History and Luxury on the Amalfi Coast

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Gems of the Amalfi Coast

You’ve waited in line at St. Peters, you’ve taken the iconic photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and you’ve rode in a gondola down the canals in Venice. But knowing where to go after all of the boxes on the tourist list are checked can be a challenge. Instead of the bustle of the big cities, freshgrub recommends this deluxe trip on the Amalfi Coast.

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History and luxury blend perfectly on the Amalfi coast. The ruins of Pompeii are remarkable – seeing history preserved in such a tragic way. The city of Naples, with splashes of modern shops and restaurants on the surface, is a wholly different place underground. Who would think that you could visit Naples underground during the day and stay in a gorgeous and modern boutique hotel later that night?

In Vietri Sul Mare and Sorrento, you’ll treat your taste buds to the best of what Italy has to offer. Sample mozzarella di bufala on a farm and try out wines and olive oils from the source. Or if making your food is more your style, take a cooking class with an Authentic Italian chef in their home.

And after the days are done, retreat to your homes away from home. Seaside luxury is a guarantee at the Hotel San Francesco al Monte and Raito Hotel. Sea and city views are coupled with lavish rooms for an unbeatable Italian experience.

To book this trip, visit Traveloti.

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DAY 1:

Depending on arrival time enjoy a relaxing wellness treatment on the panoramic terrace of the hotel. You’ll have free time at leisure to take a first visit of the city.

DAY 2:

Meet with your private guide to discover the historic center of Naples. The ancient heart of the city will be unveiled by viewing churches, cloisters, ancient palaces, courtyards and walking along streets and ancient walls. Savor gourmet delights of local cuisine like the sweet sfogliatella (an Italian pastry). Taste a coffee in a cozy restaurant and visit an ancient and famous chocolate bar.

DAY 3:

After breakfast, take a private transfer to Caserta to visit the magnificent Royal Palace of the House of Bourbon. A masterpiece of the Italian Baroque, this is the largest palace erected in Europe in the 18th century. In the afternoon, guests will visit an ancient silk factories complex, created in the 18th century by the King of Naples. The visit includes a tour of the Royal Apartments to admire the splendid frescoed halls, and the sumptuous baths built for Queen Maria Carolina and the Belvedere Gardens.

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DAY 4:

Go to Campi Flegrei, the famous burning fields sung by Homer and Virgil, so called for an intense volcanic activity. Visit the Solfatara, a volcanic crater which still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes. Here you can walk inside a crater with its fumaroles, jets of hot mud, gas springs and boiling lava. The ancient ” Forum Volcanoes,” are one of the most interesting volcanoes of Campi Flegrei. Stop in the charming Aragonese castle, where you can admire many pieces from the sunken city of Baia.

DAY 5:

Meet with your private guide to begin your visit the amazing archeological site of Pompeii that was destroyed and buried under ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the 79 AD. Transfer to Mount Vesuvius to climb the crater with the park guide.

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DAY 6:

Stop in a biologic farm that specializes in the production of mozzarella di bufala. You’ll get to take a walk to admire the buffalo and the production of this excellent product. Transfer to Paestum, an area surrounded by well-preserved walls and towers. Near this area, there is the archaeological museum containing ancient Greek remains discovered in the near necropolises. You will visit the magnificent Temple of Neptune, the most beautiful example of Greek architecture of the Western world.

DAY 7:

Meet up with your private transfer to Salerno. Spend the day at leisure visiting the city and its surroundings. Make sure to visit the historic center between the Duomo, the gardens of Minerva and the Arechi Castle, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view where you can admire the city of Salerno and the beautiful Amalfi Coast.

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DAY 8:

Today’s your day to visit gorgeous Sorrento. After your arrival, embark on a private boat tour of the charming island of Capri. The tour of Capri will begin along the Sorrentine Coast to see hidden waterfalls and ancient watchtowers built to keep an eye out for pirates. Once you have arrived in Capri, you will pass through the famous Faraglioni “Arco Dell’Amore,” (Arch of Love) where you can make a wish for good luck.

 

DAY 9:

Enjoy a private transfer to the Amalfi coast with stops in Positano and lunch at Nocelle, a small village suspended between the Lattari mountains. Experience a lunch in a private home of a local artist. Visit Furore and its beautiful fjord and a cathedral, with a stop for a coffee tasting at the famous Caffè Pansa.

To book this trip, visit Traveloti.

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