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George Hudson
George Hudson

Weekly Cycle: Italy Bike & Boat - The Amalfi Coast

Although much of the cycling is along rolling roads there are a few uphill sections further inland, we therefore encourage our customers to take their time. Not only is it wise to take it slow in the heat but it allows for proper processing of the sensory inputs: the sights, the smells, the flavours, the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and all the while the sea crashes upon the coastal mountains and cliffs that make up this dramatic coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight since 1997.  This Amalfi Coast experience is made all the more satisfying as your pleasure, relies on your pedalling.

In a nutshell: 

Where? The trip takes in the best of the Salerno Gulf including the islands of Ischia and Capri, the picturesque towns Amalfi and Positano, the perching Ravello and Sorrento and of course Naples. It is a short cycle from Castellammare di Stabia to the archaeological site of Pompeii the fated ancient city that sits in the shadow of Vesuvius, preserved since 79 A.D. [caption id="attachment_19430" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Pompeii mummies. Pompeii mummies.[/caption] Distance: 102 - 112km Grading: The trip is graded easy to moderate as daily distances are short, averaging 30km which allows for a good deal of sightseeing, exploring and tasting.

Why cycle here?

History: Like most of Italy, the Salerno Gulf is awash with history, and the trip affords plenty of time to explore the museums and galleries. Naples' centro storico is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to hundreds of archaeological artefacts. Amalfi's cathedral gives an impression of the wealth and prosperity created here during the heady days of powerful maritime republics between the 10th to the 13th centuries. Pompeii is a must, anyone who has done it will agree that a trip to the roman ruins is a sobering experience, the victims preserved as they were when the pyroclastic flow, and then volcanic mud and ash entombed the city. [caption id="attachment_19433" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Ampitheatre, Pompeii Ampitheatre, Pompeii[/caption] Food: The eating on this trip is superb, being Italy's 3rd largest city Naples attracts top chefs as-well-as ambitious prodigies who over time have spread out to the surrounding areas. Our recommendations include a true Neapolitan pizza made with tomatoes from the fertile volcanic plains around Mt Vesuvius, and peperoni imbottiti. It goes without saying that seafood dishes are ever present on menus and are well worth shelling out for. [caption id="attachment_19432" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Positano Positano[/caption]

Planning & preparation:

This Bike & Boat tour is available from April - October with regular and reasonably priced departures to Naples Capodichino airport from major airports. From the airport take the train via Naples train station to Castellammare Centrale Station, from where the Marina di Castellammare di Stabia, and your boat, can be reached. We recommend doing some training before departure just to ensure there are no niggling injuries or pain flaring up, however e-bikes are available for those who would like a little extra pedal power. [caption id="attachment_19434" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Italy Bike & Boat Italy Bike & Boat[/caption] If you have any queries about the Italy Bike & Boat: the Amalfi Coast, or any other trips we offer then do not hesitate to get in contact with a member of our team on info@macsadventure.com
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