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Sorrento, Campania, Italy - Photo by Jesse Andrews
Sunset over Mediterranean Sea from Sorrento, Italy
Boats along the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Town, on the Amalfi Coast Italy - Photo by Jesse Andrews

Amazing Amalfi - Private Package Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-00281
  • Type : Semi-Private
  • Duration : 5 days
  • Departs from : Naples
  • Meeting Place : Rail Station - Airport - Hotel

Description

This tour is an excellent package that begins from Naples with a private transfer from the Rail station - Port or Airport in Naples to your hotel in Sorrento.  Over 5 days, you visit the towns and cities along the Amalfi Coast, the ruins of Pompeii an the beautiful island of Capri.  It also includes accommodation in a delightful, four star hotel in central Sorrento which offers spectacular views over the coast.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Transfer from Naples to Hotel in Sorrento

Where we visit : Naples, Sorrento
Meeting Location : Rail Station - Airport - Hotel
This morning/afternoon (depending on your arrival) you will be picked up in Naples and taken on a very beautiful drive along one of Italy's most evocative coastlines. You will have time en-route should you wish to stop and take photos of some of the most evocative views in the area. Upon arrival in Sorrento, you will have time to settle into your central, four star hotel the Hotel Michelangelo and explore the town centre of Sorrento, filled with many shops and wonderful little bars. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sorrento.
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Visit to the Island of Capri

Where we visit : Capri
A day devoted entirely to the visit of Capri, an island rich in natural beauty, scenic, historical, and social activities that involve the whole world. Pick up from your hotel or established meeting place, continued toward the port of Sorrento and board the fast boat with all the comforts to make you enjoy the fascinating journey from where you can enjoy the Sorrento Peninsula to the junction of Water Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno (Punta Campanella). After about 20 minutes by boat you arrive at Marina Grande, the small port of the island that has left intact its charm despite the passage of time. After landing can be reached by minibus AnaCapri, above Capri, just as the Greeks nicknamed it. This beautiful village, which today is a town in itself, is an integral part of the island. Inhabited since Roman times, as evidenced by the many ruins, AnaCapri had its heyday between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when it became a coveted "retreat" for artists from across Europe who came here to spend happy holidays and to find inspiration. In AnaCapri you can visit the famous Villa San Michele, which was bought and restored in 1895 by Swedish doctor Axel Munthe, who fell in love with the ruins of an ancient chapel, consisting of a few crumbling walls. While doing restoration work in the adjacent vineyard the remains of an ancient Roman villa came to light, he decorated the new house with numerous archaeological remains that may be observed in the original construction of Munthe. The restoration lasted many years. The story of his life is told in an autobiography, he wanted to call it "The Story of San Michele”, which also contains all phases of the restoration and it was published in 1929, and proved to be one of the most read books in the twentieth century. Upon his death in Rome in 1949, Munthe left the house to the Swedish state. Today it is owned by a Swedish foundation that has transformed it into a museum where, in the summer, beautiful classical music concerts are held. Free time in AnaCapri for lunch, and those who want to shop will be spoiled for choice given the wide variety of typical products and clothing etc. .. For nature and landscape lovers there will be a nice opportunity to get the chair lift that arrives at 600 mt. around the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island. Continue to the famous "Piazzetta" of Capri, meeting place of VIPs and vantage point of great beauty. Then you can have free time for shopping or go for a short walk to the Gardens of Augustus, which are very relaxing, and also have a breathtaking views, after crossing the streets of Capri, full of shops and sparkling windows. The gardens were commissioned in the '30s by the German steel magnate Krupp, who also wanted to achieve, a masterpiece of engineering made of winding roads above the sea, linking the gardens and the Certosa at Marina Piccola .You will return to the port at Marina Grande, time and weather permitting, you can enjoy the beauty of the coast of the island with a boat ride or visit the Blue Grotto which is known throughout the world for its size, and for its intense blue and silvery white water reflecting immerse objects. To enter the Blue Grotto you have to climb in a small rowboat, lying on the bottom, you cross the narrow gap opened in the natural rock. It is impossible to do on days when the wind blows south-west or northwest. The entrance to the Blue Grotto is a small gap in the rock wall, about 2 meters wide and high, which is about 1 meter above sea level. Abandoning the oars the rower pushes the boat into clinging to a side chain on the ceiling of the entrance. The interior is all light blue, once called the Blue Dome, it has an average height from 7 to 14 feet, the erosion of the cavity is about 60 meters long and 25 wide. The cave continues with the Hall of Pillars, three communicating branches that converge in the Hall of Names, so named for the many visitors signatures affixed to the walls, and the Passage of Corrosion, to the last accessible point, the Hall of Corrosion . The blue colour of the Blue Grotto is due to the fact that daylight enters through an underwater window that appears right under the entrance, thus undergoing a change of colour, which absorbs the red colour and lets blue filter through. It is believed that the interior of the Blue Grotto in Roman times, the time of Tiberius, was used as a marine ninfeo, there have been those who have imagined it as a place where the Nereids or Syrens and those who believed it was the kingdom of devils, intimidating anyone who dared enter. In the afternoon return to the port of Sorrento and subsequent transfer by minibus to your hotel where you can reflect on why Capri is defined as one of the most beautiful islands in the world!!!
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 3 - Pompeii and Vesuvius

Where we visit : Pompeii
Pompeii is the most famous and visited archaeological site in the world, it was visited in 2008 by over 2,000,000 people. Pick up directly from your hotel or indicated meeting point, where, it is through the municipalities forming part of the Sorrentine peninsula and continue to State Road 145 "Sorrento", where you can admire the Sorrentine peninsula in all its glory ! After a journey of about 30 minutes to get to Pompeii. Pompeii was founded around the eighth century BC by Osci who settled and divided it into 5 villages at the southern foot of Mount Vesuvius, not far from the river Sarno, then navigable. The number five, in Oscan, probably derives the name of the town. The first settlements date back to the Iron Age, or the IX - VII century BC C., when there was the culture of "graves". Pompeii at that time was a very important commercial centre, so that it was a target for expansion by the Greeks and the Etruscans before, the Samnites later. The Samnites had the merit of having enlarged the walls of the town, and giving it a large urban development. At this time there was a strong architecture impulse: a triangular and rectangular Forum were reconstructed and important buildings like the Temple of Jupiter, the Basilica and the House of the Faun, which is the size of a Hellenic Palace. In the same period has also built the Temple of Isis was built and it is clear evidence of trade with the East of Pompeii. Pompeii became the residence of the Roman nobility and, in Imperial times, many families supported Augustus’s policy and moved here and ordering the construction of buildings like the Temple of Fortuna Augusta and the building of Eumachia. Under Nerone the Campania region suffered heavy damage due to an earthquake which occurred in 62 or 63 A.C.. The Roman Senate immediately ordered the reconstruction, but all was in vain, because August 24 of 79 B.C., when rebuilding was still underway, a disastrous eruption of Vesuvius wiped it out completely with, Herculaneum, Stabia and Oplonti. There was almost no escape for anyone and the thriving Pompeii was only a cloak lava often up to three meters and cemented the inhabitants and destroyed all manner of life. From this great tragedy the famous archeological excavations of Pompeii, where began and been brought to light the ancient Roman city destroyed tragically after one of the eruptions of the nearby volcano Vesuvius in the year 79 B.C.. In Pompeii work started around 1748, in the area of Civita, which was then believed to be Stabia, alternating with breaks due to other discoveries at Herculaneum, and continued mostly without a definite plan and without a precise method, performed by prisoners in chain and young boys. The research was aimed only at finding material for museums or to decorate the royal palaces, while the buildings excavated, once stripped of artworks, were left without any care or protection from the weather. With the outbreak of the France revolution and also the start of the first revolutions in Naples the activity of the excavations decreased significantly with Joseph Bonaparte and Joachim Murat, later resumed, on a larger scale, and more intensively. With the birth of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the Savoys did not underestimate the prestige arising from the discovery of Pompeii. By the wish of the new king systematic excavations began: he appointed Giuseppe Fiorelli as director, a professor of archaeology at the University of Naples. Fiorelli adopted a scientific method, with logging excavation, surveying, indexing of objects, and employing more than five hundred workers. To him we owe the invention of the method of filling with plaster the gaps left by the victims in bank hardened ash, providing a kind of matrix that produces the imprints of the bodies caught in the moment of death, with dramatic intensity. The system of removing all objects from the excavations was abandoned: the paintings and mosaics were mostly left in place, the houses were covered with carved roofs which copied the layout and provide a hedge against early deterioration. The years that followed were the best: extending the search to the east and towards the Porta di Nola, bought to light many houses, consolidate the structures and restoring the paintings on the site. The last thirty years have been alternately modest exploration for the conservation, of primary importance to this unique place in the world. The excavation work is overshadowed today by the need to restore and protect this world famous site, the best example of a Roman city in the world. The visitor will realize that Pompeii offers a variety of things to see that the guide will need to select in order to give visitors an idea as complete as possible of the classical Roman city. In fact you can admire all the structures typical of the Roman world as the main square or forum, baths, theatres, the neighbourhood of prostitution (brothel), the roads that intersect the second axis east-west and south-north, mansions with remains of frescoes from Roman times, the attraction of spectacular plaster casts containing bones of Pompeians that died during the disaster, numerous shops that lined the streets and the remains of electoral registrations. The excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum and with those of Oplontis are given in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to the scientists, historians, archaeologists, restorers and all those people who are so dedicated with the tragedy of Pompeii that did not destroy the city, there have only stopped enough time to return it to the appearance it had on that particular day in 79B.C. After the visit of the excavations free time for lunch and proceed to visit the crater of Mount Vesuvius. This volcano is particularly interesting for its history and the frequency of its eruptions. Is part of the Somma - Vesuvius mountain system, 1281 meters high . It is located slightly inside the gulf coast of Naples. Vesuvius is a sight of unusual beauty in the landscape of the Gulf, especially when viewed from the sea with the city skyline. After the 1944 eruption, Vesuvius is considered dormant. This period of rest is atypical, and the eruptive activity appears severely delayed. For some reason, still mysterious, the duct, virtually always open since 1631, must have been blocked in depth, or should have emptied its "pockets" of magma that fed the cyclic activity, so the volcano apparently inert as it was before 1631. On clear days the most famous volcano in Europe, offers spectacular and striking views, leaving the eye to wonder over the sea, islands and the archaeological excavations of the cities buried by the eruption of 79AC. . A few years earlier, in 62 AC., a terrible earthquake, premonitory of a far worse catastrophe that would have struck in a few years the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and other towns in Campania. Since dawn of that day in 79 AC., on Mount Vesuvius appeared a large cloud. At ten o'clock in the morning the gases that were pressing inside exploded and the solid lava, that blocked the volcano crater, reducing it in to ash and liquid lava. The ash was so thick that it blocked out the sun. Since that terrible day the cities have ceased to exist and remained buried for centuries under a blanket of over 6 meters of ash and lava. With the coach we will reach a height of 1000 meters, then continuing walking along a path and reaching the peak of the volcano, for an impressive view of the crater visited with a specialized mountain guide. Return to Sorrento in the afternoon.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 4 - Full Day Tour of the Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most fascinating in the world for its landscape, it 's an unique opportunity to impress in your heart and memory breathtaking views protected by Unesco. Pick up directly from your hotel or indicated meeting point by coach and proceeding along the State Road 163 "Amalfitana". The Amalfi Coast is part of the Campania’s coast, located south of the Sorrentine Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Salerno it is bordered to the west by Positano and to the east by Vietri sul Mare. It is a stretch of coastline famous around the world for its natural beauty, home of major tourist sites. It takes its name from the town of Amalfi, the heart of the coast not only geographically but also historically. The Amalfi Coast is known for its diversity : each of the towns on the coast has its own charm and its traditions. During the first part of the day we will pass, with the coach, the famous and romantic Positano. The origin of the name of Positano is narrowed to two traditions. The historical version that the name derives from Paestum, whose inhabitants took refuge in the area during the raids of pirates. The other version has it that the name comes from a voice that kept saying "... posa posa ...", heard when, during a crossing by sea of a painting of the Madonna, the boat encountered a heavy storm. The men then fled to what is now known as the bay of Positano, and when they laid the picture on the beach, the storm stopped. The origins of Positano are lost in the mists of time, where history and legend mingle. As often happened in the past, the myth, which replaced the lack of clear data, tells us that Positano was founded by Poseidon, the god of the sea, for the love of the nymph Pasitea. At the time of the Romans, Positano was the place from which the Emperor Tiberius, stocked up "safe flour," not trusting the products to be found on the island of Capri where he feared conspiracies. The town developed around the Benedictine Abbey of St. Vito in the ninth century, and was populated only later, when the attacks of the Saracens in 915 AD forced the inhabitants of neighbouring areas to flee and seek refuge here. There are traces of these influences in many elements of architecture. During the period of the Maritime Republics the town was devastated by one of the other Maritima Republics namely Pisa, and changing its architecture in order to protect the city from invasions from the sea. Protective walls were built, streets and narrow houses clinging to the coast at a height difficult to reach and in strategic positions. The town became a busy hub for maritime trade, even competing with Amalfi between the fifteenth and seventeenth century. Then began the demographic decline that continued until the early twentieth century, when it was 'discovered' by the Germans, British and Americans. From this moment on Positano saw an economic growth that continues today. The shops and small businesses in the clothing industry have become so important that they create their own style, Positano Fashion. The clothes of Positano seamstresses constitute a recognizable style with sarongs and laced bodices, brightly coloured. Continuing at each bend, you will discover the charm of a new village built in ancient times, overlooking the sea until you reach Praiano. In the past it was one of the old farmhouses of the Amalfi Republic, together with that of Vettica Maggiore, and ancient fishing village, chosen by many as a holiday resort. Lying on the ridge of the Lattary mountains, Praiano is a thriving tourist destination of great beauty from the naturalistic point of view. The landscape is very beautiful with the mountains in the background, and out at sea you can admire the Li Galli islands and in the distance the isle of Capri. Weather permitting, we will make a stop halfway with the possibility to buy drink and admire the local pottery in Conca dei Marini. Then you will reach Amalfi, the main square which is dedicated to Flavio Gioia, the invention of the sea compass. The centre is dominated by the impressive staircase and the facade of the Duomo, dedicated to St. Andrew, also famous for its cloister and museum. Not to be missed, the opportunity to admire the coastline from the sea and photograph every single detail in this magnificent coastline shaped over centuries by wind and sea, also rich in natural caves. There will be an opportunity to have free time for shopping or to visit the medieval Cathedral, known for its beautiful façade, the result of the encounter between Islamic and Norman art. This optional tour includes the Cathedral itself and its museum, which includes the cloister, masterpieces of high artistic value as the Mitra S. Ludovico di Tolosa studded with 19,330 beads and baroque crypt of St Andrea. We continue by coach, to Ravello, about 300 meters above the sea, where the time available will be dedicated to lunch and the discovery of the medieval village. In this delightful little town you can visit the Cathedral of St. Pantaleone, beautiful Romanesque church with two precious medieval pulpits (Ambon) and the medieval Villa Rufolo with the breathtaking views, which was a source of inspiration for many artists including Richard Wagner, in fact, to commemorate the presence of the German composer, in the Villa every year there is a music festival in his honour. Return to Sorrento following the Chiunzi valley road and the motorway, after an unforgettable day!!!
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 5 - Return Transfer to Naples

Where we visit :
After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up and return you to Naples where you can either fly home or continue by train to another destination in Italy.
Meals : Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Accommodation in superior four star hotels throughout
  2. English speaking guide and driver
  3. Full day excursion to Capri
  4. Full day excursion to Pompeii
  5. Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  6. Meals as indicated in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  1. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. Optional excursions during your tour
  4. Personal Expenses or Extras at hotels
  5. Travel Insurance

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