This is the Italy of ruin and prestige, artistry and strongholds, an Italy steeped in culture deriving from ancient life. Your 9-day custom-tailored Southern Italy tour immerses you in majesty from Naples to Palermo, connecting the heritage of the past with the traditions of the present. Greek temples tower over rocky promontories. Roman villas provide insight into the wealth and opulence of emperors. Lush citrus groves grow on terraces stretching beneath limestone cliffs, and the Mediterranean...
Positano – Reaching Southern Italy
Naples is a city rich in history both inside the city center and bordering the harbor. Lavish churches overlook cobblestone streets, and the Castel dell’Ovo stands proudly at the edge of a rocky promontory with roots dating back to the 6th century BC. Your flight lands and Naples International Airport where you meet your private transfer. On the outskirts of the bustling city, you find the aroma of citrus emanating from lemon groves thriving in the Mediterranean climate. The turquoise sea laps at the coastline of the Bay of Naples.
The scent of rich espresso drifts out of small corner cafes. You stop at the entrance to Pompeii Archeological Park as your introduction to the marvelous history of Southern Italy. Your guide meets you at the entrance eager to show you the highlights of the Roman port city once covered in ash and pumice from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavations have revealed that the layers of ash have kept the city intact, complete with sailor hotels, bars, public baths, and taverns. The fragrance of rich soil rises from the Roman Forum.
Portions of pillars frame the piazza leading to the Basilica, which once housed the city’s courts. As you stroll along the cobbled streets, your guide points out homes in which frescoes continue to decorate the walls. Pillars crowned with Corinthian capitals flank the House of Meander. The interior contains frescoes depicting scenes from Homer’s Iliad. A wooden roof hovers over the small temple in the corner of the atrium. You are not only seeing ancient history but walking in the footsteps of a citizen of Pompeii, with the image of Mount Vesuvius’s conical peak ornamenting the sky on the horizon.
Positano – Traversing the Gulf of Salerno
Positano – Island in the Sun
Palermo – Beyond the Toe of Italy’s Boot
Agrigento – A Rich History of Tradition
Taormina – The Baroque in Sicily
Taormina – A Day on the Cliff
Catania – Holding to Tradition
Catania – Out of Time In Antiquity
- Discover the stunning preservation of ancient streets, frescoes, and architecture in famous Pompeii
- Wander along the gorgeous shoreline of the Amalfi Coast for an unforgettable mixture of landscape and sea before witnessing the glowing Emerald Cave
- Explore one of the best-preserved collection of Greek temples in all of Italy in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento
- Experience a town frozen in time at Forza d’Agro, where Sicilian tradition in both culture, architecture, daily life remains strong
- Stroll through the combination of ancient foundations and contemporary culture in Syracuse
- Tour the medieval cobblestone streets of the triangular shaped town of Erice, located at the top of a Sicilian mountain
- Trek the trails of Capri for remarkable views of the undulating mountains and steep coastal cliffs
- Linger amongst the beautiful baroque architecture in the towns of Noto and Taormina for insight into the history and culture of the past and present
Southern Italy blends the cultures of the past, which has effortlessly shaped the contemporary traditions associated with the Campania region and Sicily. Your 9-day historical exploration is meant for amateur archeologists and enthusiastic anthropologists; whether a fan of Italian heritage or a lover of coastal landscape, you will discover charm in a daily life enriched by the stunning scenery and adorned with unforgettable history. Your discovery begins with your arrival at Naples International Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to the entrance of ancient Pompeii. Meet your guide and follow the streets of the preserved city to find villas, restaurants, mosaics, and frescoes captured in time before continuing to the town of Positano.
The following day, you have a private driver available to take you along the scenic road traversing the Amalfi Coast. Visit the famous towns of Ravello and Amalfi, along with the lesser-known seaside towns of Vietri sul Mare and Conca dei Marini, for an encompassing image of the seaside culture and historical lanes around the coastline. Then, you board a ferry to the island of Capri. Discover the respective villas of emperor Tiberius and Augustus or trek the trails crisscrossing the island for views of the Faraglioni Stacks before returning to Positano. The following day, you have a private transfer to the Naples airport for your brief flight to Palermo.
Meet your guide and transfer at baggage claim to tour the historic city blending Norman, Arab, Spanish, and Italian cultures through architecture and tradition. Next, you travel to the medieval town of Erice, located on a mountaintop overlooking the shoreline. Wander the cobblestone streets, arches, and ramparts before visiting the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento. The archeological site contains one of the largest collections of Greek temple ruins outside of Greece. You discover the splendor of the Baroque period in Sicily by strolling the streets of Noto. Step back in history with the preserved ancient sites at the heart of Syracuse before settling in the seaside town of Taormina.
The day is at your leisure in Taormina to enjoy the surrounding possibilities. Venture to Mount Etna to hike the trails on the active volcano or visit the nearby beaches to relax in the Mediterranean sun. You could also linger around Taormina to bask in the café lifestyle of the vibrant streets. Then, your private transfer leads you to Forza d’Agro to experience the true, unspoiled culture of Sicily. Continue to the contemporary city of Catania to tour the baroque architecture. On the final day, your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to the Catania airport for your flight home.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
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