Amalfi Coast & Capri, Italy
Italy is a classic, popular country for tourists from the entire world. Travellers are attracted by historical and cultural centres, as well as by famous resorts of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. Fantastic nature, pleasant mild climate and wealth of attractions made Italy an ideal place to relax and enjoy. Special charms one will find, of course, in the south of Italy and we are going right there
Please note! The Itinerary could be changed, depending on the wind direction
Day 1 – Toronto to Rome flight. Rome to Naples transfer. Renting a yacht. Buying food. Get-to-Know Dinner.
Day 2 – Sailing from Naples to Procida Island, Ventonene Island, a beautiful bay and black sand beaches
Day 3 – Sailing from Ventotene Island to Ischia Island. Visiting Giardini Poseidon Thermal Park.
Day 4 – Sailing from Ischia Island to Capri Island with an interim stop for swimming.
Day 5 – Visiting the observation deck in Anacapri with a magnificent view of the island, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. Back to the sea and anchoring for lunch at White Caves on Capri Island, swimming. Sailing to Amalfi, a city in a gorge.
Day 6 – Sailing from Amalfi to Sorrento with stops for swimming. Shopping in Sorrento.
Day 7 – A trip to Pompeii. Sailing from Sorrento to Naples. Skipper Dinner.
Day 8 – Naples to Rome transfer. Rome to Toronto flight.
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Ischia is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples, located at a distance of 17 miles from Capri and Naples. It is one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean. For centuries, it was a haven for travellers seeking tranquility and opportunity to restore their health. It has sandy beaches, pine forests, endless vineyards and chestnut, olive and citrus groves. Thermal springs are the main treasure of Ischia Island. Today, this island is the world famous spa resort. Gardens of Poseidon is a picturesque area with numerous pools (water temperature ranges from +15 C to +40 C), a sauna in a natural cave, the Japanese bath. The natural cosmetics produced on Ischia Island, are based only on local thermal spring water. One can buy them only on this island. They are not exported. Ischia is also known as “natural ovens.” Off the coast of Maronti Citara vacationers can enjoy hot tubs filled with water from underground springs. The Sant’Angelo part of the beach is even fenced: sand there is too hot. During folklore festivals they use this sand to bake chickens with potatoes. Even just staying on the island, doing nothing, has a cheering effect on you. Mild climate and generous lush nature, simple and at the same time refined Mediterranean cuisine, traditional hospitality: all of this makes you remember the Ischia holiday
Capri, the pearl of the Gulf of Naples, is another gorgeous place in Italy. It boasts mild climate, lush subtropical vegetation and picturesque rocky coast. There are more than 850 different species of plants, trees and flowers there, despite the fact that Capri has almost
no rains. The island has no beaches. All the hotels are located farther inland. However, this does not prevent Capri from being a favorite destination of European and world elite. Blue Grotto is the most popular place on the island. This beautiful cave is located on the coast. Visit the villa of Emperor Tiberius and the ruins of imperial palaces and baths. See Faraglioni – the mysterious rock towers, rising from the depths of the sea and being long before the most popular element of the Capri landscape. The highest rock reaches 111 meters up. Take a funicular rail from the town of Anacapri to the top of Mountain Solaro, which offers magnificent views of Southern Apennines, Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento and Ischia.
Sorrento is one of the most romantic resorts in Italy. It is located on the peninsula with the same name between the Bay of Naples and the Bay of Salerno. The town itself is located at the altitude of 50 meters above the sea level on a rocky terrace. In ancient times the town location helped to protect it from its enemies. Nowadays, this location provides an excellent view of the entire Gulf of Naples, Vesuvius and Phlegraean islands. The ancient name of the city is Sireon, meaning “land of the Sirens”, the mythological mermaids, described by Homer in his poem Odyssey. Sorrento was always a prestigious resort, a recreational place of famous writers, poets, musicians and artists. Sorrento has a variety of restaurants, among which seafood restaurants stand out. They are located mostly near the port of Marina Piccola, in the vicinity of lemon trees which make Sorrento famous for its liqueur Limoncello, perhaps the best souvenir to bring home from your vacation in Sorrento.
Amalfi is a standard picturesque village for the south coast of Italy. Rocks here go straight down into the sea, so the city is literally carved into the mountain. This quiet seaside town has a rich history. There is the Cathedral of St. Andrew here, where according to a legend, the remains of St. Andrew were buried. The Norman-Byzantine architectural style Cathedral dates back to 11th century. Admirable Cathedral massive bronze gate was forged by skilled Byzantine masters. Other religious buildings crown the beautiful Amalfi coast, such as the Convent of Cappuccini referring back to 1212, some Gothic buildings and other luxurious sites.
Vesuvius is an active volcano in the southern Italy near Naples. Although its height is two times lower than that of Mount Etna, only 1,277 meters, and the diameter of the crater is about 750 meters, it is historically more known.
Pompeii, a city near Naples, is located at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. For centuries, this city has been buried under a 7 to 9 meter layer of ash and volcanic rock of the August 24, 79 AD eruption. A huge cloud of ash, rock and smoke rose up from the crater. The cloud reached altitudes up to 20 kilometres. The black cloud covered the sun and it became dark as at night in Pompeii. Scientists and archaeologists believe that at the time of the eruption the city had around 30,000 inhabitants, and that around 2,000 died under lava and ash. The volcano activity was also observed in 1631, 1759 and 1944. In 1868, a full-fledged excavation and restoration of the city began. Archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli was at the head of all the work carried out in Pompeii. Giuseppe Fiorelli introduced new scientific methods of archaeological excavation to preserve the historical objects of Pompeii. After 12 years of continuous work Pompeii was literally reborn from the ashes. When precisely laid out blocks of houses and intersecting straight streets and alleys saw the light of day, Fiorelli accepted the idea of letting tourists, interested to see the architecture, art and way of life of Pompeian s, for a fee.
Let us take a walk along the streets and squares of Pompeii, look inside residential buildings, taverns, baths, the market, and barracks of gladiators and see how people of the first century lived!