The Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Naples, and much more...
Join us as we visit one of Italy's most culturally and historically rich regions, the western coast of the Campania Region.
The Amalfi Coast 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 dramatic terraced mountainsides of vineyards and fragrant lemon trees.
We'll be visiting one of Europe's most culturally diverse regions. Beginning in the 9th century B.C. ancient cultures began to travel and trade throughout the Mediterranean world, and this area began to be prized for the deep, broad, and accessible harbor of what the Greeks called "Neopolis" (“New Town”; today it's called "Napoli" – "Naples" in English). Since then a virtual parade of diverse cultures conquered, raided, settled, inter-married there. There were ancient Greeks and Romans, medieval Normans, "Saracens", and French Angevins, plus early-modern Spaniards. Each of these peoples have left abundant evidence of their presence and of their contributions to a rich cultural amalgam.
Midway along the Amalfi Coast, we will be staying in Minori, a charming, restorative seaside town with a population of just 2,900 and an area of only 0.8 sq. mi. 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 welcoming, comfortable town where locals will recognize you within 48 hours of our arrival, and you'll quickly feel right at home. It's got interesting little shops, relaxing seaside cafes, to-write-home-about gelati, and excellent restaurants.
What Minori "lacks" is the heavy foreign tourism that plagues the better known towns on the coast. And its central location makes it the perfect jumping-off spot for all that we will see and do during our stay.
The Amalfi Coast "is so blessed with natural beauties and riches that it is clear that when Nature formed it she took delight in accumulating all her blessings in a single spot."
– Pliny the Younger (61- c. 113 A.D.)
• The Tour – April 29-May 7, 2019.
• Deposit – A deposit of $1,500 per person is due no later than November 15, 2018.
• Final Payment –The remainder of your tour payment is due no later than February 15, 2019.
• $4,495 per person in a Superior double-occupancy room.
• $550 single supplement in a Superior double room for single use.
• Transportation – All tour-related in-Italy group transportation is covered, from airport pick-up to airport drop-off.
• Hotel – 9 days/8 nights at the 4-star Hotel Villa Romana in Minori.
• 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).
• Experienced, Expert Escort – Prof. Daniel Lesnick for entire tour.
"The Day of Judgment, for those Amalfitans that go to heaven, will be a day like any other."
– Renato Fucini (1878)