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Walk the Path of the Gods on Italy’s Amalfi Coast with VBT

Path of the Gods
The Amalfi Coast, located on the southern edge of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy is an astonishing landscape where dramatic cliffs of the Lattari mountains crash into the Gulf of Salerno below. Dotted with charming villages, majestic views and world-class walking trails, the Amalfi Coast—named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape in 1997—is a must-see destination for any world traveler. Active travelers will delight in the experience of walking along its most revered walking path, Sentiero degli Dei or “The Path of the Gods.”

Path Sign

This trail, that runs from Agerola to Positano was once a path for mule herders to transport goods between coastal villages, but now serves as a recreational walking route with heavenly views. VBT travelers on our Amalfi Coast and Capri walking vacation will walk the scenic stretch between the Biscotto Caves and the hamlet of Nocelle. The path is well-marked and offers views of Capri and the islets of Li Galli, or Sirenuse, where the mythical Sirens attracted seafarers with their melodious songs. Once we reach the Nocelle, we’ll stop to enjoy lunch on your own. Afterwards travelers have the option to continue walking along the path or shuttling by van on to Montepertuso where according to legend, the Madonna was challenged by the devil to punch a hole in a towering mountain—pertuso means “hole” in Neapolitan dialect. The views from here are simply amazing.

VBT Backpack

The best time of the year to walk the Path of the Gods is in the late spring and early fall as the weather on the Amalfi Coast tends to be dryer, clearer and offers conditions more conducive to walking during this time than in other months. VBT offers departures on this tour in May, June, September and October. A recent VBT traveler, Caryl from California had this to say about her experience while on vacation— “This trip walking along the Amalfi Coast makes you feel sorry for travelers going by on big tour buses and thinking they have seen the Amalfi Coast. We saw the coastal villages by boat, as well as from above as we hiked the Path of the Gods, and enjoyed the villages free from worry of navigating the narrow roads. Stopping at specially picked restaurants with fantastic views for lunch and taking time to see gardens in Ravello made the trip oh-so special.”

Amalfi Couple

To learn more about this popular walking vacation—which includes visits to Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento— and to see traveler reviews and available 2014 departure dates, please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Stay at the Hotel Borgo Pantano with VBT—One of Italy’s Top Ten Hotels

Hotel Borgo Pantano Exterior

One of the best features of any VBT vacation is the unique, local accommodations that we seek out for our travelers. We want you to have the most authentic experience as possible while on tour with us, and locally run hotels often provide just that. One of our favorites on our Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation is the Hotel Borgo Pantano, located a few miles from downtown Syracuse. VBT guests will stay at this award winning accommodation—a Trip Advisor top ten hotel in Italy and ranked #22 in all of Europe— for two nights at the end of the tour. So, we thought we’d tell you a little bit more about what this fantastic hotel has to offer its guests.

One the 7th day of our biking vacation, we’ll ride the flat, scenic road that lead us to our final destination of the day: Borgo roomHotel Borgo Pantano—a tranquil 4-star boutique hotel located between the sea and the Ciane River, and surrounded by the Saline Nature Reserve. This old country estate—a former masseria—was restored in 2010 with artistic touches. The resulting décor mixes ancient and modern styles. One of its loveliest features is the large pool, which meanders like a lake along fragrant lemon and orange groves, lit at night by candles and lanterns. VBT guests can enjoy a soothing sit in the sauna, soak in the whirlpool, or perhaps treat themselves to a relaxing massage.

The Borgo Pantano also boasts a fully stocked bar and their restaurant serves outstanding Sicilian fare. After settling in and exploring the grounds, we’ll meet for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Chef Stefano bases the menu on the freshest ingredients he can find. A typical day for him starts with a morning visit to the local market where he searches for fresh fish, local meat and cheeses, and whichever fruits and vegetables are in season. While on tour with VBT, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a post-dinner lecture right on the hotel’s grounds about Syracuse and the Greeks, followed by an orientation talk about Syracuse for VBT’s post-trip extension guests.
Borgo Pantano Pool

This is just one example of the unique and charming accommodations that you’ll stay at while on tour with VBT. To read more about our Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages vacation, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.

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