Day 1 | Rome
We meet in Rome at 5.00pm for a Twilight City Stroll with a passionate “Walks of Italy” guide who will captivate us with stories about the many layers of Rome and take us to the best gelato shop in the centro historico. A walk designed to engage you, not exhaust you.
Day 2 | Rome
For first timers, the hardest thing will be choosing between the “must see” attractions and, for return travellers, there are so many local secrets to discover off the tourist grid.
Day 3 | Matera
Travel to Matera in Basilicata, a hauntingly beautiful world heritage town with a history of more than 30,000 years. It will take your breath away. “Anyone who sees Matera cannot help but be awe-struck, so expressive and touching is its sorrowful beauty.” This is how Carolo Levi described Matera in 1952.
Day 4 | Matera
A surreal day exploring the sassi (two neighbourhoods of stone dwellings) in the old town, which is the oldest continually inhabited settlement in history, alongside Petra in Jordan. We sleep and eat in old caves that have been renovated into boutique hotels and restaurants.
Day 5 | Amalfi
The Amalfi coast is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. Wander the small streets of Amalfi, well known for its long tradition of paper making. Engage with the locals including Franco, owner of the best handbag shop, smell the lemons, taste the lemons, try limoncello and settle in for three glorious days.
Day 6 | Amalfi
Visit Ravello, only six kilometres above Amalfi, closer to the sky than the sea! People watch in the beautiful piazza, stroll through the gardens of Villa Cimbrone for spectacular views 1,500 feet above sea level and do as the Italians do – indulge in a blissfully long, leisurely lunch.
Day 7 | Amalfi
Time for an epic adventure, walking The Path Of The Gods. We arrive by bus in Bomerano, a village of Agerola, high in the mountains and a thirty minute bus journey from Amalfi. The walk is stunning and not difficult, finishing in tiny Nocelle, an isolated village perched high above Positano.
Day 8 | Positano
Described by artist, Paul Klee, as “the only place in the world conceived on a vertical rather than a horizontal axis”, Positano is intoxicating. Touristy, yes, but there’s nowhere else you’d rather be. You can stroll for hours, mostly up, and then find your way back down to the less touristy beach of Spiaggia di Fornillo and the coastal walkway to Spiaggia Grande.
Day 9 | Positano
Not to be missed is catching the wooden boat to tiny, layback Da Adolfo’s for a delightful lunch on the pebbly beach. Time to kick back and eat simple, delicious food including the signature dish of mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves, a tradition since 1966. Amazing.
Day 10 | Positano
It’s hard to choose between a day of la dolce vita in Positano, or exploring the less crowded villages of Praiano, Atrani (the smallest town in southern Italy and so charming), Maori and Minori or Vietri sul Mare for beautiful ceramics. Dinner in a favourite restaurant in Montepertuso, a hidden gem where the locals eat.
Day 11 | Capri & Anacapri
Capri is a gorgeous, vibrant town buzzy with daytrippers whereas Anacapri has a more tranquil, authentic feel with artisans at work making wonderful local products. We stay in Anacapri, just minutes from the village square and a chairlift that takes us to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island with spectacular 360 degree views.
Day 12 | Anacapri
Transfer to Marina Grande in the infamous white stretch convertible taxis to meet Gianni for a private tour of the island in his beautiful wooden boat, visiting the non touristy sea grottoes and hidden coves perfect for swimming. A magical day on the water.
Day 13 | Anacapri
Both Capri and Anacapri have sensational walking trails that will take you all over the island. Just 40 minutes from the piazzetta in Capri is Villa Jovis built by Emperor Tiberius in the 1st century AD, well worth the walk, or take the famous Via Krupp that zig-zags all the way down to Marina Piccola. For a stroll through paradise, visit Villa San Michelle in Anacapri, considered one of the top ten gardens in Italy.
Day 14 | Rome
Ferry to Sorrento and private transfer to Rome for your last night and a special dinner in the Jewish ghetto.
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