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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From sunny Sorrento, experience Italy’s southern Campania region during a one‑week stay at the centrally located Hotel Plaza Sorrento. Here in Campania you’ll encounter the breathtaking natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast, with its craggy mountains towering over the deep-blue Mediterranean with colorful villages that cling to the hillsides. You’ll also discover World Heritage archaeological sites, sophisticated resorts, and distinctive cuisine, plus an Old World elegance and leisurely ambiance that entice you to explore and relax.

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.
  • Your Cultural Stay Hotel: Reside in the centrally located Hotel Plaza Sorrento, an easy walk to Sorrento’s main piazza, cafés, restaurants, and shops. During your seven-night stay, enjoy the rooftop solarium, bar, and swimming pool, plus breathtaking panoramic views of Sorrento and the Bay of Naples.


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

Depart the U.S. and arrive at the Naples International Airport the next day. Upon arrival, transfer to Sorrento and the upscale, centrally located Hotel Plaza Sorrento where you’ll receive a welcome kit with maps and general information about Campania and Sorrento. Your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be available this afternoon and throughout the program for suggestions regarding independent activities and restaurants. 

Take time to unpack and settle in, then join fellow Smithsonian Journeys travelers for an orientation walk of the neighborhood surrounding the hotel. Experience the overall beauty of this peaceful town of lemon groves and cafés and its magnificent view of the Bay of Naples. The evening begins with a welcome reception followed by an introduction and talk by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. A welcome dinner will be served at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 — Positano and Amalfi

A full American-style buffet breakfast is served each morning during your stay. This morning, your Smithsonian Journeys Expert will host an engaging presentation.

It has been said the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site, defies description. Drive along the hairpin coastal road, which offers breathtaking views and is considered one of the world’s most remarkable travel experiences. Visit Positano, where colorful houses cascade down the hillside to the sea, and enjoy leisure time to soak in the town’s charming ambiance. Continue by private boat to the iconic town of Amalfi where a walking tour takes you to the central piazza and the Cathedral of Saint Andrea. 

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

Day 4 — Paestum

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 Paestum, site of some of the most magnificent 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 Poseidon. After lunch near the site, meet with local people for a discussion about life in Italy today.

In the early evening, attend a talk by a local speaker about the wonders of the Naples National Museum. (B,L)

Day 5 — Naples

Depart on a fascinating excursion to Naples, where the historic center has been designated a World Heritage site. Embark  on a panoramic tour of the city, starting at the top of Posillipo Hill for a sprawling view of the city and the entire Bay of Naples. Enjoy the sights of the Castel Nuovo, the Piazza Plebiscito, the world-famous Teatro San Carlo (one of the world’s most famous opera houses), and the Church of San Francesco di Paola. Then visit the Naples National Museum, an important archaeological museum that showcases remarkable Roman artifacts and the impressive Farnese Collection of Roman sculpture. You’ll also marvel at the antiquities from Herculaneum and Pompeii, including mosaics, domestic items, weapons, and murals.

After lunch in the city, return to Sorrento. In the early evening gather with fellow travelers for an engaging presentation by your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Later, spend some time in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner(B,L)

Day 6 — Isle of Capri

Travel by hydrofoil to the enchanting Isle of Capri, a celebrated resort since the time of the Roman Republic. Sail around the island by private boat, where hidden swimming coves, caves, and grottos are found along the shoreline, and see why the island is described as “a piece of paradise fallen from the skies.” Back on land, stroll through the main town of Capri with its scenic lanes and elegant boutiques on Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Camerelle, Capri’s main streets. You’ll also visit the Augustus Gardens, incredible terraced gardens full of bougainvillea, marble 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.

This evening gather  with fellow travelers for dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Pompeii and Herculaneum

Spend a full day exploring the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both designated important World Heritage sites. Both cities were destroyed on a tragic day in August A.D. 79 by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. During the eruption, Pompeii was covered by volcanic ash, which preserved its buildings and frescoes for centuries. At the same time, mudflows preserved the smaller wealthy seaside town of Herculaneum. The preservation of the cities is unlike anything else in the world. Today each is famous as an excavation site and outdoor museum that reveals how people lived in these ancient Roman settlements 2,000 years ago. Enjoy a captivating history lesson as you explore many of the important houses and other sites in both cities, with time to relax over lunch near Pompeii.  

Late in the day get together in the Smithsonian Travelers Corner and listen to a local resident speak about life in Campania and insights into Italian society. (B,L)

Day 8 — Sorrento

Attend a morning talk focusing on contemporary Italy. Take a short trip from the hotel up to the hills above Sorrento where orange and lemon groves fight for primacy with olive groves. During a visit to a farm, take a tour through sprawling groves and see how olive oil is produced. Later, see the rest of the farm and its production of the soft cheese Fior di Latte.

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 the U.S.

Early this morning, transfer to the Naples International Airport for flights to the U.S. (B)

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