Experience the people, pathways, culture and cuisine of Southern Italy on this 19 day journey. The Amalfi coast, Aeolian Islands and Sicily provide a true taste of Italian life and you can experience it through local eyes. Your tour leader was born and bred in the Amalfi region and introduces you to local people, events and experiences that will leave a lasting impression. The mountain village of Agerola is our base to explore the Amalfi coast. Ten nights at a family run hotel means we can truly unpack our bags and become a part of Italian village life. From this lofty base, follow local trails and stairways to the seaside villages of Positano, Praiano and Amalfi. On non-hiking days discover the ruins of Pompeii, visit the Isle of Capri, explore Naples and peer into the crater of Mt Vesuvius. There’s time to taste Agerola’s hand-made cheeses and lemon liqueur or explore the extravagant rooms of Caserta Palace. An overnight boat journey brings us to the Aeolian Islands of Lipari and Vulcano. Climb to viewpoints, hike to crater rims or combine sulphur and mud baths with swims in the sea. Our final destination is Taormina on Sicily’s east coast where we spend five nights. There is time to walk to medieval villages and walk on the flanks of Mt Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano.