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Rome, the Eternal City. With a history stretching back over 3000 years, this city has given birth to much of our present-day culture. Unlike many other ancient cities, Rome is still a vibrant, pulsing entity, alive and evolving even today. Although the capital of all Italy, it has its own unique local heritage of food and wines. During our stay here we’ll immerse ourselves in all aspects of Roman life…the history, the monuments, the art, the people, AND the culinary traditions! You’ll enjoy 4-Star accommodations, private guides, hands-on culinary classes taught by expert local cooks, and plenty of free time to wander, get lost, and soak up the ambiance of the city.

After Rome we walk into a completely different world as we journey to the Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet. You’ll explore tiny pastel villages perched precariously on impossibly steep hillsides that plunge into the blue water of the Mediterranean. You’ll marvel at views that are as unbelievable as they are breathtaking. We’ll wander the amazing city of Pompeii, preserved by a volcanic eruption and covered in ash for almost 2000 years. And we’ll experience a culinary culture that is as rich as any Italy can offer. Once you’ve tasted the food and wines of Campania, you’ll understand why this area is one of our most popular places to visit…and re-visit!

True to our “get lost” philosophy, we’ll ease into the pulse of the Italian experience and find the real Italy…we’ll walk the towns, feast on the food, meet the people, and live the life.

Tour Dates & Pricing

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Ben Venuti in Italia!

Plan to arrive in Rome today by early afternoon and check in to the chic Hotel Forty Seven, situated in a strategic and scenic position in central Rome, halfway between the Circus Maximus and Piazza Venezia. This 4-star Hotel offers a breath-taking view of the Temple of Vesta and is just a short walk from Piazza della Bocca della Verità (the Mouth of Truth), the Arch of Janus, and the Church of San Giorgio in Velabro. From the 47Hotel you can walk to the main archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, the Forum, and the Domus Aurea, as well as entertainment and shopping areas, like Via del Corso, Campo de' Fiori, and Trastevere.
This afternoon you'll meet your local guide and tour leader to start your adventure with a fascinating private tour of ancient Rome. The tour will begin with a visit to the Coliseum where, skipping the lines, you will enter the magnificent Flavian Amphitheater and admire where the gladiatorial duels and wild beast fights were arranged for the entertainment of the Roman people. Accompanied by your guide, enjoy a nice walk around the historical center, stopping to admire the marvelous Fontana di Trevi , the Pantheon (a Roman temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa), Montecitorio, and the other main monuments , timeless symbols of the great history of this city.

This evening your guide will lead you into Trastevere, the old Jewish quarter, a warren of charming neighborhoods and winding streets. Here you'll enjoy a wonderful Roman meal at the famous Restaurant “Antica Pesa”, and taste the real “ tonnarello cacio e pepe”. The cuisine of Lazio and Roma is unique in Italy...with an abundance of lamb and pork. You'll also find some of Italy's best vegetables, with peas, artichokes, asparagus, spinach and greens of all types much in evidence. You'll find wonderful traditional Roman pastas like fettucine, bucatini, penne and rigatoni, often topped with cream or butter sauces. The king of Roman cheese is the Pecorino Romano, a hard grating cheese that has a wide variety of flavors depending on what season the mild was gathered, what the sheep were eating, how long it was aged, and where it was aged. Lazio is also famous for it's fresh local fruits, which find their way into the wide assortment of seasonal dolci (desserts). Try the fruit-filled crostate or ricotta torte (cakes), and don't forget to indulge in Roman gelato! Although gelato originated in Sicily, the Romans have turned it into an art form and some of the best (and most extravagant) gelato shops will be found in central Rome.
After dinner a relaxing stroll back to the hotel through the lively streets and squares of Rome will cap a perfect first day!

Day 2 - Rome, the Eternal City

After breakfast you'll meet your tour leader and walk to Campo de Fiore square where Chef Fabio is waiting for you . You’ll shop in the Campo de’Fiori market, choosing fresh ingredients to use in your cooking class. Then you’ll prepare your meal in an exclusive location in the heart of the Eternal City...a penthouse apartment with a stunning 360° view of Rome, our movie-set, magazine-cover apartment on the Tiber Island. You’ll make homemade pasta such as ravioli or fettuccine and prepare other dishes under the guidance of your personal chef in order to produce a full meal. At the end of the course, enjoy the dishes you’ve created accompanied by the perfect wine your chef has selected to complement your lunch. Real food and pure indulgence! In this way, you become not a tourist, but a true traveler immersed in authentic Roman culture.

The afternoon is free to wander and get lost in Rome...the shopping district may beckon you, or perhaps one of the many piazzas with magnificent fountains needs to be enjoyed. (Another option is to book a private guided tour to the Vatican Museum to admire the masterpieces of Raffaello and the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo, or to the Galleria Borghese where you can be amazed by the many art works by Caravaggio and beautiful sculptures by Bernini.)

Hopefully you didn't eat too much at lunch today, because this evening we have a wonderful dinner planned at one of our favorite local restaurants, an elegant establishment on the charming Via Margutta (the road of antiques).

Day 3 - Napoli, Pompeii, and Sorrento

After breakfast this morning we'll check out and depart by private coach to the South of Italy. Within two hours we'll arrive in Naples and meet our native local guide for a “ passion and culture “ tour. Prepare to discover the secrets and infinite faces of an ancient city, where different races and cultures have blended throughout the centuries. The people of Naples give life to a unique culture characterized by passion for art, music, theater, flavorand sound, The movie director John Turturro said of Naples in the famous movie PASSION: “There are places where you just go once, then there is Napoli!” After your tour we'll have lunch in one of the authentic Pizzerie to taste real Napolitano pizza!

This afternoon we'll visit one of the most famous archaeological sites of the world: Pompeii. The best local tour guides in Pompeii will take you on a fascinating journey back to the Roman Empire when Pompeii and the volcano Vesuvius were one of the most beautiful resort areas in Italy. On August 23, 79 AD, the eruption of Vesuvius buried the city of 20,000 inhabitants and entombed their culture for nearly 2000 years. Here, like nowhere else in the world, it's possible to see how the people of ancient times lived their daily lives. To visit to these world-renowned ruins is to experience life as it once was, on the shores of the Bay of Naples, in the early Empire. First, we will visit the Theater to imagine comedies and tragedies that played out upon the stage. Next, it’s on to the ornate Thermal Baths, with their dressing rooms, baths, toilets and athletic fields. These early health clubs were truly ahead of their time. The streets of Pompeii were alive with purveyors of food, clothing and - slaves. We’ll visit wine cellars, restaurants and bars. We’ll compare prices and learn of rare vintage recipes as we imagine life in this bustling metropolis of old. We’ll admire the ancient barracks, domain of gladiators, and even the infamous red light district . . .

After the visit of Pompeii we will have a short scenic drive to the seaside town of Sorrento, where we'll check in to our hotel in the center of the town. Your group leader will take you to dinner tonight to one of their favorite local restaurants. Be prepared for a totally different taste experience from Rome, as southern Italy has always been considered a separate country, both politically and gastronomically. Sorrentine cuisine reflects the best of classical Southern Italian dishes, and many of the most famous of these are at their peak here! Spaghetti with tomato sauce, stuffed eggplant, and buffalo mozzarella are local favorites, with red peppers, olives and lemons all figuring prominently in regional dishes which are best washed down with the silky white Falanghina wine. The crowning achievement of local culinary talent, however, is pizza, which was perfected here, along with the use of the tomato that was refined to an art by the local chefs. You've not lived until you've tasted the world's best pizza, pulled steaming hot from wood-fired ovens! Sorrentine cuisine is also famous for fresh Mediterranean seafood prepared as only the Italians can, with local fish, prawns, octopus and seafood salad that is nothing short of amazing. The extravagant pastries, gelatos, and ices of Sicily are also much in evidence. The rich volcanic soil gives incomparable flavor to all of the fruits and vegetables grown on the slopes overlooking Sorrento, the best hazelnuts, almonds, and walnuts are grown here and find their way into many local pasta dishes and desserts. And you'll find that the grapes are no exception! Along with the food, the wines of Campania will be a wonderful discovery, as some of Italy's best (but least known outside of Italy) vintages are produced here. Along with Fiano and Falanghina, be sure to try the crowning achievement of the local vintners: Taurasi, one of the best red wines in Italy, and Lacrima Christi, (Tears of Christ), one of the most famous wines in Campania.

Day 4 - Sorrento

After breakfast today you'll join your tour leader to visit a small family farm in the hills overlooking Sorrento. Here you'll be treated to a demonstration of the traditional method of making the local Treccia and Caciottine, versions of mozzarella. Of course you'll get to taste the products, paired with the farm's own limoncello, made with the famous local lemons. After relaxing at the farm for a while we'll continue on to the slopes of the infamous volcano Vesuvio. Although the volcano is often thought of as a forbidding, angry mountain, (and it is) it's also home to countless villages, farms and vineyards, all thriving due to the rich volcanic soil. We'll visit one of the small local vineyards for a guided tour of their cellars, followed by a wine tasting (of course) and a farm lunch.

After lunch we'll return to Sorrento and have some free time before our evenings adventure...a cooking class in a private Villa!

Villa Ida is a private residence set amidst beautifully manicured gardens, orange and lemon trees, a swimming pool, and a typical “Pergolato” adorned with beautiful locally crafted ceramic decorations. The family will warmly welcome you and make you feel at home from the moment you arrive! The property guarantees you complete privacy during your cooking classes and you are free to stroll around to smell the intoxicating fragrance of lemons and oranges that abound while marveling at the abundance of gorgeous hydrangeas that border the garden. Your cooking lesson will consist of preparing some traditional Italian dishes, with a particular emphasis on Neapolitan recipes. Although the menus vary according to season, you will begin with an appetizer, continue with a first and second course, and end with a delicious dessert, all prepared by you. The recipes will be clearly demonstrated in a warm and relaxed atmosphere by “Zia Angela”, who will share with you the secrets of preparing typical local cuisine as she learned from her mother “Ida“. Menus are selected that reflect the freshest ingredients of the season, and the vegetables featured in the menus are produced at “Tenuta Mastro Giacomo” by Zia Angela’s husband. Typical Neapolitan music will set the tone for your cooking classes. Of course an amazing dinner will follow.

If you still have the energy, later this evening you might find the bustling and vibrant nightlife of Sorrento's streets and squares invites you to find a cozy wineshop and laugh about the day's adventures with your friends over a bottle of the local vino. Finish with a late night gelato and a romantic stroll through the squares and cobblestone streets of town.

Day 5 - The Isle of Capri

This morning you'll join your tour leader for a ferry boat ride to the beautiful island of Capri for a full days exploration of this “paradise”. The Island of Capri is one of the most picturesque and visited locations in south of Italy. Its unique beauties were celebrated in ancient times and later published for the world in Homer's works. Odysseus (known in Latin as Ulysses) sailed past the island, narrowly escaping the fate of those who hear the voices of the Sirens. Thus the island has a mythical charm as well as its natural treasures, through the writings and legends of Ancient Greece. Its breathtaking landscapes and beauty stretch from the rocky caves around the island to the edge of the horizon, and has been an inspiration to poets, lovers and travelers throughout the centuries. Your guide and private coach will await to whisk you from Capri's port to the beautiful town of Anacapri, perched high along the slopes of the island's mountainous terrain. Your private guide will take you on a marvelous tour of the island, with the possibility to take a chairlift to the peak of Monte Solaro, with stunning panoramic views of the mainland! You'll feel like a native as you ride the tiny island bus down to Capri-town, where you'll have a tour of the neighborhoods and sites of this timeless village. You'll also have time on your own to Get Lost and explore. Keep a sharp eye out, as this place is definitely the haunt of the rich and famous, as it has been for over 1000 years! You can easily shop til you drop, with every major fashion house in Italy represented here, often with tiny little shops barely large enough for their goods. You can be sure to find the perfect cafe to have a cool glass of wine and people watch, or enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. At midday we'll enjoy lunch in a typical Caprese haunt, before returning back to Sorrento in the afternoon.

This evening we will mix up the traditional order of dinner courses when we walk to the nearby “Gelateria Bouganville” to meet a local gelato expert and learn how to make your own gelato! Although of Sicilian origin, the gelato of Napoli and Sorrento is well-known, and the locals are understandably proud. When you taste your creation I think you'll agree! You are free for dinner tonight. Sorrento has an excellent selection of ristorante, your tour leader can direct you to their favorites.

Day 6 - Positano and Amalfi

Today's adventure will take us to the south side of the Sorrentine Peninsula to visit the stunning towns of the Amalfi Coast. After we get settled by the windows of our private coach, we'll embark on a drive on one of the most breathtakingly beautiful roads in the world, the Amalfi Coast Drive. Hewn from the cliffs hundreds of feet above the blue Mediterranean, the road winds along the coastline from Sorrento to Amalfi, cutting through numerous unique and picturesque towns. You’ll feel like you’re dreaming when you will be immersed in paradisiacal landscapes surrounded by mountains, seas, trees, flowers, perfumes and distinctive architecture of the place, as in a timeless painting that you’ll never forget. Our first stop will be Montepertuso, a beautiful village completely surrounded by green hills, majestically overlooking Positano. Here you'll meet Chef Salvatore of il Ritrovo Restaurant for your hands on cooking class, followed by lunch with some excellent local wines. After lunch we'll get a firsthand look at the bizarre town of Positano, literally built on the side of the mountain! Positano is said to be the only town in the world organized on a vertical rather than horizontal plan! Pastel houses, hundreds of balconies and flower bedecked patios, and the golden dome of the town church make Positano a memorable sight. We’ll have some time to wander the through the lanes, (and stairs), and shops of Positano as we wind our way down to the beach. A barefoot stroll in the surf with the multi-hued town of Positano towering over you is something you won’t soon forget.

Next we'll enjoy a walk around tiny Amalfi, built in a tiny picturesque valley overlooking the sea. Amalfi was a maritime power in the middle ages, rivaling Genoa and Venice, but today is just a small town nestled in one of the most stunning coastlines imaginable. The beautiful cathedral of Sant' Andrea dominates the main square of the town, and you'll find several small streets winding away up the valley, lined with shops and cafes. Truly a charming locale to get lost!

This afternoon we'll return back to our hotel in Sorrento, where we can refresh, relax, and get ready for our special farewell dinner at one of our favorite Sorrento ristorante. Adventures, (and misadventures), from the trip are re-lived and laughed about, everyone and everything is toasted, addresses and e-mails are copied, and heartfelt goodbyes are exchanged with all your new lifelong friends that you "Got Lost" in Italy with.

Day 7 - Arrivederci Italia!

This morning after breakfast you will have a group transfer to the Naples airport.

What´s Included

  • 2 nights stay at the 4-Star Hotel Forty Seven in Rome, or similar
  • 4 nights stay at the 4-Star Hotel Tramontano in Sorrento, or similar
  • Hotel taxes
  • Go Get Lost tour leader from day 1 to day 6
  • All transfers and excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private deluxe coach 16 or 25 seats with air conditioning
  • Guided tour of Rome with local guide including entrance at the Colosseum with reservations
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Market visit and hands on cooking class with Chef Fabio in Rome, with lunch to follow
  • Dinner on Day 2 in Rome
  • Guided tour of Naples
  • Lunch in a typical Napoletano Pizzeria
  • Guided visit and advanced ticket reservation to Pompeii
  • Dinner in a typical Trattoria in Sorrento
  • Cheese tour and light lunch to follow at the Sorgente Farmhouse
  • Hands on cooking class at Villa Ida in Sorrento with dinner to follow
  • Tour to Capri including lunch in Capri
  • Hands on ice cream lesson at Gelateria Bouganville
  • Hands on cooking class at Il Ritrovo restaurant in Positano with lunch to follow
  • Farewell dinner in Sorrento
  • Private transfer from Sorrento to Naples Airport
  • A lifetime of unforgettable memories!

What´s not Included

  • Airfare package
  • Airport arrival transfers, tour begins in Rome at the Hotel Forty Seven in mid-afternoon on Day 1, and the tour ends after breakfast at the airport in Naples on the morning of day 7.
  • Gratuities for meals, porterage, local guides, coach drivers, etc.
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
  • Single supplement charge
  • Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.

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