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
- Historic Churches
- Ancient Greek
- Special Access
- All Inclusive
Today we arrive in beautiful Naples and take a coach to our hotel. Later, we will take a leisurely stroll around this old city.
A scenic ferry trip takes us to the peaceful, volcanic island of Ischia. Upon arrival, we continue on to the great Archaeological Museum and after viewing its fantastic collections, we move on to the Area Archaeologica di Santa Restituta. Finally, we step into the medieval Castello Aragonese. This is, perhaps, the most impressive historical monument in the area and it stands proudly on a volcanic rocky islet. It is a magnificent sight to behold. From here, we cross over to Capri.
This morning is free for us to explore Marina Grande. Why not take a boat out to Palazza a Mare or maybe visit the bustling square at the heart of Capri - Piazetta? In the afternoon, following lunch, we visit Villa Damecuta, which is perched on cliffs that overlook the sea and is one of the 12 Imperial Roman villas built by the Emperor Tiberius on the island of Capri. Afterwards, we stop for some free time in the historic centre of Anacapri. Later, we are treated to an exclusive after-hours tour at the shining Villa San Michele Museum, which is a real privilege.
An imperial morning awaits us as we begin with a visit to Villa Jovis, the most opulent palace of Emperor Tiberius and also one of the locations from which he ruled the Roman Empire. The remains of the Roman villa hint at the grandeur that the building would have showcased in its former glory. Later, we visit the Gardens of Augustus and this stunning botanical area gives us an insight into the rich flora that can be found here.
Today we begin with a visit to St. Giacomo's Charterhouse. This is the oldest historic building on the island of Capri. Afterwards, we enjoy a walk along the scenic coastal path of Pizzolungo, which is arguably the most breathtaking of all of Capri's winding ways, and then we stop for lunch at Marino Piccola. This restaurant boasts impeccable views of Faraglioni. This afternoon, we will return to our hotel and, if it's practical to do so, we will then travel by boat to the phenomenal Grotta Azzurra (the magnificent Blue Grotto sea cave).
On this, our final full day in charismatic Capri, we travel to Mount Solaro. At 589 metres above sea level, this point provides unparalleled panoramic views. We ascend to Barbarossa Castle, passing over lush green pathways as we go. This is an impressive archaeological ruin that is steeped in history. In the afternoon, we pay a visit to Punta Carena, which is Italy's second tallest lighthouse. Built in 1866, it stands in front of the Migliera, which is lined with defence walls built by the British at the beginning of the 19th century.
We take the opportunity to visit the splendid Museo di Capodimonte and view its vast collection, which contains works by Raphael, Caravaggio and Bellini to name but a few, before returning to the airport and catching our return flights home.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Field Notes
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.
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