Depart from the U.S. and travel to Italy. The particulars of
your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline
Day 2 - Arrive in Naples
Arrive at the airport of Capodichino in Naples, Italy, where
a VBT representative meets you and helps you transfer (approximately 45
minutes) to your Naples hotel. The rest of the day is free to discover and dine
on your own with your VBT City Information included in your Final Travel
Booklet as your guide.
Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be
available until 1 p.m. You may store your luggage with the Reception Desk.
Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are
finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly
in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport
will be at your own expense.
You have the rest of the day free to discover this city full
of art treasures, to stroll along the picturesque Borgo Marinaro just across
from our hotel and to dine on your own at one of the cozy restaurants nearby.
Day 3 - Meet Trip Leaders/Walking visit of Pompeii /Welcome reception
VBT No-Air Package guests:
Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at 9:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Grand Hotel
Santa Lucia, Via Partenope 46 – Napoli - phone number +39 0817640666. Transfer
to the hotel is on your own. Please come to the meeting dressed in walking gear
(walking shoes at least) and carry your backpack. A taxi from the railway
station costs about 12-15 euros/$20 USD. If your arrival at the hotel is
scheduled for later than 9:30 a.m. or if you are delayed, please contact the
hotel, and the hotel staff will pass your message along to your VBT Trip
Leaders. VBT highly recommends flying to Italy at least one day before the tour
begins; this allows you to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin
sightseeing and walking. If you are delayed past our 10:30 a.m. departure time,
please transfer directly to your Sorrento hotel. However, you will miss the
visit of Pompeii.
VBT Air Package and Pre-Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip
Leaders at 9:30 a.m. in the main lobby; they will be wearing VBT staff
garments. Please come to the meeting dressed in walking gear (walking shoes at
least) and carry your backpack.
Our VBT Trip Leaders will hold an introductory and safety
talk before we board a private motor coach and transfer to Pompeii. On the way,
you will get an interesting introduction to the region. In Pompeii, meet our local
expert for a visit to the site. At dawn on August 25, 79 AD, the violent
eruption of Vesuvius caused the total destruction of Pompeii. In just a few
moments, all of the residents of Pompeii perished doing whatever they could to
survive. Tremendous amounts of ash and cinder covered and preserved the scene
exactly as it was at that instant. That's why today we know exactly how Romans
lived 2,000 years ago—living in houses and apartments, working in shops very
much as we do today. Our guide will tell us, for example, that posters were
used to advertise elections and support party candidates, and that the word
“candidate” comes from the word candid, a tunic that candidates had to wear
before elections to prove they had a clean criminal record. Lunch is on your
own in Pompeii.
Later in the afternoon, we shuttle to our hotel in Sorrento
and settle in. Enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner at our hotel.
Day 4 - The Sorrento Peninsula
Today, we drive to Sant'Agata dei Due Golfi and explore the
Sorrento Peninsula. We follow the red and white markings of the Alta Via dei
Monti Lattari trail, the path that winds upwards into a beautiful chestnut
forest. As the woods open up, masses of multicolored, aromatic flowers are on
display. Right before the promontory of Malacoccola, the view of the entire
Gulf of Salerno opens before us. We continue to Torca where a short shuttle
takes us to our lunch stop, a family-run fattoria where we'll first have a
hands-on demonstration in making mozzarella braids before enjoying home-grown,
organic specialties. Later today we return to Sorrento on foot or by shuttle,
taking in more views of the gulf from above. Enjoy free time to shop, explore
the town or relax at the hotel swimming pool and private pier.
Dinner is on your own tonight in Sorrento. Try gnocchi alla sorrentina, seasoned with a
Bolognese sauce and fiordilatte (local mozzarella).
Day 5 - Ferry to Capri
Early this morning, we'll walk to the Sorrento
harbor, taking a moment to admire the whole panorama of the Bay of Naples
and Vesuvius. Board a hydrofoil to ferry across the Sorrento
Peninsula to Capri Island.
As we arrive at the famous piazzetta, the hub of the island, we start along an
easy walking path leading to Villa Iovis. On the way, your senses will be
enchanted by the scent of jasmine and the view of manicured gardens full of
flowers. The Roman Villa Jovis was built by Emperor Tiberius in the third
century at a strategic point where he could dominate and control the opposite
coast. We enjoy incredible views from here. The Jump of Tiberius – a sheer
cliff nearly 1,100 feet high – is where the Emperor had his enemies thrown.
We continue walking through a thick Mediterranean park where
strawberry trees, myrtle, clematis, liana plants, honeysuckle, laurel, wild
asparagus and cyclamen thrive. Past Villa Lysis, you can opt to conclude the
loop in Capri's shopping and café area, or
continue to Arco Naturale and Grotta di Matermania, a natural cove that was
originally used to honor Cybele, the Magna Mater, or Great Mother of the gods.
It is located down a long flight of stairs and in a thick forest. This is also
the right time to stop for lunch on your own in one of the island cafés or to
picnic in the shade of a garden overlooking the blue sea. As we come upon the
eastern rim of the island, we see the amazing and famous Faraglioni cliffs
emerge. Then, we continue to the Augustus
Gardens, where the views
of the cliffs and the curled Via Krupp are gorgeous. Our trail ends in the
fancy shopping district. From here we loop back to the piazzetta, where we
We have some time to discover the fascinating area around
the piazzetta before a fast ferry takes us to our next destination on the
mainland, Amalfi. On the way, we take in the panorama of the Amalfi Coast
from the sea. In Amalfi, a short shuttle takes us to our hotel in Ravello,
where we settle in and enjoy dinner in the restaurant with great views of the
Day 6 - Ravello/The Valley of the Mills/Amalfi
After breakfast, we roam the terraces of Ravello with our
leaders, starting in the peaceful pedestrian-only center. Admire the
white-faced Duomo in Piazza Vescovado and the Arabic-Norman towers of Villa
Rufolo. This is where composer Richard Wagner was inspired to create the music
for the scene in Klingsor's magic garden in his opera, Parsifal.
Later, continue exploring Ravello on your own and maybe
visit Villa Cimbrone and its beautiful gardens or follow our Trip Leader for a
walkto Scala and Pontone. For lunch, we're treated to secret Neapolitan recipes
– including pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven - and breathtaking views at a
family-run trattoria. Then, we trace vineyard-laden terraces to the Valley of
the Ferriere, a magnificent nature reserve in the Valley of the Mills.
As we proceed on a trail covered in moss and ferns, our
guides show us calcara, large pits where lime was made by burning huge blocks
of limestone for days. We'll also see the spandituri, or paper-hangers,
buildings now in ruins but once used to dry paper. As we reach Amalfi, we stop
at an interesting paper museum, where we learn how paper was made from rags. In
the 15th century, the fame of Amalfi paper was such that many foreign authors
demanded to be published in Naples
so they could use the prized material. You can buy the handmade paper in the
museum shop, if you like.
In Amalfi, take your time to visit the beautiful Duomo and
stroll along the side streets. Sit down and maybe enjoy a delizia al limone
pastry or a piece of pastiera cake made with ground wheat soaked in running
water for days before getting mixed with other fragrant ingredients.
Back in Ravello, you have time to relax by the scenic
swimming pool of our elegant hotel. Dinner is on your own in Ravello tonight.
Note: Ravello is well known for its classical music
festivals. Contact the hotel reception to book tickets in advance.
Day 7 - Agerola and the Path of the Gods
Today, we shuttle to Agerola where we gradually descend on
foot to our next destination, Positano, making sure we cover the most scenic
stretch between Biscotto Caves and Nocella. The path is well marked and offers
views of Capri and the islets of Li Galli or Sirenuse, where the mythical
Sirens attracted seafarers with their chants. At Colle Serra, we cross the pass
and continue down towards Nocella where, after lunch, our paths divide: you can
shuttle by van or continue walking to Montepertuso. In Montepertuso, according
to legend, the Madonna was challenged by the devil and was moved to punch the
mountain and create a hole (pertuso means hole, in Neapolitan dialect). The
views are amazing.
Later, we regroup to shuttle to our next city, Positano,
built as a nativity scene set on the side of a mountain. Our beautiful and
historic hotel is right in the center of the quiet pedestrian area and within
walking distance from a beach. The manicured garden – the passion of the owner
Marilù Attanasio – is one of the most beautiful of the Amalfi Coast. From the
balcony of our rooms, we smell the scents and fill our eyes with vibrant
flowers and the colored majolica tiled cupola of the Santa Maria Assunta
Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own: relax by the
hotel swimming pool or at the sandy beach - just a few steps from our hotel -
or take the time to stroll through the labyrinth of alleys full of interesting craft
studios and shops. The clothes industry in Positano was so popular and
influential in the 1970s that the style they created became known as “Positano
Style.” In addition to clothing, you can find local ceramics, jewels, leather
footwear and paintings by the many artists who were inspired by the beauty of
Choose one of the many fine restaurants in Positano for
dinner on your own tonight.
Day 8 - Santa Maria del Castello
This morning we shuttle up 2,000 feet to Santa Maria del
Castello, where many hillside trails converge from the surrounding Lattari Mountains. We will offer a walk in a
chestnut forest before stopping for lunch at the only bar in the village, and
then it's an easy descent back to Positano, with spectacular views of turquoise
waters and the jagged coast. This is one of our shortest walks, so take your
time … linger at the overlooks and sniff the hillside rosemary and valerian.
Return to Positano at your leisure, then browse its art
studios, rest your legs with a beachside nap or join our Trip Leaders for a
short jaunt. Tonight we feast on gourmet specialties during a festive farewell
dinner, courtesy of Signora Attanasio.
Day 9 - Visit Gragnano Pasta Factory/Transfer to Rome
After breakfast, we transfer to Gragnano and stop for an
interesting visit to an old pasta maker. We follow the process of production of
this important element of Italian food. Made with the highest quality durum
wheat, pasta is trafilata al bronzo that is, made with the old-fashioned
technique of extruding it through bronze dies. It is then dried slowly in the
open air. In this way, pasta gets a coarse texture, retains flavor and can hold
After a tasting and light lunch prepared by the factory
owners, we continue our transfer to Rome.
VBT No-Air Package guests: your trip concludes at our Rome hotel at
approximately 4:30 p.m.
VBT Air Package guests: You arrive at our Rome hotel at approximately 4:30 p.m. and
have the rest of the day at your leisure.
If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip Extension to Rome, you remain at this
hotel for three nights. When you arrive today, our VBT representative will
answer your questions and offer an optional evening city walk that will help
you make the most of the city.
Day 10 - Depart for U.S.
After breakfast* this morning you will transfer to the Rome airport
(approximately 40 to 60 minutes depending on traffic) for your departing
flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the
*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the Front Desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your
“Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in
advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay
beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will
be at your own expense.