Itinerary | The treasures of Campania | 8 days - 7 nights

Napoli, Caserta, Benevento, Paestum, Capri, Amalfi, Pompei

The tour begins with the arrival in Naples. From here, you move towards Caserta, where you spend the first night. After breakfast visit to the Royal Palace of Caserta, a sumptuous residence of the Bourbon family, royals of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The Palace still maintains the marvellous gardens created by Luigi Vanvitelli, one of the greatest painters and architects of the Italian Rococò. After the visit of the Reggia, you reach the complex of San Leucio and then Benevento, a city of mysteries whose history and origins are lost in ancient times, a city rich in ancient monuments such as the Arch of Trajan, the Greek and Roman theatre, the Church of Santa Sofia, but also a land of great wines and excellent gastronomy. Then the journey continues towards southern Campania for the next overnight. The day begins with the discovery of Paestum, its archaeological excavations and the impressive Doric style temples, among the most beautiful ancient monuments in Italy. Following the tradition of Campania, you can’t miss a buffalo breeding and the production of the famous mozzarella cheese. Later we move to the mountainous hinterland of the province to reach the Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula, a monumental Carthusian monastery, the largest in Italy, and since 1998 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to the hotel. We continue our journey in Campania to discover the beauties of the Amalfi Coast. In the morning visit of Villa Rufolo in Ravello, with its spectacular view of the whole Amalfi Coast, then Amalfi, a picturesque intertwining of alleys and stairways, overlooking the sea, with its extraordinary colours that make it enchanting. Dominated by the majestic Cathedral dedicated to Sant’Andrea, Amalfi, offers countless testimonies of its glorious past of the Maritime Republic. Afterwards lovely Positano with its houses that stretch down the sea in a cascade of pink and terracotta colours. A panoramic drive that ends in Naples where you reach the next hotel.

Its historic centre is well worth a visit, the Basilica of Santa Chiara with its majolica cloister, the imposing Cathedral of San Gennaro, the historic workshops of the master craftsmen of San Gregorio Armeno, the Via dei Presepi, make the capital of Campania a unique location. Typical lunch in an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria and  a city tour, touching the most panoramic points, to stop in Piazza Plebiscito. From here, proceed to the Royal Palace, one of the most important residences of the Bourbons royal house, to discover every secret corner of the city in the shadow of Vesuvius, from the central Via Toledo to the elegant area of ​​Chiaia, passing the old city centre .

An absolute must is a visit to Pompeii, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the slopes of Vesuvius you are going to taste the excellent wines produced on these volcanic soils, such as the famous Lacryma Christi. In the afternoon Oplontis with his Villa di Poppea Sabina, second wife of Nero, a monumental residence, also containing a small spa complex full of frescoes depicting animals, fruit or masks. Return to your hotel in Naples. By ship you reach the blue island, the splendid and exuberant Capri, loved for its natural beauties and for its lively squares and “Dolce Vita”. The first stop will be Villa San Michele, with its splendid garden where you can admire the breath-taking view of the port and the Sorrento Peninsula. Free time for lunch and pleasant walk to the Gardens of Augustus, a real paradise where you can enjoy the views to the Faraglioni, Marina Piccola and the sinuous Via Krupp. Free time to stroll around the most authentic and fascinating areas of the island before returning on board and back to Naples, where this exciting holiday will end.