It’s known as one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and now you can see it with a celebrity chef if you are traveling with Ciclismo Classico in September. The tour operator, which mostly features cycling tours, has launched a new Amalfi Coast hiking and culinary tour with chef Dante de Magistris.
Guests will hike peaceful trails and coastal roads, past olive trees, fishing inlets, sandy beach resorts and aromatic citrus groves. Chef Dante will be sharing his family’s history in the region and will put together picnic lunches as well as share cooking tips and lessons along the way. He will also welcome travelers into his family home.
“This tour offers breathtaking scenery as you travel from dramatic clifftop towns, through hidden fishing inlets, and along some of the most beautiful coastlines imaginable,” said Ciclismo Classico founder Lauren Hefferon. “It features a stunning hike around the cliffs of Positano, a visit to the beautiful gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, a private walking tour of the historic cathedral and cloisters in Amalfi, a boat ride along the glimmering Mediterranean coast, and an intimate dining experience prepared by Chef Dante de Magistris.”
Residents in Massachusetts may know Magistris from Restaurant Dante where he is the executive chef and co-owner as well as Il Casale Belmont. Casale has earned the attention and praise of national and local culinary critics, including being named in Esquire Magazine list of "15 Places Not to Miss", and earning 3.5 out of 4 stars from the Boston Globe's Devra First, an A- from the Boston Herald's Mat Schaffer, and two Best of Boston awards from Boston Magazine.
The Amalfi Stroll includes a hike around the cliffs of Positano, a visit to the gardens of Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, a walking tour of the historic cathedral and cloisters in Amalfi, a boat ride along the Mediterranean Coast and the dining experience with Magistris.
The trip also features a ferry ride to the isle of Capri, a picnic lunch, the famous faraglioni rocks. Visitors will also sample local limoncello and native Neopolitan music.
The seven-day, six-night journey features five days of hiking (four hours each day) and begins in Positano before heading to Montepertuso for hiking in the olive groves. Capri and Villa Jovis is the next stop on day three. On day four, guests head to Amalfi and Ravello where they will experience a private, guided walking tour and a hike in the Lattari hills. Valle dei Mulini and a hike through chestnut groves is day five and, on day six, the group heads to the home of Chef Dante in Candida. The last day is a departure to Salerno.
The journey starts at $4,295 per person, double. The single supplement is $800 and includes tour leaders throughout the program, a walking stick, a Ciclismo Classico T-shirt and water bottle, tours, tastings, boat ride on the Amalfi Coast, a cooking lesson, all accommodations, two lunches, four dinners and all breakfasts.
Ciclismo Classico is most known for its innovative cycling itineraries but the company has one simple principle – it’s Ciclismo Core: life should be active, fun, delicious, educational, flowing, strengthening, energizing and deeply connected with beautiful places and their people. And, whether on the trail by bicycle or on foot, that remains true on every itinerary.