Romantic Getaway to Amalfi Coast, Naples, Capri Itinerary

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Italy's Amalfi Coast with mountains in the background
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Total Trip:

7 Days
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Countries Visited:

Italy
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Places Visited:

Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Ravello, Capri, Anacapri, Naples, Pompeii, Nerano, Procida
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Departure Dates:

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Allow your love to blossom along the seductive landscapes and breathtaking seaside panoramas during your personalized romantic Italy tour. Enchanting villas, quiet marinas, and mouthwatering cuisine accentuate the passion for which the Italian Peninsula is known. Amorous dreams become your reality within the storybook cobblestone streets lined with tower homes glowing the pastel facades. Cooking classes will immerse you in authentic flavor while an ethereal glow flecks against the walls of a secluded

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Day 1

Sorrento – Arrive in Italy and Enjoy the Beauty at the Bay of Naples

The town of Sorrento clings to the rocky cliffs along the Bay of Naples standing 180 feet above sea level and dipping down to the shoreline that glows with colorful fishing boats wading in the azure water. Upon your arrival at Naples International Airport, your private transfer will escort you around the glistening bay and past the looming peak of the infamous volcano, Mount Vesuvius to reach the captivating streets of Sorrento. The gorgeous scenery of rugged rockface bordering the cobblestone streets and pastel-colored homes has attracted travelers since the 19th century when artists like Lord Byron and Charles Dickens wished to bask in the splendor of the bay. The depth of history emerges from the city walls, which date back to the Greek settlements made nearly 3,000 years ago with fortifications made during the Roman era and the Middle Ages.

Before exploring the town, you can relax in the comforts of your luxury accommodation while overlooking the shimmering waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to embrace the ever-present aroma of the sea and the lingering scent of citrus from the bright lemon groves on the outskirts of Sorrento. In the evening, you can visit the neighboring town of Nerano, located halfway between Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast possessing the gorgeous Marina del Cantone, a beach with warm water gently lapping against the pebbles. At night, romance sparks beneath starlit sky as restaurants near the shoreline cook the local specialty, spaghetti alla Nerano, a dish consisting of spaghetti noodles, zucchini, and cheese.

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Day 2

Sorrento – Uncover the Unique History of Pompeii, Naples, and Pizza

At breakfast, the refreshing aromas of freshly baked pastries and delicious espresso fill the dining room of your hotel accompanied by the stunning view overlooking the Bay of Naples. Your private driver greets you in the lobby eager to whisk you around the bay to reach the captivating preserved ancient city of Pompeii. The homes, streets, and art of Pompeii fell beneath layers of pumice and ash in 79 AD after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The massive archeological complex encompasses 170 acres and was home to approximately 11,500 people at the time of the eruption.

Frescoes depicting scenes from Homer’s Iliad catch your eye along the colonnade before finding an inscription on the neighboring house celebrated for its romantic notion stating in Latin, “lovers, like bees, wish life to be as sweet as honey.” Continue to Naples for deeper insight into the marvels of the ancient world at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale. The galleries possess one of the largest collections of Greco-Roman artifacts in the world with many objects inherited from the treasured Farnese collection, as well as from excavations at Herculaneum and Pompeii.

In the evening, you will meet your private chef for a foray into the specialty of Naples, pizza. As your chef guides you in the proper way to make Neapolitan dough, you can learn the origins of traditional pizza that go back to the 19th century when the baker Raffaele Esposito served a pizza with ingredients celebrating the colors of the newly minted Italian flag, with tomato sauce for red, mozzarella cheese for white, and basil leaves for green. Queen Margherita of Savoy preferred the colorful pizza best, thus having the dish, “pizza margherita,” named after her.

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Day 3

Sorrento – Traverse the Remarkable Beauty of the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the many jewels of Italy with a 25-mile long road stretching from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east. The treasured ambiance of the collection of small towns dotting the coastline emanates from the radiant colors of the homes that climb the promontory with a mixture of hidden coves and public beaches nestling against the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Your private driver meets you in Sorrento before leading you to the beginning of the narrow road for which the coastline is famous, navigating between the soaring craggy cliffs and the steep plunge into the Mediterranean. Positano is a charming town instantly welcoming you with an air of romance.

Homes with pastel facades wind around narrow cobbled roads and vertical stairways connect the hills with the beaches. The scent of lemons and oranges emanate from the terraced orchards while the shops display cheery ceramics featuring images of lemons surrounded by blue and white geometric designs. A historical sandal-maker on via della Tartana continues to craft footwear by hand while visitors wander around the ascending paths free of cars. The town of Ravello reflects a different side of the Amalfi Coast atop the mountains.

Ravello stands above the coastline at an elevation of 1,200 feet offering stunning views over the water and protruding mountains for you to enjoy. The tranquil charms emanating from the 11th-century cathedral and cafes lining Piazza del Vescovado have seduced the likes of Virginia Woolf, Greta Garbo, and Richard Wagner. Take a seat atop the tower connected to Villa Rufolo, a 14th-century mansion bedecked with Moorish and Norman influences and providing a marvelous terrace along the cliff’s edge overlooking the coastline.

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Capri – Travel to Capri to Indulge in the Gorgeous Land- and Seascape

The morning breeze sweeps through the streets of Sorrento carrying the aroma of the sea and the scent of freshly baked lemon delight, a specialty of Sorrento made of sponge cake soaked in limoncello cream and covered with an icing of lemon cream. After breakfast, you take the ferry to the legendary island of Capri, whose beauty has captivated the likes of Roman emperors, world-renowned artist, and famous Hollywood stars. The sea cliffs rise over 200 feet above sea level growing larger as you approach Marina Grande. A funicular takes you from the harbor up to the main public square, Piazza Umberto.

The clock tower casts a slight shadow over the cobblestones and bustling cafes. The scent of fresh espresso overtakes the briny aroma of the water with shops along Via Camerelle including elegant boutiques, charismatic pottery, and lavish locally-made perfumes. Take a boat ride to the Blue Grotto after exploring the streets of Capri Town to see how the flooded cave has a small opening to the sea where sunlight pierces the interior causing an ethereal blue glow to shimmer off the water. You may need to duck down as you pass through the opening reaching barely over three feet tall. The motion of the water and flickering light are hypnotic as your guide explains how the Romans once believed the cave home to sea nymphs.

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Day 5

Capri – Explore the Art, History, and Cuisine on the Island of Capri

Morning on the island is quiet and beautiful with the intoxicating aromas of lemon and chocolate filling the streets. The island comes back to life with the shops opening along the main street of Via Camerelle. In the morning, you make your way to Villa San Michele, the former home of a Swedish doctor who collected priceless artifacts from ancient Roman, Egyptian, and Etruscan settlements. Vines drape over the pergolas near glinting marble statues in view of the stunning gardens glowing with blossoming flowers.

The mansion was erected over the ruins of a Roman villa creating a more tranquil ambiance. In June and August, the gardens fill with the sounds of invigorating music with classical concerts in the cool evening air. A granite sphinx gazes out over the entire island from the comforts of the manicured garden. The blend of culture and history sheds a different light on the beauty of Capri. Meet your private chef in the afternoon to uncover the classic flavors of Capri accentuated by the beauty of a fascinating villa.

The island’s traditions derive from the cuisine of the Mediterranean as your chef helps define the cuisine by guiding you through five classic dishes including Ravioli alla Caprese, pasta stuffed with cheese and dressed in a delicious tomato sauce. For the final dish of the day, you mix sugar and butter to form a creamy consistency before adding eggs, almonds, vanilla, and chocolate to prepare the dough for the indulgently rich chocolate cake known as Torta Caprese. Biting into a piece of the cake celebrates the historic flavor of the decadent dish dating back to the 1930s developed by two Austrian women stranded on the island and wishing to marry the flavors of the Mediterranean and Byzantine traditions with northern tastes.

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Day 6

Sorrento – Visit Procida before Returning to Sorrento for the Day

The sunlight washes over the façade of Anacapri’s Chiesa di San Michele. The light filters through the windows and shines on the colorful mosaic depicting the biblical story of Adam and Eve. After breakfast, you have the remainder of the day at your leisure before returning to Sorrento. For a special exploration around the Bay of Naples, you venture to Procida, a neighboring island alight with a colorful fishing village and restaurants serving fresh seafood. The charming ambiance derives from the authenticity as the lack of crowds allows the island to remain a special gem along the coast with gorgeous beaches and local children dipping fishing line into the sea. Families stroll along the cobblestones and fishers mend their nets alongside the small marina.

The southern tip of the island, known as Solchiaro, rewards hikers with a stunning view of villas, gardens, and the glistening waters of the sea touching mainland Italy.  On returning to Sorrento, you notice the splendors of the city emanate from the spirited ambiance of the central Piazza Tasso nestled beneath the palatial hotels and charming shops. In the evening, the warmth and activity return to the streets as locals enjoy the nightly passeggiata, after-dinner stroll.

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Day 7

Sorrento – Depart for Home

In the morning, the doors to the Museo Correale di Terranova open to the public to display an assortment of arts and crafts made between the 16th and 19th centuries. The galleries focus mainly on Neapolitan works but also contain Japanese, Chinese, and European ceramics, as well as fans and carvings. After breakfast, your private transfer greets you in the lobby of your hotel. You will travel once more around the Bay of Naples passing through the shadow cast by the peak of Mount Vesuvius for one last look at the infamous volcano and the sweeping beauty between Naples and Sorrento. You arrive at the airport with plenty of time to check in to your flight bringing an end to your luxurious week in Italy.

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Trip Highlights

  • Delight in the comforts of Capri by staying overnight in a luxurious hotel for a different appreciation of the island’s elegance and charm
  • Uncover Pompeii’s inspiring breadth and the uniqueness of the preserved art, villas, and artifacts unearthed millennia after the volcanic eruption
  • Indulge in the special flavors of Capri during a private cooking class celebrating the seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients of the island
  • Visit the seductive ambiance of Procida, an island neighbor of Capri with a beautiful landscape and gorgeous panorama of mainland Italy
  • Relish the splendor of the Amalfi Coast felt in the boutique shops of Positano and the captivating historical villas of Ravello
  • Embrace the specific flavors of proper Neapolitan pizza with a private cooking class offering historical and gastronomic insight into the classic dish
  • Enjoy the fascinating private collection of a former Swedish doctor on display inside Villa San Michelle on the island of Capri
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Detailed Description

Indulge in the joys of Italy during your 7-day tour that will accentuate the romance of the pebbled beaches alongside the charming churches, classic homes, and boutique shops.  Millenia of history is featured in ancient ruins, museum galleries, and irresistible cuisine while the allure of Italy’s western coast has attracted poets and writers, artists and Hollywood stars eager to bask in the natural splendor stretching across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Desire wraps around the Bay of Naples connecting Pompeii to Sorrento and leading to the luxuries of the Amalfi Coast. The marvels of Capri contain fascinating history and inviting panoramas while the shores of Procida retain an authentic appeal dripping with flirtatious beauty.

Your tour of Italy’s romantic side will begin with your arrival in Sorrento. Four days on the Bay of Naples combines accessibility of travel with the majestic destinations situated along Campania’s coast. The astounding highlights stem from the ancient world at Pompeii demonstrating the scale of Imperial Rome’s former reach and the preservation of antiquity. The National Archeological Museum in Naples displays the magnificent artworks of the past revealing perspectives on legend, religion, and love while the delights of pizza come to light with a private lesson where the seductive flavors of the traditional dish take center stage. The Amalfi Coast brims with activity as hidden charms adorn the rocky promontory jutting out into the sea. Towns like Ravello, Positano, and Amalfi embody the varied splendors of fascinating views, colorful architecture, seaside restaurants, and classic villas.

The islands off the coast of Sorrento radiate beauty as you begin your time in Capri. A feeling of enchantment sweeps through you as you walk the cobbled streets of Capri Town while the tranquil lanes of Anacapri rest beneath the summit of Mount Subasio. Spending an overnight in Capri allows you to bask in the serene charms absent of the crowds, while the natural scenery accentuates the historical artworks and remnants of villas from Roman emperors and notable members of contemporary society. The neighboring island of Procida immerses you in the romance of authentic Italy emanating from the preserved colorful homes and small pebbled beaches. Trails from around the island lead to sensational local restaurants and resplendent panoramas overlooking the sea.  Consider learning more about our travelers’ best Italy vacation activities by reading their Italy travel reviews.

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$1920 per person (excluding international flights)

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