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Our group tours cover the length and breadth of Italy. From the lofty peaks of South Tyrol and the dramatic Dolomites to fiery Sicily, our tailor-made tours and packages offer both classic destinations and hidden gems as well as exciting experiences.
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2.The Island of Capri
This morning we take a short boat ride from Sorrento/Castellammare di Stabia to the idyllic rocky island of Capri. Upon arrival at the Marina Grande harbour a minibus shuttle will take us up to the famous Piazzetta, the name the locals give to Piazza Umberto I, which is also referred to as “The Drawing Room of the World”, as so many people come to sit, sip and enjoy a little relaxation at the bright cafes here. A visit to Capri would not be complete without taking a stroll to admire the panoramic Augustus Gardens, an incredible feat of engineering, which house fine examples of the most important flora found on Capri.
The afternoon is at leisure, or an optional visit to charming Anacapri, the second biggest settlement on the island, can be incorporated (supplement applies) with the possibility to take a ride in a small rowing boat inside the famous Blue Grotto. The sunshine which enters this magnificent sea cave through a small entrance creates a dazzling azure light which illuminates the whole cavern. After our memorable day on the island we return by boat to the mainland.
3.Pompeii and Vesuvius
After breakfast we depart for what must be one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, Pompeii, which provides visitors with an incredible insight into the day-to-day life of the ancient Romans.
It is a striking experience, setting foot in the ancient city of Pompeii. Our guide will lead us through the ruins for a moving visit and explain the history of the volcanic havoc which was created here by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. An amalgam of ash and water buried Pompeii’s homes and people and formed a cement-like coating, freezing the forms in time.
In the afternoon we continue to Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano on mainland Europe which towers 1,277 metres above the sea. From the coach-park set at 1,000 metres we will have the opportunity to walk up to the crater itself (entrance extra and pre-booking is necessary). Comfortable, flat footwear is required as the path is a little steepish and uneven, but no hiking experience is required! Those who get to the top are rewarded for their efforts with a breath-taking view of the whole Bay of Naples.
4.Paestum and visit to a Buffalo Farm
Paestum, the town of Ancient Greek Temples, is on our programme today. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage site is one of Italy’s lesser known archaeological sites, but Paestum’s three huge temples are amongst the most beautiful and best preserved Doric temples in Europe. Paestum’s Archaeological Museum (generally closed for maintenance the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month) is set close to the temples and is well worth a visit. It houses many frescoes, ceramics and interesting artefacts found in the area.
After our memorable visit we head to a buffalo farm and enjoy the original buffalo mozzarella of the region of Campania, which is still produced by hand to this day. On a guided tour we learn all about the production process and see the stables where the most advanced milking techniques are used to safeguard animal welfare, hygiene and milk quality.
5.Naples and pizza making class
Today we are off to see the main sights in the lively city of Naples, set at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. A visit to Naples is a unique experience . As the saying goes “See Naples and die”, which we can interpret as “once you’ve seen Naples, you’ve seen it all!”
A local guide will show us some of the main sights of this fascinating city, such as the thirteenth century Castel Nuovo, the semi-circular Plebiscito Square, and the Royal Palace (external viewing only).
Naples is also famous however for its piping hot pizzas and after our city tour we will then go for a pizza lunch.
Afterwards we will have free time to explore the city on our own, taking a stroll perhaps along the narrow main cobblestoned street of the Old Town with its clothing shops, art galleries and inviting restaurants or heading off to the promenade to marvel at the wonderful view of the Bay and Mount Vesuvius
This morning we enjoy a drive along one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads. The dramatic UNESCO-listed Amalfi Coast is full of hairpin bends overlooking the sea and will take your breath away. Its stunning scenery and welcoming locals make you feel like you’ve arrived in the place of your dreams. The cliffs plunge down dramatically into the sea and thirteen unspoilt towns and villages are dotted here and there along the coastal road as it winds along the southern half of the Sorrentine Peninsula. We pass the colourful village of Positano, known for its characteristic shops and vibrant nightlife, before stopping to explore the medieval town of Amalfi, and discover its main attractions, including the Cathedral.
We proceed along the coast and take a break to taste the famous local Limoncello, a lemon liqueur produced by using the intense aroma of locally grown lemon rind. After enjoying our tipple, we return to the hotel via the motorway.
7.Day at leisure
Today is free to take it easy and enjoy your last day in this marvellous setting, or you might like to shop for some last-minute souvenirs to take home.
After breakfast, with our happy memories packed safely away, we depart for home
7 x nights accommodation with buffet breakfast at your chosen hotel
1 x welcome drink
1 x 3-course evening meal on the day of arrival
5 x evening meals, either in the form of 3-course menu or buffet
1 x evening meal with Neapolitan specialities
1 x full day excursion to Capri by boat, including tour escort
1 x entrance to the Augustus Gardens
1 x full day tour guide for Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
1 x return shuttle bus for the ascent to Vesuvio (obligatory)
1 x entrance to the archaeological site in Pompeii
1 x full day tour escort for Paestum and the buffalo farm
1 x 2-hour guided tour of Paestum
1 x entrance to the archaeological site in Paestum
1 x visit to a buffalo farm
1 x full day tour escort for Naples and the cooking class
1 x 2-hour guided tour of Naples
1 x pizza-lunch in Naples
1 x full day tour escort for the Amalfi Coast
1 x full day local coach hire for the Amalfi Coast (obligatory)
1 x limoncello tasting
•No single supplement in low season
•Family run hotel
•Ideal location to go on excursions
Location: Ideal location for a nice excursion program, about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Castellammare di Stabia.
Rooms: 64 rooms with air conditioning/heating, satellite TV, telephone, safe, minibar, hair dryer, free Wi-Fi.
Facilities: Restaurant, bar ,lift, common areas, terrace, outdoor pool (seasonal).
Coach parking: Guarded bus parking approx. 50 m from the hotel.