Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Tour
Witness 2000 years of perfectly preserved history at the site of one of the most significant natural disasters of all time and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of an infamously picturesque part Italy on our Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Tour.
First of all Pompeii has been synonymous with catastrophe for almost 2,000 years. Today this place of chronic disasters is being transformed into an archaeological showcase.
Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the Bay of Naples in Italy, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D. When the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. The dust “poured across the land” like a flood, one witness wrote, and shrouded the city in “a darkness…like the black of closed and unlighted rooms.” Two thousand people died, and the city was abandoned for almost as many years. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that–underneath a thick layer of dust and debris–Pompeii was mostly intact. The buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world.
Ever since the ancient Greeks settled in the area in the 8th century B.C., the region around Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted wealthy vacationers who wanted to soak up the sun and the scenery. By the turn of the first century A.D., the town of Pompeii, located about five miles from the mountain, was a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens.
Elegant houses and elaborate villas lined the paved streets. Tourists, townspeople and slaves bustled in and out of small factories and artisans’ shops, taverns and cafes, and brothels and bathhouses. People gathered in the 20,000-seat arena and lounged in the open-air squares and marketplaces. On the eve of that fateful eruption in 79 A.D., scholars estimate that there were about 20,000 people living in Pompeii and the surrounding region.
Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, as a result giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real.
It is the land where the sweet scent of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea. A vertical landscape, in short, characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the mountains and the sea.
Sorrento and Positano, the picturesque towns perched over the sea, distinguished by small alleys and craft workshops, and the lemon trees that fill the air of the town with their delicate perfume. A breathtaking scenic trip along the Amalfi coast, offering stunning panoramic views with the blue sea on one side and the mountains on the other. The panorama before your eyes will remain engraved on your memory forever, overhanging cliffs over the sea, natural coves and quaint towns set like jewels in the coast.
Amalfi, the town that gives its name to the coast, is situated at the mouth of the Valle dei Mulini; since it was the first of the Four Maritime Republics of Italy and for a long time had the monopoly of trade with the East. So it looks like a cluster of white houses clinging to the rock and connected to each other by covered alleys and stairways. At the center of the main square there is the beautiful Cathedral of St. Andrew, with its impressive staircase, the bell-tower in Arab-Norman style and the charming Cloister of Paradise.
*Sorrento with Positano or Amalfi? On our Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Tour you can pick one of two options:
Pompeii and Sorrento with Positano
Pompeii and Amalfi