Our suggested itinerary for the Amalfi Coast Tour starts and ends in Rome, and has a duration of 10 days.
This tour showcases the West coast, with escorted excursions to the Amalfi Coast and some islands of the Bay of Naples. We also call to Tivoli, Mt. Vesuvius, and Tarquinia, and a private local guide shares his knowledge with you in Naples.
This sample itinerary of the Amalfi coast of Italy can be redesigned to suit your specific interests, needs or timeframe. Unless you wish otherwise, your guide will take you to:
Your very own chauffeur picks you up from Rome international airport. Travel to Tivoli, a historic Etruscan and Roman town 20 miles away from Rome. In classic times, it was called Tibur. During and after the Renaissance, famous villas were erected here. Visit Villa d'Este, UNESCO world heritage site (palace, gardens, fountains). It was built in the 16th century. Its garden and water features were later copied all over the world. No less than 500 jets and fountains ornate the richly decorated terraces. Your guide will explain the meaning of the coat of arms, the water organ, the Fontana del Bicchierone, and the marble nymphs. (Alternatively, if you prefer, visits in Rome.) 2 nights in Tivoli.
Day trip to Tarquinia :
With this day trip to Tarquinia, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Etruscan civilisation. The Etruscan necropolis is visited for its remarkable wall paintings over 2,600 years old. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tombs are often in characteristic mounds. What we know nowadays about the Etruscan civilisation comes in large part from illustrations found in these tombs. Return to Tivoli in your A La Carte™ Italy Tour limousine and see the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa). This is a is a large Roman archaeological site. It was built as a country residence for the Roman Emperor. It is, in fact, a group of 30 buildings the ruins of which now cover an area of 260 acres. A grotto and a pool are still in good shape, as are some theatrical masks or art works excavated on site. (Alternatively, if you prefer, visits in Rome.) 2nd night in Tivoli.
Highway transfer to Naples, the capital of the Italian Southern region of Campania. The city is located by the giant Vesuvius volcano, on a scenic wide bay called the Bay of Naples. One can say that Naples is a summary of European history: it certainly contains a wealth of cultural, historic or artistic heritage. It is also one of the largest cities on the Mediterranean. Discover this bustling city center in all serenity with your own driver (you'll be relieved not to have to drive!) and see the Square del Plebiscito, the San Carlo theater, the Castel Nuovo, Royal Palace. From the Posillipo hill, enjoy the panorama of the Bay of Naples. Spot the Amphitheater of Flavius (one of Italy's largest). Lunch in Naples - that may be some research on the pizza theme, as this is the pizza's birthplace! Your driver takes you on some spectacular and windy roads to Positano, on the Amalfi peninsula. 4 nights in Positano
Cruise to Capri Island:
This morning, we catch a boat to the island of Capri. Its 7,000 inhabitants live in a delightful hilly village with narrow passageways and few narrow streets. Your A La Carte Italy Tour guide will tell you the stories of the place. The island has been known since antiquity for its beauty, and it has been a holiday resort since the Roman times. The Blue Cave (Grotta Azzurra) is a spectacular cave which can be accessed from the sea only - weather and tide permitting. We will also have a look at the Villa San Michele. In the afternoon, we return to Positano and relax. 2nd night in Positano
Discover the Amalfi coast:
The Amalfi Coast is mainly made of rocky cliffs. Travel to the Amalfi township, which hangs in a spectacular way in a gorge dominated by the Mt Cerreto (4,000 feet). Its medieval narrow streets attract many visitors. It offers a unique mix of architectural styles reflecting the variety of cultures, which have been influenced by oriental civilizations since 6th century A.D. Amalfi is renowned for the huge lemons and the limoncello, a lemon liqueur. Your driver-guide will introduce you to churches (San Andrea) and museums, and drive you through spectacular natural features (gorge Vallone di Furore). 3rd night in Positano.
Excursion to Sorrento and Ischia:
Cross the peninsula to Sorrento. The legend says that sirens that had tried to tempt Ulysses were living here. The gardens are beautiful here, so here is an opportunity for a walk. Then, relax on a cruise to Ischia. Discover that volcanic island with spectacular sights and pleasant climate. Natural spas and thermal mud are another attraction here. With the the help of your A La Carte™ Italy Tour guide, have a look at the castle, the Guevara Tower where Michelangelo stayed, the Soccorso Church. Return to Sorrento. 4th night in Positano
Ravello and Paestum:
The Villa Rufolo in Ravello had inspired Richard Wagner in Parsifal. It was built in 1270. In the same town, the Villa Cimbrone offers its intriguing "Terrace of the Infinite." We'll also travel to the Ravello cathedral (Duomo) before leaving for Paestum. Paestum was founded by Greeks in the 7th century BC. Explore it with your personal A La Carte Italy Tour guide. Three doric temples were standing here in 6th century BC, and you will have the opportunity to see the Neptune and Ceres temples with a historic commentary supplied by your guide. An amazing find: the oldest best preserved doric temples today. Besides these temples, little is known about its Greek past. 2 nights in Paestum area.
Today, we suggest to take you to the Castelcivita caves. It was the site of a prehistoric dwelling about 40,000 years ago. It is a karst cave, with typical limestone formations. Let's enjoy a waterfall, the Grande Cascata, and also a wildlife sanctuary, the The Oasi Naturalistica di Persano, if desired. Traveling around the wetlands and local birds, a very diverse ecosystem. Return to Paestum for the night and enjoy the sandy beach, or stay in the mountain ranges of the Cilento, a Unesco biosphere reserve. 2nd night in Paestum Area.
Ercolano - Roma:
Herculaneum was founded by Hercules, and destroyed in the same eruption that annihilated Pompeii in 79 AD. We prefer to take our clients to Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian) as if offers a more compact and less crowded picture than Pompeii. The ruins are impressive. See the ancient baths with their mosaic pavement, the changing rooms, frescoed ceilings and imagine the life here until the eruption of 79 AD. Ascend Mt. Vesuvius and have one last glimpse over the Bay of Naples. On the way back to Rome in your private A La Carte™ Italy Tour minivan, let's stop in Caserta to see the Royal Palace, an enormous rectangular building sited around four courtyards interconnected by a spectacular vestibule, featuring the Queen's apartment (18th century). Overnight in Rome.
For this last day, we have left some free time available for you to shop or relax. If you prefer, you can sightsee, as our guide is at your disposal. We will drive you to the airport in time for your outbound flight. A La Carte Italy Tours wishes you a pleasant return flight home and many good memories from your Italian trip. We hope to see you back next year?
Tour departures: on request - please book at least 3-6 months ahead
Amalfi coast of Italy tour in 10 days - prices
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cancellations until 30 days before departure: 50% refund
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