As soon as you step out from the Hotel Artemide entrance on Via Nazionale, you will find yourself immersed in a vortex of shops of all kinds: high-end boutiques and small stores, plus cafés, theatres, art galleries and pharmacies.
From here, one may walk to Termini Train Station, the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Piazza di Spagna and the Trinità dei Monti atop the Spanish Steps, as well as the other monuments of the city.
ACTIVITIES in ROME, ITALY:
Stop at several places throughout the tour to learn about and then sample one dish. Enjoy the sights of the city in between stops.
Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this semi-private morning tour that includes breakfast on site. You’ll explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms in a more intimate atmosphere before finishing with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance.
Meet your guide at the Vatican Museums before the site opens to the public for your small group tour. You’ll be escorted to either the Pinecone Courtyard for breakfast, followed by your exclusive tour of the Vatican’s many iconic attractions, from the Sistine Chapel to the Gallery of Maps to the Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms.
Your tour ends at St Peter’s Basilica, which you have access to via a VIP entrance. Inside, prepare to be wowed by art like Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture and Bernini’s Baldacchino canopy. You are welcomed to stay inside St Peter’s Basilica.
No stress and no waiting in long lines into the Colosseum tour. This tour includes skip-the-line entry. Explore areas of the Colosseum not accessible to regular ticket holders, and see the underground level, the Arena, Belvedere, and the Roman Forum. Along the way, your tour will be brought to life with guide commentary through headsets. Hassle-free tour with entry to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum included Avoid long lines—this tour gives you a guarantee to skip the long lines Hear your guide clearly through headsets See restricted areas of the Undergrounds, Arena, and Belvedere
As any Italian will proudly tell you, the best cooks in Italy are the Grandmas: the beloved ‘Nonne’. Great cooking comes with time and wisdom. This class is a chance for you to learn to cook just like Nonna.
InRome Cooking has years of experience perfecting fresh pastas and soft and creamy tiramisù. Our guests are always welcomed with drinks and antipasti.
The chef will guide you through the tricks of forming, and rolling, the pasta dough. Discover how best to stuff ravioli and create the distinct tortellini twist. You will also learn how to cook up a perfect sauce ‘sugo’ to adorn fresh tagliatelle or fettuccine. Using our inherited recipe recreate a unparalleled tiramisù, the quintessential finale to any Italian meal.
All the while we want you to feel at home in the school through servings of local appetizers, wine and prosecco. After cooking, the class will come together to eat what they have prepared with carefully paired wines.
Nestled in an enchanted corner of the island, where the buzz of the Piazzetta surrenders to nature’s quiet beauty, it is almost as if the villa rises from the rock itself like “an architectural blossom”: these are the words Le Corbusier used to describe the icon of modernist architecture, which he created in 1920 for Lombard engineer Emilio Errico Vismara on the spectacular Punta Tragara promontory.
With architecture so original and yet so in tune with its natural surroundings, Villa Vismara quickly became one of the island’s most admired homes. It witnessed history in the making during World War II, when the villa became a satellite headquarters for America’s central command and hosted such luminaries as General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill. In 1968, Count Goffredo Manfredi purchased this property as his home away from home on Capri. These were the Dolce Vita days, when the international jet set flocked to the island to live it up in the lap of in luxury. Count Manfredi was so taken with the unique beauty of this place that he decided to share it with a few fortunate guests. The villa was rebranded as the Punta Tragara Hotel in 1973, and almost immediately became the new gold standard in hospitality and service.
ACTIVITIES in CAPRI, ITALY
Capri is most often associated with glitz and glamour, home to elegant designer boutiques and surrounded by luxurious yachts moored just offshore. But there is another side of the island, with a slower pace and calmer atmosphere, that offers the possibility of discovering the island from a more laidback, authentic point of view. For hiking enthusiasts or fans of history and art—or simply those looking for a quiet spot to spend a holiday relaxing—Anacapri and the surrounding countryside is ideal.
The town of Anacapri, in particular, is a sleepy, timeless that spot sits on the highest point of the island, thus its name. The municipality is set on the slopes of Mount Solaro, the peak of which offers spectacular views across the island and can be reached on foot via a moderately challenging hiking trail or simply with the chairlift (not recommended for those who suffer from fear of heights!)
There are a number of walking and hiking trails for every skill level that set off from Anacapri, in including the path to the Migliera Scenic Overlook and the Trail of the Forts.
From Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, the chairlift ride to the peak of Mount Solaro takes about 12 minutes, and from there you can enjoy sweeping views over the island and surrounding sea. You can walk back down, stopping to visit the Cetrella Hermitage.
Fasten the safety bar, let your feet dangle in the thin air, and enjoy the ride up from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri to the top of Mount Solaro at 589 meters above sea level. At the top, you can take in the view over the historic center of Capri, the Faraglioni sea stacks, and Mount Tiberius all the way to Punta Campanella and the Sorrento Peninsula.
The ride lasts 12 minutes and all the seats are for a single passenger. There is staff at the top and bottom to help you climb on and off.
The lift plant
The chairlift links Anacapri to the top of Monte Solaro and is a small jewel that has almost seventy years of history. On the wooden seats of the chairlift, travelers from all over the world reach Monte Solaro through a breathtaking ascent of about thirteen minutes where the slow pace of the climb makes you feel cradled and suspended between sky and sea. An unforgettable experience.
Once you’ve come down from Mount Solaro and are back in Piazza Vittoria, continue straight along Via Capodimonte to Villa San Michele, the house-museum built by the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe.
Villa San Michele
After visiting the museum, continue your walk along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, Anacapri’s main pedestrian street. Stop to admire the majolica floor in the Church of San Michele, visit the Casa Rossa, and do some shopping in the artisan shops along the way. Wander through the historic Boffe neighborhood to Piazza Caprile.
It’s time to rest your weary legs at the spectacular Punta Carena lighthouse outside Anacapri. Take the bus from Piazza Caprile or walk the couple of kilometers to the lighthouse.
At the beach under the lighthouse, there is the Lido del Faro beach club and restaurant, and a public area with two snack bars selling sandwiches and beverages.
Located in one of the most beautiful corners of the island of Capri in the panoramic countryside of Anacapri and just steps from the Migliera scenic overlook, Da Gelsomina has been a favorite amongst locals and holidaymakers for decades.
Winning ingredients-Featured in numerous international restaurant guides, Da Gelsomina is famous for its traditional island dishes, authentic homemade wine, and magnificent views out over the Bay of Naples. You can have lunch or dinner under the pergola with the quiet countryside stretching in all directions, and sample the local specialties like “rabbit alla cacciatora”, “pollo al mattone”, “ravioli capresi”, and “spaghetti alla chiummenzana”, tossed with fresh tomatoes.
Marina Piccola is located on the southern coast of Italy’s island of Capri, the warmest, sunniest, and least windy stretch of coastline on the island. This spot is much quieter than Marina Grande, where both the commercial port and marina are located. Before and after your sail, you can relax on the beach or have lunch in one of the waterfront restaurants nearby.
This tour gives customers the opportunity to admire the beauties of the island with the opportunity to enter the caves (Blue Grotto) and stop to take a dip in the most beautiful areas of the island of Capri.
Board a traditional wooden “gozzo” boat. Set off from the Marina Grande port to skirt the coastline, stopping to snap photos of highlights like the Faraglioni, Natural Arch, and Punta Carena lighthouse. Visit the famous Blue Grotto, drop anchor for a dip in the crystalline bays, and relax on board with a glass of Prosecco.
From there head to the Bay of Nerano and enjoying a delicious lunch by the sea where you will and taste traditional mouthwatering dishes from the Amalfi Coast.
After you’ve dropped your bags at your hotel, you can begin exploring Capri town from its vibrant central square, the chic Piazzetta. All the lanes in the historic center of Capri begin in La Piazzetta, so take Via Vittorio Emanuele to the historic Quisisana Hotel, and continue along the famous Via Camerelle, lined with luxury boutiques.
Stroll its length and then pick up the picturesque Via Tragara which ends at the scenic overlook facing the Faraglioni sea stacks.
On your way back, take Via Cesina, Via Fuorlovado, and Via le Botteghe, this latter home of independent fashion and home decor boutiques.
It’s probably time for an evening cocktail by now, so grab a table in the Piazzetta and watch as the glitterati vacationing on this fashionable island gather for an aperitivo before dinner.
Walks and Hikes
Capri is more than just fashion boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and luxury hotels…the town and surrounding area are also full of panoramic hikes and overlooks. A number of trails set off from the center of Capri and taking a hike or walk is a great way to spend some time admiring the natural beauty of the island and soaking in views over the coastline and Bay of Naples.
Experience this more peaceful side of Capri with the easy walk to the Belvedere di Tragara (Tragara scenic overlook), with the Faraglioni so close that it seems like you could reach out and touch them. More adventurous visitors can take on the Pizzolungo trail that begins in the Piazzetta and ends at the dramatic Natural Arch.
The exclusive Gin Club & American Bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax while sipping a refreshing long drink or a cocktail, after an exciting day in Capri or by the peaceful hotel’s two swimming pools.
Their extensive cocktail list boasts over 150 different types of Gin and an incredible number of tonics. Let Daniele and his staff guide you…
There’s no better place to admire the dusk over Capri Town and drink a classy Negroni or long drink accompanied by mouth-watering canapes.
What a perfect start to the evening before heading off to or Mammà for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
With this quote, chef Gennaro Esposito perfectly articulates his philosophy in the kitchen:
“If my cooking were an emotion, it would be altruism: my dishes are flavored with my desire to pass on a sense of joy and excitement to whomever tastes them. I put my soul into my cooking, just like Mammà would.”
It was with this philosophy that this star chef opened Mammà, a restaurant specializing in Neapolitan cuisine just steps from the Piazzetta along the lane toward Santa Teresa at the former site of the storied Ristorante Gemma, where visiting intellectuals would gather in the 1930’s. This is one of the most beautiful spots on the island, with a sweeping terrace over the Bay of Naples.
Chef Esposito’s philosophy was a winning one, as he was awarded a Michelin star in 2015, just two years after inaugurating his Mammà.
Sky and sea in a close embrace-In the heart of the Amalfi Coast, Le Agavi is the first hotel you come to in Positano. A enchanting place, where the sea blends into the sky. A place of infinite beauty.
When you stay at our exclusive 5-star hotel we’ll treat you to the vacation you’ve been dreaming about. Private beach, superb location, services just for you. And it’s all real.
The Hotel Le Agavi has always stood out for its unique configuration: a real “town in a town”, which soars towards the clouds from the heart of the mountain. Thanks to this structure, the guests of Hotel Le Agavi enjoy a lot of space, intimacy and complete autonomy. Three fundamental aspects for a relaxing vacation on the Amalfi Coast, where space is a rarity.
The surprising view of the cobalt blue that embraces seaside villages and Mediterranean greenery fills every moment at the Hotel Le Agavi with wonder. Today like always.
ACTIVITIES in POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is a picturesque village on the coast of Amalfi. It’s a well-known steep-sloped holiday destination with a pebbled beachfront and Moorish-style architecture. Admire the 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption. Explore the narrow streets lined up with cafes and boutiques, lots of ceramic shops, handmade shoes, and sandals along with galleries featuring the work of local artists.
You will be greeted from your accommodation in Positano at 9.00am by your personal driver who will take you to the world renowned Amalfi Coast.
The coastal road of Amalfi is filled with memorable views round every corner and your personal driver will know all the right places to stop for you take a little memory home with you.
In 1997 the World Heritage awarded UNISCO to the Amalfi Coast for it’s sheer natural beauty and uniqueness. Your Amalfi Coast drive towards the town of Amalfi will pass by Praiano & Furore two of the well known fishing villages and the famous Emerald Grotto or also known as Grotta dello Smeraldo in Conca Dei Marini, If you wish to explore the gleaming Emerald cave, you will be able to do so on a small boat ride, just inform your personal driver.
The chef Fiore or the Restaurant Le Bontà del Capo organizes a guided tour of his lemon garden, followed by a demonstration how to make the lemon liqueur, a tasting and finally a lunch on the panoramic terrace of the restaurant.
You arrive at the Restaurant La Bontà del Capo and you are welcomed by the chef Fiore. He will accompany you in the garden of about 60/70 steps, where he will explain in English the story of this magnificent yellow fruit. You will get the fruits with him, you will go to the restaurant, where you will attend a practical demonstration in the preparation of the famous liquor.
Chef Fiore will prepare you a nice appetizer followed by an apple of carpaccio of octopus with citrus fruits of the coast, then a duvet of ricotta ravioli and lemon and ravioli of clam fish, then a second of baked fish with lemon potatoes then a dessert of choice between lemon delicacy or lemon sorbet, made in the lemon itself and finally the magic limoncello prepared previously. The lunch includes home wine and water.
Experience the authentic side of Positano and its classic cuisine far from the crowds with this private market stroll and cooking class.
Connect with a local host to shop for ingredients in the village’s market stalls and traditional shops then head to her home kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson
Learn to make a seasonal starter, fresh pasta, and a regional dessert then sample your handiwork over lunch or dinner.
Private Guided PATH OF THE GODS Hike with Lunch(the sentiero degli dei)
Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel to begin your amazing hike, The Path of the Gods.
The main section of the hike is (4 miles) between the small villages of Bomerano (in Agerola) and Nocelle (above Positano).
There are beautiful views of the sea and coastal towns below along the way. Both these villages are above the sea, so there isn’t a huge change of elevation between them. These towns are connected to the trail by steep staircases of over 1500 steps. You can avoid these sections.
After enjoy a spectacular lunch in a local “trattoria” with a sea view on Positano after hiking through the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast with your licensed English-speaking guide.
You will hike from Agerola’s Piazza Paolo Capasso (Bomerano) to Positano and walk between sky and sea overlooking the amazing landscape of the Amalfi coast, Capri Island and Sorrento Peninsula.
In 79 AD, waves of volcanic runoff and ash coated one of the Rome’s most active and splendid cities. The speed and magnitude of the event left the city frozen in time, preserved as it was. Today, excavations of the ancient metropolis have revealed some of the most significant insights into Roman civilization, providing outstanding insight into the art, customs, trades and everyday Roman life.
Walking the city reveals a wealth of architectural styles – since Pompeii didn’t segregate its neighborhoods based on income, apartments are next to lavish villas. The city’s best-preserved home is the House of the Vetti, where visitors can admire the richly frescoed entertainment rooms, and the central courtyard, where a pool is surrounded by a formal garden. The city enjoyed an abundance of water, with an aqueduct-fed reservoir supplying public fountains, and even a street-cleaning system.
Perhaps best known for its infamous eruption on August 24, 79 AD, which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, this dormant volcano is now a national park – layering a unique natural environment over a shroud of history. The fateful eruption left a large crater that has fluctuated in size with each subsequent eruption.
Since 1995, the volcano has been a national park, requiring visitors to walk 15-20 minutes up to the crater’s rim. At the top, visitors can walk around the crater to appreciate the contrasting views of Vesuvius’ moon-like landscape, and stunning views of the Bay of Naples.
The Rome Marriott Park Hotel offers an uncommon blend of convenience and sophistication. With an outstanding location just minutes from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport and a vast selection of top-quality amenities, our hotel sets the stage for a remarkable experience in the Eternal City.
Thoughtfully designed hotel rooms feature handcrafted furniture and elegant marble bathrooms, in addition to modern comforts such as a flat-screen TV. Satisfy your cravings here in Rome with delicious on-site dining, or take a leisurely swim in our seasonal outdoor pool.