Our eight-day escorted tour is led by expert guide Diana Blumberg and takes in many of the ancient sites surrounding Vesuvius, including the famous ruins of Pompeii, as well as places off the beaten track, such as the remains of the hedonistic Roman town Baiae.
The trip is based in Naples, a vibrant city with thousands of years of history contained within its buildings and under its streets.
Two of the historical highlights of this escorted tour are the visit to the Catacombs of San Gennaro and the time spent in the National Archaeological Museum. The Catacombs sit beneath a part of modern Naples known as the Valley of the Dead. This underground complex is surprisingly spacious (in some places the ceilings are six metres high) with large caverns carved into the ground. Here you will find examples of paleo-Christian burial and worship sites.
Emerge into the light and head towards the National Archaeological Museum. This important building is home to some of the more intriguing objects uncovered during the Pompeii excavations, including ancient scripts, mosaics and other artefacts.
Discovering the City
On day six of our escorted tour, our guests enjoy free time in Naples. This is your chance to explore and connect with this exciting city in your own way. Of course, I do have a few recommendations on how you can get the most out of your short time there.
Though I don’t usually suggest travellers head straight to the shops, I’ll make an exception here. Via San Gregorio, in the old urban centre, is a fascinating street inhabited by talented craftsmen who create and sell intricate nativity figures in the traditional Italian style. The figurines on sale include shepherds and angels, as well as peasants, politicians, celebrities and more.
Italy is known as the birthplace of pizza – why not sample the delicacy while you’re there? After all the walking and shopping, you’ll be starving. Look for places where the locals are queuing to get in and you won’t go far wrong. If you are pushed for time, there are plenty of takeaway options offering freshly-fired pizza for those on the go.
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