Southern Italy Explorer - 8 Days

Explore from Rome to the Amalfi Coast!

Spend 6 or 7 nights adventuring between the capital city of Rome and the stunning Amalfi Coast on this stunning self-drive excursion through the south of Italy! Taste Limoncello in Sorrento and tour the classic sights of Rome with a Hop-On/Hop-Off bus pass.

Day 1
Welcome to Rome!

Arrive in Rome and enjoy an airport transfer from the airport to your first accommodation in Italy's capital city. Activate your hop-on/hop-off bus pass, where you'll see most of Rome’s most famous sites from a panoramic bus tour, valid for up to 48 hours.

Treat yourself to an authentic Italian meal to celebrate your first night in Italia!

Transfer to Rome hotel

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Hotel Marcella Royal

ROME, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

This 4-star boutique hotel offers guests an ideal location along with luxurious accommodations and services. Escape the bustling city life into one of the tranquil and relaxing guest rooms. There is a roof garden with incredible panoramic views of Rome and in the mornings there is a delicious buffet breakfast available here!

Empire Palace Hotel

ROME, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Unwind in elegance in the lovely Empire Palace Hotel. Feel like old royalty as you wander through the Venetian-styled building in the heart of Rome, which offer modern conveniences like an on-site gym, a classy bar and elegant restaurant.

Hotel Victoria

ROME, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Stay in style at the 4-star boutique Hotel Victoria, built in 1899. Located in the historical center of Rome, the famous Via Veneto, Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese, and Piazza del Popolo are all within easy walking distance.

Hotel dei Mellini

ROME, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Escape to this luxurious retreat that will make you feel right at home in Rome. As soon as you walk through the doors of Hotel dei Mellini, you'll enter a peaceful atmosphere filled with elegant decor, incredible natural light, and tons of classic artwork. Settle into your stylish, soundproof room where you'll notice a Smart TV, air conditioning, and a gorgeous Carrara marble bathroom. Once you put your luggage down, get exploring! In just steps, find yourself at Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.

Back at the hotel, relax on the sunning deck or sip a cappuccino on the lush rooftop garden overlooking the historic city below. Keep up your active lifestyle and work all your stresses away in the on-site fitness center. When you work up an appetite, head to the elegant dining room and indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Sip on a glass of local wine as you dine over candlelight and plan your next day of adventure.

Day 2
Rome

There is something to see and do around every corner in Rome. Continue using your bus pass and hop off at the Colosseum. You will feel the immense emotion of the ruins where warriors fought to the death as the crowds cheered from the stands that are still intact today.

Next door, visit the ancient government buildings at the Roman Forum. You'll then want to head over to the Pantheon, where you can see one of the most influential and well-preserved monuments of its time.

Day 3
Rome

Spend some time in Vatican City today, and pay a visit to the breathtaking St. Peter's Basilica. You may also want to visit the Vatican Museums, where you'll have the opportunity to experience Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling for yourself.

Day 4
Rome - Sorrento

Hop across the Tiber river and spend your last day in Rome exploring Trastevere, a charming medieval neighborhood without the crowds. Begin the day at Piazza di Santa Maria then stop by the 12th-century Basilica di Santa Maria.

You'll be in one of these hotels, depending on availability

Hotel Corallo Sorrento

SAINT'AGNELLO, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Take a quick stroll to the beach from the elegant Hotel Corallo Sorrento, looking out over Sorrento Bay from the stunning clifftop of Sant'Agnello. Luxuriate in the heated infinity pool that looks over the cliff or enjoy some wine in the dining room with g... read more

Art Hotel Gran Paradiso

SORRENTO, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

The Art Hotel Gran Paradiso is located in a unique position with impressive views over the Gulf of Naples. Orange, lemon and olive trees are immersed in beautiful green gardens where it is possible to enjoy the best view from the Sorrento Coast to the Vesuvius.

Hotel Antiche Mura

SORRENTO, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Experience true Italian hospitality at the charming Hotel Antiche Mura, located in the main square of beautiful Sorrento. Enjoy the hotel's lush grounds, stylish interior, and elegant traditional decor.

Grand Hotel De La Ville

SORRENTO, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

A warm and welcoming atmosphere, a relaxed ambience with every type of comfort and the spectacular setting of the Gulf of Naples, combined with the cordiality and professionalism of the staff, are among the many features that make a stay at the Grand Hotel.

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

SORRENTO, ITALY 4 out of 5 stars

Grand Hotel Capodimonte is the only hotel in Sorrento with five cascading pools, where you can enjoy a scenic view of the magnificent city of Sorrento, Vesuvius and the entire Gulf of Naples.

Hotel Gardenia

SORRENTO, ITALY 3 out of 5 stars

This intimate hotel boasts exceptional modern Mediterranean architecture, designed with eco-friendly materials that support its commitment to safeguarding the local landscape and environment (the hotel was awarded the EcoWorldHotel quality trademark and is ISO 14001 certified). The 27 well-appointed guestrooms feature private balconies with tables and chairs. Guests will also enjoy the swimming pool, fitness center, private parking and delightful panoramic rooftop terrace with pergola, providing stunning views of the Bay of Naples.

Day 5
Sorrento

Pay a visit to stunning Capri today. Hike along its rugged landscape, or treat yourself to a tour of the famous Blue Grotto cavern, where you'll be surrounded by seemingly otherworldly electric blue waters.

Then, make use of your included limoncello tasting!

Limoncello Factory Visit & Tasting in Sorrento

Enjoy a visit to the Cassano Limoncello factory at its beautiful location on the sea. See firsthand the small details that help ensure perfection with the liquor, including the peeling of the Sorrento lemon - which is done entirely by hand.

Following the demonstration, enjoy a tasting of Limoncello liquor and hand-made cookies. Delizioso!

Day 6
Sorrento

During the next two days you might want to take a trip to Naples and hike Mt. Vesuvius or tour the ruins of Pompeii. Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. and buried the town of Pompeii in about 20 inches of ash.

Today, the town has been excavated and is on the list of the Wonders of the World. Take a tour of Pompeii and you will see the Baths, Forums and Villas.

Day 7
Sorrento

Tour the stunning Amalfi Coast today. Enjoy views of sloping cliffs, crystal clear waters, and stunning seaside villages as you make the drive from Positano to Amalfi to Ravello.

Day 8
Depart Italy

In accordance with your return flight, make your way to Naples Airport. Be sure to drop your car off at the rental area before proceeding to the check-in area.

Fly home!

What's Included

  • Round-trip airfare into Rome (FCO), out of Naples (NAP)
  • Arrival airport transfer from Rome Airport to Rome Hotel
  • 3 nights in Rome at the Hotel Dei Mellini or similar
  • Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Pass in Rome (48-hours)
  • Manual car rental for 4 nights- upgrade to automatic available
  • 4 nights in Sorrento at the Hotel Gardenia or similar
  • Limoncello Factory Visit & Tasting in Sorrento
  • Breakfast Daily

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