“Ciao Anna and Marcello
First of all, may I thank you for organising a wonderful walking holiday for me. Every part of your detailed information was useful and ‘worked’, all the way to Rome… I have not been able to email you before, as I was then in Rome for a week on an academic conference, a very different experience indeed! I am now back in London, and have just looked at the 290 photos I took of my trip to the Amalfi Coast – unfortunately, as my camera is just a cheap digital one for snapshots, they don’t do it any sort of justice, but they did remind me of some of the outstanding sights I saw.
All of the travel advice and timetables were absolutely right, and the only difficulty I had was finding the bus in Salerno – because it was right in front of me! I was too impatient and went on to other bus stops before returning to the obvious one. The drive to Amalfi, sitting on the left hand side, was amazing.
The hotels were each very different: In Amalfi, big room, friendly, old-fashioned (which I liked); Praiano, rather small room, but very friendly staff, great breakfast, great view; Positano, amazing room! though it was a little more impersonal as Positano is ‘something else’ altogether! and the Hotel in Sorrento was a very good ‘solution’ for my brief stay in Sorrento.
As for the walking: I followed all your advice about clothing and walking sticks and you proved to be absolutely right. I was worried about the heat, but with the hottest day at 31 it was OK and I didn’t get burnt or exhausted. Each one of the walks had something interesting, different and special about them, and I enjoyed each day. On day 2 the gardens of the Villa Cimbroni were very restful and, as a great reader of D. H. Lawrence, all this was very interesting to me. I think probably just for walking, day 3, the Valle delle Ferriere with the waterfalls, was my favourite. And perhaps my favourite place was the little church and square at Minuta – just a pity the church was not open.
One of the highlights of the holiday was definitely climbing Monte Tre Calli, because that was the first point from which I saw the amazing view all the way down the coast to Capri. While I was up there it came on to rain quite hard, so I returned to Bomerano rather than going all the way round because I was on my own, and thought it would be a bit irresponsible to be scrambling over the wet rock.
The whole walk on the next day was great. I loved the Monastery of San Domenico, where there is a fresco dating from about 1400, and also a man selling refreshing lemonade, figs and olives. And the path of the Gods was lovely with all the views down the coast and to Positano. Great view from the Santa Croce! And then you hit Positano – something of a culture shock!! Get out the smart clothes. The visit to Capri was memorable. Huge crowds, but as soon as I started to walk to the Villa Jovis, very few people indeed. Coming rpound to the Faraglioni rocks was remarkable, another highlight. However, on a Sunday the Villa Jovis and Certosa di San Giacomo both close at 1 pm, so you have to make a choice between them. Perhaps go quickly to San Giacomo first? By the time I got there it was closed, which was my only disappointment in the whole trip.
I decided not to go to Pompeii as I had been there 40 years ago, but if I had had another day I would have liked to go to Herculaneum. I am very grateful for all the information you provided, and the reading on history and art. It was a wonderful six days, full of variety, interesting places large and small, and great vertical! views everywhere – quite ‘do-able’ for a reasonably fit but 65 year-old red-haired Englishman in the height of summer. I strongly recommended you to friends in Rome who were thinking about the same sort of experience, and I will certainly recommend you to any friends in London who are looking to go walking in Italy in future. It could not have been better, and your helpfulness in the instructions and on email from both of you was truly outstanding – so grazie mille!
Ciao belli, Hugh”

“The Jewels of  the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento ” –   tailor made self-guided walking tour – July 2013

Hugh Epstein – London UK

“Ciao Anna, the time has slipped away but finally get a chance to write J
Just wanted to say thank you for your part in my fabulous trip. All went well on the Cinque Terre adventure. I modified a couple of the days as the weather was a little unkind but the changes I made worked out perfectly.
Thanks again for your professionalism. Have a great Christmas and all the best for the year ahead.
Regards, Trish”

“Walking the Cinque Terre & Portofino Peninsula” – Oct 2013

TRISH H. – Eastkew Australia

“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

“Ciao, Hope all is well. We are back in the USA and we just wanted to send a note to you thanking you for a wonderful hiking experience. We all had a fantastic time! Your suggestions and self-guided walks were wonderful and the hotels provided beautiful views over the Mediterranean. Thank you so much for booking these hotel rooms. The staff at all the hotels were so friendly and handled our luggage without a problem.
We thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class and loved the Path to the Gods. We made it to Pompeii and we were very glad that we did.[…] Thanks again and hope to take other hiking trips in Italy someday.
Warm regards, Sharon & Fred “

“The Jewels of the Amalfi Coast” self-guided walking tour – Oct 2013

Sharon & Fred – Omaha, NE. USA

“Ciao Marcello, we have ended our tour with ICNOS and Italy. Most of us are now back in Singapore.
It had been a wonderful 7 days in Cinque Terre & Portofino. The weather was great and Francesca was an excellent guide. My friends loved her enthusiasm, professionalism & knowledge of the area. She adjusted the program to suit us as some of the members had difficulties in physically challenged terrain.
Thank you for all the arrangements. Everything,including the weather, was just great.
We would certainly like to do the Amalfi Coast with ICNOS in the not too distant future.
Grazie Mille, Kwee Mui, Chuen Eng”

“Walking the Cinque Terre & Portofino Peninsula” privately guided walking tour – Oct 2013

Kwee Mui, Chuen Eng & 14 travel mates from Singapore

“Hello Marcello & Anna
We loved our ICNOS tour, and so appreciate the diligence and warmth you have demonstrated through all of the planning and execution of this tour. I am offering this feedback for your use:
The accomodation in Cava de’ tirreni was an exceptional place – beautiful!
The Hotel in Amalfi was excellent for its location, welcoming and helpful staff, as well as amenities.
The Hotel in Praiano was certainly satisfactory, but not well-located nor as welcoming.
Tour format & guidelines – very well done, exposing us to the known attractions as well as the general area. The information provided was thorough, almost to the point of being over-whelming at the start (this of course eased as each day passed)… The only item we didn’t do was the cycle over the mountain to Sorrento. Instead we swam in the ocean at Positano (we actually swam every day, at Praiano, Positano, Capri Amalfi- with best swimming at Positano. We are both good swimmers who loved the clear, deep water.) I was a little disappointed that Capri was so commercialized, but nothing you can do about that.
-Modes of transportation – I so appreciated the excellent quality of the bikes on those hills (ie both Alannah & I could manage the hills).The combinations of ferry, local bus, hiking and cycling were really great. I don’t know how much the Sita bus drivers are paid- but whatever amount-it is not enough! [..]
Thank you again for your efforts on our behalf. We would love to see you if you ever visit Canada (Winnipeg or Vancouver Island). In the meantime, we wish you the very best, and thank you for all of your efforts on our behalf.

“Hike, Bike & kayak the Amalfi Coast ” self-guided multiactivity tour – Sept 2013

Marte B. – Canada

“Ciao Anna,
We’ve just returned from our second day of walking in Amalfi. Thank you so much for the very detailed and accurate guide for each of our walks. We’ve been delighted to experience the Valle delle Ferriere and today plunged into the almost icy waters of the stream. How refreshing!
I don’t think it would be possible to explore the area in such depth without your help. For the most part we’ve hardly seen anyone on the same trail although today a man passed with his goats solving the mystery of the bells we kept hearing in the valley.
We look forward to each day ahead of us.
Kind Regards, Sue Freeman “

“Naples & the jewels of the Amalfi Coast ” self-guided walking tour – Sept 2013

Sue Freeman – New Zealand

“This walking tour was just amazing in every way. Our accommodation was just perfect from the beautiful accommodation in Cava de’Tirreni, with our gracious hosts, to the lovely B&B in Tramonti […]; then the delightful hotel in Amalfi with their enthusiastic welcoming staff, to the lovely small but ever-so-peaceful hotel in Capri with its lovely terrace overlooking the 12th century Carthusian monastery and no TV. This is something that is not important for these enthusiastic walkers! ICNOS give great attention to detail and we cannot fault them in any way – from being met on the train in Naples, met in the various villages at the end of a hard day’s walking or transported to the beginnings of walks at the start of the day by courteous drivers who could speak some English giving us some of the local flavour of the area.
When you don’t speak the local language it is great to get off a train/boat in a strange land to be greeted by an ICNOS sign with your name on it. It takes the stress out of travel. Also the restaurants that we were booked into to experience the local food were all superb. At the end of a glorious day of walking it is great that we did not have to make further choices about ‘where will we eat tonight’ and to know that we will eat well. As a foodie with a great love of Italian food it was just another enriching dimension to this fantastic trip. All of our routes were well planned and the walking offered many varied experiences – walking through shady woods, through lemon orchards, olive groves, vineyards and the many, many steps (thousands!), with fabulous views along the way. Part of the Amalfi experience! The walking tour requires a reasonable amount of fitness, but not too hard for these retirees. Thank you Marcello and Anna for the wonderful trip and all the organisation that lies beneath making it so successful. It was also great to meet you personally.
Margaret and Allan Davidson “

“Highlights & Backroads of the Amalfi Coast and Capri, Jetset & Nature” self-guided walking tour – Sept 2013

Margaret and Allan Davidson – Auckland, New Zealand

Caryl K - testimonials - www.icnosadventures.com

“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

“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