- 14 Maximum group size
7th April 2015 –
14th April 2015
- 8 View Itinerary
- Families (Children 11+), Budding historians, Culture vultures
Maria Luisa Gagliardi
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A fun and interesting family vacation in the Bay of Naples
People have come to the Bay of Naples from far and wide for thousands of years to build cities, farm the volcanic soil or simply rest in the incredible beauty of the place. We have designed this experience for families who have an interest in Classical Civilization and would like a vacation where this passion is all part of the fun and excitement.
The region is bursting with crumbling temples, Roman ruins and ancient secrets which will come to life throughout the week. The adventure will explore from the 8th century BC when the Greeks headed West and founded their first Italian colony at Cumae to the 1st century AD when Vesuvius destroyed the port towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii at the height of their prosperity.
Moving along the stunning Amalfi coastline there will be a visit to Capri where you will learn about the gory history of Tiberius and be shown the very wall from which he would throw the unlucky subjects who displeased him. We purposely choose small, family-friendly hotels where there is space for children to run around and burn off energy and the staff are well rehearsed in creating delicious meals to be enjoyed by all ages.
With our leading guide, this hidden world of Roman ruins and ancient secrets will come alive in a way that it never could from the confines of a classroom.
Day 1: 7th AprilArrival into Naples
Day 2: 8th AprilThe Entrance of Hades
Day 3: 9th AprilDiscovering Naples
Day 4: 10th AprilExploring Pompeii
Day 5: 11th AprilThe Ancient Palace of Capri
Day 6: 12th AprilA Visit to Amalfi
Day 7: 13th AprilMozzarella and the Temples of Paestum
Day 8: 14th AprilDeparture from Naples
Arrival into Naples
You will be greeted at the airport on your arrival into Naples (flight times to be confirmed). From here you will be privately driven north-west of Naples to Miseno, the headland above the port where the Roman imperial fleet was based and from where Pliny the Younger watched the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. You will have the afternoon free to rest, relax and watch the sun set over the ocean.
The Entrance of Hades
After breakfast you will visit the hilltop site of Cumae, the legendary home of the Sibyl and the earliest Greek colony in Italy. From here you will drive to the shores of Lake Avernus, one of the entrances to the Underworld. The lake is formed within a volcanic crater and, over lunch in a restaurant on the edge of the water, you will learn about the weird and wonderful world of Hades. This afternoon you will explore the steaming volcanic crater of Solfatara. There will be time for a rest back at the hotel later this afternoon, before dinner at a family-friendly local restaurant.
The morning will focus on the extraordinary city of Naples. You will have the opportunity to explore its historic center, visiting the Archaeological Museum and the underground aqueducts. After lunch you will be driven around the bay of Naples to visit the buried city of Herculaneum and Oplontis, the opulent palace of Nero’s wife, Poppaea. All along the way your guide will recount tales of Ancient Rome in a lively way which will fire the imagination of the group.
After breakfast you will be taken to the UNESCO site of Pompeii, which is in need of a full day of exploring in order to understand fully its history. As you walk through the expertly renovated streets, you will learn how daily life was carried out before the town was buried under the volcanic lava and ash of Mount Vesuvius. There will be time later in the afternoon for some shopping and exploring in Sorrento before heading to your hotel to relax.
The Ancient Palace of Capri
Today you will take a ferry to the beautiful island of Capri. Behind the chic shops and expensive restaurants is a fascinating history, and a guided walk of the island will take you from the center of town to the opulent palace of Tiberius. The Palace is perched high above the sea from where Tiberius used to throw people who displeased him into the sea. Lunch will be in a local restaurant and there will be time to wander the streets and do some shopping at your own pace before returning to your hotel.
A Visit to Amalfi
You will continue your exploration of the Amalfi coast today as you head to Paestum. On the way you will stop for lunch in Amalfi for some time to look around this beautiful town and see the spectacular cathedral.
Mozzarella and the Temples of Paestum
Today you will visit the 5th and 6th century BC Greek temples at Paestum and the haunting tomb-paintings in the local museum. There will also be time to explore the area on your own before coming together for a fantastic farewell dinner.
Departure from Naples
There will be time for a leisurely breakfast before you are driven back to Naples in good time to connect with your onward flight home. (Flight times to be confirmed).
Maria Luisa Gagliardi
Maria Luisa Gagliardi is recognised by many as one of the leading guides for Naples and the Amalfi coastline. Maria recently took cazenove+loyd’s co-owner, Christopher Wilmot-Sitwell and his two young children on a guided tour of Naples and Pompeii which was a wonderful success; the children loved their week and came away wanting to learn more. Whilst Maria has a natural ability to inspire people of all ages, she is especially well-known for engaging with children, and will be sure to bring the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii to life in a fun and captivating way. Maria has a degree in history of art and is an established tour guide in the archaeology, art, geography and history of Campania. Through her wealth of guiding experience – she has over 18 years - and immense knowledge of the coastline, she is now the official guide for the National Geographic in this region.
Through her vivid imagination and energetic character she has the ability to recreate the most profound historical scenario. Her trips, whilst having the ancient world as their focus, aim to stimulate interest in both later and contemporary culture, all the time fostering an atmosphere of fun, laughter and relaxation.
Flight schedules will be released about 10 months in advance.
We can also include flights from the United States so please do let us know where you are travelling from and we will send you the best flight routes with a quote.
The price will include the following:
All accommodation and meals
All road transfers as specified
Guiding and excursions as specified
Park fees and other entry fees
The price quoted does not include:
International flights (We can quote on these if needed)
Drinks and tips
Any other extras
Single supplements (Please contact us for details)