This tour includes English-speaking driver & Air-conditioned Mercedes (or similar make) at your disposal for 8 hours - Local Expert Guide for 2 hours in the ruins of Pompeii - Entrance fees of Pompeii
You'll meet an English speaking driver waiting for You dockside or by your accommodation at the prearranged time and your great experience here starts. In the morning You can enjoy a fascinating sightseeing of Naples.
An excursion to Naples is an experience full of surprises: in narrow, dark and crowded alleys, on can meet suddenly airy courtyards, imposing monuments and even facades of churches and palaces of incredible beauty. And if the Capodimonte Museum and the Archaeological Museum of Naples, the New Castle , the Royal Palace are milestones of a visit to the city, it is just a beginning through a long series of wonders .
A great icon of Naples is the saint San Gennaro: the spire dedicated to him , the oldest of the city , is an ex voto offered by the Neapolitans to their patron saint to have them protected by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 1631. Few steps away one can find the Cathedral, which houses the precious Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro, dominated by the spectacular view under the cupola of Paradise by the painter Giovanni Lanfranco. It is here that the reliquary bust is kept, masterpiece of Gothic jewellery, together with the vials containing the blood of the saint. Twice a year, thousands of believers witness the miracle of the liquefaction entrusting the fortunes of the city with the realization of this event.
The churches of Naples are numerous and, among them, noteworthy are the famous Santa Chiara and the Gothic San Domenico Maggiore churches. The latter boasts an extraordinary cycle of frescoes by Pietro Cavallini, one of the most important artists of the fourteenth century, considered in recent times as important and innovator as Giotto .
The baroque magnificence of the interior of San Gregorio Armeno Church dates back a few centuries later, while, the monumental façade of The New Jesus Church, in comparison, looks sober. In Piazza Plebiscito stands the church dedicated to St. Francis of Paola with its rational lines, and perhaps even utopian, of a renewed classicism typical of the eighteenth century.
After walking under the imposing glass and iron cover of the Galleria Umberto I’s Arcade, after visiting the wonderful San Carlo Opera House, after reaching the Certosa di San Martino and Castel Sant 'Elmo, after visiting the rich collection of majolica in the Floridiana Museum, it will be worth visiting much more. The “hidden Naples”, carved into the volcanic rock and made of tunnels , catacombs, tombs and cemeteries: a world in contrast with the world in the open air. And if in front of the skulls of Fontanelle church you will experience the same disturbance that captured the beautiful Ingrid Bergman, star of the drama film Italian Journey directed by Roberto Rossellini.
This, and much more offers this city, but with the little time available, the program of our tour includes a sightseeing of Naples to give you at least an idea of the treasures kept in this marvellous city.
Anyway in Naples, in your free time you have the chance of enjoying the typical Neapolitan pizza. It is interesting to know that the typical Neapolitan pizza was invented in Naples on the occasion of the visit of Queen Margherita of Savoy (queen of Italy) - in 1889, and the pizza maker Raffaele Esposito dedicated her this dish pizza Margherita. The colors of pizza recall the colors of the Italian flag, with white of the mozzarella cheese, red tomato and green basil.
After lunch, we'll drive to ancient Pompeii to explore the well-preserved ruins that date back to 79 A.D. You'll have at Your disposal an English-speaking archaeological guide (private - only for you). He will bring to life the remains of Pompeii that includes many insights into how life was in Roman times.
The visit in the excavations of Pompeii site lasts 2 hours.
Your tour will include an example of a Roman house of Pompeii's wealthier citizens, ancient street wine bars where locals dined where you'll learn about traditional Roman cuisine, the theatres, the thermal baths. As well as enjoying numerous anecdotes about life in Pompeii that will include some of the Graffiti dating back to Roman times that are still visible throughout the ruins.
Take with you water bottle, sun cream (above for Pompeii), camera.