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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.
Rating (5)
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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The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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Prices displayed below are based on per person,doubleoccupancy.
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Aug 30 - Sep 11, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Sep 6 - Sep 18, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Sep 13 - Sep 25, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Sep 27 - Oct 9, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Oct 11 - Oct 23, 2022
Starting at
4,499
Oct 26 - Nov 8, 2022
Starting at
4,199
Itinerary Note

Family & Friends of the Nuccis

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

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

Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2023
Starting at
4,199
Apr 4 - Apr 16, 2023
Starting at
4,649
Apr 18 - Apr 30, 2023
Starting at
4,649
May 2 - May 14, 2023
Starting at
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
Starting at
4,649
Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2023
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4,649
Sep 26 - Oct 8, 2023
Starting at
4,649
Oct 3 - Oct 15, 2023
Starting at
4,649
Oct 10 - Oct 22, 2023
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4,649
Oct 17 - Oct 29, 2023
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4,649
Oct 24 - Nov 5, 2023
Starting at
4,649
Oct 31 - Nov 12, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Nov 14 - Nov 26, 2023
Starting at
4,099
Nov 28 - Dec 10, 2023
Starting at
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
Starting at
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
Starting at
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 View biography
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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(5)

What a fantastic trip! The Italian history and lifestyle, the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, delicious food and wine, and compatible travel companions. I wasn't ready to come home!

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

This was a lovely trip and I was excited to see Pompeii, the Greek temples, Herculaneum, and Amalfi Road, all things I had always wanted to view in person. Michelle Bassett was helpful, friendly and organized. Couldn't have asked for a better team leader. Bravo to Road Scholar trips.

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This was a wonderful trip. The tour was carefully planned to allow participants to see the most remarkable sites in this area. Excellent lectures provided introductory and background information for the excursions. Michelle Bassett, our tour guide, was outstanding, kind, helpful, competent, interesting, lively, and even hard-working to ensure that all arrangements were just as described in the itinerary. Vincenzo and Enrica were superb tour guides for archaeology, history, geography, art...two polymaths with boundless enthusiasm, love for their work, and care for all of us. The hotels were convenient and comfortable; dinners there, and other planned dinners were delicious. The Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, and the Sorrentine Peninsula have to be among the world's most beautiful places to see. The sights were awesome; words are inadequate.

(5)

The adventure "Beyond the View: The Amalfi Coast and Sorrento" was the experience of a lifetime! Every aspect of it was perfect from the guides to the food to the hotels and the cities. Italy is wonderful; this trip is spectacular!

(5)

This program provided a great combination of the beauty of Italy and the history of the country from the ancient world (Pompeii, Herculaneum, museums) to the present (from lectures and observations of daily living). Guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Bus drivers are skilled on the hills and narrow roads of the Amalfi coast.

(5)

This is a great trip, giving you a nice combination of tourist sights and educational learning. The way the program is structured connects the information together as you travel up and down the Amalfi Coast. Sorrento is a great place to be based for the first part, lots of attractions and activity. Our tour leader, Mimmo, and all the local experts were remarkable, especially Enrica, who brought the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum to life for us. She has so much energy and enthusiasm that we could not help but understand what we were observing. The visit to the agroturismo (farm restaurant) was unquestionably the most entertaining part of the trip. Seeing the amazing ruins of ancient Greek temples at Paestum and the handmade paper mill in Amalfi were also highlights. (Plus the glorious concert in the Cathedral!) All in all, great knowledge + great sights + great leadership = awesome trip!

This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Our group leader, Mimo, took great care of us, and the experts and guides did a wonderful job of bringing the past to life. We learned something new everyday! I was amazed at how large Pompei was and how many artifacts had survived over the centuries. And I had never heard of the cities of Herculean and Paestum (sp?). Wow!! How do such places exist, and yet so many people have never heard of them?? This trip was incredible. I absolutely LOVED it! I am definitely going to do this one again!

(5)

It was so good to be traveling again. The Campania area of Italy felt very safe with good attention to Covid regulations. Domenico, our guide for the trip, was an absolute gem, charming, gracious, funny and very informative. Also, we had wonderful guides to the archeological sites and lectures about Italy. It was a nice blend of enjoying the beautiful scenery of the coast (boat trip to Capri and boat trip along the coast from Positano to Amalfi) and the opportunity to learn about the amazing Roman and Greek sites and the way of life in these ancient cities (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum). I was so glad that Paestum was included in this program, because it offers some of the best preserved Greek temples anywhere (except perhaps Sicily which is another great Road Scholar trip).

(5)

What a way to renter the world of travel after an almost two year hiatus! From the historical sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum to the stunning vistas of the Amalfi Coast we had a great way to spend almost 2 weeks. Great instructors, great food, as a good group of fellow travelers completed the trip.

(5)

The Amalfi Coast/Sorrento trip is amazing. I met some great people, learned new things, and was able to take photographs that will help me remember this part of Italy for years to come.

(5)

The Amalfi Coast tour is one of the highlights of our European guided tours. It was well-planned, interesting, and delightful. The tour leaders and guides are exceptionally well-informed, courteous, friendly and made the tour as interesting as it was. While the weather didn't always cooperate, we all had a great time.

(5)

This was our first Road Scholar. Jan Gilbert and the other tour guides made this trip very enjoyable and educational. We would definitely take another trip with Road Scholar.

(5)

This is a fabulous program and I recommend it to all. Such a beautiful, welcoming area, with wonderful Road Scholar people helping us get the most out of it as possible! I wouldn’t have missed it!

(5)

Road Scholar, with an emphasis on educational programming and deep cultural understanding, is definitely a cut above the multitude of show-and-tell group tours.

(5)

An in-depth tour of the Amalfi coast region of Italy. So many sights, sounds and tastes to savor and enjoy!

(5)

A great time, with nicely varied programming; wonderful group leaders; unmatched scenery and archaeological sites. If you're up for more hiking in your free time, there are wonderful opportunities, such as climbing Vesuvius; roaming to vistas in Ravello, Capri, and Positano; and further exploring Sorrento and Minori.

(5)

I loved the mix of activities in this program. Most days were spent outside exploring beautiful sites with stories to tell. We visited not only well known sites like Pompeii, but sites I wasn’t familiar with like Herculaneum and Paestum. The Amalfi Coast was beyond beautiful but also amazing for its land use. It was great being based in Sorrento—we got to know the town and it’s great restaurants. Being there during Easter Week was a special bonus as we were able to observe and participate in activities that have been going on since the Middle Ages. Do climb Mt Vesuvius—the views are worth the effort. Don’t walk down from Ravello—it took my knees days to recover. Jan was the perfect site coordinator and Claudio was an inspiring teacher.

(5)

This is a high-energy, high-value program. We were busy and moving most of the time, but it was just terrific. The location has so much to offer, and the staff that put this on are really amazing! Note that it is not a good program for those who have mobility issues as there is a lot of climbing and extensive walking.

(5)

While the Amalfi Coast is beautiful, the history of The Roman Empire and Greek influences are everywhere. If you want to increase your knowledge of the “Classical Era” of European history, this a trip for you.

(5)

First class accommodations, exploration, food and staff . The participants for social and interesting. Shared their experiences if asked






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