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Excursions in Amalfi Coast - Guided tours in Sorrento Coast - Visit of Pompei and Ecolaneum

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Guided Tours

A rich selection of interesting tours in the Gulf of Naples and other locations is available for the following destinations:

Amalfi Drive

Amalfi Drive

The “Amalfi Drive” is said to be the most spectacular in Europe: the winding cliff top road offers breathtaking panoramic views at every turn as far as Amalfi, one of the most ancient maritime republics and also the home town of Flavio Gioia, the man who invented the compass. In the centre of Amalfi, the beautiful Cathedral devoted to Saint Andrew (9th Century) stands superbly on the top of a great flight of steps and features a spectacular 19th Century’s mosaic on the facade.
Free time for lunch. We suggest you go to look at the “Arsenali”, the naval dockyards where they used to build the galleys of Amalfi’s fleet, and you cannot miss a visit to the Emerald Grotto, from the port of Amalfi.
Then you climb to Ravello where beautiful landscapes meet ancient and precious buildings. Here you will visit the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Pantaleone and Villa Rufolo which gave the musician Richard Wagner the inspiration to create one of his most famous works, “Parsifal”, and now houses a music concert festival in his honour every year. Return to the Hotel.
 

Capri and Anacapri

Capri and Anacapri

A day to remember visiting Capri, an island rich in beautiful landscapes, history and – why not? – society news involving people from all over the world. The tour starts from the port of Sorrento, enjoying the breathtaking sailing along the whole Sorrento coast. After landing at Marina Grande in Capri, you reach Anacapri by coach to visit Dr. Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michele: he was a famous Swedish writer whose masterpiece, “Story of San Michele”, tells of his time on Capri and describes the beauties of the island’s landscape.
Free time for lunch and then go down to Capri town to appreciate the colourful gardens of Augustus overlooking the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola where Gracie Fields once lived.
There is free time for you to go off and admire the elegant boutiques, stroll along the cobbled streets and reach the famous “Piazzetta”, the small square symbol of the elegance and prestige of this small island all around the world. Back to the port and then to Sorrento.
Pompei and Mount Vesuvius

Pompei and Mount Vesuvius

Today Pompeii attracts intensively visitors who are looking to find what remains of the ancient splendors of the Roman Empire. Following the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D., Pompei laid buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The excavations, which started in the 18th Century, brought to light fabulously preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the Villas, an amphitheatre and many things could prove the prosperity of this town in the past. The archaeological excavations are still being carried out today in order to give modern society the treasure of the past.
Free time for lunch before visiting the volcano Vesuvius which was the origin of this destruction. Mount Vesuvius overlooks the whole Gulf of Naples and it’s reachable by bus which goes up to 1000 meters. The crater will then be reached by foot together with authorized Alpine guides. Back to the Hotel.

Herulaneum Excavations

Herulaneum Excavations

Ercolano was destroyed, together with Pompei, by the eruption of the Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D. It was a residential area, not holding Pompei’s business prominence, but full of well-to-do Romans' opulent villas. When the catastrophe of 79 A.D. occurred, the town was submerged under a torrent of mud and lava that hardened into a soft tuff that preserved many of the frescoes and objects that you can admire today. A large portion of treasures lie buried under the rock, so excavations are still being carried out. Return to the Hotel.

Rome

Rome

A unique opportunity to visit ‘The Eternal City’, one of the most important capitals in Europe and the centre of Catholicism. Rome is cosmopolitan, dynamic and rich in fabulous shops. Despite the frenetic life of our time the city still fascinates, thanks to its monuments and historical buildings.
The tour will include visiting the most important historical sites: Villa Borghese, the Tiber river, the Palace of Justice, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Colosseum and the Foro Italico. These sites will be reached by bus (gran turismo) due to the traffic limitations in the city centre. The guide will give you free time at Saint Peter’s square. Short trousers and no sleeves are forbidden while visiting the Churches.
Scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Ischia Island

Ischia Island

Ischia is known as the “green island” due to its vegetation. It is a volcanic island dominated by Mount Epomeo. The tour starts from the port of Sorrento with a 50 minutes cruise in the Gulf of Naples. In the morning free time for a walk in Ischia Porto. Then you will be driven around on a G.T. coach (with a guide). In the afternoon free time to go to a health spa (entrance fee is not included in the price), where you can take thermal baths. We suggest you do not forget your swimsuit.

Scheduled on Thurdays

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