SORRENTO – ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY

1st day – Sorrento

Arrival at Naples airport where you will meet an English speaking driver for the transfer to Sorrento.

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The driver will take you along the “Motorway of the Sun” to join up with the Sorrento Coast. Check-in at the hotel located in the centre of the small town, dinner and overnight.

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2nd day – Walking day

Sorrento and all around the coast offers different beautiful walks which give the extraordinary beauty of this area and the restorative benefits of mountain rambling to the lovers of walking spending a day in the nature and discovering the unspoilt places of our area.

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It is the right way to explore these sections of Italy getting off the roads and onto the hillside pathways.
Guide accompanies guests to view the Gulf of Naples, suspended between green sea and blue skies, and to breathe in the scent of lemon trees. .......
After breakfast, meeting point in the lobby of the hotel with a walking English speaking guide and driver to reach the departure point (you have a lot of alternatives):One of the most beautiful mountain walks is the Sentiero degli Dei or Path of the Gods, a must for all passionate hikers, going through the delightful little village of Nocelle reaching Monte Pertuso and Positano.
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For lovers of wild, unspoilt nature, Punta Campanella is the perfect walk, which offers the most magnificent views of Capri.
By minibus reach Termini, the starting point and proceed through the old path down Via Minerva and onto Punta Campanella, the westernmost point of the Sorrento peninsula. There, it is possible to admire a break among the ruins of an old roman villa, a lighthouse and a watchtower dating from 1334.
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An enchanting and refreshing walk is the one of Monte Faito. Head to the top from Castellamare di Stabia, and enjoy the splendours of the Bay of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. Eventually it is nice to take the cable car to ride back down the mountain.
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A unique experience for any kind of walker is the Vesuvius Vulcan walking .
You arrive at 1.100 meters by vehicle and then with offi▀cial guide climb up to the top of the Vulcan, discovering the beauties of the surrounding nature. Once at the top you will be captured by the view over the Gulf of Naples.
Back to the hotel in the afternoon, dinner and overnight.

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3rd day – A day between Art and Flavours

After breakfast, departure for a nice and relaxing day discovering an unspoilt side of the Campania region.
Just one hour’s drive from Naples and from the Coast, you will reach the nice town of Caserta well-known for its Royal Palace or as we call in Italian, “Reggia”.

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It is a former royal residence constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples starting in the 18th century. It was the largest palace and probably the largest building erected in Europe in the eighteenth century. In 1996, the Palace of Caserta was listed among the World Heritage Sites on the grounds that it was the expression of the spectacular art of the Baroque, from which it adopted all the features needed to create the illusions of multidirectional space". The reasons for building the Palace were to have a new magnificent administrative capital of the Kingdom in Caserta and to protect the court from possible attacks from the sea. The King also decided to build a theatre, a large library, and a university. The Palace might have been a splendid place for court ceremonies, too. Beside the majesty of the Palace, it has a huge park in the background. The garden, a typical example of the baroque extension of formal vistas, stretch for 120 acres, partly on hilly terrain. It is inspired by the park of Versailles, but it is commonly regarded as superior in beauty. The park starts from the back façade of the palace, flanking a long alley with artificial fountains and cascades.
After a visit inside the Palace with a professional English speaking guide and a wonderful walk through the park up to the top admiring all the fountains and waterfalls. You will continue your day going through a very typical buffalo farm to see all the steps in the making of buffalo mozzarella, ending with a taste of it and other particular and home made cheeses.
Back to the hotel, dinner and overnight.

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4th day – Fishing or Diving/ Snorkelling day

After breakfast, departure to Massalubrense or Sorrento harbour to spend a very special day fishing.

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You will sail on a typical Neapolitan private motorboat with our local fishermen who will explain which kind of fishing you will see and more details about fishing-nets.
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You will draw in the fishing-net that the fisherman cast the day before going to Capri or Nerano. It will be exciting to see which kind of fish you caught…. Lunch on board eating all that you fished in the morning, and drinking local wine all served on the boat. After lunch, time to relax and back to Massalubrense or Sorrento Harbour in the afternoon, about 4h30 p.m.

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It is possible to organize diving experiences and courses from the level of Scuba Diver to Dive Master following PADI standards.

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Theory lessons are conductrd in a comfortable educational hall; the practical lessons are developed in a swimming pool or in the sea;
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and in shallow water from the beach or by boat. And…if this is your first time as diver, we will give you information to start. The centre includes an educational hall in which it is possible to organize meeting and lessons to bring adults and children near the magic sea world. Also to develop project for public and corporate bodies, about environmental awareness to accompany those who take the first steps in diving. We have authorization to dive in the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella, but we dive also in Capri, Ischia, Procida and different islands of the Gulf.
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If you are not ready to dive... you can snorkel! With mask, snorkel and fins you can look underneath the sea. To discover sea’s inhabitants we organize snorkelling excursions with or without marine biology lessons. Along the coast or in small and sheltered bays, from the beach or by boat, we’ll dive to discover the blue sea!!!
Back to the hotel in the afternoon. Farwell dinner in a beautiful restaurant and overnight at the hotel.

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5th day

After breakfast, departure to Naples airport to flight to U.S.

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