Amalfi Coast Cooking Class in a Restaurant

Located in Vietri sul Mare, next to the city of Salerno, we have teamed up with our favorite restaurant in the village to provide a delightful gastronomic experience you’ll not soon forget. The chef here speaks great English from his years of traveling the world and providing fine dining experiences aboard cruise ships. After returning to his home village, he and his family run a beautiful restaurant with a large kitchen where they prepare delicious local dishes served in the dining room overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.

Available for lunch or dinner, your cooking lesson will last about 1.5-2 hours. Meat, seafood, and vegetarian options are available. This restaurant can also provide gluten-free dishes when dining during a regular meal. Inquire for available options if you have this special need during the cooking class. Groups of up to 12 people are possible and the restaurant is open year-round. Advanced notice is required for preparation and availability (usually 3 days is sufficient).

During the cooking class you will learn how to prepare a complete 4-course meal using fresh, local products to impress your friends after you return home. Afterwards you will sit down to enjoy your meal in the dining area complete with a house selection of house wine or beer. A full bar is also available if you wish to purchase additional beverages along with your meal.

Contact us for more information or to book your reservation. Additionally, if you simply want to book dinner reservations or need catering for your special event or a large group while traveling we can assist with this too.

When in Rome…

When in Rome there are so many things to see and do, especially in the historic center. You could live there a lifetime and still not see everything. The Eternal City is often described as being like a lasagna – layers of history are piled up on top of one another.

Unless you are a historian, there’re a lot of stories that you’ll miss if you take to the streets and the sites on your own. If you want a taste of all the saucy details in the history of this fascinating city, book a private walking tour with Inspiration Trips and let one of our guides share their passion about “La Grande Bellezza” known as Roma.

Top 3 Tours

The most popular private day tours include a Historic Rome Centro, the Colosseum & Ancient Rome, and the Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica including the Sistine Chapel. These top 3 will give you a taste of the most important highlights of Rome and are perfect for first-time visitors.

Our private 3-hour half day walking tours are available with licensed guides throughout the year. Each guide has been screened for their English proficiency and consistent excellent ratings on Trip Advisor.

Limited on time? A full-day Rome in One Day walking tour combines the best of the top 3 above during 6-7 hours with a break for lunch.

But That’s Not All

If you have more time to spend in Rome or you are returning for another visit to see more, other available tours we can offer include the Borghese Galleria & Gardens, Ostia Antica (near to FCO airport and a similar site like Pompeii, but far less crowded), and Rome Underground.

When booking a private tour guide in Rome, it’s ideal to reserve your tour at least two weeks ahead if not sooner during the high season. At some venues the tickets are limited and sell out early. The guides with the most excellent ratings also fill up their schedule well in advance and it can’t be guaranteed to find an available guide, especially at the last moment.

Contact us to start planning your tour schedule with a licensed guide in Rome from Inspiration Trips.

More details…

In Rome we offer the following half-day walking tours with professional, licensed tour guides given in English language. A minimum of 24 hours is required to schedule any tour. For the best chance of your chosen availability it is advised to order your tour at least 2 weeks in advance of your tour date and even as early as up to 2 months or more in advance during the high season.

Historic Rome Centro

This tour is a pleasant stroll through the heart of the historic center of Rome. During this tour you will see the famous and must-see sites of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo de’Fiori, Largo Argentina, and Piazza Venezia. Along the way you’ll have an opportunity to stop for a traditional Italian caffé, glass of wine, or a delicious gelato. If this is your first visit to Rome, you want to start your adventure with this one as it will help orient you to the layout of the historic center of the city and show you a few surprises you might not discover on your own.

This tour is available EVERYDAY, even on holidays!

Intro to the Colosseum & Ancient Rome

This tour will take you inside of the Colosseum and through important highlights within the gated areas of the Ancient Forums to learn about the history and significance of the buildings throughout the periods of Ancient Rome. Your visit inside of the ancient forums will cover a vast area not completely seen from the public walks with views that you do not want to miss. Time permitting you can remain inside the Ancient Forums after your tour to visit other areas not discussed during the tour. Our regular intro tour does not cover the underground or 3rd ring levels of the Colosseum. Please inquire for special arrangements so that we can accommodate an alternative plan for those who desire to see the Belvedere (3rd ring) level.

This tour is not available on the first Sunday of each month.

Intro to the Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica

This tour covers the highlights of the Vatican museums, the famous ceiling inside of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo, and the Basilica of St. Peter (when access is permitted). On your journey through the museums to reach the Sistine Chapel you’ll see the Cortile della Pigna (Pinecone Courtyard); various sections of the Pio-Clementine museum including the Belvedere Torso, a 1st century B.C. marble copy of an original Greek bronze seen in the Room of the Muses, which inspired Michelangelo and others in their art; and the Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Maps. Optionally according to desire and the tour’s schedule you can see the Rooms of Raphel and the historic Apartments of the Pope.

This is the perfect Vatican tour for the first-time visitor who wants to see an overview of the museums and learn about the history of the museum’s formation and the church that supported it. For a more in-depth tour of the Vatican please look at one of our other tours of special focus.

This tour is not available on Sundays or Wednesday mornings.

Ostia Antica: The port city of Ancient Rome

On this tour you will see an (ongoing) excavation of Ancient Rome’s port city of Ostia. Strategically located at the mouth of the Tiber River, this harbor town was once a thriving city of around 60,000 people and an important settlement of the Ancient Roman Empire.

Similar to another notable excavation in Southern Italy (Pompeii), you won’t need to travel far from Rome’s city center in order to see an entire ancient town and walk back in time for a memorable experience to glimpse what life must have been like in ancient times. Whether you are an architect, engineer, city planner, or simply enjoy history, you’ll love this visit to Ostia Antica where you can see and walk through the original cobblestone streets, past the necropolis, through the city’s center piazza, inside the walls of buildings, temples, warehouses, apartments, businesses, the mill, mansions, the public and private bath houses, and of course go to the theater that was built during the time of Augustus. A great number of the mosaics have been preserved as well as statues and frescos, some of which the originals can be seen inside of the on-site museum where they are preserved from the elements.

If you are an artist, it would be ideal to book a morning tour so that you can stay afterwards and find your perfect spot for some sketching or perhaps a plein-air painting. There are plenty of trees at Ostia to locate a shady spot beneath some Mediterranean Pines during the warmer months. There is also an on-site café where you can have a lunch break or refreshment along with a few fountains for refilling your water bottle when you need a break.

Traveling with your dog? No problem, the site of Ostia Antica does allow entrance if your dog is on a leash and of course you must take care of any remains left behind. The only exception is that dogs are not allowed inside of the museum. Don’t worry, it’s shady outside and you can find a spot to tether their leash. The museum visit doesn’t take long during the tour.

This tour is not available on Mondays or the first Sunday of each month.

Jewish Ghetto: A walk through the history of the Jewish community in Rome

Jews have lived in Rome for over 2000 years, longer than in any other European city. Having had this long of a presence in Rome over the centuries there are certainly a number of historical events that occurred here.

On our tour you will walk through the Ghetto where the population was once strictly contained, see the Jewish Synagogue (the only building with a squared dome in Rome), and see where tragic events of the holocaust occurred during the Nazi occupation of Rome. We’ll cross the Tiber River over to the Isola Tiberina and also to see the section of where the earliest Jews once lived.

Due to the restrictions of the Ghetto, you’ll see how the architecture grew vertically to accommodate the population since they were not to expand beyond the perimeter of the rione. In this neighborhood you’ll also see one of the most famous fountains of Rome, the Fontana delle Tartarughe (Turtle Fountain), located in Piazza Mattei.

Throughout this neighborhood you’ll find several great restaurants, including kosher establishments, to try authentic Roman-Giudea cuisine. You absolutely must try the Carciofi alla Giudea (fried artichokes)! They are in season during the spring.

This tour is available EVERYDAY, even on holidays!



Learn Italian Cooking in a Nonna’s Antique Kitchen

Italian food is arguably the world’s best cuisine throughout Italy and also in many other countries of the world. What could be better than sitting down for a homemade meal by an Italian grandmother (nonna) at a big table with the whole family? Learning to prepare the meal with her.

If your dream of coming to Italy includes sitting down at a family dinner table and breaking bread while consuming wine produced in the family’s orchard, then we have got the perfect activity for you. We’ve made friends with a warm Italian family in a nearby village on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. They have a very special place on the mountainside overlooking the Gulf of Salerno where they grow the famed Amalfi lemons used to make limoncello and to sell in the local markets. They also grow nearly all of their own food that the family consumes.

The grandparents of this family live in the old house a little lower on the mountain just down the street. It’s there where they still gather for weekly family dinners at the rustic antique wooden dining table that sits up to at least 12 people. The kitchen where the nonna prepares the meals in the old house is original too.

The family has opened their farm and home up to us on Inspiration Trips. We can organize a tour of the family farm to see how they cultivate the terraced gardens which are particular to the coastal mountains and take in the panoramic views. Afterwards you’ll go down to the house to help Nonna prepare your meal and learn her recipes. You’ll also learn how to preserve fresh vegetables to use throughout the year.

Finally, you’ll sit down at the table and enjoy some homemade wine, appetizers, oven-baked pasta, or whatever else you’ve cooked up according to the season.

But watch out if you sit next to the nonno (grandfather)! He kept my wine and dinner plate full during the whole meal. “Mangia, mangia!” He obviously thought I was too skinny but wanted me drunk. I look forward to going back. 😉

Contact us to book your evening with this beautiful family. You’ll have an opportunity to practice your Italian in an authentic setting and maybe learn a little Napoletano too. Don’t worry if you don’t know either language, the daughter-in-law who will be your hostess speaks English and can translate for you.

Private Tours in Italy

Going on a trip to Italy is a dream for many. Planning a trip is often more than just booking a plane ticket and finding a room. Going on a walking tour is a common tourist activity and can really help you to get the most out of your trip.

Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world and tops the list for the most UNESCO world heritage sites in any single country. The country is certainly diverse from the north to the south with each region speaking not only the Italian language but also several dialects. English is not a native language and in many places it is not spoken at all.

Although English is widely taught in schools across the country these days, the quality of anyone’s knowledge and use varies greatly. For this reason if you really want a good understanding of special venues you choose to see during your trip, it’s a good idea to hire an English-speaking guide for a tour of sites such as the Colosseum, Pompeii, or the Vatican where there is a lot of interesting information you would miss if you decide to just wing it on your own. Additionally, having a guide in a city can relieve you from a lot of stress or worry about getting lost in a foreign land.

If the idea of a group tour is not very appealing to you and would prefer a more personal experience, then going on a private tour could be exactly what you are looking for. Unless you are an experienced traveler, you might not realize that a private tour guide service can sometimes be even more economical than the “budget-friendly” group tour specials.

In many cases, for a family or group of 4 or more people our tour fee at Inspiration Trips will beat the price of many popular group tours. Our service will provide you with a first-class personal experience with a licensed guide who has been proven by a mother-tongue speaker and teacher of English to pass a high level of speaking and comprehension capacity. We also enthusiastically pass on our knowledge of the country from our own personal experiences as a traveler to now being a resident.

Contact us if you are interested in booking a private tour in Rome, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, or Sicily. We provide many additional services such as cultural activities and connecting you with a trusted driver service from the airport to your hotel in Rome or the Naples area. We continuously add to our touring info while personally exploring in many lesser known locations in the southern and central parts of Italy.

Excursions and Activities in Italy

Are you looking for interesting excursions or things to do in Italy? If so, you’re in the right spot. Inspiration Trips is a small-business tour operation that not only provides private day tours but also can help you plan cultural activities or organize a full-day excursion in some of the most popular locations in Italy and also some which are off the beaten track.

We love adventure and being creative, so we’ve designed our business to provide a variety of quality services which employ the local friends and contacts we have made during our own adventures of living here. It’s our pleasure to share our discoveries with you.

Anytime we explore a new place it is an adventure for us. We love nature and could even be considered a bit of an adrenaline junkie too. Our regular favorite past time includes hiking in the mountains of the Amalfi Coast or beachcombing for treasures to put in our creative projects. Since we have the luxury of living here, we regularly seek out activities and information that are often only known to native Italians. We’ve put together some itineraries to make it easier for you to experience and discover some activities not seen on a typical tourist information site.

As a creative we have met several others who teach art lessons like plein-air painting retreats in Tuscany or a ceramics painting class in a studio. If the kitchen is more of your playground (or just enjoy what comes out of the kitchen), we also offer a variety of culinary experiences where you can have a hands-on lesson to learn how to prepare some local dishes or go on a gastronomic tour tasting and learning about the different amazing foods and wines that Italy produces.

Contact us if you are planning a trip to Italy and are interested in doing something tailored to fit your schedule and personal interests.

Pompeii Private Tour

Pompeii: The Buried City

Pompeii is the world-famous ancient Roman seaside town buried in the AD 79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It is one of the many UNESCO sites located in Italy. Pompeii is considered the most famous of the towns buried from this disaster and more than 2.5 million people visit it every year. Located near Naples, it is easy to reach from nearby areas along the Gulfs of Naples or Salerno. It can also be visited as a day trip excursion from Rome.

The original size of Pompeii was about 170 acres. About 2/3 has been excavated and less than 1/3 of the excavated buildings are possible to visit. Going on your own could take an entire day of wandering through the crowds to navigate and find all of the important sites.

Having a private guide will save you time walking down the ancient roads as they show and explain to you about the ancient businesses and homes. They will lead you to the government center, the theaters, and tell you about the typical life in Pompeii. Some artifacts and plaster casts of the people who perished during the volcanic event are also on display at the ruins.

To book your tour now or discuss suggested combinations for a full day excursion from Rome or other nearby areas in Campania, contact us for the times and dates available during your trip.

Benefits of Hiring a Private Tour Guide When You Travel

Traveling for many people is a great adventure. Going abroad or outside of your familiar territory can be exciting or stressful. When deciding to take a guided tour of a location where you are visiting, particularly in a place where there is a lot of history and culture, going with a private tour guide is a great investment and can relieve a lot of stress.

Depending on the size of your family or travel group, hiring a private guide can even be more economical than the perceived money-saving small group tours. I’ve investigated those tours with several companies and typically they charge a flat rate per person and will have up to 25 people or more while still claiming they are a “small” group. I’ve even attended one like that while traveling with my family before I began organizing for my own company.

Although I had fun because I simply was spending time with my family, you end up feeling like you are in a herd of cattle being prodded along by the static of your headsets if you linger too long behind looking at something of interest while the others move ahead to the next stop on the tour. With a private tour guide you can stop, ask as many questions as you like, and the only people you are holding up from moving forward is your own family or travel partners. The guide then can adjust the tour as you go along in order to cater to your preferences and time spent lingering on different subjects.

Need to stop for a restroom break or want an espresso while on a city tour of Rome? With a private tour guide you can do this easily as needed. On a group tour, not so much unless it is scheduled into the itinerary. Sure, places such as art museums or archeological sites will take a bit more planning since you are restricted to stop when they become available, but then it is much easier to tell your guide when you need to go on that sudden potty break because you had too many espressos before the tour.

Why hire a private tour guide?

When making the decision to invest in a tour guide you should consider if having a guide is important to you.

Some of the reasons why you would want a guided tour with a local private guide:

  • To save time and avoid getting lost in unfamiliar territory while ticking off your bucket list of sites to see
  • Entertainment and/or educational purposes
  • Learn general knowledge about a place without studying
  • To provide company (as well as a sense of security) if you are traveling alone
  • Having someone speak your language to help you understand the local language
  • Local guides can also advise you on the best places to eat or drink after the tour and where to avoid the tourist traps.

Some reasons why you would not want a guide:

  • You love getting lost.
  • You have plenty of time and don’t care if you never see places that you did not even know were as special as the popular well-known monuments.
  • You do not care about culture. You’re only going for the shopping.
  • You understand not only the local language but also the dialects spoken.
  • You prefer tourist traps where you eat from high-priced menus serving mediocre food.

When to book your tour

If you would like to plan to book a private tour guide, the best time book is at least 1-2 months in advance depending on your travel destination and the season of your visit. Having worked for a private tour company before in Rome before creating Inspiration Trips I can tell you that you ideally want to give a minimum of 2 months in order to find a highly rated and legally licensed guide who still has a schedule available that fits your travel plans during the high season. High season in Italy (as it is in most prominent travel destinations) generally runs from the time of Spring Break, with a bit of a lull in May, and picking back up in June when schools are out until October. There is another high season period during the holidays from mid-December until after the first week of January.

Prices vary between travel and tour operators, so if you need to shop prices give yourself another week to make email inquiries before making your decision of an operator to use since many do not post prices on the website and rates can vary depending on the tour and the quantity of people attending. (Please note that here at Inspiration Trips we charge one flat rate for a private guide on a tour of up to 6 people. Other factors such as transportation needed may vary depending on the size of your group.)

If your trip is scheduled soon and you don’t have 2 months to shop around, don’t delay! Make your inquiries now and come to a decision quickly when you find an operator who has an available guide for you. The schedules fill up rapidly and guides they trust to give a quality tour will disappear quickly. Many guides work as freelancers between several tour operators and they receive orders from different agents.

No waiting in lines!

Most tour operators claim there are no waiting in lines when you book a tour with them. What this means is that for extremely popular venues where it is common to have a wait in the general admission lines to enter and purchase your tickets (this can be over 2 hours at some venues) they will schedule or advise you to purchase tickets in advance. Certain destinations such as the Vatican and the Galleria Borghese in Rome, The Last Supper in Milan, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris often sell out their advance tickets online that are needed when booking a private tour to avoid the wait times of standing in line.

Be careful of booking tickets first before ordering your tour guide because the time available for tickets can be a difficult schedule to fill with your guide. They usually will advise the best time that is needed for their schedule or a planned itinerary. You should always inquire first with your chosen tour operator what is needed. Some may handle this step for you and include it in the price of the tour fee.

Upon arrival to many of the destinations you will show your pre-booked tickets to a guard to allow admittance at a separate entrance from the large crowds waiting in line. Sometimes you will have a ticket you can print at home and sometimes it will be the reservation only. With a reservation you will collect the tickets as you enter past the crowd. In that case you might wait just a few minutes at the reservation desk depending on how many others have also booked your same tour time.

Security lines are unavoidable. At some places such as the Vatican museums this process moves very quickly and is barely noticeable. At other venues such as the Colosseum (a new policy implemented in 2015) the security is not as efficient and you may have a bit of a delay to enter.

Extra costs

Depending on the tour operator you choose, the price of entrance tickets may or may not be included in the rate for your tour. Generally speaking your tour guide will not need a ticket if you are instructed to purchase your own tickets for your tour. Legally licensed tour guides in Italy are usually allowed to enter all sites free of charge.

Not all countries or cities require guides to be licensed in order to conduct tours. You may want to ask if you do not know the local laws. Booking with a tour operation or someone you find on the street that offers to supply a private tour without using licensed tour guides can be risky and embarrassing if you are caught. Places that strictly enforce this law in Italy are the major art museums such as the Vatican or prominent historical sites such as the Colosseum.

City tours that do not enter any monuments or museums are okay for having a tour leader. This is why you might find some tours where your guide does not enter a museum with you to explain about the artwork you are seeing inside. It is common on big group tour packages, especially those with multi-city destinations.

Identification may be required when collecting pre-booked tickets. Some travelers are extra cautious or worried about bringing their passport with them outside of their hotel. Don’t worry, you can also bring your driver’s license or other official identification with your photo. If you are a student and are receiving a student discount on your entrance ticket, then you will need to show your school ID in order to verify your qualification. For safety no matter where you travel it is always a good idea to scan copies of your travel documents and email them to yourself or someone you trust so that you can retrieve them if needed.

An expense that may be required are radio headsets. With a private tour this is not usually a concern because they are most often not needed, but if you have a larger family (6 or more people) going to the Vatican then it will be required by the museum. It does help with bigger parties so everyone can hear your guide as you move about in one big room or when maneuvering through the crowds. At places such as the Colosseum it may be up to your guide if they require it with bigger groups. During high season they stay very busy and when talking for 6-8 hours each day they cannot be expected to speak loudly for extended periods on a tour to your larger group so that all can hear him or her.

Transportation from and to your hotel is not always included on your tour. Depending on the operator, the tour you are ordering, and the location this may or may not be included in the tour price but can be added for an extra fee. Inquire for the rates from your hotel’s location before you add this service or assume it is included when it is not. It might be more economical for you to take a taxi or close enough that you can walk to your meeting point. However, sometimes it is worth the extra expense depending on the location simply because they are providing a confirmed driver that will bring you directly to meet your guide. There is less confusion about where you will find them.

Food and drinks on a tour are not typically provided unless explicitly stated. Many places do allow you to bring in a bottle of water. This is recommended since purchasing them at food trucks or cafes at tourist destinations can be quite expensive. It is common throughout Italy to find drinking fountains where you can refill your bottle, so don’t throw them out when you have finished.

Gratuities are not usually included in your tour fee and are greatly appreciated by your guide, especially if they have done a wonderful job of navigating you through crowds, assisting you with purchases of souvenirs, taking photos of your family at memorable points, paying extra attention to the youngest travelers in your family, answering endless questions, and recommending good places for lunch or dinner. Employment taxes are high in Italy and the rates they are paid can often be low depending on the tour operator they work for. The work is seasonal too so any extra amount they take home can make a big difference to support them in the off season.

How to dress and what to bring

Assuming you are on vacation you will want to dress in something casual and comfortable. If your tour includes destinations such as religious sites like St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City, then a dress code may be required. Most often shoulders and knees should be covered. This means no tank tops should be worn (or bring something that can cover them temporarily like a scarf) and shorts or skirts need to go below the knees.

Presumably you will walk a lot during most private tours, wearing comfortable walking shoes cannot be stressed enough. In Rome and in many Italian cities the streets and sidewalks are paved with old cobblestones. After walking around on this terrain for a few hours you’ll be swearing at your flip-flops for not providing better support and crying if you make the mistake to look fashionable in 3″ high heels. If you wear sneakers with socks and don’t want to be ridiculed by the locals in Italy, wear black socks or ones that do not show. Trust me on this. The Italians consider white socks outside of a gym as a major fashion faux pas.

Don’t forget your camera! This may be a once in a lifetime trip for you so don’t forget to pack your camera or at the very least make sure your smartphone is fully charged with some memory space left to document your visit. Some museums and inside churches may not allow photos to be taken. This could be for any number of reasons. To avoid embarrassment check for signs or ask your guide as you enter if photos are allowed.

Selfie sticks have become very popular in the past couple of years. Most museums and historical sites are banning the use of these items because of the risk they pose to artwork and people trying to pass when you become so absorbed in taking that epic selfie. If you have booked a private tour for a museum or historic site, leave the selfie stick at the hotel and retrieve it later when you are out walking around exploring on your own. When you’ve booked a friendly tour guide and photos are allowed at the venue where you are visiting they are usually more than happy to snap a few photos and will even suggest the best angle to capture the monument or artwork you want to include in your photographic memories.

Sunscreen and/or rain gear should be considered when booking a tour at an outdoor venue. If the weather calls for rain, be careful of bringing or purchasing long stick umbrellas. Some museums do not allow you to enter with them and retrieving them from a check counter at the end of a tour could be difficult. Compact folding umbrellas are a better option and can often be purchased easily from street vendors in crowded tourist areas if any drops of rain start falling from the sky. Outdoor walking tours will often continue as scheduled despite the weather unless it is severe. If you have concerns about this, ask your tour operator about the options to reschedule if possible or their cancellation policy should you have concerns about getting wet or being too hot.

Enjoy your tour!

Once you have booked your tour it’s always a good idea to check-in prior to arriving to make sure there are no surprises or unexpected cancellations. If you are planning to take public transportation you might learn of a last-minute strike which could delay you or your tour guide’s arrival to the meeting point. Communicating in advance helps avoid any problems and prepare for alternatives.

Mistakes can happen. A reputable company will provide confirmation to you when your order has been finalized at the time of your order. You should always check and confirm the details right away in the event there is something not as you expected. It’s easier to correct at the time of your order than at the last minute on the day of your arrival.

Final tip: If you are traveling from overseas, don’t plan to start off immediately with a tour. Allow yourself some time for overcoming jet-lag or any unexpected delays. Use some common sense when planning your itineraries. It’s not logical to have a flight arrive at 8am in Rome and you expect to start a tour within the next 3 hours. Don’t forget you need time to retrieve luggage, pass through customs, travel into the city, check in at your hotel to drop off luggage, and find your way to the meeting point. By then you may be starving and need some lunch before attending a 3-hour tour. If you are coming from overseas with a huge time difference you’ll likely get hit with jet-lag and an extreme desire for a nap after lunch. Forcing yourself to attend a tour at this point would be a waste of your money and a disappointment to both you and your guide as you fight the urge to stay awake and pay attention.

Hiking on the Path of the Gods

Do you feel drained and the need to get away from everything? To let go of the demands of busy schedules, paying bills, and worrying about the government? Maybe you need a vacation to someplace magical, romantic, and inspiring.

If you thought of Italy and the sights of the country’s natural beauty, then a hike along the famous Path of the Gods on the Amalfi Coast might be the recharging your soul needs.

One of the best ways for me to connect to my creative energy is to get out in nature, away from the demands of everyday life. It’s where I can listen to the voice that speaks to me from within and sparks ideas.

When one is able to soak in this kind of divine energy without other distractions it is possible to receive great inspirations, resolve conflicts in their mind or heart, and find peace.

On the Amalfi Coast of Italy, between the cities of Naples and Salerno, there is a nature hike called Il Sentiero degli Dei or the Path of the Gods. The views are breathtaking and if you have the time and physical capacity when you visit Campania, you should certainly include this hike in your travel itinerary. The Gods made this a very special place and when you go you will see why.

Book a VIP excursion with us

Lulu and I will lead you on a morning hike that will take about 2.5-3 hours to hike across the one direction. I’ll make it easy by organizing a private driver to transfer you from your accommodation (or cruise ship) in the Amalfi Coast/Napoli/Salerno areas to meet us so that we save the difficult journey to the top of the mountain and we arrive right to the beginning of the trail.

Once we reach the end of the trail, the driver will be waiting to take us to a delicious lunch with panoramic views featuring local products and dishes. With full bellies, we’ll go down the mountain to explore Positano afterwards.

Trying to do this hike on your own is possible, but difficult using public transportation or exhausting if you hike from sea level all the way up and back down again at the end. If you’re interested in the outdoors and don’t want to overdo it so that you can save some energy for the other days of your trip, let us organize an unforgettable outing that will include me as your hiking guide and Lulu as our assistant (if you’re okay with dogs) to keep the group together as we hike along the path. I’ll be able to identify the villages you see along the path and provide some local knowledge that I’ve gathered since moving to the region.

If you prefer to go on your own, I’ve made plenty of notes on the next page so you can know what to expect. However, if you prefer to be treated like a VIP, contact us to schedule a date during your trip. My dates available are limited, so book in advance.

VIP Path of the Gods Hike availability

This VIP hike is limited from April to June during the weekends or long holiday breaks. From July through September you can schedule throughout the week or weekend according to availability.