Herculaneum: You’ll visit one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world — Herculaneum. In AD 79 the gigantic eruption of Vesuvius, which also destroyed Pompeii, buried the town under a tide of volcanic mud. The semi-liquid mass seeped into the crevices and niches of every building, covering household objects, enveloping textiles and wood — and sealing all in a compact, airtight tomb.
From the ramp leading down to Herculaneum’s well-preserved edifices, you’ll get a good overall view of the site, as well as an idea of the amount of volcanic debris that had to be removed to bring it to light.
By walking among the ancient houses, you’ll be able to see the original wooden beams, staircases, furniture, skeletons of inhabitants and a small Roman vessel whose wood and equipment has survived very much intact.
Pizza: After visiting a piece of the ancient world we’ll get some delicious Italian food. We’ll head to a place where “pizza by the meter” was invented, one of the most renowned restaurants in Campania, which was given the title of University of pizza. A countless combination of pizza flavors made exclusively with local ingredients (available also on a gluten-free crust) along with many antipasti, pasta, meat, fish and desserts will definitely delight your palate.
Amalfi coast: After a delicious lunch we’ll be driving through an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape — the Amalfi Coast. It is a combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea in a stunning vertical scene of precipitous crags, picturesque towns and lush forests.
The coastal road along the Amalfi Coast is famous for its hairpin bends, fantastic views and general scariness. The towns are all built at a very steep angle, so streets zigzag backwards and forwards along the slopes.
Among the glittering string of coastal gems, legendary Positano and Amalfi sparkle the brightest, while mountaintop Ravello has the glossy fame of its grandiose villas.
We’ll make a stop in each town and you’ll have time for shopping (e.g. ceramics, limoncello etc.) and tasting local pastries or gelato.