There are many ways to visit Italy but experiencing authentic Italy can be rare. If boarding a bus at dawn each day, seeing tourist attractions and returning home exhausted is not what you are looking for, then this travel itinerary is for you. With this in mind you can experience Italy with a well-traveled guide – Me – Italian speaking citizen of Italy!
Authentic Italy Travel Itinerary
Magnificent Naples and the Amalfi Coast of Italy Excursion!
Sunday September 5th, 2021!
Depart Chicago O’Hare (or your local airport) for Naples Italy!
Arriving in Naples Italy
Our excursion begins on Monday September 6th: Arrive in Naples at noon – time zone is 7 hours ahead of Central Time.
As soon as we have retrieved our luggage, our comfortable Motor coach awaits and takes us to our hotel in the city of Naples. Following check-in we will enjoy an authentic Neapolitan pizza lunch at a small trattoria – a short walk from the hotel. Take a little time to settle in.
After taking a little time to relax, enjoy dinner on your own (or in a small group) at one of the local sea front trattorias easily walkable on the lungomare (this is a traffic free promenade for walking.)
Tuesday September 7th: Following our elegant leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the City Center of Naples, famous Via Toledo street with its coffee bars, shops, and Neapolitan street food.
Following our city center tour we will take the Funiculare to the Vomero neighborhood and enjoy this beautiful hidden neighborhood.
After a full day, enjoy dinner on your own in Vomero or at one of the many trattorias on the Lungomare close to our hotel.
Travel By Sea to the Island of Capri
Wednesday September 8th: Following another elegant and leisurely breakfast the hotel we will board a hydrofoil ship at the bay of Naples and visit the island of Capri. Enjoy dinner on the island of Capri or in Naples at night – or both!
Our Motorcoach Awaits as We Depart for the Amalfi Coast
Thursday September 9th: Our motor coach is ready for us (mid-morning) as we depart for the Amalfi coast. The Ferrara family awaits at the charming and exquisite hotel San Francesco on the sea. Without a doubt, you will know you are experiencing authentic Italy in wonderful accommodations on the gorgeous Amalfi Coast.
Check in to our seaside hotel.
Following check-in at the Hotel SanFrancesco we will take a short walk to the city center to orient ourselves to the lovely little town and to become acquainted with the small shops and points of interest. After this tour you will feel completely at home on the coast.
At night, a specially prepared four course dinner will be served in the elegant dining room at the hotel.
Breakfast on the Terrace and Depart for the Ancient Cities of Ravello and Amalfi
Friday September 10th: Following our leisurely breakfast on the terrace or the elegant dining room our motor coach awaits us for our visit to the ancient cities of Ravello and Amalfi.
At the end of the day, a specially prepared four course dinner is served in the beautiful dining room at the hotel.
Free Day – Choose an Optional Tour or Relax
Saturday September 11th: Free day to relax, shop or take an optional tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, or another Amalfi Coast town. At night, enjoy another four course specially prepared group dinner at the hotel.
An Elegant Day in the Countryside With “LaFamiglia” – My Family
Sunday September 12th: Following our leisurely breakfast in the morning we will travel by motor coach to the countryside of the Campagna region, visit the ancient Villa of the D’Angelo family (your hosts’ family) enjoy coffee in true Italian style with “la famiglia.”
Adding to the already memorable experience, we will spend the rest of the day at a picturesque Agritourismo where we will experience a typical all day “pranzo” (meaning very long lunch.) Return to Naples in the evening. You will not want dinner after our all day pranzo.
Walk of the Lemons, The Cake Boss and Celebratory Dinner
Guided “Walk of the Lemons” high above the city visit the “Cake Boss” (as seen recently in Stanley Tucci’s Italy special) in the little town of Minori. The afternoon is free. Prepare for a group celebratory dinner at the hotel in the evening.
Depart in the Morning – Say Goodbye to Our New Friends and The Paradise of Naples and the Amalfi Coast of Italy!
Tuesday September 14th: Following our breakfast on the terrace we depart for the Naples airport in the morning only to promise to return again in the future. In your final thoughts you will take more than souvenirs, but a new perspective on a life well lived!
Recap of What’s Included and The Amazing Pricing
Per person $2900.00 Double Occupancy.
Single Supplement $500.00
Price includes all land transportation, three nights in Naples Italy/five nights on the Amalfi coast at four-star hotel San Francesco. All breakfasts, 4 specially prepared 4 course dinners by Neapolitan chefs, all day lunch at an Agritourismo in the countryside of Italy, welcoming pizza lunch at Neapolitan trattoria plus everything listed in the itinerary above.
At the same time, experience authentic Italy with your well-traveled guide – Me – Italian speaking citizen of Italy!
Contact me here if questions or to reserve your place. ([email protected])
As of this writing, roundtrip airfare cost is roughly $1100.00 coach and fully refundable! This is through United/Lufthansa. Due to airline pricing, there is no guarantee what it will be tomorrow but these prices should last at least a couple of weeks.
A $500.00 deposit holds your spot – payable by check, Venmo or Zelle. Final payment is due on August 1st leaving enough time to ensure there will be no issues with travel.
Pace of the trip.
In contrast to many “tours” this is not a trip where we will be up at dawn, looking at tourist attractions all day and returning at night exhausted. We will fully experience authentic Italy at a pace allowing us to absorb the beauty, culture, food, the people while enjoying the Italian lifestyle.
Experiencing Italy requires walking.
With that being said, Italians walk, and we will be walking a lot. Streets in Italy are not smooth and paved, escalators do not exist, may times there are steps. Moreover, we will not be taking taxis. In fact, they are rare on the Amalfi Coast. Experiencing another country as Italy requires to live like a local. If you are not a fan of walking this likely is not the trip for you.