An exclusive tour that includes architectural and landscapes treasures of unparalleled beauty.
With villas and gardens that relate the history of Italy
Transfer to Caserta by bus from /Roma Fiumicino Airport or Roma Termini Train Station and
meeting with the Architect Tartaglione , (a landscape architecture expert) to visit Reggia di Caserta.
It is a historic dwelling that belonged to the royal family of Bourbons, a Naples’ dynasty. It is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”
It is surrounded by a large park divided up in two areas: the Italian and English garden. The Palace was built at the behest of Carlo III di Burbone, attracted by the beauty of Caserta’s landscape and yearning to give a prestigious governmental residence to his kingdom, comparable to Versailles. At the beginning, the palace was meant to be built in Naples, but Carlo, aware of the vulnerability position of Naples, ordered to construct the palace in a safe site not far from Naples. Later, visit to duke and duchess Guevara di Bovino’s palace, today known as Villa Porfidia, ( it is named after the owners). The best era represented in the Villa is the XVIII century. The construction of the palace was ordered by the Guevara family, close friends of the royal family, in order to live near them, when moving in to the Reggia di Caserta. The rooms of the villa are accessible by a stair decorated with classic sculptures. Of particular interests are the home furnishings embellished by frescos and good quality wooden ceilings. The garden is inside the
old fence and consists of a wood of centennial oaks, nowadays used a hunting area. There are also exotic plants, a fruit garden, a grazing land, and a vegetable garden.
At the end of the visit arrival in Salerno, and check-in to Grand Hotel Salerno ****.
Dinner in hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel .
Full day excursion to the beautiful Amalfi Coast.
Transfer to Positano to admire the beauty of the natural secrets of the coastline. Guided walk through narrow streets, stairs, small gardens, terraces and shops with local items.
Transfer to Amalfi by private boat. Visit to Amalfi’s Dome and its splendid Cloister. At the end of the visit, drive to Ravello by bus. Guided tour of Villa Rufolo. it is the favorite destination of musicians, and poets. In this garden Richard Wagner realized most of his works. Later on, visit to Villa Cimbrone, astonishing dwelling that hosted nobles, artists, scientists, well known politicians such as Forster, Strachey, Keynes, Moore, Russell, Elliot, Crick, Piaget, Virgina Woolf,DH Lawrence, Dukes of Kent e Winston Churchill. Return to the hotel and dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel, meeting with the guide and departure.
In the morning visit to Paestum with the amazing Valley of the Temples.
The Greek Poseidon, first under the control of Lucan and then under the Roman Paestum, contains an archaeological site considered among the most interesting in Italy. The temples are so well-preserved that just a few are alike in the classical world. The surrounding landscape, remained unchanged since the days of the discovery, helps to evoke the splendours of this ancient frontier town. Nearby, there are sacred areas of the three Greek temples known as Basilica, Nettuno and Cerete; the area of the foro with public buildings; some Greek ruins; Roman houses and an amphitheatre (or part of it).
The museum, a building of the Fascist era, contains artefacts of the city, from the sanctuary to the mouth of the river Sele and of the necropolis.
Transfer to Villa Salati where Mrs Cecilia Salati, the owner of the house, will wait for us.
lunch buffet offered inside the villa.
In the early afternoon arrival in Salerno and guided tour of the old town centre.
The “Opulenta Salernum ” has roman origins and is rich in medieval history. Salerno offers itineraries among churches, palaces, museums and gardens. From its castle known as Arechi, you can enjoy a wide panorama. There are two significant periods which mark the history of the city; the medieval Lombard period, that is traceable through churches and town planning, and the Norman period, known as the time of the unscrupulous knights. Even though they subverted the history of the city, they increased its fortune. Salerno was known, throughout the Christian West, for its medical school, which earned the nickname of ” Hippocratica Civitas .” Nice visit to the Garden of Minerva, which is located in the heart of the old town of Salerno, an area called ” Plaium montis ” during the Middle Age. It is situated half way of an ideal itinerary that stretches as far as the axis of the enclosed vegetable and terraced gardens, whose area includes Villa Comunale, torrent Fusandola, and Castle of Arechi.
Dinner at the local restaurant.
Breakfast in hotel.
In the late afternoon, guided tour of Oasis of Ninfa. Doctor lauro Machetti welcomes us. The garden hosts the ruins of a medieval city abandoned by its inhabitants. Today, near the river of the lake, there are the ruins of a ghost city such as the remains of the city walls, towers, churches and houses. In 1920, the prince Gelasio Caetani, had began the construction of the garden and then it was carried out by lelia, the last descendant of the family. She restructured the romantic park filling it with exotic plants and fountains. Lunch, ( included), in the agritourism L a Valle dell Usignolo, near Ninfa Garden. Afterwards, transfer to Monte Porzio Catone, in the heart of Castelli Romani. Dinner in hotel.
Breakfast in hotel .
In the morning, visit to Villa Mandragone, one of the twelve Tuscolane villas realized by the papal nobility during the XVI century, in the countryside of agro of Frascati, belonging to Monte Porzio Catone’s territory, in the Castelli Romani. It is situated on a hill 416 metres above the sea level and about 20 km south- east of Rome.
Villa Mondragone is the largest of the three Tuscolane villas. Since 1981, it belongs to the university that uses it for organizing conferences.
Afterwards, light lunch in Villa Grazioli
Former residence of cardinals in the XVI century, Villa Grazioli offers a panoramic view over Rome, the sea and Tivoli.
The villa houses marvellous paintings of XVI and XVII century by Ciampelli, Carracci and Pannini. Today Villa Grazioni is a luxurious hotel which belongs to the prestigious