Naples is a city of swaggering palaces and stupendous churches, of cacophonous street life and infectious vitality. Its museums display some of the finest art and antiquities to be found in Italy, and major architectural and archaeological sites are located nearby. The Teatro San Carlo is one of the most important in operatic history, with many premières to its credit. One of the oldest and largest in Europe, it was built in 1737, restored after a fire in 1818, and has just emerged in all its glory from major refurbishment.
Day 1 - Arrival in Naples and orientation tour of the city. After a light lunch, a walking tour with visit of the Teatro di San Carlo, the houses where Donizetti and Rossini lived during their stay in Naples, Umberto Gallery, Chiesa della Pietà dei Turchini, once part of the Conservatory of Pietà dei Turchini, built in 1583 and the only one remaining of the original four musical institutions.
Dinner in a typical Trattoria in Naples
Day 2 - Departure for the Vesuvius. Climb up to the Cratere. Wine tasting in a vineyards and light lunch outside. Departure to Pompeii to visit Pompeii Ruins:
Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 A.D., Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of the Wonders of the World and the excavations begun in the 18th Century are still being carried out today. Our guide will take you slowly through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii where you can see Baths, Forums and Villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 B.C. Marvel at the fabulously preserved Frescos which adorned the walls and floors of the Villas. Even if your interests do not lie in history, this is an archaeological site that cannot fail to impress you.
Day 3 - The Archaeological Museum is the most important museum of classical archaeology in the world. Charles of Bourbon put the largest art collection in Italy, the Farnese collection inherited by his mother Elisabeth, into this building (the old “Study Palace” or university). Over the years the largest archaeological collection of all time, relics from the city and from the villas buried under the ashes of Vesuvius in 79 BC, was brought here. The most important collection of the museum is that of the mosaics, paintings, jewellery and objects recovered from the buried Vesuvian homes.
Pizza Lunch in the old quarter – oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in the West and under the protection of UNESCO - and a stroll in the vivacious historical center. The visit can start from San Domenico Maggiore, the homonymous square that houses the famous Caffé Scaturchio. Its sfogliatella and coffee is worth a stop and tasting. Then continue to San Biagio dei Librai and have a nice stroll in a street full of handcraft shops. Visit San Gregorio Armeno and arrival at San Lorenzo to visit San Lorenzo underground. Then on to Cappella Sansevero. At the end of the visit the guide will lead the group towards Santa Chiara to admire the Cloister. In the evening: a performance at the Teatro San Carlo.
Day 4 - Morning at disposal for shopping in Naples. Departure