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Private Naples Tour

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From: $64.83

 

TOUR DURATION

4 Hours

START TIME

09:00 AM & 01:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Enjoy a half day private excursion to the exciting city of Naples, the biggest and most important city in Southern Italy. Together with a driver-guide you will explore this fascinating city filled with a long history and bustling with lively locals.

Begin at the top of Posillipo Hill from where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views over the Gulf of Naples and the ever-impressive volcano Vesuvio. Descending now towards the port of Mergellina and following the coastal road, you will arrive in the ancient fishing quarter of Santa Lucia. You will also be able to see the impressive Castel Dell’Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples and one of the most famous standing attractions in the gulf.

The tour will continue toward the historical centre of the city. You arrive at the Piazza Del Plebiscito where you will be able to see the Royal Palace, a grand structure that was once the residence of the Bourbon Kings. Nearby is the San Carlo Opera House, considered the oldest continuously active theatre in Europe since it was opened to the public in 1737. The Gallery of Umberto I, just across from the opera house, is a large shopping gallery with beautiful high glass vaulted ceilings and many shops and cafes.

The tour will also show you the Basilica of San Francesco Di Paola, an imposing circular church that is reminiscent of the Pantheon in Rome, and the proud Maschio Angioino (also known as Castel Nuovo), a large medieval castle located in front of Piazza Municipio and Naple’s city hall.

After the tour ends, you will have free time for lunch and shopping or to explore the city at your own pace. Meet your driver at the end to return to your accommodations.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– English speaking driver

– Visit of Naples Historical center with a local expert guide (2 and half hours)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Castel dell’Ovo

– Lungomare Caracciolo

– Piazza del Plebiscito

– Royal Palace

– San Carlo Opera House

– Gallery Umberto I

– Castel Nuovo

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No bare shoulders, miniskirts or shorts.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:

4 hours

Return details:

Drop-off at your accommodation

Private Capri Tour

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From: $145.31

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

09:30 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your Hotel, more details at booking

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Enjoy a full day excursion to the bustling and scenic Island of Capri, taking in the breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Bay of Naples. Together with your private guide, you will be transferred to the pier where you will board the ferry that crosses the Bay of Naples.

Upon arrival at the Marina Grande, Capri’s main port, you will take the Funicular to Anacapri. From here you will visit the highest point of the Island for a panoramic view with a private car and driver. You will visit Villa San Michele, located at the top of the ancient Phoenician Steps. It was built in the early 1900s atop Roman ruins by the Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe, whose bestselling book “Story of San Michele” tells of his time on Capri. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful shady garden with a terrace that offers a splendid view of the island.

Return to Capri and experience the fashionable shops, hotels and restaurants which line its winding streets. In Piazza Umberto, the city’s main square, there is a lovely white church as well as several open-air cafes where you can sit and watch the world drift by. Leading off the square are medieval looking alleyways and arcades full of shops selling the island’s handicrafts such as clothing, coral and gold jewelry, shoes, and ceramics.

Grab some lunch at leisure then stroll through the colorful Gardens of Augustus, which overlook the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola, Capri’s smaller port. While in Capri, you will have plenty of free time for you to admire the elegant boutiques, stroll along the cobblestoned streets, go on an island tour or simply relax on the beach. This island may be tiny but there is much to see and do!

At the end of the excursion, return to Sorrento by ferry.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Private transfers in Sorrento

- Local guide at your disposal (8 hours)

- Hydrofoil tickets to and from Capri

- Private transfer in Capri

- Villa San Michele entrance fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Capri

– Anacapri

– Villa San Michele

– Faraglioni

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:

8 hours

Return details:

Sorrento Port, Marina Grande.

Pompeii Archaeological Park

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Pompeii is an amazing archeological site that showcases the day in the life of the Romans. On that fateful day in 79AD the town was covered by ash and lava from the eruption of the overshadowing volcano, Vesuvius.
Everything stopped at that moment and was preserved for 1500 thousand years when it was first rediscovered.

The ash and lava that spewed from the volcano tragically killed the citizens of Pompeii but due to the volcanic material which was soft, the city was wonderfully persevered.  Not only the buildings but also the interiors of the houses and shops were left just as they were on that day creating a great opportunity to experience the daily life in Roman Pompeii.    As you study the walls of the buildings you will find painted messages or advertising for an electoral campaign.  On other walls there are crude jokes directed at particular people.  On the shop walls and entrances you can find the service or product sold there and the name of the owner.  All this gives a fascinating insight into the culture and social fabric of the people of the city.

Things to see

On the outskirts of the town you can view working class and peasant houses and workshops.  You can still see furniture and tools and kitchenware inside the homes.  Also in this area are the brothels what are very clearly marked.

Pompeii was first discovered in the 16th century but it was not until 1738 that excavations began in a systematic way.
For over 250 years now Pompeii has had a steady stream of visitors.  In 1997 Pompeii was designated part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.  It is one of the top attractions in Italy drawing over 2.5 million visitors.

Naples

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Naples is located on the south-western coast of Italy, bracketed by the Sorrento Peninsula and Hill of Posillipo. The ominous Mount Vesuvius rises from the middle of the coast like a giant from an age past. Within the bay are the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, all of which are very popular touristic destinations. Other popular attractions located on the coast are the famed ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both destroyed by the massive volcanic eruption of 79 AD.

The city is among the oldest uninterruptedly populated municipalities in the entire world. The Greek founded the first settlement during the Bronze Age, later the Roman took the power. After the fall of the Roman Empire the city maintained its importance. For this reason Naples was theatre of many political battles until the end of the 13th century when the city passed under the Spanish control and the Kingdom of Naples was founded. The Spanish ruled for centuries and they deeply influenced the culture of the city: the Neapolitan dialect, the food and the music are perfect examples of this influence. Only in 1861 the territory became part of the newly created Kingdom of Italy. During the Second World War Naples was heavily bombed; its suburbs were basically rebuilt after the war. Also the Port was remodeled, today it is the European’s most important one and in term of number of passengers is the second one in the world.

However Naples has so much to offer also if your interests do not lie only in history! The city is famous for its incredible dynamism, the mouth-watering food and the breath-taking view over the Gulf of Naples!

A culinary tour of the city will leave you speechless: start your day with an espresso, the Neapolitan coffee is considered the best of the Italian peninsula, then try a famous sfogliatella, a shell-shaped filled pastry, and ended your day with the best pizza in the world!

If you want to have a truly authentic Neapolitan experience you can’t miss a concert of traditional Canzone Napoletana. Songs like as ‘O sole mioTorna a SurrientoFuniculì funiculà have played a significant role in the development of the western European popular music.

The city has something for every taste, so if some shopping is part of your dream list in Naples you will have only the spoilt for choice! The stunning Galleria Umberto I for example is a beautiful mall located in the heart of central Naples perfect for a few relaxing hours of shopping.

Things to see

In 1995 the UNESCO declared the city’s historic center a World Heritage Site. Due to its 27 centuries of history many gorgeous monuments are embellishing the area.

The central Piazza del Plebiscito is the most important square of the city. It was constructed during the Napoleon’s period; the plaza unique atmosphere is created by the presence of the stunning Royal Palace, the Church of San Francesco da Paola and the beautiful Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest Italian opera house still in function.

Very famous are also the city’s castles: the Maschio Angioino, also known as Castel Nuovo, was constructed under Charles I the first king of Naples, it is probably one of the most famous building of Naples. It is called Castel Nuovo (the New Castle) because it replaced the Castel Dell’Ovo (Egg castle) built by the Norman.

The city is also well-known for its many museums: the Naples National Archeological Museum hosts one of the biggest Roman’s collections in the world. The Museo Capodimonte is worth a visit too; once a royal palace today the museum can count on a stunning painting’s collection with works of artists like Titian and Caravaggio. Part of the building is still furnished with original 18th century furniture and porcelain.

Sorrento

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Named after the nearby city of Sorrento, this beautiful peninsula divides the Gulf of Naples from the Gulf of Salerno, with the Amalfi Coast stretching out on the southern side. Meanwhile, the island of Capri rises from the sea just west of the tip. The Sorrento Peninsula is formed by the Monti Lattari, which are a mountain range extending from Monti Picentini, in the Apennine Mountains area, all the way to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Located on this peninsula are several cities and communes such as Sorrento, Vico Equense and Massalubrense.

Things to see

Aside from its wild and natural beauty, tourists visit the Sorrento Peninsula for its gastronomic specialties such as mozzarella from Agerola, provolone del Monaco, and of course, the lemon-based liqueur called Limoncello.

 

Limoncello

Limoncello is a lemon-based liqueur that is mainly produced in the South of Italy, particularly around Naples, Sorrento and along the Amalfi Coast. It is the second most popular liqueur, coming just behind Campari.

Capri

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Probably one of the best known islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri can be found just off the coast of the Sorrento Peninsula. Some of the main tourist attractions are the main city of Capri and above it, the smaller Anacapri; the panoramic promenade between ancient gardens and villas; and the beautiful Grotta Azzurra (“Blue Grotto”).

Inhabited since ancient times, Capri did not start to develop until Emperor Augustus came to live the rest of his life in peace. He built twelve villas as well as gardens, temples and other improvements to the island. His successor Tiberius later built more villas, the most famous of which is Villa Jovis, its foundations still visible today. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, Capri fell prey to frequent pirate attacks that continued up until the early 19th century.

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Capri counts many influences to its art and culture: from the Byzantine and Islamic architectures of the 1st century to the churches, watchtowers and fortifications of the medieval era. Capri was also captured a number of times; it passed hands from the Kingdom of Naples to the invading Ottoman Empire to Napoleon’s French troops until finally being returned to Italian rule. By the 19th century, things had quieted down and Capri quickly became a popular resort visited by artists, intellectuals and many celebrities. Today, it is a thriving wedding and tourist destination.

When visiting Capri and Anacapri above it, there are some attractions which stand out from the rest; Grotta Azzura is one such attraction. The Grotta Azzura is a sea cave which is famous for its dazzling blue illumination that is a result of sunlight reflecting off the water onto the cave walls. Throughout history, this grotto has inspired artists and writers with its magical charm. On the other side of the island are the equally fascinating Faraglioni, a natural rock formation resulting from thousands of years’ worth of erosive forces.

Villa San Michele, located at the top of the ancient Phoenician Steps, was built in the early 1900s by the Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe. Its location on a ledge between Anacapri and Capri grants it a beautiful view of the main harbor and surrounding bay. Incorporating Roman ruins as its base, the villa and surrounding gardens boast a large collection of sculptures and various relics from Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt and other classical ages. Nowadays, it has become a museum.

High above Capri, on the hills to the west, is Anacapri. To visit, one can either take the bus from Marina Grande (the main harbor) or brave the long and steep Phoenician Steps. Once there, many visitors take the chairlift ride to Monte Solaro, which offers breathtaking views of the southern coast. The French composer Claude Debussy is one of Anacapri’s most famous visitors.

 

Villa San Michele

Located in the town of Anacapri, on the island of Capri, is a surprisingly recent building: Villa San Michele. Built in the early 1900s by the Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe, it takes its name from an ancient chapel that Munthe bought and renovated before building the villa. What is interesting about the construction of Villa San Michele is that its foundations are actually Roman ruins which were discovered and incorporated into the villa’s design.

The villa and surrounding gardens boast a large collection of sculptures and various relics from Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt and other classical ages. Its lovely portico offers a grand view of Capri and the clear blue waters around it; in the distance, Mount Vesuvius seems to rise like a giant from the sea.

After Munthe’s death in 1949, the property was bequeathed to the government of Sweden and was later turned into a museum. Today, it also hosts special cultural exhibits and concerts of classical chamber music.
Faraglioni Rocks

Rising from the sea just off the south-eastern coast of the island are the imposing Faraglioni, a natural rock formation resulting from thousands of years’ worth of erosive forces. These rocky monoliths have been an inspiration to countless artists and writers, as well as the backdrop for innumerable holiday photos.

The Faraglioni are three individual rock formations called Stella, Faraglione di Mezzo and Scopolo. The Stella, the closest to Capri, is connected to the island via a natural rock extension. The Faraglione di Mezzo, the middle rock stack, is characterized a central cavity which is large enough to allow small boats to pass through it; this is a popular tour highlight for visitors exploring Capri from the sea. The third and final rock stack is the Scopolo, most famous for its native population of blue lizards that cannot be found in any other habitat in the world.
Blue Grotto

Probably Capri’s most famous natural wonder, the Grotta Azzurra is neatly tucked away in the north-western part of the island. The Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto, is a sea cave renowned for its dazzling blue illumination that is a result of sunlight reflecting off the water onto the cave walls. Throughout history, this grotto has inspired artists and writers with its magical charm.

First discovered by the Romans who settled on the island, Emperor Tiberius is said to have used the cave as his private temple. Ancient sculptures depicting Neptune and Triton have been recovered from the grotto and are now on display in the museum of Capri. It was “rediscovered” by the German writer August Kopisch, who wrote about it in his book published in 1838, quickly turning the grotto into a popular tourist attraction the world over.

The only way for visitors to access this cave is via small rowboats operated by experienced guides. If the weather is good and the sun is shining, you will be able to see the stunning crystalline blue reflections which have given this grotto its name.