italian baroque décor and an expansive terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
If the seas are calm, board a boat to experience the alluring island of Capri and its hidden coves from the water | Capri's limestone peaks, flower-lined lanes and picturesque panoramas have charmed visitors for centuries | Ascend to the isle's highest point atop Monte Solaro and savor a superb vista of the iconic Faraglioni sea stacks | From our hotel 1,000 feet above the sea, sip a limoncello and drink in views of Capri | Walk through Villa San Michele and its gardens, called the most fantastic beauty by writer Henry James | Stroll the enchanting town of Capri and hike its stunning coastline.
This luxury mansion treats guests to what Islands magazine calls a "magnificent view of the Mediterranean and a jaw-dropping panorama across the sparkling Bay of Naples." A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Zip across the water by private motorboat to Positano, where pastel-colored villas cling to steep cliffs | Explore the town's charming shops and chic cafés, perhaps stopping to gaze up at the majolica-covered dome of Santa Maria Assunta church | Boat along the magical Costiera Amalfitana, a World Heritage site | Wander by foot through Ravello, known as the aristocrat of the Amalfi Coast.Discover Amalfi's ancient archways and grand cathedral with a local expert | Hike past gurgling streams through groves of chestnut, pine and olive trees | Centuries-old paper mills set amid ferns and wildflowers dot the hiking route to Amalfi | Take in the view from our hotel's cliffside infinity pool.
A former 11th-century palace set on a cliff high above the Mediterranean, with a stunning infinity pool and terraced gardens. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Note: The terrain on this trip includes mountain trails, seaside village paths and stone steps. The elevation gains and losses can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
The majority of the routes on this trip are relatively short but moderately strenuous with occasional steep sections. The most challenging aspect is the dramatic elevation change. We're often climbing or descending steps and cobblestone paths to reach stunning Mediterranean vistas and charming cliffside towns. While you're free to take your time navigating these routes, you should feel comfortable with some steep ascents and descents. Hiking boots or sturdy hiking shoes with robust tread and ample ankle support are recommended.
Our routes through this captivating terrain are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. In some cases our shuttles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the nature of these trails, we usually won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.