Sorrento 3 nights.
Go aboard a 50 min. Ferry from Naples to Sorrento. Sorrento is a long-time favorite with Italian and international vacationers for its beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere, and terraced lemon groves. After check in to Villa Silvana Relais nestled on Sorrento Natural Cliff and gifted by a breathtaking view on the Gulf of Naples, take a quick stroll around town to explore the city's focal point, the Piazza Tasso, a central square built over a gorge that splits the city. Other notable sights in and around Sorrento include the nearby bay of Marina Piccola, the ruins of Villa Pollio in Capo di Sorrento, the church monastery San Francesco d'Assisi, the 11th-century Duomo, and the Basilica di Sant'Antonino. The latter houses the remains of Saint Anthony, Sorrento's patron saint who died in the 7th century. The town of Sorrento dates back to 600 BC, but it’s best known for its main produce – lemons and oranges. It was here , in Sorrento, that limoncello, Italy's most famous liqueur was invented (although it’s up for debate, since Sorrento, Amalfi, and Capri all claim its ancestry). Limoncello is a traditional yellow liquor made from lemon zest, water, sugar, and alcohol. It has an intense lemon flavor and can be enjoyed as an aperitif or a digestive. As a digestive, limoncello should be a darker color, lightly into the greenish color. As you continue exploring the streets of Sorrento, you’ll see many interesting architectural pieces with a mixture of styles ranging from Gothic, Renaissance to the Arab influences. The ones to especially look for are the 16th-century Sedile Dominova “Noble Seats” – a loggia with painted frescoes, the 14th-century Correale Palace, and the unique 13th-century Veniero Palace. Another architectural and historic highlight not to be missed is the Sorrento Cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saints Philip and James. In Piazza Tasso, the central square of Sorrento, you’ll find the Baroque Church del Carmine, Museum Correale, and monuments of Sant'Antonino Abate and Torquato Tasso. If you have extra time I recommend taking a walking tour through the gorgeous chain of Monti Lattari (Milky Mountains). It’s name comes from the rich vegetation used for sheep, goats and cows. The milk produced in Milky Mountains is the best for buffalo mozzarella cheese. Buffalo mozzarella cannot be refrigerated, this is why you have to get it here.
Explore by your own (optional) or you’ll take a Day Boat Tour from Sorrento to Capri.
In the morning, you'll catch a hydrofoil to Capri, about a 20 minute ride. Spend the day enjoying the sunshine and clear blue waters of Capri Island. Known locally as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean," the ancient Greeks called it the "Isle of Sirens." Capri sits on the south side of the Gulf of Naples and has been a popular vacation destination for millennia. The ancient Romans, in fact, built summer villas here for the Empire's VIPs. Capri is a bustling town almost entirely given over to tourism. Most of the walking around Capri is past designer boutiques, luxury hotels, and restaurants. But explore beyond and you’ll discover that Capri is full of unique natural wonders. Venture through the Via Camerelle to Via Tragara and the Via Matermania and follow the signs leading to the Natural Arch – the monument made of rocks. Natural Arch is a highly recommended tourist attraction, frequently seen in paintings. The view up here is absolutely breathtaking! And the best part of it is the world famous azure sea which gives Capri its name – the Blue Island. Close to the center of Capri are the Augustus Gardens, made up of a series of flower-decked terraces overlooking the Bay of Marina Piccola to the right and the Faraglioni to the left. Just outside of Augustus Gardens is the Carthusia perfume shop. If you want an authentic souvenir to bring home from Capri, Carthusia shop is the place to go. The visit to the shop will educate you on the legend of the very first perfume of Capri, made by Carthusian monks. The old tradition of perfume production is perpetuated to this day, the same methods are still used to produce the perfume. The finished product is hand-wrapped and makes for quite a lovely gift. Afterward, we recommend spending the remainder of the afternoon soaking in the sunshine on the beach, before catching the hydrofoil back to Sorrento for the evening.
Back in Sorrento, head to a waterfront restaurant for dinner and be sure to try Spaghetti e Vongole (spaghetti with clams), a local favorite that can't be missed.
Enjoy exploring by your own. Amalfi Coast 3 nights.
Go aboard a 1 hour Ferry from the Marina Piccola Port in Sorrento to the Amalfi Port. After a leisurely breakfast, it's time to make your way down and around the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. This stretch of coastline south of Naples is renowned for its exceptional beauty and iconic medieval cliffside fishing villages. Lemon groves and sprawling summer villas cling to the steep cliffs that lead to sparkling blue waters. After check in to Hotel Aurora set in a unique location facing directly onto the beach and just a few minutes walk from the centre of Amalfi, take a stroll around the town’s cobbled streets to the seaside square, you’ll see a famous Statue of Flavio Gioia. It can be found in the center of the round-about by the coast. From the square you can enjoy the beautiful views of the rugged green hills and azure waters. If all the walking makes you hungry, be sure to stop at one of the small pastry shops to enjoy some local pastries that are made on site. Or venture over to a cafe for a taste of a locally procured fish-based gourmet dish and a sample of the legendary limoncello. Relax and enjoy the rest of the day! Amalfi, the town which lends its name to the entire coast. Rich in history and culture, Amalfi is the main municipality of the Amalfi Coast, extending itself over 50 kilometers from Vietri sul Mare to Positano. Amalfi is a famous touristic center and the most heavily frequented by travelers. One of the reasons for that is the fact that Amalfi is a major intersection for nearly all modes of transportation carrying travelers between islands and towns. Visit the architectural treasures like the Cloister of Paradise, the 9th century Duomo di Amalfi, and the Medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Speaking of Saint Andrew, there’s a festival held in the town of Amalfi on the 27th of June commemorating the miracle that happened on the same day in 1544 when St. Andrea saved Amalfi from the attack of a Saracen fleet. There’s a procession that takes place during the festival with a silver statue of St. Andrea being carried through the town’s streets. The most spectacular part of the festival is when the carriers of the statue run up a long stairway in less than thirty seconds while the marching band plays music and the people shout and clap their hands. It’s truly an experience like no other. If you want to remember your trip to Amalfi, St. Andrea Festival is an event not to miss.
Day Boat Tour from Amalfi to Ravello This charming little town sits high in the mountains, 350 meters above sea level, offering stunning views of the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Salerno. Apart from great vistas and natural beauty, Ravello is famous for two magnificent garden estates. The romantic garden of Villa RufoloI, which famously served as an inspiration for Richard Wagner’s opera “Parsifal”, and Villa Cimbrone with its extravagant gardens, proclaimed by a famous writer Gore Vidal to be the most beautiful place ever visited. Villa Cimbrone estate offers great views looking over the Amalfi Coast, and at the end of the garden is the Terrace of Infinity – the best spot on the entire coast for photographers, dreamers, and lovers. Ravello is also home for Amalfi Coast's most beautiful cathedral, the 11th-century Duomo di Ravello. Step inside and you’ll immediately get a sense of the splendor as you see beautiful mosaics, richly decorated spiral columns and many fascinating works of art from the Middle Ages. Stop at Piazza Vescovado, which is pretty much the beating heart of Ravello. There’s a handful of quaint bars, like Caffe Duomo, where visitors stop for drinks and icy treats like gelato or granita. You can also have something more substantial like a panini or a quick pasta and enjoy a cup of good, strong espresso or limoncello.
Explore by your own (optional) or you can enjoy with our small group a Day Boat Tour from Amalfi to Positano. With its steep geography and vertiginous houses that tumble down to the sea in colorful cascade, Positano is the star of the Amalfi Coast. Since the first half of the twentieth century Positano has been attracting large numbers of tourists who come here for sunny weather, azure sea, stunning views, and overall southern Italian charm. For souvenir and gift shopping, check out the many shops selling locally crafted goods. One of the most popular things to buy in Positano is handmade sandals. You’ll find dozens of different styles here and can even get a made-to-measure footwear that usually takes a couple of days to produce. Rome 1 night.
We will take a 1:15 hour comfortable suburban ride from Amalfi to Naples to take our 1:10 hour high speed train to Rome. Check in again to the Sina Bernini Bristol in Rome and then we will go for an unforgettable walk and farewell dinner in Trastevere to enjoy Traditional Roman Cuisine. A walk through the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere shows hidden treasures such as modest medieval churches, small shops with the most unusual objects, or even some scenes of everyday life seemingly taken from a forgotten age. The Trastevere is one of the best areas for dining in Rome making it very pleasant for a walk through its streets, especially as night falls and the time for supper approaches. What to see in the Trastevere: The life of the neighbourhood is especially concentrated around the Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, where you can see the ancient Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere. The great fountain in front of the temple serves as a meeting place, a resting spot, or simply somewhere to have an ice cream on a hot day.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino to take your flight back to home.