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This 8 day escorted tour mixes all the best things about Italy; food, culture and wine. Enjoy the picturesque villages and stunning vistas, indulge in delicious food and wine tastings. Explore the Amalfi Coast and the surrounding area with our expert guide and learn some of the fascinating history that has attracted so many to this breath taking part of Italy .
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Arrive at Naples airport where a private transfer will take you to the Hotel Bonadies or similar, your home for the next 7 nights. This small, charming family run hotel guarantees a warm and friendly welcome. You’ll enjoy a welcome drink and dinner here in the evening.
Today the tour starts by exploring the thirteen villages of the Amalfi Coast, collectively known as “pearls” – each with its own character, but all rich in history and culture. In Ravello, explore the wonderful Villa Rufolo, whose beautiful grounds were the inspiration for the setting of Wagner’s opera, Parsifal. The Villa Cimbrone occupies the most stunning position to be found on the whole of the Amalfi coastline. Perched high above the ocean it has entranced many famous visitors including Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf and Greta Garbo.
Enjoy Amalfi with its clusters of tightly packed houses rising up the hillside, which is dominated by the beautiful Cathedral of St Andrew. Our day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Positano with its quaint streets surrounding the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Positano’s largest church, which are lined with restaurants and boutiques selling the town’s famous fashions. We round off the day with a tasting in Praiano of the areas famous, Limoncello.
Morning drive to Tramonti, a wonderful town on the Amalfi coast, set at the foot of the Lattari Mountains. This hidden gem of a wine area produces under the Costa d'Amalfi DOC, which is divided into three subzones: Furore, Ravello and Tramonti. A variety of grapes are grown in the area producing delicious rich reds and crisp whites. At the cooking demonstration offered by a local family, you’ll enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and wines to match. Learn how to make pasta the perfect al dente to wow friends and family when you get back home. Our close relationship with this vineyard offers real insight into the methods of producing wine this family have used over the generations.
We drive to the Amalfi Pier for our departure by steamer for a pleasant boat crossing to Capri. During the crossing from Amalfi to Campanella Cape, look back to see the breathtaking Amalifi and Sorrentine coastline. Landing in Capri, we start our guided tour of the island with a stop at Anacapri. Enjoy wandering around the Villa St Michele which was built by the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe, on the remains of Roman ruins. Continuing from Anacapri to Capri to enjoy lunch (optional) and visit to the Garden of Augustus, with a wonderful view of the famous "Faraglioni". Capri's most iconic sight, three spurs of rock which rise out of the sea.
The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure, wander the quaint winding streets or linger in the main square, Piazza Umberto I. Relax and enjoy a cool glass of wine or a coffee in one of the several open-air cafes where you can sit and watch the world drift by or indulge in a little shopping, browsing around the elegant and exclusive island boutiques.
Today is a dream for archaeology enthusiasts. A full day delving into the historic buried Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The first stop is Pompeii, with a guided tour of archaeological excavations (2 hours approx) of the Roman city buried in ash by the Vesuvius eruption. Stroll the historic streets to discover the conditions and contexts of ancient life which were suddenly interrupted in 79 AD. The eruption of Vesuvius buried the area under five meters of lapilli and ash so quickly, the excavations are like looking at a snapshot of the town frozen that day.
Enjoy your lunch at leisure. After lunch we continue to Herculaneum, a guided tour of the other city buried with pyroclastic material by Vesuvius, which preserved wooden and other more delicate artifacts. Learn about the differences between the two cities and the ongoing archaeological excavations. Whereas, Pompeii was an insight into a busy commercial centre, Herculaneum by contrast was a residential coastal town. Not to be missed if you want to discover another side of life during the Roman Empire. On the journey back to Amalfi Coast stop to browse the famous cameo atelier of the area.
This morning we drive to the Paestum Archeological site to meet the local guide and explore this historically important UNESCO Heritage site. A secret gem hidden away from the main tourist track, this site was developed by the Greeks in 7th century BC. Previously named of Poseiden, it offers beautifully preserved walls, monuments and views of the three majestic temples located on a grassy plain. These large buildings are a remarkable example of Doric style architecture. The largest of the three, Temple of Hera dates back to 6th century B.C.
After this remarkable historic site, we head to Tenuta Seliano for a cooking class followed by lunch where are drinks included. The cooking class will give you insight into how home cooked Italian food is prepared. After lunch or in between main course and cake (make sure to leave room) our host will give us rare insight to the working of his farm, a rare and unique experience. 90 years of experience has given us the knowledge and connections with exceptional local artisans, to be able to bring these fantastic opportunities to our guests. One the way back we’ll stop in Vietri Sul Mare, a village famous for its colourful ceramics, for a short visit.
Enjoy a day at your pace with a free day to relax or explore the coast. In the evening we’ll gather together for our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
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Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your flight home.
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The closest airport to the Amalfi Coast is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Amalfi. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.