Walking the Sorrento Coast
Castellammare di Stabia, Italy
- Walking - Grade 3
- Half board plus
Explore the Amalfi Coast from the Bay of Naples
Hike to the summit of Vesuvius, navigate the ancient streets of Pompeii and take a trip to Capri on this special interest walking holiday. Accompanying you, alongside your local walking guides, will be a variety of inspiring scenery, such as endless lemon groves, mountaintop villages and pretty villas. This is a unique way to explore the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples, staying at Hotel Stabia (4Q) in Castellammare di Stabia. Your hotel was recently fully refurbished in a contemporary, classic style, offering all of the amenities to make your walking holiday a comfortable one. Hotel Stabia enjoys a beachfront position, a stone’s throw from the water and within sight of the dramatic Mount Vesuvius.
7 nights in a hotel
16 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 2 picnic lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
Expert local guides
- Return flights and transfers
- Local walking guides
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Leisure time
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Farewell dinner
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
Hotel Stabia, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 101, 80053 Castellammare di Stabia Naples
This fully refurbished hotel is decorated in a contemporary classic style and enjoys a seafront position, providing guests with a comfortable base from which to explore the local area. Relax in the rooftop jacuzzis, and enjoy the Mediterranean dishes served in the hotel restaurant. From June 2022 guests can swim in the hotel’s rooftop pool.
All of the hotel’s 98 rooms feature views of either the sea or the town. Each room is spacious, designed with modern style and comfort in mind. Your room will have either a bath or shower.
Food and Drink
Sample Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, surrounded by views of the Gulf of Naples. Wine and mineral water is served with dinner.
VIP Club Lounge
From the front of the hotel it’s less than 50 yards to the water’s edge, and a five-minute walk will take you to the nearest shops and bars. For the perfect evening stroll, there is a pleasant promenade that runs all along the coast.
The local train service offers a convenient and easy way to travel – the same route travels to Pompeii in 20 minutes and Naples in an hour; Herculaneum, Pompeii’s sister city which was destroyed by the same volcanic eruption, can be reached by train in 30 minutes and is located between the two. The airport is a half-an-hour-drive away.
Castellammare di Stabia
This popular seafront town is modern, with local shops and cafes, however Castellammare di Stabia has a history, an ancient past. At the Scavi di Stabia excavations (located two miles from your hotel), you can see the remains of two Roman villas that existed until AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted, notably destroying Pompeii.
To discover a little more of the history, perhaps explore the local museum. Also impressive is the medieval castle, after which Castellammare is named – castle on the sea - located one and a half miles from your hotel. The fortification’s interior is closed to the public, but its impressive exterior is worthy of a photograph or two!
Day 1 UK-Castellammare di Stabia
Arrive at Naples Airport and transfer to Hotel Stabia (4Q).
Enjoy dinner, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. D
Day 2 Amalfi-Ravello
Distance: Three and a half miles
Transfer to Amalfi (27 miles), located on the peninsula’s southern shores. Your route for today’s walk is short and can be taken at whatever pace you choose, but it is also uphill. Pass a variety of scenery including lemon groves, waterfalls, and partly wooded areas on your way to Pontone, marking today’s midway point.
From the old town of Pontone, you continue to Ravello, following its ancient walkways and medieval streets. Rewarding your day’s walk is a visit to Villa Cimbrone’s clifftop gardens. Dramatic views over the Mediterranean from the ‘Terrace of Infinity’, and extensive gardens led American writer Gore Vidal to describe Villa Cimbrone as ‘the most beautiful place that I had ever seen in all my travels.’ B, D
Day 3 Pompeii and Vesuvius
Distance: Four miles
Your day begins at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city that was both destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Accompanied by a local guide, you will see what is left of the lavish villas, the forum and the amphitheatre. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic lunch before transferring to Mount Vesuvius. Your tour vehicle will stop approximately 3,000 feet from the active volcano’s 4,200-foot summit, allowing you to hike to the very top. The views from Vesuvius are impressive, to say the least. To the east is the city of Naples, and to the south, you can spot the remnants of Pompeii. B, L, D
Day 4 Walk of the Gods
Distance: Five miles
Walking the Sorrento Coast (a transfer of approximately 11 miles) via Nocelle and ending in Positano. This is one of the area’s most-famous walking routes, offering dramatic views of the Amalfi Coast. Along the way, you will pass through wildflower meadows, past limestone mountains and terraced vineyards. The route is clearly marked with red and white signs, and from Nocelle a 1,700-step staircase leads to Positano. B, D
Day 5 Castellammare di Stabia to Capri
Distance: Three miles
Walk to the port at Castellammare and take the hydrofoil to the island of Capri (approximately one hour at sea). It is an island bursting with natural beauty to see, and for holidaymakers arriving by luxury yacht, Capri is also a place to be seen. Transfer from Capri Town to Anacapri where your walking route begins. The coastal pathway follows the island’s western edge, punctuated by rocky promontories and beautiful bays. 19th-century fortresses can be spotted along the way, providing glimpses into Capri’s defensive past. Return to Capri Town on foot and, after a break for lunch (not included), visit Villa San Michele. The villa was built on ruins of an ancient chapel dedicated to St Michael and provided Swedish physician Axel Munthe with his dream home. Pillared walkways are adorned with trailing wisteria, and views across the Bay of Naples are expectedly stunning. Return to the harbour and board the hydrofoil back to Castellammare. B, L, D
Day 6 Monte Faito
Distance: Seven miles
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Take the funicular cable car from Castellammare to Monte Faito, the peak of which is located approximately 4,500 feet above sea level. From here you follow a circular walking route, taking an easy pathway through pinewoods and out to a magnificent panorama of the Bay of Naples. Proceed to the sanctuary of St Michael and continue to Monte Molare, Conocchia and the Monk’s House (Casa del Monaco). A picnic lunch will be provided before you continue to Pian del Pero and Neviere. Along this section of the route, you can see how the inhabitants of the mountains used their ingenuity to conserve snow in great pits, which would then be sold to the coastal towns as far away as Naples! The walk ends at Piazzale dei Capi. Return to Castellammare by cable car. B, L, D
Day 7 At leisure
Relax at the hotel or join an optional excursion to the archaeologically impressive Paestum, followed by a buffalo mozzarella-making demonstration.
This evening a farewell dinner is served. B, D
Day 8 Castellammare di Stabia-UK
Transfer to Naples Airport for your return flight back to the UK. B
Paestum and mozzarella-making demonstration
Paestum was founded in the sixth century BC and was originally known as Poseidonia, dedicated to the Greek god of the sea. Three Doric temples are thought to be dedicated to Poseidon, alongside the Temple of Hera, Temple of Neptune and Temple of Athena. Strolling around Paestum will illustrate the grandeur and sophistication of the site’s past life, declining with the Roman empire in the fourth century, and subsequently falling into ruin. Afterwards, you will travel to Vannullo, a nearby buffalo farm estate, to see how mozzarella cheese is made. Lunch is included at the estate before returning by coach to the hotel.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary