An Epic Exploration of Southern Italy

Duration 10 days
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Explore Italy’s beautiful south on an epic exploration that takes in its dramatic coastline, picture-perfect baroque towns and ancient cities. The ancient world really comes to life with incredible sights such as the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, and gorgeous isles beckon.

Trip highlights

  • Discover the secrets of the ancient city of Rome on a fascinating tour
  • Relax on the gorgeous Isle of Capri and soak up the sun
  • Enjoy a private cooking class and limoncello tasting in Sorrento
  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii learning about the town's history
  • Sample some of Southern Italy's most delicious mozzarella
  • Visit well-preserved Greek temples in beautiful Paestum

Bespoke trips with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Privately guided tours
  • Private transfers
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
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  • Days 1–2 Rome
  • Days 2–4 Capri
  • Days 4–7 Sorrento
  • Days 7–10 Ravello
An Epic Exploration of Southern Italy
Price guide
  PP
  • Days 1–2 Rome
  • Days 2–4 Capri
  • Days 4–7 Sorrento
  • Days 7–10 Ravello

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–2

When in Rome

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.

Rome highlights tour

On this highlights tour you’ll learn all about Rome as Italy’s political capital, the capital of Catholicism and the centre of the ancient world. Begin 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 to the Pantheon, built by Agrippa in 27 BC, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Days 2–4

Island living

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.

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All about the view

On the water

Anacapri and Capri

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, visit 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.

Capri and Amalfi Coast by private speedboat

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.

Days 4–7

Bay views

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 unmistakably Italian.

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Lemon liqueur

Beautiful villas

Limoncello tour

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.

Amalfi Coast tour

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.

Days 7–10

Retreat to Ravello

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.

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In the kitchen

Say cheese

Back in time

Cooking class in Ravello

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.

Paestum tour with mozzarella tasting

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.

Pompeii tour

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. 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’.

Why book with Jacada

Personalised design

We’ll plan your trip around your personal interests, tastes and preferences, providing honest advice based on first-hand knowledge.

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Authentic experiences

Our expert guides and brilliant Concierges are hand-picked for their ability to bring your destination to life with care and passion.

Positive Impact

We seek out unforgettable experiences that benefit both local communities and the environment.