Tours

Tours/visits are available to both individuals and parties.
Tours/visits need to be booked in advance – exact numbers confirmed closer to the time.
But if you are on a brief trip and decide you might like to take do a last-minute tour of some sort, get in touch.
Tours can be customised.
I am also happy to act as a guide for clients with their own transport.

For clients who do not have their own transport, transport hire will be required.
NB. They are subject to change (eg. inclement weather).

The following are simply aGI suggestions for stays in AMALFI/RAVELLO/FURORE.

 

1. Ravello/Tramonti

AM Visit Ravello – Duomo & Villas.

PM Proceed to Tramonti for wine tasting & lunch comprising local cheeses and revisited traditional dishes.

TRAMONTI, with its dairy products, is known as the ‘green heart of the Amalfi Coast’.  Held in high regard since Roman times, in recent years it has produced some of the notable DOC wines of the coast thus found favour with gourmets and wine lovers alike.

 

2. Cetara/Vietri

AM Visit Cetara (known for its anchovies, colatura etc.)
Proceed along the coast to Vietri for ceramics & shopping.
PM Lunch in Cetara for ‘revived’ traditional dishes.

CETARA has always been – and is still today – a fishing village with a feel all of its own.  We will see its age-old cottage industry of preserving anchovies and learn about another unique product – Colatura d’Alici (anchovy oil) – a modern day version of what was a Roman delicacy – Garum.

VIETRI is internationally-known for its ceramic industry where the variety, choice and quality is incomparable.

3. Paestum

AM Visit to an organic state-of-the-art buffalo dairy farm where animal welfare is second-to-none & as important as the quality of the products produced.

PM Lunch comprising the farm’s own produce.
Visit the Greek Temples at Paestum (dating back to C7th BC & considered the best-preserved outside Greece) and the archeological museum (housing the Diver’s Tomb).

Return to hotel late afternoon.

Alternative Trip: Visit a winery in the afternoon instead of the Temples.

 

4. Herculaneum/Naples

AM Visit Herculaneum.
This small resort was the home of the genteel and wealthy Roman families whose lives were sophisticated and luxurious.  Sealed by a mud flow – as opposed to erased by lava (Pompeii) – Herculaneum brings the lives of the privileged into sharp relief.

PM Lunch in Naples
EITHER visit the Archeological Museum – the most important in the world thanks to the unique Roman treasures found in the sites

OR shopping.

Return to hotel for dinner.

 

5. Caserta

AM Visit the Royal Palace in the morning.
(C18th palace built by Vanvitelli for the Bourbon King of Naples and inspired by Versailles)

Lunch in the medieval Borgo (quarter) of Caserta Vecchia.
Winery
visit.

(The Caserta region is home to many famous wines)

6. Sorrento/Pompei

AM Coastal drive through Positano to Sorrento for shopping & lunch.
(Sorrento is known for its inlaid-wood craft. Workshop visits can be organised on request)

PM Visit the unique site of Pompeii – a city ‘resuscitated’.  The favourite resort of the pleasure-seeking Romans.

Return to Amalfi by a different route.

 

7. Agerola/Gragnano

AM Visit to a cow’s milk dairy in Agerola for tastings. Proceed to Gragnano to visit the pasta-making factory.

PM Lunch. Return via Positano with a stop for shopping.

AGEROLA, circa 700m above sea level, is still the most important dairy production zone in the area.  Visits include a bakery where Biscotto – one of the ‘oldest’ breads – is still baked today.   Originally made with Saracen flour, it is now made with wholemeal flour, but the production technique is similar and the results too.

GRAGNANO, in the Bay of Naples, was the ‘home’ of pasta in C18th.   A visit to the oldest manufacturer to see how pasta is made and how state-of-the-art machinery ensures a quality product & the highest standards maintained.

 

8. Gourmet Tour

AM Visit to a dairy and bakery in Agerola, then on to Furore and its winery (one of the Costa d’Amalfi zones for DOC wines).

PM A wine-pairing lunch.  Late afternoon return to Amalfi.

 

WINE CELLAR TOURS

Tours to various cantine (cellars) in the Campania Region such as the prestigious Taurasi (DOCG) and the DOC cantine of the Coastal Zones can be arranged.  Sightseeing en route to the chosen cantina.

Wine-tastings can be organised as can tours of wineries.  Wine tastings/tours can tailored to the preferences of the group eg. wineries producing certain types of wine.

New: Visit Cantina Mastroberardino.
Mastroberardino have been producing wine since 1700s.  Cellars date back to 1800s.  Most reputable wine producers in Southern Italy.  Circa 1.5 hrs from the coast.  Renowned for their Radici Taurasi DOCG.  Also Lacryma Christi, Fiano, Greco di Tufo, Aglianico.

 

WALKING TOURS

RAVELLO + MINORI or AMALFI

AM Begin in Ravello – visit Duomo & Villas.
PM Lunch in Ravello.

Option 1. Walk to Minori, visit the Villa Romana
Option 2. Walk to Amalfi (via Atrani & the Duomo of Amalfi)

These walks take in excellent panoramic views of the coast.
They are neither difficult nor lengthy (1-1.5hrs).

 

AMALFI COAST BOAT TOURS

For those wishing to see & appreciate the coastline from the sea, A Guide Inside has joined forces with an Amalfi-based sail & motorboat hire & charter company.  Please contact me for more details.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Cookery Classes for individuals & groups (max. 6 persons).
Cookery Classes are combined with tours to sites OR other visits.

Pottery Workshops (1 & 3 day) for individuals (1-2) & groups (min 3, max 6 persons).
Classes are normally scheduled for late afternoon to allow time for other tours/visits earlier on in the day.

 

OTHER VISITS

Paper Museum to learn how Amalfi’s hand-made paper is still made today

Limoncello Distillery

Fishmonger

Oil Press (when operative)

NB. There are official state-registered guides for international heritage sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum (Ercolano) & Paestum