The Amalfi Coast
Join us as we visit one of Italy's most culturally and historically rich regions, the western coast of the Campania Region.
Over the millennia, settlers and mauraders came to take advantage of the particularly excellent harbor in the area now known as Napoli (Naples). The cultural parade began in earnest in the 9th-7th centuries B.C. when ancient Greeks came and established the town of "Neopolis" ("New City"); they were "joined" by the expanding Roman Republic in the 3rd century B.C. During the Middle Ages, beginning in the 11th century A.D. Normans (from northern France) came to the coastal area just south of Naples as invaders and ultimately settled there (as they were doing in England and Sicily about the same time). During the same period, there were treasure-seeking assaults along the Amalfi Coast by "Saracens" from North Africa and, subsequently, conquest and rule of the entire area by French Angevins (13th-15th centuries) and Spaniards (15th-18th centuries). All of these peoples have left abundant, indelible evidence of their presence and of their contributions to a rich multifaceted culture.
Today the Amalfi Coast itself is arguably Italy's most delicious and alluring destination. Along the 36-mile coast, thirteen small towns and tiny villages punctuate the jagged mountainsides thrust skyward from the Mediterranean Sea. Just beyond the edges of villages and towns are the dramatic terraced mountainsides of vineyards and fragrant lemon trees. (In 1997 UNESCO designated the Amalfi Coast as a World Heritage Site.)
Midway along the coast, we will be staying in Minori, a charming, relaxing seaside town with a population of just 2,900. A friend once observed, "I love visiting the great museums, but I don't think I'd like to actually live in one." Neither would we. Minori is not a museum. It's a friendly, comfortable tiny town where you'll quickly feel right at home. It's got interesting little shops, relaxing seaside cafes, to-write-home-about gelati, and excellent restaurants. And its central location makes it the perfect jumping-off spot for all that we will see and do during our stay.
• The Tour – April 29-May7, 2019.
• Deposit – A deposit of $1,500 per person is due no later November 15, 2018.
• Final Payment –The remainder of your tour payment is due no later than February 15, 2019.
• $4,515 per person in a Superior double-occupancy room.
• $500 single supplement in a Superior double-occupancy room for single use.
• Transportation – All tour-related in-Italy group transportation is covered – including Naples-Capodichino Airport group pick-up and group drop-off.
• Hotel – 9 days/8 nights at the 4-star Hotel Villa Romana in Minori – a 3-minute stroll to the beach.
• Meals – All breakfasts plus 3 dinners or equivalent lunches.
• Guided Tours – 6 half-day private guided tours.
• Museum Entrance Fees – All tour-related museum entrance fees.
• Tips – All tour-related tips (exclusive of optional tips for hotel personel and others who might perform personal services).
• Escort – Medieval-Renaissance historian/owner of Italy Adagio, Prof. Daniel Lesnick, for entire tour from airport group pick-up to airport group drop-off.
Italy Adagio tours are limited to 12 guests to ensure you the utmost in comfort, personal attention, and unfettered access to all we see and do.