This excursion has been designed for those who wish to enjoy and overview the Amalfi Coast, exploring Pompeii, which is one of the most important archeological sites of the world, having some lunch in Sorrento, world’s summer resort that attracts people from all over the world and shopping can be done in the picturesque village of Positano, famous for its colourful houses and narrow streets and for the great church dedicated to the Assunta.
Our driver will pick you up at your hotel or any other place of your convenience at 7:30am. Then you will have a lovely drive down from the region of Lazio into Campania, passing the alluring Appennine Mountain range and the abbey of Montecassino, founded by the friar San Benedetto and then destroyed during the huge battle of world war II. From the toll road, the spectacular Vulcano of Vesuvius mount will appear into view as well as the bay of Naples.
Just arrived at Pompeii, you have time for refreshing yourself as well as drinking an excellent local caffè or orange juice. Now you are ready for the tour, who is about two hours long (we always recommend to be guided from a local authorized guide). The city of Pompeii was destroyed and buried by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 a.d. The eruption buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily detailed into the life of a city to the height of the Roman Empire. A walk inside the excavations, through the perfectly preserved bath theatres, temples, markets and forums will bring you back into the lives of ancient Romans.
From Pompeii we take a drive along the wonderful coastal road to Sorrento. You will enjoy superb view of the Bay of Naples, and the Island of Capri is revealed as the Amalfi coast road emerges from over the mountain top, driving along winding country roads bordered with lemons, olive threes and bouganvilles. In ancient time, Sorrento was famous for its wine (oranges and lemons which are now widely cultivated there were not yet introduced in Italy in antiquity) its fish, and its red campanian vases.
This is what you can admire once you will be dropped off for some lunch in a typical restaurant suggested by your driver and a little stroll down the main shopping streets. Don’t forget to taste the ultra famous Limoncello, liquor digestif made from lemon rinds, alchol water and sugar.
You will then proceed along the Amalfi coast to Positano, where a picture postcard comes to life, a patchwork of flat and domed roofs and vine-covered stairways tumbling down to meet the gentle curve of the beach. Enjoy time at leisure to explore this elegant spot with its designer boutiques, shops and seaside cafes. You can visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta with its dome made of majolica tiles as well as a 13th century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna.
After having satisfied all your expectations you can be driven back home!
We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes for the visiting of churches, monuments and museums.