- Spend time in the old-time cliffside villages of Positano and Amalfi
- Tour the incredible halls and basilicas of the Vatican
- Make—and eat!—the perfect Italian meal
- Visit the incredible ruins of Pompeii, preserved by Mount Vesuvius' eruption
|Arrive in Rome & Transfer to Amalfi Coast, Positano Sunset Cruise
|Day Trip to Capri & Anacapri
|Transfer to Sorrento, Afternoon Cooking Class
|Free Day in Sorrento
|Transfer to Rome via Pompeii
|Vatican Tour: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica, Rome Walking Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Rome & Transfer to Amalfi Coast, Positano Sunset Cruise
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Rome, then take a high-speed train to Naples on the coast before making your way to your hotel in Amalfi. 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 water.
In the afternoon, head onto the water with a sunset boat tour to Positano from Amalfi. With its steep houses tumbling down to the sea, old-timey hotels draped in flowering vines, and restaurant terraces, Positano is an obvious favorite with travelers looking for a getaway. Soak in the views of the coast and the Tyrrhenian Sea from the boat as you enjoy a glass of Prosecco and some light aperitifs. Swim or snorkel in the clear blue waters, or simply enjoy the view.
Disembark in Positano for a romantic dinner with ocean views. Enjoy a pasta dinner with fresh seafood paired with a glass of fruity Falanghina. Return to Amalfi for the night.
Day 2: Day Trip to Capri & Anacapri
Spend the day enjoying the sunshine, summer villas, and clear blue waters of Capri Island, known locally as the "pearl of the Mediterranean." Capri sits on the south side of the Gulf of Naples and is a popular destination. Ancient Romans used the island for summer villas for the Empire's rich and famous, while the Greeks called Capri the "Isle of Sirens."
In the morning, head out for a scenic drive along the Sorrentine coast to the Sorrento port, where you'll catch a hydrofoil to Capri. From here, go for a guided walking tour of the island's main attractions. See the main harbors (Marina Grande and Marina Piccola), walk along the Belvedere of Tragara (a villa-lined promenade with panoramic views), and explore the ruins of ancient Roman villas. Head up the hill to see Anacapri, the Piazzetta, Augustus' Garden, and the best views of the Faraglioni Rocks.
In the afternoon, return to the water to explore the Grotta Azzurra, a naturally hollowed sea cave, and soak in the sunshine on the beach.
Day 3: Transfer to Sorrento, Afternoon Cooking Class
After a relaxing breakfast, say goodbye to the Amalfi Coast and head north to Sorrento. Sorrento is a long-time favorite with Italian and international travelers for its beautiful views, tranquil atmosphere, and cascading lemon terraces. The city's focal point is the Piazza Tasso, a central square built over a gorge that splits the city. Other notable attractions include the beautiful nearby Marina Piccola Bay, the Villa Pollio Roman ruins in Capo di Sorrento, the Sorrentine Peninsula Archaeological Museum, the 11th-century Duomo, and the Basilica di Sant'Antonino, which houses the remains of the city's patron saint.
In the afternoon, learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes during a four-hour cooking class at the Sorrento Cooking School. The school is the first of its kind in Sorrento and offers daily cooking lessons for amateur cooks and for those looking to enjoy a day of learning about Italian flavors and ingredients from a talented local chef.
You'll learn about traditional Italian dishes, including pasta, pizza, fish, and local desserts, as well as the techniques for preparing the perfect dough and the perfect garnish for each dish. Finish the course with a delicate pastry, then sit down to enjoy your hard work with a delicious meal. Buon appetito!
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 4: Free Day in Sorrento
Today is a free day to explore the city. Select from the following suggestions to make the most of your time in Sorrento:
- Soak in the sunshine in Piazza Tasso, Sorrento's largest and most popular gathering place. It's crossed by Corso Italia, one of Sorrento's best shopping streets
- Go shopping at the colorful Via San Renato street market, a weekly open-air market for everything from clothes to household items to fresh produce and delicious cheeses
- Get lunch in Marina Grande Beach, Sorrento's fishing village that's famous for its seafood restaurants and volcanic sand beach (the perfect place to relax after a delicious meal)
- Head to the Puolo neighborhood for its shallow beach and waterfront promenade (this area is popular with locals)
- Take a day trip to nearby Mount Vesuvius, the infamous volcano which buried Pompeii 2,000 years ago
- Tour the nearby coastal city of Salerno and the ancient Greek city of Paestum (the site contains some of the world's best-preserved Greek temples)
- Enjoy a private sommelier-guided wine tour in the Irpinia region to visit two prestigious wine estates in Campania's rugged Apennine Mountains
Day 5: Transfer to Rome via Pompeii
In the morning, head out to Rome. Along the way, stop at the ruins of Pompeii, a bustling seaside city that was buried underneath 13-20 ft (4 to 6 m) of ash and volcanic debris after the 79 CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The ash, which killed many of the city's residents, acted as an archaeological time capsule by preserving many of the city's original buildings and features completely intact.
The city was lost for 1,500 years following Mount Vesuvius' eruption before its accidental rediscovery in 1599. Items from jars to furniture were frozen in time, and even people who were unable to flee the oncoming ash were perfectly preserved. The guided two-hour walking tour of Pompeii's ancient streets will show off preserved villas, shops, public buildings, and plazas, giving you an insider's look into life 2,000 years ago. Tour stops include the House of Gladiators, large manors and villas, the Temple of Isis, and the Garden of the Fugitives, where you can see plasters of several of the victims of the volcanic eruption.
After the tour, continue to Rome. According to legend, Rome was founded by brothers Romulus and Remus in 753 BCE atop Rome's Palatine Hill. The long-time center of the powerful Roman Empire, Rome boasts nearly 3,000 years of architecture, history, and culture.
Spend the evening exploring a few of the city's highlights and see for yourself why Rome is considered one of Europe's top cities.
- Tour the Colosseum and travel back in time to relive the grandeur of the Roman Empire. Learn about some of ancient Rome's most famous and illustrious citizens, such as Julius Caesar, Emperors Augustus and Nero, and the Flavian Emperors who built the Colosseum
- Go for a stroll in the central Piazza Navona, where families and tourists gather on warm days, and see the beautiful Trevi Fountain and the iconic Pantheon
- Find the perfect antique market, downtown boutique, or shopping mall to find the perfect items in one of the fashion capitals of the world
- Enjoy the sunset in the orange groves of the Giardino degli Aranci on the city's Aventine Hill
Day 6: Vatican Tour: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica, Rome Walking Tour
Today you will visit the Vatican City museums and Sistine Chapel, as well as other top sights, for an exclusive six-hour tour of the city's incredible art and history. Start at the Vatican, where you'll visit the Pio Clementio Museum, Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of the Geographical Maps.
Continue to see the magnificent Raphael Rooms, ending in the breathtaking Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Experience the magic of Renaissance art as you learn about the secret details and untold stories of the masterpieces. Afterward, continue into a city for a tour of the city's most notable landmarks. Cross Piazza della Repubblica to see the Fountain of the Nyands, then continue to see the Trevi Fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio, and the Palazzo di Montecitorio, which Bernini designed. Admire the exterior of the Pantheon and head inside for a look at the ancient Roman temple, then head to Palazzo Madama—the Senate seat—ending at Piazza Navona.
End your evening with a stroll to the neighborhood piazza for gelato and some people-watching.
Day 7: Depart Rome
Time to say goodbye to the country of love! After one last cappuccino over breakfast, head to the airport for your connecting flight home. Safe travels!
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