1st day: ARRIVAL
Arrival, accommodation, dinner and overnight in hotel.
2nd day: CHRISTIANE ROME
After breakfast, visit of Vatican City, which isone of the European microstates, situated on the Vatican Hill in the west-central part of Rome, Its borders closely follow the city wall constructed to protect the Pope from outside attack. Inside the Vatican Museums it is possible to admire the modern entrance built for the Jubilee 2000, the Galleries of the Chandeliers, of the Tapestries and of the Geographical Maps, the Sobiesky Hall and the Immaculate Conception Hall. Then visit of the Sistine Chapel, seat of the Conclave, with the famous frescoes of Michelangelo. Passing inside the Vatican Museums it arrives into the Basilica of Saint Peter, commonly called Saint Peter's Basilica, which is one of four major basilicas of Rome and the most famous Christian church in the world. It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City, is built on the ruins of Old Saint Peter's Basilica and houses the Pietà by Michelangelo. In the afternoon visit of the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, cathedral of Rome and of the world, famous for its Baroque and medieval masterpieces kept intact inside of it. Hence, to the Holy Stairs, consisting of twenty-eight white marble steps, now encased by wooden steps. According to tradition, the staircases were part of the praetorium of Pilate in Jerusalem, hence were sanctified by the footsteps of Jesus Christ during his Passion. Leaving the Basilica and skirting along the Mura Latine, the tour will pass through the Porta di San Sebastiano to arrive on the Ancient Appian Way, where it is possible to admire the Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis” where St. Peter supposedly met Jesus while the former was fleeing persecution in Rome. Then visit of the Catacombs, of the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, built around 50 B.D. and of the Caracalla Baths, which were Roman public baths, or thermae, built in Rome between 212 and 216 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
3rd day: BAROQUE ROME
After breakfast, visit of Piazza della Repubblica, previously known as “dell’Esedra” as its central area, also called Esedra of the Diocletian Baths, is hidden now by the Fountain of Naiadi. Then towards Via Sistina walking through the ages, starting from the Spanish Steps and reaching Piazza di Spagna, with the famous fountain “la Barcaccia” realized from Pietro Bernini. Then to the Trevi Fountain, a Baroque jewel, and to the Pantheon (meaning "Temple of all the Gods"), a building in Rome which was originally built as a temple to the seven deities of the seven planets in the state religion of Ancient Rome. It is the best preserved of all Roman buildings, and perhaps the best preserved building of its age. Then to the gorgeous Piazza Navona, built on the ruins of the Domitian’s Circus adorned by the famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini realized in 1651. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
4th day: NAPLES/POMPEII
After breakfats, departure to the Sorrentine Peninsula. On the way panoramic tour of the city of Naples, lying between the Mount Vesuvius and the Golf of Naples. Then stop for a visit at Pompeii's ruins. Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Because of the eruption of the Volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D., Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of Wonders of the World and the excavations begun in the 18th century are still being carried out today. Walking through the ancient streets of Pompeii it is possible to see Baths, Forums and Villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 B.C., adorned by fabolous frescoes. Arrival in the Sorrentine Peninsula, accommodation, dinner and overnight in hotel.
5th day: ANACAPRI/CAPRI
After breakfast, departure to the island of Capri. Upon arrival on the island, transfer by minubus to Anacapri, where it is possible to visit the famous Villa of the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe in Anacapri where clients can admire various archaeological founds, dating back to the Roman Age, which were founded on the island. Then continuation to the centre of Capri, very chic town with shops, hotels and restaurants lying along winding streets. The main square Piazza Umberto I, the so-called “Piazzetta”, has a pretty white church and several open-air cafés. Leading off the square there are Medieval looking alleyways and arcades full of shops selling the handicrafts of the island, clothing, jewels made from coral and gold, shoes and ceramics. Walking along Via Camerelle as far as the Belvedere of Punta Tragara it is possible to see the colourful Augutus' gardens overlooking the famous Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola, where Gracie Fields once lived. Late in the afternoon departure to Sorrento, dinner and overnight in hotel.
6th day: POSITANO/AMALFI/RAVELLO
After breakfast, departure to the Amalfi drive, which is said to be the most spectacular in Europe. The winding cliff top road offers breathtaking panoramic views at every turn. First stop is just above Positano yet another splendid jewel of this coastline, which boasts picturesque pink and white villas perched dramatically on the steep hillside. Then further on to Amalfi, which gives its name to the whole coast where it lies, which was once a thriving marine republic, powerful and prosperous and now a thriving holiday resort. The cluster of white tightly packed houses rising up the hillside is dominated by the beautiful cathedral which stands superbly on the top of a great flight of steps leading up from the main square. Housed in the magnificent Cathedral are the remains of the Patron Saint of Amalfi and also Scotland-Saint Andrew. From Amalfi then to Ravello which nestles eleven hundred feet above the sea in the mountainside and possibility to visit Villa Rufolo which gave the musician Richard Wagner the inspiration to create his second act of his most famous work Parsifal. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
7th day: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, departure and end of our services.