Sorrento, Italy


Southern Italy Tour

Palermo / Agrigento / Syracuse / Taormina / Matera / Sorrento / Naples / Rome

»Dolce far niente« - enjoy the art of doing nothing.

The lights, beauty and genius of the Italian islands are unmatched. From Sicily’s rich history in culture to its picturesque coastlines; there is no shortage when it comes down to either spectacular views or historical attractions for travellers looking forward to their next adventure!

Each person has their favorite cities and regions, the ones they have already been to or the ones they want to visit. But possibly no other country rivals Italy regarding its cities’ light, beauty, colors, and genius. Those in the north are well known for being obligatory points on any first trip to the old continent. But there are not so many who descend beyond Rome. For this reason, we propose an exciting journey through the landscape of hills, volcanoes and valleys of southern Italy. In Sicily, all the routes of the Mediterranean cross and for this reason, the island was coveted since time immemorial, which has resulted in a rich mix of cultures. Matera is bewildering urbanization that has survived since the Stone Age. The Amalfi Coast, one of the most cinematic settings on the peninsula. On the other side of the booming north, Naples sometimes seems to be closer to myth than reality, making it irresistible. Rome, the seat of Christianity and cultural city par excellence, has a unique wealth of heritage. In addition to these destinations that no one would want to miss, some corners are still less known but just as suggestive, such as Noto, Reggio Calabria, Erice or the neighbourhood of the EUR, in Rome.

As one trip is not enough to discover all the charms that southern Italy has to offer, in this itinerary, we will focus on two key moments in its long history: Greco-Roman antiquity – whose legacy in terms of language, philosophy, art, architecture, science and law has been enormous – and the baroque, a philosophical and aesthetic movement conceived from the needs of the papacy to reaffirm its power in the face of the advance of absolute monarchies and the spread of Protestantism. Of course, in the case of a trip to Italy, we will also enjoy its gastronomy, since it is a region blessed for crops and surrounded by a deep blue sea. Southern cuisine is therefore closely linked to nature: vines, olive, fish, vegetables, cheeses and meats.


    this Mediterranean capital, manages to enchant the traveller willing to ignore its reputation as a chaotic and dirty city. In its millenary history, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Arabs, Normans, French and Spanish have left an artistic and cultural heritage that spills over not only into impressive buildings, squares, alleys and monuments of great beauty but also into fabulous cuisine based on rice, olives, fish and ice cream.
  • NOTO
    After the devastating earthquake that the island suffered in 1693, the city of Noto remained only in ruins. The Spanish viceroy launched an ambitious reconstruction program. According to the new urban guidelines, a talented group of architects and urban planners decided to rebuild it to make it an ideal city. When the traveller enters Noto, the feeling one has is to join a refined and orderly world. There is no place here for the usual network of narrow medieval alleys and facing facades that rub against each other. Noto is one of the epicenters of the Sicilian Baroque, a monumental city harmoniously planned around a central axis that has all the air of an imperial road.
    The Greeks were right with the superb location of this city and its theater. After a very long eclipse, at the end of the 18th century, it began to be praised by every traveller who came to its coast. And so it was that it became an exclusive resort for the wealthiest, most powerful and most glamorous Europeans of its time. Despite being one of the most visited places in Sicily, Taormina has not lost its distinction.
    Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is a balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of the Lattari Mountains, in a succession of valleys and headlands dotted with coves, beaches and terraces cultivated with citrus, grapevines and olive trees. The cities and towns on the coast are all different, each with its traditions and peculiarities that make them unique.
  • ROME
    is a unique and unrepeatable case in the history of urban planning: a city that – although profoundly transformed – can still claim its continuity with a millennial past. Few cities on the planet possess such greatness, and you have to have been there to understand how its seven hills can harmoniously amalgamate three millennia of Western civilization: ruins from the time of the Caesars, Renaissance palaces, Baroque churches and fountains, nineteenth-century avenues and a modern city built on the left bank of the Tiber. Glamorous and dirty, Catholic and heretical, frantic and hypnotic. All adjectives fit. The “dolce vita” of the second postwar period has long since concluded.


  • 20 nights accommodation in 4* hotels with breakfast
  • Transportation, tour leader and local guides services throughout the tour according to the itinerary
  • 3 nights in Palermo with a panoramic tour, full-day excursion to Erice and Trapani, welcome dinner
  • 1 night in Agrigento, visit to Cefalu, Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale, 1 dinner
  • 2 nights in Syracuse, visit the archaeological site, Ortigia and Noto, 1 dinner
  • 2 nights in Taormina with a panoramic tour, 1 dinner
  • 2 nights in Matera with a panoramic tour, 1 dinner
  • 3 nights in Sorrento, full-day visit to Amalfi Coast, the tour of Pompeii, 1 dinner
  • 3 nights in Naples with a panoramic tour, 1 dinner
  • 4 nights in Rome with a panoramic tour, farewell dinner
  • Excursion to the archaeological sites of Paestum, Pompeii and Villa del Casale
  • 2 walks in Rome and a third (optional) through the Roman neighbourhood of EUR

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Southern Italy Tour

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