- Enjoy an unforgettable couple’s getaway in the ‘City of Orange and Lemon Groves’
- Soak up the contemporary design, delicious local food and enchanting views across the Gulf of Naples
- Sip an authentic limoncello at dusk under a midnight sky flecked with twinkling stars
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This three-night itinerary to one of the Italian Neapolitan Riviera’s prettiest gems is a great way to discover ancient history, tastebud-tantalising cuisine and glamour like no other. Wind your way through Sorrento’s meandering alleyways, stumbling upon cafes selling perfectly brewed espressos and bars offering home-made limoncello. Head out with an expert guide for a deep dive into Pompeii’s history and preservation, and even embark on a guided tour of the Amalfi coast, stopping off at Positano and Ravello to take in the stunning architecture and panoramic views. Tuck into truly delicious local and Michelin-starred food on this glitzy stretch of coast, before heading home. Our local Concierge will be on hand to offer recommendations throughout your tailor-made getaway to the Coast of Sorrento.
LONG WEEKEND BEGINS
Sorrento is calling. Head to the airport today for your flight to Naples, where you will be met by one of our local representatives and taken to your hotel in Sorrento, the jewel of the Neapolitan Riviera. Drop your bags, freshen up and head out to explore this pretty cliff-perched town. Wander through Piazza Tasso, the heart of Sorrento, for a spot of people watching while sat in one of the cafes that line the square, or meander around the centro storicos’ (historic centre) maze of narrow streets and twisting alleyways, past restaurants, bars and sweet-smelling cafes. Our Concierge can recommend some of the best places to grab a bite on your first night in Sorrento.
ANCIENT CITY EXPLORING
Collect your car this morning and head for the hills on a half-day tour of Pompeii, one of Italy’s most famous ancient cities. Shadowed by the looming Mount Vesuvius (that both destroyed and preserved the city), Pompeii is a way to step back in centuries as perfectly paved roads, frescoed houses and quaint shops spring to life before your eyes. Your guide will take you through the Forum, the hub for social life in Pompeii’s heyday; into a pristinely preserved bakery or thermopolium, where locals would buy their food and drink; and finally, into one of the city’s traditional houses where you will catch a glimpse of what day-to-day life was like for Pompeii’s residents. After the tour, wind your way back down the mountain, drop off your car and head for a cosy café or bustling bar for a drink or two, before taking in more of Sorrento’s sights or simply enjoying the sunshine. Some Sorrento hot spots to explore include hiking the coast along the Path of the Sirens, taking in the panoramic views from the Il Deserto convent and hopping aboard a boat to explore the Capri Blue Grotto.
CRUISE ALONG THE COAST
Hop in the car with a private guide and take in the sights of the Amalfi Coast, known by many as ‘The Divine Coast’ - you’ll find out why on this full day tour. The plunging cliffs and craggy rocks eroded by the sea and the wind create stunning views along the entire coast. Stop for a view of Positano from above, with the majolica-tiled dome of its Cathedral and its houses clinging prettily to the sides of the coast; drive through Praiano; catch a glimpse of Furore’s fjord and of the tower of Conca de’ Marini before stopping in Amalfi. Saunter through its bustling centre and admire St Andrew Cathedral's magnificent façade, while deciding which one of the many tantalising shops and cafés to pop in for a browse. Your guide will be able to tell you all kinds of historical facts and fascinating anecdotes to enrich your trip along this stunning stretch of Italy’s south coast. Spend some time exploring by yourselves before heading for Ravello, a peaceful village perched atop the cliffs overlooking Amalfi, which inspired artists from all over the world, including Richard Wagner and Gore Vidal, to name but two.
Head back to Sorrento for your final evening in Italy. Sip on home-brewed limoncello and tuck into deliciously fresh seafood as the sun turns the postcard-perfect coast a glowing shade of gold.
Your whirlwind Sorrento getaway comes to an end today. Enjoy one last Italian espresso and delicious pastry, and spend the morning doing a little more exploring, before heading to the airport for your flight home.
A la carte
As well as enjoying the famous bay in Naples, also be sure to visit the Duomo San Gennaro; the San Martino chartreuse where you'll find the section on nativities or the paintings by Micco Spadaro of the plague of 1656; find some vintage Neapolitan songs on vinyl at the Phonoteca; spend an evening at the Teatro Mercadante; or have an ice cream in one of the chalets of the waterfront. And there is also the archaeological museum, to which Pompeii and Herculaneum have contributed admirable collections; Donnaregina; a museum of contemporary art; the San Paolo stadium, and much more.
Pompeii, the ancient Roman city
Discover the heart of this Roman city with visits to the Stabian thermal baths; the Large Palaestra; the House of the Faun; the House of Vettii; the House of Menander. Visit the site with our handpicked private guide to ensure you make the most of the experience. Pompeii's infamous story, as well as its lesser-known tales, are best heard in person as you wander the streets.
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