Rome and Amalfi Coast
From Rome, the Eternal Town, with its antique monuments to the Sorrentine peninsula, a wild country rich in different landscapes, lemon and olive trees with a spectacular view on the sea.
OUR SELECTED HOTELS:
Hotel Imperiale – 4*
Grand Hotel Oriente – 4*
Grand Hotel Flora – 4*
DAY 1: ROME
Arrival in Rome and transfer to the hotel. Depending on flight arrival times, take time to relax or explore the city at your leisure. Overnight in Rome.
DAY 2: ROME
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our guided tour to St. Peter’s Square, whose basilica is the biggest in the world and is considered the spiritual centre of the Catholic Church. We will then go to the Vatican Museums and take a guided tour of its collection of masterpieces; we visit the Sistine Chapel, the greatest masterpiece in Western art planned and executed by one man, Michelangelo. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Ancient Rome by visiting Piazza Venezia, the Campidoglio, heart of political life, the Via dei Fori Imperiali, ancient heart of political, commercial and legal life, the exterior of the Colosseum, arena of the gladiators and Arch of Constantine, dedicated by the Senate and the people of Rome to Constantine in 315. You will also see the Palatine, ancient dwelling of emperors and influential people, the exterior of the massive Circus Maximus, the ancient city’s main venue for chariot races. We will return to the hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight in Rome
DAY 3: ROME - NAPLES
After breakfast we will head for Naples, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy: a walking tour through “Spaccanapoli” and its colourful streets will be the perfect opportunity to discover the most magical and genuine parts of Naples. In the afternoon we will visit the exterior of Palazzo Reale, Castel Novo known as Maschio Angioino, the San Carlo theatre, Capuano Castle and the lungomare, from which you will enjoy a stunning view. Overnight in Naples.
DAY 4: NAPLES - CAPRI ISLANDS
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a full day excursion to the island of Capri, one of the loveliest resorts in Italy, a dramatic island soaring upward from the sea with sweeping views, whitewashed homes and villas, lemon trees, narrow winding lanes, and flower-filled courtyards. We reach the island by hydrofoil and enjoy a guided tour of its main towns: Capri and Anacapri. We will enjoy a walk through the narrow streets and admire the lovely terraces, piazza and the breathtaking landscapes. Lunch included in a local restaurant. In the late afternoon we will take the hydrofoil back to Naples. Overnight in Naples.
DAY 5: NAPLES - POMPEII
Following breakfast we will take a guided tour of the “sleeping giant”, Mount Vesuvius. We will stop at an agricultural business producing olive oil and the wine called Lacryma Christi, visiting its cellar and vineyard with a wine expert with a chance to taste fine wine. In the afternoon we will head to Pompei “the metropolis of ancient times” where we will visit the ancient Roman city considered as one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Overnight in Naples.
DAY 6: NAPLES - COSTIERA AMALFITANA SORRENTO
After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Amalfi Coast where you will see magical and breathtaking views. We will make a short stop at the Positano viewpoint and visit Amalfi, the first of the Sea Republics. In the afternoon we will head for Ravello, cross-point of history and legend. Drive back to the hotel in the late afternoon in Sorrento. After dinner, enjoy a traditional Tarantella show. Overnight in Sorrento
DAY 7: SORRENTO
After breakfast, enjoy a full free day to explore the city at your leisure. Overnight in Sorrento.
DAY 9 SORRENTO - CASERTA - ROME
After breakfast in the hotel we will depart to Caserta to visit the Royal palace. Created by the Bourbon king Charles III in the mid-18th century to rival Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid, is exceptional for the way in which it brings together a magnificent palace with its park and gardens, as well as natural woodland, hunting lodges and a silk factory. It is an eloquent expression of the enlightenment in material form, integrated into, rather than imposed on, its natural setting. In 1996, the Palace of Caserta was listed among the world heritage sites on the ground that it was ‘the swan song of the spectacular art of the baroque from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space’. We will visit the apartments richly decorated with gold, stucco and marble and contain empire style furnishings and fine pavements and the park covering an area of some hundred hectares and its beautiful fountains. After the visit we will head to Rome for the last overnight. Overnight in Rome
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Then depending on the flight departure time, transfer from the hotel to the airport and return to your original departure city.