Meeting time at 09.00: your private driver will call for you in reception then, once he has presented himself, he will drive onto Sorrento, Ravello and Amalfi, three of the most beautiful villages in the South of Italy. Read more ... A private visit to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast is the perfect choice if you want to get a real taste of southern Italy and its exquisite coastal landscapes.
After this full-day excursion from town to town, a relaxing drive back to your hotel!
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”.
From Amalfi a winding road ascends seven kilometres up the "Dragon's Valley" to the hill town of Ravello. Located on the small escarpment of Monte Lattari, it is set amidst vast semi-tropical gardens and overlooks, from 350 metres, the coast south towards the Gulf of Salerno, and the town of Amalfi directly below. It is no wonder then, that this town, with its head in the clouds and its clear, sunny climate, has appealed for centuries to writers, artists, musicians, travellers... and dreamers! Boccaccio, D. H. Lawrence and Wagner are among the "greats" who succumbed to the spell of Ravello. Wagner partly composed his opera "Parsifal" here, and until 2005 the writer Gore Vidal has lived and inspired by this charming town. Built in the thirteenth century as a Convent of the Order of St. Augustine, its paved balconies and weathered stone walls crystallize an ambience which is ageless. It is easy to conjure images of medieval life in this town as you stroll through its intriguing alleys, stairways and roofed passages.
It’s the heart and soul of the coast. In the serene blue of the sky and sea, Amalfi, guarded by its port, seems held in the palm of a hand. Above, the scenic drapery of the mountains, hinged like a backdrop, dotted with houses; below, a picturesque weaving of alleys and steps, all the way to the Piazza, where the Cathedral dominates from the top of its majestic stairs. A unique scene, where historic memory intertwines with unforgettable natural beauty. Suspended between the slopes of Lattari Mountains and the sea, the picturesque alleys of Amalfi today host a large number of tourists, but there was a time, when the powerful Marine Republic had its moment of maximum splendour between the 10th and 12th centuries, that they kept the outsiders (Longobards and Saracenes) at bay. Rich and populated Amalfi enjoyed lively contact with the Orient. In memory of its ancient power every four years, in June, it holds the “Historic Regatta of the Marine Republics”. Amalfi is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
|Mercedes Benz “Sedan”||Mercedes Benz “Viano”||Mercedes Benz “Vito”|
|Shared Tour||41,00 €/pax||50,00 €/pax||44,00 €/pax|
|Private Tour||650,00 €/vehicle||300,00 €/vehicle||350,00 €/vehicle|