History gives way to legend, encapsulated in the arts and landscapes of Southern Italy. Your custom tailored tour takes you from Naples to the Amalfi Coast, following the trails of ancient life around cities preserved in volcanic ash and traditions continued in hidden fishing villages tucked away into the shores of the Gulf of Salerno. Discover villas built for Roman emperors and learn the methods of crafting your very own Neapolitan pizza. From museum galleries to secluded marinas, the splendor...
Naples – Thrills of a Historic City Center
Naples is a bustling city with a history spanning three millennia. The streets maintain a colorful, exuberant atmosphere leading to the harbor. The aroma of pizza dough cooking in wood-fire brick ovens emanates from antique pizzerias. The sounds of tenors singing beneath loggias echo across open piazzas. Your flight lands at Naples International Airport, where your private transfer escorts you to an opulent hotel overlooking the harbor. Sailboats wade in the gentle wake of the Mediterranean Sea. You have a view of the promenade and the lingering image of Castel dell’Ovo rising above the boulders on the sea promontory.
After settling into luxury, your guide meets you in the lavish lobby of your hotel, ready to escort you on a private tour of Naples’s preserved and displayed past. The 16th-century baroque chapel in Cappella Sansevero contains Masonic-inspired décor guiding your attention to the unforgettable statue of the Veiled Christ, as created by the artist Giuseppe Sanmartino. The 18th-century artwork depicts Jesus covered in a thin veil. The intricate detail in attention to his humanistic character, along with how the artist produced such a thin layer of marble, makes it tempting to try and lift the marble covering to view the image of Jesus beneath.
Santa Lucia leads along the western edges of Piazza del Plebiscito sloping towards the sea. The huddle of narrow steps and lanes offers a taste of traditional life in Naples. Bakeries fill the street with the aroma of cookies and fresh bread. Cafes provide strong espressos for locals watching passersby in the afternoon. Children kick soccer balls against the stone buildings with laundry dangling from lines hung outside the upper windows. The beauty of the city emanates from its traditional life, along with the artistry inside the numerous galleries.
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- Discover the uncovered treasures of ancient Rome at Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities preserved in time after a dramatic volcanic eruption
- Marvel at the beauty and elegance of ancient history in the galleries of the National Archeological Museum in Naples
- Enjoy the flavors of Neapolitan pizza during a private cooking class to learn the process of making the perfect traditional dish
- Wander the charming towns and villages speckling the celebrated Amalfi Coast
- Relish the view of the Italian coastline at Villa Rufolo in Ravello
- Delight in a tour of a local dairy that produces traditional buffalo mozzarella cheese, a staple in regional Campania cuisine
- Witness the grandeur of the preserved ancient Greek temples at Paestum, one of the largest Greek settlements on mainland Italy
- Follow in the footsteps of Emperor Tiberius when traversing his former villa on the island of Capri
The wonders of Italy emanate from the beautiful coastline and the persevering history, inspiring fantasy and fairytales based in mythology. Your 8-day historical tour of Naples and the Amalfi Coast encompasses the opulent ruins, marvelous artwork, and stirring landscapes of Campania. Your historical adventure begins with your arrival at Naples International Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to a luxurious hotel overlooking the famous port of Naples. Set out on a guided introductory tour of the city to view the cobblestone streets, graceful churches, and ineffable Neapolitan culture.
The following morning, you venture to the grounds of Herculaneum, the sister city to Pompeii. Your guide leads you on an encompassing tour of the city that’s been preserved in pumice, magma, and ash. In the evening, you meet an instructor to learn the art of making traditional Neapolitan pizza. Afterward, you explore the metropolitan ancient city of Pompeii, famous for its proximity to Mount Vesuvius and the brevity with which the volcanic eruption overtook the streets and structures. Visit a winery located on the foothills of Mount Vesuvius to sample wines similar to the drink produced during Roman times.
Next, your guide takes you on a tour of the National Archeological Museum, which houses one of the most important collections of Roman and Greek antiquity in the world. Connect a number of pieces in the galleries with the ancient cities you explored previously. Your scenic drive around the Bay of Naples takes you to the town of Sorrento before reaching the hilltop town of Ravello, located on the Amalfi Coast. Then, you have a private drive ready to take you along the scenic roadway stretching the Gulf of Salerno. Visit the medieval town of Amalfi and the charming streets of Positano.
Wander the steps of Conca dei Marini and the beach of Praiano before returning to Ravello for the evening. The next day, you board the ferry to Capri for a day on the gorgeous island off the coast of the Bay of Naples. Discover the elaborate grounds of the Emperor Tiberius’s villa and stroll along the serene streets of Anacapri. Then, you have a private guided tour of the ancient Greek ruins at Paestum, the largest and best-preserved collection of Greek ruins remaining on mainland Italy. Enjoy a visit to a local dairy to learn the methods of producing the regionally celebrated buffalo mozzarella before sampling the cheese and returning to Ravello. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Naples International Airport for your flight home.
$2,195 per person (excluding international flights)
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