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Beyond the View: The Amalfi Coast and Sorrento

Explore the ruins of Pompeii, enjoy a cooking class in Sorrento, see the gardens that inspired Wagner’s Parsifal and revel in the sites as you take a deeper look at the Amalfi Coast.
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Program No. 18213RJ
Length
13 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
750
Italy

Beyond the View: The Amalfi Coast and Sorrento

Explore the ruins of Pompeii, enjoy a cooking class in Sorrento, see the gardens that inspired Wagner’s Parsifal and revel in the sites as you take a deeper look at the Amalfi Coast.
Length
13 days
Starts at
3,999
Length
13 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
750
Program No. 18213RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Aug 30 - Sep 11, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Sep 6 - Sep 18, 2022
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4,499
Sep 13 - Sep 25, 2022
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4,499
Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2022
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4,499
Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2022
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4,499
Oct 11 - Oct 23, 2022
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4,499
Oct 26 - Nov 8, 2022
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4,199
Itinerary Note

Family & Friends of the Nuccis

Nov 1 - Nov 13, 2022
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3,999
Nov 8 - Nov 20, 2022
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3,999
Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2022
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3,999
Itinerary Note

On this departure date experience Sorrento's elaborate holiday illumination and street decorations.

Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2023
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4,199
Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2023
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4,649
Apr 18 - Apr 30, 2023
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4,649
May 2 - May 14, 2023
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4,649
May 9 - May 21, 2023
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4,649
May 16 - May 28, 2023
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4,649
May 23 - Jun 4, 2023
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4,649
May 30 - Jun 11, 2023
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4,649
Aug 22 - Sep 3, 2023
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4,649
Aug 29 - Sep 10, 2023
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4,649
Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2023
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4,649
Sep 26 - Oct 8, 2023
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4,649
Oct 3 - Oct 15, 2023
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4,649
Oct 10 - Oct 22, 2023
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Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2023
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Oct 24 - Nov 5, 2023
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4,649
Oct 31 - Nov 12, 2023
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4,099
Nov 14 - Nov 26, 2023
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4,099
Nov 28 - Dec 10, 2023
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4,099
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 30 - Sep 11, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Sep 6 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Sep 13 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Oct 11 - Oct 23, 2022
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4,799
Oct 26 - Nov 8, 2022
Starting at
4,799
Itinerary Note

Family & Friends of the Nuccis

Nov 1 - Nov 13, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Nov 8 - Nov 20, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2022
Starting at
4,449
Itinerary Note

On this departure date experience Sorrento's elaborate holiday illumination and street decorations.

Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2023
Starting at
4,779
Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Apr 18 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
5,319
May 2 - May 14, 2023
Starting at
5,319
May 9 - May 21, 2023
Starting at
5,319
May 16 - May 28, 2023
Starting at
5,319
May 23 - Jun 4, 2023
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5,319
May 30 - Jun 11, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Aug 22 - Sep 3, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Aug 29 - Sep 10, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Sep 26 - Oct 8, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Oct 3 - Oct 15, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Oct 10 - Oct 22, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Oct 24 - Nov 5, 2023
Starting at
5,319
Oct 31 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
4,679
Nov 14 - Nov 26, 2023
Starting at
4,679
Nov 28 - Dec 10, 2023
Starting at
4,679

At a Glance

The cliff-top road along the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful stretches in the world, but this sun-kissed region has so much more to offer than just a scenic drive. Experience life in the artisan’s paradise of Sorrento and the tiny town of Minori, see the pride and skill that goes into intarsia woodworking and the making of the infused liqueur known as limoncello, and, yes, have your breath taken away as you drive and boat along the rugged coastline.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extended walking and standing during site visits; uneven terrain, especially at archaeological sites. Boarding small boats and ferries.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Appreciate the picture-postcard view of the houses and gardens clinging perilously to the cliffs via boat excursion along the Amalfi Coast.
  • Investigate the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum for frozen-in-time structures and valued artifacts.
  • Step inside the famous Villa Rufolo with its imposing Arab architecture and lovely gardens that inspired Wagner as he penned Parsifal.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Jan Gilbert
Jan Gilbert has been coordinating Road Scholar programs in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast since 1990. A native English speaker, Jan has lived most of her adult life in the Sorrentine peninsula. She has the unique ability to present just enough facts of her beloved slice of Italy to Road Scholar explorers so they can make their own discoveries of the magnificent natural beauty and charm of people of the Amalfi Coast.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Jan Gilbert has been coordinating Road Scholar programs in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast since 1990. A native English speaker, Jan has lived most of her adult life in the Sorrentine peninsula. She has the unique ability to present just enough facts of her beloved slice of Italy to Road Scholar explorers so they can make their own discoveries of the magnificent natural beauty and charm of people of the Amalfi Coast.
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Candace Ellis View biography
A resident of Capri and Siena, Candace Ellis loves sharing her knowledge of Naples’ rich history with visitors in her presentations on contemporary history. She holds a degree in political science from a prestigious Italian university and taught at the University of Maryland, European Division. “I am an enthusiastic believer in the spirit of Road Scholar programs,” Candace says, “I love to see the understanding dawning on the faces of participants.”
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Linda O'Brien taught art history for the European Division of the University of Maryland and lectures in Road Scholar programs in Florence and Sorrento. She began her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, and then moved to Brussels, Belgium to continue her studies. She was awarded an advanced degree in art history and archaeology with honors from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She completed post-graduate work in symbolic anthropology at Stanford University and the Sorbonne.
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Michela Porcelli View biography
Michela Porcelli was awarded an advanced degree in linguistic anthropology from the University of Naples. Fluent in English, Swedish, Spanish and French, Michela studied in the U.S. at the University of California Santa Barbara. Currently, she lives in Naples where she is involved in several research projects in linguistics at the university there.
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Domenico Cuomo nearly completed law school at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, but then fell in love with leading cultural travel groups. Mimmo has over twenty years of experience working on educational tours throughout Europe. He grew up and still resides in the Campi Flegrei, situated to the west of Naples. He loves working with Road Scholar participants as it offers him the opportunity for cultural exchange and sharing his knowledge of European cultures. Mimmo is fluent in English and Italian.
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Domenico Nucci studied Greek, Latin, physics and philosophy during high school in Naples. He earned an associate's in art history, and later a degree at the Università di Napoli Federico II, and further studies in environmental and humanitarian legislation at American University. He then worked for many years in aid and reconstruction programs in Africa and Asia. When not on Road Scholar programs, he works in fruit tree care, home renovation and property management.
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Vincenzo Coppola View biography
Vincenzo Coppola is an ethnomusicologist and licensed guide for the Amalfi Coast area. He has a passion for music in the Neapolitan tradition. A lecturer at Naples University and Conservatory of Music, his seminars include Opera and Oriental Traits in Neapolitan popular music and the Japanese Theater of Noh.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
by Paul Roberts
Drawing on sharp, full-color photographs of more than 200 objects excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum, Roberts, a curator at the British Museum, discusses what life was like in the ancient cities. He covers everything from birth certificates to the prevalence of bakeries and taverns.
The Italians
by Luigi Barzini
The definitive portrait of the Italian people, this is a classic, scholarly essay on the Italian character. Though first published in 1964, it's still worth reading for its insight, grace and wit.
The Ancient Shore
by Shirley Hazzard
Hazzard's lyrical collection of essays on the history, beauty, complexities and contradictions of Naples. Includes a celebrated New Yorker essay by husband Francis Steegmuller.
Herculaneum: Italy's Buried Treasure
by Joseph Jay Deiss
An artful and wonderfully written description of the daily life of the Romans at the time of the destruction of Herculaneum.
The House in Amalfi
by Elizabeth Adler
Master of suspense and romance, Adler deftly intertwines lush descriptions of place with fast-paced intrigue in her 16th novel.
Blue Guide Southern Italy
by Paul Blanchard
A comprehensive guide to Southern Italy and especially its archaeology, history and culture. With maps and site plans.
The Fires of Vesuvius, Pompeii Lost and Found
by Mary Beard
With the panache of a gifted classicist, Mary Beard (Wonders of the World) conjures daily life in celebrated Pompeii, not only demolishing with particular relish the many myths that have grown up around the place but also emphasizing the limits of our knowledge. Some things we simply shall never know for certain.
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
Gomorrah
by Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss (Translator)
Savaiano's expose of the Naples mob documents in graphic detail the depredations and violence of the killers, criminals and thugs of the Camorra.
Lonely Planet Italian Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
A handy, palm-sized guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Vesuvius
by Gillian Darley
Darley unveils human responses to Mount Vesuvius, a place both feared and celebrated, from a cast of characters as far-flung as Pliny the Younger and David Hockney. This entry in Harvard University Press's excellent Wonders of the World series is a perfect introduction for travelers to Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Italian Folktales
by Italo Calvino
A treasured collection of 200 lively folk tales presented by one of the modern masters of Italian fiction. Calvino's elegant rendering of these old stories reveals his great affection for the folkloric traditions of his childhood.
Eyewitness Guide Naples & Amalfi Coast
by Eyewitness Guides
Covering Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Amalfi coast, this superb guide focuses on culture, history and art.
Rediscovering the Ancient World on the Bay of Naples, 1710-1890
by Carol C. Mattusch
This extensively illustrated volume details various reactions to the early excavations of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and their international influence in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Pompeii, The Day a City Died
by Robert Etienne
This indispensable pocket guide illustrates daily life in the city as revealed by its evocative frescoes, mosaics and treasures.
Pompeii, Public and Private Life
by Paul Zanker, Deborah Schneider (Translator)
A comprehensive guide to the architecture, people and culture of Pompeii, focusing on both grand public spaces and private villas. With 21 color illustrations and 55 halftones, including site plans, models, mosaics and sculpture.
Spartacus Road, A Journey Through Ancient Italy
by Peter Stothard
Stothard retraces the 2,000-mile journey of the rebel gladiator and his army from Rome to Pompei and Sorrento in this tale of travel, myth and slave revolt in the first century B.C.
Campania Basilicata Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A colorful, durable map of Campania, including Naples and the Amalfi Coast.
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13 days
12 nights
26 meals
11 B 7 L 8 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Sorrento, Check-in, Welcome Reception & Dinner
Sorrento
D
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Hotel check in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel and getting your room, take some time to freshen up and relax before our first group activity. We will meet in the lobby at 4:00 p.m. with a local expert for a short neighborhood walk to see the location of banks, pharmacies, and grocery stores. We’ll then circle back to the hotel for a “Welcome to Sorrento” reception where you will meet our Group Leader and fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. If you like, take a stroll in the traffic-free streets in the heart of Sorrento. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Orientation, Marina Grande, Classical Art & Architecture
Sorrento
B,L,D
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; stone steps, inclined path, steps with and without handrails.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will go over COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. Program-related transportation will be via private motorcoach unless noted otherwise. Unless indicated otherwise, meals will be served by gloved and masked wait staff. Breakfasts will be buffets, while lunches and dinners will be set menus. Water is included with all meals; other beverages such as wine, tea, and coffee will be available for purchase; some dinners will have a glass of wine included. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After a short break, we’ll set out with our Group Leader on a walking field trip to explore more of Sorrento. Among the highlights will be the Marina Grande, the characteristic old port where it’s not uncommon to see fishermen bringing in the catch of the day or repairing their nets. Our walk will circle back to the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: As preparation for our explorations in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum, we will gather in the hotel meeting room with a local expert who will give us a presentation on Classical Greek and Roman art and architecture.

Dinner: We will walk to a restaurant in Sorrento.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
4
Pompeii Field Trip
Sorrento
B,L
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 16 miles, approximately 1.5 hours total riding time. Walking up to 4 miles, approximately 4 hours; uneven cobblestone and dirt paths, steps, inclines, slippery when wet. Except at entrance/exit, no benches or other places to sit in the archaeological park.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Just outside our hotel, we will board a motorcoach and ride to Pompeii for an expert-led exploration of this wonder from the ancient world. Pompeii was a vibrant city when Mount Vesuvius erupted with such disastrous consequences on August 24, 79 C.E. It was not rediscovered until the late 16th century. The first systematic excavations began in 1738 and have continued to the present day. The archaeological site covers more than 163 acres (66 hectares), and about 121 acres (49 hectares) have been excavated. We’ll explore the streets of the city frozen in time. We’ll walk into the amphitheater, see where gladiators trained, walk down Via Abbondanza, the main street, and observe 1st century political grafitti. Our field trip will last about four hours.

Lunch: We will walk to a restaurant near the archaeological park.

Afternoon: We’ll reboard our motorcoach after the field trip and return to the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions for restaurants, trattoria, and cafés.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Marquetry Museum & Workshop, Italy Today
Sorrento
B
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles; uneven, cobblestoned streets, some inclines.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We’ll set out on a walking field trip to the Tarsia Museum that displays the materials, tools and traditional motifs used by master craftsmen of marquetry, or inlaid wood design. To ensure continuity for the decorative art tradition the museum is also a workshop to teach the craft to local youth. Returning to the hotel later in the afternoon, we’ll gather for a presentation by a local expert on key issues facing Italy today followed by Q&A. We’ll learn about the country’s healthcare system, education, religion, and women’s issues. We’ll also hear about the ways in which Italy continues to undergo rapid economic and societal change.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Archaeological Museum, Explore Naples
Sorrento
B,L,D
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 55 miles, approximately 2.5 hours total riding time. Walking about 2 miles; generally even terrain, flat stone and cobblestone; extended standing at museum; several flights of marble stairs; few benches in gallery rooms.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach to Naples for an expert-led exploration of the Archaeological Museum that houses treasures and artifacts found in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Highlights include the famed Alexander Mosaic, Flora and Fauna, and the Farnese Bull. We will also have some time to explore independently and see what interests each of us most We will gather at the appointed time and walk to our lunch restaurant.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the heart of Naples.

Afternoon: Our exploration of Naples will continue in the historic center. We’ll pass the Royal Palace, home to the Bourbon kings who ruled from 1734-1860, and on to see the exterior of the San Carlo Opera House and the Galleria Umberto, elegant 19th-century glass-roofed arcade. Returning to the hotel by motorcoach, we’ll have some time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: We’ll take a short ride through olive groves to a restaurant with views of the Bay of Naples.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
7
Isle of Capri Full-Day Field Trip
Sorrento
B,L
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 1 mile from hotel to marina. Getting on/off ferry to island of Capri, boat ride 1 hour total. Funicular to town of Capri, taxis to town of Anacapri. Driving 8 miles, 20 minutes riding time. Walking up to 3 miles; uneven terrain, cobblestones, inclines.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take a short motorcoach ride to the Sorrento marina, then board a large boat to the island of Capri for a full day on the Mediterranean’s most lush island while roaming intricate cobblestone lanes and chic neighborhoods. From the Capri marina, we’ll ride the funicular, or cable railway up to the town of Capri, where we’ll walk to the scenic and fragrant Cesare Augusto Gardens. We’ll have some time for independent exploration. You might like to stroll along the scenic Via Tragara to the Belvedere for breathtaking views of the Faraglioni rock formations, or savor a gelato or beverage at a café. We’ll rendezvous in the main square of Capri town at an announced time. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy the scenic ride to Anacapri, the village at the summit of the island, in convertible taxis with the top down.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Capri.

Afternoon: Our local expert will lead us on a walk to the Villa of San Michele, home of the Swedish physician Axel Munthe, who visited Capri in 1885 and built his dream house “open to the sun, to the wind, and the voice of the sea, just like a Greek temple, and light everywhere.” We’ll explore the villa and terraced gardens. Next, we’ll hop into convertible taxis and ride down to the marina. We’ll reboard the boat that will return to Sorrento by late afternoon and ride back to the hotel by motorcoach. After a short break we will gather in the hotel meeting room, where a musicologist will demonstrate the Neapolitan musical tradition complete with recordings. Selections include classical, opera, popular and pop music by Neapolitan composers.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like.

Evening: We will meet at the appointed time in the hotel or in town and walk to the Cathedral for a concert performed by local musicians. Short walk back to the hotel.

DAY
8
Political History, Cooking Demo in the Countryside
Sorrento
B,D
Hotel Michelangelo Sorrento

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 16 miles, approximately 1 hour total riding time. NOTE: Ride out is approximately 50 minutes via a scenic winding road; ride back is direct, about 10 minutes. Walking about 50 feet, uneven terrain, steps, inclines from motorcoach drop-off point to farm restaurant.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: In the hotel meeting room, a local expert will present the political history of Italy from the 1860s when the country was unified, through the years of fascism and World War II, to Berlusconi and the latest government coalition.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: We’ll board our motorcoach and head out on a panoramic drive through the Sorrento countryside. We’ll stop at an “agroturismo” — a farm restaurant — and assist in a demonstration of mozzarella cheese forming from a bowl of fresh milk and rennet. The host will describe the process of making olive oil and wine. Then, tie up the apron lent to you by the cook and assist in the preparation of regional dishes.

Dinner: At the agriturismo, a sampler of appetizers and an aperitivo will start off our enjoyment of dinner.

Evening: Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
Amalfi Coast Drive, Positano, Amalfi Piazza del Duomo
Amalfi/Minori
B,L,D
Hotel Villa Romana

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles riding approximately 3/4 hour. Getting on/off a boat, riding approximately 3/4 hour. In the event of bad weather that prevents the boat from leaving, we will walk up the hill along town sidewalks to the bus parking lot and board our motorcoach to Amalfi. Walking up to 3 miles; uneven terrain, steps, inclines. Baggage will be loaded onto the motorcoach and delivered to our rooms at the hotel in Minori.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and begin our journey to Minori via motorcoach along the Amalfi Coast Drive. The scenic, narrow, winding road is cut into steep cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea. En route, we will stop in the elegant seaside town of Positano with its characteristic white and pastel-colored houses that cling in tiers to the rock face. We’ll have some time for independent exploration before boarding a boat to Amalfi, with views of the cascading houses and lush gardens on the mountain face. The motorcoach will continue to Amalfi and we will reconnect after our boat ride.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Amalfi.

Afternoon: We will be joined by a local expert who will lead our walking field trip in Amalfi including the Piazza del Duomo, the main square, and the small museum that illustrates techniques of milling paper, an industry that flourished in Amalfi in the 12th century. We’ll also have some time to explore on our own. Those who wish to visit the interior of the 13th-century Duomo — cathedral — of Sant’Andrea, there are 62 steps to climb (no handrail). We’ll reboard our motorcoach for the ride to Minori on the scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast. We will check in to the hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before meeting in the lobby for dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Take this opportunity to experience some of the charms in this pleasant, seaside village.

DAY
10
Paestum
Amalfi/Minori
B,L,D
Hotel Villa Romana

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 40 miles each way, approximately 3 hours total riding time. Walking up to 4 miles; uneven dirt paths; few places to rest at archaeological site.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will board a motorcoach and ride south along the Amalfi Coast to Paestum. Founded as a Greek settlement circa 600 BCE, it was dedicated to Poseidon. A local expert will lead our exploration of this site that is world-renowned for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Greek temples. Two are in the Doric style and dedicated to Hera, “queen of the gods.” The third temple — dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom and war — features both Doric and Ionic elements.

Lunch: At a local restaurant overlooking the temples.

Afternoon: Our Paestum field trip will continue with an expert-led visit to the museum at the archaeological site that contains the famed painted Tomb of the Diver, discovered in 1968. We will ride back to Minori after our field trip.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Ravello, Free Time
Amalfi/Minori
B,D
Hotel Villa Romana

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles, approximately 3/4 hour total riding time. Walking up to 3 miles (not including elective return walk to hotel). Villa Rufolo gardens terraced with paved steps. Elective walk from Ravello to Minori about 1.5 miles, approximately 1 hour; dirt paths, hundreds of irregular stone steps through olive groves.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll board our motorcoach and set out on the winding road to Ravello, a medieval hill town above Amalfi with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. A local expert will lead our field trip in the world-renowned gardens of Villa Rufolo, dating from the 13th century. Falling into disrepair after many years, it was purchased in 1851 by Scottish botanist Sir Francis Neville Reid, who restored and renovated the house and gardens. The composer Richard Wagner visited in 1880 and was greatly impressed. Ravello today is known as “la città della musica” for its renowned annual music festival. The motorcoach will return to the hotel in Minori with time for an independent visit to the ruins of a Roman villa near the hotel. Those who wish to walk back are welcome to do so and enjoy spectacular views along the way.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions including details on how to return to Minori independently via public transportation or the footpath connecting Minori and Ravello.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to take a walk along the Minori beachfront and bid arrivederci to the Amalfi Coast. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
12
Herculaneum, Transfer to Naples
Naples
B,L,D
NH Panorama

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 36 miles, approximately 1.5 hours riding time. Walking about 2 miles; uneven terrain, dirt and gravel paths with slight inclines and some unavoidable steps.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel in Minori, board a motorcoach, and ride to Herculaneum. According to legend, Herculaneum was founded by and named for Hercules in 1243 BCE. This once upscale resort town was enveloped along with Pompeii in 79 CE by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. It was rediscovered in 1707 when a well was being dug, but excavations did not ensue until 1738. Because of differences in the kind and rate of volcanic damage, the buildings here were better preserved than those in Pompeii. One of the most significant is the so-called Villa of the Papyri where some 1,800 carbonized scrolls were found; the excavated Villa of the Papyri was the inspiration for the Getty Museum in Malibu, California. We’ll then continue to Naples and check in to our hotel. After settling in to our rooms we will meet back in the lobby for lunch.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Naples at your own pace.

Dinner: At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. See more of what appeals to you in Naples. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

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13
Program Concludes, In Transit From Program
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check out 11:00 a.m. See your program’s “Travel Information” regarding transfers.

Breakfast: At the hotel depending on departure time. This concludes the program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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