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Home > Italy > Itineraries > Sicily Amalfi Coast

Sicily and the Amalfi Coast

Departures

May or September

Duration

9 Days

Locations

Palermo, Taormina and Ravello

Overview

Experience the beauty of Southern Italy on a panoramic journey that includes Sicily's ancient ruins and exotic landscapes, the remote towns of Calabria and the sparkling Amalfi Coast.

Itinerary in Detail

    Day 1 - Palermo

    Explore the city of Palermo.

    Arrive in Palermo, Sicily's lively capital, and transfer to your hotel located in the city's historic center.

    Sicily has a long history of stubborn independence from the political forces of mainland Italy, and today remains an autonomous region with its own distinct history and culture.

    Hotel: Villa Igiea

    La Cala Harbour

    Port of Palermo

    Day 2 - Palermo-Erice-Marsala-Palermo

    Guided tour of the Doric temple, Erice and scenic tour of salt flats.

    Depart Palermo with your private driver/guide and proceed towards Segesta, an important Elymian and Greek city of prehistoric origin that extends in a strategic position overlooking a vast territory. The interesting archaeological site is composed by a well-preserved Doric temple, built in 430/420 B.C. and an ancient theatre that stands on the north slopes of Monte Barbaro.

    After the visit, you will continue to Erice for a walking tour of the delightful medieval city perched on a cliff 2,500 feet above sea level, overlooking the whole Western region, the Mediterranean Sea and the Egadi Islands.

    Enjoy a break for lunch on your own before driving along the Salt Road that runs from Trapani to Marsala to see the scenic salt flats surrounded by windmills that make for an unforgettable panorama.

    Return afterwards to Palermo and Villa Igiea.

    Hotel: Villa Igiea

    Castello di Venere, Erice

    Day 3 - Piazza Armerina-Taormina-Timeo

    A trip to Villa Romana del Casale and tour of Mount Etna.

    Depart from your hotel in Palermo and take a trip east to Piazza Armerina, a graceful countryside town, where you visit the incomparable Villa Romana del Casale. A luxurious example of an ancient Italian villa, this UNESCO World Heritage Site houses breathtaking mosaics originally laid in the fourth century. Continue to the east coast of Sicily and up to the 6,000-foot-plus heights of smoldering Mount Etna, taking in panoramic views of the landscape and coast.

    Later, arrive in charming Taormina, which has allured visitors since the 19th century with its sweeping beaches and rolling hillsides. Arrive at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo.

    Hotel: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

    Piazza Armerina Cathedral, Sicily

    Day 4 - Taormina

    Mount Etna, the base of the Silvestri crater and a tour of a winery.

    Depart with your driver/guide for a day of exploration of Mount Etna and environs, traveling into the heart of the countryside past local villages and fertile fields of hazelnuts and vineyards.

    Journey to the base of Europe’s largest active volcano, across roads lined with the remains of black lava from past eruptions and continue up to the Silvestri crater at 6,400 feet above sea level for an incredible view over the Gulf of Catania and surrounding lands.

    Continue through the countryside to a Sicilian winery that takes advantage of the lava-rich soil and high altitude to produce one of the best wines around. Enjoy a visit of the winery and learn about their winemaking techniques, then have a guided tasting accompanied by locally produced cheeses, salumi and vegetables.

    Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

    Hotel: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

    Mount Etna

    Catania Port

    Day 5 - Taormina-Ravello

    Sicily to Naples and transfer to the Belmond Caruso. The rest of your day is at leisure.

    Rise bright and early for your transfer to Catania airport, where you will board your flight to Naples and transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

    Hotel: Belmond Caruso

    Ravello

    Day 6 - Ravello-Positano

    Tour of Herculaneum, a boat tour around the Amalfi Coast stopping at Praiano.

    Enjoy a morning tour of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman settlement that was destroyed by the spectacular lava flows of nearby Vesuvius in 79 AD.

    Drive to the Amalfi Coast and the cliffside village of Positano; explore Positano and take a boat to the whitewashed fishing town of Praiano for lunch at leisure.

    Return to Ravello, where tonight you enter the Academy of Pizza Making to learn the intricacies of this Neapolitan craft and enjoy the results.

    Hotel: Belmond Caruso

    Positano

    Traditional Trulli Houses, Ravello

    Day 7 - Amalfi Coast - Capri

    Private yacht at your disposal with a stop off at Capri.

    Following breakfast, meet with your driver for your private transfer to Amalfi Port. Upon arrival, you will board your private yacht, which will be at your disposal for eight hours.

    The first stop is the island of Capri. You will get the chance to explore the island on your own. Lunch will also be paid locally by you at your discretion.

    After a day at sea, you will return to the port of Amalfi where your driver will take you back to your hotel.

    Hotel: Belmond Caruso

    Capri's Faraglioni rock formations

    Day 8 - Amalfi Coast

    St. Andrew Cathedral and wine tasting at the winery Cantine Marisa Cuomo.

    Meet your driver and guide to travel from Ravello along the famous windy road to Amalfi. You will explore the famous St. Andrew Cathedral and many little local stores with traditional products from Amalfi during your visit.

    You will then proceed to Furore, a tiny village located up above the hill of the Amalfi Coast for your wine tasting and lunch at the winery Cantine Marisa Cuomo. Since 1983, the Cantine “Marisa Cuomo” has been an example of heroic viticulture, with its pergolas magically suspended between the sea and sky.

    After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel.

    Hotel: Belmond Caruso

    The Amalfi Coast

    Day 9 - Amalfi Coast - Naples

    After breakfast you will be driven from the hotel to the airport where you will fly to Naples.

    Hotel: Belmond Caruso

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