Discover the gems of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello on the panoramic winding roads. Set sail on a romantic tour of Capri on your private boat with a bottle of Prosecco. Scout the ancient city of Pompeii and view the entire region from the pinnacle of Mt. Vesuvius. Delights in the heights and depths of the Amalfi Coast. This is your Italian vacation of a lifetime.
Highlights and What’s Included
- Private Driver and English-speaking tour guide throughout your vacation
- First and Last night accommodation in a selected hotel/apartment in Rome
- Dolce Vita Evening Tour evening of arrival
- 5 nights in your choice of hotel in Sorrento with daily buffet breakfast
- Tour of Pompeii with a private tour guide
- Full day excursion in private car to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
- Selection of day-long excursion or walking tour for your "Design Your Own Italy" day
- Culinary experience at Villa il Pizzo
- Full day excursion in private boat to Capri & Anacapri
Welcome to Rome! Dolce Vita Tour
Your driver, waiting for you at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, will escort you by private car to your select boutique hotel in Rome. After relaxing and enjoying your welcome package, you will be picked up by your tour guide who will accompany you on your “Dolce Vita Tour” with an aperitivo on one of Rome’s panoramic restaurant terraces followed by a dinner in a characteristic trattoria. Your driver will then escort you on a Rome-by-night tour culminating at the Trevi Fountain, made famous by the film, “La Dolce Vita,” where Anita Ekberg and Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni bathe in the evening moonlight. After a stroll with a gelato, you will be accompanied to your hotel for a good nights’ sleep.
Explore ancient Pompeii and settle into Sorrento
After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by your driver…destination Pompeii. The most well-preserved ancient town, with its intact streets, and many buildings up to the second story is a true experience of time travel. See how the ancients entered their city through one of the main gates, lived in courtyard centered airy homes with vivid frescoes depicting the leisurely life of the wealthy inhabitant. Live also the footsteps of the commoner eating on the go at one of the many “fast food” restaurants on his way to the baths followed by an imaginary discussion at the temple in the main Forum. Close your eyes while sitting in the 500-person theater imagining a performance about to begin, all in the shadow of the Vesuvius. After lunch on Mt. Vesuvius, your guide will take you on the 20-minute walk to the crater with amazing views of the Bay of Naples. Your driver will then take you to your hotel in nearby Sorrento. Dinner at a local recommended restaurant is a must, ending with a homemade limoncello.
Let the Coast Awaken Your Spirit
Your driver will pick you up for an experience of a lifetime. The winding roads that cling to the mountain side of the Amalfi Peninsula await the expertise of your Italian driver – and your excitement! First stop after a breathtaking view of the Sea from dizzying heights is the jewel of Positano. A tiny town that clings to the side of a mountain tumbling down to sea level. Enjoy a picturesque walk through some of the loveliest shops displaying the Positano style: white linen dresses, artisan sandals and jewelry, dotted by open air art exhibits in the beautiful courtyards just beyond the white washed walls that define the narrow winding road from top to bottom. Enter one of the bars with terraces overlooking the bluest sea and enjoy a “granite al limone” or Italian lemon ice, the best way to cool off. With the abundance of flowers, the white buildings and deep blue sea, you will feel part of the visual richness which is Italy. From Positano you will be taken to the top of Mount Cerreto to the town of Ravello where you will have lunch on the most spectacular, panoramic terrace you have ever seen followed by a stroll in the lovely gardens of Villa Ruffolo, the home of the world-famous summer music festival. As you wind down the mountain with your driver make sure to stop for breathtaking views and photos. Wrap up the day in main town of Amalfi where you will visit the 11th century Saint Andrew’s cathedral, the patron saint of the town.
Design Your Own Italy Day
Contact us for customizing options on this "Design Your Own Italy" day OR just relax and enjoy shopping”
Sorrento Cooking Class – Stunning Location…Divine Cuisine
Sorrento Cooking Art is a new Italian Cooking School located in one of the most stunning locations you could possibly wish to experience. It is called Villa il Pizzo sitting in the largest privately owned lemon grove in Italy whose 14 hectares stretch to the cliffs of Piano di Sorrento; themselves facing majestic Mount Vesuvius across the Bay of Naples.
The Villa once belonged to the famous archaeologist Paola Zancani who would use the grounds to entertain noted guests such as Andre Gide, while today's owners are descendants from a noble family, the Duke and Duchess Paolo Roberto and Irene Imperiali. If that's not enough, you may be interested to know that Villa Il Pizzo was recently the setting for the film 'Love is all you Need' starring Pierce Brosnan. It this amazing setting, you’ll take a professional class in Italian cooking.
Dive into the Waters off Capri
Last, but not least, you will spend an unforgettable day on a private boat to Capri. Be prepared to dive in the pristine blue waters of the world-famous grottos that encircle the base of the famed island. The captain of your private boat will take you to nearly private coves where the colors of the water dance amongst the many hues of the deep blue that characterizes this enchanting island. No need to bring towels or drinks…your private guide is well prepared for impromptu toasts of prosecco as he purposefully has the boat linger under the lovers’ cove. Upon docking, dry off and meet your private taxi driver who will transport you in an open vehicle up the hairpin, narrow road to Anacapri. On the way, sneak a few peaks at the white washed villas masked by an abundance of colored flowers. A stroll at the top of the mountain to visit the famed Capri sandal makers as well as a breathtaking view from the enchanting villa San Michele perched on the furthest edge overlooking the bay. A sumptuous seafood lunch awaits you upon your return to the dock at a famed restaurant where the fresh catch of the day is all that is offered. Your captain awaits to take you back to Sorrento.
Return to Rome…Departure and Dreams
After a relaxing breakfast, your driver will pick you up and drive you back to your hotel in Rome.
Your driver will pick you up with plenty of time to make your flight. Rome salutes you with a warm and heart-felt “Arrivederci! See you again! Now that you’ve travelled with Your Own Italy, you have friends here in Rome.
- The tour of Pompeii is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
- Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
- There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churces as storage accomodations are not always available.
- When should we start planning our trip?
- Ideally, we ask for at least 3 months' advance notice, especially in the high season (May to September). Arrangements can be made on shorter notice, but you run the risk of missing out on the availability of our favorite hotels and guides. We want the best for our clients, and the more time we have, the more we can guarantee just that.
- What are YOI's payment terms?
- For our customized vacations, we require a 20% deposit upon approval of the itinerary we have presented to you. The balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival date.
- What happens after I've made a reservation through your website?
- Upon submitting your reservation through our website, you will be provided with a voucher with a reservation number that will be used for payment by credit card on the online portal of Blue Pay, our credit card processor.
- Should I purchase travel insurance?
- We strongly encourage you to buy travel insurance at the time of booking, in the event you must cancel and forfeit funds or in the unfortunate case of injury or loss. We also recommend checking with your credit card company, which may offer travel coverage.
- What kind of information will we receive before our trip?
- Approximately one month prior to your departure date, you will receive a Your Own Italy travel packet consisting of a detailed day-to-day itinerary, our list of recommended restaurants, a “Helpful Hints Guide” for Italy, and your specific destinations, plus detailed information and contacts for your accommodations, tours, excursions, and transportation.
- Can you give me a cost breakdown of my customized vacation and what is included?
- The vacations we create are bundled packages and therefore we do not provide a cost breakdown. Our local suppliers often give us a bundled price for the services provided and so we do the same for our clients. We arrange for all your accommodations, transportation, local tour guides, restaurant reservations, and any other fun activities and experiences from the moment you arrive until the day of your departure.