Amalfi Coast & Islands
The Amalfi coast has one of the most stunning coastlines in Italy. With winding coastal roads, quaint hilltop villages and rocky outcrops peaking up from the azure waters, the ever-changing views as you travel along the peninsula make for a breathtaking experience. Immerse yourself in the Italian way of life by staying in a premium villa. Unpack once, settle in to your surroundings, and take things at your own pace - perhaps lounging by your private pool or under the shade of a tree overlooking the coastline below, or heading out for a fun private excursion for the day. From the historical site of Pompeii with its fascinating past frozen in time, to the colorful towns such as Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Cetara, to the island of Capri with the chic towns of Capri and Anacapri on one side and the rugged natural beauty on the other, to the tempting regional dishes and coastal cuisine which makes the most of all of the vegetables and fruit that grow in abundance - you'll undoubtedly have the time of your life!
Enjoy a private transfer with a vehicle and English speaking driver from Naples to the Amalfi coast, stopping off at Pompei for a 2 hour guided visit with an English speaking Guide. Your Private Guide will meet you at Pompei and bring you through the fascinating site. Walk through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii where you can see the baths, forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 BC. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas. Even if your interests do not lie in history, you will still be incredibly impressed by this massive archaeological site which includes the Amphitheatre, Gymnasium, House of Menandro, The Grand theatre and Small theatre, Gladiators Barracks, Thermal baths, House of Vetti. Continuing en route to the Amalfi coast. (Includes entrances into Pompei).
Dinner is at leisure this evening. You may like to wander down to the local village of Marina del Lobra this evening which is only 1 km from the villa and easily accessible by foot.
The premium, three bedroom Villa Gelsomina is a waterfront property located in Massalubrense - some 4 kilometers from Sorrento. The villa is set in an extremely peaceful and residential area of the Sorrento Coast and boasts a lovely 4.5 x 10 meter pool. The living room accesses the first double bedroom and separate bathroom with shower. A small bedroom with twin beds is located just a few steps away. The third bedroom includes a double bed with bathroom and is located in an independent building with its own access. The bedrooms are all simply furnished, but very comfortable. The spacious terrace with a small seating area and decorated with wonderful Bougainvillea, boasts a spectacular view of the Bay of Naples with the Islands of Capri, Ischia, and Procida. The villa Gelsomina has direct beach access reachable by a private staircase (60 steps) and is equipped with a sunshade and lounge chairs, a changing room and a bathroom with shower. The quaint village of Marina del Lobra, with its lovely beach, is just 1 km away and both the marina and beach are easily accessible by foot.
The villa boasts a direct beach access. You will also find a changing room and a bathroom with shower which is very covenient.
Enjoy time lounging poolside today, or perhaps wander down to the seashore (direct access from the villa).
Amenities such as air-conditioning, Satellite-TV, telephone, stereo with CD player, a dining table for 6, and a lovely fireplace are included in the rent of the villa.
Bed and bath linen are included in your villa rental.
Enjoy a half day private tour of the Amalfi coast with an English speaking guide, private vehicle and driver. There are lots of interesting villages and sites in the area that are worth exploring including Positano, Ravello, Amalfi and Cetara. Approaching from above Positano, one is greeted by a vista of lemon and orange groves, flowers, trees, small allotments, olive groves and gardens which continues right down to the sea. Positano is completely pedestrianized and a great place to stroll through and enjoy a coffee or lunch. It's buildings cling, in tiers to the rock face and the small houses, all huddling on top of each other, so characteristic of Positano, form the subject of endless photos. The vibrant colors; the white of the buildings, forming a perfect canvas for the bright flowers which decorate the houses, and the small artisans', shops with their multihued cloths, present the visitor with a vista which is almost difficult to believe. The picturesque town of Ravello, some 5km from Amalfi, has a number of must-see sites including the Villa Rufolo, from the XII century, built by the Rufolo's family and Villa Cimbrone, due to their splendor and decor. Both villas have an amazingly beautiful garden to visit. Indeed, from Villa Cimbrone, you can admire one of the best panoramic views of Italy, on all the Amalfi Coast, and on the Coast of Cilento. The pretty town of Amalfi features a series of white houses, most with barrel vault ceilings and built on terraces within a picturesque web of alleys and stairways. The main monument and symbol of the city is the Cathedral of St. Andrew, preceded by an imposing staircase. Further along the coast lies the town of Cetara. For centuries, it was influenced by the financial and spiritual fortunes of the Benedictine abbey in Cava dei Tirreni; nowadays it is dominated by its busy fishing harbor. Depending on time and your preference, the day will be spent visiting these beautiful towns and stopping off at scenic points along the way.
Enjoy dinner at leisure in Sorrento. Here are a few suggestions: La Bascilica - Uninterrupted hot food from midday until 1am in this old establishment in the small basilica from which it takes its name. Offering meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes in a spacious room dominated by large paintings representing the eruption of Vesuvius. via Sant'Antonino 28 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Menu: 29€/40€. Tel: +39-081-8774790 . Caruso - The interior decoration in this restaurant was inspired by the famous opera singer. There are three pleasant, simple little dining halls decorated with photographs and objects dedicated to the "maestro". Serving a Neapolitan seafood menu. via Sant'Antonino 12 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Tel: +390818073156. Meals: 46€/60€ - Menu: 46€/66€. Il Buco - Created in the cellar of a former monastery in the heart of Sorrento, it offers traditional and creative cuisine. There is a plasma screen so you can admire the mastery of the chefs. II Rampa Marina Piccola 5 I - 80067 SORRENTO. Meals: 55€/85€ - Menu: 57€/75€. Tel: +39 081.878.23.54.
You will be picked up from your Sorrento Hotel and transfered to port. Enjoy a full day tour of the island with a private vehicle and English speaking guide. Explore Capri, an enchanting and picturesque island, located in the Bay of Naples. Take a visit and discover the Blue Grotto, the most fascinating of the island's many caves. Refraction of sunlight into the cave makes an iridescent blue light in the water. Enter the cave by a small rowboat from near the cave entrance. Once inside, see the spectacular sight of the blue water. Includes jetfoil to and from the island, Blue Grotto and Villa San Michele entrance fees.
Enjoy a relaxed day at the pool of the villa or just chill in one of the 6 sun lounge chairs which are lined around the pool.
Enjoy a day strolling the streets of town and relaxing on the beach. Or sign up for some of the many activities on offer. Popular excursions include taking the public ferry to the island of Capri. Riding the tram to the top of the mountain for a view of the town. Take a bus tour to Pompeii or Naples. Or enjoy a boat ride on the Mediterranean Sea.
Enjoy the morning learning the art of Italian cooking in the presence of a true Italian Mama! After being transferred from Sorrento, you will be made feel welcome upon arrival in your hosts' private home situated on a cliff top 1,000 ft above the sea with stunning coastal views just outside of Ravello. The cooking course is held in a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen on the terrace laden with lemon trees which provide welcome shade from the heat of the day (not to mention the delicious homemade lemon cake!). Your host has a vast experience in traditional southern Italian cuisine and has cooked for both Italian Heads of State and American celebrities that frequented Ravello in the 1950's and 60's, such as Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jacqueline Kennedy and many others. Her extraordinary gift for home style cooking with regional ingredients comes across in everything she prepares. This is a "demonstration" cooking course where you will learn about the natural ingredients used, which are freshly picked the very morning of your class. The Italian garden is located below the terrace, so you can also learn about growing the organic vegetables. On the same level is a small farm with free-range chickens, turkeys and rabbits. Traditional dishes will include antipasti, pastas, breads, seasonal vegetable dishes as well as meat dishes. Last but not least are the cakes and marmalades! All the recipes will be clearly demonstrated in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. After the class, share in the wonderful meal, and enjoy the local wines of the Amalfi region. In a land where limoncello is famous, your host also prepares liquors made from tangerine, apricot and fennel which you may like to sample to finish off the feast. Late afternoon after a leisurely few hours enjoying fantastic food (which you have had a hand in creating!), your driver will pick you up and drop you back to your hotel in Sorrento.
A security deposit of 300euros is required for the rental of this villa. (not included in tour price).
A cleaning charge of 150euros is not included in the rental of this villa and should be paid directly by you onsite.
Enjoy a full day tour to the island of Ischia in the company of an English speaking Guide. After being picked up from your hotel, you will board a Jetfoil to the island. Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples and is well known for its thermal hot springs and volcanic mud. Once on the island, take a transfer by bus to the Poseidon Garden thermal park where you have time at leisure to avail of the hot springs. The major attraction of this thermal park is its unique setting which is in the bay of Citara in Forio. The therapeutic effect is based both on the richness and variety of mineral salts, and on the beneficial effect of the high temperature of these waters. The water temperature varies from 28° C to 40° C (82° F to 104° F ), and the abundance of water means that it is constantly renewed. A Roman sauna, a large private beach are equipped with deck-chairs and beach umbrellas, and various restaurants of which one is situated in a beautiful grotto of local tuff-stones and a boutique with a newspaper kiosk, complete this establishment.
Enjoy a transfer with your own private vehicle and driver between Sorrento and Naples.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Italy for the most up to date visa information.
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