Granted, 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 Italy travel itinerary is for you. In other words, you may want to experience Italy with a well-traveled guide – an Italian speaking citizen of Italy!
April 26 – May 5, 2022!
April 26, 2022 – Depart for Naples Italy – either from Chicago O’Hare or other airport depending on your location
27 April Arrive Naples Italy – We will meet in Naples at mid-day for group transportation to the hotel.
Naples is Italy’s third largest city; founded by the Greeks and developed by the Romans, is a melting pot of culture and art. The Neapolitan approach to life is decidedly carefree. Its wonderful sweeping bay, music and food are at the center of life. You will quickly be won over by the soul of the city!
Once we have gathered our baggage our comfortable motorcoach takes us to the beautiful Grand Santa Lucia Hotel. After check-in, we will enjoy a typical Neapolitan pizza lunch at a small trattoria – a short walk from the hotel. We will have a short “meet and greet” at the trattoria and have a chance to meet one another.
Take a little time to settle in at the hotel. Dinner on your own at one of the local sea front trattorias easily walkable on the lungomare (traffic free promenade for walking.) Zi Terese is highly recommended!
Visit Greek Ruins, An Elegant Agritourismo, and Arrive at San Marco on the Cilento Coast
28 April – After a leisurely and elegant breakfast at the hotel our motorcoach awaits as we depart for Cilento Coast of Italy. We will have stops along the way where we will visit ancient and preserved Greek ruins in the city of Paestum. Following our tour of the ruins we will stop at the beautiful agritourismo, San Salvatore Dispenza, for a late lunch, glass of wine or a snack. Once we arrive at San Marco, we will check in at Approdo Hotel and Spa (located directly on the sea) in San Marco Italy. Dinner on your own. You may want to check out an optional spa treatment or your choice while staying at the Approdo.
Medieval Village and tour of Castellabate and Acceroli
29 April – Following a leisurely breakfast at a table by the sea we will tour of the medieval city of Castellabate perched at the top of the mountain. This ancient city (developed in 1123) has not changed since medieval times but is home to the population of 10,000 people. Next, we will move on to Acceroli, one of three villages studied extensively to learn more about the extreme longevity of the area’s population. A walking guide will assist with history and knowledge of this area. Dinner on own at one of the typical trattorias in San Marco or at the hotel.
The Famous Village of Pioppi, Guided Tour of the Ancel Keys Museum
30 April – We will visit the village of Pioppi with a guided tour of the the Ancel Keys Museum. Pioppi is famous for the place where Keys lived and conducted his research for 40 years and is the discoverer of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle of longevity. Keys work and is the most published and studied among all research on nutrition and diets. Following the tour of the museum we will enjoy either a cooking demonstration or visit a vineyard. Dinner on your own.
Discover the Cilento Coastline by Boat – Lunch prepared onboard with our own Chef
1 May – We will tour the Cilento Coastline by boat! A personal chef will accompany us and will cook and serve our lunch onboard our boat!
Enjoying the Countryside of Italy, A Stop at Vietri Sul Mare and Arrive at Maiori on the Stunningly Beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy!
2 May – Mid Morning (or Late Morning) after our leisurely breakfast by the sea we will transfer by comfortable motorcoach from the Cilento Coast to Maiori Italy. Enjoy the ride and the views of the open countryside of Italy! Once on the Amalfi Coast we will stop along the Amalfi Coast in Vietri Sul Mare. You will have time to explore this small village with its exquisite ceramics, coffee bars and trattorias. We will then check-in to Hotel San Francesco, settle in, take a brief guided walk of the city center followed by a specially prepared group dinner by the Neapolitan chefs in the evening.
Enjoy a Free Day for An Optional Tour of Your Choice32 May –
3 May Following a leisurely breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea at the Hotel San Francesco you will have a free day for optional tours – Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, or other sights you may want to take in. We will arrange these once we are at the hotel and based upon your preference.
A Day on the Island of Capri
4 May – Following a leisurely breakfast on the terrace of the Hotel San Francesco we will travel by boat to visit to the Island of Capri. After a fascinating day on the island of Capri enjoy a specially prepared group dinner in the beautiful dining room at the San Francesco hotel.
We Depart from this Wonderful Experience Only to Return Again One Day
5 May – Following our leisurely breakfast and saying our goodbyes to the wonderful staff at the hotel, we will depart for Naples airport in the morning only to promise to return in the future. You will take with you more than souvenirs but a new perspective on a life well lived!
A $500.00 deposit holds your spot. Final payment on August 1st leaving enough time to ensure no issues with travel.
Payment can be made using a transfer with Chase Zelle, or by check.
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 and the people while enjoying the Italian lifestyle.
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.
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.
The lifestyle excursion to the Amalfi Coast of Italy is a rich and lasting experience in the lives of those who experience it by gaining a new perspective on life and on living life well.
It is all part of whole health longevity.