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
13 days
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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.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On a boat excursion along the Amalfi Coast, appreciate the picture-postcard view of the houses and gardens clinging perilously to the cliffs.
  • Investigate the lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, searching the sites 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.
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Jan Gilbert
Jan Gilbert has been leading 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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