8-Day Foodie Tour of Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sorrento & The Region of Apulia
From 2,951€ pp
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Make the most out of visiting both Rome and the Amalfi Coast with this delicious tour of the surrounding areas and Italy’s longest coastline.
Rome has a reputation that is deserved; it is one of the highlights of Italy with a historical legacy that has given it the name ‘The Eternal City’. With breathtaking ancient remains and incredible architecture, visiting Rome feels like taking a step back into the past, and is an experience that is unrivalled with any other historic city.
Down the coast from Rome in the Campania region is a close competitor for a time-travelling experience, with the ancient port town of Pompeii featuring fully preserved historic remains because of the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Campania is also home to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with picturesque beach towns lining the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Incredible coastal views continue in the Apulia region, situated in the south of the country on the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’. There are a variety of different places to visit and things to see here, from the trulli huts of Alberobello to Lecce’s historic architecture, and from Matera’s ancient cave dwellings to the beautiful town of Gallipoli.
This tour is not fully escorted, but some days you will be met by a private local guide for sightseeing of certain areas. Local assistance will also be on call 24/7 for any other issues or questions you have during the trip.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL
You will arrive in Rome independently, and spend your first night in a hotel in the city centre.
DAY 2 – THE VATICAN AND THE HEART OF ROME
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican City for a small-group tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. This is a fantastic opportunity to get any questions answered about the collection in the museum, or about Rome’s independent city-state itself.
Inside the Vatican Museums, you will pass through the Raphael Rooms and the Pineyard Courtyard, before getting the chance to see the incredible Sistine Chapel and pass underneath Michelangelo’s Dome. The tour also includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, ending outside in the famous St. Peter’s Square
The rest of the day will be yours to enjoy, and after all that history we recommend a gentle stroll around the streets of Rome, a visit to a coffee shop or a spot more sightseeing outdoors. You will choose your location for dinner, and spend another night in your hotel.
DAY 3 – ROME, SORRENTO, POMPEII LUNCH, AND WINE TASTING ON VESUVIO
After another delicious Italian breakfast at your hotel, you will travel via high-speed train from Rome to Naples. Here, you will be met by a private driver who will take you to the historic town of Pompeii.
Once a holiday resort for wealthy Romans, Pompeii is now famous not only for its volcanic destruction but also for the remains of the civic buildings that can still be seen in the town, showcasing some of the Roman Empire’s finest architecture. Another must-see on your list is the House of Mysteries; a building named after the murals depicting the initiation rites of a cult of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and madness.
Pompeii is also known for the historic graffiti that can still be found on the walls of the majority of its buildings, preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. At the time of the eruption, there were elections meant to be happening in the town and so much of the graffiti is related to political figures and events, alongside some cruder writing!
Today’s visit includes a local lunch on the slopes of Vesuvius, and a wine tasting experience where you can sample some of the products of the incredibly fertile soils that the volcano provides. After lunch, you will travel by car to the Amalfi Coast and head out into the town of Sorrento for dinner.
DAY 4 – AMALFI & RAVELLO WITH LEMON TOUR
On the fourth day of your tour, you will meet a private driver-guide and traverse the Amalfi Coast, combining sightseeing with local food and drink experiences.
Beginning in the town of Amalfi, you will learn about the area’s history and the history of the ancient Maritime Republic city-states that made up the coast of Italy. You will then visit a lemon grove on a coastal cliff, where you will get the chance to harvest the fruit that Amalfi is famous for and try your hand at making your own Amalfi-style lemonade.
From Amalfi, you will next travel to the cultural destination of Ravello which has been attracting writers, artists and musicians for centuries, including the operatic composer Richard Wagner. The town has a couple of ancient villas you can visit, before returning to your driver-guide and spending another night in Sorrento.
DAY 5 – MATERA
You will meet your driver-guide again this morning after breakfast in Sorrento, and continue your journey around Italy to the city of Bari. The capital of the Puglia region, Bali is a port city that looks out over the Adriatic sea and is also the city of Saint Nicolas.
On the way to Bari, you will visit Matera for an optional guided tour of the town. Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is most famous for the underground, man-made caves that used to be the homes of an ancient group of people, and is thought to be a settlement that has been inhabited by humans for a longer amount of time than anywhere else.
Matera was named as one of the European capitals of culture in 2019 and has been used as the setting for many famous films and television shows. It’s an incredible blend of modernity and timeless, historic landscapes, and is truly unlike anywhere else you might have visited.
After Matera, you will travel onwards and spend the night in Martina Franca.
DAY 6 – BARI AND ALBEROBELLO
After a classic Italian breakfast in the morning, your driver will meet you for a transfer to Lecce, stopping off at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello.
Alberobello is best recognised by its famous trulli huts, which are cylindrical buildings topped with conical roofs that are specific to the area. The old town is entirely made up of these buildings, which are whitewashed and have roofs decorated with symbols that include zodiac signs and constellations, crosses and mysterious pierced hearts.
After visiting Alberobello we will also stop in the pretty, circular town of Locorotondo for a short visit before carrying on to Lecce where you will spend the night.
DAY 7 – LECCE
You will spend your last full day in Lecce, which is referred to by many as ‘the Florence of the South’ because of its impressive Baroque architecture and collection of palaces and churches. A tour guide will show you around Lecce for half of the day, and you will have the rest of the time to keep exploring.
As well as the reputation for its architecture, Lecce is also known as one of the best foodie locations in the south of Italy, and you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a restaurant for your final evening meal of this trip.
DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
After breakfast in your hotel, you will depart Lecce independently and travel home.
Departure Dates & Pricing
This tour is fully customized to your exact dates and budget. You may book it exactly as it is and pricing guidelines are below. You can also make any changes and choose your departure dates. Contact us for a quote for your exact dates today!
Prices starting from:
Single Room: On Request
Double/Twin Room: From € 3,201
Triple Room: From € 2,951
Based on level of hotels offered. Tell your agent what level you desire.
- Breakfast every morning
- 2 nights stay in Rome
- 2 nights stay in Sorrento
- 1 night in Martina Franca, Apulia Region
- 2 nights stay in Lecce
- A small-group tour of the Vatican Museums
- Private transfer from Rome to Sorrento
- A guided tour of Pompeii
- Lunch and wine tasting on Vesuvio
- A driver-guided tour of Amalfi & Ravello, including a visit to a lemon grove
- Transfer by private car from Sorrento to Bari, stopping in Matera
- Classic Italian dinner in Sorrento
- Transfer from Bari to Lecce, stopping to visit Alberobello and Locorotondo
- A walking tour of Lecce
- Transfer on arrival to your first hotel
- Transfer out of Lecce on departure
- Italian city tax
- Your airfare to and from Italy. We can help you with the airfare for your trip, just ask when booking
- Travel Insurance, which is necessary for this tour and can be purchased either through us or independently
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