A comprehensive taster of a beautiful part of Italy
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Our brief time in Ravello - curtailed by local road closures, which meant we had to take a wide detour to get there. You can lose yourself in the shade and quiet of the Villa Cimbrone, or gaze out from the viewing terraces of the Villa Rufolo, looking down on the coastline far below and following it as it fades into the distance. We also found our whistle-stop tour of Naples hugely enjoyable, with a surreal meal to remember at Nennella's in the Spanish Quarter. It was almost like finding yourself in a Fellini film.
What did you think of your group leader?
Edouardo Palermo was an excellent leader, with a comprehensive knowledge of the region. He had to deal with a number of logistical difficulties - the mininbus broke down on the first day, and the road closures made the itinerary hard to follow - but he was able to fix things quickly and efficiently and keep everything on track. He was always attentive to the needs and wishes of the group. We did well to heed his advice on Capri, where he arranged for private taxis for the group, thus avoiding lengthy waits for the bus or taxi. Edourado even made sure we were looked after throughout our holiday extension, and on one day he drove us to Ravello and picked us up from Amalfi in his private car - a favour for which he refused to be paid.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you have sturdy walking boots for the Walk of the Gods and the ascent of Vesuvius. I would suggest you also make use of the walking poles available at the Hotel Due Torri for the Walk of the Gods.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
A special mention for the Hotel Due Torri and its staff: it provided great hospitality and the best food of the trip. Take some time to enjoy Bomerano, a refreshing contrast to the bustling, touristic towns of Amalfi, Positano and on the island of Capri. It is mainly populated by locals and quiet groups of walkers. It enjoys a stunning location in the mountain valley, and there are several coffee bars where you can relax and watch the local dogs going about their daily patrols! If you have the time, you can start a number of short mountain walks from the town square.