Woman hiking on the Gran Crater on Vulcano, on of seven Aeolian Island in Sicily, Italy

Hiking Southern Italy Tour: Trails of the Bay of Naples & Sicily

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Countries Visited

Italy

Places Visited

Naples, Sorrento, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius...

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Suggested Duration

10 Days

The trails of Southern Italy lead you through the unforgettable splendors of Roman ruins and volcanic peaks, coastal vistas, and tranquil villages. Overlook cliffs as the stunning rock formations rise out of the Mediterranean Sea. Climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius for a sweeping panorama of the Bay of Naples and then stroll along the ancient streets of Pompeii to witness lava as it sprouts from a conical peak like fireworks on a secluded island near Sicily. Your custom tailored tour lets you...

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Trip Highlights

  • Relish the unique opportunity to hike to the summit of an active volcano and watch the lava spill over the crater’s rim at dusk
  • Indulge in the joy of Neapolitan pizza during your private lesson on how to make the delicious dish
  • Discover the marvelous scenery of the Amalfi Coast while traveling the trails that connect the historic fishing villages
  • Delight in the zesty and refreshing flavor of Limoncello during a private instruction on how to make the traditional Southern Italian digestif
  • Follow the trail to the top of Mount Vesuvius for an unparalleled view of the Bay of Naples and the ancient city of Pompeii
  • Relax in the soothing mud pools and hot baths of Vulcano Island before having an up-close view of the steaming fumaroles of the La Fossa crater
  • Visit a ruined castle on the trail between a small mountain hamlet and the luxurious resort town overlooking the Sicilian coastline
  • Embrace the stellar flavors of the wine grown in the mineral rich soil at the base of Mount Etna
  • Trek rugged trails of Capri to discover the gorgeous untamed scenery of the island and the ruins of former imperial villas 

Detailed Description

Ascend the volcanic peaks and cliff-top plateaus of Southern Italy on your 10-day active tour of the natural topography and captivating history found from the Amalfi Coast to the streets of Taormina. Your adventure will begin with your arrival at the Naples International Airport as your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and escort you into the heart of Naples. Stroll the historical streets for an introduction into the culture before you meet a private chef ready to teach you the methods and techniques to prepare a proper Neapolitan pizza. 

Next day,  your guide will meet you at the hotel and lead you to the harbor to board the ferry to Capri.  Enjoy the mixture of the untouched rugged landscape and opulent boutiques of the main town. Follow the trails that crisscross the island for incredible views of the shore, as well as the tallest mountain of Monte Solaro.  Continue your travel beneath the city to trek the Catacombs of Gennaro before a scenic drive around the Bay of Naples to the Amalfi Coast. After settling into your hotel, walk along the trails of the Agerola high plateau for your first view of the stunning scenery found along the famous Amalfi Coast. Trek along a portion of the “Path of the Gods,” that connect Amalfi to Positano and explore the lavish fishing village as you relish a private lesson on how to make the perfect Limoncello, a traditional Southern Italian digestif.

Wake up early for your trek to the top of the infamous Mount Vesuvius. Take in the panoramic views en route to your tour of the preserved streets of Pompeii. Venture to the harbor in the afternoon for a luxury ferry ride to the island of Stromboli located off the coast of Sicily. Discover the unique charms of Stromboli, from its black-pebbled beaches to the secluded villages that overlook the Mediterranean. In the afternoon, trek to the summit of the volcano to watch the lava spill over the conical peak. Move on with a morning ferry ride to the island of Vulcano to soak in the thermal and mud baths before you hike along the volcanic craters to view the smoldering fumaroles and relax in the shade of the island’s lush rural heart.

Travel next to the main island of Sicily to traverse the trail that leads from the small hilltop hamlet of Castelmola to the luxurious town of Taormina, which overlooks the sea. Enjoy a private tour of Taormina’s exceptional history. Move next to the top of Mount Etna to conquer the heights of Italy’s most active volcano. After you descend the mountain and its various craters, your guide will lead you to a vineyard on the foothills of Etna, where the mineral rich soil produces fine wines. To conclude, your private transfer will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the international airport at Catania for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$2,745 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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