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DAY 1: ROME > NAPLES > POMPEII > SORRENTO
See Southern Italy highlights on your minitour from Rome. Your journey begins heading south along the so-called Sun Highway, crossing the fertile Roman countryside and the area known as Castelli Romani, dotted with enchanting medieval villages and arriving in Naples, one of the largest and well-known cities in Italy. Short panoramic tour climbing up to Vomero hill to enjoy beautiful views over the Gulf of Naples with the Vesuvius, Capri, Ischia and Procida and the city below; time to take some nice pictures. Descending towards the port of Mergellina, you will leave the city and travel south towards Mount Vesuvius and, once you reach the town of Pompeii, you will have lunch with the real Neapolitan pizza!
After lunch, you will enter into one of the most important archaeological sites in the world: a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Pompeii, with Skip the Line entrance and a guided tour. Visit the haunting ruins of Pompeii, travelling back in time to the tragic days in 79 AD when the silent Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, covering the prosperous Roman city in deadly volcanic ashes and poisonous gases, leaving this prosperous city crystallized until our days. You’ll learn how people lived at that time, visiting houses and “bars” of the time, admiring frescoes and mosaics to imagine how rich and prosperous was the city before the dreadful day.
After the visit, you will drive along the Sorrentine Coast, arriving in Sorrento for dinner (dress code: no shorts for men) and an overnight in your new hotel. Meals: L, D
DAY 2: SORRENTO
Breakfast and dinner at the hotel and day at your disposal. Spend the day exploring Sorrento on your own or taking an optional excursion in the surroundings. Meals: B, D
DAY 3: SORRENTO > CAPRI
After breakfast, you’ll be embarked to Capri island. Depending on weather conditions, you’ll take a boat ride to the popular and dreamy “Grotta Azzurra” (Blue Grotto), where the sunlight passes into an underwater cavity and shines through the seawater, creating a magical blue reflection. After returning to the port you’ll board on a minibus for a scenic drive to Anacapri, 918 feet (280 meters) above the sea level. You’ll see wonderful views of the bay of Naples before continuing to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you can take advantage of some free time to explore Capri at your leisure or to go shopping and, in the afternoon, you will check-in at your new hotel for a well-deserved rest. Meals: B, L
DAY 4: CAPRI
You will have plenty of time after your hotel breakfast to explore the beauty of Capri, sometimes called the “Garden of Eden,” at your own pace. Discover the many shops and restaurants of this wonderful, sunny island or take a swim in the Gulf of Naples. If you’d rather take a day trip, you may book a separate excursion to nearby Anacapri, situated on the slopes of Monte Solario; the port city of Marina Grande; I Faraglioni, three impressive rock structures that have survived many kinds of erosion but yet still protrude grandly out of the sea; or the famous Villa Jovis, a residence built for the emperor Tiberius in the First Century BC. Return to your hotel for one last evening in Capri. Meals: B
DAY 5: CAPRI > SORRENTO > POSITANO
After breakfast, depart to Sorrento by ferry, once on the mainland, you will board on a coach for Positano, driving along the Amalfi Coast on the most famous road in the Campania region. In Positano, check-in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your own pace. Meals: B
DAY 6: POSITANO
See all that Positano has to offer as you set off to explore the ancient fishermen’s village after breakfast. Known for its cubic Empire houses perched upon cliffs looking over turquoise water, Positano is the most well-known summer resort area on the whole peninsula. Walk to the heart of town on Via Pasitea and weave your way through the city’s narrow streets, terraces, and gardens overlooking the bay. Be sure to buy one of the straw handbags or handmade sandals for which Positano is famous. Return to your hotel for one last overnight. Meals: B
DAY 7: POSITANO > NAPLES
Start your day with breakfast at your hotel, and at the designated time, depart for Naples, the third-largest city in Italy. Situated along a lovely bay, Naples is known for its islands, the neighbourhood of Posillipo, and Mount Vesuvius. Check in to your new hotel. Meals: B
DAY 8: NAPLES
After breakfast, pick up at your hotel and enjoy a 2 hours panoramic tour led by a professional guide, discover the most important monuments of the lively city of Naples. First two stops will be at the Cathedral to visit its Treasure Chapel and at St. Restituta Basilica. Drive to the town Hall square where the New Castle was built by the French family of the Anjou and continue your tour to Posillipo. Stop at St. Antonio church terrace to get the best view of the city and the bay. The tour continues to Plebiscite square where you will admire the Royal Palace (outside), the beautiful church of St. Francesco di Paola in its neoclassic style, the famous Umberto I Gallery and finally the San Carlo theatre. The tour will end in the city centre. Rest of the day at your leisure to continue to visit and discover on your own, the beauties of this city before to spend your last night relaxing at your hotel in Naples. Meals: B
DAY 9: NAPLES
Enjoy a final breakfast in your hotel before your tour concludes. Meals: B