During a one-week stay in sunny Sorrento, experience Italy’s southern Campania region, renowned for the Amalfi Coast, World Heritage archaeological sites, sophisticated resorts, and distinctive cuisine. 

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 The delightful town of Sorrento  Village of Positano, along the Amalfi Coast  Town situated along Italy's renowned Amalfi Coast  The Amalfi cathedral  Mediterranean garden along the Amalfi Coast  Remarkable Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background  Mural in Pompeii  Wall painting found in Pompeii  "Beware of Dog" floor mosaic at a house in Pompeii  Artifacts on display in Pompeii  Shop with counter and display area along a street in Pompeii  Modern town of Herculaneum overlooking the archaeological site  Room in Herculaneum with fresco decoration  Room decorated with frescoes in Herculaneum  One of the famous Greek temples at Paestum in southern Italy  Yachts in a harbor on Capri  Port on the island of Capri  City of Naples with Mt. Vesuvius on the horizon  Lemons and the traditional limoncello aperitif


A One-Week Stay in Italy

9 days from $3,990

During a one-week stay in sunny Sorrento, experience Italy’s southern Campania region, renowned for the Amalfi Coast, World Heritage archaeological sites, sophisticated resorts, and distinctive cuisine. 

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In sunny Sorrento, experience Italy’s southern Campania region—renowned for the Amalfi Coast, World Heritage archaeological sites, sophisticated resorts, and distinctive cuisine—during your one-week stay at the centrally located Hotel Plaza Sorrento.

Highlights Include

  • The Amalfi Coast: Drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast with its dramatic hairpin curves and spectacular views. Visit Positano, a town built along sheer seaside cliffs, then take a private boat to the charming town of Amalfi with its lovely Cathedral of Saint Andrea.
  • Archaeological Sites: Travel to Paestum to see three of the most well-preserved Greek temples in the world. Later, spend a day exploring the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79.
  • Naples: Gaze upon the stunning art and artifacts of everyday life discovered at Pompeii and Herculaneum, now housed at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, plus see other cultural highlights in Naples.
  • Capri: Explore the enchanting Isle of Capri, a sophisticated resort area since Roman times.
  • Regional Cuisine: Visit a farm that produces the famous buffalo mozzarella, savor Neapolitan pizza, and sip traditional limoncello at leisure.


Days 1 & 2 — Depart the U.S., Arrive Sorrento, Italy

Depart the U.S., arrive at the Naples International Airport the next day and transfer to your hotel in Sorrento. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a welcome kit with maps and general information about Campania and Sorrento. There’s time to unpack and relax.

Excursion: Join fellow Smithsonian travelers for an orientation walk of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. The evening begins with a Smithsonian welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Positano and Amalfi

Breakfast is served each morning during your stay at the hotel. The Smithsonian Journeys Expert will host an engaging presentation this morning.

Excursion: It has been said the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage site, defies description. A drive along the hairpin coastal road, offering breathtaking views, is one of the world’s most remarkable travel experiences. Visit Positano, where colorful houses cascade down the hillside to the sea. After leisure time, continue by private boat to the town of Amalfi where you’ll enjoy a walk through the town to see the piazza and the Cathedral of Saint Andrea.

Gather for a dinner of regional flavors at a restaurant in Sorrento. (B,D)

Day 4 — Paestum

Excursion: Travel south along the Bay of Naples to visit a farm that specializes in breeding water buffalo and the production of buffalo mozzarella. Continue to visit the antiquities of Paestum, site of the most awesome and well-preserved examples of Greek architecture outside Greece and a World Heritage site. Known as Poseidonia during ancient times, the site includes spectacular remains of Doric temples honoring Hera, Athena, and PoseidonAfter lunch near the site, meet with some local people for a discussion about life in Italy today. On your return to Sorrento, pass through the lively city of Salerno. Its old town is one of Italy’s best-preserved historic centers.​

Later this afternoon, attend a talk about the wonders of Naples’ National Museum. (B,L)

Day 5 — Naples

Excursion: This morning, attend an engaging presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Then depart on a fascinating excursion to Naples. The historic center of Naples has been designated by as a World Heritage site. See the Castel Nuovo, the Piazza Plebiscito, the world-famous Teatro San Carlo (one of the most famous opera houses in the world), and the Church of San Francesco di Paola. Explore the Naples National Museum, one of the world’s most important archaeological museums. which showcases the impressive Farnese Collection of Roman sculpture. You'll also see artifacts from Herculaneum and Pompeii, including mosaics, domestic items, weapons, and murals.

Indulge in a lunch of Neapolitan pizza, a national dish prepared with the freshest local ingredients. After lunch, return to Sorrento where the balance of the day will be at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 — Isle of Capri

Excursion: Travel by hydrofoil to the enchanting Isle of Capri, a celebrated resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Sail along the Capri coast, spying hidden swimming coves, caves, and grottos, and see why the island is described as “a piece of paradise fallen from the skies.” Back on land, stroll through Capri’s scenic lanes or browse elegant boutiques on Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Camerelle, Capri’s main streets. There are many shops selling souvenirs, bottles of limoncello, and colorful ceramics. Pay a visit to the Augustus Gardens, incredible terraced gardens full of bougainvillea vines, marbled statues, and lily ponds. The gardens offer a spectacular seaside spot for viewing the famous Faraglioni, a trio of iconic rocks rising from the sea.

After you return to the hotel, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will offer an engaging talk. Later, get together with fellow travelers for dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Pompeii and Herculaneum

Excursion: The Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed on a tragic day in August of A.D. 79 by a cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. During the eruption, Pompeii was covered by volcanic ash that preserved buildings and frescoes for centuries. Explore many of the important houses and sites of this extensive city, then after lunch here, continue to Herculaneum, a wealthy town buried by mudflows that preserved this seaside town. Both sites are designated important World Heritage sites.

Educational Focus: A local expert shares insight into Italian society, life in Campania, and the current situations in Italy. (B,L)

Day 8 — Sorrento

Excursion: Take a short trip from the hotel up to the hills above Sorrento where orange and lemon groves fight for primacy with olive groves. Visit a farm and take a tour through the groves to see how olive oil is produced. Later, see the rest of the farm and its production of the soft cheese Fior di Latte.

Independence Exploration: The balance of the day is free of planned activities.

This evening, join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for a farewell dinner at a popular Sorrento restaurant. (B,R,D)

Day 9 — Return Flights to U.S. Gateway Cities

Early this morning, transfer to the Naples International Airport for flights to your gateway city. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)