Amalfi Backroads

Find yourself among a dramatic landscape

Discover nature and history along the way.

Enjoy biking Italy along the backroads of the Amalfi Coast through the Cilento National Park with ocean views, lovely villages, and exciting side tracks.  Discover the many layers of life in this region — historic, dramatic, beautiful, and delicious. A bike tour of Amalfi with Siciclando is spectacular!

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General Info

Start/End

Naples. First night and coordinated pick up on day 2/Praiano (Amalfi Coast)

Cycling Ability

Active or Energetic Leisure Cyclists

Siciclando Equipment

Choose Your Bike!

2017 Tour Dates

This tour is now a custom tour option.  If interested, please contact us and let us know your preferred dates.  We can create a tour for your group of two or more.

Experience a farm stay and enjoy the homemade wine and olive oil
Relax on a Palinuro beach and boat excursion
Explore ancient Pompeii – an amazing experience
Bike the beautiful back roads of Cilento National Park
Walk the cobblestone streets of chic seaside villages
See the biggest lemons and enjoy them in granita, cakes, and sauces
Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Naples, Italy!

Arrive on your own in Naples. Enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating city in the afternoon (3:00 p.m.).

Day 2 – Guided visit of Pompeii and private shuttle to Maratea

Today, we will explore the archeological site of Pompeii with our walking tour guide. This city was devastated by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. This day will offer a glimpse into the culture 2,000 years ago. A unique opportunity. We will coordinate your transport to Maratea, where we will begin the biking portion of the tour.

Day 3 – Biking to Palinuro (33.12 miles/55.2 kilometers)

A mostly gentle ride, with some climbs along the coast at first and then later inland. Our bike route will take you to Palinuro. This first section of the ride will give you a beautiful view of the Gulf of Policastro. Then we cycle inland, around the eastern part of Mount Bulgheria, an impressive block of limestone. We’ll pass a number of charming villages and will have time to enjoy an Italian coffee or cappuccino. Then we’ll reach the entrance of the Mingardo Canyon, dominated by the abandoned village of San Severino. Soon after we’ll ride downhill to Palinuro, nestled in a dramatic and beautiful seaside setting.

Day 4 – Boat excursion and bike ride to the farm (19.95 miles/33.25 kilometers)

This day starts with a boat excursion to enjoy some of the grottoes and perhaps… a swim. After the boat trip you will bike to Pisciotta and Ascea. Some stretches include a climb that will take you in land. Here we will stay in a comfortable agriturismo inn with an olive grove (olive oil and wine are produced here).

Day 5 – Two options: Bike loop rides of Cilento National Park or the Campania countryside – (12.69 miles/21.25 kilometers for the short loop or 49.08 miles/81.8 kilometers for the long loop)

Today you have a choice of bike loops. The longer one will allow you to enjoy some little towns inside of the Cilento National Park. Along the loop you’ll bike along one of the finest coasts of Italy with alternating views of the charming seaside and medieval villages. We’ll have some superb views overlooking both the southern coast, towards Palinuro, as well as the Gulf of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. As we get to Acciaroli, we can stop for a coffee in this little sea village where Earnest Hemingway spent so much time. The shorter bike loop will take you along a quiet secondary road close to the farm. You’ll pass through some small villages and will enjoy large views of the valleys. This is the perfect choice if you want to ride a bit and enjoy some time at the farm too.

Day 6 – Bike the ‘heart of the Cilento’ and visit ancient Paestum (43.25 miles/72.1 kilometers)

The bike ride today will take us to Paestum. We’ll begin with a climb and will pass through small villages such as Moio della Civitella, Stio, Magliano, Monteforte Cilento. The route then continues, without much climbing, through the heart of the Cilento National Park, with beautiful mountainous scenery and thick forests. Along the way we’ll have some opportunities to stop for a rest and exploration. Then the route continues along the west side of an impressive mountain chain. The next section of cycling becomes easy, almost all downhill, taking us easily to the fertile plain of Paestum.

Day 7 – Tour Paestum and the Amalfi Coast (optional 5.4 miles/9 kilometers)

We will begin the day with a guided visit to the archeological sites of Paestum. We will take a break from biking and transfer by van along the Amalfi Coast to Praiano where the next hotel is located. Along the way we will stop for lunch in Salerno, gateway to the Amalfi Coast.  After lunch enjoy a tour of the Amalfi Coast by boat. If you would like to bike from Amalfi to the hotel, you may – it is approximately 5.4 miles or 9 kilometers.

Day 8: Cycling Amalfi Coast and Punta Campanella (31.7 miles/52.85 kilometers)

Today we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the dramatic ‘Strada Amalfitana’, along the Amalfi Coast. A short ride will take us to Positano, the most scenic of the villages on the coast. After Positano the coast becomes wilder and more rugged, some stretches we will climb and then take a break. We will continue onto Colli di San Pietro, a ridge that separates the Amalfi Coast from the rest of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Our loop will continue to Sorrento and towards the very end of the peninsula: Punta Campanella. Lunch will be enjoyed in Sorrento, a popular tourist area. On the way back to our hotel we’ll enjoy the sunset along the Amalfi Coast — a wonderful experience! This is definitely one of the nicest bike rides in the world and certainly the best way to end a terrific Siciclando Bike Tour of the Amalfi Coast and Cilento National Park in Italy!

Day 9 – Departure Day

End of our services after breakfast. Ciao!

Actual tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen circumstances.

Testimonials

“Our entire Italy experience was over the top! Giuseppe was fantastic and took care of our every need! I especially loved our lodging and staying in excellent accommodations that gave us a feel of the area we were visiting.”

Janet P.

“We felt throughout that our enjoyment of the tour was their top priority and they handled everything most efficiently.
We felt throughout that our charming and friendly tour guides top priority was for us to have the best holiday and we did!”

Philip, Robert, and Max B.

Hotels

Siciclando carefully chooses every aspect of a tour, including the accommodations.

Our choices are based on comfort and quality. We often choose hotels that are family-owned and operated because they provide a richer experience and because it is important to us to support the efforts of these individuals. We have developed relationships with many wonderful hotel operators. Here is a sample of the hotels on this tour.

Tour accommodations will be based on availability and the time of year. Once you have made your final payment for the tour, we will send you a confirmation letter that includes daily accommodations and contact information.

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Dario CarzanCompany FounderDario is the master of tiramisu and the visionary behind Siciclando. H...
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