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8-Day Essential Italy-Rome & the Amalfi Coast

Your STORY begins in Rome, where all roads lead, and then to the amazing Amalfi Coast.
Includes tours of Naples, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, Amalfi, Walking Trek and Positano

This is the Italian Adventure for You!

8-Day Rome & the Amalfi Coast

Featuring the historic center of Rome and Naples, Pompeii and the charming Amalfi Coast villages of Positano, Amalfi and the Sorrento Peninsula

What you'll see on this Essential Italy Journey
This journey begins in Rome where "a thousand roads lead always to Rome." Your STORY Adventure Leader opens your eyes to the authentic and legendary Rome with our Orientation Walkabout. Then make your way to the city of Naples — from the Greek, Neapolis, meaning New City. Explore above and below ground in Naples. Then the charming Amalfi Coast villages of Amalfi and Positano, and the Sorrento Peninsula complete this journey to some of Italy's most amazing and diverse sites. Designed for those who prefer independence but with the benefits of a STORY Adventure Leader. 


Day 1 | Transatlantic Flight Departs USA

Your international airfare is not included: Inquire with our Air Service Department for a quotation. Most trips commence on Sunday after departing the USA one day earlier on Saturday.

Day 2 | Welcome to Rome

  • Rome and the Pantheon

You will make your arrival to your hotel from the airport in Rome today. You can also add an airport arrival transfer if you would like to be picked up by STORY. Great Idea: Fight jet lag and fly in a full day early. 

Arriving to Rome this morning (or perhaps you've added a pre-trip overnight hotel room for extra time in Rome) will give you the opportunity to add a sightseeing experience this afternoon befoure we meet tonight.

One of STORY's most popular journeys commences today at 6:00PM in Rome where your STORY Adventure Leader meets you for the Orientation Walkabout.

Included Sightseeing Activites — Your Orientation Walkabout includes:

  • Orientation Walkabout of Rome with STORY Adventure Leader
  • Free entrance to the Pantheon
  • Piazza della Rotonda
  • Piazza Navona
  • Campo di Fiore
  • Largo di Torre Argentina/Cat Sanctuary
  • Views of the amazing Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Trevi Fountain

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Moderate

food icon   Recommended Dining: So many great options to dine in Rome. Your STORY Adventure Leader is a great resource for finding those 'Oh! So perfect' restaurants and experiences.

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Accommodation in Rome, 1 Night

Afternoon Ideas: Optional Sightseeing Activites to Consider

  • Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Vatican City: Museum
  • Vatican City: St. Peter's Dome Climb
  • Catacombs Experience
  • Castle of the Angels/Hadrian's Mausoleum

Day 3 | Naples & Pompeii

  • Undergroud Naples

You will travel by train to Naples (trip takes about 2 hours 10 minutes, more or less Italian time). Naples, located on the Bay with the same name, is the regional capital of Campania and the third largest city in Italy. It's also chocked full of history, great cuisine and interesting Napolese (citizens of Naples)!

Included Sightseeing Experience: EXPLORING NAPLES
Upon arrival, we board our transfer and enjoy an included tour of Naples with a visit to the amazing Sotterranea Underground City. Located 131 feet below the lively streets of the Historic Center of Naples, you will find a different world. This is an essential visit back in time from a world 2400 years old to the very foundation of Neopolis (new metropolis, the original Greek name of the city), to the bombs of WWII —  they have all left their mark on the walls of the yellow tufa stone with which the city was built.

Aftewards, you will board the train and make your way to Pompeii (about an hour's journey). Upon arrival you will make your way to our hotel located right at the entrance (about

Accommodation in Naples/Pompeii, 2 Nights

Meals Included
•  Breakfast

Included Sightseeing Activities

  • Naples Solterranea Underground City

Ideas: Optional Sightseeing Activites to Consider

  • Archaeoloigcal Museum of Naples
  • Pizza Making Class
  • Gelato Making Class

Day 4 | Pompeii

  • The Ruins of Pompeii


Included Sightseeing Experience: EXPLORING POMPEII
Today truly step back in time as you enter the Archaeological Park of Pompeii with our Expert Guide (specialized in archaeology). In 79AD everything changed for the citizens of Pompeii when the great mountain came awake.

Walk where the original citizens of Pompeii walked as you explore this amazing World Heritage Site.  

Meals Included
•  Breakfast

Included Sightseeing Activities

  • Pompeii Admission & Expertly Guided Tour

Ideas: Optional Sightseeing Activites to Consider

  • Herculaneum Ruins –  expand your experience with a tour of this city also buried by Vesuvio.


Day 5 | Summiting Vesuvius | Welcome to Sorrento

  • Mount Vesuvius

Included Sightseeing Experience: MOUNT VESUVIUS EXPERIENCE
This morning board the vehicle and make your way to the summit of Mount Vesuvius where our Expert Guide will interpret the amazing sights before you. Vesuvius is still an active volcano with its last eruption taking place in 1944. Amazing!

After the morning tour we're bound for Sorrento and the amazing Peninsula boasting some of the best views along the coast.

Accommodation in Sorrento, 2 Nights

Meals Included
•  Breakfast

Upon arrival, check in to our hotel and enjoy free time until the STORY Adventure Leader's Orientation Walkabout. Enjoy a tasting of Limoncello, a product that hails from Sorrento.
Included Sightseeing Activities

  • Mount Vesuvius Summit Tour
  • Orientation Walkabout of Sorrento with STORY Adventure Leader
  • Limoncello Tasting

Ideas: Optional Sightseeing Activites to Consider

  • Herculaneum Ruins –  expand your experience with a tour of this city also buried by Vesuvio.

Day 6 | Sorrento

  • SORRENTO Welcomes You


Enjoy today at leisure to explore Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Ideas: Optional Sightseeing Activites to Consider

  • Ferry to the Isle of Capri
  • Perhaps a culinary class on the coast
  • Bufala Mozzarella Experience - inquire with reservations for pricing.

Amalfi Coast Cooking Class in PositanoAmalfi Coast Cooking Class in Positano$299 pp

Learn to cook Italian food on the Amalfi Coast during a cooking class in the hills above Positano. Taking place at a Montepertuso restaurant, the experience includes tuition from an Italian chef and a traditional 3-course lunch -- cooked by yourself, of course. Learn about regional ingredients and specialities. Prepare a range of antipasti, primi, and secondi dishes. After the class, you'll step out onto the restaurant terrace to eat, drink Campania region wine, and soak up the Amalfi Coast views. Taxi on your own from Nerano to Positano. Price is per person. Minimum 2 people.

Paestum Templeg

Skip-the-Line Paestum Temples & Buffalo Mozzarella Farm Tour with Driver Pickup$499 pp

Meet the English speaking driver at your hotel lobby and start your day in comfortable first class private minivan or car. Listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Paestum archaeological site is a must-see for all the archaeology and history lovers! The private guide will lead you through the rural landscape of the ancient town of Paestum. Do not miss the chance to follow the pavement paths and see the famous three Doric order temples, enter the amphitheatre, the domus, the shops and the Forum of the ancient city. This tour last about 2.5 hours and you will skip the line at the ticket office. Your professional guide will lead you into this amazing bucolic journey through the Greek-Roman ages. Then you will visit a buffalo farm where you can learn about mozzarella and have a typical Italian lunch! Price is per person. Minimum 2 people.

Naples, Italy

Naples Underground Tour with Transfer and Pizza $129 pp

Head to a world 40 meters below the busy streets of Naples' historic center. Isolated in time and unexplored until recently, this underground space is deeply connected with the world above. See a Greek Roman aqueduct, WWII air raid shelters and more. Visit the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Emperor Nero kept a private dressing room for his performances. After the tour enjoy an authentic Neapolitan Pizza lunch.

Price is per person. 2 person minimum.


Naples Pizza Making Class $99 pp

Learn how to make a real Neapolitan pizza. Get hands-on help and expert tips from a master pizza chef. Savor the results of your labor at a sit-down meal with starter, dessert and drinks.


  • Hands on pizza cooking class with the chef
  • One Pizza Margherita made by each participant
  • Fried Pizza Tasting
  • One non-alcoholic drink/soda
  • One alcoholic drink ( a beer or a glass of local wine )
  • A dessert (Gelato) or a Limoncello liquor
  • Transfer to and from the hotel in Nerano is not included.

Pasta Cooking ClassTraditional Homemade Pasta Cooking Class $149 pp

In a typical Neapolitan house, taste the local cuisine in a warm, cozy and homely environment cooked and prepared by hosts who are passionate about local culinary traditions. Sitting around a large table, you can spend a pleasant evening with friends learning some of the secrets of the local cuisine. While the menu may change, you will still enjoy traditional recipes handed down through the generations. Enjoy a full dinner or lunch in an authentic home in Naples. Learn some curiosities about the local culinary traditions. Taste some great local wine. Learn to prepare homemade pasta from scratch. Transfer to and from Nerano is not included.

Mount VesuviusFull-Day Mount Vesuvius Hiking Tour $199 pp

From the busy streets of Naples to the top of Italy's most famous volcano, this full-day Vesuvius tour is an absolute must-see when visiting the region. Mount Vesuvius is known worldwide for its devastating eruption of 79 AD, which destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and still dominates the skyline to this day. Enjoy a relaxing group lunch in Pompeii before setting off on the uphill hike to Vesuvius. Join a host of fellow travelers on your journey to the top. Take a steady walk around the crater but watch out for the smoke rising from the centre. Cast your eyes over the far away shores of the Bay of Naples. Transfer to and from Nerano is not included.

Day 7 | To Magnificent Amalfi

This morning we board our vehicle or boat bound for Amalfi and the enchanted coast. Welcome to one of the most stunning destinations in the world.

Accommodation in Amalfi, 2 Nights

Meals Included
•  Breakfast

Upon arrival, check in to our hotel and enjoy free time until the STORY Adventure Leader's Orientation Walkabout.

  • Orientation Walkabout of Amalfi with STORY Adventure Leader

Ideas: Optional Sightseeing Activites to Consider

  • More great Treks are avaialble
  • Visit to Ravello
  • Visit to Nerano for 2 Michelin Star Lunch or Dinner

Day 8 | Path of the Gods | Positano

Included Sightseeing Experience: Trek to Positano
Join your STORY Adventure Leader for a Trek along the Path of the Gods —  so named for obvious reasons once you see the amazing perspectives! Amazing wildflowers, vineyards and olive groves dot the trail as the view provides stunning inspiration. We arrive Positano and enjoy time at lesiure before returning to Amalfi via Ferry.

About the hike: Our Trek today will run about 5 hours.
We take one of the “high” routes of the Amalfi Coast moving from Agerola to Positano. This is by far one of the most famous hikes you can do as it is known for its constant ups and downs, awesome sheer vertical drops, and its cultivated levels or terraces of land. Beauty. Character of the Walk: Transfer to Agerolo on the Amalfi Coast and begin the Paths of Gods’ hike. About 4.5 Miles with a walk-rating of Moderate to Difficult. The hike climaxes with a perspective highlighting the west, where we see siren archipelagos and stunning, swirling shapes of the Mediterranean. The hike concludes as we arrive the stunning village of Positano.

Enjoy a stroll around the narrow alleys of Positano, which enjoys an unsurpassed position along the Amalfi coast, where delightful white and pastel-colored houses litter the hillside. Along with the beautiful beaches, its ancient fishing port, the splendid majolica dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta and artisan shops, our visit will be a slice of La Dolce Vita. Return via ferry to Amalfi (or by public bus should seas not cooperate).

Meals Included
•  Breakfast


Italian Cooking Classes

Cooking Class with Chef in Capri $269 pp

Pick up the techniques behind traditional Caprese home cooking on a 4-hour culinary class in Capri. With a local chef to guide you, conjure up three of the island's signature dishes, such as cheese-filled 'Ravioli Caprese,' and 'Torta Caprese,' Capri's beloved chocolate and almond cake. Then, sit down to enjoy your home cooking with wine and your fellow cooks. Choose from a morning or afternoon class, with ingredients and take-home recipes all included. Numbers are limited to just eight people, ensuring personalized attention from the chef.

Day 9 | Amalfi

Today after breakfast the itinerary concludes, but perhaps you'd like to continue to explore amazing Italy! We have great extensions and ideas for you  — just inquire.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Departure Day: Opt for our departure transfer to the Naples Airport (or inquire if you would like to return from Rome). The trip ends after breakfast.


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Our Selected Accommodation in Rome, Naples/Pompeii, Sorrento and Amalfi

STORY's hotels on this itinerary may be upgraded to our Classic 4 Star or Deluxe 4+ to 5 Star properties.


ROME: Hotel Marco Polo or Similar - 1 Night
Final hotel assignment is provided in your Final Tour Documents approximately 30 days prior to departure. If you choose to upgrade to a Classic or Deluxe property, property information will be confirmed at time of upgrade.

NAPLES/POMPEII: Hotel Zeus Pompei, Hotel Neapolis, Hotel Bosco di Medici or Similar - 2 Nights

SORRENTO: Hotel Continentale or Similar - 2 Nights

AMALFI: Hotel Amalfi Old Square or Similar - 2 Nights


Everything you need to make your journey a delight.

Included in your journey:
    Features accommodation in Rome 1 Night, Naples/Pompeii 2 Nights, Sorrento 2 Nights and Amalfi 2 Nights
    7 Breakfasts
    Travel by train, private vehicle transfer from Naples Train Station, public bus and ferry
    • ROME
      • Orientation Walkabout with STORY Adventure Leader
      • Free entrance to the Pantheon
      • Piazza della Rotonda
      • Piazza Navona
      • Campo di Fiore
      • Largo di Torre Argentina/Cat Sanctuary
      • Views of the amazing Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
      • Piazza Venezia
      • Trevi Fountain
      • Sotterranea Underground City Admission and Tour
      • Admission and Tour of Pompeii
      • Orientation Walkabout with STORY Adventure Leader
      • Limoncello Tasting
    • AMALFI
      • Orientation Walkabout with STORY Adventure Leader
      • Guided Trek on 'Path of the Gods' Trail to Positano
      • Ferry from Positano to Amalfi


  • Classic properties feature our 3+ Star and 4-Star Superior Tourist Properties
  • Deluxe properties feature 4+ Star and 5-Star Properties


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2020 - Departs Saturday, Return Sunday

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Trip prices are in US Dollars and are per person based on double occupancy.
Reduction for triple occupancy. Airfare is not included.



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