Destinations Explored

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Rome

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Naples

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Capri

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Positano

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Amalfi

Optional Add-ons

Visit Salerno

Spend a day at an Agriturismo

Stay on Ischia island (larger and much less touristy island in the bay of Naples)

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While Northern Italy boasts Renaissance Florence, The Last Supper in Milan, the Italian alps and rich and hearty fare and bold wines, Southern Italy may beat the north in its vibrancy, culture, beaches, and dare we say it… even cuisine?

Let us take you on an 11 day adventure through the best of Southern Italy. From the must-see attractions in Rome to off-the-beaten path destinations on the Amalfi Coast, we have you covered. You’ll leave Italy with olive oil in your veins and a Mediterranean sunset in your soul. 

Key Highlights

After-Hours walk through the Vatican

Private boat trip through the White and Blue Grotto

Best of Naples Food Tour

Best Times to Visit

April - June

September - Early November

Sample Trip Itinerary

Day 1-2

Rome

Fly into Rome–Fiumicino International Airport

Accommodation in Rome

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Arrive/ Depart at Rome FCO Airport

Hike Palatine Hill

Palantine Hill is an expansive hill that has plenty of paths to wander as you marvel at the ancient ruins, centuries old pillars, and beautiful blossoming trees. The hill also overlooks the Forum (one ticket buys you entry to both) and has a small museum that details the fascinating history of Ancient Rome. The line at Palantine Hill can take some time but once you’re inside the grounds are spacious and feel totally secluded. Make sure to bring water since there isn’t much shade.

Walk through history in the Roman Forum

The Roman Forum—located between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum—is one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the world. Although it was meant to become the social and political center of the Roman Empire, it became submerged in marshland, was then uncovered, and finally assumed its role as a bonafide social hub by the end of the seventh century. Today, there’s plenty to see at the Forum complex, including the forum’s oldest Christian church, the last Republican basilica, and more. 

Visit the Pantheon

The 2,000-year-old Pantheon is the best preserved of Rome's ancient monuments and one of the most influential structures in the Western world. Formerly a temple, it is now a Catholic church housing the remains of two kings (Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I) along with the artist Raphael. But its primary draw for visitors is architectural. The 8.7-meter opening in the center of the dome was meant to directly connect the temple to the gods of ancient Rome. 

Once you're done marveling at the ceiling, look down at your feet: the geometric-patterned marble floor is still the ancient Roman original. 

Visit the Trevi Fountain

The scene of Anita Ekberg's unforgettable dip in La Dolce Vita, the Trevi Fountain, or the Fontana di Trevi, is a lavish Baroque ensemble of mythical figures and sea creatures. A restoration (sponsored by Fendi) finished in 2015, and the fountain now gleams brighter than it has for years. If you want to ensure you’ll return to Rome, the tradition is to toss a coin into the water—about €3000 makes it in the water every day. Two coins are for those seeking love, and three for the wedding bells.

Eating Italy Tour of Trastevere

Eating Italy Food Tours offers a daytime tour of the Trastevere area, allowing you to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and laneways as you enjoy the food of this quintessential Roman neighborhood. Trastevere is filled with artisan shops that have been open for generations; during the guided walking tour you’ll eat your way through these family owned spots over the course of 10 delicious food tastings. You’ll also visit an outdoor food market filled with fresh produce and meet locals along the way. Tour price of 75€ per person.

Explore Villa Borghese's gardens, villas, and museums

Covering over 200 acres of forests, gardens, and banks, the luxurious Villa Borghese has earned its place as Rome’s most celebrated park. 

Originally the estate of Cardinal Scipione Borghese during the 17th century (built by architects Flaminio Ponzio and Giovanni Vasanzio), it’s now home to several museums, landscaped gardens, and film events. If 200 acres sounds like too much to walk, rent a bike at one of several kiosks.

Visit the Vatican Museums (Book Ahead for a Tour, Closed Sunday besides last Sunday of the month)

The Vatican houses one of the world's greatest collections of art. From Egyptian mummies to Renaissance greats to a contemporary rotating gallery, it's possible to spend hours lost in its galleries. 

At the end of this long walk is the Sistine Chapel, which is known for Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes and his Giudizio Universale (Last Judgment)—two of the most famous works of art in the world. It's the part of the Vatican Museum that everyone wants to see (on a busy day, you'll find yourself sharing it with up to 2000 people). 

If you want to skip the lines, book ahead on the Vatican’s website. 

Day 3-4

Naples & Pompeii

High Speed Train to Naples

Accommodation in Naples & Pompeii

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Depart/ Arrive at Roma Termini train station

Arrive/Depart from Naples Central Station

See the Veiled Christ at Cappella Sansevero

Tour guides and art books often use words like “the statue seems to come to life” to describe well-carved marble figures, but I think that phrase is so overused as to feel meaningless. It’s exactly what springs to mind, however, when you get a look at the Veiled Christ sculpture in the center of the Sansevero Chapel. Carved in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino, it shows the figure of Christ lying under what looks like a piece of the thinnest of fabrics. The facial features are clearly visible, as are the body and even the crucifixion wounds, but the entire body is covered by the delicate folds of a cloth. The visual effect is truly stunning. There are two other sculptures of note in the Capella Sansevero, each dedicated to one of the parents of the man who commissioned them and built the chapel, but it’s the Veiled Christ which rightfully commands all the attention. I defy you to not leave the chapel in awe of that kind of sculptural skill.

Explore historic seaside neighborhood Santa Lucia

Explore Mount Vesuvius

Day 5-6

Capri

Ferry to Capri

Accommodation in Capri

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Take a ferry to/from Porto di Napoli

Visit the island of Capri

Explore the Roman palace, Villa Jovis

Villa Jovis is a Roman palace on Capri, southern Italy, built by emperor Tiberius and completed in AD 27. Tiberius mainly ruled from there until his death in AD 37.

Stroll through the beautiful Giardini di Augusto, botanical gardens of Capri

It's worth it! Take a boat ride through the Blue Grotto

Although the southern Italian island of Capri in the Bay of Naples has several grottos, or caves, of varying colors, the Blue Grotto is the most well-known. It’s 60 meters long, 25 meters wide, and 150 meters deep—with a stunning blue light illuminating its interior due to the refraction of sunlight passing through the underwater cavity and shining through the water’s surface. Although visitors cannot officially swim in the cave, many sneak in for a dip after 5:30PM when the ticket offices officially close.

Have a drink and watch the sunset at the most famous caponetta in Capri, Da Antonio

Where can you see the most spectacular sunset on the island of Capri? Definitely from the Punta Carena lighthouse, the only spot on the island where you can watch the sun sink into the Mediterranean. Try to arrive at the lighthouse in the afternoon, take a dip in the sea, sunbathe for a bit, then sip a cocktail while you watch the sun set.

Relax on one of Capri's most beautiful beach spots, Marina Piccola

Day 7-8

Positano

Ferry to Positano

Accommodation in Positano

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Arrive/ Depart from Positano on the ferry

Visit picturesque cliff town Positano

Spend the day swimming, relaxing, and dining on the freshest seafood at legendary beach club Da Adolfo

Take a tour of the Emerald Grotto of Positano

Dine at fabulous Da Ciccio, one of the oldest restaurants on the water

Enjoy clear waters on tiny hidden beach Fiordo di Furore

The Furore fiord is one of the most fascinating geological features on the entire Amalfi Coast. Furores beach, easily visible from the bridge which spans the width of the fiord, is located directly opposite the old fishing village, which has now been transformed into a museum. The 25 meter long beach, was originally used as a landing stage for commercial craft. Furore beach only catches the sun in the early hours of the morning and, as a consequence, never gets too hot, even in high summer. -Positano.com

Day 9-11

Amalfi

Accommodation in Amalfi

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Visit delightful Amalfi Coast town Ravello

Explore the gardens of Villa Cimbrone

Visit the ancient San Giovanni del Toro and incredible views from the Piazza

Enjoy local wines at atmosphere at Babel wine bar deli & art

Enjoy a lovely tasting lunch or just a wine tasting at Cantine Marisa Cuomo

Explore the beautiful town of Amalfi

Take a guided tour of the Paper Museum of Amalfi

Visit quaint fishing town Cetara to catch a different side of the Amalfi Coast

Visit and taste at tiny winery Le Vigne di Raito

Explore picturesque town Atrani

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