Volcanoes embody power and drama, majesty and mystery during your grand Southern Italy itinerary focused on the unique landscapes. Lava spills out of a conical volcanic peak, causing a nightly light display spouting over the edges of a secluded island. Rich soil shapes the essences of the cuisine, fortifying produce and wine with delectable flavors. Antique cities hide beneath blanketing ash from an ancient eruption. Cafes in charming villages offer pristine panoramas of volcanic summits and the...
Naples – At the Historical Heart
Naples is a bustling city with a vibrant port leading to the shimmering cobalt waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Historic streets wind into the maze-like lanes in the Historic District, sprawling into the endlessly moving metropolis along the outer 19th-century neighborhoods. Baroque architecture complements the city’s history under the reign the Spanish kingdom, with ruins dating back to the Roman Empire. Your flight lands at Naples International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. The main street of Via San Biagio divides the city at the historic center, teeming with people and glowing with the facades of golden churches.
The oldest castle in the city, Castel dell’Ovo, retains its prominent position guarding the harbor, with the water crashing against the rocky outcropping with dramatic effect. You settle into the comforts of your luxurious hotel offering views of the sea and boats returning from the open water. The aroma of melted cheese and bubbling pizza dough fills the city, emanating from the enumerable pizzerias celebrating the city as the birthplace of the iconic Italian dish. A funicular leads to the summit of the Vomero district, crowned by the Castel Sant’Elmo, a 13th-century fortress erected over the foundations of an 11th-century church.
Naples – Atop the Vesuvius Summit
Stromboli – Brining the Past to Life
Stromboli – Witnessing Natural Power
Stromboli – Up Close and a Personal Volcano
Lipari – Walking on Obsidian
Lipari – Relaxing with a Mud Bath
Taormina – Looking Out to Etna
Taormina – To Etna’s Peak
Taormina – Flavors of the Slopes of Etna
Catania – A Celebration of the Landscape
Catania – The Fading Volcanic Silhouette
- Witness the nightly fireworks display of the controlled eruption of Sciara del Fuoco on Stromboli Island, part of the Aeolian Islands
- Traverse the lunar landscape of Mt. Etna on a guided tour of the largest active volcano in Europe
- Follow the shore trail circumnavigating the conical summit of Mt. Vesuvius to view the exterior and interior caldera of the fabled volcano connected to Pompeii
- Discover the preserved streets and artifacts of Pompeii with a guided tour of the ancient city’s highlights
- Explore the treasures preserved and displayed inside the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, which houses one of the most extensive collections of Greco-Roman art and artifacts in Europe
- Indulge in the tastes of Sicily during a private wine and food tour to sample the flavors shaped by the rich minerals of the volcanic soil
- Take a dip in the natural mud baths of Vulcano Island to soak in the healing properties of the heated and mineral-rich waters
- Follow the trail alongside Alcantara Gorge to view icy blue whitewater, silver cliffs, and hidden beaches graced with the sapphire freshwater river
- Embrace the gorgeous black sand beaches of the Aeolian Islands and the golden shoreline beneath the historic Sicilian city of Taormina
The thrill of discovery fills each moment of your custom tailored 12-day tour of Southern Italy, focusing on the culture around active volcanoes. The journey begins with your arrival in Naples, the bustling port city edging the eponymous bay. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival at Naples International Airport and escorts you to a lavish hotel overlooking the water. The remainder of the day is yours to explore and enjoy the blend of baroque architecture and contemporary culture. The following morning, your guide leads you to Mt. Vesuvius to climb to the top of the crater. Peer inside before visiting the Volcano Observatory, known for studying the activity of the three major volcanoes around the Campania region.
Continue to Pompeii, the fabled ancient city, to tour the excavated grounds. Explore the galleries and halls inside the National Archaeological Museum to view the magnificent collection of Greco-Roman art, including the Farnese collection. In the evening, you board the overnight ferry bound for the Aeolian Island of Stromboli. Your private transfer greets you at the port and escorts you to a stunning luxury hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to indulge in the secluded comforts of the island, from the black sand beaches to the serene cafes of the town. In the evening, you follow the trail to the Sciara del Fuoco viewpoint to enjoy the unique fireworks show of the nightly eruption.
The next day, you can hike around Stromboli Island or relax in the comforts of your hotel before once again taking to the trails along Sciara del Fuoco Volcano, this time trekking to the summit overlooking the erupting crater. Then you take the ferry to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. After settling into the luxuries of your hotel, your guide leads you on a tour to view the obsidian flows and quarries connoting the historic volcanic eruptions. Relish a full day tour of Vulcan Island and trek along the smoldering calderas of the main volcano. You could also spend time in the natural mud baths heated by steaming pockets.
Travel to Sicily by ferry. Your private transfer greets you in Messina and escorts you to a magnificent hotel in Taormina, known for its gorgeous position on the cliffs overlooking the Ionian Sea. Enjoy a private tour of the city to find unparalleled views of Mt. Etna in the distance. You have a full day hiking tour of Mt. Etna, taking you along the safe trails to experience the lunar landscape and smoking fumaroles of the various craters. The foothills of Mt. Etna beckon you, with a half-day private wine and food tour to sample the incredible flavors of the produce grown in the mineral-rich soil connected to the volcano.
Return to Taormina in the afternoon with the remaining day at your leisure. Your private transfer escorts you through an ancient lava tube and along the trails of Alcantara Gorge, known for hidden beaches and breathtaking cliffs shaped by volcanic eruptions. You arrive in Catania in the afternoon with an introductory tour of the baroque city. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport for your flight home when you are ready.
$4,291 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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