Pathways of the Gods: Walks on the Amalfi Coast

06 September - 15 September, 2023

Destination:
Italy

Trip Dates:
06 September - 15 September, 2023

Trip Length:
10 days

Trip Price: £2660

With its pastel hued homes clinging to the cliffs between mountain and sea and dramatic views along miles of spectacular coastline, the Amalfi coast is incomparably beautiful. It is also an area of outstanding cultural and historical interest with settlements from the medieval era noted for their architectural and artistic features perched on precipices high over the sea.

 

With a shortage of arable land, generations of ingenious inhabitants have built up breath-taking sequences of stone retaining walls to support  terraced vineyards and  lemon orchards overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean.    For many this is a walker’s paradise, as the ancient network of routes leads across a range of stunning landscapes. A sense of wonder takes over each time one walks along this magnificent coastal landscape. The crowds and hustle and traffic of the coast are left quickly behind, and in their place are soothing green landscapes, wildflowers and aromatic herbs.

 

The journey has been specially designed to mix five days of walking along some of Europe’s most spectacular coastlines with visits to several of Italy’s most important historical sites at Paestum, Pompei and Herculaneum. These marvelous sites offer an unparalleled glimpse into ancient Roman and Greek society and architecture. There is also two nights in the high-octane city of Naples with its tangled layers of history and culture.

 

But this is a region known for its food and wine and restaurants and walking stops have been carefully chosen. There will also be a chance learn more (and taste!) the wonderful wines and food of the region for this is a part of Italy where one walks well and certainly eats well.

 

The journey is being accompanied by Dr Alex Koller and local guide Ms Lucia Ferrara (known to all as Zia Lucy or Aunt Lucy) who comes from a family of fishermen in Positano. Her grandmother was a seamstress and is someone who entertained writers and artists from all over the world. Lucy’s family and friends made her passionate about the coastal mountains and the Mediterranean flora and her mother has passed on legends and folk tales about these enchanted lands and about the secrets they hide. The Amalfi Coast and this region of Italy, Campania, is known for its food, wine and restaurants many of which have been carefully chosen by Lucy.  

Trip Leader: Dr Alex Koller

Alex Koller studied Art History in Vienna where the history of Italian art was his main subject matter. In Salzburg, he gained his first degree in History of Art before continuing to Cambridge for a PhD in History of Art from Magdalene College where he also lectured and supervised. Alex accompanied his first journey to the Amalfi Coast in 1998 and since then has accompanied many journeys all over Europe for the Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Pathways of the Gods: Walks on the Amalfi Coast. Trip Comments:

I just wanted to write to thank you so much for such a fascinating and well organised trip. It was so interesting, with so many highlights. Hiking in the Carpathian Mountains was so special as the area is absolutely beautiful, and we did not meet any other hiking groups - just a few locals. So I felt incredibly fortunate to visit an area which is not at all touristy and has not yet been ‘discovered’. The painted Churches in Bucovina were absolutely amazing and unique. Both guides were excellent - Alex is of course so knowledgeable, and a very pleasant companion, and I know he made a great effort to check everyone was OK all the time, even at the end of the trip at Luton, ensuring that everyone had collected their luggage and was ready to go home! He is a real professional. Doru was also very congenial and knew the hiking trails inside out. So it was a marvellous adventure and your organisation could not be faulted - you had thought of everything. Many thanks.

Just to say thank you so much for organising such a briliant trip. I loved it. The combination of walking then culture worked really well, the walking was fine, glad I had my poles with me.

‘Dr Koller was erudite and entertaining and very generous with his knowledge.’