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Unexplored landscapes, secluded corners of coastline, farms, trulli and oil mills still used for their original functions, old stone churches, ravines and ancient ruins that tell Apulian history as an heritage of different civilizations: Messapians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and Aragonese. All of them left tangible signs of their passage.

“During your bike tour, away from the traditional circuits, you will experience the authentic side of Puglia, a region still proud to preserve its traditions, folklore and nature: culture is as broad and varied as the region’s landscape.
It’s a trip along the Italy’s heel starting from Locorotondo, continuing through the landscapes of Murgia, all along unique sceneries composed by trulli, pignon and terraces. It goes down the vineyard of Salento with its wine & food excellences and finally arrives Lecce, characterized by Baroque style and local folklore, not to mention the fascinating area of Greek Salento, famous for its traditional dances and its tarantulas music.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided cycling tour
  • NAME: Apulia Cycling Tour
  • TRIP CODE: ICPCTS
  • DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 690,00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Arrival in Locorotondo

Upon your arrival, the white Locorotondo welcomes the guest from the top of its terrace, one of the most beautiful of Murgian area. From its lookout it is possible to fully admire breathtaking views of its territory from above: a collage of small vineyards contoured by dry-stone walls, patches of Mediterranean woods and silvery olive groves that surround ancient farms and thousands of trulli dotted in the districts. The small old town of Locorotondo is enclosed in its magical atmosphere, between dream and reality: the washed-out colour of its building wraps every angle and its baroque architecture adorned with stone clear local enhances the intense colours of flowering balconies.
This area is also famous for orecchiette pasta, the most well know fresh past of Apulian cuisine, and for its centuries-old viticultural local tradition which has encouraged the production of white of high quality wines, such as the famous White Locorotondo Doc: fresh, light, dry, delicate bouquet, ideal for appetizers, excellent with fish and seafood.
Overnight: Diffused Hotel in Locorotondo

Locorotondo – Cisternino Trullo Sovrano – Seppunisi – Ceglie – Locorotondo (long option Martina Franca + 5km)

Cycling about 52 Km
This round excursion touches the magnificent Itria Valley, the heart of the Murgia of Trulli. Cisternino, Ceglie, Martina Franca, the villages that overlook the valley, are positioned over gently sloping hills with natural viewpoints.
The alluring and harmonious landscape is lined by old rural trails enclosed by the typical dry stone walls, along the trails are present small and precious stone churches and buildings.
Riding up and down the rolling hills the cyclist meets Trullo Soprano, in the district Pascarosa, a wonderful model of typical local structural design, one of the most majestic and monumental trullo of the entire Murgia. Here it is possible to stop by the typical farm and taste the delightful dairy product such as mozzarella cheese and a variety of different soft cheeses produced only in this area.
Then it is possible to get lost in alleys, courtyards, arches of historic center of Cisternino, a beautiful little village famous for woodand stone handcrafts.
To not be missed, Ceglie, capital of gastronomy, where there are numerous restaurants, wine cellars and taverns. Recognized Slow Food Presidium for its biscuits.
The rides continues touching Martina Franca with its striking Baroque architecture that is possible to admire on the facades of its churches and its homes; home of the locally produced wine Martina Franca doc, and typical capocollo and salami.
Overnight: Diffused Hotel in Locorotondo

Locorotondo – Grotte di Castellana – Putignano – Barsento (Noci) – Alberobello – Locorotondo

Cycling about 50 Km
Caves, trullis, farms and churches built using typical local style and clear stones … This and much more waits for the cyclist visiting Castellana, a town nestled in the green of the olive trees and known for the magical atmosphere of its underground caves. The journey goes on through Putignano, a bustling town, rich in cultural traditions and monuments. The ride goes through the historic center of the village famous all over Italy for its Carnival, following the traces of “Farinella” (typical local food product and name of the town mask). The trip continues along the forests of Fragni , dry stone walls take you to the fascinating Barsento Abbey, with the annexed farm that was once a convent, which lies in a dominant position on a hill overlooking the “Canale di Pirro,” a karst depression characterized by woods, vineyards and pastures. Noci enchants the traveler in the alleys of the old town heading into the gnostre, typical squares often sets for festivals and cultural events. Finally Alberobello, a charming UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site: known throughout the world for its trullis, the typical buildings that dot the rolling, lush hills of the area. It is the only town in Puglia with an historic center composed by a multitude of trullis. The places deserves a town walk to observe the coned roofs, embellished with decorations of various shapes, depicting religious or zodiac symbols.
Castellana Grotte with its caves, considered the most important complex of caves in Italy and Europe here it is possible rock formation composed by stalagmite and stalactites
including the White Cave, the Cave of the Altar, the Cave of the Dome and the Passage of the Nativity. In Putignano there is the opportunity to visit the Borgo Antico, where palaces and ancient monasteries are disposed in typically medieval urban structure characterized by a main square, Piazza Plebiscito, which is overlooked by the Mother Church, the Palace of the Bailiff (base in the Middle Ages, of the Order of the Knights of Malta) and the Seggio (the house of city government, currently occupied by the Pro Loco) with clock and coat of arms on the facade.
Overnight: Diffused Hotel in Locorotondo

Locorotondo – Ostuni – San Michele – Latiano – Mesagne

Cycling About 62 Km
Today a nice & pleasant ride takes right down to the plains of Salento, in the land of Messapians. After having reached Ostuni, the “white city”, whose appeal lies in the characteristic washed-out walls of all houses in the old town, the track heads toward the rolling hills of the Murgia turning gently and gradually into the vast plain of Upper Salento, the land that the great Emperor Frederick II called “Filia Solis”: the daughter of the sun. Here the countryside is characterized by orchards, vast olive groves, vineyards and crops. Most of villages often hide in their central part baroque and medieval treasures, unexpected beauties heritage of prestigious architectural history. San Michele Salentino, a small rural village, produces an unique gastronomic delights dating back the olden times: “figs with almonds”. From Latiano, home of a rural museum, the ride takes to Mesagne pedaling along the Via Appia, the most important Roman road also called the “Regina Viarum” . This town represents an interesting example of Apulian Baroque in this province. Its charming heart shaped old urban centre is surrounded by massive walls completed by the imposing Norman-Swabian castle which become through centuries a skillful blend between a sophisticated military fortress and a renaissance residence.
Overnight: selected B&B in Mesagne

1st option: Mesagne – Casalabate – Lecce
2nd option: Mesagne – S.Pietro Vernotico – Squinzano – Trepuzzi – Lecce

1st option – Cycling about 55 Km
The ride today takes through a interesting tour into the south-east area of the region, along fascinating ancient pilgrims trails, retracing some section of the old Via Francigena. From Mesagne to Lecce, passing Casalabate, Santa Maria di Cerrate and Santa Maria d’Aurio. Here the silence accompanies the rider through majestic olive trees that protect the pace and provide shaded shelter during stops. Passing by the farms along the way: some fortified with high towers and defence walls, some others more bucolic and rustic.
The highlights of the day are the Abbey of Cerrate, which in the past was an important place of worship, nowadays in its mill has been set up a Museum of Arts & Popular Traditions of Salento, then the elegant Romanesque church of Santa Maria of Aurio.
From here you can easily reach the city of Lecce, a real gem, whose architectural style and history that never cease to amaze visitors. A stroll through the historic center of Lecce gives the opportunity to admire its churches and its cathedral, a triumph of Baroque style with its refined and noble palaces along the shopping streets.
The gastronomy Lecce offers the pasticciotto, sweet pastry filled with cream and cherry; the rustico, salty baked bread with mozzarella and tomato, the pizzo, a kind of bread with olives, onions and tomatoes.
2nd option – Cycling about 41 Km
Today the ride combines the pleasure of discovering art and culture treasures with the joy of wine tasting. Starting from Mesagne the ride goes towards the Limitone of the Greeks reaching the lands of Primitivo, Negroamaro and Malvasia, grapes grown almost exclusively in Puglia, land of excellent world prized wines.
The Limitone of the Greeks was a legendary defensive line built by the Byzantines against the Lombards, later it was used as a shortcut to reach Lecce instead of using the Via Appia. There are many sites that can be seen on this stretch: rock-hewn churches, cemeteries, hot springs, Roman villas, fortified farms, all nestled in a picturesque rural landscape made of olive trees and vineyards that starting from September are rich in heady scents making very pleasant the ride to city of Lecce a small jewel of architecture and history that will never cease to amaze you.
Do not miss The Parco del Negroamaro: all villages inside the park are part of a territory of excellence for the production of wines. In each location you will find a wine cellar where you can stop by and taste their products.
Overnight: selected B&B in Lecce

Lecce – San Donato – Soleto – Galatina – Soleto – Calimera- Castrì – Lecce (grecìa)

Cycling about 55 Km
Kalòs ìrtate stin Greek Salento, Welcome to the Greek Salento.
A gorgeous bike trail takes through the places where the Greek-Byzantine influence is very strong and most of the local speak a dialect known as neo-greek, gricanico or griko. An intriguing mix of language, history, culture, traditions and folk music, ancient settlements, dolmens, menhirs, crypts, oil mills, court houses, churches. Each of these towns tells a different story with common characteristics: places and lives often pristine, bearer of authentic values, such as hospitality, that arriving from Greece spread through the whole Salento crossing time and space. And above all the importance in the local cuture of music and dance of the tarantula pinch, a sensual dance of courtship, made of slow movements, close looks, fascinating rotations during which the woman expresses her femininity.
ωραία βόλτα! Enjoy your ride!
Overnight: selected B&B in Lecce

Lecce – Acaya – Le Cesine – Lecce

Cycling About 35 Km
Today the ride through history and nature, starting from Lecce, continues along quiet and calm minor roads reaching Acaya; the only example of intact fortified medieval town in the entire Souther Italy. The access to the villages is possible through the trapezium shaped portal that opens along the walls of the castle. The town has a distinctive road system that dates back 1500, six main roads, parallel to each other, from south to north, all have the same width of 4 meters, equal distance of 17 meters and almost all measure the same length.
After visiting Acaya the tour continues to the remnant of the ancient coastal swap on the Adriatic. The Park of Gesine is without doubt one of most important wetland in Italy, It still keeps intact the original natural beauty. The two ponds fed by rainwater, are separated from the sea by a strip of sand dunes and here with some luck it is possible to admire the great egret and the heron.
After a great day the bike tour ends in Lecce.
Overnight: selected B&B in Lecce

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. From lecce you can easily take a train for your next destination. Private transfers on request.

INCLUSIONS

 

• 3 nights in LOCOROTONDO
• 1 night in MESAGNE
• 3 nights in LECCE
• Meals: 7 breakfasts
• Detailed Route notes and maps
• Luggage transfers on day 4 and day 5
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in “inclusions”
• Train/bus/ferry tickets
• Entrance fees
• Bike hire*
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

*BIKE:
you can rent the following bikes: “Specialized” Cross Trail
Extra to pay: Euro 110,00 per week
All rental bikes come equipped with a rear rack and trunk bag or a handlebar bar, spare inner tube, patch kit, pump, lock, and helmet if the clients choose not to bring their own.

 

TESTIMONIALS

Sylvia & Mike

"Ciao Marcello and Icnos Adventures, Wow! What a trip. You put together an AWESOME guided walking tour. You were well prepared with your itinerary and charts of the grades of the hikes to show us what the challenges would be, loved the map where we could highlight the trails of the hikes everyday and also want to Thank You for the use of the walking sticks (they were very useful). The hikes were amazing (at times we felt like the goats we saw grazing on the side of the mountain), the accommodations were first class, the different varieties of the food we tasted was fine Italian cuisine, and your knowledge and history of the Amalfi Coast was very impressive.
What was our favorite part of the Walking Tour? That is hard to answer, because everyday we saw and did something different and were amazed and exhilarated with the beauty and history of your Coast. You made the whole hiking experience totally unforgettable. The views from the top of the mountain down to the port cities where we were hiking to were spectacular. You teamed the 4 of us up with 7 others from one end of the world to the other that we did not know and we left the tour, best of friends. Looking forward to our new friends including you Marcello and your wife visiting us here on the West Coast of Canada so we can show you our Island. Will definitely contact you when we are ready for another walking tour in Italy.
Sylvia & Mike "
"Walking the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula" - privately guided tour - Sept 2012 

Sylvia & Mike - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Gentry

Jentry Amalfi Coast with ICNOS adventures

"Ciao Anna and Marcello,
ICNOS Adventures' The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast package was more than what I imagined. Pre-trip emails were responded to quickly and thoroughly. The customer service prior and during our trip exceeded my expectations.
Anna was more than helpful, offering and providing aid for our trip that was not related to ICNOS' hiking package. Her above and beyond assistance was invaluable to myself and husband in making our trip a success. The hiking instructions were very good. At the end of the first day of hiking, I recommended ICNOS to another hiker who was not happy with his company's hiking directions. Marcello telephoned me twice during the trip to confirm that everything was going well. The customer service is superb. I would not hesitate to recommend or use ICNOS again.
Well done Anna and Marcello and all who work at ICNOS Adventures!
A grateful client, Jan Gentry"
"The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - June 2014

Daniel & Jan Gentry - Sacramento, US

OVERVIEW

“A combination of interesting historic sites, charming tourist destinations, celebrated flavors of Italian cooking and fascinating rural traditions characterizes our walking experience in Italy”.

The journey begins in Tramonti, a quiet rural village nestled in a hilly landscape overlooking the Mediterranean sea and famous for its wine producers and the fabulous food of the renowned restaurants. The location of this town is the perfect jumping off point for our adventure and an easy access to the coastal walks.
The Amalfi Coast has been chosen by National Geographic as “One of the fifty places you should visit in your lifetime” and they go on to describe it as “ Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline”. Its picturesque network of pathways, once lifeline between terraced land and rural villages, offers the opportunity to enjoy magnificent views above lemon gardens and vineyards set amidst terraced cliffs over the crystal blue sea. Immerse in a bright landscape and a fascinating heritage we walk around Amalfi and its neighbors: Positano, Atrani and Ravello, a mixture of memorable sights and unique environments.

  • ACTIVITY: Guided walking tour
  • 2015 DATE: June 1st IN – June 7th OUT
  • TRIP CODE: ICFWAG
  • DURATION: 7 days/6 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Euro 1890.00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Welcome on the green gate of the Amalfi Coast

Arrival in Naples Airport and transfer to Tramonti. Meeting with the tour leader at 6:00 pm and welcome dinner in a typical restaurant near our accommodation. (D)
Overnight: small albergo in Tramonti
Meal: dinner

Vesuvius & Pompeii

Walking 4 km approx. 1,5 hour walking + 4 hours walking tour in Pompeii
Today you experience a visit to Mount Vesuvius before exploring the Pompeii ruins. A private transfer brings us on the summit of Mount Vesuvius; here we can visit the big crater and enjoy panoramic views over the Bay of Naples. On the way to Pompeii we have the option to visit a wine producer, tasting the Lacryma Christi (Tears of Christ), the region’s most famous wine. Then we reach by private transfer the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. The devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 trapped 25000 inhabitants of Pompeii, many of whom left impressive examples of everyday life in 1st Century. From Pompeii we come back to our hotel in Tramonti by private transfer. “Hands on pizza making” and dinner in a local Pizzeria of Tramonti. (B, L, D)
Overnight: small albergo in Tramonti
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Ferriere valley walk

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today we walk along the beautiful natural scenery of the Ferriere valley. By private transfer we reach the starting point of our next walking experience. Ferriere valley is an interesting nature reserve into the rugged landscape of the Lattari Mountains. We pass through striking vertical cliffs, little waterfalls and natural springs immersed in an unchanged microclimate which allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans, a rare type of long-leafed fern from the pre-glacial age.
Continuing in the valley through the chestnut trees we reach the hamlet of Pogerola and then after lunch, down along ancient flight of steps, the village of Amalfi.
(B,L,D)
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Valley of the ancient Mills & Ravello

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today you enjoy an easy gradual ascent along the valley of the ancient mills towards the celebrated village of Ravello. Starting from your hotel, you pass the vibrant streets of the historical centre before going into a green area, walking along a fresh river and passing the ruins of several abandoned mills.
The pathway climbs out of the valley and softly takes us, through lemon groves and narrow alleys surrounded by dry stone walls, into the hilltop village of Pontone, with its panoramic tiny square: a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Before reaching Ravello, you enjoy some dramatic views of Amalfi and Atrani from the ruins of Torre dello Ziro: an ancient lookout tower of the powerful Maritime Amalfi Republic. Stairs bring you to the well-known Ravello, a town of a rich and noble traditions, exemplified in the magnificent historical villas with theirs incomparable gardens. The afternoon is free to explore the town. We strongly recommend to visit Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. You return to Amalfi following ancient stairways down to the admirable village of Atrani, a maze of narrow white washed alleys. (B, L)
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi
Meals: breakfast & lunch

Isle of Capri

The ferry leaves Amalfi in the morning. Arrived to the island, after passing the famous “Piazzetta”, you walk towards the Arco Naturale and following a coastal path you reach the spectacular Faraglioni, the peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea. During the afternoon you have several options for exploring Capri at your own pace. You may choose to relax in the island’s chic shops or take a walk to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, dated back to the 14th century, and the Gardens of August. Return to Amalfi by boat. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi
Meals: breakfast & dinner

Pathway of the Gods & Positano

Walking – moderate 4.5 hours
Today we enjoy a truly unique walking experience, one of the main highlights of our adventure. The famous Pathway of the Gods is like nowhere you’ve experienced before. Perhaps that’s why so many people return time and time again. By private bus we climb up the zigzag coastal road enjoying impressive views on the land terraces built over centuries and preserved by local communities. Our walk begins in Bomerano and offers terrific coastline landscapes with the famous cliffs of Capri marking lands’ end. Along the pathway we can admire the full splendor of the Divine Coast. Arrived at Nocelle, a tiny mountain village, we descend through lush terraces and olive groves to the vertical charming resort of Positano. There is time to explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques, before taking the local bus or the ferry to Amalfi (B, L, D )
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner

Departure

Our trip ends after breakfast with a group transfer to Naples Railway Station or Airport depending on request.
Meal: breakfast

INCLUSIONS

 

• English speaking local tour leader
• 2 nights selected B&B in Tramonti
• 4 nights hotel *** in Amalfi
• 6 breakfasts
• 5 dinners (D)
• 4 lunches (L)
• 1 Wine tasting
• Transfer Naples (or Salerno) – Tramonti on day 1
• Transfers according to the program (included public transport tickets) from day 2 to day 6
• Transfer Amalfi – Naples on day 7

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Jen P

"Thank you for organizing the walking tours for us. It was a very special occasion, as it was my sons 30th birthday celebration. The walks were truly outstanding and so amazing. We would not have been able to do what we did without your help and guidance. I am really grateful for all your detailed information. It is very difficult to say which was the best one! as they were all unique and special. So many memorable occasions and cannot wait for our next walk.
Thank you once again for a really stunning holiday.
Kind regards Jen P."
"Deluxe Amalfi Coast" - May 2012 - 3rd tour with ICNOS Adventures

Jen P. - Cape Town, South Africa

Ruth Goodman

"Ciao Anna and Marcello,
I returned safely to Toronto last week and have been adjusting to jet lag! It's hard to believe I was hiking on the Amalfi Coast days ago. Thank you to Marcello for making this trip a wonderful experience...I have never hiked before and you were very encouraging, especially on the Path of the Gods!
All the hotels were lovely and the itinerary covered different flavours of the area. Such great memories and a desire to return one day!
Wishing you both well and continued growth and success in ICNOS.
Warmest regards, Ruth Goodman"
"Walking the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula" -  guided walking tour - Sept 2012 

Ruth Goodman - Toronto, Canada

OVERVIEW

A boat trip across the scintillating waters of the Bays of Salerno and Naples leads to the stunning Capri. This legendary island, is surrounded by rose-tinted rocks and coves washed by translucent blue sea, giving it the look of a precious marine gem

The stylish island with its busy and beautiful “piazzetta” is a labyrinth of twisting alleys, countless glamorous boutiques and fine restaurants. The tour of the island takes in its dramatic and steep roads with amazing outlooks towards Vesuvius and rocky sea shores. The heights of the isle allows for many stunning views. The Roman emperor Tiberius, the poet Pablo Neruda, Oscar Wilde and many others found their paradise on this island.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Capri Active Break
  • TRIP CODE: ICCAB
  • DURATION: 3 days/2 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 395.00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Isle of Capri Walk

walking – easy from 3.5 hrs to 5 hrs
Arrival on your own to the Isle of Capri. You can easily take a boat from Naples, Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi. You will find details & timetables in our pre departure information.
A private taxi is waiting for you at the harbor of Marina Grande; it takes you to your hotel.
Then you start your walk towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, the palace of Emperor Tiberius, before joining the coastal path along the Arco Naturale until you reach the Faraglioni – the peculiar rocks protruding out of the sea. Later you can choose to visit the Convent of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Emperor Augustus or relax while enjoying a gelato, before returning to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel* or Hotel**** depending on request

Sentiero dei Fortini

walking – easy from 4 hrs to 5 hrs
A private transfer takes you on the western side of Capri where a surprisingly attractive path, rich in history and enhanced by unique vegetation with intense fragrances and colors of Mediterranean scrubland is waiting to be hiked. The “Sentiero dei Fortini” runs from side to side the western coast and passes by a series of old blockhouses (“fortini”). Those were built at the time of the Saracen invasions, and they were converted into short range artillery forts by the English and French during the Napoleonic wars.
The path goes through deep coves with crystal blue water and limestone rocky promontories where you pass by the “Fortini” from where the trail gets its name.
Return to the Hotel by local buses.
Overnight: Hotel* or Hotel**** depending on request

Departure

After breakfast a private transfer takes you to the harbor of Marina Grande and you say  “arrivederci” to Capri

INCLUSIONS

 

• 2 nights in Hotel* or **** in Capri (depending on your request)
• 2 breakfasts
• Private transfers from/to Marina Grande (Capri harbor) – hotel (day 1 & day 3)
• Private transfer from the Hotel to the starting point of the walk (on day 2)
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Drinks
• Tourist tax to be paid locally
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation tickets (bus/ferry/train) & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Barbara and Kjell

"Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our self guided Amalfi Coast walk. We were not sure what to expect, and being older walkers, were a bit apprehensive about whether we could manage the difficulty level of the walks. The wonderfully detailed walk notes ensured we never became lost in the maze of stairs and paths, and each day’s walk showed a different (and beautiful) aspect of the coast. We especially liked the walk profiles which allowed us to pace ourselves each day and the recommendations of special places to see along the route especially the magical gardens in Ravello. We wish to thank you for helping us explore this beautiful part of Italy on foot. Ciao Barbara and Kjell "
"Walking the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - April 2011

Barbara and Kjell - Australia

Naomi and Kevin McLean

""We're just back from the two weeks that you arranged for us in Naples, the Phlegrean Fields, and the Amalfi Coast. We wanted to thank you for the wonderful vacation we had. The hotel in Naples was perfect in a great location for sightseeing. The tour that you arranged for us in the Phlegrean Fields was fascinating. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we felt very privileged to be visiting all the ruins with him. We also enjoyed the snorkeling trip in Baia that you arranged for us.
Our week in the Amalfi Coast was also very special. All the walking directions and other information that you provided was excellent. The walks were beautiful. You were also so helpful in providing schedules for the days after our trip with you.
Thanks for all your help with our trip. We appreciate your attention to our interests and your flexibility in making special arrangements when we requested them. Our trip was tailored just the way we wanted it. We enclose some pictures for you. Naomi and Kevin McLean"
"Naples & Phlegraean Fields" Archaeological Extension - privately guided & "Tailor made tour Amalfi Coast" - self-guided - June 2011

Naomi and Kevin McLean - California

OVERVIEW

“A walk in the Cinque Terre, an area encompassing five towns of medieval origin on Italy’s rugged Ligurian coastline, offers three magic travel ingredients: splendid scenery, varied landscape and a sense of discovery…” The New York Times – Travel.

The Cinque Terre, with its pastel-colored fishing villages and terraced hillsides covered with vineyards and olive trees, constitutes one of Italy’s most impressive landscapes.  The Cinque Terre are five (cinque) towns along the Liguria coast, south of Levanto. If there were Sei (six) Terre, the sixth would be Levanto. Santa Margherita Ligure, it is located along the innermost part of the Tigullio gulf, to the east of the Portofino peninsula. Its surrounding hills are covered with Mediterranean vegetation and offer the most favourable setting for spectacular views out onto the coast.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Walking the Cinque Terre & Portofino Peninsula
  • TRIP CODE: ICCCPP
  • DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 910.00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Welcome in the Cinque Terre

Arrival on your own in Levanto. Trains available from Genoa, Pisa, or Milan. (Private transfer rates are available upon request). Private transfer from Levanto railway Station to the Hotel.
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

Cinque Terre walk

Walking moderate – min 3.5 max 6 hrs
Your day starts with a train ride to Riomaggiore and after the visit of the village a short train ride takes you to Manarola, where you start a scenic hike.
From Manarola you reach Volastra, one of the most ancient villages of the coastline and where a XII century sanctuary is located. Here you have a breathtaking view over Manarola, its bell tower and its vineyards. The spectacular walk continues toward Corniglia. The views along this incredibly breath-taking section are amazing. In Corniglia you take your time wandering through the narrow alleyways of steep multi-coloured houses before taking the train to Vernazza. From there you may reach walking the fishing village of Monterosso.
If you prefer to spend more time in the villages there is a local train that inter connects all the villages of the Cinque Terre, from Riomaggiore to Monterosso.
From Monterosso you can easily take a local train to Levanto (it takes 4 minutes).
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

Poets’ Gulf – Portovenere

1st option:
Walking easy 3 hrs
Today you have a pleasant visit to discover the fascinating beauty of the Poets’ Gulf. Using public transport you will arrive at the delightful village of Portovenere, chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique beauty. The name of the ancient Portus Veneris refers to a temple to the goddess Venus, situated on the promontory where you can admire the beauty of the San Peter Church built over a cliff. From the harbor of Portovenere you take a boat to the Isle of Palmaria. Here you begin an easy walk around the Island, admiring steep rocky cliffs, inspiring grottoes and passing abandoned marble quarries. A panoramic ferry ride takes you to Monterosso, giving you the opportunity to admire all the “five lands” before returning to your hotel.
2nd option:
Walking moderate 5.5 hrs
You can opt for a superb walk beginning with a local train ride to Riomaggiore and starting a lovely hike to the delightful village of Portovenere, chosen as a UNESCO Heritage site for its unique beauty. A panoramic ferry journey takes you to Monterosso, giving you the opportunity to admire all the “five lands” before returning to your hotel
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

 

From Monterosso to Levanto

Walking moderate about 3 hours
Today your walk begins from Monterosso, going up the antique stone steps to Punta Mesco, one of the most remarkable bird’s-eye viewpoints over the five villages. An ancient mule path takes you to the ruins of a Chapel dedicated to St. Antonio passing an old lighthouse and descending through steps and slopes. Following a trail above the sparkling water of the marine conservation area and walking through a shadowed forest and along some terraces you reach Levanto. You will have plenty of time to explore the tiny village with its 13th century black and white striped Chiesa di Sant’Andrea (Church of Saint Andrew), an example of 13th-century Ligurian Gothic style before returning to your hotel.
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

Coastal walk to Punta Manara & return

Walking easy 2.5 hours
After breakfast you take a local train to Sestri Levante (it takes about 30 minutes). From here you take your stunning walk to the Punta Manara. The path starts from the alleys of the old town and after a series of steps leading out of the village, leads to a trail surrounded by a unique mix of vegetation such as Mediterranean scrubland, a strip of cork oak forests and olive groves. The park holds the well preserved remains of the Saracen tower, that stands high above sea level. Characterized by strategic importance, it is an excellent sighting point with magnificent views of the Gulf of Silence and Sestri. After the walk you can easily reach by train (about 25 minutes) your next destination: Santa Margherita Ligure.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure

Montallegro – Rapallo

Walking easy 2.5 hours
Today you reach by local train the village of Rapallo (about 3 minutes), and after a brief and pleasant walk in the center of this typical Italian Riviera village, you take a cable car to ascend above Rapallo on the sea to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro. According to legend the virgin appeared to a farmer here and there is a fresco inside the choir which represents the apparition to the farmer. There is a lovely walk around the sanctuary with astonishing views of Rapallo as well as the Gulf of Tigullio. The path from the Sanctuary to Rapallo is a lovely walk along an avenue lined with beech, oak and chestnut trees that offers amazing views that need to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Return by local train to Santa Margherita Ligure.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure

Camogli – San Fruttuoso – Portofino

Walking easy to moderate 2.5 hours
You final day offers a superb discovery of Portofino Peninsula. A brief train ride (5mins) takes you to Camogli. From here you enjoy a lovely boat ride to San Fruttuoso. The medieval Benedictine abbey of San Fruttuoso located in a tiny rocky cove is an hidden gem in a green bay. Take your time to visit the monastery before starting an impressive hike to Portofino, along a scenic trail that winds its way above the sea. Visit the glamorous village of Portofino called the Jewel of the Riviera. It’s a gorgeous fishing village with an atmosphere of pure elegance and a perfect spot to taste the charming atmosphere of the Italian Riviera. From Portofino you will return to Santa Margherita Ligure on foot along a pleasure walk or by local bus.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. From Santa Margherita Ligure you can easily catch the train to your next destination.

INCLUSIONS

 

• 4 nights ***Hotel in Levanto
• 3 nights ***Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure
• 7 breakfasts
• Private transfer from Levanto Railway Station to the Hotel on day 1
• luggage transfer on day 5
• Cinque Terre Train Card for day 2
• emergency phone number
• detailed route notes & maps
• pre-departure information

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Caryl K.

Kitchen Amalfi Coast with ICNOS

"Ciao Marcello and Anna,
My walk on the Amalfi Coast in September was the most wonderful and rejuvenating holiday. I'd like to thank and congratulate you all at ICNOS Adventures for making such an extraordinary experience so easy and available.
As a single lady looking for a self guided walk I was delighted to find you and you didn't disappoint. Everything was perfect! All your walk information and planning information so impeccably organised complete with options for other activities providing alternatives to the standard itinerary if a day off from walking was what I felt like. You had everything covered - even what bus tickets to buy! And no doubt your local knowledge was behind the hotel choices ... All of them in the best locations.
A special thanks for the extra day sea kayaking which was just fantastic (thanks to Antonio and Julio) and whatever you did to arrange the perfect Mediterranean weather. I've sent a couple of photos that I took on the most challenging day of the walk ... Praiano to Nocelle and then down the stairs to Positano. I have so many beautiful photos from the trip, but this day's walk was especially memorable.
Grazie molto. Till next time, Caryl"
"The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - Sept 2013

Caryl K.- Docklands - Australia

Bailey

"Hi Anna, Marcello and Francesca,
What a holiday we had, we are now home safely, and I know that all the walkers were most impressed with the service and extensive information provided by Icnos.
Our week on the Amalfi coast was very pleasant, but we found that we did not have the energy and time to do much other than travel from one town to the next explore the town, relax a while, have dinner and sleep. We also found that the train and bus option was less than optimum and used the Ferries which, although more expensive, gave a much more pleasant experience and took less time.
We also got good feedback from the Hotel people about Icnos as one of the "more serious" operators that they deal with. We particularly liked the Hotel in Sorrento. The most important factor in all hotels is the bed, it must be comfortable and not board like.
We will recommend you guys to anybody travelling in Italy and you can expect a call from us the next time we visit Italy.
Finally I want to thank you Marcello for you endless patience with me and some apparently dumb questions before and during the trip.
Ciao for now.
Best regards, David Bailey"
"Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast & Sorrento" self-guided walking tour - Sept 2013

David Bailey & friends - Victoria, Australia

OVERVIEW

Enjoy the first self-guided hiking tour which touches every single village of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, starting from Vietri sul Mare and arriving to Positano. The highlights of the journey are the simple genuine warmth of the people, the delicious local food and wine, the gourmet dining experiences with the local chefs.

The journey starts in Cava de’ Tirreni: the perfect starting point for your journey and an ideal way in to the coastal walks towards the marine villages of Vietri sul Mare and Cetara, with the opportunity to visit Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius. Tramonti, a pleasant location of Amalfi Coast untouched by mass tourism, is embedded in an interesting rural surroundings and it is perfect to live a peaceful sojourn enjoying wonderful atmosphere, traditional food and renowned local wine. Furthermore you explore the celebrated Amalfi and its neighbours, discovering Maiori, Ravello, Minori and Positano.
This journey gives us the opportunity to visit the well-known beauties of the Coast (some of the most celebrated in the world) while sojourning far from the tourist crowds.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking & culinary tour
  • NAME: Highlights & backroads of the Amalfi Coast
  • TRIP CODE: ICHBAC
  • DURATION: 7 days/6 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 1290.00 per person sharing twin/double room.
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Welcome to the green gate of the Amalfi Coast

Arrival on your own in Naples and private transfer from Naples Airport or Railway station to the hotel located in a green valley in Cava de’ Tirreni.
Explore, at your own pace, the captivating historical centre of Cava de’ Tirreni, enjoying the pleasure of the Italian dolce vita. Discover the distinctive arched arcades of the Borgo Scacciaventi and experience what the atmosphere must have been like in the 15th century.
Tonight you experience a dinner in the historical centre of Cava de’ Tirreni before returning by private transfer to the Hotel.
Overnight: country house in Cava de’ Tirreni
Meal: dinner (drinks not included)

Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii

Walking 4 km approx. 1,5 hour walking + 4 hours walking tour in Pompeii
Today you experience a visit to Mount Vesuvius before exploring the Pompeii ruins. A private transfer brings you on the summit of Mount Vesuvius; here you can visit the big crater and enjoy panoramic views over the Bay of Naples. Then you reach by private transfer the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. The devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 trapped 25000 inhabitants of Pompeii, many of whom left impressive examples of everyday life in 1st Century. From Pompeii you come back to Cava de’ Tirreni by local train.
The program includes then a private transfer from Cava de’ Tirreni to your charming accommodation.
This evening you could experience a family dinner with a kind host: she will be happy to cook for you some typical local dishes & products.
Overnight: country house in Cava de’ Tirreni
Meals: breakfast & dinner (drinks not included)

Cava de’ Tirreni – Vietri sul Mare – Cetara – Tramonti

Walking – easy 2.5 hours
You start the day visiting the attractive Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Trinity. You experience the intangible atmosphere of a glorious past, visiting the true symbol of the religious and cultural prestige of Cava de’ Tirreni. After the visit of the Abbey’s treasures, directly from the church square, you start a lovely walk along chestnut woods. Strolling along the pathways you experience the first astonishment of the Amalfi Coast, with its tiny villages located on the hillsides and stunning coastline views of the Bay of Salerno. Descending stairs lined with sheer stone walls and pastel homes, you pass villages of the Divine Coast before arriving at the decorated village of Vietri sul Mare: the home of the hand painted ceramic art. There is time to explore at leisure this colourful town, with the option to visit local workshops where you can see the hands of a craftsman create exclusive works of art. Early in the afternoon a private transfer brings you to your next destination: Tramonti, stopping along the coastal road in the small fishing village of Cetara (famous for its gastronomy based on lemons, tunas and anchovies).
During your pizza dinner tonight you meet a small and passionate wine producer and taste his wines enjoying your gourmet dining experience with the local Tramonti chef (Tramonti chefs are famous the world over for their excellent Pizza)
Overnight: B&B in Tramonti
Meals: breakfast, wine tasting & pizza dinner (drinks not included)

From Maiori to Ravello

Walking – easy to moderate 3 hours
After breakfast a private transfer brings you to Maiori. Here you can indulge in the simple pleasure of the side street cafes on the longest unbroken stretch of beach on the windy Amalfi coastline, before starting your walk towards the near village of Minori, savoring the lemon specialties that give the real distinctive flavor of the village. The first section of the walk, from Maiori to Minori is an easy & lovely walk along a dazzling trail overlooking the Amalfi Coast. From Minori starts a moderate section to Ravello. Following ancient stairways you climb out the valley through lemon groves, terraced vineyards and narrow alleys surrounded by dry stone walls. You enjoy some dramatic views of the superb mountains surrounding, before reaching Ravello, one of the most celebrated village of the coast. Free time to explore this town of a rich and noble traditions, with its houses built in Arabic/Sicilian style, the prestigious twelfth-century Cathedral, the spectacular thirteenth-century Villa Rufolo and the magnificent lookout at Villa Cimbrone. Later in the afternoon, a private transfer brings you to Tramonti. Your dinner tonight features delicious local produce and traditional local dishes in a renewed Tramonti’s Restaurant.
Overnight: B&B in Tramonti
Meals: breakfast & dinner (drinks not included)

The Ferriere Valley Walk or The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
A private transfer brings you to the starting point of your next walking experience. Depending on your interests & level of fitness you can opt for the Ferriere valley walk (an interesting nature reserve into the rugged landscape of the Lattari Mountains) or enjoy an easy walk along the valley of the ancient Mills towards Amalfi.
If you opt for the Ferriere Valley , the trail passes through striking vertical cliffs, little waterfalls and natural springs immersed in an unchanged microclimate which allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans, a rare type of long leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Continuing in the valley through the chestnut trees you reach the hamlet of Pogerola and then, down along ancient flight of steps, the village of Amalfi.
If you opt for the valley of the mills, it is an easy gradual descent along the valley of the ancient mills towards the celebrated village of Amalfi. The path starts from the hilltop village of Pontone with its panoramic tiny square and ends in the heart of Amalfi. You pass into a green area, walking along a fresh river and passing the ruins of several abandoned mills.
Dinner in a selected restaurant in Amalfi.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi
Meals: breakfast & dinner (drinks not included)

The path of the Gods

Walking – moderate 4.5 hours
Today’s journey is along one of the most spectacular trails overlooking the Amalfi Coast, as well as one of the main highlights of your adventure. By public bus you climb up the zigzag coastal road enjoying impressive views on the land terraces built over centuries and preserved by local communities. The walk begins in Bomerano and offers terrific coastline landscapes looking out towards the famous Isle of Capri with the famous cliffs marking lands end. Along the pathway you can admire the full splendor of the Divine Coast. Arrived at Nocelle, a tiny mountain village, you descend through lush terraces and olive groves to the vertical charming resort of Positano. There is time to explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques, before taking the bus or boat to Amalfi.
This evening you celebrate your adventure on the Amalfi Coast with a farewell dinner in a panoramic restaurant in Amalfi
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi
Meals: breakfast & dinner (drinks not included)

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. You can reach your next destination by public transportation or by private transfer  according to your final travel plan.
Meal: breakfast

INCLUSIONS

• 2 nights Charming country house in Cava de’ Tirreni
• 2 nights B&B in Tramonti
• 2 nights ***Hotel in Amalfi
• 6 breakfasts
• 6 dinners
• 1 wine tasting
• Transfer from Naples to Cava de’ Tirreni on day 1
• Transfer Cava de’ Tirreni -Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii (half day) on day 2
• Transfer Cava de’ Tirreni – Hotel on day 2
• Transfer Vietri sul Mare – Tramonti on day 3
• Transfer Tramonti – restaurant and return on day 3
• Transfer Tramonti – Maiori on day 4
• Transfer Ravello – Tramonti on day 4
• Transfer Tramonti – Scala on day 5
• Luggage transfers on day 3 & day 5
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in “inclusions”
• Public transportation (train/bus & ferry tickets) & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Mark & Rochelle

"Thanks again for this fabulous trip that we just completed. We only had three days to spend on our hiking trip and you planned a spectacular well planned and exciting vacation for us.
The details for our self guided trip were well presented and easy to follow. The hotels were nice and clean. And the restaurants that you recommended and that we ate at were great. [...]
We had a great time. And we've already recommended your company to others interested in following our footsteps on the Amalfi Coast. So if we can give you an Amalfi Trip score - we give you a 9 out of 10 (I guess there's always room for improvement - and we know that you are the kind of person who will ensure that you always strive for a perfect 10.
Once again, thank you very much for your personal guide and tour. Rochelle and I are most grateful to you for guiding us. You are definitely in the right business for you and we so very much appreciate it.
Mark & Rochelle"
"Short break walking tour on the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - Nov 2012

Mark & Rochelle - Toronto, Canada

Claudia and Mark Sanzone

"Mark and I used Icnos Adventures to help us plan a two week self-guided trip to Southern Italy and the Amalfi coast. We wanted to spend our time hiking and siteseeing. Icnos did an outstanding job planning our trip. Anna and Marcello were very responsive to our mails and helped us with many requests.
We were able to enjoy being on our own without the hassle of of planning every detail, Icnos did that for us.
We've traveled all over the world, and this was one of our favorite trips thanks to Anna and Marcello at Icnos Adventures.
Claudia and Mark Sanzone"
"The Jewels of Southern Italy" - self-guided walking tour - April 2012 

Claudia and Mark Sanzone - Portland, Oregon

OVERVIEW

Sorrento is one of the most well-known and visited holiday resort towns in Southern Italy. Perfect base to reach the archaeological ruins of Pompeii & Capri.

In a wonderful panoramic position, lies Sorrento. According to tradition, the name is associated to the legend of Sirens, mythological creatures who bewitched sailors with their song.
Sorrento Peninsula was one of the favorite seaside resort for Roman aristocracy who built its villas along the shore. Sorrento is today one of the most well-known and visited holiday resort towns in Southern Italy and with its terraced lemon orchard along the hillsides it is also famous for lemon production.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Sorrento Peninsula Walks
  • TRIP CODE: ICSPW
  • DURATION: 6 days/5 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Depend on period & on type of accommodation required
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Welcome to Sorrento

Arrival on your own in Naples. We are going to provide accurate pre-departure information about how to reach by local transportation your accommodation in Sorrento. (Private transfer on request).
Overnight: selected accommodation in Sorrento

Pompeii ruins or Herculaneum Excavations

walking – minimum 3h,30min
Depending on your interests, today you could enjoy a lovely discovery of Sorrento and/or take the train to Pompeii in order to visit the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world.
From Sorrento you can easily reach the Pompeii ruins by local train.
As alternative to Pompeii you could enjoy an archaeological visit of Herculaneum.
The Herculaneum excavations are unjustly less famous than bigger brother Pompeii as the state of preservation of the buildings are generally superior. It was lost to sight during the devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79: the same eruption that destroyed Pompeii but Herculaneum was possibly destroyed by a pyroclastic flow.
Overnight: selected accommodation in Sorrento

Jeranto Bay walk

walking – minimum 3h,30min
From your accommodation you reach the village of Nerano by local bus and from its square you start soon walking through the extraordinary terraced landscape. The area offers some of the best views on the Southern side of Sorrento Peninsula and a very interesting walk along the dismissed mining plant. Considered a must see for both its historical relevance and its environmental uniqueness, the area, in recent years donated to FAI (Fondo Ambientale Italiano – Italian Environment Fund), keeps interesting witnesses of the mining activities which started in 1918 and ended in 1956. You walk along the pristine area and through the ruins admiring the wonderful tiny beach framed by the turquoise seawater and the beautiful Montalto watchtower. Later you may opt to reach the fisherman village of Marina del Cantone where you may have a lunch in a local fish restaurant, enjoying a break on the beach, or extend your walk to Recommone beach and finally reach by local bus your charming accommodation.
Overnight: selected accommodation in Sorrento

Capri highlights

Walking – easy to moderate minimum 3.5 hours
Today you visit the world known island of Capri. The ferry leaves Sorrento in the morning. Arrived to the island, after passing the famous “Piazzetta”, you walk towards the Arco Naturale and following a coastal path you reach the spectacular Faraglioni, the peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea. During the afternoon you have several options for exploring Capri at your own pace. You may choose to relax in the island’s chic shops or take a walk to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, dated back to the 14th century, and the Gardens of August. From Capri you can easily take a local ferry to Sorrento.
Overnight: selected accommodation in Sorrento

Punta Campanella & Mt. San Costanzo

walking – minimum 3h,30min – 4 hrs
Today you reach the Village of Termini by local bus and from the main square, walking along the road that once was the ancient “Via Minerva”, you reach the finis terrae with its watchtower and the lighthouse of Punta Campanella. In Roman times was known as Cape Minerva due to the presence of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva. It marks the point of separation between the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples and it is the westernmost point of the peninsula. In front of you have the eastern cliffs of the island of Capri where was nestled Villa Jovis, from there the Emperor Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire. This stretch of coast has had for centuries a strategic relevance to control the maritime traffic of the area and during your walk you notice boats of any size crossing this part of the Mediterranean sea : it has been the same since the distant past. The trail reaches the heights of Monte San Costanzo with terrific sights along the way. From the highest point you may enjoy a 360° view over the Island of Capri, Vesuvius, Bay of Jeranto, Marina del Cantone, the Amalfi Coast. You then reach the village of Termini from where a short bus ride takes to your next accommodation.
Overnight: selected accommodation in Sorrento

INCLUSIONS

• 5 nights selected B&B or charming accommodation in Sorrento according to the inquiry
• 5 breakfasts
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation (train, bus & ferry tickets) & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Anita

"I enjoyed a wonderful week on the Amalfi Coast- good food, good company and invigorating walks through beautiful countryside. Marcello was not only a guide but a delightful ambassador for his country. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wanted to experience the Amalfi Coast  in an active way Accommodations were excellent and all of the group's needs were well taken care of. The trip to Pompeii was interesting and informative. Before the trip, all questions were answered promptly and helpfully. All in all, a first rate experience. Warmest regards, Anita"
"Walking the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula" guided  tour - Sept 2012

Anita - New York

La Forest

"Ciao Marcello and Anna et al,
It has taken me longer than intended to mention some of the things that we found to be significant in allowing us to relax and enjoy oursurroundings.
Understanding the Language was an issue we thought could prove troublesome but it was not an issue. Every person were introduced to Icnos were interesting, very helpful and were never late or missing from the nominated place/location. The accommodation we enjoyed was well matched to most of the things we like , interesting locations, quality meals where we stayed and warm greetings from our hosts. Our arrival in Naples , the private pick-up and delivery to Cava de Tirreni was the trigger for our relaxing and enjoying ourselves . ICNOS organised some amazing hosts and we felt spoiled but appreciative of the planning and follow through (we certainly tested the system by not checking whether the taxi was DEFINATELY our booking) Marcello was most helpful in sorting out our initial mistakes and managed to keep his cool. The information package that we received when we checked into our Cava de Tirreni hotel was stunning and the comprehensive description of our future hikes helped us to rise early and get on the trail at each subsequent location. The Isle of Capri was a stunning surprise for us, the hike to the Blue Grotto along the cliff top tracks was superb, the colour of the sea, we rated it equal to the Path of the Gods Trek . We left Italy with broad smiles on our faces having had our best holiday yet and at my tender age of 70 I never felt that I would cover our ICNOS itinerary but my younger wife made sure we followed and enjoyed the next day treks.
Marcello and Anna, your organisational skills and the follow thru was appreciated. If you want to offer any of your future English speaking potential clients the opportunity to contact or discuss aspects of our hikes , you have my permission to share with them my email address.
Best Regards, Bob and Violet La Forest"
"Jewels of ITALY – 27 days in Italy with ICNOS Adventures - AUG 2013

Bob and Violet La Forest - Australia

OVERVIEW

Enjoy the stunning atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast staying in charming accommodations located along one of the World’s most dramatic coastline.

A trip to the Amalfi Coast, along the spectacular shores and views which remain largely unchanged, perfectly immersed in the ‘dolce vita’, it is almost guaranteed to be one of your most astonishing experiences. Once you’ve been here, it’s the type of place which you will always want to return.
The authentic spirit of Amalfi Coast can be appreciated by following the ancient pathways that link rock-face communities, local fishing villages, stone churches and dazzling beaches that tempt you seaside while experiencing the alluring aroma of sun colored lemon trees.
The fine details of bright landscapes and fascinating architecture make Amalfi, Positano, Ravello and their smaller neighbours precious Mediterranean jewels, a mixture of unforgettable sights, gorgeous nature, and poetic inspirations.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME:Amalfi Coast Deluxe Hiking Tour
  • TRIP CODE: ICADHT
  • DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
  • GRADE: easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 1650.00 per person sharing twin/double room. Depending on period & availability
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Welcome to Amalfi

Arrival on your own in Amalfi. We are going to provide accurate pre-departure information about how to reach by local transportation the first hotel on the Amalfi Coast. (Private transfer from Naples on request).
Overnight: Hotel**** in Amalfi

The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Walking – easy to moderate 4- 5 hours
Today you enjoy an easy gradual ascent along the valley of the ancient mills towards the celebrated village of Ravello. Starting from your hotel, you pass the vibrant streets of the historical centre before going into a green area, walking along a fresh river and passing the ruins of several abandoned mills. The pathway climbs out of the valley and softly takes us, through lemon groves and narrow alleys surrounded by dry stone walls, into the hilltop village of Pontone, with its panoramic tiny square: a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Before reaching Ravello, you enjoy some dramatic views of Amalfi and Atrani from the ruins of Torre dello Zirro: an ancient lookout tower of the powerful Maritime Amalfi Republic. Stairs bring you to the well known Ravello, a town of a rich and noble traditions, exemplified in the magnificent historical villas with theirs incomparable gardens. The afternoon is free to explore the town. We strongly recommend to visit Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. You return to Amalfi following ancient stairways down to the admirable village of Atrani, a maze of narrow white washed alleys.
Overnight: Hotel**** in Amalfi

Mt. Tre Calli hike & 1st section of the path of the Gods

Walking – easy to moderate min 2h,30min, max 6h,30min
Today a private transfer brings you to Bomerano and from here you can choose between two options depending on your level of fitness. A longer option includes the Tre Calli hike and the 1st section of the famous Path of the Gods. The shorter option is only the section from Bomerano to Praiano walking along the path of the Gods.
The Tre Calli hike is one of superlatives. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera. You reach the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) by local bus. From here you can opt for the longer option including a great walk that leads toward the highest massif of Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are inspiring! Further along walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri. This great walk ends in the central square of Bomerano and from here you start the second part including the 1st section of the famous Path of the Gods, from Bomerano to Colle Serra where you enjoy some of the best view of the Coast. From here you take some stairs going down to Praiano, your next destination.
Overnight: Hotel**** in Praiano

Valley of Praia walk or Pompeii

Walking – easy to moderate 3hrs
Depending on your interests, today you can opt for a relaxing time in Praiano or reach Sorrento by local bus and from here take the train to Pompeii in order to visit the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. If you prefer to walk you can enjoy a great walk along the valley of Praia. The walk ends to the fjord of Furore, with its typical rock-face houses. From here you can easily take the local bus to your hotel in the charming fishing village of Praiano, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Overnight: Hotel**** in Praiano

The path of the Gods

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today’s journey is along one of the most spectacular trails overlooking the Amalfi Coast, as well as one of the main highlights of your adventure. From Praiano you reach the convent of San Domenico, a stunning view point leading towards the most picturesque part of the world famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (Path of the Gods). Along the pathway you can admire the full splendor of the Divine Coast. Arrived at Nocelle, a tiny mountain village, you descend through lush terraces and olive groves to the vertical charming resort of Positano and explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques.
Overnight: Hotel**** in Positano

Capri highlights

Walking – easy to moderate minimum 3.5 hours
Today you visit the world known island of Capri. The ferry leaves Positano or Sorrento in the morning. Arrived to the island, after passing the famous “Piazzetta”, you walk towards the Arco Naturale and following a coastal path you reach the spectacular Faraglioni, the peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea. During the afternoon you have several options for exploring Capri at your own pace. You may choose to relax in the island’s chic shops or take a walk to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, dated back to the 14th century, and the Gardens of August. Return to Positano by boat.
Overnight: Hotel**** in Positano

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. From Positano you can reach your next destination by public transportation (private transfer on request)

INCLUSIONS

• 2 nights Hotel **** in Amalfi
• 2 nights Hotel **** in Praiano
• 2 nights Hotel **** in Positano
• 6 breakfasts
• Private transfer from Amalfi to Agerola on day 3
• Luggage transfers on day 3 & day 5
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

 

TESTIMONIALS

Bailey

"Hi Anna, Marcello and Francesca,
What a holiday we had, we are now home safely, and I know that all the walkers were most impressed with the service and extensive information provided by Icnos.
Our week on the Amalfi coast was very pleasant, but we found that we did not have the energy and time to do much other than travel from one town to the next explore the town, relax a while, have dinner and sleep. We also found that the train and bus option was less than optimum and used the Ferries which, although more expensive, gave a much more pleasant experience and took less time.
We also got good feedback from the Hotel people about Icnos as one of the "more serious" operators that they deal with. We particularly liked the Hotel in Sorrento. The most important factor in all hotels is the bed, it must be comfortable and not board like.
We will recommend you guys to anybody travelling in Italy and you can expect a call from us the next time we visit Italy.
Finally I want to thank you Marcello for you endless patience with me and some apparently dumb questions before and during the trip.
Ciao for now.
Best regards, David Bailey"
"Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast & Sorrento" self-guided walking tour - Sept 2013

David Bailey & friends - Victoria, Australia

Morgan

"Hello Anna, Marcello, and everyone else
We are just back in Houston (well, three days now), and as I sort through my pictures and settle my accounts, I was planning to send you some further thoughts about the trip and our experience. I will do so shortly.
But first, I do want to say that everyone had a wonderful time. This trip ranks among the very best that I have taken, and this is due in no small part to the pre-organization Icnos provided. The trip instructions were excellent, the hotels were delightful, the trails were a pleasure, and the sights and scenery were gorgeous. I really enjoyed that each day's hike was a bit different, with new challenges, new views, new towns. Even the stairs were fun (at least most of the time). And your recommendation to stay  in Naples was perfect!
I will follow up with more information, and some pictures - we must have thousands in our possession now :-). And I hope to get back to that area very soon - and to spend more time in Naples next time!
Until later, Juli"
"The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - 12 participants - June 2014

Julia Morgan - Houston, TX - US

OVERVIEW

Before enjoying your self-guided walking tour on the Amalfi Coast &/or Sorrento Peninsula you could experience a memorable cultural & archaeological pre-tour extension in Naples.

UNESCO has declared the Historic Center of Naples, a World Heritage Site. The Cathedral, the Palazzo Reale, the San Carlo Theatre, the National Archeological Museum are waiting for you.
During your stay in Naples you experience a day tour in the Phlegraean Fields and a memorable visit of Herculaneum Ruins: a precious archaeological gems of Southern Italy.
The Campi Flegrei known as Phlegraean Fields is a volcanic area just west of Naples and includes the Solfatara, a dormant volcano, which still emits jets of steam with sulphorous fumes which have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. The land of fire on seawater …and Greeks and Romans historic holiday spot.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided cultural tour
  • NAME: Naples & Phlegraean Fields
  • TRIP CODE: ICNPF
  • DURATION: 4 days/3 nights
  • GRADE: Easy
  • 2015 PRICES: Depend on period & availability
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Welcome to Naples

Arrival on your own in Naples. By local bus + metro you reach your centrally located 3star Hotel.
You could also to take a taxi or to book in advance a private transfer from Naples Airport to the Hotel.
Naples may be noisy, overcrowded, and a bit intimidating, but it is also intriguing and appealing. Proud birthplace of pizza which is midway between refined cuisine and traditional working-class meal, Neapolitan pizza became one of the main dishes and a symbol of Neapolitan cuisine since the 18th Century. The city’s history remains a fundamental component of present society and it is revealed in many archaeological finds, monuments and buildings.
Overnight: Selected Hotel *** in Naples

Herculaneum Excavations

Today you experience a visit to Herculaneum Ruins. From your hotel you easily reach Naples railway station from where you take a local train to the village of Ercolano.
The Herculaneum excavations are unjustly less famous than bigger brother Pompeii as the state of preservation of the buildings are generally superior. It was lost to sight during the devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79: the same eruption that destroyed Pompeii but Herculaneum was possibly destroyed by a pyroclastic flow.
After the visit of Herculaeum you return to Naples by local train and you can continue your exploration of the Naples’ highlights.
UNESCO has declared the Historic Center of Naples, a World Heritage Site. Each corner makes up the identity of this city and the spirit of its population, a walk through the heart of Naples it is a continuous discovering of old and unique testimonies of past centuries.
The Cathedral, the Palazzo Reale, the San Carlo Theatre, the National Archeological Museum and the famous Napoli Sotterranea – a fascinating series of underground tunnels, passageways, stairs, rooms and halls, right in the heart of Naples – are waiting for you.
Overnight: Selected Hotel *** in Naples

Phlegraean Fields

After breakfast you reach the Phlegraean Fields by private transfer.
The Phlegraean Fields is a volcanic area just west of Naples and includes the Solfatara, a dormant volcano, which still emits jets of steam with sulphorous fumes which have been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. This fertile volcanic region is named for ancient “Phlegra”, in Macedonia, where, for Greek and Roman mythology, great battles between the giants and the gods took place. Here both Greeks and Romans have left their impressive heritage dotted among craters and lakes.
During your day tour in the Campi Flegrei you visit the wonderful ruins of the ancient Greek city of Cumae, which includes the famous Cave of the Cumaean Sibyl – in Greek times the most respected oracle in all the western Mediterranean, located in a interesting and unusual natural setting. The monument, entirely hollowed out of the tufa bank, fascinates the visitor owing to the atmosphere of mystery that pervades it. According to Virgil’s description (Aeneid, VI), it is in this place that the abode of the Sibyl, Apollo’s prophetic priestess, must be located.
Then you will be transferred by private transfer to Naples passing by Baia: “Nothing is more sublime than the shores of Baia where it is possible to enjoy the sweetest delights and to fulfil the incomparable gift of health” (Cassiodoro, Variae, VI century a.d.).
Overnight: Selected Hotel *** in Naples

Departure

According to your travel plan, after breakfast you could reach the Amalfi Coast or Sorrento enjoying one of our self-guided walking tours on the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula.

INCLUSIONS

• 3 nights selected ***Hotel in Naples
• 3 breakfasts
• private transfer Naples – Phlegraean Fields – Naples on day 3
• travel info & city map
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation (train, bus & ferry tickets) & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

A.D. & M.J

"Icnos Adventures’ “Highlights & backroads of the Amalfi Coast” self-guided walking tour was a fabulous experience from beginning to end. Highlights included detailed and easy-to-follow walking instructions, which enabled us to stay off the beaten track without ever getting lost; first rate hotel accommodations (most notably our Tramonti B & B, where our hosts went out of their way to make us feel welcome and well looked-after); and renowned visitor sites such as Pompeii, the Island of Capri, and the magnificent Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. Marcello and our local hosts provided excellent dining recommendations, including an unforgettable pasticceria in Minori (try anything with lemon!), excellent seafood, pasta and local cheeses. Walks encompassed magnificent Amalfi coastal scenery, picturesque villages, Roman ruins, historic churches, fragrant lemon groves and quiet forested trails. Distances walked each day were very manageable, and there was ample opportunity for shopping and sightseeing along the way. We cannot recommend this vacation too highly! A.D. & M.J."
"Highlights & backroads of the Amalfi Coast"  " - self-guided walking & gourmet tour - May 2011

A.D. & M.J., Ottawa, Canada

Sue & Kevin

"Thank you so much for organizing such a fabulous trip for us! It was beyond our expectations. The information packet was great (we really appreciated all the additional info and the book). The accommodations were all very nice. Thanks for also providing the hike near Marina del Cantone, it was awesome.
We hiked all the hikes that you planned for us and each day we were in awe of the beautiful views and scenery. It was just superb. We can't thank you enough. We have already recommended ICNOS to some other hikers we met on the train and we will tell our friends. Thanks so much!  Sue & Kevin"
"Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula" -  tailor made self-guided walking tour - June 2013

Sue & Kevin, Marshall, VA, U.S.

OVERVIEW

If you are inspired to create your very own tailor-made itinerary for your next Italian tour then ICNOS Adventures is your choice.

Starting from one of our proposals we can assist you to create the perfect travel combination that will fit your exact needs.
Our tailored Italian itineraries are carefully selected and based on our own local knowledge.
We strive to understand what our customer wants from a trip around Italy, knowing the best way to arrange an itinerary and matching it to the budget.
Our made to measure tours are crafted for discerning travelers seeking authentic experiences in Italy.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided or privately guided walking tour
  • NAME: Made to measure tour – Cinque Terre
  • TRIP CODE: ICMTMC
  • DURATION: According to your preferences
  • GRADE: From easy to moderate according to your preferences
  • 2015 PRICES: To be defined according to your inquiry
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Welcome on the Cinque Terre

The day by day itinerary will be designed following your travel preferences. We will create the perfect travel combination according to your needs.

INCLUSIONS

According to your final itinerary

TESTIMONIALS

Barbara and Kjell

"Just a note to say how much we enjoyed our self guided Amalfi Coast walk. We were not sure what to expect, and being older walkers, were a bit apprehensive about whether we could manage the difficulty level of the walks. The wonderfully detailed walk notes ensured we never became lost in the maze of stairs and paths, and each day’s walk showed a different (and beautiful) aspect of the coast. We especially liked the walk profiles which allowed us to pace ourselves each day and the recommendations of special places to see along the route especially the magical gardens in Ravello. We wish to thank you for helping us explore this beautiful part of Italy on foot. Ciao Barbara and Kjell "
"Walking the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - April 2011

Barbara and Kjell - Australia

Tessa & John HALL

""Dear Marcello & Anna
We much enjoyed our stay in Tuscany.
The holiday went smoothly and we really enjoyed the company of our guide, Sara. Apart from being a fun person she was so very knowledgeable on the region and just good company. The accommodation on the farm estate was fine, my only gripe would be that I would have appreciated an extra hook or two in the bathroom!
In the evening it was lovely just to wander down to the dining room at the allotted time to enjoy a delicious regional supper. All the staff were extremely pleasant and seemed to enjoy working at Farmhouse, which made for a good atmosphere.
Of course the setting was beautiful and I loved walking away from the busy areas.
With warmest regards, Tessa"
"Enchanting Tuscany" guided walking tour - October 2011

Tessa & John HALL - Guernsey, UK

OVERVIEW

The Amalfi Coast has been chosen by National Geographic as “One of the fifty places you should visit in your lifetime” and they go on to describe it as ” Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline.

Its picturesque network of pathways, once lifeline between terraced land and rural villages, offers the opportunity to enjoy magnificent views above lemon gardens and vineyards set amidst terraced cliffs over the crystal blue sea. Immerse in a bright landscape and a fascinating heritage you walk around Amalfi and its neighbors: Atrani, Ravello and Positano: a mixture of memorable sights and unique environments.

 

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Jewels of the Amalfi Coast
  • TRIP CODE: ICJAC
  • DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
  • GRADE: easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 790.00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Welcome to Amalfi

Arrival on your own in Amalfi. We are going to provide accurate pre-departure information about how to reach by local transportation the first hotel on the Amalfi Coast. (Private transfer from Naples on request).
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi

The Valley of the Ancient Mills Walk

Walking – easy to moderate 4- 5 hours
Today you enjoy an easy gradual ascent along the valley of the ancient mills towards the celebrated village of Ravello. Starting from your hotel, you pass the vibrant streets of the historical centre before going into a green area, walking along a fresh river and passing the ruins of several abandoned mills. The pathway climbs out of the valley and softly takes us, through lemon groves and narrow alleys surrounded by dry stone walls, into the hilltop village of Pontone, with its panoramic tiny square: a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Before reaching Ravello, you enjoy some dramatic views of Amalfi and Atrani from the ruins of Torre dello Zirro: an ancient lookout tower of the powerful Maritime Amalfi Republic. Stairs bring you to the well known Ravello, a town of a rich and noble traditions, exemplified in the magnificent historical villas with theirs incomparable gardens. The afternoon is free to explore the town. We strongly recommend to visit Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. You return to Amalfi following ancient stairways down to the admirable village of Atrani, a maze of narrow white washed alleys.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi

The Ferriere Valley

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today you discover the Ferriere valley. Taking a local bus you reach the starting point of your next walking experience. Ferriere valley is an interesting nature reserve into the rugged landscape of the Lattari Mountains. You pass through striking vertical cliffs, little waterfalls and natural springs immersed in an unchanged microclimate which allows for the preservation of the Woodwardia radicans, a rare type of long leafed fern from the pre-glacial age. Continuing in the valley through the chestnut trees you reach the hamlet of Pogerola and then, down along ancient flight of steps, the village of Amalfi.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi

Mt. Tre Calli hike & 1st section of the path of the Gods

Walking – easy to moderate min 2h,30min, max 6h,30min
Today you take a local bus to Bomerano and from here you can choose between two options depending on your level of fitness. A longer option includes the Tre Calli hike and the 1st section of the famous Path of the Gods. The shorter option is only the section from Bomerano to Praiano walking along the path of the Gods.
The Tre Calli hike is one of superlatives. Incredible coastal views from ancient paths cut into the mountainside will have you continually reaching for your camera. You reach the central square of Bomerano (Agerola) by local bus. From here you can opt for the longer option including a great walk that leads toward the highest massif of Amalfi Coast, Sant’Angelo a Tre Pizzi. The coastal views are inspiring! Further along walk around Mt. Tre Calli, you can enjoy the Amalfi’s finest viewpoints with sights of Positano, the finis terrae and the Isle of Capri. This great walk ends in the central square of Bomerano and from here you start the second part including the 1st section of the famous Path of the Gods, from Bomerano to Colle Serra where you enjoy some of the best view of the Coast. From here you take some stairs going down to Praiano, your next destination.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Praiano

Valley of Praia walk or Pompeii

Walking – easy to moderate 3hrs
Depending on your interests, today you can opt for a relaxing time in Praiano or reach Sorrento by local bus and from here take the train to Pompeii in order to visit the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. If you prefer to walk you can enjoy a great walk along the valley of Praia. The walk ends to the fjord of Furore, with its typical rock-face houses. From here you can easily take the local bus to your hotel in the charming fishing village of Praiano, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Praiano

The path of the Gods

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today’s journey is along one of the most spectacular trails overlooking the Amalfi Coast, as well as one of the main highlights of your adventure. From Praiano you reach the convent of San Domenico, a stunning view point leading towards the most picturesque part of the world famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (Path of the Gods). Along the pathway you can admire the full splendor of the Divine Coast. Arrived at Nocelle, a tiny mountain village, you descend through lush terraces and olive groves to the vertical charming resort of Positano and explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Positano

Capri highlights

Walking – easy to moderate minimum 3.5 hours
Today you visit the world known island of Capri. The ferry leaves Positano or Sorrento in the morning. Arrived to the island, after passing the famous “Piazzetta”, you walk towards the Arco Naturale and following a coastal path you reach the spectacular Faraglioni, the peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea. During the afternoon you have several options for exploring Capri at your own pace. You may choose to relax in the island’s chic shops or take a walk to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, dated back to the 14th century, and the Gardens of August. Return to Positano by boat.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Positano

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. You can reach by public transportation your next destination or Naples Airport following our pre-departure information. Private transfers on request.

INCLUSIONS

• 3 nights Hotel *** in Amalfi
• 2 nights Hotel *** in Praiano
• 2 nights Hotel *** in Positano
• 7 breakfasts
• Luggage transfers on day 4 & day 6
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation (train, bus & ferry tickets) & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Martha & Allison

"Thank you Marcello and Anna for another wonderful walking vacation – this time in the magical Chianti region of Italy. Once again the accommodations were superb, from a lovely country home set in a working vineyard in Greve to an elegant palazzo in Radda and a stylish and well situated hotel in Florence. As we have come to expect, the walking directions were accurate and easy to follow, providing general information about local history and culture and reliable recommendations for food and other stops of interest. We walked in virtual solitude, through postcard perfect Tuscan landscapes: vineyards, olive groves, picturesque medieval villages and cypress lined laneways. Among the highlights of our trip were the walled village of Montefioralle and the wine tasting in Radda – where we were warmly welcomed and had the opportunity to sample many of the region’s fine wines, rarely available in North America. The Jewels of the Chianti would be a great introduction for anyone thinking of doing a self-guided walking tour for the first time, but we recommend it to walkers of any age or experience level! Martha & Allison"
"The Jewels of the Chianti" -   self-guided walking tour - June 2013 - 2nd trip with ICNOS Adventures

Martha & Allison, Ottawa, Canada

Alan Friesen and Heather Elsey

"The groups at ICNOS are highly knowledgeable, keenly perceptive, passionate and over-the top caring. Marcello did an amazing job of accommodating every need of our group and has the gift of making guests feel like friends. ICNOS hooked us up with restaurants that were experiences, hiking that took our breath away, and exceeded our expectations in every way. I think anyone traveling to Italy would be wise to book with this team and ensure they get the very most from their vacation”. Alan Friesen and Heather Elsey "
"Amalfi Coast Walking Tour" guided  tour - Sept/Oct 2011

Alan Friesen and Heather Elsey - Winnipeg Canada

OVERVIEW

Italy is one of the most enchanting and appealing places in the world. Enjoy a cultural journey in Rome, Florence & Venice.

Italian lifestyle is so rich in culture and charm, and nowhere in the world are mythology, tradition, art, literature, architecture, philosophy and music so close related. Far from the hustle of everyday life, a journey to Italy is the perfect way to relax while enjoying our history, culture, heritage and food. We design your tour in authentic places where you can slow down to recharge your spirit or breathe the bustling life in the heart of an Italian city. ICNOS Adventures offers centrally located hotels reflecting the character of the cities, well suited to independent travelers, in order to spend mornings for city walks and evenings sipping a glass of wine or savoring a delicious “gelato” or “cappuccino” in the typical Italian bars.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided cultural tour
  • NAME: Rome, Florence & Venice
  • TRIP CODE: ICRFV
  • DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
  • GRADE: Easy
  • 2015 PRICES: it depends on period and hotels required
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Welcome in Rome

Private transfer from Rome Airport to the Hotel in Rome. Depending on your arrival time you could enjoy a first sightseeing tour of the Eternal City or a relaxing time at the hotel before enjoying your dinner in Rome.
Overnight: B&B or Hotel***/**** in Rome depending on request

Rome highlights

Your first day in the Eternal City could begin with a sightseeing tour along the most important monuments of the ancient Roman Empire. You can visit the Colosseum, one of the greatest works of Roman architecture: an impressive amphitheatre used for gladiators games, mock sea battles, executions, animal hunts and public spectacles. From here you take a walking tour towards the ancient Roman Forum. On the Sacred Road (the Via Sacra), You admire the Arch of Titus: a 1st century honorific arch constructed to commemorate Titus’ victory culminated in the destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD. In the afternoon you visit the ancient Roman Temple dedicated to all the Gods: the Pantheon. From here, you start a lovely walking tour in the historical centre of Rome, enjoying the view of the Piazza Navona with its luxurious cafes and baroque palaces.
Overnight: B&B or Hotel***/**** in Rome depending on request

Rome highlights

Today you could opt to visit the the Vatican City, an independent ecclesiastical state ruled by the Pope, the bishop of Rome and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can visit the impressive Vatican Museums, with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures, from the Egyptian Museum to Greek and Etruscan Art, included the Vatican Art gallery (Pinacoteca) that contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, from Giotto to Raphael, from Leonardo to Caravaggio. You can also visit the Gallery of Tapestries, a collection of various 15th and 17th century tapestries before being enchanted by the Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling frescoes of the last judgment. Then you could visit the St. Peter’s Basilica built on the site where St. Peter is buried. It has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people with a impressive dome designed by Michelangelo. Inside you admire Bernini’s remarkable bronze canopy and the Michelangelo’s world famous Pietà. It is carved out of a single block of Carrara marble. Pietà means “pity” and it represents the scene of Mary holding the dead Christ in her arms and it is filled with pain and maternal tenderness.
You cannot miss a walking tour in the city center enjoying the amazing Trevi Fountain, an impressive example of baroque Roman architecture, the famous Spanish Steps and Via Condotti the center of fashion shopping in Rome.
Then depending on your interests you could opt for a visit of the Borghese Gallery and Museum or continue your journey in the Eternal city with a walking tour in the city center enjoying the “dolce vita” before you say arrivederci to Italy.
Overnights: B&B or Hotel***/**** in Rome depending on request

Welcome in Florence

After breakfast a private transfer brings you to Rome Termini Railway Station and from here you easily take your train to Florence. Arrived in Florence you will be transferred by private transfer to your hotel centrally located in the city in order to give you the possibility to better enjoy a lovely walk in Florence.
Depending on your arrival time you could enjoy a first sightseeing tour of the City or a relaxing time at the hotel before enjoying your dinner in Florence.
Overnights: B&B or Hotel***/**** in Florence depending on request

Florence highlights

As cultural capital of the Renaissance and ancient capital of Tuscany the town has preserved its antique beauty. Perfectly conserved architecture and artistic inheritance continuously astonish the visitor. The Duomo, a grand Cathedral that dominates the city centre with it the Brunelleschi’s Cupola is the most characteristic feature of the Florentine skyline, symbolizing a great cultural tradition and the city’s civic awareness. Not far from the Palazzo Vecchio, the elegant town hall built in the 13th century for the city’s republican government, stands the richest art gallery in the world: the Uffizi, with fabulous paintings by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio. The Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge on the river Arno is renowned for jewelers shops, and, with the Coliseum, is probably the most typical background used for thousand of shots about trips in Italy.
Overnights: B&B or Hotel***/**** in Florence depending on request

Welcome in Venice

Your journey continues towards the most fascinating highlight of your Italian journey. A private transfer brings you to Florence railway station to take your direct train to Venice (the journey takes about 2hrs). Arrived in Venice a porter brings your luggage to the accommodation and you start exploring this fascinating city. Known as the city of canals, Venice is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in the world! Explore the amazing mazes of backstreets, buildings and galleries: the perfect place to walk for hours through mysterious alleyways or ride round on a typical gondola.
Overnights: B&B or Hotel***/**** in Venice depending on request

Venice Highlights

Venice is a truly unique city, built on one hundred and seventeen small islands connected by picturesque bridges. Whether you are a lover of history, art and architecture or just one that feel affection for the Italian way of life, a sojourn in Venice is a must. The must-see sights for our escape in Venice embrace the St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, the Bridge of Sighs and the twelfth century Palazzo Ducale. You could also enjoy a great introduction to the magical islands of the Venice lagoon. Taking a local ferry, you can opt to explore Murano & Burano.
Wondering around the tiny isle of Murano it is possible to admire the workshops of the Murano glass artisans. You can visit a local workshop where you can see the skilled glass-blowers create delicate and exclusive masterpieces. Then you reach by ferry the island of Burano to admire the scenic fishermen’s houses painted in bright pastel colors, with the option to stop to the last island : Torcello, to visit the cathedral founded in the 7th century and the excavated remains of the circular baptistery in the church of Santa Fosca.
Overnights: B&B on Hotel***or**** in Venice depending on requests

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast . Your luggage will be transferred by our porter to Venice Railway Station. From here you can easily reach by train your next destination in Italy.

INCLUSIONS

• 3 nights in Rome
• 2 nights in Florence
• 2 nights in Venice
• Meals: 7 breakfasts
• Private transfer from Rome Airport to the Hotel on day 1
• Private transfer from the Hotel to Rome Railway Station on day 4
• Private transfer from Florence railway station to the Hotel on day 4
• Private transfer from the hotel to Florence railway station on day 6
• Luggage transfer from Venice railway station to the Hotel on day 6
• Luggage transfer from the Hotel to Venice railway station on day 8
• Train ticket from Rome to Florence
• Train ticket from Florence to Venice
• Detailed information about the city walks

Not Included
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Drinks
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Public transportations (train/bus/ferry tickets) not mentioned in “Inclusions”
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Terry and Margaret McCarthy

"Our guided tour of the Amalfi Coast was a really memorable one for many reasons. All details had been taken care of, so every day was well organized and full of wonderfulthings to see and do. Our accommodation in Tramonti was excellent, in a quiet location in the spectacular hills above the coast, and Antonio and Serena were so friendly and helpful. Our private transport was extremely comfortable and we looked forward to the time we spent with Fortunato, listening to his music as we drove from place to place. Our guide, Sara, was delightful, and her knowledge of the area added extra interest to our walks. We felt that we had made a new friend by the end of the week. The walks were spectacular, Marcello, and we have a wonderful collection of photographs and videos to remind us of this very beautiful and unique part of Italy. Thank you for choosing all the restaurants so carefully. Whether we were eating lunch or dinner, at each place we were guaranteed good food and excellent service, which we really appreciated. The selection of restaurants for dinner was varied very well, so that we travelled along the coast to Cetara and Amalfi, as well as staying in the Tramonti area. At each place, we enjoyed local food, expertly cooked, and the friendliness of the staff was amazing. We wish you and Anna every success with ICNOS Adventures in the future. You certainly deserve it. Terry and Margaret McCarthy "
"Food, Wine & Walks on the Amalfi Coast" - privately guided tour - Sept 2012 

Terry and Margaret McCarthy - Calgary, Canada

Maureen and Greg G.

"I’m sitting at my desk after a first day back at work and thinking you will probably have been out walking somewhere wonderful on the Amalfi Coast. Just a very brief email to thank you so very much for the wonderful walking holidays we had in Italy in no small part due to the excellent preparation of your hardworking business associate Anna and the unreserved attention you gave to excellent client service on our walks in your beautiful region. Our trip home was long and a bit eventful as our bus had an accident with a car driving to Salerno – something not that out of the ordinary when you consider the road – but we are home and will be starting preparations for our next holiday. Your company will come highly recommended by us and I am certain a number of our friends and work acquaintances will partake of the superb attention to detail and customer service you offer. Grazie mille! Maureen and Greg G. "
"Walking the Cinque Terre" + Sorrento Short Break + "Highlights & Backroads of the Amalfi Coast" -  OCT 2012

Maureen and Greg G. - Perth - West Australia

OVERVIEW

The Chianti region, world famous for its wine and its landscape, is a land of ancient traditions.

Etruscans first settled in this area where they started the wine-making activity continued  by the Romans. In the Middle Ages this area was disputed between the cities of Florence and Siena. Villages and convents, fortresses and castles were built during that period and many of them later were converted in manor houses and country residences. During this period the original landscapes, including vast forests of chestnuts and oaks, were transformed and adapted for the cultivation of vines and olive trees. The activities related to these cultivation gradually assumed a major economic importance and established the international reputation of Chianti region. You explore this region having the possibility to experience at its best the local way of life and the breathtaking landscapes of this corner of Tuscany walking along some of the most scenic paths and staying in the handpicked accommodation we have carefully chosen for you close to some of the best highlights of the area.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Chianti Wine Trails
  • TRIP CODE: ICCWT
  • DURATION: 6 days/5 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 985.00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Welcome in Florence

Arrival on your own in Florence.
Our accommodation is centrally located and it is a wonderful base for exploring, at your own pace, the capital of the Renaissance, world known for its important cultural, architectural and artistic heritage. We are going to provide accurate pre-departure information about how to reach by local transportation the city of Florence. (Extra nights and Private transfer from Florence airport or train station on request).
Overnight: Hotel*** in Florence

Greve in Chianti and Montefioralle + Verrazzano castle

Walking – easy to moderate min 2h,30min, max 4h,30 min
After breakfast a private transfer brings you to the starting point of the walk in the Chianti area. Starting from Greve in Chianti you walk along one of the most charming Tuscan landscape and you may choose between two different options depending on your level of fitness. A longer option includes the Verrazzano castle, where in 1485 Giovanni da Verrazzano was born, the explorer who discovered the Hudson bay (the current New York), a big statue dedicated to him stands in the middle of the main square. The shorter option includes a part of the longest one: it’s a pleasant and panoramic walk to join the medieval castle of Montefioralle passing by the St. Cresci Parish Church.
Montefioralle is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and probably one of the most ancient castle in Chianti… it is still today enclosed within its original medieval walls! Nearby the hamlet you can enjoy a wine testing sitting in front of hectares of splendid vineyards. Your walk ends after a pleasant descent in Greve.
Overnight: Hotel***in Greve in Chianti
Meals: Breakfast & wine tasting

Uzzano castle and the Greve valley

Walking – easy to moderate 4 hours
Toscana comes from the latin Tuscia that means “lands of the Etruscans”: and today you walk just in middle of the Etruscan road networks. A big road was built crossing the Greve river to join the territories from Volterra through the Chianti region. In the Middle Ages this main roadway was dotted with castles, one of the most famed of them was the fortress of Uzzano, renowned for having provided the family name of the celebrated Niccolò di Giovanni da Uzzano, who, at beginning of the 15th century, vainly opposed the unstoppable power of Cosimo de’ Medici in Florence. You breath history in every corner… walking along these valleys also means to observe the changes brought about in agriculture during the centuries: the sharecropping has given way to intensive agriculture but the beauty and the perfection of the landscape is still intact.
Overnight: Hotel***in Greve in Chianti
Meal: Breakfast

Panzano – Volpaia – Radda

Walking – moderate 5 hours
Today with a private transfer you reach the starting point of your next walking experience: Panzano. From the market square of the village of Panzano you reach the Volpaia castle, built in the 11th century as a fortified village on border between Siena and Florence. Although only part of the original defensive walls and two of its six towers are still standing, the medieval layout and buildings within the village are still intact, making Volpaia certainly one of the best preserved villages of its period. One of most well-known families of the village were scientific instrument manufacturers. Their instruments are still displayed at the Science Museums in Florence and Greenwich, as well as the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Your walk ends in Radda in Chianti, your next destination.
Overnight: Hotel***in Radda in Chianti
Meal: Breakfast

The “Chianti League”: Radda and Gaiole vines

Walking – easy to moderate 4 hours
Today you walk along the Chianti Classico wine production area: surrounded by vineyards you enjoy a scenic walk starting from Gaiole in Chianti to Radda in Chianti, passing by a vast historical property including the Vistarenni villa, castles, parish churches, country houses and farms… In one day you cross most of the villages of the former “Chianti league”, the ancient consortium which has preserved the quality of the wine for centuries. You finish your walk arriving in the medieval village of Radda where you may get lost wandering around its medieval alleys or you may perhaps relax sipping a glass of wine while looking at the magnificent scenery of the vineyard covered hills surrounding the town.
Overnight: Hotel***in Radda in Chianti
Meals: Breakfast & wine tasting

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast (Private transfer on request to your next destination in Tuscany or to Florence airport or train station in Florence or Siena).

INCLUSIONS

 

• 1 nights Hotel *** in Florence
• 2 nights Hotel *** in Greve in Chianti
• 2 nights Hotel *** in Radda in Chianti
• 5 breakfasts – 2 wine tastings
• Luggage transfers on day 2 & day 4
• Private transfers on day 2, day 4 & day 5
• Detailed maps and route notes
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Elinor and Joel K.

"Dear Marcello and Anna,
We are happy to tell you that we had a wonderful time on our recent September adventure, Jewels of the Amalfi Coast.
We were so happy to have your courteous driver meet us at the Naples airport when we arrived after our very long flight...and to meet you, Marcello, and be personally handed our itinerary. The weather was perfect. The hotels were comfortable and well situated with friendly accommodating hosts. Our baggage was always miraculosly waiting for us at our next hotel after a long day of walking.  Hiking directions were very well explained. We enjoyed walking through the lemon and olive groves looking down at amazing views and having unexpected adventures such as meeting two horses blocking a narrow trail! They courteously let us pass.
We were so happy that you provided us with options for those trails and steps that seemed to be too much of a challenge for our 72 year old legs. We did what we could and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The private guide you contracted for us in Pompei really helped to bring the history of the site alive for us . I don't think we would have gotten so much out of it on our own.
The Hotel in Rome was perfectly situated to walk to most sites or easily get public transportation. There were wonderful restaurants nearby as well.
We thank you so much for a planning this wonderful adventure for us. It was just the right amount of planning on your part with plenty of room for us to do our own exploring at our own pace.
Ciao, Elinor and Joel K."
"The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - Sept 2013

Elinor and Joel K. - Jamaica, Vermont USA

John & Kim

"We thoroughly enjoyed the ICNOS Adventures Deluxe Amalfi Self-guided Hiking Tour.
Everything met or exceeded expectations. Even the weather cooperated. It was our first trip to the Amalfi Coast and our first self- guided tour. We liked the self-service aspect giving us the feeling we were travelling on our own but with some of the details handled for us. ICNOS Adventures provided many options. We usually chose the most strenuous options and were not disappointed. The instructions were perfect. We were never lost. At least one hiker commented that our ICNOS Adventures instructions were much more detailed than the instructions he had from another company. Certainly one of the highlights was the service provided by Anna and Marcello prior to the trip. They responded promptly and with great detail to our questions and special needs and desires. We had great confidence prior to leaving home that our trip would be a fantastic experience. ICNOS Adventures gets a high recommendation from us and we will look to them for our future travels. John & Kim"
"Amalfi Coast Deluxe & Sorrento Peninsula ext" self-guided walking tour - Oct 2013

John & Kim - Issaquah - WA USA

OVERVIEW

The Cinque Terre, with its pastel-colored fishing villages and terraced hillsides covered with vineyards and olive trees, constitutes one of Italy’s most impressive landscapes.

A walk in the Cinque Terre, an area encompassing five towns of medieval origin on Italy’s rugged Ligurian coastline, offers three magic travel ingredients: splendid scenery, varied landscape and a sense of discovery…” The New York Times – Travel
These winding ways still form one of the most amazing coastal routes in Europe. The Cinque Terre are five (cinque) towns along the Liguria coast, south of Levanto. If there were Sei (six) Terre, the sixth would be Levanto. Santa Margherita Ligure, it is located along the innermost part of the Tigullio gulf, to the east of the Portofino peninsula. Its surrounding hills are covered with Mediterranean vegetation and offer the most favourable setting for spectacular views out onto the coast. The terraced lands, the elegant cobbled roads which twist their way down through the colourful houses and the locals’ traditional fishing vessels make this town together with the charming Portofino and the pleasing Camogli, one of the most picturesque areas of Italy.”

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided walking tour
  • NAME: Cinque Terre Short Break
  • TRIP CODE: ICCTSB
  • DURATION: 6 days/5 nights
  • GRADE: Easy to moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 660,00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Welcome on the Cinque Terre

Arrival on your own in Levanto. Trains available from Genoa, Pisa, or Milan. (Private transfer rates are available upon request). Private transfer from Levanto railway Station to the Hotel.
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

Cinque Terre walk

Walking moderate – min 3.5 max 6 hrs
Your day starts with a train ride to Riomaggiore and after the visit of the village a short train ride takes you to Manarola, where you start a scenic hike.
From Manarola you reach Volastra, one of the most ancient villages of the coastline and where a XII century sanctuary is located. Here you have a breathtaking view over Manarola, its bell tower and its vineyards. The spectacular walk continues toward Corniglia. The views along this incredibly breath-taking section are amazing. In Corniglia you take your time wandering through the narrow alleyways of steep multi-coloured houses before taking the train to Vernazza. From there you may reach walking the fishing village of Monterosso.
If you prefer to spend more time in the villages there is a local train that inter connects all the villages of the Cinque Terre, from Riomaggiore to Monterosso.
From Monterosso you can easily take a local train to Levanto (it takes 4 minutes).
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

Poets’ Gulf – Portovenere

1st option:
Walking easy 3 hrs
Today you have a pleasant visit to discover the fascinating beauty of the Poets’ Gulf. Using public transport you will arrive at the delightful village of Portovenere, chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unique beauty. The name of the ancient Portus Veneris refers to a temple to the goddess Venus, situated on the promontory where you can admire the beauty of the San Peter Church built over a cliff. From the harbor of Portovenere you take a boat to the Isle of Palmaria. Here you begin an easy walk around the Island, admiring steep rocky cliffs, inspiring grottoes and passing abandoned marble quarries. A panoramic ferry ride takes you to Monterosso, giving you the opportunity to admire all the “five lands” before returning to your hotel.
2nd option:
Walking moderate 5.5 hrs
You can opt for a superb walk beginning with a local train ride to Riomaggiore and starting a lovely hike to the delightful village of Portovenere, chosen as a UNESCO Heritage site for its unique beauty. A panoramic ferry journey takes you to Monterosso, giving you the opportunity to admire all the “five lands” before returning to your hotel
Overnight: selected B&B or Hotel*** in Levanto

From Monterosso to Levanto

Walking moderate about 3 hours
Today your walk begins from Monterosso, going up the antique stone steps to Punta Mesco, one of the most remarkable bird’s-eye viewpoints over the five villages. An ancient mule path takes you to the ruins of a Chapel dedicated to St. Antonio passing an old lighthouse and descending through steps and slopes. Following a trail above the sparkling water of the marine conservation area and walking through a shadowed forest and along some terraces you reach Levanto. You will have plenty of time to explore the tiny village with its 13th century black and white striped Chiesa di Sant’Andrea (Church of Saint Andrew), an example of 13th-century Ligurian Gothic style before reaching by train your next destination: S. Margherita Ligure.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure

Camogli – San Fruttuoso – Portofino

Walking easy to moderate 2.5 hours
You final day offers a superb discovery of Portofino Peninsula. A brief train ride (5mins) takes you to Camogli. From here you enjoy a lovely boat ride to San Fruttuoso. The medieval Benedictine abbey of San Fruttuoso located in a tiny rocky cove is an hidden gem in a green bay. Take your time to visit the monastery before starting an impressive hike to Portofino, along a scenic trail that winds its way above the sea. Visit the glamorous village of Portofino called the Jewel of the Riviera. It’s a gorgeous fishing village with an atmosphere of pure elegance and a perfect spot to taste the charming atmosphere of the Italian Riviera. From Portofino you will return to Santa Margherita Ligure on foot along a pleasure walk or by local bus.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Santa Margherita Ligure

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. From Santa Margherita Ligure you can easily catch the train to your next destination.

INCLUSIONS

• 3 nights selected B&B or ***Hotel in Levanto
• 2 nights ***Hotel in Santa Margherita Ligure
• 5 breakfasts
• Private transfer from Levanto Railway Station to the Hotel on day 1
• luggage transfer on day 4
• Cinque Terre Train Card for day 2
• emergency phone number
• detailed route notes & maps
• detailed & updated timetables
• pre-departure information

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
• Public transportation & entrance fees
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

TESTIMONIALS

Jackson

"Ciao Marcello and Anna,
I wanted to thank you travel arrangements for us these past weeks. Carol and I and the Williamses had a wonderful time. I thought I would fill in a little of our reactions.
Walks: The excellent directions were better than any maps and better than those any other walkers we met had...
Our favorite walks were from Amalfi, both the valley of the ancient mills up to Ravello and the other valley down from Scala. And May was perfect for wildflowers and waterfalls. In these walks and the walk to Vietre, surprisingly, we saw very few other walkers.
The 2nd stretch of the path of the gods, above San Domenico, involved the bad luck of good weather. It was a perfect, sunny, Sunday and the walk was full of people. One guided group was one hundred people in a single-file line. We were luckier in Capri. Showers on a Monday reduced the crowds, and your walk up to the Villa Tiberius and the Arco Naturale was peaceful and scenic...
We are all over 60, happy walkers, but these stairs are not part of our ordinary life. And we paused often to examine wildflowers and gardens. So our walking time was slower and the options offered in the directions were ideal for us. We did not take the Tre Calli hike and we took the bus down from Ravello and into Positano.
Accommodations: The hotels were consistently very good. We like the modern decor in the hotels in Naples and Sorrento but also the terraces in the more traditional hotels. Breakfasts were lavish and service was very friendly. Like the walks, we would have never found these hotels without your guidance.
Transportation: The bus advice and schedules enabled easy travel. Ticket purchase, stop locations, and arrivals times made us much more comfortable. The private transfers were always perfectly executed. We especially enjoyed our time with Luigi.
Thank you for your excellent services, Ken"
"The Jewels of Souther Italy - 13 days with ICNOS Adventures" self-guided walking tour - May 2014

Ken & Carol Jackson - Ipswich, MA - USA

Group from Iceland

"Ciao Anna and Marcello!
We had a very nice trip to Italy late August - beginning of September this year. We stayed in Monterosso which is one of the five villages for four days. It was good starting point for walking with very frequent trains arrivals. This area is unique and picturesque. It is well organiced for walking in quiet environment with minimal traffic. After our stay in Monterosso we stayed in Santa Margherita Ligure for two days and walked between San Fruttoso and Portofino which is very nice walk. The walks were well organiced and diverse.
In hole we were very satisfied with our trip and many things to see and experience in these six days. All the hikes were very well chosen and interesting. This area is great and I am sure that the Amalfi coast is interesting too, I hope we will come back later and then we will have you in mind.
Thank you very much and good luck.
Anna, Pétur, Guðrún, Ólafur, Sigurlaug and Snæbjörn from Iceland"
"Walking the Cinque Terre" - self-guided walking tour - Sept 2012 

Anna, Pétur, Guðrún, Ólafur, Sigurlaug and Snæbjörn from Iceland

OVERVIEW

Our short break cycling tour combines the “must sees” sites that every traveller who spend times in the region should visit: Vesuvius and Pompeii ruins and some rides along one of the most famous stretch of Italian coastal road: the scenic Amalfi Drive.

The ideal opportunity to extend your tour with a cycling section passing through some of the coastal villages that you wouldn’t have the opportunity to visit during your walking tour. At the end of the short break you have the possibility to add extra nights in Amalfi, Praiano, Positano, Sorrento or wherever you wish or start your walking tour along the network of pathways of the area.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided cycling tour
  • NAME: Cycling on the Amalfi Coast
  • TRIP CODE: ICBACS
  • DURATION: 5 days/4 nights
  • GRADE: Moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 600.00 per person sharing twin/double room
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Welcome on the green gate of the Amalfi Coast

Arrival in Salerno or Cava de’ Tirreni train station and reach by private transfer the Hotel located in a green and peaceful valley. Cava de’ Tirreni is a delightful little town rich in history and less touristic than other places on the Amalfi Coast , called the green gate of the Amalfi Coast . Your accommodation is located in a nice little village with narrow streets and alleys, nestled in a landscaped valley. It is the perfect starting point for combining Vesuvius & Pompeii ruins and a cycling tour along the Amalfi Coast.
Overnight: Charming country house in Cava de’ Tirreni

Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii

Walking 4 km approx. 1,5 hour hiking to the crater + 3 hours archaeological walking tour in Pompeii.
Today you experience a visit to Mount Vesuvius before exploring the Pompeii ruins. A private transfer brings you on the summit of Mount Vesuvius; here you can visit the big crater and enjoy panoramic views over the Bay of Naples. Then you reach by private transfer the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. The devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 trapped 25000 inhabitants of Pompeii, many of whom left impressive examples of everyday life in 1st Century. From Pompeii you come back to our charming hotel in Cava de’ Tirreni by train + local bus.
Overnight: Charming country house in Cava de’ Tirreni

From Cava de’ Tirreni to Amalfi

Road cycling – moderate – Km 26.7
You start the day visiting the attractive Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Trinity. You experience the intangible atmosphere of a glorious past, visiting the true symbol of the religious and cultural prestige of Cava de’ Tirreni. After a pleasant and peaceful visit of the Abbey’s treasures, directly from the church square, you start a lovely cycling tour experiencing the first astonishment of the Amalfi Coast, with its tiny villages located on the hillsides and stunning coastline views of the Bay of Salerno. You pass by the first villages of the Divine Coast. Optional stop at the decorated village of Vietri sul Mare: the home of the hand painted ceramic art. There is time to explore at leisure this colourful town, with the option to visit local workshops where you can see the hands of a craftsman create exclusive works of art. From here you continue riding along the “Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline” passing by the fishing village of Cetara and the tiny villages of Maiori & Minori before reaching your final destination and have your drink enjoying the view from the terrace of your hotel in Amalfi.
Overnight: selected 3star Hotel in Amalfi

From Amalfi to Positano or Sorrento and back

Road cycling – moderate/challenging – Kms 37 or Kms 72
You start riding along the Amalfi Drive SS163 from Amalfi toward Sorrento. Today’s bike ride provides outstanding views with several moderate climbs; You may choose between a shorter option or a longer one, according to your level of fitness. Along the way you can take your time to enjoy the scenery experiencing the glamour and enchantment of the Sirens’ Land with sensational landscapes overlooking the bays of Salerno and Naples. The first section of the road is an amazing ride along the cliff side, one of the most dramatic stretch of shore line with the sea hundreds of meters below. Then you may stop and visit the colourful town of Positano or you may reach the tourist centre of Sorrento, where you can enjoy wonderful views over the bay of Naples and the Vesuvius before coming back to your hotel in Amalfi.
Overnight: selected 3star Hotel in Amalfi

Departure

Your tour ends after breakfast but you may choose to extend your trip with an extra challenging ride to Ravello or you may add extra nights including activities such as hiking and sea-kayaking or you may continue with one of our self- guided walking tours.

INCLUSIONS

 

• 2 nights in Cava de’ Tirreni
• 2 nights in Amalfi
• Meals: 4 breakfasts
• Private transfer from Cava de’ Tirreni or Salerno to the Hotel on day 1
• Half day private transfer Cava – Vesuvius – Pompeii on day 2
• Detailed Route notes and maps
• Luggage transfer on day 3
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in “inclusions”
• Train/bus/ferry tickets
• Entrance fees
• Bike hire*
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

*BIKE:
You can rent the following bikes: TREK BIKE 7.5
Extra to pay: Euro 45.00 per person (from day 3 to day 4 included)
All rental bikes come equipped with a handlebar bar, spare inner tube, pump, lock, and helmet if the clients choose not to bring their own.

TESTIMONIALS

P. Chen

"Hi, Marcello, the Cinque Terre tour was wonderful. Thanks for your arrangement[...]. The daily itinerary was well prepared and was easy to follow as if there was a tour guide leading the tour.
Touring Cinque Terre was a memorable experience and I thank you for making this experience possible.P. Chen,"
"Walking the Cinque Terre " -   self-guided walking tour - June 2013

P. Chen, California US

Morgan

"Hello Anna, Marcello, and everyone else
We are just back in Houston (well, three days now), and as I sort through my pictures and settle my accounts, I was planning to send you some further thoughts about the trip and our experience. I will do so shortly.
But first, I do want to say that everyone had a wonderful time. This trip ranks among the very best that I have taken, and this is due in no small part to the pre-organization Icnos provided. The trip instructions were excellent, the hotels were delightful, the trails were a pleasure, and the sights and scenery were gorgeous. I really enjoyed that each day's hike was a bit different, with new challenges, new views, new towns. Even the stairs were fun (at least most of the time). And your recommendation to stay  in Naples was perfect!
I will follow up with more information, and some pictures - we must have thousands in our possession now :-). And I hope to get back to that area very soon - and to spend more time in Naples next time!
Until later, Juli"
"The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast" self-guided walking tour - 12 participants - June 2014

Julia Morgan - Houston, TX - US

OVERVIEW

The Cliffs, the Sea and the Amafitana Road. The Amalfi Coast is considered for its beautiful shores a premier destination for Cyclists, Hikers and Sea Kayakers.

We hand-picked some of the best sections of the Amalfi Coast mixing activities during which you enjoy the shoreline from different and unsurpassed point of views. During you journey you bike the villages along the coast, hike amongst chestnut forests and breathtaking paths, kayak by spectacular rocky shores and savor the delicious Mediterranean cuisine. With plenty of intriguing activities the Amalfi Coast is a perfect place to experience an authentically captivating multi activity adventure.

  • ACTIVITY: Self-guided multi activity tour
  • NAME: Hike, Bike & Kayak the Amalfi Coast
  • TRIP CODE: ICHBK
  • DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
  • GRADE: Moderate
  • 2015 PRICES: Starting from Euro 890.00
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Welcome to the green gate of the Amalfi Coast

Arrival in Salerno train station and reach by private transfer the Hotel located in a green and peaceful valley. Cava de’ Tirreni is a delightful little town rich in history and less touristic than other places on the Amalfi Coast, with its narrow streets and alleys, nestled in a landscaped valley called the green gate of the Amalfi Coast. In past centuries it was an important market centre and well known for the Abbey of the Holy Trinity which spread its temporal and spiritual influence over Southern Italy.
Overnight: Country House in Cava de’ Tirreni

Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii

Walking 4 km approx. 1,5 hour hiking to the crater + 3 hours archaeological walking tour in Pompeii
Today you experience a visit to Mount Vesuvius before exploring the Pompeii ruins. A private transfer brings you on the summit of Mount Vesuvius; here you can visit the big crater and enjoy panoramic views over the Bay of Naples. Then you reach by private transfer the world’s most captivating Roman excavation and experience a real intact image of this ancient world. The devastating eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 trapped 25000 inhabitants of Pompeii, many of whom left impressive examples of everyday life in 1st Century. From Pompeii you come back to our charming hotel in Cava de’ Tirreni by train + local bus.
Overnight: Country House in Cava de’ Tirreni

Cava de’ Tirreni – Praiano

Road cycling – moderate – Km 28.7
You start the day visiting the attractive Benedictine Abbey of the Holy Trinity. You experience the intangible atmosphere of a glorious past, visiting the true symbol of the religious and cultural prestige of Cava de’ Tirreni. After a pleasant and peaceful visit of the Abbey’s treasures, directly from the church square, you start a lovely cycling tour experiencing the first astonishment of the Amalfi Coast, with its tiny villages located on the hillsides and stunning coastline views of the Bay of Salerno. You pass by the first villages of the Divine Coast. Optional stop at the decorated village of Vietri sul Mare: the home of the hand painted ceramic art. There is time to explore at leisure this colourful town, with the option to visit local workshops where you can see the hands of a craftsman create exclusive works of art. From here you continue riding along the “Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline” passing by the fishing village of Cetara and the tiny villages of Maiori & Minori before reaching your final destination and enjoy your drink overlooking the sea from the terrace of your hotel in Praiano.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Praiano

From Praiano to Sorrento and back

Road cycling – moderate/challenging – about 50 kms
You start riding along the Amalfi Drive SS163 from Praiano to Sorrento. Today’s bike ride provides outstanding views with several moderate climbs; along the way you can take your time to enjoy the scenery experiencing the glamour and enchantment of the Sirens’ Land with sensational landscapes overlooking the bays of Salerno and Naples. The first section of the road is an amazing ride along the cliff side, one of the most dramatic stretch of shore line with the sea hundreds of meters below. Then you reach the tourist centre of Sorrento, where you can enjoy wonderful views over the bay of Naples and the Vesuvius before coming back to your hotel in Praiano.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Praiano

Praiano – Amalfi cycling + Hiking or Kayaking

Option 1: HIKING Amalfi – Ravello – Atrani – Amalfi or
Option 2: KAYAKING
Hiking – Amalfi – Ravello – Atrani – Amalfi Kms 12
Once you reach Amalfi you store your bicycle and start an easy gradual ascent along the valley of the ancient mills towards the celebrated village of Ravello. You pass the vibrant streets of the historical centre before going into a green area, walking along a fresh river and passing the ruins of several abandoned mills. The pathway climbs out of the valley and softly takes us, through lemon groves and narrow alleys surrounded by dry stone walls, into the hilltop village of Pontone. Before reaching Ravello and if you have enough time available you enjoy some dramatic views of Amalfi and Atrani from the ruins of Torre dello Ziro: an ancient lookout tower of the powerful Maritime Amalfi Republic. Stairs bring you to the well known Ravello, a town of a rich and noble traditions, exemplified in the magnificent historical villas with theirs incomparable gardens. The afternoon is free to explore the town. We strongly recommend to visit Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. You return to Amalfi following ancient stairways down to the admirable village of Atrani, a maze of narrow white washed alleys.
Kayaking
Once you reach Amalfi you store your bicycle and reach the waterfront location in Amalfi where the experienced staff provides the highest level of service supplying you with the very best gear to enjoy your kayaking experience (paddles, lifejackets, waterproof jackets). The coastal scenery is marked out by cliffs, bays, creeks, caves and sculptures carved into the rock by the sea. Above you, the lush green terraces nestled connecting vertical cliffs and spectacular slopes. You have the opportunity to admire the unique Amalfi Coast from an extraordinary point of view. Paddling along the coast, you can explore hidden beauties, enjoying blue sea and amazing views.
The service may be booked in advance to us and paid locally in order to avoid to cancel in case of adverse marine conditions.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi

Capri Highlights

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
The ferry leaves Amalfi harbour in the morning. Arrived to the island, after passing the famous “Piazzetta”, you start your walk towards the impressive Roman ruins of the Villa Jovis, the palace of Emperor Tiberius, the Arco Naturale and following a coastal path you reach the spectacular Faraglioni, the peculiar rocks jutting out of the sea. During the afternoon you may choose to relax in the island’s chic shops or take a walk to visit the Convent of San Giacomo, dated back to the 14th century, and the Gardens of August. Return to Amalfi by boat.
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi

The Path of the Gods

Walking – easy to moderate 4.5 hours
Today’s journey is along one of the most spectacular trails overlooking the Amalfi Coast, as well as one of the main highlights of your adventure. Our walk begins in Bomerano and offers terrific coastline landscapes with the famous cliffs of Capri marking lands end. Along the pathway you can admire the full splendour of the Divine Coast. Arrived at Nocelle, a tiny mountain village, you descend through lush terraces and olive groves to the vertical charming resort of Positano. There is time to explore the labyrinth of alleyways surrounded by scarlet bougainvillea and elegant boutiques, before taking the local bus or a ferry to Amalfi
Overnight: Hotel*** in Amalfi

Departure

Your trip ends after breakfast. From Amalfi you can easily reach, by local bus, Salerno Railway Station and take the local train to your next destination. Private transfer to Naples Airport on request

INCLUSIONS

 

• 2 nights in Country House in Cava de’ Tirreni
• 2 nights in Hotel*** in Praiano
• 3 nights in Hotel*** in Amalfi
• Meals: 7 breakfasts
• Route notes and maps
• Private transfer Salerno train station – first accommodation day 1
• Private transfer Cava – Vesuvius – Pompeii on day 2
• Luggage transfers on day 3 and day 5
• Emergency phone number

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED:
• Visas, Airfare & airport taxes
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Tourist taxes to be paid locally
• Drinks
• Other meals not mentioned in “inclusions”
• Train/bus/ferry tickets
• Entrance fees
• Bike hire*
• Kayak*
• Private transfer from Amalfi to Naples on day 8
• Anything not mentioned in “inclusions”

*TREK Bike 7.5 hire
from Day 2 in the afternoon to Day 6 in the morning
Euro 100,00 per person

*TREK Bike 7.5 (one extra day)
Euro 28,00 per person per extra day

*SEA KAYAK EXPERIENCE (to be paid locally)

TESTIMONIALS

Verge

"Ciao Marcello and Anna,
First we would like to thank you both again for helping us have such a wonderful holiday experience. We will have lasting memories of our fantastic first trip to Italy. We loved all the places we stayed and visited - we found each place had a unique charm.
We especially loved the detailed agenda you provided for each day - it was so helpful.
We thought you may be interested in our feedback on hotels, restaurants, etc.
The hotels overall were great choices and we were very pleased with these. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Although we didn't spend too much time at the hotels it was always nice to have a clean, friendly and comfortable environment after a long day of walking.
Your restaurant choices were excellent.
The drivers for all of our transfers were very nice, friendly and helpful people.
We loved the spectacular walks which were the highlight of everyday. Your detailed instructions, comments and suggested made our walks even more enjoyable. The Path of the Gods was incredibly beautiful! We can't stop looking at all of our many photos and reliving each day!
We cannot thank you enough for all your assistance along the way. We already have friends asking for your website and information and we will highly recommend Icnos!
With Kind Regards, Leigh and Bruce Verge"
"The Jewels of Southern Italy" self-guided walking tour - Sept 2013

Leigh and Bruce Verge - Canada

Flory & Sara

Flory & Sara Amalfi Coast with ICNOS Adventures

"Ciao Anna & Marcello,
Where do I begin??? I don’t even know how to tell you what an amazing trip we had in your beautiful country. We enjoyed each and every aspect of this trip, from the history of Rome to the amazing hikes and the scenery at each and every turn. Each and every place we stayed was wonderful (each in their own way). The drivers we had throughout were helpful and polite (we loved our driver in Cava, please pass that on to him). We can honestly say we ate our way through Italy, enjoying each and every meal, whether it was our amazing breakfasts, or in a side café or our wonderful Birthday dinner in Rome and let’s not forget our Gelato we had every day. Thank you again so much for all the information on Gluten Free, your extra effort did not go unnoticed. We are still trying to adjust getting home and back into our normal routines, but everyday I wake, I am so thankful we were blessed to have spent two amazing weeks together in Italy. Without your wonderful information and guidance throughout it would not have been the same. Thank you both so much for everything you have done over the past few months in putting this trip together for us. We will never forget, and we will definitely pass on to friends and family Icnos adventures was the best!!!
Many thanks J Flory & Sara"
"Jewels of Italy: Rome, Amalfi Coast, Capri & Tuscany " -   tailor made self-guided walking tour - June 2013

Flory & Sara - CANADA

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Mary & Liam

""We have enjoyed your company, organization and guidance very much! You have a beautiful country and it is wonderful to see your pride of it. Thank you so much! Mary & Liam "
"Walking the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula" guided  tour - May 2012

Mary & Liam