The Mediterranean Lifestyle Tour

Rome to the Amalfi Coast

May 1 - May 9, 2021

This is THE BEST of Italy!

Italy is many things, but it's most famous for both the ancient capital, in all its majestic splendor; and the sun-kissed coast where they celebrate great meals, relaxed strolls, and "the sweetness of doing nothing."


Join me on a small group tour (6 - 12 Italy lovers) to experience the full spectrum of Italy's charms!

Charming Hotels

I have hand-selected the hotels to showcase the best of Italian hospitality, in prime locations, so you'll feel the warm Italian ambiance at every moment of your stay. 

Authentic Cuisine

If you don't experience the genuine, local specialties, then you haven't experienced Italy. I have made an extra effort to ensure that every meal represents the authentic cucina

Professional Guides

The reason to tour with professionals is that you're assured you won't miss out on any of the wonderful moments that you've dreamed about vacationing in Italy.

From the Capital City of an Ancient Empire...

The entire historical center of Rome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the ancient city, to the modern wonders, I'll make sure that you get a taste of all Rome's layers of history and culture, while also giving you enough time and space for your own discoveries. 

...to the Tranquil Bliss of the Mediterranean Coast.

This is the part of Italy that conjures our fantasies of sunny weather and friendly people along with the soundtrack of those classic Italian folk songs. This is where pizza was invented and where coffee was perfected. Incredible seafood, limoncello... and just look at that view!

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THE ITINERARY

May 1 - May 9, 2021

DAY 1:  On an Evening in Roma...

Benvenuti in Italia! Welcome to Italy... let's get acquainted. We will start with a walking tour in the historic center to see many of the famous monuments, squares, and sites of this Caput Mundi. 


Later in the evening we will have a relaxing dinner in a typical Roman trattoria. We'll do the full dining experience, from antipasti, to traditional Roman pasta dishes, to the main course, and (obviously) accompanied by local wine from the nearby Castelli Romani.


Included meals: dinner

DAY 2:  Explore the Ancient Empire

This day starts with a tour of the Colosseum. We will learn what it was like to be a gladiator in ancient Rome. Later, we will walk through the Forums, the hub of the ancient city, to get a feel for the every day life of a Roman.


After a great lunch, you will have a few options. Either join to visit a few hand-selected locations around Rome, or take off on your own to explore this endlessly appealing city. We can offer other suggestions, as well, including some of the more hidden gems of the Eternal City.


Included meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 3: Visit to the Vatican - Stop in the Castelli Romani

First we'll start with a visit to The Vatican Museums, including the heart-stopping finale: the Sistine Chapel with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo. Immediately after, we will go inside the world's largest cathedral, Saint Peter's Basilica. 


Then we're almost ready to get on the road towards the Amalfi Coast. But along the way we'll make a stop in a hilltown of the Castelli Romani, just outside of Rome, for a wonderful lunch at a typical restaurant, followed by a lovely passeggiata through the village.


Then we will arrive in Sorrento and check into our hotel. Dinner will be a real treat at a restaurant that specializes in seafood (other options available).


Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: The Maritime Republic of Amalfi

The Maritime Republic of Amalfi, along with Venice, Genoa, and Pisa, were the naval powers of Italy, controlling trade in the Mediterranean. The modern day town still gives us a glimpse back at this proud tradition. 


You will have some free time to wander the historic streets, and browse at quaint shops selling local artisan crafts, before meeting back up for a wonderful group lunch.


On our way back to Sorrento, we will stop in the picturesque seaside resort town of Positano, where will have plenty of time to explore and shop before settling in for a wonderful beach-view restaurant for dinner. 


Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Live Like an Italian: Shopping, Cooking, Eating!

We're back at our home base, where you can sleep in a bit, have a wonderful cappuccino at the hotel, and then head out to stroll the little cobblestone alleyways, in search of treasures. Hopefully by now you're fully channeling your inner Italian, enjoying every small moment of pleasure. 


After lunch, we'll visit a limoncello shop to sample this local digestive in all its colors and flavors. Then we'll head to an olive oil mill, where they still press the fruit the old fashioned way, producing the best olive oil you can find anywhere.


Finally, we'll go to cooking school where we'll "work" for our dinner, then enjoy the fruits of our labors.


Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 6: The Glamorous Isle of Capri

Ah, Capri! Now this is really the height of Mediterranean bliss. At once a humble fishing village, and at the same time the most chic destination in all of Italy. There are also Roman ruins to see, and some outstanding dining options. You'll have some free time to explore.


We will take the funicular in Anacapri to the top of a mountain for the best view on the entire Amalfi Coast.


For dinner, let's have a pizza! But this is not the pizza you've had back home. This is the birthplace of the famous dish, and you'll get to enjoy it in its original magnificence!


Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 7: Mozzarella, Greek Ruins, and Wine Tasting!

Did you know that the best Mozzarella is made from buffalo milk? Of course you did, but today we will actually meet these gentle creatures and sample their coveted products.


Next, we'll stop at Paestum to see some wonderfully preserved ruins left behind by the original Greek settlers to the area.


And no visit to Italy would be complete without a good wine tasting. We'll stop at a local winery and learn from the producer what makes this region so conducive to fine wines.


Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner 

DAY 8: The Roman Village of Pompeii

Trembling beneath the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the Roman outpost of Pompeii was buried under hot ash from a violent eruption in 79 A.D. Left behind was the largely intact remains of a small city, well-preserved by the lava, and excavated for us to witness. 


After our visit, we're on our way back to Rome, where we'll check into our hotel, relax, and then meet up later for a final celebratory feast, Roman style. Let's keep this going as long as possible!


Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 9: Arrivederci Roma!

Oh, no. Well, we knew it had to end sooner or later. But you'll wake up in your wonderful hotel and have one more fabulous Italian breakfast before packing your bags to check out. 


Depending on the time of your flight, you might still have part of the day to explore a little more. We're happy to make some suggestions, or even accompany you, as time allows.


There is also the option to add on a quick trip Florence or a small Tuscan village if you like. Contact us for details.


Included meals: breakfast only

Optional Trip Extensions

Have you ever wanted to explore the wonders of the Florentine Renaissance? Or take a deep-dive into the wine region of Chianti? If you're a serious foodie, you might enjoy tasting your way through Bologna, Modena, and Parma. How about an evening at the opera?

The possibilities are endless. Just write us an email ([email protected]) and we can discuss a custom itinerary for you. 

Ciao!

The Details

  • What is included ?
  • important info !
  • The tour begins and ends in Rome. This will make your travel arrangements easier, and your time in Italy more relaxed.
  • The first day of the tour is Saturday.  Therefore, you will need to book your flight from the U.S.A. on Friday to get to Rome by Saturday. Most international flights arrive in Rome in the morning, so you should have plenty of time to get to the hotel and relax before we all meet up!
  • The last day of the tour will be the following Sunday. Most international flights leave late morning or early afternoon for arrival in the U.S. on the same day. 
  • Airfare is not included. Please let me know if you need information about arrival and departure from Rome's airport Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino (FCO).
  • Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the tour rate. Please contact me if you'd like me to make the arrangements. Otherwise, I can instruct you as to the other options, including taxi cabs, and the trains which go from inside Fiumicino airport (FCO) directly to the center of Rome. 
  • All correspondence will be sent only by email, please make sure I have your current email address.
  • You must be in good physical condition for this trip. This is not a physically challenging vacation, but there will be a good bit of walking uphill, downhill, and over cobblestone streets. There will be some standing for periods of time, as well.
  • Even though tips to staff and restaurants are included, it is suggested that you put aside approximately $100 (U.S.) per person in combined gratuities for your driver & Tour Director. (Any voluntary additional restaurant gratuities are at your discretion).
  • I STRONGLY recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance for your trip. For suggestions on policies and a quote, please contact me.
  • The hotel staff assigns the rooms to guests. Requested views or other such requests cannot be guaranteed. I work with boutique hotels, so rooms differ in size and layout.
  • Italian bathrooms are smaller compared to US standards, but each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and basic toiletry set. Please contact me if you have specific requests/needs.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Italy, please verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. This is not something that is negotiable. 
  • In the unlikely event the tour does not reach the minimum participation requirement of 6 travelers, you will receive a full refund and I will help you find other options to suit your needs. 
  • Please note: while I will do my best to adhere to the published itinerary, some details may be changed at the discretion of the Tour Leader due to weather conditions and any other unforeseeable circumstances.
  • Unless stated otherwise, all rates are per person, based on double occupancy, in U.S. Dollars, and subject to availability. I reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update rates, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.

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