The Bay of Naples is dominated by its three main islands, all different, all beautiful. During this tour you’ll visit them all: Capri, Ischia and Procida. The smallest island, Procida, is charming with its coloured houses and picturesque inlets. The biggest of the three, Ischia, is known as the ‘green island’, with mountains rising up over 2000 feet, and famous for its almost subtropical climate and its thermal spa’s. The world famous island of Capri, a place much cherished already by the Roman emperors, is the last stop on this tour. Capri is ever so charming not only for its natural arch and its impressive cliffs, but also for its grand Roman Villas.
Day 1 Arrival to Procida
Arrival in Naples. By shuttle bus you drive to the harbour, for the short crossing to the picturesque island of Procida, probably the least known of the 3 big islands in the Bay of Naples. You are picked up from the harbour and settle in your hotel. Perhaps you have some time for a first stroll already, before going for dinner in one of the great (fish) restaurants of the island. Overnight in a hotel on Procida.
Day 2 Procida
After breakfast you start a beautiful round walk to discover this most authentic island of the Bay of Naples, with its colourful houses and idyllic fishing harbours. Procida is only a small island, and therefore it’s possible to ‘do’ the whole island in one day. You first pass through the narrow streets and walk up to the historical heart of the island, ‘Terra Murata’, or ‘walled land’, dominated by its castle, from where you’ll enjoy marvellous views. Then it brings you to one of the most picturesque spots of Italy, the small fishing harbour of Corricella. Its unique setting and coloured houses were used as movie set for “Il Postino”. Here you will need some time to look around and take pictures. Along the south-eastern coast you then continue the walk along the wooded headlands of Pizzico and Solchiaro. The walk ends at the charming small harbour of Chiaiolella, where you have time for a swim on the large sandy beach or drink a glass on one of its terraces, before returning to your hotel. Those who still have energy can extend the walk and explore the small island of Vivara, linked to Procida by a small (pedestrian) bridge. This island, the ridge of an old volcano, is now a nature reserve and one of the last bits of unspoilt nature in the area. Walk through a timeless Mediterranean landscape, through green forests and with the blue sea all around.
Overnight in a hotel on Procida.
Distance: 7-10 km. Approx. 3- 4,5 h walking
Day 3. Procida - Ischia
This morning you’ll have some more time to discover the northern side of the island, or in case you didn’t have the time yesterday, visit the small island of Vivara. Or just make a last stroll and have a drink at the colourful harbour! Then you are brought to the harbour to take the boat for the short crossing to the island of Ischia, known as the ‘Green Island’, the biggest island of the Bay of Naples. A taxi transfer to your hotel is organised for you, but we suggest to leave only your luggage to the taxi driver and wandering around a bit in Ischia Porto, and then do the short walk from the harbour to the castle where you sleep, through the pretty streets of the old town centre. The last short stretch in the fortified island itself is very scenic and has beautiful viewpoints on the city centre. You sleep in a beautiful hotel, inside the old medieval castle of Ischia, built on a rocky island off-shore, which certainly deserves to be explored as well. In the evening you can dine on some local fish specialty in the colourful harbour of Corricella or opt for a dinner with great views on the terrace of your hotel.
Overnight in a hotel on Ischia.
Distance: 5 km. Approx. 2,5 h walking
Day 4. Ischia
From your hotel in the castle you walk down through the intriguing alleys of the fortified rock to the bridge which links the castle to the old town centre. From here you start a linear walk along the beautiful south coast of the island, through a spectacular landscape of terraced vineyards and fantastic lava sculptures, with unforgettable views over the Bay of Naples and Capri. The first part of the walk goes over the cliffs, through vineyards sculpted like Asian paddy fields and small hamlets. Then you pass the small hamlet of Testaccio, from where you descend to the large sandy beach of Marina dei Maronti. Just behind the beach there are several narrow canyons with thermal springs, known since Roman times. If you have time you can go for a dip! Along the beach you then walk to the charming fishing village of Sant’Angelo, from where you take the bus back to the hotel.
Overnight in a hotel on Ischia.
Distance: 8-15 km. Approx. 3-5 h walking
Day 5. Ischia
Today you’ll discover the mountains of the island, a chain of extinct volcano which occupy the whole central part of the island. First you gain some height by bus, your walk starts either in the hamlet of Fiaiano or in the small village of Fontana (several longer/shorter options possible), where you have the time for a coffee. From here you walk up to the Monte Epomeo, the highest mountain of the island, and then to the Capo dell’Uomo, Ischia’s second mountain. All this is along easy, comfortable paths. Through forested areas and vineyards, along rock dwelling of monks and hermits, and always with incredible views over the sea, you walking down to Ischia’s most western village, Forio. After a stroll through its pleasant town centre, you take the bus along the north coast back to Ischia Porto. If you still have some energy, you can make a short walk to one of the most interesting volcano’s of the island, the Fondo dell’Oglio.
Overnight in hotel on Ischia.
Distance: 7-10 km. Approx. 3,5-5 h walking
Day 6. Ischia - Capri
In the morning your taxi brings you to the harbour, where you take the boat to the rightly famous island of Capri, the island where already the roman emperors liked to come as tourists, and that since then never lost its fame (off season you travel through Naples). You settle in your hotel in the less touristy Anacapri, more rural and mountainous. By chair lift (‘funicolare’) you then travel up to the highest mountain of the island, the Mount Solaro, from where you can enjoy marvellous views over the island, the Bay of Naples, the Bay of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. Descending along the ridge you slowly walk down to the light house at the very west end of the island, where you can perhaps enjoy the clear sea water. The walk then continues along the coast, passing along a series of fortresses, partly built by the English troops to defend the island from the fleet of Napoleon, on recently restored. The walk ends at the world famous ‘Grotta Azzurra’ (‘Blue Grotto’), from where you travel back by bus to your hotel (optional walk possible). In the evening you’ll have the choice of many romantic restaurants.
Overnight in a hotel on Capri.
Distance: 9 km. Approx. 4 h walking
Day 7. Capri
The last walking day is dedicated to the more famous side of the island of Capri, to see the places that have inspired so many over the centuries, and have always attracted the global jet set. Of course you do not only see the ‘touristy’ highlights, but you also make a beautiful round walk along the almost pristine South Coast. First you pass the ‘Piazzetta’ and the charming backstreets of Capri, with their clear Moresque influence, then you walk up to the ruins of one of the most impressive roman villa’s of the area, and moreover in an exceptional location, the Villa Iovis, with world class views. On your way up you also pass the exceptional Villa Lysis, rather unknown, but one of the best spots of Capri ! Descending towards the untouched coastline of the southern part of the island, you come along the Arco Naturale, the natural bridge, many grotto’s and finally the famous Faraglioni, three uninhabited small islands, just of the South coast. Through the Gardens of August and the impressive Via Krupp, perhaps the world’s most beautiful pedestrian way, you descend to the charming Marina Piccola, from where you travel back by local bus to your hotel. Тhis walk can be extended or shortened in many ways, according to your wish to dedicate to walking, relaxing or shopping.
Overnight in a hotel on Capri.
Distance: 10 km. Approx. 4-5 h walking
Day 8. Departure
Practical information: ►The nearest city with an international airport /train station is Naples (Rome is also an option). There is a shuttle bus between Naples airport and Naples harbour, from where the ferry/ hydrofoil ride to the island of Procida takes about half an hour. From the harbour in Capri on the last day you can take the boat to Naples ►Mostly easy walks, but with nonetheless some walking uphill, sometimes on paths with rough surfaces. On some days some stretches are difficult for those suffering from vertigo (but NOT dangerous!). On these days alternative options are available. Extensions or shortcuts are also possible on many days. ►Only a small part of the route is marked. Most paths are well maintained. Both on Procida and on Capri, many parts of the route that you follow are paved (pedestrian) alleyways.
Recommended period of travelling: April - October