Roman Capri

Panorama of Capri island from Mount Solaro
Panorama of Capri island from Mount Solaro
Marina Grande in Capri
Marina Grande in Capri
Villa Jovis, Capri
Villa Jovis, Capri
Blue Grotto, Capri
Blue Grotto, Capri
Castello Aragonese, Ischia
Castello Aragonese, Ischia
Castello Aragonese, Ischia
Castello Aragonese, Ischia
Beautiful sea landscape to Sorrento
Beautiful sea landscape to Sorrento

Beguiling Capri has charmed Roman emperors, Russian revolutionaries and Hollywood stars alike. The legendary idyll presents the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal. Inhabited from the Palaeolithic period, Capri was briefly occupied by the Greeks, before it became the private playground of Emperor Augustus and retirement home of Tiberius.

On this tour we have time to take advantage of all Capri and Ischia has to offer, with a balance of archaeological visits and free time to explore. Beyond the tourist facade, Capri presents a rugged landscape, peppered with unspoilt beaches and picturesque villages overlooking the deep blue waters that lap into secluded coves and mysterious grottoes.

  • Stroll through the most magnificent and best conserved of all island residences, Villa Jovis
  • Enjoy the stunning panoramic view from the summit of Monte
    Solaro

Themes

  • Romans
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches
  • Ancient Greek

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

We arrive in Naples for a beautiful hour’s drive to Sorrento, where we take a short ferry over the Tyrrhenian Sea to Capri.

Day 2

We begin our day at the Villa Damecuta, one of the twelve villas built by Emperor Tiberius on Capri - perched on cliffs overlooking the sea. We continue by boat to the Grotta Azzura, a sea cave whose green and blue light led Tiberius to erect a marine temple here. We stop for some free time in the historic centre of Ana Capri.

We enjoy a special after hours visit and tour of Museum of Villa San Michele exploring gardens which are littered with relics from antiquity before ending the day in true Italian fashion with aperitifs on the terrace.

Day 3

We drive south to Marina Piccola, where we visit the lovely Augustus Gardens which offer a panoramic view of the island. We continue to St. Giacomo’s Charterhouse, with a fine cloister of a late Renaissance design, and the Chiostro Piccolo with Roman marble columns. We stop for lunch at Marina Piccola - another favourite haunt of Tiberius - where we enjoy impeccable views of Faraglioni. The afternoon is free for you to explore Marina Grande, perhaps taking a boat to Palazzo a Mare or Piazetta.

Day 4

We enjoy another beautiful little boat trip today, this time to Ischia, just an hour away. The volcanic outcrop is the most developed and largest of the islands in the Bay of Naples. We continue to the Archaeological Museum and the Area Archaeologica di Santa Restituta Finally, we step into the medieval Castello Aragonese. This is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia, built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC.

Day 5

An imperial morning — we visit Villa Jovis, the most famous and most opulent palace of Tiberius. Completed in 27AD, the entire complex covered over 1.7 acres of land and is built at the top of the second highest peak on the island. Tales of wild debauchery (according to Tacitus Tiberius he enjoyed throwing his enemies off the cliffs here) may have been exaggerated but it remains an astonishing feat of Roman architecture and engineering. This afternoon we walk along Pizzolungo. This is, arguably, the most breathtaking of all Capri’s winding ways.

Day 6

Our last full day on Capri, we travel to Mount Solaro, called ‘Acchiappanuvole’ (cloud-catcher) by locals for its misty morning crown. We ascend in chairlifts to Barbarossa Castle, passing over lush green pathways on a beautiful journey uphill. This afternoon we visit Punta Carena, Italy’s second tallest lighthouse.

Day 7

We transfer to the airport and return home.

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We arrive in Naples for a beautiful hour’s drive to Sorrento, where we take a short ferry to Capri.

Day 2

We begin our day at the Villa Damecuta - perched on cliffs overlooking the sea. We continue by boat to the Grotta Azzurra. We stop for some free time in the historic centre of Ana Capri; before a special after hours tour of the Museum of Villa San Michele.

Day 3

We drive south to Marina Piccola, where we visit the lovely Augustus Gardens. We continue to St. Giacomo’s Charterhouse. We stop for lunch at Marina Piccola, where we enjoy impeccable views of Faraglioni. The afternoon is free for you to explore Marina Grande, perhaps taking a boat to Palazzo a Mare or Piazetta.

Day 4

We enjoy a scenic ferry trip, this time to Ischia. We continue to the Archaeological Museum and the Area Archaeologica di Santa Restituta. Finally, we step into the medieval Castello Aragonese.

Day 5

An imperial morning — we visit Villa Jovis, the most opulent palace of Tiberius. This afternoon we walk along Pizzolungo – arguably the most breathtaking of all Capri’s winding ways.

Day 6

Our last full day on Capri, we travel to Mount Solaro. We ascend to Barbarossa Castle, passing over lush green pathways. This afternoon we visit Punta Carena, Italy’s second tallest lighthouse.

Day 7

We return home today.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

Hotel Info

6 nights within a hand picked hotel in Capri, perfectly located for your stay where you will be able to explore the island and its beautiful views.

Useful Information

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2018 Tour Details

Mon 3rd September - Sun 9th September

Available

£2,895

ex. flights: £2,650

sgl supp: £470

RCA18B

Led By: John Shepherd

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