Campania: Naples, Capri, Amalfi Coast

Orienteering competition near Sorrento

  Morning  transfer to a 50 h estate near Sorrento, one of the most beautiful environments between Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast,  covered by olive trees, vineyards and orange and lemon trees, and Mediterranean wood,  where one can still admire rests of a splendid Roman villa. The view from there over the coast and a protected...
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“Hands-on” pasta cookery lesson

Morning transfer to  Gragnano where the ancient art of making pasta from durum wheat has a very long tradition –  started more than 500 years ago. Visit a pasta factory  to learn all the secrets of this pasta, really one of the best in  Italy thanks to the locally prepared semolina and spring water from...
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Ischia island and good wine

Arrival at Ischia in the morning by hydrofoil and  visit to a very interesting winery and its vineyards, partly on foot and partly by private train, to reach some grape-groves on the hillside above the sea that are otherwise inaccessible from the land. Rustic lunch and wine tasting amidst the vineyards, with merry musical accompaniment....
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Wine and food Tour

One-day tour of  Naples’ surroundings to discover the great tastes of olden days, with wine tasting and rustic snack at a local winery  and  visit to  a traditional  pasta producer and to  a dairy.  Seafood lunch at a small seaside restaurant. During the afternoon, stop to relax in a shady citrus garden with aperitifs....
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Mozzarella tour

Morning transfer to a very special farm located near Paestum,  breading buffalos producing the milk to make the real and exquisite “mozzarella di  buffala”. On arrival you will watch the mozzarella making process and learn the secrets of a genuine mozzarella and of other products made with buffalos’ milk, as ice creams, yogurt . Lunch with...
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Amongst Sybils and Mysteries

Tour of the most complex and fascinating territory in the world; the Flegrean Fields. Visit to the Acropolis of Cuma and the grotto where the Sybil prophesied; boat-trip across the ‘infernal’ lake Avernus, which the Romans made into the inner basin of a military harbor linked to Cuma; bathing in a pool amongst sulfur fumes;...
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The mountain of Fire

Full-day tour of  Mount Vesuvius by jeep and trekking with alpine guides, including visits to Vesuvius Observatory and to some of the magnificent 19th century villas built along volcano’s slops as Villa Campilieto finished by Vanvitelli, with exquisite interior decoration, Villa Favorita with mosaics from Tiberius’s palace on Capri, elegant Villa Aprile with a park with...
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Capri by boat

Capri by boat Boat-tour around the island, stopping to visit the Blue Grotto and the most enchanting beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Picnic lunch on the beach. All with accompanying mandolin music....
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The heart of Capri

A walk to seek out the secluded mansions of Capri’s most eccentric celebrities, amongst flower-draped villas, heady scents and Mediterranean vegetation: Villa Lysis, where baron Fersen stayed with his young lovers; the metaphysical villa of Curzio Malaparte, perched on a cliff above the sea; Villa Jovis, as grand as its ruins, the hideaway the emperor...
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A night with the Sirens

  Night excursion to explore the tiny archipelago of Li Galli, also known as the ‘Sirenusie’, half- way between Positano and Punta Campanella, a private paradise for many VIPs. The evening ends at a trendy seaside restaurant....
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Hidden Naples and the Subterranean City

Tour of some of the most splendid jewels in the city’s artistic heritage, not normally on public view: the Pantheon Angioino in the church of St. John at Carbonara; 18th century Palazzo  Serra with its its scenography stairway; the gilded stucco work and frescoes           at    St.  Paul’s Church; Prince’s Sansevero  Chapel with the breathtaking Veiled Christ;    ...
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Pizza Party

A fun-filled evening with the celebrated ‘acrobatic pizzaiuoli’, with a contest of skills amongst these masters of the art of pizza-making (their artistry can make the pizza dough, at first no longer that an ordinary plate, spread to as much as 1,20 m in diameter), and generous servings of ‘the real thing’ – authentic Neapolitan ...
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Magical Ravello

Classical music concert in the exceptional setting of Villa Rufolo in Ravello. It was here that Wagner, inspired by the gardens’ luxuriant beauty, placed one of the most evocative scenes in his ‘Parsifal’: the meeting between the hero and the beauteous Kundry....
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Unusual Naples

Early-morning visit to the lively highly colorful fish market, breakfast with Naples’ famous ‘sfogliatelle’ fresh from the baker’s oven and ‘cappuccino’ coffee with the taste only Naples can give it; an aperitif in the ‘Galleria Umberto I’ arcade frequented by artists and musicians, one of the best examples of Italian late 19th century architecture. Seafood lunch...
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Pompeian Red

Evening guided tour of the excavations of the ancient city of Pompeii followed by dinner featuring the ancient Roman dishes served by costumed staff and a sound-and-light show in the amphitheatre....
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Cruise on a vintage sailing boat

A day cruising to discover the places loved by Nureyev, Stravinski, Moravia, Steinbeck, Eduardo De Filippo and the ‘divine’ Greta Garbo: villages perched on cliff-edges over deep blue waters, sun kissed rocks and islands. One-day cruise along the beautiful coastlands of Amalfi and Sorrento on a genuine sailing-ship, commissioned in 1880 as a fishing vessel,...
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