This day excursion is designed for those wish to enjoy the highlights of Sorrento, the archeological site of Pompeii and a guided visit in a wineyard located in the National Park of Mount Vesuvius where the famous wine Lacryma Christi DOC (Tears of Christ) is produced.
You will be greeted at the Port of Naples by your driver to take you to the picturesque coastal town of Sorrento, famous for its limoncello factories and local handcratf shops. Read more ... Then onto vineyard, located at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, to enjoy an amazing view of the bay of Naples and a guided visit in the vineyard with a light lunch in a beautiful terraced garden where you can taste the specialty of the area. During your lunch you can taste six different wines of Lacryma Christi among white, red and ros and finish with a distilled grappa of apricot.
Then to end the day onto Pompeii, the ancient city whose ruins were preserved by the volcanic eruption that devastated it in 79AD, where you can spend the duration of the afternoon.
Lastly back to the port.
The long catastrophic eruption of the Vesuvius in the year AD 79 drowned the thriving and bustling city of Pompeii in 20 to 23 feet of ash and pumice. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749. Since then four-fifths of the city was excavated and a walk through the excavations is a once-in-a-lifetime journey into the past, offering an insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire. Surprisingly, many objects (such as bottles, glassware and silverware) were found intact in the city’s homes, filled with splendid frescoes, some of which are on display in Naples’ Museo Archeologico Nazionale. Being an important commercial centre in Campania felix, played a strategic role in the redistribution of goods between Rome, the inland cities and the ports on the Mediterranean. The life of the city centred around the Forum. Still today one can admire the remains of the Basilica, seat of justice and chamber of commerce, religious buildings and the Macellum, site of the marketplace. From the main square streets lead off to the ancient city, revealing majestic houses, such as the House of the Faun and the House of the Vettii, with their splendid frescoes. The shops in Via dell’Abbondanza, offer a lively impression of everyday life two thousands years ago. From here we carry on to the Stabian Baths, the oldest public baths in Pompeii, ending up at the massively impressive Amphitheatre, where even today, as in the Large Theatre, there are concerts and theatrical productions. Just outside the city, stands the Villa of the Mysteries, the most ‘enigmatic’ monument in Pompeii, with its grand fresco celebrating the mysterious cult of Dionysus. In summer the ruins can also be visited at night. ‘Suggestioni al foro’ is a theatrical production which, through sounds and voices echoing around the temples and houses, recreates the atmosphere of the ‘lost’ city. The visit ends with a multimedia show which reconstructs the dramatic phases of the eruption with special effects and filmed images. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2,500,000 visitors every year.
Vesuvius is a sight of rare beauty in the landscape of the Gulf. A famous picture postcard image taken from the hill of Posillipo did get right in the collective imagination of the city of Naples, though it is best known for its eruption in AD 79 that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, forgotten until their accidental rediscovery in the 18th century. The eruption also changed the course of the Sarno River and raised the sea beach, so that Pompeii was now neither on the river nor adjacent to the coast. Vesuvius itself underwent major changes: its slopes were denuded of vegetation and its summit changed considerably due to the force of the eruption. Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of 3,000,000 people living nearby and its tendency towards explosive (Plinian) eruptions. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world. The area around Vesuvius was officially declared a national park on 5 June 1995 for the great interest in geology, biology and history that its territory is. Agricultural production has a unique variety of flavors and originality. The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors and there is a small network of paths around the mountain that are maintained by the park authorities on weekends. There is access by road to within 200 metres (660 ft) of the summit (measured vertically), but thereafter access is on foot only. There is a spiral walkway around the mountain from the road to the crater.
Oplontis was a Roman city that, like the nearby Pompeii, was buried under a deep layer of ash by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, AD 79. It is today the location of the under-visited Villa Poppaea, the villa of the wife of Emperor Nero, which was excavated in the mid-20th century. It's a grandiose holiday villa from the 1st century B.C. that houses which are considered to be some of the finest examples of Pompeian wall paintings in the familiar bright vermilion and turquoise hues. Originally the villa had a pool, courtyards, arcades and servants’ quarters. A second villa, the Villa of L. Crassius Tertius, was discovered in 1974, 250 metres east of the Villa of Poppaea, during the construction of a school. It was named following the finding of a bronze seal bearing Crassius' name.
Sorrento is the most important city on the Sorrento Peninsula which puts out into the sea between the Bay of Naples and the Gulf of Sorrento. It is sing by poets and writers for its spectacular charm. Sorrento, not to be rhetorical, is indeed the land of colours which are bright or delicate depending on the change of the season: the blu of the sea, the light blu like the colour of the traditional crafts that the fisherman face the sea in, green like the pine and olive treets that frame the magnificent view of the gulf, like the orange and lemon treets that give the air its sweet smell, like the vegetation and the gardens that are the pride of the people of Sorrento. Many civilizations have passed through here: the Etruscans, the Greeks, who give the city its urban layout that is still clearly visible today in the historical centre, the Oscans, the Romans; later the subjugation to Byzantium, the seek by the Longobards, the conquest by the Normans, the influence of the Aragonese. After a long period of stagnation, the beginning of the 1700 saw a period of cultural and economic rebirth for the whole Sorrentine Peninsula, which reached its climax during the 1800. In this period Sorrento become a touristic destination and it was included in the so-called “Grand Tour”, a journey through Italy that every noble European son had to make to complete his cultural formation. For that reason guests such as Byron, Keats, Scott, Dickens, Goethe, Wagner and Nitzsche come to stay in Sorrento in search of sun and inspiration. In the same time also the tourist industry was born that is now the most important sector of the Sorrentine economy. Today Sorrento is a charming city, rich of artistic sights as St. Francis’s Church, Villa Comunale, Correale Museum and the Cathedral. As legends tell Ulisses resisted here the call of the sirens. The city is also the birthplace of Tasso (1544), the author of Jerusalem Delivered. The villa where he was born is now part of the well known Hotel Tramontano. In the many restaurants of the city you can taste several specialities of the traditional local way of cooking as the “pizza”, “gnocchi alla sorrentina”.
|Mercedes Benz “Sedan”||Mercedes Benz “Viano”||Mercedes Benz “Vito”|
|Shared Tour||79,00 €/pax||92,00 €/pax||89,00 €/pax|
|Private Tour||1.290,00 €/vehicle||550,00 €/vehicle||620,00 €/vehicle|