The Magnificent South
2 nights Sorrento and 2 nights Selva di Fasano

  • Sorrento
    Sorrento
  • Sorrento Positano Beach
    Sorrento Positano Beach
  • Sorrento Marina Grande
    Sorrento Marina Grande

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A coach escorted journey to the magnificent south.

Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Capri - Castel del Monte - Alberobello (Trulli) - Lecce - Castellana (Caves) - Matera (Stones) - Sorrento or Rome

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Sorrento
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Selva di Fasano
  • Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • An Assistant during the tour
  • Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
  • English Frech Spanish guides
  • 2 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners
  • Daily breakfast
  • All taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



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Itinerary

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Day 1 Thursday: ROME - NAPLES - POMPEII - SORRENTO
Early morning departure from Rome for Naples, where a short visit of the town is featured. Then on to Pompeii, the famous Roman city destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mt.Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Lunch in a local restaurant, and afterwards, visit of the excavations. Proceed on to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Friday: SORRENTO - CAPRI - SORRENTO
Buffet breakfast. Departure to Capri by steamer. Weather conditions permitting, visit of the Blue Grotto. Return to Marina Grande and then transfer to Anacapri. Lunch in a typical restaurant followed by a visit of Augustus’ Gardens, with a view of the Faraglioni. Return to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Saturday: SORRENTO - CASTEL DEL MONTE - ALBEROBELLO - SELVA DI FASANO
Early morning departure for Apulia, on the way, stop to visit Castel del Monte, imposing octagonal castle, with eight octagonal towers at each side built in 1250 by the emperor Federico II, on a hill of 570 metres that dominates all the valley. Free time for lunch. The journey continues to Alberobello, the town of "trulli" and Unesco Heritage. Trulli are typical houses with a cone roof that were used as homes and to keep the farmer utensils. In the afternoon, arrival at the hotel, accommodation, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Sunday: SELVA DI FASANO - LECCE - CASTELLANA CAVES - SELVA DI FASANO
Breakfast and departure to Lecce and its “famous baroque” form of art and architecture developed between the end of the XVI century and the first half of the XVII century. Very rich and beautiful are the decorations of the church of S.Oronzo , the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Celestini Palace. In the square of S.Oronzo we can admire the roman amphitheatre from the II century ac that could seat up to 25.000 spectators and the column of S.Oronzo, 29m high with a copper statue of the saint on the top. Free time for lunch. Departure to Castellana Caves. Discovered in 1938, the entrance is represented by an enormous vertical tunnel 60 metres long. At the end of the visit, return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Monday: SELVA DI FASANO - MATERA - SORRENTO OR ROME
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Matera that has gained international fame for its “Sassi”. The Sassi originated from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia. Many of these “houses” are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. One of the peculiarity of this ancient city, is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This has caught the eye of film directors and movie studios. Principally due this reason the Sassi were the set of many film, as for example “The Gospel According to St Matthew” (Pasolini,1964), “King David” (Bruce Beresford,1985), “The Passion of the Christ" (Gibson, 2004) and "The Nativity Story" (Hardwicke, 2006). Matera is also a Unesco heritage. Time for a snack and return to Rome via Sorrento. End of the tour and of our service.

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Optional Tours

Vatican Museums Walking Tour
 
Your knowledgeable guide will escort you into the Vatican Museums to explore the world's most extensive collection of art. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the museums are brimming with treasures and history. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch over almost nine miles, and share the stories and secrets contained within the Vatican's walls.
Highlights of the museums are Michelangelo's famous Creation of Adam fresco in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. After taking in the Vatican Museums, you will encounter another of Michelangelo's masterpieces, La Pieta, in St Peter's Basilica. For a fascinating finish to your small group guided walking tour, stop to admire magnificent St Peter's Square, as your guide points out Bernini's ingenious use of optical illusion.

Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour
 
Perfect for first-time visitors, this guided morning tour is the ideal introduction to Ancient Rome, leaving you with the afternoon free to explore Rome at your leisure. Several major sites are covered in just three hours, and you'll receive enlightening insights into Rome's millennia of history as you stroll, without wasting time waiting in line.
Your tour begins atop the Colle Oppio with a panoramic view of the Colosseum, Rome's most recognizable landmark. Next, you will skip the long lines and gain special access to the Colosseum. Once inside, your expert official guide will take you through the bloody past of the amphitheater as you listen to tales of gladiators, mock sea-battles and executions. After a brief rest at the Arch of Constantine, you will arrive at the Palatine Hill, the most famous of the seven hills of Rome.

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