ITALY IN 2 WEEKS LUXURY GRAND TOUR
Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome & the Amalfi Coast

The best of Italy in 2 weeks! From Milan, the Italian fashion capital, to magic Venice, then Florence, the cradle of Renaissance, and Rome, the Eternal City! And finally the charming Amalfi Coast, to relax and enjoy stunning views! But also some hidden gems off the beaten track! Sipping the best wine and tasting the best dishes of Italian culinary tradition!!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Milan, the trendy 2,000-years-old capital of Northern Italy
  • Verona, the city of lovers
  • Venice, when merchants ruled the Mediterranean
  • Maranello, where the legend of Ferrari started
  • Florence, an open-air museum
  • Pisa, how can it stand?
  • Siena and San Gimignano, power in the Middle Ages
  • Rome, walking in the shade od history
  • Tivoli, an invitation from the Emperor
  • The Amalfi Coast, where divas are at home
  • Pompei, the Roman city fixed in lava

DATES & PRICES

  • January to March – November & December: € 11,810 / pax (2-pax group) - € 9,020 / pax (4-pax group)
  • May to September: € 14,670 / pax (2-pax group) - € 11,550 / pax (4-pax group)
  • April - October: € 14,020 / pax (2-pax group) - € 11,220 / pax (4-pax group)

Groups of 5 to 10 pax - Single Room Supplement: upon request

GROUP SIZE: 2 to 10 travellers

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

Accommodations with Continental Breakfast (List of accommodations and type of rooms available upon request):

  • Day 1: 5* Hotel in Milan city centre
  • Days 2 & 3: 5* Hotel in Venice city centre
  • Days 4 & 5: 5* Hotel in Florence city centre
  • Days 6 & 7: 5* Country Resort in Val d'Orcia area
  • Days 8 to 10: 5* Hotel in Rome city centre
  • Days 11 to 13: 5* Hotel on the Amalfi Coast
  • Day 14: 5* Hotel in Naples city centre

Activities and transfers:

  • Day 1: 3-hour private walking tour of Milan city centre with an Authorised Tourist Guide
  • Day 2: Private transfer to Verona -  2-hour private walking tour of Siena city centre with an Authorised Tourist Guide - Private transfer to Venice Pier + Private transfer (water taxi) to your Accommodation in Venice city centre
  • Day 3: 3-hour private walking tour of Venice city centre with an Authorised Tourist Guide - 1-hour Gondola ride
  • Day 4: Private transfer to Venice Pier + Private transfer to your accommodation in Florence city centre – Stopover in Modena area - Visit of a Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Producer
  • Day 5: 3-hour private walking tour of Florence city centre with an Authorised Tourist Guide - Dinner at a panoramic restaurant in Florence city centre
  • Day 6: Full-day private tour to Siena & San Gimignano - 2-hour private walking tour of Siena city centre with an Authorised Tourist Guide - Private transfer to your accommodation in Val d'Orcia area 
  • Day 7: Full-day private tour of Val d'Orcia - 3-hour private walking tour of Montepulciano city centre with tastings of olive oil, pecorino cheese and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano - Private visit of a Supertuscan Brunello di Montalcino wine cellar with a Sommelier Guide and tastings 
  • Day 8: Private transfer to your accommodation in Rome city centre – Stopover in Orvieto - 2-hour private walking tour of Orvieto city centre with an Authorised Tourist Guide
  • Day 9: 3-hour private walking tour of Classical and Baroque Rome with an Authorised Art Historian Tourist Guide - Shared Roman Cooking Class with dinner
  • Day 10: Full-day private tour of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli with an Authorised Art Historian Tourist Guide
  • Day 11: 2.5-hour early entry guided tour of the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel - Private transfer to Rome Railway Station + Transfer by high-speed train 1st class to Naples Railway Station + Private transfer to your accommodation on the Amalfi Coast
  • Day 12: Full-day private tour of the Amalfi Coast - Stopovers in Amalfi, Positano and Ravello - Visit of a "Colatura di Alici" laboratory in Cetara 
  • Day 13: Full-day private boat tour to Capri island with lunch on board (May to September) 
  • Day 14: Private transfer to Pompei - 2-hour private walking tour of Pompei Archeological Area with an Authorised Archeological Tourist Guide - Private transfer to your accommodation in Naples city centre - Farewell dinner at a Michelin-starred Restaurant in Naples area 

Admission Tickets to:

  • Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper"
  • Palazzo Ducale in Venice
  • Museo Ferrari in Maranello
  • Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence
  • Colosseum Underground and Imperial Fora Archeological Area in Rome
  • Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli
  • Vatican Museums with the and Sistine Chapel in Rome
  • Pompei Archeological Area

All transfers and tours by private Luxury Sedan (2 pax ) / Minivan (3 to 5 pax) /Minibus (6 to 10 pax) 

OPTIONAL Pick up and drop off at Airports / Railway Stations - Meet & Greet (Porterage and assistance with luggage, tax refunds, customs clearance) 

Full assistance 24 hours/day by our Back Office

Day 1 - MILAN

Benvenuti in Italia, welcome to Italy.

Milan is first of all the Fashion Capital of Italy! The showrooms of all Italian manufacturers are located in the city and here buyers from worldwide distribution find the one and only “Italian Style”! But Milan is not only fashion, it is also and above all art, beauty and culture! Piazza del Duomo is the geographical and historical centre of the city. It is surrounded by palaces with arcades; in the middle, you can see the Duomo, one of Europe’s biggest Gothic cathedrals, whose construction started in the 14th and ended in the 20th century. And on the Gran Guglia, the cathedral’s highest spire, the Madonnina, a symbol of Milan, stands. To the left of the cathedral, you will walk across Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a covered passageway in a Latin cross shape linking the grand Piazza del Duomo with Piazza della Scala, featuring mosaics and a wrought iron and glass roof.

You will not miss Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece in Santa Maria delle Grazie, “The Last Supper”. Did you know that this painting miraculously survived a bombing in 1943, when a bomb fell just 100 meters from the northern wall of the Refectory? Luckily, the wall was protected with scaffolds and sandbags, and the painting was not damaged.

You may also visit “Castello Sforzesco”, the Sforza Castle, a summary in stone of the political, military and artistic history of Milan. Then stroll down the streets of the Quadrilatero D’oro, the heart of the fashion industry, admiring the shop windows of Prada, Armani, Versace, Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino. The multi-concept store by Giorgio Armani, Spazio Armani, in the elegant Via Manzoni, extends for 6,000 square meters and offers fashion showrooms, furniture, flowers and hi-tech Sony equipment. After shopping, enjoy an aperitif or a coffee at the Emporio Armani Cafè upstairs or book a table at the Japanese restaurant Nobu. Or taste a gorgeous Cappuccino at Pasticceria Cova, as locals often do in via Montenapoleone, “Montenapo” for the Milanese!

At dinner, what about a tasty yellow “Risotto alla Milanese”? According to an ancient tradition, the Duomo is where Risotto alla Milanese was “born”, invented by a boy who worked for the stained glass artist Valerio di Fiandra, nicknamed “Zafferano” for its habit of adding spices to his colours. One day he put some saffron in the rice as well and the result was a great success!

Milan

Day 2 – VERONA

In a stretch of land designed in accord with the bends and twists of the River Adige, we find Verona, a visually-stunning city of excellence. It is a town with many faces, whose history can also summarize Italy's own history – think of the works left by the Romans, the Medieval streets and the “palazzi” of the Renaissance.

The city’s commercial hub is Piazza delle Erbe, where the original Roman Forum was located. This piazza represents the synthesis of several different historic moments; such is affirmed by the 13th century buildings – among which Casa dei Mercanti (House of Merchants) stands out - the painted facades of the Mazzanti Houses, and the Madonna Verona Fountain, with its central statue from the Roman Epoch. Also dating back to Roman times is the monument that is most symbolic of Verona, its Arena (1st century B.C.). Originally constructed to host gladiator combats, it saw a long period of abandonment before it returned to the limelight with a new form of entertainment, in 1913: after having hosted the premiere of Aida in that year, it has been known around the world for the sounds of opera that emanate from its stage.

Then, Romanesque Verona lies in its imposing Duomo, as well as in the Cathedral of St. Zeno, and in Castelvecchio, which looks out from the banks of the Adige; it symbolizes the Medieval power of the Scaliger Family, to whom the realization of the crenellated Scaliger Bridge is attributed.

The palazzi of Verona narrate its long history of wealth and power. In Piazza dei Signori - which sits under the dominating Lamberti Towers - the portico of the Loggia del Consiglio catches the eye; in the 16th century, political life took place here, while the Palazzo di Cansignorio and Palazzo del Comune (or “della Ragione”) were the seats of military, judicial and administrative power. Nearby lie the Scaliger Arches, in the same-named piazza, and some of the most suggestive views of the city, including glimpses of the monumental tombs of the Lords of Verona. Nearby lie the Scaliger Arches, in the same-named piazza, and some of the most suggestive views of the city, including glimpses of the monumental tombs of the Lords of Verona. 

Finally, the Verona of Shakespeare and the “star-crossed lovers” is legend all over the world and lives indefinitely through the places made famous in the play "Romeo and Juliet". Yet the original literary work was created by Luigi da Porto, a writer from Vicenza, in the 1500s; it eventually circulated Europe, reaching England. Then the Bard rendered it the immortal story that it is today, allowing Verona to rest as one of the most admired and visited places in the world.

And remember: Verona is a very elegant city, famous for its classy shops!

Verona

Day 3 – VENICE

You will be astonished by the beauty and charm of the “City on the lagoon”!

You may start your visit with Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and the interior of the Basilica, a 900 years old marvel of architecture! The church is unique in Italy for its golden Byzantine and Medieval mosaics, intricate stone and marble traceries and exuberant Middle Eastern domes. Near St. Mark’s Basilica is Palazzo Ducale, the most impressive secular building in Venice and once the official residence of the supreme authority of Venice, the “Doge”. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Doge’s Palace is an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th-century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and opulent Mannerist adjunctions.

At lunch, you may savour Venice’s finger food, the famous “cicheti”. There is tremendous variety, and options include anything from simple cheese or salami to almost any kind of seafood, fried and grilled vegetables, sweet and sour sardines, creamy codfish and much, much more!

Later on, you may visit Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Saint Mary’s of Friars), striking for its huge size and for the quality of its works of art, including masterpieces by Titian, Giovanni Bellini and Donatello, and several grandiose tombs. Also, explore the streets and savour everyday life in an intricate maze of ancient narrow alleyways, lively squares with magnificent buildings and meandering canals, and finally walk on the Rialto Bridge, the busy "heart" of Venice. And last but not least, enjoy a Gondola ride on the city’s canals: a jump back in time, when Venetians moved only on the water.

Knowing what should be bought in Venice is not easy, as it is one of the most beautiful Italian cities. Rich in traditions, Venice presents a wide selection of souvenirs to take home as a souvenir of your trip. What you cannot miss among your purchases are the typical Venetian masks. The cost of the original ones is quite high, but it is really worth it! Another thing that should be bought in Venice is craftsmanship, appreciated worldwide. In the city of Italian carnival, it is a must to buy a Murano glass object. Each product is worked and painted by hand, but be sure you buy an original product from Murano, guaranteed by a label or a signature (and also by the seller), and not a Chinese copy!

Venice

Finally, at dinner you will be delighted by the flavours of the regional cuisine of Veneto, boasting delicious recipes such as“Sarde in saor”, Risotto with seafood, the typical “Baccala' mantecato”, to finish with a fantastic “Bussolà” (for an overview of the regional cuisine of Veneto see the article in our BLOG).

Day 4 – MODENA

Modena is famous worldwide for the famous people who were born and lived here, Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti above all, and for some of its gastronomical products. The city is the capital fo the so-called “Motor Valley”: the factories of the famous Italian sports car makers Ferrari, De Tomaso, Lamborghini and Maserati are located here.

In Maranello, you will visit Museo Ferrari, not just a collection of the past, but an extraordinary experience of the world of Ferrari and sports car racing! How exciting to see the most beautiful cars in the world, exceptional artworks made by modern mechanic artisan masters.

Afterwards, you will move to the estate of a Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Producer, to delight in the unique, enticing taste of traditional balsamic vinegar. Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is obtained from partially fermented, cooked and concentrated grape must. The grapes come exclusively from the area's vines, and the most critical processing phase is refinement, inside containers of fine wood, such as oak, chestnut, oak, mulberry and juniper. Want to know more about this unique delicacy? Read the article in our BLOG.

Maranello

Day 5 – FLORENCE

Welcome to Florence, the symbol of the Italian Renaissance.

Despite its international fame and greatness, Florence is also a small city, whose history has been interwoven with that of its passionate citizens for more than one thousand years. In Piazza Duomo you will be astonished by the Duomo, with the incredible Brunelleschi’s cupola, a masterpiece of art and architecture whose building techniques building are still covered with a veil of mystery. Beside it, Giotto’s Campanile (Belltower) and the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in the city, with its famous bronze doors made by Pisano and Ghiberti in the 14th and 15th centuries. In Piazza della Signoria you will walk in the middle of bronze and marble masterpieces by Giambologna and Cellini inside the marvellous Loggia dei Lanzi, and will admire the imposing Palazzo Vecchio, one of the symbols of Florence and still the seat of government of the city. You may also spare some time to relax, visiting a typical market for shopping, strolling through the pedestrian streets of the city and crossing the oldest bridge in Florence, “Ponte Vecchio” (Old Bridge), rich of jewellery shops.

Your itinerary will include Galleria dell’Accademia, hosting Michelangelo's David, the most famous sculpture in the world. The David was uncovered and shown to the Florentines on September 8, 1504, and with its height of 4 meters, the impeccable physical features and the political significance that the iconography of David had taken over the previous century left the Florentines of the time speechless and has done the same ever since with visitors from all over the world.

Florence is also the main Italian centre for the production of high-quality leather goods. The Florentine artisans are so famous that many fashion brands have opened their factories in the city or close to it, due to the high skill of the artisans involved and to the continuous inspiration that designers take from the town’s masterpieces. The area around Piazza Santa Croce, in particular, hosts numerous leather shops and workshops.

Thanks to the tradition of Tuscan tanneries, there is no better place to find shoes for all tastes than Florence: from the creations, designed and produced by hand by skilled craftsmen, to the large collections available in stores, renewed every season. Above all, for refinement and elegance, Ferragamo (also worth seeing the museum), Gucci and Prada. If you prefer a simpler style, across the river Arno there are many shops specialized in handmade shoes and sandals.

At dinner, taste the simple yet unforgettable recipes of the Tuscan tradition, such as "Crostini", "Panzanella" and "Peposo". And remember, Florence is the home of "Fiorentina" steak! In case you are a vegetarian, don’t worry: Tuscan cuisine offers tasty alternatives like “Pappa al Pomodoro” or “Ribollita” (for an overview of Tuscan cuisine see the article in our BLOG).

Florence

Day 6 – SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO

In Siena, the city of the Palio, you will walk on the famous Piazza del Campo, the concave square where horses run twice a year in a dangerous race that symbolizes the city’s freedom (read the article in our BLOG).

But, maybe, the thing that you are going to remember better is the colour of frontages and roofs, the renowned colour “Sienna”, a pigment first produced during the Renaissance, that makes the city lovely and warm. And don’t forget to taste the Senese sweets: “cantucci” (biscuits with toasted almonds), “ricciarelli” (soft biscuits with icing sugar), “panforte” (cake with fruit nuts and spices) and “cavallucci” (biscuits with honey, walnut, candied fruits and spices. Travellers who love dessert will be delighted!

Siena

In the afternoon, you will stroll with your head upwards along the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, San Gimignano, also known as the "Medieval Manhattan", thanks to its very old and impressive 14 towers that dominate the town skyline. Originally the towers were 72, built by patrician families probably to demonstrate their wealth and power. Seven of San Gimignano's towers are around Piazza del Duomo, the tallest one is Torre Grossa, 54 meters high, dating back to 1298.

Day 7 - VAL D'ORCIA

Val d’Orcia is one of the most fascinating places in Italy, included by UNESCO in the list of World Heritage Sites. The landscape of Val d’Orcia is a part of the agricultural hinterland of Siena, redrawn and developed when it was integrated into the territory of the city-state in the 14th and 15th centuries to reflect an idealized model of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing picture. The landscape’s distinctive aesthetics, flat chalk plains out of which rise almost conical hills with fortified settlements on top, inspired many artists. Their images have come to exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes.

In Montepulciano, our friend Francesca will lead you to discover this beautiful town full of stories, legends and thousand flavours, introducing you to the excellent products of this unique land: olive oil, pecorino cheese and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Then, you will get to Montalcino, one of the prettiest hill towns in Tuscany. Around the village, rows of olive trees and precious grapevines and yellow fields create an enchanting landscape. Here you will visit a Brunello winery to taste the most famous Supertuscan wine, probably the best Italian red!

Finally, you will stop in Bagno Vignoni, a tiny and charming village where the main square is a pool 49 meters long and 29 wide. Several hot springs, whose therapeutic quality have been renowned since antiquity, bubble up from its bottom! All this creates such a pleasant sensation; it will be hard to leave!

Val d'Orcia

Day 8 – ORVIETO

Orvieto in Umbria is perhaps the most beautiful hill town in Italy, perched upon volcanic rock, its history dating back to the Etruscans.

Although just an hour from Rome, the architecture is different, with many of the buildings constructed out of tufo, a type of volcanic rock. Orvieto’s main attraction is its 14th-century Cathedral – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures. Another attraction is St. Patrick’s Well, a 62-meter-deep (203 feet) feat of engineering characterized by two spiral staircases that wind around the well (yet never meet), with 248 steps down to the water. A pleasant guided tour along a very easy route makes it possible to get to know Orvieto’s underground world, created by its ancient inhabitants over about 2,500 years of uninterrupted digging. A tour on a discovery of a millenary, surprising and unexpected “Underground City”, which you will surely enjoy!

At lunch don’t miss “salumi di cinghiale o cervo” (boar or deer sausage) and pecorino cheese and taste the region's prized white truffle oil, together with the delicious white wine of the area, Orvieto Classico!

Orvieto

Day 9 – ROME

Here you are in Rome, a place where ancient history, excellent art and religious icons mix in a unique blend!

You will start from the 2,000-year-old Colosseum, the most famous amphitheatre in the world, and the Imperial Fora, the administrative and monumental centre of the Roman Empire. On the Palatine Hill, the grandiose ruins of the Palaces of Augusto, Tiberius and Domiziano still dominate the Circus Maximus valley, 50-meter-high structures giving a unique view of the city.

Close to the Colosseum, inside the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, you may see the famous sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo.

From Piazza Venezia, you will head inside “Baroque” Rome, starting with the Pantheon, dedicated to the worship of every god (Pan-every Theon-divinity), now the memorial chapel of great Italian people of the past. After that, don’t miss the Church of St. Louis of the French, famous for the cycle of paintings of the great Caravaggio at the end of the 16th century. Then Piazza Navona, a splendid oval area corresponding to the underground Domitianus’ Stadium, with the gorgeous Fountain of the Four Rivers by Lorenzo Bernini in the centre of the Piazza. And finally Fontana di Trevi, the biggest and most famous fountain of the city, a Rome icon known all over the world: here statues of travertine marble stand over the cliff and the wide basin, in an epic representation of the Kingdom of the Oceans.

Your Roman experience will include a Roman Cooking Class: here, you will learn the secrets of the typical Roman pasta, fettuccine and bucatini!

At the end of the day, just sit down at a local "trattoria" or "fiaschetteria", the typical home-style restaurant, to taste the true Roman cuisine in a popular and cheerful atmosphere (for an overview of Roman cuisine see the article in our BLOG).

Colosseum

Day 10 - TIVOLI

Discover one of Italy’s hidden gems! Here is Tivoli, a small town in Lazio, about 30 Km east of Rome. The first major sight is Hadrian’s Villa: Emperor Hadrian built it to escape the crowd and turmoil of the capital. Much of the enormous, luxurious ancient villa remains intact today, and you will be surprised by the clever application of Renaissance plumbing in the fountains and waterworks, perfectly integrated with the landscape.

Tivoli

The other masterpiece in the area is Villa d’Este, the great Villa commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito of the Este family around 1560. Among the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance that most inspired landscape architects and painters, it is an ideal reinterpretation - in a sumptuous way - of the hanging Eden of Babylon. The prestigious residence is surrounded by terraces, stairways and avenues set on each other, decorated with water games so audacious as to reveal considerable engineering skills. The monument was elected the most beautiful park in Europe, as well as UNESCO Heritage with the motivation: "one of the first gardens of wonders, which from the beginning had a decisive influence on the development of European landscape painting ».

Day 11 – VATICAN CITY

On the other side of River Tevere, Vatican hill is the home of the tiny state of Vatican city. The immense St. Peter’s Basilica dominates the extraordinary Piazza framed by the magnificent four column-deep colonnades designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The Basilica itself is an extraordinary casket for some of the most beautiful works of art in the world, such as Michelangelo’s “La Pietà” and Bernini’s “Baldacchino”, along with works of the most important artists of the Renaissance, from Raphael to Canova.

Inside the Vatican Museums, you will be astonished by the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel, the sancta sanctorum of Roman Catholic Church, where cardinals gather to elect the new Pope! The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. The decoration of the walls was executed by a team of painters, Pietro Perugino, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Rosselli, assisted by their respective shops. Julius II della Rovere (pontiff from 1503 to 1513), the nephew of Sixtus IV, decided to partly alter the decoration, entrusting the work in 1508 to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who painted the Ceiling and, on the upper part of the walls, the lunettes. The nine central panels show the Stories of Genesis, from the Creation to the Fall of man, to the Flood and the subsequent rebirth of mankind with the family of Noah. Again, towards the end of 1533, Clement VII de' Medici (pontiff from 1523 to 1534) asked Michelangelo to paint the Last Judgement on the altar wall. How could he refuse? And, in fact, he did not, but painted his vision of the Judgement, with a powerful and irate Jesus Christ.

To make the most of your visit, you have an exclusive chance to enjoy the Vatican Museums before the crowds. This Vatican Museums guided tour includes VIP early entry before regular ticket holders are allowed inside. You'll be able to wander the almost empty halls and marvel at the Sistine Chapel, with an expert guide there to fill you in on the cultural and religious context of the Vatican's famous treasures. Then, as the first regular visitors begin to stream into the museums, you will enjoy a rich American breakfast in the evocative atmosphere of the Cortile della Pigna.

Vatican

Days 12 & 13 – AMALFI COAST

Welcome to the Amalfi Coast.

In these days you will explore Costiera Amalfitana, widely considered Italy's most scenic stretch of coastline, a landscape of pastel-coloured villages terraced into hillsides, steep panoramic roads, luxuriant gardens and enchanting vistas over turquoise waters and green mountains. Considered by UNESCO "an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values," the coast has been a World Heritage Site since 1997. You may go from town to town at the discovery of Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello, three of the most beautiful villages in Southern Italy, world-famous for their charm and colourful architecture.

Amalfi has a typically Mediterranean architecture, made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other. In the Middle Ages, it was of Italy's four powerful maritime republics (with Venice, Pisa, and Genoa). All sea trade in the Mediterranean was once governed by the 12th century “Tavole Amalfitane”, one of the world's oldest maritime codes. A must-see in Amalfi is the Duomo di Sant'Andrea, fronted by an intricately patterned façade, redone in the 19th century. Founded in the 9th century, the cathedral's subsequent alterations have spared its principal glory, the main portal's 11th century Byzantine bronze doors. Next to the church lies the Chiostro del Paradiso (1268), or Cloister of Paradise, whose serious Romanesque tone is enlivened by the Arab elements in its sinuous columns. To escape the bustle of Amalfi let’s take the popular walk along the “Valle dei Mulini”, a steep-sided valley dotted with ruined watermills – “i mulini” - once used to make paper, an industry for which Amalfi was, and still is, famous.

Positano sits in a splendid panoramic position on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. Its enchanting town centre of delightful pastel-coloured houses surrounds the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta; its streets are lined with quaint, colourful shops and its numerous beaches are world famous.

Ravello is situated in a more elevated position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast, boasting exceptional views of the coast and its marvellous villas and gardens which, according to French novelist André Gide, are “closer to the sky than the sea”. Here you may visit Villa Rufolo, built in the 13th century, which hosted popes and kings, as well as Richard Wagner, who composed part of his opera Parsifal here in 1880. Views from its idyllic gardens are magnificent!

A trip to Cetara is an absolute must. The village is renowned for a particular gourmet speciality, “colatura di alici” (anchovy sauce), which has been produced according to an ancient procedure for generations. Spaghetti with colatura di alici is the typical recipe of the place, a dish which you will remember forever (see the article in our BLOG).

At dinner, don’t miss Spaghetti with clams in olive oil and garlic sauce, or Seafood Risotto, with a glass of excellent Greco di Tufo white wine.

Amalfi

Day 13 – CAPRI

With a steep, jagged coast and encircled by the famous “Faraglioni” (sea stacks), enormous and uniquely shaped boulders, and by numerous caves that tell of evocative plays of light, Capri offers a landscape of wild beauty sculpted by wind, sea and the hand of man. The most famous of these caves is the “Grotta Azzurra” (Blue Grotto), closely connected to the history of tourism in Capri.

Capri

Its discovery by the ancient Romans is hinted at by countless archaeological finds - e.g.  Villa Jovis, whose construction was commissioned by Emperor Tiberius.

The island continues to be both a legend and a favourite destination for travellers, intellectuals and the international jet-set - "performing" at any given time in the legendary “Piazzetta”, the real-time theatre of the island's 'Dolce Vita'. Beyond the cultural attractions and sea and nature in all their charm, Capri offers many chances for excellent shopping: tasteful boutiques and artisans' studios selling “Made in Italy” items and typical products alternate along the characteristic sidestreets and alleyways. Moreover, the flavoured local food is tied to the island's maritime and peasant traditions.

The island is associated with the myth of the Sirens due to the presence of the homonymous rock of the Sirens characterizing the bay of Marina Piccola. Among the sources that feed the legend, there is a commentary by Servius on the 5th song of Virgil's Aeneid. The poet narrates of half-bird and half-woman creatures that would have lived in Capreae and who, with their songs, bewitched the sailors and sent them against the rocks. On the other hand, the physical conformation of the island, made of coves, caves and precipices, makes it perfect as a refuge for these mythological beings.

Day 14 - POMPEI

Pompeii, the Roman city excavated from the ashes of the Vesuvius, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997!

In 62 A.D. the city was partially destroyed by an earthquake, and as its reconstruction was still ongoing, on August 24, 79 A.D. the eruption of Vesuvius covered the city and its suburban villas with a thick layer of stones, ashes and lapilli (thick, glassy lava). Herculaneum, on the other hand, disappeared beneath a flood of volcanic mud. 

The ruins of the ancient Roman cities offer an unparalleled window into the quotidian life of classical antiquity.  Here you can understand how the Romans of the 1st century AD lived: from the brothels and lavatories to the posh dining rooms and the bathing establishments which included modern spas, health clubs and gym. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the town in 79 AD and more than 3,000 people were covered by the debris from the volcano.

Pompei

Due to its healthy climate and pleasant scenery, Pompeii was a holiday resort for rich Romans. It is now famous for its civic buildings lining the streets that are still intact today. Some of these include the Surgeon’s House, as well as those of the Faun and the Chaste Lovers, which are exceptional examples of the epoch’s architecture. Another remarkable construction is the House of Mysteries, which derives its name from the murals depicting the initiation rites (i.e., the mysteries) of the Dionysian cult.

A peculiar characteristic of Pompeii is the florid graffiti covering the walls in just about every building; this is because when the volcanic eruption happened, Pompeii was set to carry out elections in the days ahead – hence the writings and ideograms, which feature both political and sexual content. 

The tour is over, but the memories of a fantastic journey will accompany you for a lifetime!

Arrivederci with another tour at the discovery of Italy with VITOR, Visit Italy on the Road.


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