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The whole family is sure to fall in love with Italy on this 8-day adventure from the ruins of Rome to the stunning Amalfi Coast. Imagine what life was like for ancient Romans in Pompeii, wander cobblestone streets in Minori and enjoy true southern Italian hospitality during a cooking demonstration and dinner at a family-run farm in Sorrento. As the saying goes: 'un bimbo che non gioca, felicita ne ha poca' (a child that doesn't play will not be happy). We created this trip because we think the same thing applies to adults!
Day 1: Rome
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Crowded with ancient ruins and religious monuments, Rome still pulses to the beat of modern life and is packed with designer shops, restaurants and cafes. There are no activities planned before tonight's group meeting at 6 pm. Your leader will be collecting insurance and next of kin details for your family during this meeting, so make sure you book a flight that will get you to Rome in time to attend. Beyond the formalities, it’s a great opportunity to introduce yourselves to your leader and the other families joining your tour. Why not head out for a group meal and toast with a slice of pizza (or a forkful of pasta) to the Italian adventure to come. Your leader is full of recommendations on local restaurants, so pick their brain.
Day 2: Pompeii
One of the world's most famous ancient cities awaits today after a three-hour train journey. Pompeii was immortalised on 26 August AD79 when nearby volcano Mt Vesuvius erupted, spewing molten rock, pumice and ash over the city. This thriving Roman trading centre was thus frozen in time, an ancient tragedy that allows modern visitors to take a unique look at the lives of ancient Romans. Spend a few hours on a guided walk around Pompeii and discover how people lived, worked and interacted 2000 years ago. The similarities are often more surprising than the differences. The finely preserved ruins include villas, temples, theatres and once-bustling marketplace, all waiting to be discovered by your family. Your hotel this evening is located very close to the archaeological site, so you won’t have far to go once you decide to call it a day.
Day 3: Minori
Wander streets lined with chariots, visit the magnificent amphitheatre and drop by the incredibly well-preserved Villa of Mysteries, where you and the family can wander between rooms and imagine what life would have been like as a wealthy Pompeii suburbanite. Take a short ride up mighty Mt Vesuvius and spend 45 minutes trekking to the summit for staggering views over the Bay of Naples. Soak up the view and snap plenty of photos before taking a 30-minute walk across the cinders to the lip of the central crater. Don’t worry, although Mt Vesuvius is still considered to an active volcano, the last eruption was in 1944 and there's no sign of recent volcanic activity. See first-hand the awesome power of the volcano that engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, then make the 30-minute descent. Continue to the Amalfi Coast town of Minori, a beloved holiday spot for thousands of years, and arrive around lunch time. With its fine piazzas, maze of old streets, sidewalk cafes and sparkling ocean, there is truly something for everyone here. Why not try some limoncello, a local tipple, while you watch the sun set over the ocean.
Day 4: Minori
Take a free day to explore Minori at your own (or your kids) pace. There are many beaches to choose from, though be aware the nicer they are the more crowded they will be (particularly during Summer from June to August). Hire a few deck chairs if you want to relax, or alternatively you can rent a paddle boat or sea kayak and explore the sea. The walk from Minori to Ravello is also beautiful and a great way to see the region. While it’s only about an hour each way, it is steep in parts and step-heavy, so it’s moderately difficult. The views along the way more than make up for any huffing and puffing, but remember to pack plenty of water and sunscreen before leaving.
Day 5: Sorrento
Leave Minori in the rear-view mirror this morning and enjoy a stunning drive past mountains to an agriturismo, a working farm that also provides meals and accommodation. While you won’t be staying here tonight, spend 1.5 hours in gorgeous surrounds, sampling produce grown on site and learning about the business. Continue to Sorrento, another famous (and historic) resort town, arriving in the early afternoon. Later, learn the secrets of Italy's most famous sweet treat in a gelato making demonstration.
Day 6: Sorrento
Head to the port and board a lifted hydrofoil boat to Capri, cruising across the glorious Bay of Naples. Arrive 30 minutes later in the holiday destination favoured by the Roman emperors. Capri’s dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while narrow roads wind inland through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of little white houses with flower-filled gardens. Though its unmatched setting and natural beauty means it’s popular with visitors, there are still many hidden corners and treasures to explore. After the exploration of the Marina Grande and the little town of Capri, take a bus up to Anacapri and enjoy the best views of the island and bay from the top of Monte Solaro, reachable by cable car. Around mid-afternoon, take the one-hour ferry back to Sorrento, where you’ll have a free evening.
Day 7: Sorrento
There are many options for your free morning in this seaside town. Make sure to grab a gelato (or three) while you’re here, Sorrento has some of the finest scoops in Italy. This afternoon you’ll get a hands-on lesson in crafting everyone’s favourite Italian dish – pizza! Enjoy a cooking demonstration and delectable dinner in an amazing location, an agriturismo with incredible views of Mt Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. Eat, laugh and enjoy a glass of wine while the kids explore the farm alongside adorable wild rabbits. Enjoy southern Italian hospitality at its finest on your final night on this family adventure.
Day 8: Sorrento
Wave arrivederci to Italy and your new friends. Those who have booked transfers will be taken to the airport to board their onward plane, while those who have not are free to leave at any time after check out.
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1 Dinner(s) Included
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