• Positano view of Amalfi, Italy

    8 Must-Do's in the Amalfi Coast & Capri

    Situated on the &quot;ankle&quot; of the Italian boot, Amalfi has a mild climate. Orange trees line village streets. Breezy seaside footpaths around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Ravello and Positano</a> encourage a nice slow pace perfect for absorbing the atmosphere. Settle in for two mellow days on the glorious island of Capri—one of our favorite places in Italy. Make time for Pompeii, and unlike most visitors, you&#39;ll see<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"> Amalfi</a> in the best way—in the company of an Italian friend who knows the ins and outs of life on the edge of the sea. Here are our 8 musts you should experience while visiting the Amalfi Coast and Capri<br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#1 Pompeii</a></b><br>Head to legendary Pompeii, the most famous archaeological site in the world. Buried in volcanic ash in 79 AD, Pompeii is famous for its excavations that reveal a complete city, including streets, shops, buildings and many beautiful villas.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CNt" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#2 Capri</a></b><br>Take a quick ferry ride from <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Naples to Capri</a>, then wander to hidden lookouts unknown to tourists. From these lovely vantage points, take in the island&#39;s gorgeous views.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CNy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#3 Anacapri/Marina Piccola</a></b><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Anacapri</a>, one of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Capri&#39;s </a>picturesque villages, has a great historic center of town that is easy to explore on foot. Additionally, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Marina Piccola</a>, one of the most fashionable corners of the island gives you the opportunity to relax at a private beach club and swim in the crystalline waters.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CO3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#4 Sorrento / Positano</a></b><br>Explore the charming historical center of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Sorrento </a>before arriving at your cliffside hotel in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Positano </a>which clings dramatically to the hillside, offering spectacular views of the coast.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CO8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#5 Ravello</a></b><br>Start your morning with a scenic journey along the coast to Ravello, perched high on a ridge above <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi </a>offering spectacular views of the coast.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012COS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#6 Amalfi</a></b><br>Take a walk along a footpath that follows a beautiful valley inland, through an area luxuriant with vegetation, including rare ferns. The walk culminates in the town of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi</a>, where you can wander the little streets.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Amalfi" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000f8ob" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#7 Praiano</a></b><br>Enjoy a scenic walk along the coast to a charming monastery dating to the 14th century. Dramatically situated on a cliffside promontory, the monastery has beautiful frescoes that have been carefully restored by local artisans.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CON" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">#8 Cooking in Positano</a></b><br>Learn how to make your own pizzas in a real wood-fire oven while enjoying a barrel tasting of a local family&#39;s wine, sampling the famous mozzarella cheese from Naples and the local fior di latte all while savoring jaw-dropping views overlooking the sea and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Positano</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SQh&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012CNo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>If you&#39;d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys walking and culture trip </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">to the Amalfi Coast &amp; Capri</a> You&#39;ll have the trip of a lifetime!

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    Capri and the Amalfi Coast: A Love Story

    <p>Back when I was a guide, I always started my tours with the same speech. “At the heart of every travel story,” I would tell my guests, “is a love story. Maybe you fall in love with a country’s food. Maybe you fall for that country’s music, or its art. Maybe it’s a place, a small café or a bakery or a boutique. Maybe it’s the people. Maybe it’s even the person you’re traveling with. The story you tell your friends and family about your trip will be that love story.” I spent seven years guiding tours around <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/europe/" target="_blank">Europe</a>, and as both a veteran guide and a frequent Italy traveler I can safely say that nowhere is this more true than when you’re experiencing <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast</a>. Love is certainly woven into the region; it’s said that it was named after a nymph who was romanced by the legendary hero Hercules. It seemed like the perfect place to take my husband; we had gotten married the previous spring. I’ve been all over Italy, and the Amalfi region holds a special place in my heart; this would be Jason’s first time there, and we were both excited to have our first Classic Journeys adventure together.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kelli and Jason on the Amalfi Coast" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiLa&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rdu" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>During the drive up to the rim of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Mount Vesuvius</a>, the most infamous volcano in human history, my husband Jason had a huge grin on his face. “It’s not going to erupt, is it?” Our guide Sergio, who’s no doubt heard this question hundreds of times over his guiding career, paused. “Probably not.” Another pause, and then a laugh from Sergio. Still, there’s a gravitas to Mount Vesuvius, destroyer of Pompeii, and its power is almost tangible beneath your feet. Jason devours history books; he’d told me that this was the part of the trip he was the most excited about, and reiterated that as we were getting ready for the walk to the summit that morning. The guide in me wanted to advise him that our jaunt to Vesuvius was just Day One of our <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys Amalfi coast </a><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">trip</a>, and that he should pace himself, because as awesome as Vesuvius is, all sorts of wonderful things lay ahead. This was his first trip to Italy, so I decided to not give him any advice, and to let everything be a surprise.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Pompeii" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiLa&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015re4" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>The trip to the island of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Capri </a>almost made me regret that decision. There’s nothing quite like zipping across the placid Mediterranean in a high-speed hydrofoil; the <i>alsicafo </i>provides a very smooth and very fast ride across the Gulf of Naples, and my husband would have been very happy riding around in it all day. Once we got to the island, he didn’t need any convincing to stay. Capri has been called the world’s most beautiful island, and this isn’t Italian pride talking: with its warm blue waters, stunning peaks, and vibrant villages, it’s unlike any other island we’d ever been to. Staying at the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">Grand Hotel Quisisana</a> certainly added to the experience; the five-star accommodations and incredible staff made us feel like royalty. “Tiberius had the right idea,” Jason observed on our second day there, referring to the ancient Roman emperor who made Capri his seat of power. “Rule the Roman Empire from Paradise, eat great food, swim in that warm water; it’d make the job much less stressful.”<br><br>After two days in paradise, it was back to the mainland - hardly a letdown. Le Agavi Hotel in Positano looks like it came with the cliffs; that somehow, millennia ago when the rock formations were rising from the sea, a resort eventually just grew out of the sheer granite face to overlook the ocean. When you stay at the Agavi, the only way to get a bad view is to close your eyes. We’d be here for the next three days, the resort serving as a stunning home base for our adventures in the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank">Amalfi region</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Le Agavi hotel" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiLa&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rdp" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p>As I learned as a guide years ago, reinforced by my current role with the Classic Journeys team, it’s the people you’re with that make the trips worth taking. Of course, as with everything in life, pizza helps. We were invited to join pizza maker Luca and his family for a lesson in how to create the wood-fired pies that have become a global favorite. Sipping wine that the family had aged in their own barrels, flour up to our elbows, sneaking bites of delicious fresh buffalo mozzarella, and laughing with our hosts over our amateurish struggles with the dough, I exchanged a happy glance with Jason, and I knew that it was here that my old introduction to my travel groups once again proved to be true.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kelli making pizza" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000002EiLa&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000015rdz" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a></p> <p><br><br><b>ABOUT THE AUTHOR:</b></p> <p>Kelli Kuehner is a Senior Tour Operations Coordinator for Classic Journeys, overseeing operations and logistics for France, Iceland, Ireland, and Cuba. Prior to joining Classic Journeys, Kelli spent seven years in Europe and the U.S. as a cultural travel guide. In addition to her passion for travel as a vital transformative experience, Kelli’s favorite pastimes include hiking, running, cycling, writing, snowboarding and - solidified by a year spent working for a cooking school in Paris - cooking. She lives in north San Diego county with her husband Jason and two step-kids.</p>

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    Enjoy a Girlfriend Getaway on an Italy Culinary Tour

    <p>Take a deep breath and imagine yourself inhaling salty Mediterranean air and sipping limoncello. Now try to taste the hearty blend of flavors in a seafood and potato stew you made in the home of a professional chef in a small, coastal village. Listen to the clang and stirring sounds of a quaint <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">Tuscan home kitchen while the owner teaches you and your girlfriends to make traditional favorites</a>.</p> <p>And smell the cappuccino. Oh, the cappuccino.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">An Italy culinary tour is the perfect choice for a girlfriend getaway</a> — especially if you love food and wine! Add a glass of local Chianti and your favorite travel companions, and the recipes you carry home and cooking skills you hone are sure to give the scenery and historical stops some stiff competition as trip favorites.<br><br><img alt="Friend&#39;s cooking" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lS&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oB0" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>These <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank">Italian destinations are sure to entice the senses of any food and wine enthusiast</a>, while traveling with a tour company can open doors to local farmhouse kitchens and guide you to trails otherwise unknown to average tourists. It’s also a great way to relinquish the planning and just enjoy the trip. Gather up your girlfriends — it’s time to get the suitcases ready!</p> <p><b><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">A Taste of Tuscany</a></b><br>With cultural and historic high points like Michelangelo’s David, Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Signoria, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">Florence is a perfect entry point to the feast for the senses that is Tuscany.</a> You and your girlfriends will love this region famed for its gorgeous hill towns and amazing food and wine, and there is no shortage of perfect local experiences — if you know where to find them, that is.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/culinary/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys culinary tour</a> groups stroll through the San Lorenzo market to pick up meats, breads and olives for a country picnic, enjoy a private look at a sheep farm to learn about the cheese-making process and follow up with cooking instruction at a farmhouse cucina.</p> <p>Leaving Florence, a sprawling landscape of castles and vineyards awaits, including opportunities for leisurely strolls among the grapes. Local artisans craft terra cotta pots by hand in Chianti and the ultimate hill town of San Gimignano poses for your photos with its 14 medieval towers. Siena brings more sips of local red wine and a lesson in making hand-rolled pasta, while a visit to Cortona immerses you in the olive oil pressing process.</p> <p>Local Tuscan craftsman and culinary artists enjoy sharing their history and skills passed down through the generations. Your travel company can make these connections for you and help avoid any logistics struggles, leaving more time for relaxing and enjoying the good company and, of course, the wine.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalficulinary/" target="_blank">Amalfi, Al Buon Gusto!</a><br>Colorful buildings carefully perched on the <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalficulinary/" target="_blank">steep coastal mountains make the Amalfi peninsula especially photogenic</a>. Exquisite villas, each seemingly more beautiful and picturesque than the last, are home to quaint trattorias, lemon farmers, fisherman, coffee shops and boutiques.</p> <p>While here, a few highlights include taking time to slow down and wander the cobblestone streets. Spend a morning in a private kitchen to learn the local traditions and share a meal. Then hike off the extra calories on one of the many stunning hiking trails.</p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/tuscanyculinary/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys groups take a hydrofoil transfer to Capri</a>, the island renowned as a sanctuary for the rich and famous. Feel like a local by having an expert point out the best family-run restaurants and lookouts unknown to tourists, including breathtaking views of the entire Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius towering in the background.</p> <p>Visit a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalficulinary/" target="_blank">charming 14th-century cliffside monastery in Positano</a> to take in carefully preserved original frescoes. Then meander down the trail for a private lesson in wood-fired pizza making and wine tasting.</p> <p><img alt="Pizza making in Italy" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lS&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oB5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>A <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalficulinary/" target="_blank">tour of Pompeii</a> — the town buried in volcanic ash in 79 A.D. — with a personal archeologist guide is sure to fascinate. Excavations have revealed the complete original city, including beautiful villas, streets and shops to explore.</p> <p>Sounds amazing, right? <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/culinary/" target="_blank">Get your gal pals together to plan your Italy culinary tour today!</a></p> <p><b>Choosing a Tour For Your Next Adventure</b><br>Avid travelers often enjoy the hunt for that truly local feeling, the type of experience you can’t find in any guidebooks. But there are certain experiences even the most resourceful traveler cannot access. Not all travelers know an Italian archaeologist who can personally guide them around the excavation sites in Pompeii, for instance, or a lemon farmer who can give a private tour of his orchard. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/approach/?utm_campaign=girlfriend-getaway-italy-culinary-tour&amp;utm_source=sojourn&amp;utm_medium=blog/" target="_blank">Tour groups can often provide access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences with long-lasting memories.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">It can be challenging to find a tour company striking the balance you’re looking for</a>— that perfect mix of engaging activities, amazing local meals and learning opportunities, but still some free time to explore. While searching for the right tour, consider the following:<br>• <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/guest-reviews/" target="_blank">Read traveler reviews on their website</a> and other travel boards.<br>• Get a feel for potential compatibility with other group members by looking into group size and the company’s target market. Are their travelers mostly families with young kids, older couples, singles?<br>• Be sure you <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/faq/" target="_blank">understand what is and isn’t included in the trip fees</a> to avoid surprises.<br>• <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">Evaluate the guides and find a group using locals</a>, or at least long-term residents, so you get as much — and accurate! — information about the area as possible.</p>

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