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ROMANTIC SUD

Bay of Naples and cruise to Sicily

NAPLES /SORRENTO: The beauties and surprises of Naples have been praised by innumerable poets and writers. Even UNESCO?s committe fell under her spell, to the extent that in 1995 they included the historic centre of the city in their World Heritage List. The lovely bay, with its horizon bounded by Posillipo, the islands, the Sorrento Peninsula and lofty Vesuvius is one of the most beautiful in the world.

SICILY: The largest of the Mediterranean Islands. It is triangular in shape and was named ?Trinacria? (Greek for three points) under Greek rule.
Sicily has been a constant pawn for marauding forces in the Mediterraneas owing to its strategic location, lying near the peninsula and controlling the Mediterranean. The style was unique for its blending of avariety of different influences. The architectural style was essentially Norman but the decoration showed a strong Moorish influence and Byzantine.

 

Day 1
Arrive Naples Trf to Sorrento
P.m. walking tour of Sorrento
Eve: welcome drink Opt dinner + tanrantella show

This important Italian resort, known for its many beautiful gardens, overlooks the gulf of th same name. Orange and lemon groves are to be found inthe surrounding countryside and evn encroaching on the town. Local craftsmen produce various marquety objects.
The poet Torquato Tasso was born in Sorrento in 1544.

Day 2
Pompeii ? Naples ? Capri ? Sorrento
By bus reach Pompeii, visit of the arheological site
On to Naples panoramic drive of the city
Board a boat to Capri, visit the Blue Grotto. Free time in Capri
Later board a boat to Sorrento
Eve : Opt dinner with ?Canzone?

We drive along the panoramic Sorrentine coastline and then the bustling to Pompeii, where we visit the incredibly well preserved ruins of this ancient Roman town, where all life was suddenly stopped in a momentby the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in the year 79.
After lunch in a characteristc Neapolitan restaurant we continue our tour through the 3rd largest city in Italy. This ancient city is rich in history and sights and our expert guide indicates the highlights for us. The view from Posillipo Hill inspired the famous saying...?see Naples and die?.
We drive to the pier for the short hydrofoil or steamer trip to the Island of Dreams...Capri.
On arrival we are transferred to the Blue Grotto then we start our tour of the island and make our way with the local island minibuses.

 

Day 3
Herculaneum ? Caserta ? National Archeological Museum
By bus reach Ercolano, visit the archeological site and proceed to Caserta
Visit the Royal Palace and garden.
Lunch and visit of Naples Archeological museum and historic center
Board a ferry ship to (Sicily) Palermo
Dinner aboard and accommodation in twin bedded cabins with bathroom (shower)

Herculaneum was founded, according to tradition, by Hercules. Like Pompeii the Roman town was overwhelmed during the AD 79 ruption of Vesuvius. It was a more peaceful town than Pompeii. Its port was frequented by fishing boats, there were numerous craftmen and many rich and cultured patricians were drawn to the resort of Herculaneum because of its beautiful setting, overlooking the Bay of Naples.
Caserta, the Versailles of the Kingdom of Naples. When the Bourbon King, Charles III ruled the Kingdom of Naples in 1752, he began to built such a grandiose palace of 1200 rooms with its exquisitely decorated Royal apartments, and Empire style antiques, spread over six floors with a beautiful mile-long park.
The National Archeological Museum occupies a group of 16C buildings which were originally intended to house the royal cavalry, and then became the seat of the university from 1610 to 1777. The collections comprise mainly works of art belonging to the Farnese family and treasures discovedred at Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is one of the richest museum in the world fro Greco-Roman antiquities.

Day 4
After breakfast, board the bus for city tour of Palermo and Monreale
On to Agrigento to see the Temples
Lunch ,on to Taormina, see Etna, free time and dinner
Evening at leisure
11:00 P.m. leave for Messina to board a ferry ship to Salerno,
accommodation in twin bedded cabins with bathroom (shower)

Palermo, the capitl and the chief seaport of the Sicily, is built at the head of a wide bay anclosed to the north of Mt. Pellegrino and to the south by Capo Zafferano. It lies on the edge of a wonderfully fertile plain bouded by hills and nicknamed the ?Conca d?Oro?(Golden Basin), where lemon and orange groves flourish.
Monreale: the town, dominating the green plain known as the Golden Basin of Palermo grew up, around the famous Benedectine abbey founded in the 12C by the Norman king, William II
Agrigento, the Greek Akragas, is attractively set on a hillside facing out to sea. The Greek poet Pindar referred to Agrigento as ?man?sfinest town?. It include a medieval quarter and the impressive ancient ruins strung out along a ridge below, wrongly called the Valley of the Temples (declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997).

 

Day 5
After breakfast, upon landing, board the bus fot the Tour of the Amalfi coast with lunch
On the way to Sorrento check in Htl
Independent dinner

This beautiful scenic tour starts with a drive through pretty orange and lemon groves to Sant?Agata sui due Golfi, the charming resort from where we have a splendid panoramic view of the Gulf of Sorrento. Amalfi, which has given its name to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, is a rather Spanish-looking little town with its tall white houses built on slopes facing the sea in a wonderful setting. Amalfi enjoys a very mild climate, making it popular holiday resort.

 

Day 6
At leisure for independent arrangements
Departure

The tour can be stretched to 7 or 8 days. Adding 1 overnight and visit of Siracusa in Sicily
and /or 1 overnight in Sorrento for Opt to Rome.

 

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