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Rome, Naples & Sorrento | 9 Days

Rome, the Eternal City, has exerted a huge influence over the world in it’s 2500 years of existence. With wonderful palaces, millennium-old churches and basilicas, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, and beautiful capitals.

Leaving Rome we head south to explore five cities of Greek origin located on one of the most geologically active coastlines in the world. The misfortune of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum and the views from Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast road provide students with a lifetime of memories. Highlights include our overnights in Naples and Sorrento, the view from Mount Vesuvius, walking through Herculaneum and Pompeii, the picnic at Paestum, and the unforgettable Bays of Naples and Salerno, Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast.

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Itinerary

DayCityHighlights
1AirborneMeet your Group Director at the airport for an overnight flight to Italy!
2OrientationArrive in Rome. Coffee/Pastry. Navigate to the hotel. Grab a Pizza/Panini on the street as we stroll to the church of San Pietro in Vincoli. Admire Michelangelo’s Moses then enjoy a Gelato on the piazza. Find the Basilica of Saint Clement. Explore the 12th century basilica, then descend to the 4th century basilica, and then descend to the 1st century domus of a Roman nobleman. Find the Capuchin Crypt (decorated with the skeletal remains of 4,000 monks). Visit the Trevi fountain on the way back to the hotel. Freshen up for dinner in Rome.
3Ancient
Rome
Early breakfast. Enjoy a guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and Roman Forum. Lunch overlooking Trajan’s Column. Guided tour of the Domus Romane at Palazzo Valentini. Coffee/Pastry/Gelato. Walk to Piazza Venezia and take the elevator to the terrace of Il Vittoriano for a panoramic view of Rome. Climb the Capitoline Hill and admire Michelangelo’s Piazza del Campidoglio before exploring the museums. Relax at the hotel. and freshen up for dinner.
4Modern
Rome
Morning stroll up the Pincian Hill and through the gardens of Villa Borghese. Explore the Borghese Gallery. Enjoy the panorama of Rome then stroll down to the Spanish Steps. Coffee/Pastry/Shopping. Ascend to the ramparts of Castel Sant’Angelo for a great view of Rome. Lunch at Piazza Navona then visit the Pantheon and Campo di’Fiori. Shopping! Farewell dinner in the cellars of Da Pancrazio, famed as the restaurant built on the ruins of the Theatre of Pompey (where Caesar was assassinated).
5Vatican City
Naples
Early breakfast. Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the view of Rome from the cupola of Saint Peter’s Basilica then explore the basilica itself. Take the fast train to Naples and navigate to the hotel. Orientation walk along Via Toledo to Café Gambrinus on Piazza del Plebiscito. Coffee/Gelato/Pastry. Funicular up to Castel Sant’Elmo for a great a view of Naples. Explore Certosa di San Martino then relax at hotel and freshen up for dinner.
6PompeiiTake the train to Pompeii. Spend the morning exploring the extensive excavations with a mid-morning break at the centrally located café (they have great gelato). Lunch in Pompeii then take the train back to Naples. Visit the National Archeological Museum and take a tour of the Palace and Gardens of Capodimonte. Relax at the hotel and freshen up for dinner on the promenade of the Lungomare.
7VesuviusShuttle ride up to the base of Mount Vesuvius. Climb to the rim of the crater and follow the trail around it see the Bay of Naples and the remains of Herculaneum. Shuttle back to Naples and head to the promenade of Lungomare for lunch. Pictures at Castel dell’Ovo then shopping on Via Toledo and Via Chiaia. Take the train to Sorrento and navigate to the hotel. Dinner on Piazza Tasso.
8SorrentoFerry out to the Island of Capri! On arrival take a boat to Blue Grotto then take the bus to visit the town of Anacapri. Lunch in Anacapri then take the chairlift to summit of Monte Solaro for an amazing view of the Sorrento across the bay. Farewell Dinner in Sorrento.
9AirborneFlight from Naples. Ciao Italia!

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