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Italy’s Amalfi Coast attracts visitors with Roman ruins and colourful villages that hug the dramatic coastline, without forgetting a shot of limoncello. Our Cilento and Amalfi Coast cycling holiday takes you along the coast’s highlights, including the Cilento National Park, the Temples of Paestum and Pompeii. Pause for lunch breaks at fantastic restaurants that serve fresh fish, caprese salads and other delicious dishes from the region.
The Amalfi Coast has been the subject of many postcards with its colourful houses. Take the boat to Amalfi to see the town from the sea, then wander the quaint streets before dining in the excellent restaurants. Cycle past lemon orchards and along dramatic coastline to the neighbouring town of Positano and the village of Pontone, which was part of the medieval defence system of Amalfi. The Footpath of the Gods is a spectacularly scenic walk from Agerola to Nocelle, with views of the Amalfi Coast and Capri.
Before entering the national park, don’t miss the incredible ruins of Paestum, once an ancient Greek city. The cycle route passes shady olive groves, Mediterranean maquis and coastal viewpoints. Pause for an espresso at the sweet villages of Laureana and Vatolla, then wander around the 16th century Palazzo Vargas with its cylindrical towers and spacious courtyard.
Near to the Paestum ruins is Barlotti, where you can learn about the buffalo mozzarella production and taste the fresh, creamy cheese. We highly recommend tasting a regional favourite parmigiana melanzane, which is a dish of aubergine, tomato, basil and mozzarella. Fritto misto di mare is fried seafood and pairs well with crisp white whites. And every meal should be digested with a limoncello made with Amalfi’s huge lemons.
Cycling along the beautiful Campania coastline and into the heartland of the Cilento National Park. Finish your holiday off with a few days on the iconic Amalfi Coast.
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