(This will depend upon if we are including Rome in the itinerary. If so we can fly in and out of Rome – if not, then in and out of Naples)
Welcome to Italy! Meet your private driver in the arrivals hall and begin your journey to the Amalfi Coast. Your first stop, Naples!
Naples the birthplace of pizza is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe enchanting visitors for 2000 years. Naples contemporary urban layout preserves the elements of its long history. The heart of the city with its narrow streets is compact and full of impressive churches, palaces, monasteries, convents, and castles. Its streets pattern, its wealth of historic buildings and its setting on the Bay of Naples provides an outstanding experience without parallel.
Private Walking Tour
Naples is so much more than a stopover for more popular destinations like Pompeii, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The southern seaside town of Naples was founded by the Greeks and later enlarged by the Romans and as a result offers an unforgettable blend of extravagant art, monumental history, and charming folklore.
Your private guide leads you around the city, covering the most iconic sights and some you may not have thought to visit on your own. This tour is the perfect intro to Southern Italy and will allow you to experience this Southern Italy jewel through a local eye. Aside from the rich culture, Naples is stuffed to the brim with some of Italy best culinary treats.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide at the lobby to be transferred to Naples Pier where your private speedboat will be waiting to take you in style to the Isle of Capri and Anacapri, which is a delight to explore.
Anacapri is a concentration of Mediterranean colors, scents, and sounds. Tucked between the houses there are tiny, humble vegetable gardens surrounded by lush tropical plants. A walk around the center of Anacapri will take you past tiny Neapolitan tailor shops, artisan shoemakers, ladies sitting in the shade outside working on their knitting while exchanging gossip and news…all with the scent of the town’s lemon groves that permeates the air.
Next head to Capri where you will visit Villa San Michele, Gardens of Augustus and the Axel Munthe Gardens. Spend the afternoon exploring this enchanting part of the island. The best way to discover the island is walking and breathing the special atmosphere along the tiny pedestrian alleys.
The Augustus Gardens are next. In the 1900s this botanical estate was the vacation home of steel magnate Friedrich Alfred Krupp. It is from here that we will look down upon the renowned Faraglioni limestone sea stacks. These imposing rock formations are one of Capri’s best-known landmarks.
At one point during the day, you will visit the world famous Blue Grotto. If you would like to enjoy some more walking, our guide will take you on a hike along the secluded paths lined with stone walls and citrus groves. Included is a visit to a Limoncello shop, Capri’s favorite lemon ‘digestivo’.
Walking tour to visit the Piazza Umberto I, followed by Monte Solaro and Natural Arch. Take the afternoon to visit a café, shop and enjoy the lovely island.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the Hotel lobby and transfer to Positano.
On the way cruise along the Sorrento Coast and discover beauties such as; Cala Puolo, a small fishing village with traditional restaurants along the beach, Massa Lubrense a picturesque fishing village, Mitigliano Bay accessible only by sea, the Marine Park with views of Capri.
Disembark in one of many little villages and enjoy a lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. In these wonderful places, you can relax and swim in the clear waters of our sea. Late afternoon returns you to your Hotel in Positano.
When you walk through the historical center you are overwhelmed by the number of shops selling any sort of stuff, the lemon liqueurs, the candles, the pictures and everywhere, even hanging over balconies the most incredible colors of linen clothes locally called “Moda Positano”. As you walk to the bottom of the village, free of traffic, you get to the local church still further down to the local beach.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and Guide at the hotel lobby.
Today travel along one of the most intriguing coastlines in the world, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello. The Amalfi coast is for sure one of the most striking sceneries existing in southern Italy, and apart from the stunning views one can enjoy all along the drive, it is the road itself to be a real challenge to the steep rocky cliffs overlooking the magnificent emerald colors of the Tyrrhenian sea.
For centuries, the little villages have stayed quiet and almost immersed in a dreamlike atmosphere. You will first visit Positano. It is when you walk down to that beach, deeply breath in, and then turn yourself, that the whole of Positano beauty appears in front of you, nothing changes here, the centuries ago atmosphere is back for you.
In 1953, John Steinbeck visited the bijou little fishing village of Positano in Southern Italy’s Amalfi coast, writing about his trip for Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
In his article, he wrote that “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
Continue your journey by visiting Furore. The old village lies on the foothills of the Monti Lattari. The landscape has a rugged Dolomites beauty.
Here you will visit Marisa Cuomo Winery in Furore for a property and a Wine Tasting Tour. The Winery is situated on the steep slopes that stretch out in the sun and rocks and plunge into the crystal-clear water of the Amalfi Coast. Among enchanting bays and coves, the vineyards of Cantine Marisa Cuomo dominate the “Fiordo di Furore” fjord overlooking the Gulf of Salerno. Visit the estate’s cellars and vineyards, sample the unique flavor of its extreme wines and taste the gastronomic specialties of Furore. You will enjoy lunch in a scenic restaurant set next door just off the property.
In the afternoon continue to the beautiful town of Amalfi. Historically the most important town of the area, Amalfi was one of the 4 Maritime Republic, and it has some of the oldest paper factories in Italy; motherland of the inventor of the sea compass, etc. What is left of that glorious past is for sure the most important monument in town, the Duomo, with an impressive façade decorated with gorgeous mosaics at the top and a Moorish lower.
Continue to the top of the mountains to Ravello, situated at 1100 feet above the sea level, the views of the coast below are for sure the most breath-taking scenery. The town of Ravello is for sure the best place where to leave the crowds and where to enjoy the quiet of a village, where most of the historical center is still untamed, and still recall the magnificence of the grand private residences.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the Hotel lobby.
This morning we have arranged a visit Vietri Sul Mare, a fascinating town, the gate door of the Amalfi Coast. With a wonderful panorama on the Salerno Bay and the Amalfi Coast. Stroll along the colorful houses and narrow streets of Vietri Sul Mare, built in relation to the Arab defensive strategies.
History and traditions, art and traditional crafts of the Amalfi Coast, the picturesque village will impress you with its charm and curiosity! Renown all over the World, the colorful Ceramica of Vietri is a tradition dating back to the 15th century. Today, ceramics are the symbol of the city, both big and small works of art appreciated throughout the world. Already in the 1600s, ceramic shops of Vietri Sul Mare were much appreciated to produce floorings, but it is between the XIX and XX centuries. Famous for their quality and vivid colors, the local ceramics make for a perfect souvenir for yourself or a gift for someone at home.
After an initial pass-through, you’ll begin to see stylistic differences and be able to spot individual artists, each characterized by a proprietary pattern and color palette.
Palazzo Della Ceramica Solimene was opened in the 40s. The magnificent building by the architect Paolo Soleri recalls in its structure, the Guggenheim Museum in New York: an imposing structure with towers leaning against the mountains, with interior spaces dominated by exposed beams. Lunch will be scheduled in a characteristic local Restaurant.
Today leave Amalfi and enjoy a drive along one of the most intriguing coastline in the world, The Amalfi Coast. Continue to Sorrento which enchants, not only for its scents of oranges and lemons which inebriate and remain impressed in your heart and mind even when you return home, but also, because it permits you to reach a thousand precious pearls which narrate the history, places full of uncontaminated scenery to discover, rich in…magic.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver and Guide at the Hotel Lobby.
Your private tour today will start with a visit to an extra virgin olive oil farm. Enjoy a demonstration on the production of Olive Oil from the olive on the tree to the bottle. Followed by a delicious tasting of this fine Extra Virgin Olive Oil on freshly baked bread.
On your way to the next stop, the mozzarella and cheese makers, we stop for a fantastic photo opportunity over the two bays’, the bay of Salerno and the bay of Naples, for a bird’s eye view of the famous Amalfi Drive. You will be welcomed with open arms by the family at the cheese farm, who have over 50 years of experience.
After touring the farm, watch the making of mozzarella (a cheese that originated from the Naples area), participate in a wonderful explanation of the entire process up to the final product, which you will taste with lunch. Sit back and relax with an antipasto of local ‘in season’ vegetables, salami then followed by freshly made pasta, tasting the fresh mozzarella, you have just witnessed being made. Lunch is served with local wine and soft drinks, followed by Limoncello.
Then continue to Sorrento to meet your Private Guide. Visit Sorrento Historic Centre where you will have a Wine tasting at a local Enoteca, with a full demonstration, visit the cellar and wine tasting. The tour ends in the heart of Sorrento for Italy’s famous GELATO. Return to the Hotel.
Stop in Pompeii to meet your Private Guide and enjoy a Private Guided Tour of Pompeii Archeological Ruins. Pompeii, buried under lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay forgotten for hundreds of years.
Enjoy a walking tour of Pompeii that will include: visits to the interiors of the homes of Pompeii’s wealthier citizens, Ancient streets where locals dined and where you’ll learn about traditional Roman cuisine, the Amphitheatre where we’ll talk of the Gladiators and the events staged in the arena, as well as enjoying numerous anecdotes about life in Pompeii that will include some of the Graffiti dating back to Roman times that are still visible throughout the ruins.
Continue with a visit to the Ancient Forum, Pompeii’s center for religious, civil and economic life (the major public offices were located here) where we’ll walk through the ancient Macellum which was a covered food market that occupied a corner of the forum. Of the three different areas, the central section was intended for use by the imperial house, those to the sides for the sale of meat, whilst an area in the middle was for the cleaning and sale of fish.
The catastrophe was described in a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death of his uncle Pliny the Elder, an admiral of the Roman fleet, who tried to rescue citizens. The site was eventually lost until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748. The city has been largely preserved because of lack of air and moisture. The artifacts preserved provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of the city. During excavations, liquid plaster was used to fill the voids in the ash that once held human and animal bodies giving often gruesome images of their last moments.
You will also visit the Casa Dei Vettii to see the splendid frescoes, statues, and decorations from ancient times. The house is named for its owners, two successful freedmen: Aulus Vettius Conviva, an Augustalis, and Aulus Vettius Restitutus.
Its careful excavation has preserved almost all the wall frescos, which were completed following the earthquake of 62 AD, in the manner art historians term the Pompeiian Fourth Style.
The House of Vetti is in region VI, near the Vesuvian Gate, bordered by the Vicolo di Mercurio and the Vicolo dei Vettii. The house is one of the largest Domus in Pompeii.
After the Tour, continue to your Hotel in Rome. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.
After Breakfast, you will meet your driver at the Hotel lobby to be transferred to the Vatican.
Here meet your Private Guide for an afternoon Vatican Private Guided tour. The first part of your tour focuses on the Renaissance period during which the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, and Saint Peter’s Basilica were built. Here we will spend plenty of time to absorb the atmosphere of this unique building.
Our guide will also tell you about the Popes of Rome, their enclave and the fascinating story of how they are elected to office. You will learn about the life and times of Michelangelo, his relationship with Pope Julius II and relive how he worked and lived. Along with your expert guide, you will tour the Sistine Chapel spending time viewing and discussing one of the most famous works of art in the world.
You will then move onto visit Saint Peter’s Basilica – the world’s most famous and largest Church. We will also have time to take in the Belvedere courtyard, the impressive Pio Clementino museum with its beautiful Greek and Roman statues.
Our guides will also show you the stunning candelabra gallery and the tapestries gallery as well as the astonishing Raphael Rooms and the Borgia’s Apartment and examples of Bernini and Bramante’s work. The final part of the tour will focus on Saint Peter’s Square; here you will have time to admire Michelangelo’s Dome and Bernini’s colonnades before returning to your Hotel. Lunch and afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast at the Hotel. At about 10:00 am meet your driver and guide at the hotel.
This morning you will be introduced to Italian cuisine, begins with a fresh cannolo made in front of you, while sipping on a cappuccino. Next enjoy a visit at a gourmet food shop, offering hundreds of types of cheeses and meats, aged balsamic vinegar, olive oils and other treats. Cheese tastings include Parmigiano Reggiano drizzled with 30-year aged balsamic, Gorgonzola Dolce and Pecorino Romano complimented with truffles. Sample some of the finest prosciutti, including Parma and San Daniele. A glass of D.O.C.G falangina will be offered to complement the tastings.
Nothing puts you more in touch with the Roman culture than the Trionfale market, with its captivating characters, colors, and sounds. Meet the families running these stalls and learn how to shop like a local. Sample juicy buffalo mozzarella and melanzane parmigiana. Following the market, savor two types of homemade pasta and Calamari from a Local Characteristic Restaurant. The tour ends at an artisanal gelateria. Learn how to tell the difference between real and fake gelato, with over 60 flavors to choose from, all made with 100% natural ingredients. Throughout the tour receive essential food tips of the city, to ensure your enjoyment of Rome’s best foods, will not end with our tour.
After some time at leisure, enjoy a Private tour of the wonders of the Ancient Romans. You will be transported back to the days of the Caesars and the Roman legions as you visit, together with your private local guide. This tour begins with a visit to the most famous monument of Ancient Rome – the Colosseum. We take you inside, skipping the long lines, and explain the history of the arena and the events that took place here, while you stand on the same spot as emperors, gladiators, and the Roman mob.
From here, your guide will take you through the Roman Forum, which was the center of politics as well as public life in Ancient Rome. Your guide will explain in detail how Romans spent their daily lives coming and going from the Forum and will point out the areas in which notable historical events took place: including Julius Caesar’s funeral when Marc Antony delivered his famous eulogy. Leave the Roman Forum behind to then visit the Circus Maximus site of Ben Hur style races. The Circus Maximus was occasionally used for events such as processions or gladiator combats, but on most days only chariot races with quadrigas, pulled by four horses, were held here. The races themselves were wildly popular with people fanatically supporting one of the four factions: red, white, green and blue representing summer, winter, spring, and autumn respectively. Bets were laid on one of the factions and supporters of the different factions often clashed, sometimes resulting in deaths among the spectators.
The day at leisure to explore Rome.
Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning at the appropriate time meet your driver at the Hotel Lobby.
You will enjoy a Private Transfer to Rome Airport. Arrivederci! Ciao! Buon Viaggio.
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