The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of coastline south of Naples dotted with quaint villages along its cliffs. Despite the very limited space for agriculture, they are known for their cultivation of big juicy lemons on steep hillside terraces. They produce several by-products, the most popular of which is the limoncello, a very sweet digestive lemon liquor. Amalfi is a favourite among tourists wanting to experience the local southern way of life. It has also served as an exotic backdrop in old Italian films or Hollywood movies like Under the Tuscan Sun.
Capri, a magical island with enthralling steep rocky cliffs juxtaposed against the deep blue sea, was a favourite amongst intellectuals, artists and writers. A resort since Roman times, with the Emperor Tiberius choosing to live a life of luxury and transgression on this paradise on earth, its charm and beauty continued to captivate the Who’s Who from the mid-19th century, such as Audrey Hepburn and the like.
Another island worth visiting in the Gulf of Naples is Ischia which offers crystal clear waters, picturesque coves, sandy beaches and numerous thermal spas. The volcanic island is still famous today for its very high concentration of thermal springs that were already extensively used by the Greeks and Romans for healing wounds and their regenerative properties.
We’ll take you for a drive along the peninsula to or from Sorrento and Amalfi with panoramic views to Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples, pass through the quaint little towns of Praiano, Furore and Conca dei Marini tucked in coves between the cliffs, see the panorama from Positano and visit the Duomo of Amalfi and Ravello accompanied by our English-speaking local guide and driver.
We can offer private tours to Amalfi or the islands of Capri and Ischia as day trips which can start from the port or train station of Naples, or your hotel. You can also choose to tour the archeological sites of Pompeii or Herculaneum.
Our tour of Capri can start directly as you get off the hydrofoil. We’ll take you up the main piazza with the funicular where you will see dream villas with their luscious bougainvilleas adorning their colourful gates and walls, beautiful gardens and dramatic views. We’ll go for a drive through Anacapri to taste local produce and see artisans work their craft. Enjoy the thrill of going up with the chair lift to the highest viewpoint on Monte Solaro or go with our expert boatmen who will navigate you through the tricky narrow entrance of the cave into the magical Blue Grotto.
Our tour of Ischia will explore Ischia Ponte, the ancient village of Celsa, famous for the Aragon’s Castle, rich with tales of blood and thunder and refuge and defense against the pirates, Barano d’Ischia, full of houses surrounded by green hills and covered with vineyards and then venture to Mount Epomeo where you will enjoy a beautiful view of the bay,
Serrara Fontana, Forio and the beach of Citara, home to Poseidon Thermal Gardens, one of Ischia’s major thermal parks.
On your way to or from Amalfi and Naples, we can stop for a private tour of Pompeii, buried in volcanic ash and pumice by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD, the lack of air and moisture have contributed to preserve and freeze the history of the Roman Pompeii to the 1st century AD. The city was lost and rediscovered more than 1,000 years later.
Go back in time and come face to face with history as we take you for a short detour to discover this fascinating city along the way. Having a private tour with one of our guides allows you to understand the many amazing innovations these people created. The Forum, the houses, villas, brothel, baths and amphitheaters show a society that successfully worked and functioned. It is also possible to stop in Herculaneum, another Roman city also buried under the same devastating eruption in 79AD.