Countries
Italy - Lazio, Campania, Sicilia
Highlights
The Amalfi Coast is an area of scenic coast line south of Rome, centred around the city of Naples. Aside from the spectacular views of vivid blue sea from most of the gardens, there is a surprising range of plants from sub-tropical species to all sorts of plants that thrive in temperate regions. Our tour visits several of southern Italy's iconic gardens, like Ninfa, Villa Cimbrone and La Mortella. Add the rather hedonistic culture of the locals for the evening hours, and you have all the ingredients for a very memorable trip.

Garden Tour to Southern Italy and Sicily

 

OVERVIEW

Aside from the spectacular views from most of the gardens in the area of Italy from Rome south to the Amalfi Coast, there is a surprising range of plants from sub-tropical species to all sorts of plants that thrive in temperate regions. Add in the rather hedonistic culture of the locals for the evening hours, and you have all the ingredients for a very memorable trip.

The Amalfi Coast is an area of coastline a couple of hundred kilometres south of Rome. The largest city is Naples (Napoli) whose landscape is dominated by the famous volcano, Mt Vesuvius, and of course Pompeii is a ‘must see’ attraction nearby. For gardeners the area to the south of Naples is the real attraction, with smaller towns such as Sorrento, being the places to spend your long lunches around visits to landmark gardens.

There are a couple of ‘must see’ gardens that showcase perfectly the borrowed landscape of the plunging cliffs and slopes that border the spectacular sea views. We visit Villa Cimbrone, the picturesque village of Ravello, the volcanic island Ischia filled with beautiful villas and gardens and home to a botanically themed garden called La Mortella. This tour offers a rich and inspiring window into the art of Mediterranean gardening.

 

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1 Mon 17 April Australia-Rome
Fly from your capital city to Rome. Overnight in flight.

Day 2 Tue 18 April Arrive Rome
Arrive in Rome. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome dinner at hotel. (Dinner)

Day 3 Wed 19 April Rome-Tivoli-Rome
Today we visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. We will admire the stunning gardens of Villa d’Este and see the famous Fountain of Neptune. Explore the archaeological ruins of Villa Adriana before returning to Rome for overnight. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 4 Thu 20 April Rome
This morning we will take a stroll to the Vatican Museums, experience Michelangelo’s famous frescoed ceiling with your own eyes as you explore the Sistine Chapel, enter St. Peter’s Basilica with a guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture. In the afternoon, visit the Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium, the Colosseum, one of the symbols of ancient Rome and stroll along cobbled laneways, stopping to visit famous attractions like the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 5 Fri 21 April Rome-Villa Lante-Roseto Vacunae Rosae-Rome
Your journey today brings you to Villa Lante, a sophisticated and flawlessly manicured garden influenced by the Mannerist. Afterwards, be enchanted by the array of colour and pleasant aromas at Roseto Vacunae Rosae. Return to Rome for overnight. (Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 6 Sat 22 April Rome-Castel Gandolfo-Ninfa-Sorrento
Today we travel to Castel Gandolfo for a guided visit of the magnificent gardens surrounding the papal summer residence. Continue to the ancient city of Ninfa, now is a tranquil garden framed by the city’s classical ruins. (Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 7 Sun 23 April Sorrento
Enjoy a day at your leisure. (Breakfast)

Day 8 Mon 24 April Sorrento
After breakfast, we depart for a tour to explore the ruins of the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Travel back in time and stroll the haunting ruins of former Roman towns, with panoramic views of the brooding volcano of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed them. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 9 Tue 25 April Sorrento-Isle of Capri-Sorrento
Today we take a short ferry trip across the Bay of Naples to the fable Island of Capri to visit the magical place Villa San Michele, a living example of the dream that became reality. Take a chairlift to Monte Solaro and take in the most beautiful panorama. (Breakfast)

Day 10 Wed 26 April Sorrento-Amalfi Coast-Sorrento
This morning we travel along the great Amalfi coastal road up into the hills to the delightful village of Ravello. We will visit the Villa Rufolo with its beautiful garden overlooking the sea. Also visit the Villa Cimbrone, a beautiful garden in the classical style, which contains historic statues and temples. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 11 Thu 27 April Sorrento-Ischia Island-Sorrento
Today we take a ferry to Ischia, an island famous for its beautiful beaches, wonderfully warm water and gorgeous gardens. We will visit the Garden La Mortella and the mysterious Aragonese Castle, which stands out of the sea, detached from the rest of the island. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Fri 28 April Sorrento-Catania-Taormina
We transfer to Naples airport for flight to Catania. Upon arrival, transfer to Taormina and check in to your hotel. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 13 Sat 29 April Taormina
During a morning tour, we will see the splendid Greek Theatre, the Roman ‘Naumachiae’, the 13th century Cathedral of Saint Nicola, the 14th century Palazzo Corvaja, and discover the indigenous Mt. Etna broom. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 14 Sun 30 April Taormina
Today we visit Florence Trevelyan’s Gardens. A panoramic walkway lined with benches faces the view over the sea and Etna, while flower-beds, lawns, hedges, trees and bushes spread over the large terrace. Afternoon is at your leisure. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 15 Mon 01 May Taormina-Siracusa
Depart Taormina for Siracusa, a treat with some exceptional private gardens. On the way visit Villa San Giuliano. The whole area was cultivated with citrus orchards until 1974 when four hectares were given over to the garden, and the present owner began to plant ornamental trees and shrubs. Check in at Grand Hotel. Enjoy dinner at Hotel Terrace Restaurant. (Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 16 Tue 02 May Siracusa
After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour and discover the enchanting island of Ortigia, the old town centre of Siracusa. There’s a staggering number of well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins in Siracusa. We will visit the Greek Theatre dates back to the 5th C. BC, and the Roman amphitheatre before returning to hotel for a free afternoon. (Breakfast/Lunch)

Day 17 Wed 03 May Siracusa
This morning we leave to visit the gardens of the Princess Maria Carla Borghese: Il Biviere, at Lentini was created after the nearby lake was drained to combat malaria. Afternoon is at your leisure. Enjoy your farewell dinner tonight. (Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 18 Thu 04 May Siracusa-Catania-Australia
Transfer to Catania airport for flight to Rome and connect with Emirates flight home. (Breakfast)

Day 19 Fri 05 May Arrival in Australia

 

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Email: tony@opulentjourneys.com.au

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Price per person twin share AUD

Land & Air*: $11,105
Land Only**: $8,995
Single Room Supplement $2,120

*Land & Air price includes international flights with Emirates Airways from Australian east coast capital cities to Rome
**Land Only tour starts in Rome and ends in Catania.

INCLUSIONS: International flights with Emirates Airways from East coast capital cities to Rome, internal transport within Italy, 16 nights’ twin-share accommodation, porterage at hotels, meals as stated, comprehensive touring, local English Speaking guides in each city, gratuities to local guides and drivers, tour manager with the group throughout.

Not Included: Travel insurance, personal expenses, anything not mentioned.