CULINARY ITALY from SORRENTO to ROME – MAYFLOWER TOURS
13 DAYS – 17 MEALS OCTOBER 11TH – 23RD, 2020 $4,669.00 PER PERSON DBL
AIR INCLUDED FROM TAMPA
Day 1: Depart USA on your overnight flight to Naples, Italy.
Day 2: Naples & Sorrento
Upon arrival in Naples, you’ll be met by a Mayflower representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel in Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast. The remainder of the day is free to get acquainted with this charming town, sprinkled with lemon and olive groves, in a cliff side setting. Join your Tour Manager for an included dinner.
Day 3: Sorrento
Begin the day with a guided orientation of Sorrento. As you stroll through the pedestrian streets, filled with local shops, see the main sites, including the Piazza Tasso, the entrance to the old quarter. See the Basilica of Saint Anthony, patron saint of the city, whose bones lie in the crypt below. Later this afternoon, have fun at a pizza making class as you learn the secrets to making a Neapolitan pizza.
Day 4: Pompeii
Set off for Pompeii, a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, to visit the most important and interesting archaeological museum in the world. The rise and fall of this ancient city comes to life as your local guide explains the events of that fateful day. Return to Sorrento mid-afternoon and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 5: Capri
The island of Capri is an area of breathtaking beauty with olive trees, grapevines and flowers providing a Mediterranean charm. Enjoy a short drive to the harbor in Sorrento to board the hydrofoil. Traverse the pristine water, in various shades of blue and emerald green, as your approach the picturesque island. You’ll have time to explore Capri, and travel via mini-van to Anacapri, the highest town on the island. Wander the town and absorb the local atmosphere. Sample some local favorites during the included Gelato making demonstration and tasting. Quench your curiosity about another favorite speciality, Limoncello, with a tasting of this regional favorite.
Day 6: Amalfi Coast
Discover Amalfi’s stunning coastline, with miles of hairpin turns offering spectacular vistas, with the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea far below. Upon arrival in Amalfi, enjoy free time for lunch on your own, and to walk through the town, seeing its greatest attraction, the Duomo, which dominates the central piazza. After experiencing Italy’s “coast with the most”, continue on to a local village for a pastry making lesson. After sampling the treats, depart for Cilento area and arrive at your hotel for an evening of leisure.
Day 7: Paestum
Today’s adventure explores another of Italy’s most famous archaeological sites: the Greek Temple of Paestum, an ancient Greek colony, serenely situated and surrounded by fields and wildflowers. The entire site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and among the best preserved monuments of Magna Graecia, the Greek colony that once covered much of southern Italy. In addition to its cultural heritage, the area is also famous as a producer of Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese. A stop is made at a local venue where you see how the cheese is made and sample the final product.
Day 8: Agropoli
Depart for the historic city of Argopoli, one of the most vibrant cities along the Cilento coast. After a bit of leisure time to stroll through the cobblestoned lanes, your culinary adventure begins. Attend an entertaining cooking class where your instructor teaches you how to prepare delicious Italian cuisine during this hands-on experience. At the end of the class, lunch consists of the spectacular dish you just created. Buon appetito! To top off the experience, your next visit is to a vineyard for a wine’ tasting event. Following an afternoon of local ‘flavors’, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 9: Cilento Area
Cultural immersion into local flavor continues with a visit to an olive mill. Walk amongst the peaceful grounds where the olive trees grow as a local expert explains the process of how the fruit is transformed into pure liquid gold. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the freshly made products. This evening, a dinner of traditional dishes is served.
Day 10: Travel to Rome
After breakfast, depart the Campania region and travel to Rome. Along the way, stop at a local farm for an included lunch of typical regional fare.
Day 11: Rome
The historic monuments you’ve heard and read about come to life on your guided tour of the Eternal City. From Palatine Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, see the Roman Forum 130 feet below, and the Circus Maximus. Visit the Coliseum, one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, and imagine what it was like in its heyday when gladiators fought to the death. As you walk through the Roman Forum, you will be strolling amongst historic ruins of political buildings, shrines, temples and monuments, some dating back to the first kings of Rome. After a morning of historic discovery, enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 12: Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
This morning, enjoy a guided visit to the spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Church and the smallest independent state in the world: Vatican City. During the guided visit of the Vatican Museums you’ll walk through halls containing some of the most priceless art treasure in the world. The highlight of the visit may be the Sistine Chapel which houses the single most impressive work of art by Michelangelo. Inside St. Peter’s Basilica, experience the magnificence of Bernini, Michelangelo, and other great artists of the Roman Renaissance and Baroque periods. Be sure to see Michelangelo’s famous statue, Pietá, created by the artist when he was only 25 years old. Returning to Rome, the final afternoon is free to enjoy on your own before the farewell dinner this evening.
Day 13: Rome /USA
As you bid ‘arrivederci’ to Italy, transfer to the airport and leave with wonderful memories of the scenery, culture, monuments, culinary experiences and history you encountered during your travels through this amazing country.