- 5 Full Days + 5 Nights
- Type of Tour: circular
- Start and End in: Rome
- 5 nights with European Breakfast
- 2 3-course dinners (wine not included)
- Private transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned van
- Private tour of Pompei Archaeological Site with a dedicated Tourist Guide
- Private tour of Vatican Museums and Basilica di S. Pietro in the Vatican State with an Authorised Tourist Guide
- Entrance to all locations mentioned in the program
- Transfer to Capri by hydrofoil
- All taxes and tips
Day 1 – POMPEI
Welcome to Italy! Your Tour Leader will meet you at the hotel in Rome. There you will also meet your travel mates, who will join you in this unforgettable tour in Southern Italy!
Today we’ll reach Pompei to enjoy to enter the very heart of Roman ancient splendor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997!
It is the only place in the world where you can understand how the Romans of the 1st century AD lived: from the brothels and lavatories to the posh dining rooms and the bathing establishments which gathered modern spa, health club and gym. The eruption of Vesuvius destroyed the town in 79 AD and more than 3,000 people were covered by debris from the volcano.
After this interesting visit our Tour Leader will drive us to the Amalfi Coast or Costiera Amalfitana, widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of pastel-coloured villages terraced into hillsides, steep panoramic roads, luxuriant gardens and enchanting vistas over turquoise waters and green mountains. Considered by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values," the coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Let’s celebrate our first day together in Italy with a gorgeous dinner on a terrace overlooking the sea, according to the Coastal tradition, rich of tastes and to the meantime delicate and light!
What about Spaghetti with clams in olive oil and garlic sauce, or a seafood Risotto, with a glass of excellent wine?
Overnight on Amalfi Coast
Day 2 – AMALFI COAST
Today our tour Leader will take us from town to town at the discovery of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, three of the most beautiful villages in Southern Italy, world-famous for their charm and colorful architecture.
Positano sits in a splendid panoramic position on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. Its enchanting town center of delightful pastel-coloured houses surrounds the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, its streets are lined with quaint, colorful shops and its numerous beaches are world famous.
Amalfi has a typically Mediterranean architecture, made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other. In the Middle Ages it was of Italy's four powerful maritime republics (with Venice, Pisa, and Genoa). All sea trade in the Mediterranean was once governed by the 12th century Tavole Amalfitane, one of the world's oldest maritime codes. A must-see in Amalfi is the Duomo di Sant'Andrea, fronted by an intricately patterned façade, redone in the 19th century. Founded in the 9th century, the cathedral's subsequent alterations have spared its principal glory, the main portal's 11th century Byzantine bronze doors. Next to the church lies the Chiostro del Paradiso (1268), or Cloister of Paradise, whose serious Romanesque tone is enlivened by the Arab elements in its sinuous columns. To escape the bustle of Amalfi let’s take the popular walk along the Valle dei Mulini, a steep-sided valley dotted with ruined watermills – mulini - once used to make paper, an industry for which Amalfi was, and still is, famous.
Ravello is situated in a more elevated position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast, boasting exceptional views of the coast and its marvelous villas and gardens which, according to French novelist André Gide, are “closer to the sky than the sea”. We will visit Villa Rufolo, built in the 13th century, which hosted popes and kings, as well as Richard Wagner, who composed part of his opera Parsifal here in 1880. Views from its idyllic gardens are magnificent!
Overnight on Amalfi Coast
DAY 3 – CAPRI
Today is reserved to Capri! An island tour by sea and the visit to the Blue Grotto, then the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Bays of Naples and Salerno around. In the afternoon we’ll visit Villa San Michele, the house museum created by the 19th century Swedish writer and physician Axel Munthe, which boasts one of the island's most panoramic views.
Let’s then relax in Piazzetta before strolling down Via Camerelle, famous for the luxury shops and designer fashion boutiques which line the street. We’ll then reach the breathtaking scenic overlook facing the Faraglioni rock formations to take some wonderful pictures!
After a long intensive day let’s go back to the mainland in time for dinner!
Overnight on Amalfi Coast
DAY 4 – MONTECASSINO, ALBAN HILLS and ROME
On our way to Rome, we will pass by Montecassino, where you will admire the Benedectine Abbey which was built 4 times after destruction over the centuries, the last in 1944 during a fierce battle.
And why not take lunch on the Alban Hills (20 kms south of Rome), known as the Castelli Romani? This is an area of pretty hill towns famous for their ancient history and highly regarded wine: Castelgandolfo, the summer residence of the pope, Rocca di Papa and Grottaferrata, known for their culture and gastronomic delicacies, Frascati, popular for its breathtaking views and for its sweet and refreshing white wine named after the city, are only some of them.
In the afternoon we’ll reach Rome, the “Eternal city”! There’s so much to do in Rome! We will start from the 2,000 years old Colosseum and the Imperial Forums, the administrative and monumental centre of the Roman Empire. We will complete our daily tour with a visit to the “Terrazza delle Quadrighe” (Terrace of the Quadrigas), on top of the “Altare della Patria” (Altar of the Fatherland), with a breathtaking view on the Colosseum, the Imperial Forums, the magnificent churches of the historic centre, the River Tiber and Jewish Ghetto.
After having thrown a coin into the Trevi Fountain, tonight we will have dinner in Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament! We will taste the Roman Cuisine in a “Trattoria” where you may try “Saltimbocca alla Romana” ( veal lined or topped with prosciutto and sage),“Bucatini cacio e pepe” (pasta with Pecorino Romano cheese and ground black pepper) and, in season ,”Fiori di Zucca Fritti” (fried zucchini flowers)!!
Overnight in Rome
Day 5 – ROME
Today will be a very busy day! Let’s start from the enchanting and immense Vatican Museums with its the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, framed by the magnificent four column-deep colonnade designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. We will then visit the Pantheon, dedicated to the worship of every god (Pan-every Theon-divinity), now memorial chapel of great Italian people of the past, the Church of St. Louis of the French, famous for the cycle of paintings by the Baroque master Caravaggio at the end of the 16th century and we’ll head to Rome's prettiest square, Piazza Navona. Afterwords we will climb the Spanish Steps for unforgettable pictures and stroll through the fashionable Via dei Condotti and the surrounding streets.
Tonight is, sadly, our last night together! We will have our farewell dinner in a typical Roman trattoria, sharing experiences and emotions of this unforgettable tour around Italy.
Arrivederci with another tour at the discovery of Italy with VITOR.
Overnight in Rome