Pompeii & Amalfi – Wine and Archaeology

House of Julia Felix, Pompeii
House of Julia Felix, Pompeii
Wall fresco from The Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii; believed to depict the initiation of a young woman into a Greco-Roman mystery cult
Wall fresco from The Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii; believed to depict the initiation of a young woman into a Greco-Roman mystery cult
Still life fresco in the Second style, from the House of Julia Felix, Pompeii
Still life fresco in the Second style, from the House of Julia Felix, Pompeii
One of the well preserved Greek temples at Paestum, which has three of the best examples of Ancient Greek Doric temples in the world.
One of the well preserved Greek temples at Paestum, which has three of the best examples of Ancient Greek Doric temples in the world.
Ruins at Pompeii
Ruins at Pompeii
Neptune and Amphitrite - Neptune stands beside his queen Amphitrite in this remarkably preserved mosaic, found in a Herculaneum villa.
Neptune and Amphitrite - Neptune stands beside his queen Amphitrite in this remarkably preserved mosaic, found in a Herculaneum villa.
Herculaneum - Herculaneum was once a favourite retirement spot for rich patricians
Herculaneum - Herculaneum was once a favourite retirement spot for rich patricians

Southern Italy is an incredibly rich region, its abundant archaeology perfectly complemented by its equally historic 4000-year-old wine legacy. Explore rock-cut abbeys, fascinating museums, magnificent temples and the astonishing remnants of ancient towns and cities devastated (and preserved) by Vesuvius. Wine is the life blood of the region – it was named ‘land of wine’ by the Greeks. The wines were adored by the Romans and its not hard to see why - bold, full-bodied, and supremely satisfying… but don’t take our word for it.

Andante Travels have joined forces with Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours to offer a series of Wine & Archaeology tours

  • Enjoy wine tastings in local family-run vineyards, plus cooking classes and delicious local dishes from the home of pizza and buffalo mozzarella
  • See Pompeii, Herculaneum and lesser-known sites with archaeologists who bring these ancient sites to life
  • Enjoy the best of both worlds: an irresistible combination of world-famous archaeological sites and mouth-watering wines

Themes

  • Ancient Greek
  • Historic Churches
  • Medieval
  • Romans

Practicalities

  • Low Single Supplement
  • All Inclusive
  • Special Access

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We arrive in time for a light lunch at a local Osteria in Amalfi. We have a relaxed start to the tour, with some free time in Amalfi. Take a stroll through the sun-filled piazzas or along the beach. We continue to our hotel in Ravello.

Day 2

We begin the day with a visit to Tenuta San Francesco, in the beautiful remote Lattari valley.

After a light lunch, we take part in an afternoon cookery demonstration of local recipes at our hotel, which we get to enjoy at tonight's dinner.

Day 3

We encounter beautiful views on our way along the winding roads to the Cilento coast. We stop en route at Corpo Di Cava dei Tirreni, the rock-cut abbey stands in a gorge of the Finestre Hills.

We have special access to the library and its rich archives of public and private documents, which date back to the 8th century.

We stop for lunch at De Conciliis, a family run winery tucked away in the heart of the Cilento region. We continue to Santa Maria for an afternoon wine tasting at Villa Sirio, our hotel for the next two days.

Day 4

We travel to Paestum. We wander among the mighty temples, some of the best preserved anywhere in the Greek world. We continue to Velia, a beautiful ancient city of Magna Graecia. Later, we move on to Sangiovanni, a splendid estate owned by Mario Corrado and Ida Budetta. Their passion for the unspoilt nature of the Cilento region, led them to relocate with their entire family - horses, dog and cats included.

Day 5

We devote a whole day to Pompeii. No other site can compare in revealing the scale and proportions of a Roman town. We visit some of the best-preserved buildings,including the bars (the rich soil around Vesuvius was renowned for producing some of the best wine in the Roman empire). We visit several villas which have only recently re-opened to the public.

Day 6

We visit the town of Herculaneum, which perfectly complements a visit to Pompeii. The town was buried to a much greater depth than Pompeii - you wander through streets with almost complete Roman houses rising on either side, in some cases preserved up to their rooftops. We enjoy lunch at a local wine bar, before continuing to Naples, to visit the Archaeological Museum. Many of the best wall-paintings and statues were brought here in the early years of the excavations at Pompeii.

Day 7

We travel to Sta Maria Capua Vetere, an excellent Archaeological Museum that is home to Bronze Age, Iron Age, Etruscan, Ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. We continue to the adjacent second century Mithraeum - a gorgeous, well preserved sanctuary to the god Mythras. We also visit the interesting on-site Gladiator Museum.
We will all gather for a farewell dinner tonight in a wonderful local restaurant – a fitting end to our tour.

Day 8

We return home today.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We arrive in time for a light lunch at a local Osteria in Amalfi. We have a relaxed start to the tour, with some free time in Amalfi. Take a stroll through the sun-filled piazzas or along the beach. We continue to our hotel in Ravello.

Day 2

We begin the day with a visit to Tenuta San Francesco, in the beautiful remote Lattari valley.

After a light lunch, we take part in an afternoon cookery demonstration of local recipes at our hotel, which we get to enjoy at tonight's dinner.

Day 3

We encounter beautiful views on our way along the winding roads to the Cilento coast. We stop en route at Corpo Di Cava dei Tirreni, the rock-cut abbey stands in a gorge of the Finestre Hills.

We have special access to the library and its rich archives of public and private documents, which date back to the 8th century.

We stop for lunch at De Conciliis, a family run winery tucked away in the heart of the Cilento region. We continue to Santa Maria for an afternoon wine tasting at Villa Sirio, our hotel for the next two days.

Day 4

We travel to Paestum. We wander among the mighty temples, some of the best preserved anywhere in the Greek world. We continue to Velia, a beautiful ancient city of Magna Graecia. Later, we move on to Sangiovanni, a splendid estate owned by Mario Corrado and Ida Budetta. Their passion for the unspoilt nature of the Cilento region, led them to relocate with their entire family - horses, dog and cats included.

Day 5

We devote a whole day to Pompeii. No other site can compare in revealing the scale and proportions of a Roman town. We visit some of the best-preserved buildings,including the bars (the rich soil around Vesuvius was renowned for producing some of the best wine in the Roman empire). We visit several villas which have only recently re-opened to the public.

Day 6

We visit the town of Herculaneum, which perfectly complements a visit to Pompeii. The town was buried to a much greater depth than Pompeii - you wander through streets with almost complete Roman houses rising on either side, in some cases preserved up to their rooftops. We enjoy lunch at a local wine bar, before continuing to Naples, to visit the Archaeological Museum. Many of the best wall-paintings and statues were brought here in the early years of the excavations at Pompeii.

Day 7

We travel to Sta Maria Capua Vetere, an excellent Archaeological Museum that is home to Bronze Age, Iron Age, Etruscan, Ancient Greek and Roman artefacts. We continue to the adjacent second century Mithraeum - a gorgeous, well preserved sanctuary to the god Mythras. We also visit the interesting on-site Gladiator Museum.
We will all gather for a farewell dinner tonight in a wonderful local restaurant – a fitting end to our tour.

Day 8

We return home today.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guides - Classical archaeology expert and an expert wine guide.
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Hotels - 2 nights in the heart of Ravello, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, 2 nights in front of the Amalfi coast with a spectacular view of Capri, 3 nights in a 4 star hotel in Naples within the luxury shopping area and a few metres away from Piazza del Plebiscito
  7. Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
  8. Flights - Scheduled return flights from London to Naples

Hotel Info

2 nights in the heart of Ravello, one of the most beautiful cities in the world
2 nights in front of the Amalfi coast with a spectacular view of Capri
3 nights in a 4 star hotel in Naples within the luxury shopping area and a few metres away from Piazza del Plebiscito

Useful Information

This tour is being run jointly between Andante Travels and our sister site Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours.

Founded in 1987, Arblaster & Clarke is the world’s leading wine tours operator and aims to provide wine holiday experiences that go beyond the ordinary - with visits, tastings, lunches and dinners at rising star wineries and famous châteaux. www.winetours.co.uk 

For full information about passport validity and Visa requirements as well as Health and Vaccination information please click here.

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2017 Tour Details

Sat 23rd September - Sat 30th September

Available

£2,750

ex. flights: £2,495

sgl supp: £275

AAA17A

Led By: John Shepherd

2018 Tour Details

Sat 22nd September - Sat 29th September

Available

£2,995

ex. flights: £2,725

sgl supp: £395

AAA18A

Led By: Diana Blumberg

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