Italy: Rome + Positano

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Italy

Rome + Positano

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Rome’s heart-stirring beauty is both ancient and modern. Its monuments, piazzas, trattorias, Renaissance splendor, and lively people… all display a lust for life that is irresistible. Discover your own Rome, touring its popular and secret places, on foot with an expert guide, and on a chauffeured Vespa! Venture out from your four-star boutique hotel to the nearby Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, as well as streets lined with elegant shops, restaurants, and theaters.

 

After your city pleasures, travel to Positano. It’s a destination that has long beguiled visitors, and you’ll soon discover why: breathtaking panoramas are wonderfully complemented by the luxury of your seaside villa. A drive along the famed Amalfi Coast, with its lemon-scented air and blue sea, takes you to Ravello and medieval basilicas with lush villa gardens. On a guided day trip to the isle of Capri, you’ll explore its bustling squares and the hidden charms of Moorish influenced Anacapri and the surrounding vineyards and olive groves.

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Positano, Italy
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7 days, 6 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Accommodations for six nights in four-star hotels (with private bath)
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts
  • Private three-hour walking tour of Rome with expert bilingual guide
  • Private four-hour chauffeured Vespa tour of Rome with expert bilingual driver/guide
  • Private Amalfi Drive excursion with expert bilingual driver
  • Private full-day tour of Capri with an expert bilingual guide (inclusive of hydrofoil ferry to and from Capri)
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point including 1st class train tickets on Eurostar from Rome to Naples and private transfer from Naples to Positano
  • Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Rome
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Rome
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Rome
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Positano
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Positano
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Positano
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Positano
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Day 1

Rome

Arrival in Rome

Upon your arrival in Rome you check into the historic Hotel Piranesi, which occupies the 19th-century Palazzo Nainer designed by Roman architect Giuseppe Valadier. Within walking distance of many of Rome’s main sites and attractions, the hotel’s elegant street, Via del Babuino, is replete with art and antique galleries and is also near the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo. There are no scheduled activities this afternoon, leaving you time to settle in and begin to enjoy Roman life.

From the settlements of the early Etruscan civilization in the region, Rome grew to rule a vast empire and, of course later, the city became the center of the Christian world. Artists and architects flocking to work for the popes and their families, notably in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, created some of the city’s most magnificent buildings and monuments. The legacy of this uninterrupted millennial history can be seen all over the city and the surrounding area.

Dinner is on your own this evening in one of Rome’s many fine restaurants or trattorias. A list of recommended restaurants is available for dining ideas.

Hotel Piranesi

Rome, Italy

An intimate boutique hotel located in the historic Palazzo Nainer, near the Piazza del Popolo, on a street known for art and antique galleries. The spacious guest and public rooms are elegantly furnished with rich fabrics and antiques, parquet floors, and marble bathrooms. Amenities also include a fitness room, sauna, and massage on site. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 2

Rome

Private guided walking tour of Rome; 3 hours, easy

After enjoying breakfast in your hotel, your expert local guide joins you to lead you on a walking tour through the beautiful Campo Marzio. A perfect welcome and introduction to exploring the highlights and atmosphere of Rome, some of the sites and stops on this walking itinerary are: the Spanish Steps, Fountain of the Barcaccia, Building of the Propaganda Fide, the Trevi Fountain, and the Virgo Water Aqueduct. You continue onto the Via del Corso (Rome’s longest road), reaching the political center of Italy with the Palazzo Montecitorio, the House of the Deputies, Palazzo Chigi (the office of the Prime Minister), the famous Obelisk used inside the Pantheon, which is the best preserved Roman temple. The tour concludes in Piazza Navona, at the baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers of Gianlorenzo Bernini, and a perfect spot for an aperitivo and lunch at one of the square’s many open air bars, restaurants, and pizzerias.

You are free to continue your exploration of Rome on your own this afternoon and evening. You may choose to visit Vatican City, the world capital of Catholicism and the world’s smallest state. Occupying 106 acres within high walls watched over by the Vatican Swiss Guards, it was the site where St. Peter was martyred (~AD64) and buried, which then became the residence of the popes who succeeded him. The papal palaces, next to the great basilica of St. Peter’s, are home to the Sistine Chapel and the eclectic collections of the Vatican Museums, as well as being the residence of the Pope.

Hotel Piranesi

Rome, Italy

An intimate boutique hotel located in the historic Palazzo Nainer, near the Piazza del Popolo, on a street known for art and antique galleries. The spacious guest and public rooms are elegantly furnished with rich fabrics and antiques, parquet floors, and marble bathrooms. Amenities also include a fitness room, sauna, and massage on site. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 3

Rome

Chauffeured Vespa tour of Rome; 4 hours

This morning, after breakfast in your hotel, you set off on the ultimate Roman experience—a tour of the city on an authentic vintage Vespa. Don’t worry, you’re not driving! Your driver/navigator is experienced, drives with maximum attention to safety (helmets provided), and doesn’t exceed a speed of 30 kilometers (~19 miles) per hour. On the real life set of your own “Roman Holiday” you discover the hidden Rome—along the lesser known routes to the small squares and quiet streets beloved by Romans themselves. Highlights may include the Basilica San Giovanni, the Giardino degli Aranci, Piazza San Pietro, and Piazza Gianicolo.

The remainder of the afternoon and evening are yours to continue your independent explorations of Rome.

Hotel Piranesi

Rome, Italy

An intimate boutique hotel located in the historic Palazzo Nainer, near the Piazza del Popolo, on a street known for art and antique galleries. The spacious guest and public rooms are elegantly furnished with rich fabrics and antiques, parquet floors, and marble bathrooms. Amenities also include a fitness room, sauna, and massage on site. A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 4

Positano

Departure from Rome; Train ride to Naples and private transfer to Positano

Following breakfast in the hotel, you are transferred to the Rome Termini train station to catch your Eurostar Train for Naples, where a first-class seat has been reserved on this 2-hour train journey. You are met at the Naples train station by a driver for the 1½-hour scenic drive to Positano; skirting the Bay of Naples and the base of Mount Vesuvius, you wind your way along the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Amalfi Coast.

Upon your arrival in Positano you check into your sea-view room at the Hotel Villa Franca. With its commanding position over the town and sea, this family-owned hotel has the feel of an elegant private villa reflecting the Mediterranean architectural style of white walls, painted tiled, lacquered terracotta, and stone accents from Mt. Vesuvius. The warmth of Southern Italian hospitality soon takes hold as you settle in and begin to explore Positano on your own.

One of the Amalfi Coast’s best-known towns, Positano is situated at the mouth of a splendid gorge that gradually widens out as it moves towards the sea. Originally a small fishing village, Positano’s characteristic houses—cubes of white, pink, red, orange, almost all with a small porch in front, some with a spherical dome—spiral down the narrow streets of the hillside to the port, interspersed with palm trees, trailing bougainvillea, and terraced citrus groves. Featuring in many films such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” the waterfront is a colorful bustle of fishing and pleasure boats, beach loungers, and parasols.

Dinner is on your own this evening in one of Positano’s many fine restaurants or trattorias. A list of recommended restaurants is available for dining ideas.

Hotel Villa Franca

Positano, Italy

An elegant and welcoming four-star hotel with striking views over the sea and Positano. Reflecting local architectural style, spacious seaview guest rooms and common spaces in white contrast with terracotta, painted tile, lush gardens, and terraces, and a rooftop pool with a 360-degree view of Positano. In addition to fine dining al fresco and a poolside bar, the hotel also has a fitness area and spa facilities (massage and Turkish steam bath). A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 5

Positano

Amalfi Coast Drive; independent exploration of the towns of Amalfi and Ravello

This morning, after breakfast in your hotel, you embark on an ideal introduction to one of Italy’s most beautiful coastlines—the Amalfi Coast—with your local expert driver. One of the world’s most scenic drives is enhanced by the sheer vibe of the Amalfi Coast—the perfume of lemons, the people, the sunshine, the contrast of blue sea, sky, and striking white cliffs. Amalfi, the first stop of the day, approximately 30 minutes drive from Positano, is one of the most famous towns along this coastline. Also situated at the mouth of a ravine, surrounded by striking cliffs, the seaside resort town has a long history and was a powerful maritime republic in the Middle Ages. In the heart of the town overlooking the main square is its 11th-century Arab-Norman style cathedral. Inside, is the 12th-century white-columned “Cloister of Paradise.” A very short drive up brings you to the beautiful town of Ravello, perched high above Amalfi, with its privileged views over the entire coast. A gem, Ravello has been a magnet for artists and writers stretching from Boccaccio to Truman Capote. Stroll its narrow lanes and squares, with enticing boutiques and pastry shops—some of the region’s best “dolce” or sweets can be found here. A highlight is the evocative 13th-century Villa Rufolo, an inspiration to the operas of Richard Wagner, with its stunning Moorish-style courtyard, villa, gardens, and breathtaking views of the coast.

Returning to Positano in the later afternoon, you are free to stroll the town, relax at the beach or poolside at your hotel before dinner on your own.

Hotel Villa Franca

Positano, Italy

An elegant and welcoming four-star hotel with striking views over the sea and Positano. Reflecting local architectural style, spacious seaview guest rooms and common spaces in white contrast with terracotta, painted tile, lush gardens, and terraces, and a rooftop pool with a 360-degree view of Positano. In addition to fine dining al fresco and a poolside bar, the hotel also has a fitness area and spa facilities (massage and Turkish steam bath). A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 6

Positano

Guided excursion to Isle of Capri, via hydrofoil boat from Amalfi

A full-day excursion with a local guide to the Isle of Capri provides a comprehensive picture of the entire Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples. You transfer from your hotel to the port of Amalfi where you board a scheduled hydrofoil (high-speed ferry) whisking you across the waters around the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula to the Marina Grande, Capri’s main port. A short stroll brings you to Capri’s funicular that climbs in minutes to the main square of the town of Capri. Its white-washed arches, domes, narrow streets, and squares blend into the island’s scenery and invite exploration. Later, you climb into one of Capri’s typical convertible taxis to drive to the island’s upper town of Anacapri. Like its “rival” of Capri below, Anacapri is elegant, but perhaps simpler in feel with its Moorish architecture and surrounding vineyards and olive groves. Sites to visit are the Piazza San Nicola and its 18th-century church of San Michele, and the Swedish writer Axel Munthe’s tranquil Villa San Michele. For a more active adventure, there is a chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island with its truly stupendous views over the island, sea, and the mainland. This full day concludes as your guide leads you back by hydrofoil to Amalfi and your transfer to the Hotel Villa Franca in Positano, where you are free to enjoy the remainder of the evening.

Hotel Villa Franca

Positano, Italy

An elegant and welcoming four-star hotel with striking views over the sea and Positano. Reflecting local architectural style, spacious seaview guest rooms and common spaces in white contrast with terracotta, painted tile, lush gardens, and terraces, and a rooftop pool with a 360-degree view of Positano. In addition to fine dining al fresco and a poolside bar, the hotel also has a fitness area and spa facilities (massage and Turkish steam bath). A complimentary room upgrade (pending availability) can be requested on arrival.

Day 7

Positano

Departure

Following breakfast in the hotel, you check out and depart Positano at your leisure.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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