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Here, we will give you some light information on Naples & Amalfi Coast. We will also give you an overview of some of the accommodations that we recommend in these areas.


INTRODUCTION


If we think of Naples what comes to mind? Chaos, liberty, pizza, which was invented in Naples, Pompeii and everywhere you look the Vesuvius is there. Naples, like Rio De Janeiro, has a God given setting. Close by there are islands that convey style (Capri), monasteries isolated on rocks you can only reach when the tide is out (Ishcia) and incredible fango (mud) baths. In Ravello you can walk the famed path of the Gods.

Let’s face it, this is a massively rich area for things to see and do and we have not even begun to discuss the wine yet. Just 45 minutes away from this is Avellino, pretty much the centre of wine making in this region.

Fanning out from Avellino are some of the most interesting named and outstanding white wines of Italy and not only that as far as the reds (rosso) are concerned, you are going to find the mythical barolo of the south the Aglianico in its many forms none more famous than Taurasi. How long do you need? We think 2 to 3 nights, if you are combining this area with another region of Italy. If you want to just concentrate on this zone, then there is enough here to enjoy to easily spend 7 to 10 days.

When to come? All year round except August.

Where to stay? Well, we have just three hotels on this list as they tend to be the favourites, but we work with many many hotels be it on Capri, Ravello or Sorrento. Remember that travelling into the wine regions of Campania is actually quicker from Naples than anywhere else. We have yet to find a hotel in the wine zones, which means you need to add in 2-hour journey daily to get to and from the interesting vineyards. We do have a day out close to Ravello with three superb wineries, but if you are looking for the real Aglianico or Fiano, then you need to move inland a little.

Driving. Do not self drive in Naples or Amalfi Coast, it will not do anything for your stress levels. Let us look after that!

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Sidetrips


Half-Day Trip to Pompeii


This tour will start with picking you up at your hotel on the Amalfi Coast. Arriving at Pompeii, you will have 2 to 3 hours to visit the ruins on your own or with a private guide. After your visit, your driver will take you back to your hotel.


Full-Day Trip to Pompeii & Vesuvius 


The full day trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius starts with picking you up at your hotel for the journey up and over the mountain to Pompeii. When arrived in Pompeii, you will have 2 hours to visit the site on your own or with a private guide. Before going to the Vesuvius, you will have the chance to have a brunch with the delicious wines of Contea di Sylva Mala. Your driver will take you as far up the side of the volcano as possible with the car. From that point there is a footpath you can take to get right up to the edge of the crater. It is a 20 to 30-minute walk. Here you cannot only look down into the crater, but you will also have a wonderful view of Naples and the isle of Capri. Once you have made your way back down the side of the volcano, your driver will bring you back to your hotel.


Capri


To visit Capri you can take a hydrofoil to the island direct from various ports on the Amalfi Coast. You can see the island on your own or if you would like to go with a guide, we can arrange one for you to meet you upon arrival at the port of Capri. A guided tour could look like this:

Upon meeting your guide at the port of Marina Grande on Capri, you can either make your way to a boat that will take you out to see the Blue Grotto or if this is not possible, you will go by funicular, minibus or taxi up to the town of Capri, the chic centre of the island. Capri’s main square, la Piazzetta, is filled with charming outdoor cafes and shops. The centre of the town is a maze of narrow little lanes winding between traditional whitewashed buildings. Walking a little further will take you past cafes and restaurants and out along quieter, bougainvillea-draped lanes. From here, following a cobblestone pathway that goes up the hillside, we come to the Gardens of Augustus, once owned by German industrialist Friedrich A. Krupp, who planted the gardens when he lived on Capri and later donated them to the town. The town named the gardens after Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor who first visited Capri in 29 AD and later bought the island from Naples.

From Capri you will go to Anacapri, on the western side of the island, where you have the opportunity to take a chair lift up to the top of Mount Solara, which is a 15-minute ride approximately. Once at the top, you will have an amazing view of Anacapri, the Gulf of Naples, the Gulf of Sorrento and the Faraglioni. The Villa San Michele is also in Anacapri. The villa was built by a Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe, in the late 19th century. He designed an amazing house, incorporating pieces of the ancient ruins into his plans. Munthe described the story of the villa in his book, The Story of San Michele, which we would recommend you to read when you are planning to visit Capri.

Also from Anacapri you can visit the Blue Grotto by taking a taxi down to the shore and access a long stairs that will take you to the entrance of the cave. Here, you can step into the small row boats that take you into the Grotto. Each rowboat takes only 3 people. The grotto opening is barely visible from outside and passengers have to lie down as the boat goes into the cave. Inside the grotto, the light refracting through the sea illuminates the cave with an eerie blue light, which is incredible.

From here, we will go back to Marina Grande, where your guide leaves you for the return trip on the hydrofoil to the Amalfi Coast port of your choice.

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