Location: Cinque Terre, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast, arrival at APT in Milan (or Genoa or Venice) and departure from Naples or Rome.
Tour Type: Active tour, in which we will try to use trains, public transport, and our feet as much as possible, accompanied by expert guides.
Activities: 12-day tour, cultural guided tours, easy and scenic trekking, free time.
Pace: Slow, but with easy trekking activities on foot, not suitable for disabled people.
Best Season: Spring and Autumn.
Discover Italy from North to South, through some of its most well-known wonders, moving with our guide by train and public transport for a philosophy of slow and environmentally friendly travel. In each city and region, we have planned easy and interesting walking or running routes for everyone to enjoy. Discover Italy actively, for physical and mental well-being.
Arrival at Venice airport, meeting with our guide and private bus transfer to La Spezia. Check-in at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in La Spezia.
During these 2 days, we will take the train to explore the Cinque Terre using our 48-hour train pass. The small regional train connects all 5 villages perched on the sea: Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso. These five villages make up the Cinque Terre along about 8 kilometers of rocky coastline. The vineyards, typical of this region, have helped to create a unique landscape with extensive dry stone walls, winding paths, and beautiful beaches between the cliffs and crystal-clear water. The Cinque Terre not only offer the sea, but also beautiful paths with breathtaking views, churches and ancient castles, and first-class food and wine. The Cinque Terre are recognized as a national park and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accompanied by our guide, you will enjoy the beauty of this region by traveling by train and on foot. We will return to the hotel in La Spezia at the end of the day for dinner and overnight stay.
Departure from La Spezia Station for the train journey to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Check-in at a hotel near the station. Then, take a guided walking tour of Florence through the historic center: the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its beautiful dome, built by Brunelleschi; the Campanile, a wonderful creation by Giotto; and the Baptistery.
The tour continues through Piazza della Repubblica and then to the Loggia del Porcellino, a small and popular market. The tour will end in Piazza della Signoria where you will see the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (1298). Afterwards, you will have some free time to fully enjoy the special atmosphere of this city.
Lunch on your own. Dinner and Overnight in Florence.
Train journey from Florence to Rome. Transfer by public transport to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, walking tour of the Baroque Rome: Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Navona, definitely one of the most elegant and lively squares in Rome, lined with terraces and cafes. We continue to Piazza della Rotonda, where the Pantheon stands, and to the Trevi Fountain.
Lunch on your own. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Today you will enjoy a “running tour” to explore Trastevere, one of the most characteristic neighborhoods of Rome. This activity is for everyone and is aimed at practicing gentle movement while exploring the city and its beauties together with our “guide-runner”.
Trastevere is the oldest district in Rome and literally means “beyond the Tiber”, from the Latin transtiberim. It is truly rich in history and hides immense treasures, such as the Alley of the Athlete. It was here, in fact, during some excavations conducted in Rome in the Trastevere area in 1849, that the sculpture of the Apoxyomenos was discovered, which literally means “the one who cleans himself”.
Indeed, it is an athlete who cleans himself after the race, and the discovery was so sensational that the alley where it happened changed its name: from Vicolo delle Palme to Vicolo dell’Atleta. The statue is now found at the Vatican Museums. All of Trastevere has characteristic and suggestive alleys. We will discover all these alleys and learn their history, anecdotes, and the most hidden secrets.
Lunch on your own and the rest of the day free. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
Day at your leisure.
We suggest visiting the Colosseum and the Imperial Forums, the Vatican Museums, Villa Borghese, one of the colorful local markets, and more.
Lunch will be on your own. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Departure by train to Naples, and then transfer by private bus to Minori, a seaside village along the Amalfi Coast with pastel-colored houses surrounded by lemon and orange gardens. Check-in at the hotel.
Free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, take a walk along the Lemon Path, a 60-minute walk from Minori to Maiori, amid the incomparable scent of lemon trees and breathtaking views of the sea.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Departure by public transportation from the hotel to Agerola Bomerano, the starting point for the hike along the Path of the Gods. This UNESCO World Heritage mountain trail offers breathtaking panoramic views. The 10-kilometer route is accessible only on foot, and it takes about 3 to 4 hours to reach Positano. It is said that when the gods of Olympus wanted to listen to the song of the sirens, they took the path overlooking the Amalfi Coast.
Return by ferry from Positano to Amalfi and then transfer by public transportation to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Enjoy 2 days at your leisure to explore the Amalfi Coast on your own or relax by the pool at your hotel. Our guide is at your disposal to organize activities and excursions upon request.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Based on the flight’s departure time, transfer by bus to Naples airport and departure for the return journey.
AMALFI COAST – VISIT TO A PRODUCER OF BUFFALO MOZZARELLA
Discovering the production cycle of mozzarella, admiring the sweet buffalo up close to the processing of the milk and the transformation of the products, with final tasting
AMALFI COAST – AMALFI AND ARAVELLO
Guided tour of Amalfi, with its majestic Cathedral. We then continue towards Ravello, an elegant and refined village, characterized by stately villas. Guided tour of Villa Rufolo with its romantic garden
Guided tour of the archaeological area of Paestum, one of the major architectural testimonies of Magna Graecia< /p>
Guided tour of the archaeological excavations of Pompeii: the sensational remains of the Roman center tragically overwhelmed by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD