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Amalfi Coast, Rome, Pompeii, Capri, Sorento, Ravello, Positano

Amalfi Coast – Southern Italy
Singles Vacations over 40

July 1 – 9, 2017

Join Single Travel Group on this Italy Tour that starts in Rome and travels the Amalfi Coast, said to be the most spectacular drive in Europe. Visit the spectacular towns of Sorento, Ravello and Positano and view unmistakable clusters of white, tightly packed houses rising up the hillside dominated by beautiful cathedrals. Discover with us Pompeii and Capri. We will stop at several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Southern Italy will inspire the imagination and create unforgettable memories.

Itinerary

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Day 1ROME
On arrival at the Rome airport (remember you are flying home from Naples), take the provided shuttle to the group’s hotel. To give everyone a chance to arrive, no activities are planned, but optional tours will be available. Our Italy vacation will begin at 7:00pm with a meet and greet and a walk to a local restaurant.

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Day 2ROME
See Rome on the open-top double decker bus, which you can hop-on hop-off! This morning, enjoy a full 360 degree panoramic view of Rome. We will hop-off at the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps for some coin tossing and stair climbing. This afternoon is free to hop-on and off at any of the stops and spend as much time as you like at each attraction. Visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum or take a tour of the Vatican. With bus departures all day, and numerous stops, you’ll see the highlights and experience it all. Tonight enjoy our Welcome dinner at a local Italian restaurant.

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Day 3ROME to AMALFI
Morning departure from Rome. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as we get our first glimpse of the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast offers one of the world’s great drives so get your cameras ready. The winding cliff top road offers breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. You’ll gain respect for the Italian engineers who built the road and even more respect for our bus driver. As you catch your breath, notice the colors of the Mediterranean, a sheer 500-foot drop below.

Spend the afternoon visiting the magical town of Amalfi with its history, art and culture. Set in a wide cleft in the cliffs, Amalfi is the largest town and perhaps the highlight of the coast. Amalfi was an independent republic during Byzantine times and one of the great naval powers. The population is 70,000. Remnants of Amalfi’s past glories are still around today. The town has a quaint attractiveness with it’s whitewashed courtyards and alleys that are fun to wander through.

A tour of the St. Andrea’s Cathedral, whose 57 steps will reward you with a great workout and a great view. The city is also home to the Museo della Carta, which introduces you to the art of paper making for which Amalfi is known. Amalfi was the first maritime republic of Italy. In the Civic Museum, we’ll see the Tabula Amalfitana, which was the first navigational code in history.

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La Bussola Hotel – Amalfi

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Day 4RAVELLO
A truly unique experience we’ve created is our cooking course to introduce you to the tastes and flavors of Italy. Our mid-morning cooking course will consist of traditional Neapolitan cuisine with an emphasis on Amalfi recipes. The “demonstration” cooking course will include natural ingredients, which are fresh picked the very same morning of each class. Enjoy wine with your lunch that you helped prepare.

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We will take a slow uphill drive along a very narrow road passing several wineries and olive factories to Ravello. Perched on top of the mountain cliff situated above Amalfi and Minori, Ravello has the most beautiful breath-taking views. Next are the ancient monuments in the gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo (where our tour begins). In high season, these gardens are rich in the sweet scent of blooming flowers (shadows of flora perfume and lemons). The main cathedral (also situated in the square) and a history museum in the basement plus many other churches (used to be a total of 13 churches) in the village are also fun to visit.  After this wonderful experience, we return to Amalfi for the night. Let’s check out Amalfi at night and have a nice dinner.

Day 5AMALFI
Enjoy a day in Amalfi by relaxing at the beach, walking around the town, or more sightseeing. Our hotel, Hotel La Bussola, is situated on the sea front in the centre of Amalfi and the Amalfi Coast. You can take a boat or the hydrofoil, which are all in walking distance from the hotel.

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Day 6AMALFI COAST and CAPRI
Our full-day boat excursion begins when we depart Amalfi and steer towards the nearby seaside towns of Maiori and Minori. Just beyond Maoiri is the marine cave called Pandora’s Grotto, experience this beautiful natural wonder. Visit the nearby Marmorata Falls and view the majestic Ravello, the famous village of music, which is seated high on a cliff face towering over Amalfi.

Sail along to the pristine enclave of Santa Croce and the Lover’s Arch and onward to Conca Dei Marini where you can visit the Grotta Dello Smeraldo or the Emerald Grotto. Then you will sail by the Furore Fjord, cruise along the twin-mountain town of Praiano, continue towards the village of Positano, before steering out to sea to visit the mythical islands of Li Galli. The Amalfi Coast officially ends and the Sorrento Coast begins as we near Capri at Punta Campanella. Circle the island and visit the famous Blue Grotto (entrance optional), the Faraglioni rock formation and the White and Green Grottos before docking in Capri.

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Enjoy a few hours on the beautiful island of Capri, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a coastal village inhabited by fishermen and sailors; explore marine caves; walk through masses of sheer rock and peer over precipices which drop dramatically into the sea; stroll through olive groves and orchards of lemon and orange trees; have lunch or browse through the boutiques, elegant hotels, artists studios, churches, and the remains of Roman villas. On the way back to Amalfi, stop for a swim in a picturesque location where it is possible to dive straight off the boat. Swim in some of the most beautiful waters of the Mediterranean, where the water is a deep blue color yet clear enough to see many feet below.

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Day 7POMPEII  SORRENTO POSITANO
Step back in time as we walk through the ancient city of Pompeii. A thrilling archaeological journey unfolds as we explore the ancient ruins which were buried in ashes after Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2000 years ago. Discover the everyday life of Rome’s Imperial age at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and imagine the panic felt by the people in those last few minutes before the city was buried.

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After leaving Pompeii, travel the coastal road to its furthest point to Sorrento. Spectacular views of the entire bay of Naples and the Island of Capri are revealed as the Amalfi coast road emerges from over the mountain cliff. Sorrento stands on a terrace of tuff and is a city full of vegetation (its lemon trees are very famous). The city is said to originate from ancient Greece, but the old town shows a roman origin.

Positano is a province of Salerno and has been a vacation destination since the ancient Roman times. The town is built in a charming fashion on terraces on the steep rocks of the Monte Comune, and around a small, well-protected bay. The church of Santa Maria Assunta features a dome made of majolica tiles as well as a 13th Byzantine century icon of a black Madonna. Enjoy your last evening in Amalfi.

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Day 8AMALFI NAPLES
Enjoy your last views of the Amalfi Coast when we travel to the hamlets of Atrani, Majori and Minori. Atrani is an isolated fishing village, away from the noise and bustle; it is also the smallest town in the Southern Italy. The distinctive white houses whose balconies are overflowing with flowers are built on the slopes of the surrounding mountains among the lemon orchards and reach down to the sea. Maiori lies at the head of the Tramonti Valley and is said to have been founded by the Etruscan Lucumone Rehginna, whose name was given to both the stream that divides the town (Reghinna Major) and the main road (Corso Reghinna).

Evening View of Capri Town from via Castello. Capri. Bay of Naples. Campania. Italy.

After a stop for lunch in a restaurant along the coast, we visit the town of ceramic… Vietri is a delightful town on a terrace overlooking the sea. The town is famous for its highly colorful ceramics that decorate most of the civic buildings and the facade of the Villa Guariglia… Villa Guariglia is an elegant and sumptuous villa located in Raito, a hamlet of Vietri sul Mare. Everything in the Villa is exactly the same as it has been left by the Ambassador Raffaele Guariglia: the pictures in the living room, the collection of painted and decorated mother of pearl fans (over 100), the silverware, porcelain, weapons and a rich library, composed by over 4000 books, some of which were written by the Ambassador. Onto Naples for an overview of the city and to check into our hotel. Tonight enjoy our Farewell Dinner!

Day 9
– Depart
Say Arrivederci to all your new friends as your Southern Italy vacation ends, and you are transferred to the Naples airport for your return flight home.

Details:

Italy Hotels

Rome – Rome Times Hotel
Amalfi – Hotel La Bussola
Naples – Hotel NH Napoli Ambassor

What’s Included

  • 8 Nights Hotel Accommodations: 2 nights Rome, 5 nights Amalfi, 1 night Naples
  • Breakfast Daily plus 2 Dinners
  • Cooking class with Lunch
  • English Speaking Travel Leader
  • Guided Tours, Admissions and Activities per itinerary
  • Trains and Buses in Italy
  • Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
  • All Taxes and Surcharges

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Tips

$2890 (per person, based on double occupancy)

Free Roommate Matching:  The price per person is for a double room. Ann’s Adventures In Travel provides free roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a “single supplement”.

If you wish to room alone, it is an additional $950