- Whirl around the highlights of Rome on a golf cart
- Explore the Vatican at your own pace via a private tour
- Play on the pebbly beaches and paths of Sorrento
- Cruise down the colorful Amalfi Coast to Positano
|Day 1||Arrive in Rome & Family-Friendly Rome By Golf Cart||Rome|
|Day 2||Private Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour||Rome|
|Day 3||Parks of Rome & Private Vatican Guided Tour||Rome|
|Day 4||Rome to Sorrento||Sorrento|
|Day 5||Beach Day in Sorrento||Sorrento|
|Day 6||Amalfi Coast Boat Tour||Sorrento|
|Day 7||Sorrento to Naples & Guided Tour of Pompeii||Naples|
|Day 8||Neapolitan Pizza-Making Class||Naples|
|Day 9||Ischia and Procida by Ferry||Naples|
|Day 10||Depart Naples|
Day 1: Arrive in Rome & Family-Friendly Rome By Golf Cart
The tour starts at the centrally located Piazza della Repubblica, although if you’re staying in the city center, you can begin at your hotel. On your tour, you’ll visit Santa Maria Maggiore with its gorgeous portico and ride down charming cobblestone streets to the amazing daily flower market at Campo de Fiori. Your guide will share the history of Rome with you while visiting the big sites, like the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Circus Maximus, to name a few.
You’ll also explore beyond the main highlights and zip off the beaten path. Zig-zag through the beautiful residential streets of Palatine Hill to reach one of the city’s secret spots, the keyhole! Stop at Largo Argentina, the spot where Julius Caesar was famously assassinated, before winding your way down to the Piramide Cestia. Pass through the Testaccio neighborhood and stop at the Mouth of Truth. Watch as visitors slip their hand into the statue’s mouth and learn the curious story behind this unique Roman legend.
Day 2: Private Colosseum & Roman Forum Tour
Your private Ancient Rome Tour begins with the Colosseum, the world's largest amphitheater. Walking through the ancient arena is like stepping back in time to the days of the Roman Empire. At its prime, the Colosseum held 50,000 spectators and was the central venue for gladiator fights. View the Arch of Constantine, admire the Temple of Venus, and learn about Ancient Rome's most famous and illustrious citizens, such as Julius Caesar, Emperors Augustus and Nero, and the Flavian Emperors who built the Colosseum.
Continue with a tour of Palatine Hill, the centermost of Rome's seven hills. Your private guide will divulge intriguing stories of the neighborhood’s famous residents, including political leaders and emperors. You’ll admire the Domus Augustana, the Domus Flavia, and the Domitian’s Palace and Stadium. Enjoy views of the Circus Maximus, plus the Aula Regia, the Temple of Apollo, Livia’s House, the Temple of the Victory, Romulus and Remo’s ancient village, and more.
Next, dig deeper into this important archaeological zone by visiting the extensive excavation of the Roman Forum. Your private guide will describe what Roman life was like 2,000 years ago. Admire the ruins of ancient temples, theaters, and government buildings, and venture down the streets of ancient Rome, covered in original stones. You’ll pass through the Forum along Via Sacra, where you'll view landmarks such as the Arch of Titus, the Temple of Divo Romolo, the Maxentius’ Basilica, the Temple and Grave of Julius Caesar, the Curia (Roman Senate), the Temple of Saturn, and much more. End the tour along Via dei Fori Imperiali to admire the Imperial Fora and Trajan’s Market.
Day 3: Parks of Rome & Private Vatican Guided Tour
The highlight of the Vatican Museums certainly is the famous Sistine Chapel. You’ll first pass through the 16th-century Raphael Rooms, which feature paintings by Renaissance artists who adorned the walls of Pope Julius II’s apartment. As you enter the glorious Sistine Chapel, you’ll feast your eyes on Michelangelo’s incomparable frescoes. Look up and see the divine hand of God reaching out to Adam in the ever-famous depiction of the "Creation of Adam". Look ahead and see Michelangelo’s "Last Judgement", as Christ decides the fate of both the damned and blessed. Enjoy a few moments of silent reflection as you stand surrounded by masterpieces.
Next up are the Papal Palace collections. Explore the great Roman and Greek statues and marvel at the architecture of the buildings. You'll admire the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras, enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries, and learn about the history behind the impressive Gallery of the Maps. With your private guide, you can tailor your visit to include any highlights that interest you! You’ll learn about the fantastic history of the powerful popes and delight in bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.
Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica and climb the Dome. From the top, you can admire a vast, panoramic view of Rome! Make your way directly into the Basilica and follow your private guide as you view the magnificent and ornate decor. Visit Michelangelo’s "Pietà" and walk Saint Peter’s square to admire the open-air gallery of the Vatican.
If you'd like to extend your tour, you can learn about the spectacular mosaics covering the internal surface of the calotta of Saint Peter Basilica’s dome and visit the Internal Fabbrica dei Mosaici di San Pietro, where you can see the super-selected artists designing and manufacturing the famous Saint Peter’s mosaics.
Day 4: Rome to Sorrento
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 5: Beach Day in Sorrento
Day 6: Amalfi Coast Boat Tour
Enjoy a scenic boat tour along the incredible landscape of the Amalfi Coast and its two “pearls” of Positano and Amalfi. You’ll cruise along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, stopping to admire its highlights, swim in its clear sea, and relax far from the crowds.
You’ll start in the morning from Sorrento and make your way to Amalfi, where you’ll enjoy plenty of time to see the sites, shop in the boutiques, and admire the town’s colorful and charming architecture. Along the way, you’ll pass landmarks, such as the ancient fishing village of Marina Grande, the ruins of a Roman villa near Bagni della Regina Giovanna, a natural waterfall, Leranto Bay, and other interesting attractions along the picturesque Sorrento coastline.
Admire the views of the Li Galli, Nerano, and Fiordo di Furore islands as you cruise along in a relaxing and traditional wooden gozzo boat. At some point, your captain will drop anchor so you can swim and hang out on board with snacks and drinks. You’ll enjoy 90 minutes each in Amalfi and Positano, ending your adventure with a limoncello tasting as you sail back to Sorrento.
Day 7: Sorrento to Naples & Guided Tour of Pompeii
Day 8: Neapolitan Pizza-Making Class
In a cozy and friendly atmosphere, you'll enjoy eating your delicious handmade lunch. This pizza class will enhance your experience of Naples and give you the chance to take the recipes back home. You can make these dishes whenever you want, impressing your family and friends with your newfound cooking skills.
Day 9: Ischia and Procida by Ferry
Board your ferry and head to Procida, one of the most photographed islands in all of Italy. You may not recognize its name, but the endearingly iconic shot of Procida’s Corricella Marina appears on several Italian guidebook covers. The marina’s pastel bungalows have glistened over the Tyrrhenian Sea for generations, welcoming back tired mariners after months at sea. The distinctly bright hues allowed anglers to spot their homes, even from a great distance and in hazy weather.
For the past 3,000 years, Procida has been home to a strategic port, a bustling maritime academy, a fascist prison, and a filming location in more recent years. You may recognize Corricella Marina from Il Postino and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Spend the rest of the day exploring Terra Murata, the historic center of Procida perched on the cliffs above the port of Corricella, and enjoy the sandy Chiaiolella Beach.