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Highlights of Italy's Amalfi Coast

Day 1 - Depart USA
Overnight flight to Italy.

Welcome to Italy! After clearing customs, meet your Tour Director who will assist with your transfer to the Amalfi Coast. A Welcome

(Dinner)  Overnight: Sorrento Coast.

Start the day with a Sorrento Walking Tour, a coastal town facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentino Peninsula perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its marinas. Sorrento is known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square filled with artisan shops selling local wares. The historic center is home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church and is the birthplace of the Limoncello liqueur. Next enjoy a Limoncello Demonstration on how it's made followed by a tasting, it goes down easily, Salute!  Later visit Rufello, a hillside town offering spectacular coastal views and grand villas with perfectly laid out flowerbeds, palm trees, sculptures and fountains.  Ravello is famous for its Villa Rufolo built in 1200 AD.  Free time to explore, shop, and enjoy lunch on your own. Return to the hotel; evening at leisure.

(Breakfast, Dinner)  Overnight: Sorrento Coast.
After breakfast meet your Tour Director for a full day excursion of the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast claims to be Europe's most magnificent stretch of coastline and extends from Positano in the West to Vietri Sul Mare in the East. Today we see why with its breathtaking scenery, glamorous resorts hidden away on the spectacular corniche that winds its way past citrus plantations, vineyards and tiny villages clinging on to jagged cliffs that plunge straight into the sea. Continue to Amalfi, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first view of Amalfi is unforgettable, with its tightly packed villas and palaces seeming to tumble down the cliff side into the fishing port and beach below. Amalfi was once a maritime power to rival Venice, and its golden age is symbolized by its stunning cathedral and the Piazza Duomo.  We'll also visit picturesque Positano, a town full of fashionistas, celebrities, wealthy jet setters and upscale shops.  Next visit a cheese Factory for an opportunity to taste freshly made mozzarella cheese. 

(Breakfast, Dinner) Overnight: Sorrento Coast.
Enjoy a day at leisure or join the full day optional excursion to the Isle of Capri. Capri is an enchanting and picturesque island, a favorite with Roman emperors, the rich and famous, artists, and writers; it's still one of the Mediterranean's must-see places. Transfer to the harbor to board a jetfoil boat for your journey across the Bay of Naples to the Isle of Capri. Upon arrival to the port of Capri you'll transfer to Ana  Capri with free time to explore on your own or visit Villa San Michele, the home of Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. Later we return to Capri with free time to explore and have lunch on your own. Return to the hotel later today.

(Breakfast) Overnight: Sorrento Coast.

Enjoy a full day to explore on your own today or join the optional guided tour to Naples. Here we will enjoy a panoramic Naples City Tour seeing the Cathedral with its treasure chapel and basilica, dating back to the 4th century. You'll also drive to Plebiscite Square to see the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St. Francesco di Paula, the Town Hall Square and the New Castle built by the French Family of Anjou. Enjoy an included lunch at a local Naples pizzeria. The afternoon is free to shop and explore Naples on your own before returning back to the hotel.

(Breakfast) Overnight: Sorrento Coast.

This morning after breakfast depart the Sorrento area for Pompeii, one of Italy's most unique and famous archaeological sites. Enjoy a fascinating guided visit to this site. Imagine, a city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day 2,000 years ago, when Mt. Vesuvius erupted covering the city in deadly volcanic ash and lava, literally stopping time it in its tracks. You'll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape and the haunting ruins. Continue onto the "Eternal City" of Rome, the capital and largest city in Italy. The center of power, culture and religion, Rome has exerted influence over the world in its 2800 years of existence. Check into your hotel. Enjoy a Farewell dinner tonight with new found friends including wine.

(Breakfast, Dinner) Overnight: Rome.

Enjoy a Rome City Tour to see some of the highlights of the city such the Colosseum, The Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon and more. Next, it is off to visit another country – Vatican City.  With our expert local guide, we’ll tour Vatican Museums – a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries, and Renaissance paintings. Our visit ends in the Sistine Chapel, its ceiling painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. This room receives more than five million visitors each year and is also where the Pope is elected. Next visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, by far one of the worlds largest churches. We’ll see Michelangelo's Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24 years old, as well as Bernini’s seven story bronze canopy above the main alter and more. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Rome.

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The entire day is free to explore the "Eternal City" on your own. Perhaps a tour inside the Colosseum, a walk on the Via Veneto, indulge in an espresso or cappuccino in the Piazza Navona, climb up the Spanish Steps, sample some Gelato at a local cafe or shop for souvenirs to bring home.

(Breakfast) Overnight: Rome.

Journey home with wonderful memories of your Highlights of the Amalfi Coast and Rome tour.