Naples (Pompeii/Amalfi), Italy
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Approximately 9¼ Hours
Your tour begins in Naples where you'll board an air-conditioned motorcoach for a 45-minute drive to Salerno where a motor-launch will take you on a scenic 60-minute cruise along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. It's an ideal photo opportunity for shots of the rocky outcroppings and verdant grottos dotting the cliffs.
Upon arrival in Amalfi town, you'll have 60 minutes of free time to explore the town and to visit the Amalfi Cathedral. The latter is a striking structure with 62 steps leading to its entrance. Its façade is Arabian-influenced Romanesque with a bold mix of stripes, arches, mosaics and textures. The bell-tower and cupola are decorated with green and yellow tiles. The heavenly Cloister of Paradise is home to the tombs of Amalfi's wealthy merchants, and features Moorish styling in white marble. The cloister leads into the Basilica of the Crucifix where you can see some amazing frescoes. The cathedral's museum and treasury is located in the basilica.
Upon returning to Salerno, you'll board a motorcoach for an almost two-hour drive to the resort seaside town of Sorrento. Lunch is served at a local restaurant here -- an authentic meal using fresh, seasonal ingredients of the Campania region.
You will have an hour of free time to spend at your leisure. Sorrento boasts one of the largest shopping districts along the Amalfi Coast. Lace sheets, fine furniture, table linens and handcrafted pottery are the local specialties.
Re-boarding your motorcoach, head to a local cameo factory where artisans apply skills handed down for generations and carve seashells or coral into beautiful jewelry. Your tour ends after a 90-minute drive back to Naples.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Modest attire is required for visiting churches or cathedrals; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts are not allowed. In case of extremely inclement weather and rough seas, the motorlaunch ride may be cancelled; a panoramic drive through Naples will be substituted. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.