The texture of a Roman wall, leading to that little restaurant with the candlelight shining on the table, or discovering every nook and cranny of a historical square with your camera. The salty smell of the sea spray in your face, as you cross the Bay of Naples on a hydrofoil journey to the island of Capri. Or the reality check of looking into the face of a person in Pompeii, frozen in time and lava. You will have your journey overflowing from this special tour of Italy.
This 7 day tour includes the following destinations: Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Together, with your guide and fellow travelers, you will uncover the treasures Italy has to offer. We suggest booking our private transfer service, so that you will have a driver to take you and your luggage to your hotel when you arrive to the airport. Once you have checked into your 4-star hotel, settle in and savor your first night in the Eternal City. This evening you will meet your tour guide at the bar of the hotel and then walk to the restaurant for a welcome dinner and orientation summarizing your itinerary. Overnight in Rome.
Your day starts with sightseeing classical Rome. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby to begin a tour of the heart of the city, which will include the Pantheon, the most influential building of ancient Rome; the Spanish Steps; the Baroque quarter; and the Piazza Navona, famous for it’s three unique fountains, architecture, and restaurants. Once your tour ends, there is free time for lunch before your transfer to a guided visit at the Vatican.
This evening, your tour leaders will accompany you for a walk along the ancient, cobblestone streets of the city, which will give you a sense of Rome’s nightlife, followed by authentic local cuisine. After dinner, your tour leader will escort you back to the hotel. Overnight in Rome.
Today, wander through the city without a guide and continue to gain an intimate knowledge of Rome. Your agent will offer recommondations on areas and places to sightsee. We also suggest going through your travel kit for ideas on exploring the city.
Pompeii is the leading attraction today, where you will see its extensive ancient ruins. A late morning transfer to Sorrento via private coach includes an en route stop to the city. Historically, Pompeii’s wonderful scenery and climate made an a ideal holiday escape for Roman elites. Now, it is most known for its civic buildings that remarkably remain intact to this day; among them are the House of Mysteries, aptly named after the many murals housed inside; the Surgeon’s House; the House of Faun and the Chaste Lovers, which also accommodate famous artworks.
A unique feature of Pompeii you’ll likely notice is the graffiti covering the walls of many buildings in the city; these remain a testament to the public reaction to historic political elections. After your tour of the city, a lunch and wine tasting will follow on the Vesuvio Volcano, famous for its 79 AD eruption. Atop the volcano, you will have an incredible view from the wine estate of the Gulf of Naples with Capri, Naples, Ischia, and the small villages clustered on the coastline.
Sorrento Coast and overnight in Sorrento.
A full day exploration of Amalfi & Ravello including a Lemon tour on the Amalfi cliffs. Today is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the amazing view of the coast and experience the local culinary and wine culture. You will gain a deeper understanding of the region’s history, the Maritime Republics, and later visit a “limoneto”, a cliff that is abundant with lemon trees to collect lemons for “Amalfi style” lemonade!
Ravello is your next stop; a gathering place for musicians, artists, and writers, such as Richard Wagner, who composed numerous operas while in the region. Ravello is also well known for its villas that are hundreds of years old, such as Villa Cimbrone, which dates back from at least the 11th century AD.
Overnight in Sorrento.
This day can be devoted to an optional visit of Capri or free time for you in Sorrento. Overnight in Sorrento.
Alas, today you depart from Italy! You may either arrange a railway station or airport transfer for departure, or you make take an alternative route home.
Italy4Real also arranges pre-and post-tour hotels, villas, activities, as well as rental car booking options. You may choose from additional travel options for France and Greece, if you would like extensions added to your trip.
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