Italy 2017: Abruzzi and the Amalfi Coast
From mountains to vineyards, and coast to coast. Experience the backroads of Italy!
This trip is back by request and customized for family and friends of the Loreno's. The tour includes some of the most beautiful parts of old-world Italy. Travel to a land where it's possible to imagine time has stood still for centuries. Explore medieval castles and fortresses. Feast on scrumptious local delicacies. Meet the friendly locals. We will visit small villages and towns along the Adriatic coast, experience hands-on traditional old-world culture in Abruzzi, and top it all off with a favorite vacation hideaway of ancient Roman emperors on the island of Capri.
Day 1 (Monday, June 12): Flight to Italy
Meet at JFK airport for evening group flight to Rome.
Day 2 (Tuesday, June 13): Rome to Teramo
Benvenuti in Italia! Private coach pickup and scenic afternoon drive through Gran Sasso National Park to Teramo (Grandpa's birthplace) stopping along the way for coffee/snack. Check into hotel for 2-night stay in the historic center of Teramo. Free time to explore the town at leisure followed by dinner in Teramo.
Day 3 (Wednesday, June 14): Family towns
After breakfast at the hotel, spend the day along the Adriatic coast visiting the towns of our ancestors: Teramo (Grandpa Loreno's birthplace), Montepagano (Grandpa and Grandma were married here), Giulianova (Aunt Nuncy's birthplace), Tortoreto, church of San Nicola (Langiotti's were once major patrons), Grottammare (home of Langiotti ancestors), and Cupra Marittima (Grandma's birthplace). Visit Civitella del Tronto and dinner either in the medieval fortress or at an agriturismo en route back to Teramo.
Day 4 (Thursday, June 15): Experience old-world traditions in Vasto
After breakfast at the hotel, load luggage and depart Teramo for a hands-on traditional experience in Vasto. Enjoy an old-world farm experience with milking, ricotta cheese and bread making, and vegetable harvest. Lunch at the farmhouse with all ingredients produced on site. This afternoon visit Roccascalegna - "Abruzzo's Castle in the Sky." Dinner and overnight in Opi, a medieval mountain village in Abruzzo National Park.
Day 5 (Friday, June 16): Abruzzo National Park and Pompei
Breakfast in Opi followed by visits to the small villages in Abruzzo National Park. Lunch in one of the mountain towns, then travel to Pompei for an early evening visit to the ruins. Dinner and overnight in Pompei.
Day 6 (Saturday, June 17): Amalfi Coast
Breakfast and morning departure from hotel. Enjoy breathtaking views while traveling along Italy's famous coastline, stopping at scenic points and to explore towns like Ravello, Positano, and Sorrento. Check into Sorrento hotel for a 2-night stay. Free time for souvenir shopping and dinner in Sorrento.
Day 7 (Sunday, June 18): Capri
Breakfast at the hotel to gear up for today's adventure: ferry to the island of Capri and a morning boat tour, squeezing into the Blue Grotto! Then ride the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro and enjoy the beautiful views while hiking back down. Free time and shopping in Capri's Piazzetta, followed by dinner on the island. Evening ferry back to Sorrento.
Day 8 (Monday, June 19): Naples and Rome
Catch the high speed ferry to Naples this morning and explore the city's rich history by foot. For lunch, a taste Italy's most famous pizza. Afternoon train ride to Rome and check into hotel. Dinner and evening near Trevi Fountain.
Day 9 (Tuesday, June 20): Flight home
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport for morning flight home.
Trip Inclusions & Exclusions
Discovery Expeditions agrees to provide the following goods and services for the duration of the tour to each participant:
- Professional General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy ($5,000,000)
- Roundtrip Air Transportation between JFK and Rome
- Hotel accommodations in shared facilities with private bath (7 nights total)
- Meals as listed on the itinerary
- Private bus transportation and driver between sites (5 days)
- Public transportation (ferry and rail) and transfers to/from Rome Fiumicino airport (4 days)
- Custom designed itinerary
- Full-time professional tour director (Kristin Peterson)
- All supplemental guiding and services
- Entrance fees to all program sites and activities listed on the itinerary
- Complete tour participant accounting including option to pay by credit card
- All taxes
- Comprehensive Accident, Medical/Liability/Travel Protection/Cancellation/Interruption Insurance included
- Optional Cancel For Any Reason Insurance available -- cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure and receive 75% refund
Not included in the trip price:
- Transportation to/from JFK airport