The Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast tour covers what we call “the Romantic South”: 10 days / 9 nights.
You’ll visit destinations which allow you to admire Italy historical heritage with Rome, the eternal City, and the typical coastal landscapes surrounding Sorrento and Amalfi.
You will also visit Capri, the VIP island par excellence in this Country.
Crafting this vacation plan covering Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, we thought of you who have spent a period of hard and tiring work and you really want to enjoy the Italian sun and seaside to be rejuvenated in body and soul.
Masterpieces of unreachable art and places that have witnessed the history of the ancient and modern world and that elicit vivid emotion in those who visit them will fascinate you.
You’ll walk through gardens ending with terraces from which you can admire breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.
During the Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast tour, you’ll swim in blue and transparent waters. Or are you staying in the pool to be pampered with a glass of Limoncello, made with typical Amalfi lemons, and fresh shellfish caught in these sea waters.
If you like all this, do not wait any longer.
We would like to introduce you our Rome, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Private Tour.
It is basically an “all seasons” trip, since you surely may think of Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast as Summer destinations. And indeed they are: you can take such fulfilling bathing sessions in the sparkling blue waters of the Tyrrennian Sea, and get an envying suntan in the Sorrento or Capri beaches while sipping a delicious “Limoncello” the typical sweet spirit drink made of the fragrant lemons of these places.
Yet, you probably can spend 10 days in Italy, in Winter or Fall, because you’re off in this period.
Well, don’t worry: this is a fantastic trip even in December or January.
During the Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast tour, you surely won’t go to the beach, but you can spend three days in Rome visiting some of the most famous Historical sites in the World, like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums; or breathing the “Dolce Vita” atmosphere in Via Veneto; or loosing yourself in a whirling shopping session in the Spanish Steps district, like Via Condotti, Via del Corso or Via del Babuino, etc.
If you have already been in Rome and visited the mentioned sites, please ask us for an alternative tour: we will be glad to craft a new Roman itinerary, exclusively with you and for you.
Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, with Capri, vacation can give a lot in winter too.
Along the coastline you will find places like Amalfi, Sorrento, Ravello, Praiano, Positano, Vietri sul Mare and others are small cities perched on hills that slope gently to the sea, each of them stunning beauties with their own flair.
Our Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast tour offers great attractiveness throughout the year, for their culture, art, monuments, unparalleled panoramas, fantastic food and that full sense of slow time passing, the typical Southern Italian provinces atmosphere their way of life.
The Amalfi Coast is a stunning beauty with its steep sloped lemon tree gardens and colored terrace houses and stunning views and azure sea.
It lies South East of Naples, starting from Sorrento stretching almost to Salerno.
The Amalfi Coast is a well known secret to experienced travelers, and we are here to suggest it’s beauties to you.
Sorrento, for instance, is a strategic place to stay: it features beautiful architecture, many cafés and restaurants, and shops catering to tourists.
As it is on the “Circumvesuviana” rail system, it is possible to easily reach Naples and it’s an ideal base for visiting Pompeii excavations (Italian: scavi), the famed archaeological site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement.
Pompeii is one of the few sites where an ancient city has been preserved in detail – everything from jars and tables, to paintings and people were frozen in time, yielding, together with neighboring Herculaneum which suffered the same fate, an unprecedented opportunity to see how the people lived two thousand years ago.
Ferries regularly commute between Sorrento and Capri, making Sorrento an ideal base for exploring that island as well.
And indeed a trip to Capri, the famous Jet-Set island with its “piazzetta” and (in case of nice weather) the Blue Grotto, is a must.
A full day trip to Naples and its Gulf is unmissable too: the capital of the Campania region, is the third most populated Italian City.
Naples’ historic center has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination and is one of the biggest city centers in the World: it’s a labyrinth of history built in several layers of one period over the other, and for this reason it’s a prime tourist attraction.
With excellent pizzerias, baroque churches, underground greco-roman ruins, famous streets like Spaccanapoli with shops selling traditional Neapolitan nativity figures, mozzarella, a modern Underground line (one of the nicest in Europe), costumes and souvenirs and a vibrant night-life and atmosphere makes this free-of-charge living museum a must see among the must sees of Naples.
Don’t be fooled by the bad reputation. Look further than that: you will find a vibrant city with plenty to see and do, without the large influx of tourists like in Rome, Venice, Florence etc…
Having retained much of its original culture, Naples is a hidden gem with a territory, particularly the iconic sight of the gulf of Naples (but also Mount Vesuvius, the music, etc. ) which is arguably one of the most powerful symbolic images of Italy.
(Day 1) Welcome to Italy and to Rome!
(Day 2) The Allures of an Empire: guided tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum; Afternoon Rome guided Tour
(Day 3) St. Peter’s Basilica; the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel; Leisure afternoon
(Day 4) Transfer from Rome to Naples, and then to Sorrento
(Day 5) Full day Tour of the Amalfi Coast (from Positano, to Vietri sul Mare), with guide
(Day 6): Half-day tour to Capri, with guide
(Day 7) Full Day tour of Naples, with guide
(Day 8) Full-day guided tour of Pompeii
(Day 9) Leisure day
(Day 10) Time to go back home: Private transfer to the most convenient Airport
As for our Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast tour, dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Our Rome, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast Private Tour first destination is the Eternal City. Rome, Italy’s political and cultural heart, will welcome you and it is here where you will spend your first Italian days discovering the Romantic South.
A private chauffeur will be waiting for you at the Airport and bring you to your chosen hotel.
Along the road, enjoy the streets, the squares, the monuments the driver will bring you through.
After checking in and freshening to regain energy after the flight, you’ll be ready for a half day walking tour.
For thousands of years, Rome was considered to be the center of the world and is credited with being the maker of civilization in Europe and beyond.
Today, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and surreal atmosphere that this beautiful city offers, walking next to and amongst the monuments that have seen centuries go by, whilst taking in the “Dolce Vita” mood that the Romans enjoy.
Upon arrival in Rome, you will be transferred directly to your centrally-located hotel, from where you can discover this captivating city.
City Sightseeing Bus Tour of Rome. Jump on the tour bus at any one of the many stops around the city and take in the historic views of Rome.
The tickets are valid for 48 hours, giving you plenty of time to experience all the sights at your own pace.
Our official private guide will give an insight into the city history and culture, emphasizing the global importance that still holds Rome.
Finally, it’s dinner time. My Tours in Rome will book one of the best Rome restaurants we have carefully hand-picked for you.
Tonight, for instance, you can enjoy the worldwide re-known Roman specialities in a typical “trattoria”, in the Trastevere district.
On the second day of the Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast Private Tour, you’ll be the testimony of the Eternal City epic history, with a visit to the most famous sites of classical Rome.
Reach the hilltop of the Palatine, the city’s most ancient site (according to the myth of Rome birth): the Imperial Palace is here.
Moreover, in front of you, an unparalleled show opens up: the Circus Maximus, the main sports arena of the past.
Later, in the 1950s and 1960s, it became one of the favorite sets for immortal Hollywood colossal movies, like “Ben Hur” and “Quo Vadis?”
In the nearby, you can admire one of the best preserved monuments in the whole Roman archaeological area: the Arch of Constantine.
Now, move on to visit the Ancient Rome tour largest venues, literally the World history epicenter at that time: the Roman Forum and the nearby Colosseum.
The imposing Colosseum was started in 72 AD under the Emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Emperor Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign (81-96 AD).
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.
Occupying a site, just West of the Colosseum is the Roman Forum (Italian: Foro Romano), there is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. It was for centuries the center of Roman public life.
This is a complete walking tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill lead by our professional chartered guide.
With this tour you will have a privileged priority entrance to the archaeological area, with no lines.
You will also have the use of headsets to better hear your guide.
No doubt the Colosseum is an engineering marvel, as well as Rome’s most famous icon in the World, together with the St. Peter Basilica.
Thanks to our official guide, you will learn more about the events, the big decisions taken here and the role of these two places in the Roman Empire politics.
Today, afternoon is free: so, go get fascinated by the city.
And if you still “feel the force” of the (Roman) Empire, you can visit the National Roman Museum four venues, or choose the Capitoline Museums, on your own: it’s the best way to deepen your knowledge of the greatest ancient Superpower, its art and culture, but also its everyday life.
Alternatively, if you had enough of History, you won’t evade the whirlwind shopping, especially in Via del Corso, Via Condotti, Via Frattina, Via del Babuino and the Spanish Steps area: will you resist Prada, Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Bulgari, Valentino, Loro Piana, Ferragamo (you name it) call?
Today, crossing the symbolic-only border with Vatican City, you enter the heart of the smallest kingdom in the World and one of the most important States in Western history.
At the same time, you’ll find yourself in one of the most sacred place of Christianity, the Holy See, whose main symbol is the St. Peter’s Basilica.
Our official guide will start the tour from the Basilica’s entrance: he will illustrate you one of the largest religious buildings in the World, as well as one of the Renaissance and Baroque finest examples.
This is not surprising: the truly greatest architects of those times contributed to its construction.
The immense interior spaces will amaze you and will create in you a sense of awe and reverence.
The art masterpieces you will find here are really extraordinary: the “Pieta” by Michelangelo, and the Bernini Altar to name a pair.
On either side of the main nave, there is a series of chapels where priests hold religious services.
The crypts below the Basilica include the Popes’ tombs and a reliquary, with antique vestments and other priceless religious insignia.
Once off the St. Peter’s Basilica, get ready: there’s a huge amount of art masterpieces displayed along the corridors and halls in the Vatican Museums waiting for you.
From antiquity to the XX Century, the Museum exhibits works representing almost all human history stages, from ancient Greek statues, to Renaissance frescoes, up to the most modern oil paintings.
Their common element: the incomparable beauty and richness that make them so famous all over the World.
Among all the rooms and corridors, we firstly suggest the “Room of Raphael”: this wide room shows frescoes by the master and his school, including the famous “School of Athens”.
Plus, another fantastic spot to admire is the “Gallery of Maps”: located on the West side of the Belvedere Courtyard, it contains a series of painted topographical maps of Italy, based on drawings by friar and geographer Ignazio Danti.
Yet, nothing compares to the grand finale: the real plot twist that you’ll never forget, the stunning Sistine Chapel.
Look up to the ceiling: the unparalleled genius of Michelangelo will kidnap you.
The Biblical Genesis episodes with so strong characters, their dramatic movements and the brilliant colours will challenge you and make you think.
It is a building that cannot be compared with any other place on Earth; so be sure to take plenty of time to enjoy it.
Half day classic tour of Rome (Afternoon)
From the Vatican City, you will pass alongside Castel Sant’Angelo and start part bus, part walking tour of the classic monuments of Rome.
A local guide will take you on a Roman adventure that crosses the Piazza della Repubblica with the Fountain of the Nayads, through the Historical center.
Here you will have the opportunity to admire all the famous sights, including the Trevi Fountain, the Marcus Aurelius’ Column, the Montecitorio Palace (the House of Italian Deputies), the Pantheon (including a visit inside), the Palazzo Madama (the Senate of Italy) and Piazza Navona.
After two and a half days in Rome’s eternal splendor, it’s time to discover the second and third parts of this vacation.
Today, early in the morning, a First Class high-speed train will bring you to Naples, where you will be collected, and driven to your chosen hotel in Sorrento.
Alternatively, you can choose a private transfer to Sorrento by a comfortable Mercedes Van with English speaking driver.
Sorrento is simply a small corner of paradise, a peaceful oasis with a really nice seaside, your “base camp” for the Amalfi Coast.
After the check-in in your chosen hotel, we’ll bring you in the nicest small towns of the Amalfi Coast, starting with Positano.
This is a real vertical town where, instead of roads, visitors explore a long steep flights of steps.
Once arrived, please do not forget to walk hand-in-hand along the Sentiero degli Innamorati (Lovers’ track) from “Spiaggia Grande” (Main Beach) to the Fornillo beach.
Moreover, have some shopping and, in particular, buy a pair of tailo-made sandals, perfect for climbing up the steps of Positano.
Finally, make your way up to the secret hamlet of Nocelle to discover the Gods Panorama.
Don’t be totally captured by the scenery: remember to eat a delicious seafood lunch.
Positano is a beauty by its own nature: like the legendary Sirens of Li Galli, it never fails to seduce.
If you look at the town from the sea, Positano is set in an astonishing vertical panorama of colors; the green of the Monti Lattari, the white, pink and yellow of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery gray of its pebble beaches and the blue of the sea.
Visit the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta, with its majolica tiled dome, the church you can see from every corner of the town. A Byzantine inspired Icon of a black Madonna, dating back to the 18th century, is saved inside.
Do you want to take some really great pics?
Then the Sentiero degli Dei (Gods Path) is the right place for you: from Agerola to Nocelle, it is a mountain path which crosses the Monti Lattari.
One of the most beautiful views on the Amalfi Coast, extending to the Capri island and its famous Faraglioni rocks, can be seen from the hamlet’s main square.
At sunset, we’ll bring you back to Sorrento.
Yesterday, you had such a great day with your visit to Positano.
Today, let’s continue our tour: next stop Amalfi.
Amalfi can be figured out as a town opening like a fan towards the sea, sheltered from behind by the steep slopes of the Monti Lattari.
Inside, a cluster of little white houses, interspersed with narrow alleyways and shady porticoes represent the Amalfi’s historic center.
Plus, take a look at a number of watch towers such as the Torre Saracena, close to the Convent of San Francesco.
You will be guided to the Duomo or cathedral: initiated in the 9th century and altered on various occasions, the church, preceded by an impressive flight of 62 steps, towers over Amalfi’s main square.
No visit to Amalfi can be considered complete without having enjoyed a stroll through the town’s labyrinth of little lanes and alleyways or a trip to the Paper Museum, in the historic Paper Mill.
The production of the world famous hand-crafted Amalfi paper is one of the town’s oldest traditions and today remains part of its culture and identity.
Don’t forget that Amalfi is the capital of Limoncello liqueur: we highly suggest you to taste a glass of it, in one of the bars along the streets.
Now, it’s time to go to Ravello.
Perched high above the bay of Maiori, this tiny town is such an alluring place for centuries.
Today, Ravello is an important cultural reference point, in particular in the Classical Music field. Here, the Ravello Concert Society organizes high profile events such as the Ravello Festival and the Chamber Music Festival.
Ravello’s stately villas and cliff edge gardens have been attracting the world’s greatest artists to the: musicians such as Wagner, Grieg, Rostropovich, Toscanini, Bernstein; painters like Escher, Turner and Mirò; and writers the caliber of D.H Lawrence, Forster and Virginia Wolf all spent time here.
The Ravello’s architectural masterpiece is Villa Rufolo which contributed to the town’s worldwide fame.
The grounds of the villa are as famous as the building itself.
The magnificent cliff edge terrace, perched directly above the sea, is the venue for Ravello’s annual Wagner Festival.
On the other hand, Villa Cimbrone, is the visionary work of Lord William Beckett who, in 1904, purchased what was then a long abandoned farmhouse.
Then, he transformed it into a splendid residence using an eclectic mix of architectural styles and eras, archeological relics and souvenirs of his extensive travels.
Here you can find a luxuriant garden with many rare botanic species, but also statues, fountains, temples and artificial grottos, all of which reflect the passion for antiquity so in vogue at the time of its construction.
A walk along the paths crossing the garden is worth your attention: at the end, you’ll be on the “Infinity Terrace” with one of the most beautiful views in the whole world.
Let’s move to our last Amalfi Coast tour stop is Vietri sul Mare.
Cetara and Vietri sul Mare. Delectable fish and beautiful plates on which to eat it
Only a few kilometers away from the city of Salerno, of all the towns on the Amalfi Coast, Cetara and Vietri are the least reliant on tourism and, perhaps, for this reason, the most authentic of the area’s fishing towns.
Cetara is a typical Mediterranean fishing village, with a handful of houses clustered around a majolica domed Church, a small port and a beach lined with bobbing fishing boats.
Visitors come to Cetrara to eat what is widely considered to be the best fish on the Amalfi Coast: including the town’s legendary Colatura di Alici, an anchovy syrup, and fresh tuna caught using the traditional nets.
Cetara’s tuna is famous throughout the world and vast quantities are exported to Japan, where it is used in sushi dishes.
Since the Middle Age, Vietri sul Mare is famous for its ceramics.
For generations, the inhabitants of this pretty seaside town have been producing precious porcelain, typically painted in bright yellows, greens and blues.
If you are interested in this issue, do not hesitate to head to the the Ceramic Museum in Raito’s Villa Guariglia.
Otherwise, shops in the town offer a wide range of hand-crafted artifacts where you canbuy your most useful items for your home.
Colorful Vietri’s ceramics were used to tile the dome of the 18th century church of San Giovanni Battista, which can be seen from almost every corner of the town and from the “Due Fratelli” beach, which owes its name (Two Brothers) to the twin sea stacks rising up out of the water immediately opposite.
We know that the last two days have been full of things to see and do, with a bit tight schedule.
But not today. Because the place deserves your full relax: this morning you are scheduled to take the hydrofoil towards the Isle of Capri.
Yes, Capri: the famous sun-soaked playground for international rich people and celebrities (take a look at the “piazzetta”, the small square: you might spot one of them).
Now, please, do a favor to yourself: unplug the world and literally enjoy this unique place.
Whether your intention is to shop, or visit the Blue Grotto and Villa San Michele, or admire the flora and fauna, or just take a swim in the deep blue sea waters, few places provide better options for a full day excursion like Capri.
If it’s Summer, you can’t miss the opportunity to sunbathing in small “calette” (or coves).
We highly recommend you to walk along Via Krupp for the best views, and stop at the Gardens of Augustus for a wonderful view of the Faraglioni Rocks.
Take your time, live at your own pace here today: anytime you wish to go back to Sorrento, there is a ferry for you.
Today, you will visit, the third largest city in Italy.
Home to a city center enlisted amongst UNESCO World Heritage Sites and filled with palaces and castles and majestic buildings, Naples is a truly magnificent place to visit.
The city center is among the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, having been settled by Bronze Age-era Greeks sometime in the second millennium B.C.
Here in Naples, it is not strange to see that the external buildings conditions, including graffiti and more, are often in poor condition. Some say that all this is nothing but part of the charm of the city …
Anyway, a peculiarity of Naples is the fact that the city center is not the elegant area of the city: do not expect an area similar to that of other major European cities.
In order to find fashionable areas where to shop or just take a walk, then you have to reach the old town (which is not the center-city), or go on the boardwalk to the Riviera di Chiaia and Via Francesco Caracciolo and Via dei Mille or visit the Vomero hill.
Nevertheless, do not miss Piazza del Plebiscito, the mail square in Naples, around which you can find the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) – open to the public, the S. Carlo Theatre (the Opera House) and the Umberto Gallery, a late XIX Century shopping arcade.
The Castelnuovo (a fortress called Maschio Angioino) is one of the main Naples symbols: this Medieval castle today is the venue of the mail Civic Museum, including an extraordinary collection of XIX Century Italian paintings.
Here, from the roof top, you can enjoy an incredible City panorama.
Yet, the typical view on the Gulf of Naples, the best known city icon all of us have seen on postcards and almost anywhere, is on Mergellina hill: don’t miss the opportunity of taking a Naples picture by yourself, trying to get a better pic compared to the official ones.
The Duomo (Cathedral) is the main city church, Under it, you can admire the remaining of the ancient Roman city.
Just few steps from the Duomo, you will find the Museum of the St. Gennaro treasure.
As for shopping, Naples is a city that knows how to win over the many tourists who visit it every year.
You can really find everything here, from designers boutiques, to neighborhood markets, to the artisan workshops.
You’ll visit the wonderful Galleria Umberto area, the most important parlor of the city, similar in some ways to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.
In general, consider that the Via Chiaia area is known to be the most expensive, and where the big trademarks are (Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Ferragamo, Cartier and Bulgari, to name a few), especially along Via dei Mille, Via Calabritto and Via Carlo Poerio.
Even more exclusive is Via Filangieri (which continues along Via dei Mille).
If you are looking for something really unique then you can visit the shop on Via Chiaia: you will find craftmen producing bags according to the ancient Neapolitan tradition; or the Marinella’s ties famous worldwide, a rare example of authentic Italian tailoring.
To shop more cheaply, however, try the Old Town area. Here among the narrow streets are the big chains but also small shops where do real business.
Shopping in Naples means also to visit the many neighborhood markets (Poggioreale, for shoes; Antignano for vintage clothing; and Pignasecca), even only to see the chaos, disorder and the crowd that makes them truly unique.
Symbol of the Neapolitan cuisine (and the Italian one) is of course pizza: in the city and nearby towns, you can eat excellent pizzas almost anywhere.
Choose the pizzerias displaying the sign “Vera Pizza Napoletana” with a stylished Pulcinella character preparing pizza with Mt. Vesuvius in the background: this sign means that the pizzeria follows the traditional Neapolitan pizza recipe, according to the shared quality standards.
But Naples is also famous for its pastries and local desserts are really tasty.
Some of them include “ricotta” cheese in their dip.
The most famous specialties are the Baba, the Zeppole, the Sfogliatella.
During Christmas time, don’t miss the Struffoli and the Rococo, while the Pastiera cake is typical of Easter time (although you can find it throughout the year).
Often, pastry shops windows are a true spectacle.
Today we recommend you to wear a pair of very comfortable shoes and to have an abundant breakfast, since we will walk a lot (well, you can schedule stops at any time, at you convenience, with our guide).
Moreover, please note that walking the old Roman stone roads can be quite exhausting, especially in the heat of summer with loads of fellow tourists about. Everyone will be walking on cobblestones and uneven ground. The temperature is between 32°C and 35°C in Summer.
Make sure to take plenty of water and watch your step, as the old roads have grooves in them where the carts ran.
It is advisable to wear good footwear, sunscreen and hats.
So, you are in Pompeii. Now, rethink of your three days you spent in Rome.
Unlike Rome, where ancient monuments have suffered millennia of weathering, re-use and pillaging, Pompeii had the good fortune (for posterity at any rate) of being overwhelmed by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The ancient street plan is intact, the town still has its full complement of civic buildings, the houses still have their frescoed walls, and – thanks to painstaking work by generations of archaeologists and volcanologists – we have a fairly clear picture of what life was like here 2,000 years ago.
The picture is still being completed: emergency digs during roadworks on the Naples–Salerno motorway have revealed the full extent of a frescoed leisure complex close to the Sarno river.
What makes Pompeii a unique site is the fact that the objects laying beneath the city have been preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture. These artifacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the so-called “Pax Romana”.
During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids in the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allowed one to see the exact position the person was in when he or she died.
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years.
Today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.
You enter the town of Pompeii through Porta Marina, and immediately you can see the narrow road that once was used by wagons of merchants to enter the heart of this unique and intact Roman city.
Right away, you can find the Temple of Venus and the Temple of Apollo, with a porch and the remains of 48 columns.
Continuing your Pompeii tour, head to the left towards “Via del Foro” and arrive to “Via della Fortuna” to see the Faun House, a private house deriving its name from the bronze statue of a dancing faun.
It was once the most luxurious home during the Samnite era, embellished with columns and frescoes.
Behind it, you’ll visit the House of Cupids, one of the most famous ones in Pompeii.
Along “Via del Vesuvio” and the following “Via Stabiana”, you reach the junction with the charming “Via dell’Abbondanza”, where you find the eponymous vivarium.
Don’t miss the several houses of the ancient Romans, where you can also discover their recipes.
The tragedy that enveloped Pompeii gave future generations a unique and unmissable historical witness.
Amongst all the other very interesting spots, our guide will lead you to the Amphitheatre. Completed in 80 B.C., it could hold about 20,000 people.
It is the earliest surviving permanent Amphitheatre in Italy and one of the best preserved anywhere.
Here you would have seen gladiator battles, other sports and spectacles involving wild animals.
Moreover, the Great Palaestra (Gymnasium), occupies a large area opposite the Amphitheatre.
The central area was used for sporting activities and there was a pool in the middle.
On three sides, there are lengthy internal porticos or colonnades.
The House of the Vettii, instead, is believed to have been the home of two brothers who were freed slaves and became very affluent.
It contains many frescoes: in the vestibule there is a striking fresco of a well-endowed Priapus, God of Fertility; amongst the frescos in other parts of the building, there are illustrations of couples making love, as well as of cupids and of mythological characters.
This house has been closed to the general public for the last 15 years.
The Pompeii Forum was the center of public life, although it is now to the southwest of the excavated area. It was surrounded by many of the important government, religious and business buildings.
The Temple of Apollo is to the north of the Basilica, on the western side of the Forum.
It includes some of the oldest remains discovered, with some, like Etruscan items, dating back to 575 B.C., although the layout we see now was later than that.
The Theatre was built in the hollow of a hill, for acoustic advantage; it seated 5,000 people.
The Lupanar was an ancient brothel, with pornographic frescoes over the entrance to each room, presumably indicating the services on offer. Even allowing for the smaller size of ancient Romans the beds seem rather small.
The House of the Ancient Hunt is an attractive, open-style house with many frescoes of hunting scenes.
The Basilica, to the west of the Forum, was the most important public building of the city where both justice was administered and trade was carried on.
Forum Granary is the building where artifacts like amphorae (storage jars) and plaster casts of people who did not escape the eruption are stored.
Originally, it was designed to be the public market but may not have been finished before the eruption.
There are several baths to be inspected. Firstly, the Forum Baths are just north of the forum and close to the restaurant.
They are well-preserved and roofed. Be careful not to miss them as the entrance is a long passage with no indication of the delights inside.
Then, the Central Baths occupy a much larger area but are less well-preserved. Close to these, there are the Stabian Baths which have some interesting decorations and give a good idea of how baths used to function in Roman times.
The House of the Tragic Poet‘s small atrium is best known for the mosaic at the entrance depicting a chained dog, with the words Cave Canem or “Beware of the Dog”.
You will walk past where their bars and bakeries once existed. The bars had counters with three to four holes in them. They have water or other beverages available in the holes.
The bakeries’ ovens look similar to the old brick stone oven. The House of the Baker has a garden area with millstones of lava used for grinding the wheat.
There are tracks for the carriages in the street for a smoother ride. There are also stone blocks in the street for pedestrians to step onto to cross the street.
The sidewalks are higher than the modern sidewalk because the streets had water and waste flowing through them. The stone blocks in the street were also as high as the sidewalk, so people did not walk in the waste and water.
Yet, the stone blocks were also used for what we now call speed bumps. When the carriages were going through the city, they were going fast.
To avoid people from getting splashed by the water and waste they had stone blocks in the street. This would make the driver slow down when they were speeding, so they could get through the blocks.
Finally, don’t miss the Villa dei Misteri (Villa of the Mysteries), a house with curious frescoes, perhaps of women being initiated into the Cult of Dionysus.
It contains one of the finest fresco cycles in Italy, as well as humorous ancient graffiti.
For your final day we can offer you a choice between more than one wonderful option.
For instance, you can go for shopping (it’s the last opportunity to buy souvenirs, before going back home).
Or you can simply go to the beach and spend the whole day lying under the sun like lizards to enhance your suntan, sipping a glass of Limoncello (hint: why not in Capri, or in the other beautiful island, Ischia?).
You can also take a private boat around the Tyrrenian Sea, stopping where your heart desires for a swim or a snack.
You can go back to the place that impressed you the most along the Amalfi Coast.
Alternatively, we can organize a cooking lesson with a renowned Chef who will share his secrets of Campania recipes!
Of course we will not deny you any option!
Today you will sadly leave Italy: a private transfer will bring you from the Hotel to the International Airport where your flight will take off.
All the sights, sounds, fragrances, tastes and experiences of the past week will flood over you.
Anytime you’ll remember your vacation in Italy, you’ll smile thinking to all the marvelous places you visited and the extraordinary people you met.
The natural consequence is that you’ll start planning for an inevitable new Italy tour.
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For the customized Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast Tour package, as outlined in the Itinerary Details section, please consider the following guidelines:
5-star Hotel: From Euro 380 per person, per night
4-star Hotel: From Euro 280 per person, per night
3-star Hotel: From Euro 200 per person, per night
The price may change upon your final hotel choice, travel dates, and other customized preferences.
For groups larger than 15 people wishing to participate in our Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast tour, please contact our dedicated team.
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