Enjoy this amazing tour and don't miss the chance to visit Pompeii, one of the main archeological sites of the Roman period, the peninsula of Sorrento with its breathtaking views and its variety of landscapes, and Positano, a pictoresque village that seems hang down the mountain. Read more ... The shared shore excursions in detail:
Your private driver will pick you up from the port of Naples at 08:00 am. The first stop of your trip will be in Pompeii. Once there a personal guide will show you and explain you the magnificent history of Pompeii and its inhabitants, giving you the feeling that you stepped back in time!
The shared shore excursion will continue to Sorrento, a lovely town, known for its colours, traditions, culture and its narrow streets, where you can find all the typical inlay stores and the Limoncello factories. Spend your free time here and take a picture in one of its panoramic settings overlooking the Gulf of Naples. The last stop will be Positano, a charming village covered in white houses and wonderful beaches, also renowned for its artisan shops of clothes and pottery. At the end of the day your driver will take you back to the port of Naples perfectly on time to board again.
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.
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”.
Set into the mountain, surrounded by rich mediterranean vegetation, Positano is so picturesque as to seem a spontaneous stage setting. Seen from the sea it looks like a huge nativity scene, a waterfall of little multicoloured houses clinging onto its sides. The town develops vertically. The homes, one on top of the other, are characterised by arched porticos that give onto the sea, and are painted in pastel colours, giving it the look of a multifaceted precious stone. It is not for nothing that Positano is called “the gem of the divine coast”. The narrow streets, lined with boutiques, run downhill between the houses flowing onto the Spiaggia Grande, a wide beach. From here there is a beautiful view of the sea, as well as of the town as it clambers up the mountainside. On the main square of Positano is the parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, there since the year 1,000. The great coloured majolica cupola is visible from all over town. The little beaches of Positano are charming, and easy to get to on foot or by boat: Fornillo, Fiumicello and Arienzo. Positano is a holiday destination appreciated for VIP vacations. Illustrious artists, fashion moguls and screen stars love to come here to relax. A few miles from the coast are Li Galli, or “Sirenuse”, a tiny archipelago made up of three islets: the Gallo Lungo, the Rotonda and the Castelluccio, considered the ancient dwellings of the enchanting Sirens. Positano is not just about the sea: pleasant walks take one to visit the evocative areas around Lattari Mountains, like Montepertuso, so-called because it is said that the Madonna appeared here in a hole in the cliff (“pertuso” stands for hole) . A stairway of 1,700 steps takes you to Nocelle. It is from here that the famous Trail of the Gods (Sentiero degli Dei) begins, with beautiful views over the entire coast. Or you can reach the beautiful coastal Punta San Pietro, where there is a little church on a precipice over the sea.
The Amalfi Drive (formally Strada Statale 163) is the conventional name of a stretch of road which runs along the stretch of the Amalfi Coast between the southern Italian towns of Sorrento and Amalfi. The road was originally built by the Romans. The drive between Salerno, at the southern base of the peninsula, and Positano follows the coast for about 80 km (50 mi). For the greater part of its route, the road is carved out of the side of the coastal cliffs, giving spectacular views down to the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the other side up to the towering cliffs above. The road passes through the village of Positano, which is built on the side of the hill. Both the village and the whole drive are leading tourist attractions in the area.
The best lookout on Amalfi coastline. At 200 mt (656 ft.) above sea level, it overlooks the archipelago of Li Galli and Capo Sottile over a palm and citrus grove, with the splendid Monte Sant'Angelo a Tre Pizzi in the background.
|Mercedes Benz “Sedan”||Mercedes Benz “Viano”||Mercedes Benz “Vito”|
|Shared Tour||150,00 €/pax||72,00 €/pax||69,00 €/pax|
|Private Tour||450,00 €/vehicle||500,00 €/vehicle||550,00 €/vehicle|
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