Campania is a land rich in culture, music, history, architecture and archaeological sites, including; Naples, the city where the modern pizza was conceived and host to grand castles and noble palaces; Pompeii, the ancient Roman town buried in 79 AD by a massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius; Sorrento, the lively seaside resort home to the famous Limoncello; the celebrated Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site where a series of mountainside towns seem to tumble into the sea. Guests, through the amazing view of the Coast will have the opportunity to visit Amalfi itself, to discover the beauty of Ravello and the wonderful Positano. Campania, known by the Romans as Campania Felix “fertile countryside” also has a wealth of genuine tasty food, with a rich gastronomy rooted in local fresh produce. Visitors will be able to experience Colatura, the Cetara anchovy extract, and the San Marzano Tomatoes; special products of Campania.
Arrive at the hotel in Naples. there will be time to settle in and then a welcome dinner dedicated to the typical produce of the Campania region in La Vecchia Cantina near the famous Pignasecca market. Then return to the hotel.
Morning departure for a guided tour of Naples and its main attractions: Dell’Ovo Castle, the Royal Palace, the Maschio Angioino and the Galleria Umberto, followed by lunch at the Antica Osteria Toledo. In the afternoon, free time to discover the city. We suggest: a stroll around the streets of the famous Spaccanapoli part of town and some gourmand shopping. Pop into the Scaturchio patisserie to sample some traditional Neapolitan desserts such as the Ministeriale cake.
Morning departure for Pompeii, the opulent Roman city which was buried beneath the rubble from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD; during the guided visit a local guide will illustrate the habits and curiosities of the daily life of the ancient inhabitants. Transfer to the hotel Punta Campanella in Massa Lubrense, near Sorrento.
Morning departure for what will undoubtedly be a memorable day spent in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Amalfi Coast. The first stop will be in Amalfi itself. We suggest: visit the famous Cathedral and the Valle dei Mulini, where paper was produced in ancient times. Free time for lunch followed by a visit to the Antica Pasticceria Andrea Pansa pastry shop for a tasting of the local specialities. Then visit the Azienda Agricola Valle dei Mulini distillery to taste some Limoncello and discover the secrets involved in its preparation. We suggest: from here move on to Scala, one of the oldest towns along the Amalfi Coast. Continue on to the magical town of Ravello where some of the worlds most famous composers like Verdi and Wagner composed their works, before arriving at the picturesque Vietri Sul Mare, world renowned for its pottery and ceramics. Free time to stroll through the pottery shops and factories before heading back to the hotel for 2 guided tasting of wines and/or products.
We suggest: morning departure for Positano; leaving Sorrento the road first winds its way up through some wonderful gardens and fruit groves where grapes, lemons and figs grow abundantly side by side looking out over the crystal waters of the sea below. Then the road winds around the cliffs and the incredible views of the sea and the coastline can be admired while descending into Positano. Arrive in Positano, with its wonderful white washed houses and balconies draped with bougainvillea that fall in a cascade of colour against the mountain rock. Here will be an opportunity to relax, wander around the shops and stroll down to the beach. Free time for lunch. On the return journey there will be a stop at the magnificent Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto) for a visit. At Cetara, one of the smallest fishing villages along the coast that rises at the foot of Monte Falerio, one of Campania’s best producers of the traditional colatura di alici (amber anchovies sauce) can be found. Visit the village and enjoy some time free time to stroll around the tiny streets discovering shops and laboratories such as Nettuno and I Sapori Cetranesi that offer typical local produce like the colatura and vegetables preserved in oil. Traditional dinner with a talk on the typical cuisine of the Amalfi Coast will be hosted at Il Convento restaurant, which is located in the cloister of an ancient convent. Then return to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to airport.