Experience the serenity and beauty of Amalfi Coast, a gem on Italy’s Mediterranean coastline. Embark on an adventure of cultural exploration, discovering the unique history and charm of iconic towns such as Positano, Sorrento, Capri, and Salerno.
This meticulously crafted journey plunges you into the authentic Italian tradition, featuring off-the-beaten-path activities and excursions. Relish the exquisite local cuisine, savoring a range of delectable seafood, pastries, and gelato, and immerse yourself in the rich culture.
Marvel at the stunning scenery from the volcanic vineyards perched on the gentle slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Sip regional wine in Furore and Tramonti, amidst the captivating landscape of the Amalfi Coast. Be enchanted by the natural beauty and cultural treasures of this land, from serene beaches and dramatic cliffs to vibrant piazzas and historic churches.
Whether you’re exploring picturesque villages, sailing on a luxury cruise, capturing the beauty through your lens, or enjoying the sweet tang of limoncello under a romantic sunset, the Amalfi Coast offers an unparalleled experience. Enjoy coastal dining, shopping for local art and ceramics, or simply basking in the relaxation that this beautiful coastline offers.
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Embark on an adventure with us as we delve into the Italian tradition with wine-tasting excursions and traditional cooking classes, immersing ourselves in the vibrant culture and delectable local cuisine of Naples on the magnificent Amalfi Coast.
Day 1 Arrival in Naples
Our adventure begins as we arrive in the iconic city of Naples, then swiftly heading towards the hotel nestled in the heart of the serene town of Amalfi, Italy. The first taste of the exquisite local cuisine is at the historic Trattoria Da Gemma, a culinary landmark since 1872, uniquely situated within the vibrant Italian culture of Amalfi.
Gemma’s spectacular culinary offerings represent a harmonious blend of Italian tradition and innovative gastronomy. Here, the cherished recipes of Donna Gemma are served in tandem with creative, modern dishes, an ode to the rich Mediterranean heritage.
Day 2 Exploring Amalfi and local wineries
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Begin your morning with a serene stroll from your hotel to the heart of Amalfi, a charming town nestled along Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. As you journey, you’ll be guided by a local expert well-versed in the rich history and culture of this Mediterranean gem.
The breathtaking architecture of Amalfi’s iconic Duomo immediately captivates. Its Arab-Norman style facade mingles with baroque influences, adorned with bright, color-splashed tiles that reflect the vibrant hues of the town and sea.
As you meander through Amalfi’s narrow, winding alleyways, take in the picturesque scenery and immerse yourself in a tapestry of cultural treasures. Relish the chance to taste local delicacies along the way, a culinary exploration of true Italian tradition.
Take a moment to absorb the incredible views from the Belvedere Cimitero Monumentale, the site of the former Benedictine Monastery of Saint Benedettino di S.Lorenzo del Piano, founded in 980 A.D. Venture further into the town, visiting the local fishmongers and bakery. Each stop is an opportunity to savor the authentic flavors of Amalfi’s renowned cuisine and indulge in the town’s enchanting romance.
Experience the joy of a local limoncello maker’s craft and taste this cherished local liqueur, meticulously created using the famed “Amalfi sfusato” lemons, a true treat of the Amalfi Coast.
Visit Marisa Cuomo Winery
In the afternoon, rendezvous with your driver at the hotel for a scenic transfer to the renowned Marisa Cuomo Winery nestled in the picturesque village of Furore, on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
The Marisa Cuomo Winery is a gem of Italian tradition. Here, the grapes cling to the cliffs of Furore, basking in the sun and bathed by the Mediterranean breeze, truly embodying the serenity and beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
In a location as uniquely beautiful as Furore, which also presents its unique challenges, the cultivation and care of the vineyards is undertaken entirely by hand. This intimate connection with the land adds to the culture and history of this Italian winery.
Experience the exquisite wines of Cantine Marisa Cuomo, aged in a historical wine cellar carved into the dolomitic-limestone rock. This unique cellar offers a fascinating, cool, and damp environment, perfect for aging their wines in French barriques.
During your visit, delve into the world of Italian tradition as you learn more about the vineyards. Most of these are trained on pergolas and often planted in, reflecting the Italian culture and the unique landscape of the Amalfi Coast.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, as we explore the towering cliffs and vertical rock faces. Discover the lush vineyards nestled on this picturesque Italian coastline, savor the unique flavors of local wines, and indulge in a 4-course wine-pairing dinner at a family-owned restaurant adjacent to the winery.
Day 3 Exploring Tramonti
Embark on a thrilling adventure as you transfer from your hotel in the Amalfi, Italy, to Tramonti, an off-the-beaten-path gem of the Amalfi Coast. Tramonti, nestled in the lush regional park of the Lattari Mountains, is a serene retreat from the bustling coastline.
Here you will discover an untouched natural environment, ancient vineyards, historic churches, and quaint villages where time seems to have stood still. Tramonti, right above the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, is a verdant paradise, adorned with abundant terraces cultivated with vineyards, lemon groves and olive groves.
In Tramonti, accompanied by your local expert, you’ll explore the vineyards and the cellar of an 18th-century farm. Gain insights into the unique indigenous grape varieties such as Tintore, Piedirosso, Pepella, Falanghina, and Ginestra. This excursion offers a taste of the region’s rich culture and Italian tradition, making it an unforgettable part of your Amalfi Coast journey.
Embark on a culinary adventure with a tasting of four DOC wines from the vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, paired with a local cuisine-inspired lunch. The gastronomic journey includes an appetizer, a main course pasta dish, and a selection of local cheese and salami.
Meet your guide who will assist you in exploring Ravello, a city renowned for its elegance and cultural significance in music. Positioned on a promontory 350 metres above the Mediterranean Sea, Ravello offers breathtaking views over the other picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast.
Historically, Ravello has been a sanctuary of serenity and inspiration for artists, writers, intellectuals, musicians, and composers such as Wagner, Toscanini, Escher, Mirò and Lawrence. Experience the town’s rich culture and history, and immerse yourself in its stunning scenery.
Take a peaceful stroll through the historical center of the charming town until you reach the legendary Villa Cimbrone, a gem with origins tracing back to the 11th century.This Villa, renowned for its expansive, elegant gardens, stands majestically on the edge of towering cliffs, offering unforgettable, dramatic views over the mesmerizing Amalfi Coastline.
Take a moment to pause at the Terrazzo dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity), a naturally sculpted balcony adorned with impressive marble busts. This spot offers a 180-degree panoramic view of the distinctive, vivid Mediterranean landscape and its terraced lemon groves.
As you wander through the ancient alleyways, passing by churches and noble residences, let your knowledgeable guide uncover the rich history and culture embedded in this enchanting Italian tradition.
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Day 4 Visit the Island of Capri
Embark on a private boat excursion from the serene port of Amalfi to the picturesque island of Capri. This captivating adventure starts from Amalfi, offering you a panoramic view of Capri’s enchanting coves, grottos, and the mesmerizing Mediterranean landscape.
En route to Capri, marvel at the breathtaking coastline of Praiano, the beauty of Positano, the natural reserve of Punta Campanella, and the idyllic islands of Li Galli. Refreshments will be served aboard for your pleasure. Upon reaching the iconic Faraglioni rocks, the most scenic spot in Capri, pause for a revitalizing swim in the azure Mediterranean waters, surrounded by the tranquil serenity of the Amalfi Coast.
Immerse yourself in the serenity of the crystal-clear waters of the Green Cave and White Cave. This sailing adventure around the coast of Capri offers you a chance to fully appreciate the unique landscapes and its breathtaking views; the Natural Arch, Villa Malaparte and Marina Piccola are a feast for the eyes and perfect for photography.
Once on the island, your guide will take you on an exploration of Capri’s center and viewpoints. Stroll through the Piazzetta, the heart of glamorous Capri, and the main shopping streets.
Walk along the elegant via Tragara, ending at a spot that offers sunset-views over the Amalfi coast, a sight that will etch itself into your memories forever.
Day 5 Guided tour of Pompeii & Afternoon in Sorrento
Embark on an adventure to Pompeii for an exhilarating excursion with an expert local guide. Explore one of the world’s best-preserved archaeological sites and delve into the fascinating history of Pompeii during a two-hour private tour of the ancient ruins. Pompeii, a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’, is a unique snapshot of life 2,000 years ago, where time seems to have stood still.
From there, proceed to a local winery nestled on the gentle slopes of Mount Vesuvius on the southwest side. Here you can indulge in some exquisite wine-tasting, immerse yourself in Italian tradition, and explore the rich landscape that this part of the Amalfi Coast has to offer.
Immerse yourself in the serenity and beauty of Italy’s majestic Amalfi Coast, where the adventure begins at the heart of the Vesuvius National Park. This excursion includes a captivating exploration of the vineyards, with in-depth explanations of the diverse soil and rock types.
Experience the rich history of this land, guided by a professional who will unravel the fascinating story of a territory shaped by lava and pyroclastic flows. The Amalfi Coast is not just a breathtaking scenery, but also a testament to the strength and resilience of nature.
Experience the multifaceted beauty of Amalfi’s volcanic landscape, the birthplace of the legendary Italian wine, Lacryma Christi, said to have originated from ‘divine tears’ according to local lore.
Indulge in a wine-tasting excursion, savoring 6 select wines that have been produced in this region since the times of Ancient Rome, complemented by the exquisite local cuisine. Relish a sumptuous meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients, a true celebration of this volcanic land’s flavors. The menu includes an antipasto, first and second courses, and a delightful dessert.
Day 6 Visit Positano and Cooking Class with Dinner in Amalfi
Stroll down to the port of Amalfi where you can embark on a boat-tour to the picturesque town of Positano. Explore the historic old town and immerse yourself in the rich Italian tradition and culture.
There are few places that capture the essence of “La dolce vita” quite like Positano. This enchanting town is nestled within the breathtaking scenery of the Amalfi Coast, with its pastel-colored villas perched precariously on the cliffs.
Overlooking the serene and deep-blue Mediterranean Sea, you are surrounded by the intoxicating scent of vibrant bougainvilleas, verdant lemon groves, and delectable fresh seafood.
This Moorish-style village holds a rich history dating back to the ancient Romans. This is confirmed by recent excavations, adding yet another layer to your adventure and exploration of Positano.
Explore the historic Roman residential villa nestled under the oratory of Chiesa di SS. Maria Assunta, a prime example of the rich history and culture in Amalfi, Italy. This charming town, located on the breathtaking Amalfi Coastline, is a magnet for artists, celebrities, and writers.
Meander through the vibrant and winding alleyways of Positano, a town renowned for its scenic beauty and serenity. These captivating lanes are lined with welcoming cafés, patisseries, and trattorias serving local cuisine, offering an authentic taste of the Mediterranean.
Positano also boasts sun-kissed terraces, tiny artisan shops selling unique Positano fashion, handmade sandals, and ceramics. Savor the sweet and tangy flavor of locally produced limoncello, a famous Italian liqueur made from the freshest lemons from the surrounding lemon groves.
Afternoon cooking class
In the afternoon, your exploration of the Amalfi Coast takes a delicious turn with an intimate cooking class, a true reflection of the region’s culture and Italian tradition.
You’ll dive into the heart of local cuisine, experiencing the simplicity of fresh local ingredients, traditional cooking techniques, cherished family recipes, and treasured secrets passed down through generations. These secrets will soon become part of your own story.
A visit to a terraced vegetable garden allows you to personally harvest the vibrant produce that will feature in your dishes. With a masterful Italian chef guiding you, you’ll create authentic dishes like bruschetta, a seasonal pasta, and a zesty lemon tiramisù – a true taste of the Amalfi Coast.
Then, it’s time to sit back, relax, and savor the dishes you’ve prepared, paired with local wine. The experience is enhanced with refreshing water, tangy Amalfi limoncello, and robust Neapolitan coffee. This culinary adventure is a feast for all senses, encapsulating the serenity and beauty of the region.
Day 7 Exploring Naples
Experience a serene private transfer from the beautiful Amalfi Coast to The Britannique Hotel, a luxurious 5-Star retreat in Naples. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in Italian tradition with the hotel’s warm welcome and seamless check-in.
The Britannique Hotel has a rich history dating back to 1870, when it was known as Macpherson’s Pension Britannique. This venerable establishment was run by the charismatic Scottish woman, Emilia Macpherson. Throughout the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of guests including artists, princes, politicians, and adventurers, all of whom were captivated by the breathtaking scenery of the Gulf of Naples visible from the hotel’s windows.
Embark on a culinary adventure
Bask in the serenity of late morning as you embark on a culinary adventure in Naples, a key stop on the Amalfi Coast. Under the guidance of your local guide, immerse yourself in the richness of the Neapolitan cuisine and Italian tradition.
On this delectable food tour, indulge in a selection of 10 distinctive foods and drinks, a true testament to the region’s local cuisine. This culinary journey is a delightful fusion of food and culture.As you savour authentic local food and drinks, you’ll also explore the city and its numerous sites and attractions.
Experience the serenity and vibrant culture of Amalfi, Italy, as you indulge in the rich flavours of their succulent meaty ragù, a cornerstone of Italian tradition and home cooking. Relish the crunch and creaminess of a traditional sfogliatella, a sweet pastry layered with love and history.
And that’s just a taste of Amalfi’s rich local cuisine. Enjoy the sweet, sticky delight of rum babá, a classic of the Mediterranean dessert repertoire. Raise a glass of sparkling prosecco, toasting to the culinary wonders of this region, as you gaze over the stunning scenery of the Amalfi Coastline.
End your culinary journey with a sip of classic limoncello, a true staple of this beautiful area, while soaking in the tranquil beauty and romance of the landscape. This adventure is just the beginning of your exploration of the rich Italian tradition and culture that await you in Amalfi.
Amalfi Coast Farewell Dinner
Immerse in the luxury and culture at your 5-star hotel’s restaurant, where a 4-course tasting dinner awaits you, paired with exquisite wines, encapsulating the essence of Neapolitan Cuisine.
In the heart of Amalfi, Italy, food is more than just a ritual or pleasure, it’s a philosophy of life radiating in the culinary creations of The Britannique, crafted with dedication and passion.
Experience the excellence and freshness of the ingredients, sourced from the best local vineyards and fishing towns. The knowledge and passion of our chef allow you to indulge in the tastes and scents of the Mediterranean, a true testament to Italian tradition.
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This article was inspired by my friend Elizabeth’s recent travels, she and I crafted the descriptions of her travels and she provided the pictures. I’ve been to the Amalfi coast many years ago and it was fun to virtually revisit it. Give me a call today so we can build your dream trip to the Amalfi coast.