Welcome to the sleepy seaside town of Maratea: take an early train down from Naples or spend a night at our beautiful pre-tour hotel. After a bike fitting, we’ll warm up our legs on a lovely piece of coastal road that rolls gently up and down south of town. Then it’s time for an incredible switchback climb to the ruins of old Maratea on a towering mountain peak—the road alone is an engineering marvel, but the views are the real draw as the rugged coastline of Calabria marches off into the distance. We’ve earned today’s lunch of handmade pasta at our friend Milena’s out-of-the-way restaurant. The descent back to the coast is the cherry on top. Spend the afternoon at the hotel spa, pool, or private beachfront before we regroup for a seafood dinner as the sun sets into the Mediterranean.
Meals: Lunch/ Dinner
Destinations: Maratea, Massa, Monte San Biagio
Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 2,509 feet / 765 meters
Longer Option: 24 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 2,929 feet / 893 meters
Today promises to be one of the most perfect days you’ll ever have on a bike, beginning with a premier stretch of coastal road. It’s soaring vistas, towering cliffs, and shimmering bays all the breathtaking way to Sapri, a laid-back beach town where we’ll stop for pastries and coffee at a café frequented by locals. Once we refuel, tackle a climb through silvery olive groves to San Giovanni, where the town’s Baroque steeple is silhouetted against the sea. Around the bend, the Mediterranean beckons as we cruise into the fishing village of Camerota. Take a swim in the sea, then opt to keep riding or transfer to Pisciotta and check into our next boutique hotel. Explore the village’s narrow maze of streets, join the locals for a spritz in the piazza, and head to dinner at a charming Cilentano restaurant nestled amidst the olive trees.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Sapri, San Giovanni a Piro, Marina di Camerota, Pisciotta
Accomplished: 33 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 3,313 feet / 1,010 meters
Longer Option: 47 miles / 75 km, elevation gain: 4,625 feet / 1,410 meters
This morning, warm up your legs with a stunning stint of coastal riding—we’re headed to Acciaroli, the sleepy fishing village that inspired Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” There is truly no shortage of old men here: incredibly, 15% of the town’s inhabitants are over 100 years old. This longevity is attributed to the local Mediterranean diet, and we’ll have our own introduction to this nourishing fare at our friend’s tiny osteria—the proprietor Pasquale is a champion of Campania’s culinary traditions. Finish riding to UNESCO-listed Castellabate, a historic hill town that peers over the sea. Our home for the night is a seaside palazzo, and the surrounding town is full of excellent gelato and world-famous pizza, making it a great place to dine on your own this evening.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Acciaroli, Agnone, Castellabate
Accomplished: 30 miles / 49 km, elevation gain: 2,558 feet / 780 meters
Longer Option: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 3,578 feet / 1,091 meters
Accommodations: Palazzo Belmonte
Tackle some new terrain today as we ride along the coastal ridges of the Cilento National Park, reaching a family farm at the edge of the Salerno Plain. This region is renowned for its buffalo mozzarella, and you can be sure we’ll sample our fair share of fresh cheese (plus other local fare) at a farm lunch. This afternoon takes us to the ruins of Paestum, some of the world’s best-preserved ancient Greek temples. Top it off with a private boat cruise across the Gulf of Salerno, passing the historic beach landings used to stage the Allied invasion here during World War II. The acclaimed Amalfi Coast awaits on the far side of the Gulf— we’ll anchor in the town of Amalfi itself and head up to our fantastic final hotel where a Michelin-starred dinner awaits.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Destinations: Perdifumo, Cicerale, Paestum, Amalfi
Accomplished: 27 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 2,142 feet / 653 meters
Longer Option: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 4,323 feet / 1,318 meters
Accommodations: Monastero Santa Rosa
Today in Amalfi, we trade our bikes for a more timeless form of travel. Historically, this whole coastline was connected by a series of mule paths—some of the more isolated villages only received road access in the last 20 years—so there’s no better way to appreciate the beautiful Amalfi Coast than by foot. Hike to a beloved winery for a tasting of varietals grown on coastal hillsides so steep, the vintners are known as “heroic winemakers.” Continue trekking on Amalfi’s so-called Path of the Gods to a tiny village above Positano. Here, our friend Luisa prepares a home-cooked lunch and invites us to pick fresh produce from her garden. Of course, the meal must end with a glass of homemade limoncello. Spend your last afternoon out and about in Positano or enjoy the spoils of the hotel before our final dinner together at a restaurant perched above the coast.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Furore, Nocelle, Positano, Capri
Accomplished: 3-5 hours hiking
Accommodations: Monastero Santa Rosa
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast before you head to your next destination. We suggest staying a few extra nights here in the Amalfi Coast or Capri, but if you have more adventures ahead our guides will transfer you to the train station in Naples.
DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.
Airport City: Naples or Rome, Italy Pick-Up Location: Maratea Train Station or Santavenere Hotel Pick-Up Time: 9:30 am
Airport City: Naples or Rome, Italy Drop-Off Location: Naples Central Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:00 am
Travelers Take Note
The Cilento Coast is very much off the radar for most travelers. While this makes for great cycling, it also means that accommodations on Day 2 and 3 may be somewhat simpler.
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- Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
- Luggage transfers
- Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
- 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
- Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal
- Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
- Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
- Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service
- Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
- Bike helmet
- Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
- GPS in most destinations
- Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
- Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
- Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
- Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance