Guests will arrive at Villa
Giulia to meet their hostess, Giulia Carunchio and the tour escort,
Maggie Meister. Once comfortably settled in the villa, Mrs. Meister
will escort the group to visit the beautiful ancient sites of Cuma accompanied
by our guide, Aldo Sparice, who will explain the history and development
of this lovely area first inhabited by the Greeks and then the Romans.
A tour with him is a trip back through times. The group then will return
to the Villa for wine and dinner in the garden under one of the lovely
patios or by the swimming pool.
Day Two: After breakfast, we head to the Port of
Naples to catch the hydrofoil to the world-renowned island of Capri.
The island is one of the most beautiful in the area with its whitewashed
homes and lush colorful gardens and crystal blue sea. After a tour
of the island and the Blue Grotto, you will be free to shop in the
village or climb up to the ancient villa of Tiberius. Maggie will
be happy to show you the Cartusian monastery and the Gardens of Augustus
for some photographic opportunities. The group will meet in the late
afternoon to return to Villa Giulia for dinner.
Day Three: Naples is a bustling, lively city of
contrasts. Once again, we will meet Aldo and he will guide us through
town to visit the Duomo to tell of the Miracle of San Gennaro, the
Archeological Museum where you will see the best finds of Pompei and
Ercolano, then a trip through the very characteristic old part of
the city and the underground Roman mosaics. No visit is complete without
the original Neapolitan pizza at lunchtime at one of its best pizzerias.
Some time will be left, if you wish, for shopping in the smart center
of town. Light dinner at villa Giulia.
Day Four: This morning Aldo guides us through Pompei
and then return to the villa for an afternoon of relaxation – perhaps
a swim in the pool, a massage or relax with a good book in the gardens.
Dinner at the villa.
Day Five: No trip to Campania is complete without
seeing the magnificent Amalfi Coast. We will stop at any of the beautiful
villages along the coast that you choose, which could be Vietri for
its famous ceramics or Sorrento for inlaid wood workshop to learn
about local crafts. Our private bus travels along the coastline with
stops for photos and markets. Lunch will be at a family-run restaurant
in the village of Priano, where you will enjoy the local seafood overlooking
the breathtaking view of the sea and mountainside villages. We return
to Villa Giulia for a light dinner.
Day Six: The trip ends with a visit to a local winery
to taste the variety of wines offered in the region. We return to
Villa Giulia for a general free cooking class with Giulia. She will
show you how to cook a Neapolitan dinner and then invite you to enjoy
the rewards of the class.
Cooking class lessons can be given every night with your dinners upon
Cost: € 1300 per person per week
Includes: Lodging, breakfast and dinners at the
villa. Private escort/bus for travel, Hydrofoil transportation fees,
licensed guide services, entrance fees to guided sites, 3 meals (Amalfi,
downtown Naples, one additional), escort services.
Any of the following subjects can be integrated into the
itinerary upon request:
- Archeological sites
- Visits to the local artisans of the area
- Classes in beadwork and silver inspired by the region through Beadventure Travel
- The Gardens of Campania
- Cooking classes and wine tasting