Southern Italy offers a genuine contrast to the icy elegance of the North as this is a land that has no time for the inauthentic. This luxurious, 14-day tour of the Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily’s capital is handcrafted to reveal what is unique about the South while offering all the sights, sounds, and flavors that have made Italy one of the most sought after destinations in Europe. From the heights of Mount Vesuvius to the depths of the Grotta Azzurra, this adventure will...
Naples – A Neapolitan Welcome
Italy is a land that is steeped in history and tradition, and nowhere is this more evident than in the sunbaked cities of Southern Italy. Hugging the West Coast of the Italian peninsula, Naples has had a front-row seat for the dramatic history that this region has seen as the centuries have passed. Today, Naples represents the third largest metropolitan area in Italy with significant urban sprawl, surrounding the original structures of the city. Situated on the Northern end of the Gulf of Naples, its strategic position has made it a sought after city for merchants, traders, and generals before international travelers discovered its host of culinary treasures. Your private transfer will meet you at Naples International Airport and escort you to your luxurious hotel, which will be located close enough to the port for you to experience the charms of the city but just far enough away to avoid the noise and bustle of incoming cruise ships and freighters.
After you have had a chance to settle into your conveniently located accommodation, you will be met by your helpful guide who will provide you with an introductory tour of Naples, beginning at the church of San Domenico Maggiore. The spirit of Southern Italy will quickly express itself to you through the casual conversation of locals who rarely fail to pause and exchange a few words with their neighbors no matter how busy they are. Carved out of the surrounding neighborhoods, the Piazza del Plebiscito offers some relief from the jumble of narrow alleys and stunning views of the Royal Palace of Naples. As you acquaint yourself with this charming corner of Italy, the history and architectural splendor that surrounds you will leave no doubt in your mind as to why the city center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
Naples – Dig Into History at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Naples – Witness Nature’s Power on a Day Trip to Ruins of Pompeii
Naples – Stroll the Old City Center of Naples
Sorrento – Stretch Your Legs on the Slopes of Mt. Vesuvius
Sorrento – Practice the Passeggiata in Sorrento’s Center
Capri – Marvel at the Mediterranean Splendor of Capri
Capri – Enjoy a Boat Tour of the Grotta Azzurra
Amalfi – Dive Into the Coastal Brilliance of the Sorrentine Peninsula
Amalfi – Brave the Waves on a Boat Excursion of Amalfi Coast
Amalfi – Meander the Hiking Trails Surrounding Amalfi
Palermo – Immerse Yourself in the Dramatic History of Palermo
Palermo – Visit the Palatine Chapel and Norman Museum
Palermo – A Sicilian Send-Off
- Unearth hidden treasures from Italy’s colorful past in a visit to the Italian National Museum of Archeology
- Wander the crisscrossing alleys and streets of Naples’ Centro Storico and sample some of the classic Italian cuisine that can be found here
- Observe the tragic remains of Italy’s volcanic past in a visit to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and the well-preserved relics of the past
- Experience the pristine views of the Bay of Naples and the Sorrentine Peninsula from the slopes of the imposing Mt. Vesuvius
- Witness the proud maritime tradition of Sorrento and enjoy an evening stroll, or passeggiata, through the neighborhoods to witness the impressive works of local artisans
- Discover your sea legs on a ride to the island of Capri and marvel at the stunning seascape that can be found on a tour of the Grotta Azzurra
- Immerse yourself in an exploration of the rugged mountains and precipitous drops of the Amalfi coastline.
- Delight in Sicily’s proud history and vibrant culture through a visit to the Palatine Chapel and the Museum of Norman History
Italy has long been a destination location for travelers hoping to experience the best of Europe. Contrasting the verdant beauty of the North, the rugged, Southern landscapes and sea fairing communities offer much to the traveler who is hoping to catch a glimpse of the Mediterranean past while enjoying the comfort of modern amenities. As August has long been the vacationing month for locals, early Spring and Fall remain the best times to visit these destinations because you can combine the promise of summer warmth with the absence of crowds. Southern Italy has long seduced visitors from all walks of life from queens and emperors to pilgrims and traveling artists.
Whether the culinary charm of Naples to the rural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, there is something for everyone on this 14-day tour of Southern Italy, and you should leave plenty of space on your camera to capture the countless moments that you will undoubtedly encounter. The first leg of your journey will introduce you to the Bay of Naples and the surrounding cultural and geologic history that has been the subject of books, songs, and film for generations. A side jaunt up the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius will then offer a panorama of one of the must-see destinations on this tour.
The second leg of your adventure comprises of visits to the island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast, which is where the rugged mountains plunge into the waters of the Mediterranean and the local villages offer quaint and quality samples of local ingredients and dishes. Boats and cars will be your primary modes of travel, and you will always be steered by the most experienced hands. A trip to Sicily will almost seem like another country as the extravagance of Capri is replaced by the rustic charm of Palermo, which is a city that claims to have been the most conquered of any in Europe.
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$5,007 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.
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