Italian Vacation with Stops in Rome and the Amalfi Coast
This trip includes:
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
- Three-night stay at the Mecenate Palace hotel or similar hotel in Rome
- Three-night stay at the Hotel Vesuvio or similar hotel in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast
- Arrival transfer to hotel and coach transfer to/from Sorrento
- Daily breakfast
- Hop-on, hop-off tour of Rome
- Panoramic tour of Naples
- Guided visit of Pompeii
On this eight-day Italy vacation, you’ll split your time between Rome and the Amalfi Coast, a chic resort region located on Southern Italy’s Mediterranean Coast. The package includes hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. View the itinerary here.
We’ve included some of our favorite highlights below.
Three Nights in Rome
Accommodations: The Mecenate Palace hotel features a rooftop garden restaurant, and guest room with panoramic views.
Italy’s “Eternal City” dates back nearly 3,000 years. Its early inhabitants left behind a wealth of architectural masterpieces: the Colosseum, built in 72 A.D. for gladiator contests and animal fights, is an elliptical amphitheater that could fit 55,000 Roman countrymen. Today, you can tour its dilapidated interior and see its labyrinth of masonry walls and chambers. The hop-on, hop-off tour allows you to visit Termini, Piazza Venezia, Colosseo, Circo Massimo, Monte Savello, San Pietro, Castel St. Angelo, Arapacis, Tritone and Barberini.
From here, the city’s crowded cobblestone paths lead to attractions including the magnificent Trevi Fountain. It’s Rome’s largest Baroque fountain, festooned with Neptune, Tritons, seahorses, and several waterfalls. According to legend, those who throw a coin in the water will return to Rome one day.
The city also has some world-class art. At the Vatican Museums in Saint Peter’s Square, you can see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, home to his most famous frescoes The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam, and sculptures by legendary artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Before you leave, indulge in some local Roman traditions: feast on kosher artichokes in the Jewish Ghetto, drink grappa in a secluded alley side cafe, and watch the sun set from the Pincio Terrace located behind the Villa Borghese.
Three Nights in the Amalfi Coast
Accommodations: The Hotel Vesuvio—in the coastal town of Sorrento—has three restaurants including a poolside oasis.
Colorful villas cling to sheer cliffs and cobblestone streets give way to black pebble beaches along the Amalfi Coast, located in Southern Italy where the Mediterranean Sea meets mountains. You’ll stay in Sorrento, a bustling port town on the Bay of Naples. The lemon trees here bear fruit that can grow to the size of footballs, and one of the most popular Sorrento exports is its Limoncello, a lemon-based liqueur. It’s traditionally served as an after-dinner drink, but local shops start handing out samples of it as soon as their doors open.
About 20 minutes east of Sorrento is Positano, a popular honeymoon destination that occupies the most spectacular stretch of the Amalfi Coast. You can go lounging on the beach here or shopping for embroidered linen clothing. These coastal towns are well-positioned for a number of exciting day trips as well: charter boats can take you out to the jet-setting island of Capri, with a stop at the famed Blue Grotto along the way. And about 17 miles north, in the volcanic ruins of Pompeii, you can see paints still sitting in their pots beside unfinished frescoes.
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