An Epic Exploration of Southern Italy
Explore Rome, the beautiful Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri
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At a glance
Explore Italy’s beautiful south on an epic exploration that takes in its dramatic coastline, picture-perfect baroque towns and ancient cities.
Your journey starts with a night in Rome, the eternal city. Here the ancient world really comes to life with incredible sights such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain both beautiful and incredible feats of engineering.
You’ll then head to Naples from where you’ll take a ferry out to the gorgeous isle of Capri. This is one of Italy’s most beautiful and glamorous spots, a favourite playground for the well to do from Roman Emperors to Hollywood darlings.
The next stop is the beautiful Amalfi Coast, with three nights each in Sorrento and Ravello. This is Italy at its most spectacular with houses laced along the cliffs, overlooking the sparkling water below. You’ll explore this area on a private speedboat, enjoy a cooking class and learn all about the most Italian of all drinks – limoncello.
On the way back to Naples, you’ll stop off at the ruins of Pompeii before heading back to Rome.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in Rome
Accommodation in Rome
- 91 rooms and 31 suites
- Le Jardin de Russie restaurant
- Stravinskij Bar
- De Russie Spa
- Fitness centre
Once hosting aristocratic travellers, Russian royalty and renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, a half century hiatus as an office building ended with a glorious restoration and re-establishment of this Roman icon, with contemporary-chic design and modern updates in harmony with the building’s classical architecture. The Hotel de Russie lies between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino, within easy walking distance of Rome’s main attractions, fashion houses and Via Condotti. Though surrounded by the ceaseless buzz of the city, behind the hotel’s unassuming frontage, is a soothing tranquility – both in design and ambiance – and vast private 18th century terraced gardens, a rare oasis away from it all. 122 rooms and suites are thoroughly up to date amenity wise, complete with Bisazza mosaic and Carrara marble in the bathrooms. Some feature private terraces and many rooms have views over Rome, Piazza del Popolo or the garden. The Stravinskij Bar is renowned for its apertivos, while Le Jardin de Russie and its chef, two-Michelin-star chef Fulvio Pierangelini, serve up simple yet refined dishes Mediterranean dishes in one a most romantic of settings. Furthering the Hotel de Russie urban oasis credentials is the De Russie Spa, one of Rome’s best health clubs.
- 12 rooms
- Garden apartment and two suites
- Private garden
- Listed library
- Wellness centre
Built the late 19th century, this grandiose villa has stayed with the Trivelli family ever since, through hosting meetings of the National Council of Italian Women, high society gathering of Counts and Countess to being the residence of Piero Trivelli, a sensitive writer and refined poet. In 2004, son of Count Piero decided to convert the historic residence into the fabulous boutique hotel of today. Communal areas are full of antiques and art, the library is listed and lounge areas steeped in a dark wood, old world luxury. Outside are peaceful formal gardens that form a walled oasis away from the Rome’s bustle. Overlooking the greenery are just 12 rooms, warm and welcoming, with subtle modern touches enhancing the historic charm of the original features. Large beds are clad in Fiandra linen sheets and alpaca or cashmere throws. Bathrooms are spacious and lined in marble, and all have baths as well as showers. Well-stocked minibars are complimentary. On the other side of the garden are two Garden Suites and a large apartment ideal for families, small groups or those seeking privacy. Breakfast is a vast spread and afternoon tea is served by the fireplace, whilst dinners can be arranged in the garden during summer months. There is also a wonderful spa and health centre offering restorative wellness therapies. Centrally located between the Via Nazionale and the Quirinal Palace, the Colosseum is a 15 minute walk away, the Trevi Fountain half that, and many of the city’s best restaurants are just around the corner.
- 91 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Two bars
Rome is a city steeped in history and culture, and a stay at Hassler Roma ensures you’re right in the thick of it. Overlooking the Spanish Steps and within easy reach of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Vatican, you’re perfectly placed to enjoy all this majestic city has to offer. Think Italy and you think food, and the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Imàgo draws on the country’s rich culinary heritage. Head chef, Francesco Apreda, has crafted a creative menu that follows the seasons, showcasing a mix of classic and contemporary Italian cuisine. They say you eat with your eyes as well, and you’re certainly in for a treat with the spectacular panoramic views from the sixth-floor restaurant. Each of the 91 individually decorated rooms and suites are impeccably styled and come with garden or city views. A nation know for its style, the contemporary design and chic features of the hotel, coupled with a real focus on hospitality and comfort, make this the perfect launch pad from which to explore Rome. With so many sights to see, you’ll need to recharge your batteries so check in to the spa, which offers a range of treatments, for some rest and relaxation. Adopt a more leisurely pace and enjoy afternoon tea or an expertly mixed cocktail at one of the hotel bars. The Eternal City is full of hidden gems and the charming garden restaurant is a secluded haven surrounded by ancient stones walls, flowers and ivy. Live piano music in the evening makes it the perfect romantic retreat.
Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city, needs little introduction. One of the most historied locations in the world, glorious reminders of Rome’s illustrious past, from ancient Roman wonders to Renaissance masterpieces, are all on show. That’s not to say that its cosmopolitan streets do not embrace the now; Rome is as exhilarating and forward thinking as ever.
You'll learn all about Rome as Italy's political capital, capital of Catholicism and centre of the ancient world. Begin your tour at Piazza Navona, which covers the site of Domitian's stadium and one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, home to the Fountain of the Four Rivers. You'll continue on to the Pantheon, built by Agrippa in 27 BC, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Private transfer to Rome train station
Train from Rome to Naples
Ferry transfer from Naples to Capri
Accommodation in Capri
- 68 rooms including 17 suites
- Double Michelin-starred L’Olivo restaurant
- Michelin-starred il Riccio
- Beach club
- Beauty Farm by Mytha SPA
- Private boats for hire
In the sedate commune of Anacapri, the Capri Palace is a deeply stylish and sleek boutique hotel. White furniture dominates, as does the art on show throughout, an ever-growing collection central to the hotel’s concept. There’s even a neighbouring space for artists in residence to create site-specific works. There are 68 rooms, including 17 suites, some of which enjoy a private pool and garden, all decorated in an unmistakable Mediterranean style with influence from and odes to various modern artists. Most of the rooms and suites boast a beautiful view of the sea and the gulf of Naples, others are facing the green hill of Monte Solaro. Diners are somewhat spoiled here. The Capri Palace’s flagship restaurant, L’Olivo, is only place on Capri to be awarded two Michelin stars, and offers modern interpretations of the region’s traditional flavours. Its Dolce Vite wine cellar holds around 10,000 bottles from around the world. Bistrot Ragù is a more casual affair with stunning sea view terrace. Down at the exclusive il Riccio Beach Club, the ideal place to spend the day in the sun and explore the Blue Grotto, the Michelin star restaurant serves artfully prepared sea food on its sea side terrace and invites guests to indulge in a room dedicated to desserts, the Temptation Room. Back up at the Palace, the Bar deli Artisti is chic and laid back, the place to admire artwork and enjoy live music every night. The Capri Palace is also home to the internationally acclaimed medical spa, the Capri Beauty Farm and specialising in beauty and medical treatments such as the famous ‘Leg School’, invented and patented by Professor Francesco Canonaco. The charming centre of Anacapri is just steps away and the hotel also operates a small fleet of luxury speedboats for private transfers and tailored excursions.
This is the island that charmed both Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberius, America's Hollywood darlings and this century's international jet set. The rocky island's legendary beauty arises from a combination of the Mediterranean's best features: bright coloured waters, rugged cliffs hiding secluded coves and coloured secret grottos that glow with a life all of their own. The island's main towns of Capri and historic Ana Capri are where you'll find elegant piazzas bordered by gourmet restaurants, trendy cafes, big designer brands, and boutique artisan shops selling Capri-inspired products such as bright ceramic tiles, tailor-made suites, cashmere sweaters, and the epitomic Capri sandal. Further out, you can explore grand, bougainvillea-clad villas and rambling Roman ruins.
You'll visit the Villa San Michele with its panoramic views of Capri and the harbour, as well as La Scala Fenicia - the Phoenician Steps - a long and steep stone stairway that winds its way through pretty gardens. You'll also take in the Casa Rossa museum and the Anacapri Centre. In Capri, enjoy visiting the Certosa di San Giacomo, a Carthusian monastery, and the beautiful Gardens of Augustus before walking to the Punta Tragara lookout point to take in the views.
The Amalfi Coast has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the uniqueness of its natural landscape and its undisputed beauty. Head out into the Gulf of Naples by boat and admire the clusters of colourful houses draped along the rocks, and make your way across to the beautiful island of Capri, once the favourite home of Emperor Tiberious. Tide permitting, you will approach the famous Blue Grotto where it will be possible to get inside using a small local boat.
You will be dropped off in Sorrento and transferred to your hotel.
Accommodation in Sorrento
- 50 luxury rooms and suites
- Seasonal restaurants
- Wine cellar
- Private seafront deck
Built upon the ruins of a Roman villa in the 18th century and a landmark hotel ever since, the Bellevue Syrene brings bright modern style and refined service to a setting above Sorrento that has long attracted emperors, artists and intellectuals. From its precarious cliffside position, views spill out across the Gulf of Naples to Vesuvius in the distance. 50 luxury rooms and suites are elegantly furnished, interiors blending traditional features and historical artefacts with more contemporary finishes. Most boast sea views and balconies. The breathtaking Roccia ‘Rock’ Suite is set in an ancient Roman grotto and has a large hydrotherapy bath tub opposite the bed, as well as sea views. Outside there is a pool on the terrace as well as a lift down to sun beds and parasols on the private seafront deck. Dining here is seasonal, with the splendid panoramic terraces of La Pergola perfect for hot summer days, and the Gli Archi’s warm and welcoming style for winter. The Mimmo Jodice room, decorated with some of the pictures of the great Neapolitan photographer, completes the hotel’s dining options. There is also a club lounge and wine cellar. Guests can explore Sorrento, the nearby ancient ruins of Pompeii and picturesque Positano. Capri is a short ferry ride away and offers fantastic designer shops and restaurants.
Sitting at the end of the mountainous Sorrentine peninsula, Sorrento clings to the cliffs, looking out over the Bay of Naples and towards Mount Vesuvius. The town itself is a maze of winding lanes lined with charming restaurants, cafes and boutiques and, like everywhere along this stretch of coast, it is unmistakable Italian.
The symbol of Sorrento is the lemon and wall paintings and mosaics uncovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum suggest that citrus fruit trees have been cultivated in this region for millennia. Limoncello, the popular liqueur, is also a speciality of the Gulf of Naples. Today, visit a local factory producing limoncello before tasting some of the traditional digestivo.
Discover the spectacular Amalfi Coast, situated like an amphitheatre among the mountains and the sea. Visit Ravello and the Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone, two sites not to be missed for their splendour and decorations. Both villas have amazingly beautiful gardens. You'll also take in the wonderful Positano, considered to be one of the most picturesque of all Italy's coastal resorts.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Ravello.
Accommodation in Ravello
- 51 rooms and suites
- Belvedere restaurant
- Pool restaurant
- Two bars
- Infinity pool
Perched atop Ravello’s cliff, the beautifully restored Belmond Hotel Caruso is one the finest spots from which to soak up the Amalfi Coast. The current building dates back to 1800, the original palace 700 years further still, and its 51 rooms and suites in an array of shapes and sizes are fittingly replete with marble, original frescos and Italian antiques. Many enjoy wonderful vistas of the coast, sea and fragrant gardens. The Belmond Hotel Caruso’s two Exclusive Suites have their own terrace and garden. The Belvedere Restaurant serves up Italian and local Neapolitan delicacies, in the summer to be enjoyed out on the terrace. There is also a restaurant by the famous infinity pool with a wood-fired pizza oven, an adjoining bar, and the elegant piano bar indoors. Explore the coast on complimentary cruises to Amalfi and Positano, scenic helicopter flights on request, or perhaps take out vintage Vespas or classic car along the coastal road.
- 43 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Cocktail bar
- Swimming pool
- Rooftop solarium
A Ravello establishment, the gracious Palazzo Avino combines its long history, unwavering modern luxury and timeless coastal views. Much the current structure was built on the remains of a 12th century palace in 1710 by the Sasso family, then renovated in the 19th century as the grand Hotel Palumbo that hosted a long list of royalty, aristocrats, actors, poets and writers. Reborn again two decades ago, it has consistently rated amongst the best hotels in Europe ever since. There are 43 rooms and suites, the pick which have wonderful sea views while others look back to the mountain or charming town. Interiors are bright with a selection of period furniture and typically resplendent Italian bathrooms. Dining here is an absolute highlight. The famed Rossellinis offers Michelin-star dining and fine regional wines, while Terrazza Belvedere is a more casual affair with panoramic views. Caffé dell’Arte is the place apertivos and cocktails and the Lobster & Martini Bar is self explanatory. The heated pool, gym, full service spa and rooftop solarium’s jacuzzis make the most of the views. Another unique feature is the Palazzo Avino’s Clubhouse by the Sea. Just 15 minutes away, on a complimentary shuttle service to the small town of Marmorata, guests have use of the beach platforms, a small swimming pool and casual Clubhouse Restaurant.
Famous for its quiet and serene atmosphere, Ravello offers architectural beauties of rare elegance. Everywhere you turn, another beautiful vista opens up, each one just as impressive as the last.
Pick up some kitchen secrets with a cooking class at the beautiful Villa Maria restaurant. The lesson begins in the organic vegetable garden where, together with the chef, you'll pick your ingredients before getting stuck in making a starter, pasta dish and main course. You'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labour and enjoy a delicious dessert, made by the expert team.
Visit the beautiful Paestum, home to some of the world's most well-preserved Greek temples. A collection of artefacts found during excavations can be viewed in the museum, including some amazing tomb paintings. You'll also visit a buffalo farm and see the famous buffalo mozzarella being made, and of course get to taste some of this delicious fresh cheese.
To visit Pompeii is probably as close as we can get to travelling in a time machine back to ancient Rome. In August of 79 AD, Vesuvius had been rumbling for some days and it is estimated that a large part of the population of 20,000 had been evacuated; those that were left were as if suspended in time, as the plaster casts made of the bodies that were found shows. Excavation started in the 18th century and continues to this day.
The first impression, on entering into the Forum, is just how massive Roman structures were; they really dwarf revered Medieval or later sites. You will get to walk Roman streets, look into bars, stroll into Patrician villas, complete with frescoes and mosaics, there is even a mosaic doormat, saying ‘beware of the dog’. Even graffiti (an Italian word) is written on some of the walls, reflecting a forthcoming election. When you see the baths, the central heating systems and the gentle fountains in the courtyards of the villas, you really feel it wouldn’t be too much of a hardship to live there.
Private transfer to Naples train station
Train from Naples to Rome
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