Immerse yourself in the seductive scenery and captivating culture of the Amalfi Coast during your customizable 10-day Amalfi Coast tour. Dive deep into history, uncover ancient Greet temples, and sample the celebrated flavors of Neapolitan pizza during a private cooking class. The Mediterranean sunshine and azure water beam when seen from panoramic viewpoints in Ravello and on the island of Capri. Whether sipping limoncello or excavating in Pompeii, you will indulge in the best of the Amalfi Coast.
Rome – Arrive in Italy with a Historical Tour of Rome
Rome is a majestic city where the modern world intertwines with ancient history. The scent of roses and geraniums drifts through the streets, stemming from the flower stands that decorate the city. Restaurants brim with the aroma of fresh pasta and grilled guanciale as kitchens serve the local specialty of bucatini carbonara. Your flight will land at Fiumicino Airport, where your private transfer will meet you at customs and escort you to your luxurious accommodation in the heart of the bustling city. After settling in to the comforts of your hotel, your guide will greet you in the lobby to lead you on an introductory tour of Rome’s iconic sites.
At the Trevi Fountain, you will find an alluring display of artistic aplomb. The 18th-century sculptures adorn the back of Palazzo Poli and act as a façade to the ancient aqueduct, spilling into the fountain’s pool. A dramatic depiction of Oceanus stands at the center of the fountain with horses that emerge from the water to balance the design. Visitors throw coins into the fountain as a sign they will return to Rome in the future. You will continue to Piazza Navona, where elegant palaces surround Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Sorrento – Travel South and Explore Opulent Caserta Castle
In the morning, the sunlight will wash over Michelangelo’s dome that crowns St. Peter’s Basilica at more than 448 feet tall. The neighborhood bars will fill the streets with the aromas of fresh espresso and sweet brioche. You will travel by train and private transfer to the Caserta Palace, which is the largest palace in the world by volume. The Baroque design dates back to the 18th century when Charles VII desired a palace to rival Versailles. Caserta possesses 1,200 rooms and 34 grand staircases with a façade that strikes an imposing figure at 820 feet long.
In the Palatina Library, you will find frescoes that decorate the walls and depict the signs of the zodiac and constellations. The true grandeur of the palace will come into view when you reach the gardens, which stretch for nearly two miles with waterfall and fountain adornments. At the far edge of the park, you can see the waterfall that is fed by the Carline aqueduct. In the foreground, the fountain of the three dolphins gushes water into a pool nearly 10 feet deep.
Sorrento – Discover Naples and Enjoy a Pizza-Making Class
At breakfast, you will find the alluring aroma of freshly brewed espresso as it blends with the scents of the sea and fragrant citrus, which derives from the nearby lemon groves. Your guide will meet you in at the hotel and escort you to Naples for a full-day tour of Campania’s capital city and the former center of the Kingdom of Naples. After an exploration of the historic streets, you will arrive at the National Archeological Museum for insight into the timeline of the city, from ancient life to the Baroque elegance.
The treasures on display in the galleries include the Farnese collections that feature sculptures like the colossal Hercules, which is a statue that was discovered at the Caracalla Baths in Rome and stands over 10 feet tall. Your guide will also point out the stunning mosaics from Pompeii, including Alexander’s Battle, which is a piece that depicts the former emperor as he fights the Persian Army,. You will continue to a private kitchen in the afternoon for a pizza-making class, where your instructor will guide you through making dough and assembling the pizza in a step-by-step process until you create the perfect Neapolitan pizza.
Sorrento – Explore Ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum
After breakfast, you will venture to Pompeii with your guide for a private tour of the infamous city that was covered in pumice and ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. You will step back in time as you walk along the sprawling cityscape that was rediscovered in the 18th century. The main square of the Forum offers a glimpse of the social, political, and religious heart of life in Pompeii, while colonnades enclose the square and lead to the northern section that is crowned by the Temple of Jupiter. The nearly-10-foot tall base of the temple remains standing and contrasts the remaining Ionic columns that connote the Temple of Apollo.
At the Teatro Grande, you can stand on the top row of the theater, which once held up to 5,000 spectators, to enjoy the commanding view that sweeps across the Bay of Naples to the peak of Mount Vesuvius. You will continue to Herculaneum, which was destroyed in the same eruption and buried in up to 98 feet of pumice and ash. Lava quickly filled the streets and homes of the city, which helped encase the city, preserving wooden furniture, textiles, preserved food, houses.
Ischia – Venture to the Paradisiacal Island of Istria
Chestnut forests, precipitous volcanic rock, and thriving vineyards spread across the interior of Ischia near the foothills of Monte Epomeo while the Tyrrhenian Sea splashes against the treasured beaches. After breakfast, you will take the ferry to Istria and settle in to the comforts of your luxury accommodation that overlook the water in the captivating town of Sant’Angelo. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to bask in the beauty of the island at your preferred pace, from lounging on the sand of Spiaggia dei Maronti to strolling through the gardens of Giardini Ravino.
For a unique look at one of the marvels of the island, you can visit Baia di Sorgeto, which is a natural bay that reflects the treasured thermal baths of the volcanic landscape. You can travel down the 300 steps to reach the lovely village of Panza, where you will find naturally heated water that spills into the rock pools at the edge of the isolated cove. The mixture of hot thermal water and the refreshing sea creates the perfect temperature in which you can relax and bask in the wonders of island life.
Ischia – Visit the Charming Island of Capri
The boutiques along the narrow pedestrian lanes will open in the morning, and locals will enjoy espresso along the fashionable cobblestones of Piazzetta Ottorino Troia. When you are ready, you will take the ferry to Capri for a day of discovering the famous neighboring island. Capri has enchanted visitors for thousands of years, from Roman emperors to Hollywood royalty. The idyllic island will welcome you with a funicular that leads to the Piazzetta, where café tables crowd the cobbled square. The main lanes of Capri Town embody elegance with boutique shops that are typically decorated with bougainvillea and manicured trees that provide shade beneath the Mediterranean sun.
You will quickly find the allure of the island when visiting the Giardini di Augusto. The gardens were founded by the Roman emperor, Augustus, and possess a series of flowered terraces. The aromas of blossoming flowers will accentuate the panoramic view that encompasses the famous Faraglioni sea stacks, which is a set of three limestone stacks that rises out of the water. Your marvelous view will sweep from the peak of Mount Solaro to the colorful homes that line the water at the bay of Marina Piccola.
Ravello – Transfer to Ravello and Delight in a Pasta Class
You will return to Italy’s mainland after breakfast, where your private transfer will meet you at the marina and escort you to the enchanting town of Ravello, which is located 1,198 feet above sea level. The town sits above rows of orange and lemon groves that offer tremendous views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The irresistible beauty of the town has attracted artists, from Wagner to Escher and Virginia Wolf, whom each found inspiration in the history of the architecture and pristine charm of the surrounding landscape.
The Cathedral was built in the 11th century and retains its original triple-arched marble portal that is accentuated by its 12th-century bronze doors. You will also find inspiration at Villa Rufolo, where you can stroll along foundations that date back to the 13th century and reflect the influences of Moorish and Norman cultures. The cliff edge terrace will offer an immaculate panorama across the cobalt hues of the sea. In the evening, you will meet your cooking instructor for a private lesson in making pasta. As you learn the art of crafting the perfect Italian pasta for any meal, you can sample local cheese for deeper insight into the flavors that shape Campania food culture.
Ravello – Traverse the Exceptional Towns of the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its seductive landscapes that are pressed against the tranquil sea. The terraced gardens, vineyards, and orchards frame the colorful towns and line the reflective waters. Your private driver will meet you at the hotel and lead you to the famous coastline for a full day of exploring the towns along the 25-mile road that connects Positano to Vietri sul Mare. In the main town of Amalfi, you will find remnants of its former power, dating back to the 11th century and embodied in the central Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea.
The white and black lines of the façade frame the 62-step staircase that leads to the main entrance. The magnificent bronze doors were commissioned in 11th-century Syria and represent the maritime trade from which the power of the city sprang. The delightful town of Positano acts as the western gateway to the Amalfi Coast and climbs the hillside with pastel-colored houses. The dome of the Byzantine church of Santa Maria Assunta glints in the sunlight from the decorative majolica tiles, and the winding lanes of the town possess hints of citrus aromas, which stem from the cafes that overlook the wading boats in the marina.
Ravello – Wander Greek Temples and Take a Cheese-Making Tour
Today, you will venture into the rural plains of Campania in the morning with your guide to visit the stunning collection of ancient Greek temples that mark the former settlement of Paestum. The life of Magna Grecia will come into view as you witness the wonders of Greek design centuries before the emergence of Roman power. The UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 6th century BC, and your guide will lead you on a remarkable immersion into the historical and architectural details of the temples, beginning with the Temple of Neptune, which was built in the 5th century BC.
The limestone structure is the largest and best-preserved temple in Paestum. The double rows of columns create an inner chamber where a deity once stood. Contrary to the name, the temple was actually dedicated to the goddess, Hera. The massive structure boasts a length of 195 feet long by 80 feet wide. You will continue your exploration of Campania’s plains with a visit to a local dairy farm that is known for producing delicious buffalo mozzarella. Your guide will lead you on an insightful tour that follows the steps that result in the famous regional cheese, which is celebrated for its creamy and tangy flavors.
Ravello – Depart for Home
In the morning, the Infinity Terrace connected to the botanic gardens of Villa Cimbrone will offer a spectacular view of the water. Busts decorate the wall, providing one of the most photographed views in the world. The aroma of freshly brewed espresso will be accompanied by warm sfogliatelle as it fills the air before your private transfer meets you at your hotel. When you are ready, you will make your way to the Naples Airport for your flight home, bringing an end to your time among the Amalfi Coast.
- Stroll along the grand garden and through the opulent décor of Caserta Palace, which is the largest palace by volume in the world
- Indulge in the celebrated flavors of a traditional Neapolitan pizza during a private cooking class that focuses on traditional cooking practices
- Explore the charming towns and famous road of the Amalfi Coast to uncover scenic gems, such as Amalfi Town and Positano
- Discover the tremendous Greek history of Paestum on a guided tour of the ancient temples
- Traverse the excavated homes, roads, and history of Pompeii and Herculaneum to view the preserved life of ancient Roman colonies
- Delight in the idyllic beauty of the island of Istria, bask on the beaches, or enjoy the natural thermal baths
- Witness the long arch of ancient history around Naples with a guided tour of the famous National Archeological Museum, which is home to Farnese Marbles
- Bask in the marvelous flavors of traditional buffalo mozzarella during a private tour of a dairy farm
- Embrace the natural charm of Capri at your preferred pace when finding the view of the island and sea from the Gardens of Augustus
You will experience luxury and wonder during your 10-day Amalfi Coast tour of Italy. You can discover the alluring scenery and vibrant culture of Italy as you visit Rome, Sorrento, the island of Ischia, and the towns of the Amalfi Coast, including Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi. From the shoreline to the inland plains and from the island beaches to panoramic summits, your time on the Amalfi Coast will highlight the marvels of the Campania region, stretching from antiquity to contemporary life.
Your exploration of the best of the Amalfi Coast will begin with your arrival in Rome, where you will have one night to enjoy the fascinating blend of contemporary life that weaves through the city’s streets. Your guide will lead you on an introductory tour to visit the iconic monuments of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. You will then travel southbound for three days in Sorrento. Before reaching the coastal city, you will have a guided tour of the spectacular Caserta Palace to witness the opulence of the Baroque apartments and dramatic gardens.
Your time in Sorrento will lead you to Naples for a full-day tour of the city’s antique streets and the artifacts that are on display in the archeological museum. You will also learn the art of making the perfect pizza during a private cooking lesson that will focus on the region’s traditional ingredients and flavors. A private tour of ancient life in the region will lead you along the excavated streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Each infamous city provides a different perspective of 1st-century life in a Roman colony.
The following day, you will take the ferry to Ischia, where you can relax in the comforts of your luxury hotel for two nights. Here, you can enjoy the beauty of island life at your preferred pace by strolling through the different towns, lounging on the beaches, or indulging in the thermal baths for which the island is famous. A visit to Capri will unveil the renowned beauty of the island that has enchanting emperors, and you can visit ancient gardens or revel in the marvelous views of the water.
Transferring to Ravello for three nights will open a doorway to the Amalfi Coast. You can discover the grandeur of the elevated town, traverse the scenic coastal road with a private driver, and wander along the historic edges of a former maritime powerhouse. When visiting Paestum, you will reveal the extent of Greek colonists in Italy before sampling the flavors of fresh-made buffalo mozzarella at a dairy farm. Throughout your tour, private transfer will be provided to and from each destination, and you will stay in luxurious accommodations in each location.
$2,745 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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