Explore Pompeii and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast - Good Housekeeping
This tour combines the delights of the Amalfi Coast with the archaeological treasures of the Vesuvian towns. Famed for its dramatic setting, the Amalfi coast has wonderful mediaeval remains created when the maritime Republic of Amalfi was at its height. This is a part of the world where Lombards, Saracens and Normans all made their homes and competed with one another. This blend of cultures is most seen in the Arabic-Norman cathedrals of Amalfi and Ravello. This tour also takes you to the wonderful island of Capri, which is famous for its Villa Jovis, a sumptuous palace built in order to provide the emperor a refuge from Rome. Guests will also take you to the spectacular sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in the autumn of AD 79 and today precious witnesses to the ancient world. There has never been a better time to see these Vesuvian towns as new museums and new sites have been opened, including some of the excavations on Regio V. This tour includes visits to the Flavian Amphitheatre in Pozzuoli, one of the largest in the world, as well as a private visit to the Piscina Mirabilis.
Your Departure date
Day 1 - London - Naples - Salerno
We fly to Naples and, on arrival, transfer to our hotel, the Hotel Scapolatiello, in the hills in the Monti Lattari above Salerno.
Day 2 - Positano - Amalfi
This morning we drive to Positano, where we visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta, a 10th century church associated with the adjacent Benedictine abbey restored in the 18th century and famed for a Byzantine icon. After lunch, we travel down the Amalfi Coast to Amalfi to explore the Cathedral of St Andrew first built in the 9th century and which is admixture of different styles from its Arabic-Norman beginnings to the Renaissance and Baroque. The cathedral has magnificent bronze doors from the 1th century, the earliest in Italy after the Roman period, and a wonderful Romanesque campanile decorated with Majolica tiles and interlacing arches. We proceed to the Arabic style 13th century Cloister of Paradise which has a wonderful peristyle, as well as 13th century frescoes.
Day 3 - Ravello
Today we venture down the Amalfi Coast to Ravello. Here we will visit the 11th century Cathedral, which has bronze doors fashioned by Barisano da Trani and a magnificent 13th century pulpit decorated with mosaics. We continue to the nearby Villa Rufolo: First built in the 13th century and remodelled in the 19th century, the villa is well known for its lovely gardens, await. After an included lunch, there is free time in the afternoon to explore the city.
Day 4 - Capri
Taking the ferry from Naples to Capri, we explore the palatial Roman Villa Jovis, built by Tiberius in AD 27 in order to provide a place of refuge for him from the machinations of Rome. Originally almost 2 acres big, the villa was the backdrop for Tiberius’ purported louche parties. We also visit the Certosa di San Giacomo, a 14th century Carthusian Monastery which includes both large and small renaissance cloisters built from Roman spolia. After an included lunch, there will be more free time to explore this lovely island. Afterwards, we return to Naples by ferry and return to our hotel.
Day 5 - Pompeii
This poignant, iconic site richly rewards a full day of exploration, walking the streets of a once-bustling Roman town, its houses, institutions, shops, bars and brothels inundated by volcanic material. Pompeii has recently opened many more sites to the public, including the House of the Menander and the Praedia of Julia Felix. Most excitingly, there have been recent excavations on the site which are now open to the public. We end the day at the Villa of the Mysteries, an undoubted highlight.
Day 6 - Naples - Pozzuoli
We start the day with a visit to the Museum of Archaeology in Naples, which exhibits the precious frescoes and mosaics discovered in the Vesuvian towns, including the Alexander Mosaic and the paintings of Sappho and the Pompeii riot. After lunch, we venture to the Flavian amphitheatre in Pozzuoli, one of the largest amphitheatres in the ancient world. Here we will explore the best-preserved service rooms of any extant amphitheatre.
Day 7 - Herculaneum
Today we visit Herculaneum, sealed by 23 metres of pyroclastic flow from the same eruption which buried Pompeii. The nature of the eruption has meant that organic materials have survived, making this a more poignant site than Pompeii: here we see a wonderfully preserved wine shop, the stunning House of the Stags with its pergola overlooking the sea and many fragments which attest to the everyday life in this upmarket city. There has never been a better time to visit the site, as two new museums have recently opened, as well as the House of the Bicentenary opened for the first time after decades. After an included lunch in Herculaneum, we visit the museum of everyday life in Boscoreale.
Day 8 - Salerno - Naples - London
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|17 November 2020||APAM201117||17 November 2020 (Tuesday)||24 November 2020 (Tuesday)||John Shepherd||£2,430
|24 November 2020||APAM201124||24 November 2020 (Tuesday)||1 December 2020 (Tuesday)||£2,430
|15 March 2021||APAM210315||15 March 2021 (Monday)||22 March 2021 (Monday)||John Shepherd||£2,430