Well April is here and it is time for my first decent holiday of the year. I have always loved Italy and thought it was time to revisit, but I had never been to the Amalfi coast despite constantly being told how beautiful it was. So Italy it was, but it had to be a walking holiday, so out came Google. I found a self guided walking holiday called macsadventures and quickly found they offer holidays all over Europe and the Amalfi coast. So I was hooked and ready to jet off.
The starting place was of course Amalfi, home to the steep hills and lemon groves used to make the world famous Limoncello.
After a good nights rest in a hotel the next day I started The Valley of the Ancient Mills walk. The winding path led up into the mountains and among the lemon groves onto the small hamlet of Rovello, home to Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. The gardens and views from the cliff edge are spectacular and worth a visit, below is the main entrance to Villa Cimbrone and the stunning views.
The following day was the Footpath of the Gods and included a breathtaking walk along the cliff edge from Bomerano to Praiano. The views were to die for, shame it was slightly misty but I think you can get the idea from the photo below.
Praiano is a much quieter town to Amalfi without the hoards of visitors and it was a welcome change. Once again amazing food throughout the whole trip. How can you not love the Italian food. After a couple of nights in Praiano I walked the rest of the Footpath of the Gods to Positano.
Positano was a bustling place, full of tourists, infact more tourists than Italians I think. A very popular place for American visitors too. A typical Amalfi coast town literally stuck on the side of the cliffs.
The view from the hotel balcony was breathtaking sat among my own small lemon grove. Positano was a good place to grab a ferry to the Isle of Capri, but unfortunately due to high seas the ferry was cancelled and I had to go to Sorrento to grab a ferry.
Isle of Capri is a quaint island with its old school home made convertible cars, Villa Jois the palace to Emperor Tiberius and the amazing rocks at Faraglioni.
The trip was almost at an end but I had to squeeze in trips to Pompei and Herculaneum to visit the ruins
It was a great shame to leave the Amalfi coast but I have a feeling I will be going back.