Day 0122nd May 2020
- Arrival at Sorrento Train station / Transfer to the hotel (D)
Upon your arrival at the Sorrento train station, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Minori.
Important note: arrival at Sorrento Train station must be by 6 pm at the latest.
Minori is a picturesque little town perched on the cliffs of the Costiera Amalfitana. Based on the archaeological evidence, it is considered to be the oldest inhabited site on the Amalfi Coast, and a popular holiday spot since the Roman era, especially for the aristocracy. Today, it is known as the City of Taste, thanks to its delicious pastry, or the Eden of the Amalfi Coast, because of its beautiful landscapes.
Depending on your arrival time, you may explore the town at your own pace, or even attempt a dive in the Mediterranean waters (though, at the end of May, the temperature is expected to be chilly).
Overnight stay in Minori.
Day 0223rd May 2020
- Hike on the “Path of Gods” (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will embark on hiking one of the most exciting trails of the Amalfi Coast: the Sentiero degli Dei (or, otherwise, “Path of Gods”).We will use public transport from Minori to the start of the hiking trail.
According to the legend, this was the passage used by the Greek Gods to save Ulysses from the sirens – hence the name of the route. Legends aside though, this has been for centuries the only path that connected via land the ancient coastal towns, facilitating trade and, often, offering shelter, due to its inaccessibility, to many brigands and criminals. The ambience in many parts of the path remains unchanged, and nature feels untouched.
The trail starts at Agerola, is about 8 km long, and ends in Positano: an ancient Greek colony, known today for its beautiful beach, colorful buildings, and excellent restaurants.
Along the way, you will enjoy stunning views of the impressive cliffs that mark the Amalfi Coast, while exploring ancient rocky settlements (potentially evidence of Saracen raids), ruins of old houses, walls, caves, cultivated terraces, and landscapes suspended over the coast.
At the end of May, nature will be at its best, so you will immerse yourselves in the aromas of the Mediterranean scrub (oregano, fennel, myrtle, etc.) while later, in the woods, you will be surrounded by chestnut and other trees. Along the way, you may encounter several locals performing their daily chores, so be ready to greet them and learn, by observing them, some of the practices that still survive in the Italian countryside.
From Positano, you will return to Minori by the public boat that connects the two towns, and you can enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace.
Hiking time: approx. 3.5 hours.
Overnight stay in Minori.
Day 0324th May 2020
- Morning Hike to the Valle delle Ferriere (B)
Today, you will explore a hidden gem of the Amalfi Coast: the Valle delle Ferriere (that is, the Iron Valley). We will use public transport from Minori to the start of the hiking trail. For more than six centuries (from 1200 to 1800), this valley was the bustling center of the local economy, as it supported, thanks to its abundance of water, the cultivation of lemon trees and the production of paper, which still represent typical products of the area. The local farmers had created an ingenious irrigation system to channel the water of the valley towards their fields and built a small industrial zone with 17 factories that operated non-stop throughout the Medieval Era and until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The name of the valley is derived from the iron-wheeled carriages used by the merchants for the transportation of goods to the Amalfi port. In modern times, the importance of the valley has been revived thanks to its unique ecosystem. In just a short distance from the coast with its typical Mediterranean character, there lies an exotic, somewhat tropical micro system that resembles a rainforest, while, at the end of the trail, the waters of the valley form a spectacular waterfall. The overall hike to the waterfall and back is about 6.5 km (a 3-4-hour walk). On the way, you will be able to explore the particular flora and fauna of the valley and the remains of the old paper mills. At the beginning of the trail, there is also a Paper Museum worth visiting (optional, entrance fee not included in the trip). Enjoy the rest of the day in Minori by the beach. Overnight stay in Minori.
Day 0425th May 2020
- Day trip to Capri island (B)
After breakfast, you will take the ferry to Capri, ready to enjoy a full day on this famous island. Capri emerges 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples and represents celebrated coastal resort since the days of the Roman Republic thanks to its unparallel beauty. Upon your arrival at the Capri harbor, you will head towards the Grotta di Matermania, a series of hidden caves, passing first by colorful villas with blossoming gardens. The path has many stairs, and you will pause at an iconic rock arch to admire the landscape before continuing towards the Terrazza di Tragara, a spectacular stretch which offers views on the Faraglioni sea stacks. Next, you will visit the colorful terraces of the Gardens of Augustus, from where you will marvel at the panoramic views. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace, relaxing, exploring the town, or shopping in the Piazzetta before catching the ferry back to Minori. Overnight stay in Minori.
Day 0526th May 2020
- Day at Leisure (B)
The beauty of Italy requires time to be explored and, above all, to be felt. So, this day is left free, with no agenda, so that you can find your own way through the Amalfi Coast, swim in the sea, stroll through the picturesque towns, sample the local cuisine, or experiment with various optional activities. Bask under the sun sipping a cup of Italian coffee, watching the passersby, shop in the boutique shops, get your final authentic gelato, and interact with the locals as much as possible. Overnight stay in Minori.