1st Day: Destination Caserta
Arrival in the evening in Casterta, southern Italy, a city just north of Naples. This city is the capital of the region and is also known as ‘ The Land of Work’. Simple and renowned for its generosity, the Bourbon Dynasty gave this city the name of ‘The Versailles of Italy’ and it has been a favourite holiday destination for the Neapolitans since 1859. Accommodation in a hotel in Caserta or immediate locality, welcome drink, dinner and overnight stay.
2nd Day: Palazzo Reale and Ancient Caserta
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit with our local guide, the beautiful Reggia Vanvitelliana – ‘The Versailles of Campania’, where we will view magnificently decorated apartments, and spend some time in the majestic gardens. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue our tour with a visit to the ancient medieval village of Caserta Antica (Casa Hirta) considered to be the ‘Pompei’ of the Middle Ages. In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
3rd Day: S.Angelo in Formis / Capua / S. Maria Capua Vetere
Breakfast in the hotel and departure for S. Angelo in Formiswhere we will see a wonderful example of medieval art – the old Benedictine Basilica which houses frescoes depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments – one of the largest examples of Christian Art in the world. We will visit the historical centre of Capua, an ancient city, with its impressive monuments – the Dom and the Church of Annunziata. After lunch we will continue the excursion with a visit to the Provincial Campania Museum, considered to be one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy. We will also visit S. Maria Capua Vetere, with its magnificent Amphitheatre (second only to the Coliseum) and the Mitreo, a place of culture, unique toCampania and dedicated to the Goddess Mira. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
4th Day: Naples / Pompei
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Naples and an extraordinary panoramic sightseeing tour. We will see Castel dell’Ovo, the wide Plebiscito Square, with its beautiful church of S. Francesco, situated in front of the Royal Palace and surrounded by eight statues of former kings of Naples. The tour will continue with a visit to theSan Carlo Theatre, the second biggest theatre in Italy, the Galleria Umberto and the New Castle. This last monument, dating back to the 12th century, provides a beautiful view of theBay of Naples and today houses government offices. After lunch we will continue on to Pompei, an ancient city destroyed by the Vesuviuan eruption in 79 B.C. We will explore the archaeological excavation whichis the most visited ‘open-air museum’ the world. Crossing Porta Marina, we will pass through the excavation where we will be plunged into the past, walking through Decumano Massimo, Piazza del Foro, the ruins of temples and basilicas and culminating in a tour of the house of Vetti with its impressive Pompeian paintings. Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
5th Day: Salerno / Paestum
After breakfast we will depart for Paestum and explore the Greek origins of this area. We will be greeted by three magnificent temples built in the Doric style and will visit a museum rich in artefacts which tell the story of these ancient lives. After lunch we will continue on to Salerno. The sightseeing tour of this pleasant city includes theDuomo, (dedicated to Saint Matteo), the stately Castle Arechi (external visit), the monumental complex of S. Sofia, and culminates in a tour of the Municipal Theatre Giuseppe Verdi. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
6th Day: Benevento / S. Lorenzello
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Benevento, a city with a rich history and where many monuments stand in remembrance of past glories. Walking through the historical centre, we will view the magnificent architecture of Rocca dei Rettori, the church of Santa Sofia and the majestic Arco Traiano. After lunch the tour will continue with a visit to theMuseum of Sannio and we will continue on to S. Lorenzello, a medieval town famous for its pottery production. In the evening, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
7th Day: Departure
After breakfast, departure and end of our services
- full board starting with dinner of the 1st day to breakfast on
the 7th day
- 3 star hotel accommodation in Caserta, rooms with private
services (classification according to Italian standard)
- welcome drink on arrival
- full day guided tour of Caserta (5 hours) on the 2nd day
- full day guided tour of S. Angelo in Formis, Capua and S. Maria
Capua Vetere (6 hours total) on the 3rd day
- full day guided tour of Naples and Pompeii (5 hours total) on
the 4th day
- full day guided tour of Salerno and Paestum (6 hours total) on
the 5th day
- full day guided tour of Benevento e S. Lorenzello (6 hours
total) on the 6th day
- a personalized booklet containing all the relevant information
for your stay
- our services throughout the whole stay
- all the services specified in the above program
- entrances fees to the sites
- city tax to be paid on the spot
- all services not specified in the above program