Embrace the soul of Italy found in history, culture, and cuisine on your custom-tailored Italy that will take you away from the beaten path to explore rugged coastlines, pristine beaches, historical towns, and archeological treasures. Stretch your legs along the Amalfi Coast and expand your understanding of ancient heritage found along the peninsula dating back to the Greeks. Uncover brilliant Baroque architecture and charming fairytale homes, the splendor of Capri and the charm of contemporary...
Sorrento – Arrive in Naples and Transfer to Sorrento at Leisure
Sorrento is the perfect western gateway to the Amalfi Coast attracting 19th-century poets and authors like Lord Byron and Goethe, Dickens, and Tolstoy to enjoy the natural beauty that spans the Bay of Naples. The cobbled lanes wind along the glistening shore leading alongside palatial hotels and a network of boutique shops. The scent of the sea air fades beneath the ever-present aroma of lemons. Your flight arrives at Naples International Airport, where your private transfer greets you. Travel outside of the bustling southern city and around the bay passing the infamous peak of Mount Vesuvius. The grandeur of Sorrento is understated nestled between the staggering bordering cliffs reaching 180 feet above sea level.
The relaxed ambiance spreads across the beaches and former noble houses, as well as through the heart of the historical city center leading to Piazza Tasso. After settling into the comforts of your luxury hotel overlooking the charming waters lapping at Marina Grande, the remainder of the day is yours to bask in the welcoming charms of the city. The Basilica di Sant’Antonio has a dramatic exterior reminiscent of a brutalist office building, but the interior paints a more ethereal picture with uncovered Roman artifacts and medieval paintings reflecting dark themes. The gilded ceiling glints in the soft light embodying the extravagance of the Baroque design.
Sorrento – Intrigue at Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius
Sorrento – Traverse the Splendor and Culture along the Amalfi Coast
Sorrento – Beauty with a Full Day on the Charismatic Island of Capri
Sorrento – Uncover Ancient History at Paestum before a Cooking Class
Matera – Travel to the Basilicata Region and Tour Famous Matera
Matera – Charming Villages and Gorgeous Coastline of Basilicata
Ostuni – Venture to Puglia and Relax in the Elegant City of Ostuni
Ostuni – Visit Stunning Polignano a Mare and the Historic City of Bari
Ostuni – Wander the Unique Ambiance of Alberobello and Monopoli
Ostuni – Explore the Fascinating History and Beauty of Lecce
Ostuni – Transfer to Bari Airport for your Flight Home
- Bask in the beauty and prestige of Capri during a full day spent traversing the quiet streets of Anacapri, and enjoy the views from Emperor Augustus’s garden
- Witness the sensational history preserved at Herculaneum, which contains more artifacts left intact after Vesuvius’s eruption
- Wander into the famous caves of Matera, known as sassi, which blend ancient and contemporary life in Europe’s 2019 Capital of Culture
- Sample the delicacy of olive oil on a family-run farm where you learn about the cultivation and production of the oil before a tasting
- Discover the charming trulli of Alberobello that bring the ambiance of a storybook surrounded by the Pugliese countryside
- Soar between the mountainous slopes of the Lucanian Dolomites when traveling between Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa in Basilicata
- Indulge in the authentic grandeur of the Amalfi Coast when visiting the smaller towns of Conca dei Marini and Priano
- Delight in the unique flavors of Campania during a private cooking lesson revealing the specific ingredients and particular tastes of the southern region
- Admire the fascinating remnants of Greek settlements in Rome while visiting the majestic ruins of Paestum
- Marvel at the fabulous display of complex paper-mâché with a workshop visit in the Baroque city of Lecce
Travel Italy from toe to heel during your 12-day tour following the illustrious coastlines of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic seas. The majesty of Southern Italy is rooted in the soulful mixture of crystalline waters, chalky white cliffs, verdant vineyards, pastel-colored homes, and lush olive groves sprawling across the countryside. The famous towns of the Amalfi Coast and Campania illustrate the iconic beauty of the Italian shores while lesser-visited villages in Puglia exemplify spirit in the authenticity of medieval lanes and traditional restaurants. Venture along the well-tread path and then branch away onto the rare roads for insight into pristine beaches, enchanting archeological sites, and rugged mountainous coastline.
Your journey along Italy’s coastlines begins in Sorrento, located along the Bay of Naples. Your five nights in the charming city offers easy access to the captivating beauty of Campania, home to the marvels of the lesser-known preserved homes of Herculaneum and the infamous conical peak of Mount Vesuvius, the distinctive towns along the Amalfi Coast brimming with cinematic luster and the alluring scenery of the Isle of Capri. With its central location, Sorrento becomes the perfect base from which you can trek to the top of Vesuvius to view the steaming caldera or venture to the top of Ravello overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Relax on a night stroll alongside the ancient city walls or sample the delicious buffalo mozzarella after visiting one of the best examples of ancient Greek architecture on mainland Greece.
Two nights in the city of Matera bring to light the unique history of Basilicata and the way many places in Southern Italy that felt forgotten by the central government of Italy until the 1960s. The medieval architecture atop the cliff-side plateau hides the famous sassi caves in which locals lived for centuries. The greater towns around the Basilicata region take you to Castelmezzano and neighboring Pietrapertosa along the steep slopes of the Lucanian Dolomites immersing you in the traditional style contrasted by a distinctive zip-line connecting the towns on opposite slopes.
Your final four nights in Southern Italy will bring you to Puglia and the town of Ostuni. The graceful shoreline of the Adriatic Sea shines turquoise against the whitewashed shoreline. The Town of Polignano a Mare watches the water from above giant cliffs, and the serene streets of Monopoli welcome you with an Old-World charisma. The Baroque city of Lecce displays elegant artwork in the form of fascinating paper-mâché statues, and the antique city of Bari combines the vibrant atmosphere of the university with the captivating legends from the historic city center. Whether visiting the storybook architecture of Alberobello or learning the art of making the perfect olive oil, the heel of Italy offers a different perspective on Italy’s natural magnetism. Read more here about the other exceptional experiences our travelers have appreciated in their travel reviews of Italy.
$9,355 per person (excluding international flights)
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