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Sorrento

Sorrento

The city, just across the bay from Naples and Salerno, is an unapologetic resort town, parading fancy shops, exquisite views and rock-strewn beaches as its prime attractions. The beauty of the landscape in-between emerald seas and green cliffs, the infinite allure of historical sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum, the warmth of the weather during the greater part of the year, is what makes the Sorrentine peninsula an ideal destinations for a perfect break. Sorrento is known for its natural beauty, its lovely weather, the variety of local products, the movie Pane, Amore e Fantasia with the famous Sophia Loren and the wonderful song (Torna a Surriento), composed in 1902 on the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Giuseppe Zanardelli.


Sorrento was in Roman Empire the summer residence of the noble and rich people indeed among all the ruins of the city there is a villa called Villa Pollio belonging to an old Roman Pollio Felice, which shows the signs of the Roman presence.

In Sorrento, in fact, you can visit the Cathedral, rebuilt in the fifteenth century, the Church of St. Francesco d’ Assisi, with a remarkable fourteenth-century cloister, the Basilica di Sant’Antonio, where it possible to visit the crypt of Sant’Antonino; the Museum Correale, one of the biggest museums in Southern Italy, where Greek and Roman archaeological ruins and Capodimonte ceramics are exhibited, and the Archaeological Museum of the Sorrento Peninsula, where you will discover the whole story of Sorrento peninsula and the surrounding area, the Villa Comunale, which stands where once laid the monks’ gardens located just a short walk from the monastery. The Villa is considered to be a part of Sorrento and offers a fabulous view over the Gulf of Naples with two bronze busts of Bartolomeo Capasso and Saverio Gargiulo; the old Largo del Castello, Piazza Tasso today, whose facade is the result of recent urban changes is the main part of the city. Once you get there you can immediately see the statue of Sant’Antonino in the centre of the square, once a substantial part of the castle that lay in the centre.

The extreme extension of the peninsula is called Punta Campanella, a wonderful paradise always crowded with a multitude of tourists from all over the world.. Thanks to its strategic location the city is the starting point for the main tourist attractions. The tip of the peninsula is in fact, about 5 km away from Capri and You can reach the famous cities of Pompeii and Ercolano in half an hour and Naples in about an hour by the local train called Circumvesuviana.

The most popular beach of the Sorrentine Peninsula is doubtless Bagni della Regina Giovanna (Queen Joan’s Baths).This part of the coast lies in the cape of Sorrento, not far away from the city of Sorrento just a few kilometers away from it.

Capri

Capri

Even though it spans little more than four square miles, the Isle of Capri has long been one of the top tourist destinations in Italy.

The city of Capri is the hub of the island, where most of the hotels, restaurants and shops reside. Here you can take scenic walks, stop in a cafe for a limoncello cocktail (a locally distilled lemon-flavored liqueur that is extremely popular in the area), or visit Villa Jovis, the ruins of one of twelve villas constructed under Tiberius”s rule in the first century.


Dedicated to the Olympus Gods and known as the Palazzo di Tiberio, legends and stories of the debauched emperor are so ubiquitous, you”d think he was still presiding in the high cliffs.

A stop at the Giardini di Augusto offers a view overlooking the famous I Faraglioni – sheer cliffs eroded by wind and tides so that they rise independent of the mainland. Here live the rare blue lizard and endangered monk seal that seem to be the only wildlife on the island other than swarms of sea gulls. Another of the best attractions on the island of Capri is the legendary blue grotto, a cavern where sunrays illuminate the Mediterranean water so the tides appear a shade of ethereal azure. The grotto is only reachable by boat, so expect to fight long lines. Though less popular, no less striking is the Green Grotto located nearby.

An unnerving trip into the island”s steep cliffs will bring you to the comparatively insular town of Anacapri – a sleepy town where the crowds only include those willing to chance the precarious bus trek. Here you can take a chairlift to the highest point on the isle of Capri, called Monte Solaro, where a breathtaking view of the Bay of Napoli awaits you. In Anacapri do not miss also the Villa San Michele…very beautiful!

To visit Capri you have mainly 3 ways:

1) Using public transport (hydrofoil for Capri that run everyday from Sorrento Harbour) and discovering the island by yourself. We will tell you what visit and all the schedule at the check in.

2)  Hire a private and professional english speaking guide that will accompany you in Capri explaining you all the history and showing you all the best places! Please send us an e-mail for more information and price: info@hotelantichemura.com

3) Book one of the group tours written on our website

Pompei

Pompeii

An exclusive resort town previous to the eruption of Vesuvius, the preservation of ancient Pompeii is a wonder to behold. All that is left are visions of lives cut short by the cruelty of nature. Historians suggest that warnings of the eruption were evident just before lava and pumice cut through Pompeii’s streets, but the ruins hold few answers.


The eruption of Vesuvius and the resulting destruction of Pompeii Italy has enraptured visitors for years. The remains of this vivid and effusive city show a place of wealth and splendor. It is believed that a portion of the bodies buried here were citizens caught in nature’s fury while collecting their fortunes before leaving. Elegant villas buried for centuries feature rich courtyards, damaged paintings and other demonstrations of past glories. Much of the artwork carved from the cinders of ancient Pompeii is vaguely pornographic – most famously the paintings found in the town’s ancient bathhouse. The House of Mysteries, too, includes a wealth of erotic imagery, the walls decorated with life-size paintings of a young woman being inducted into a Bacchanalian cult, a sect whose popularity was peaking at the time.

The House of the Faun is a cavernous wonder and includes a replica of its bronze namesake in its cistern. The original is sequestered in the Naples Museum, as is the celebrated mosaic of Alexander the Great from the same house.

The eruption of Vesuvius was clearly a harrowing ordeal – since the dawn of time great cities have crumbled to the ground in torrents of death and destruction. But the gruesome legacy of Pompeii Italy is written plain by the overwhelming length of time in which its walls remained buried in gray ruin. The lands surrounding Rome at the time were no strangers to bloodshed and carnage, but excluding a cursory dig into the city just afterwards, ancient Pompeii laid twisted and forgotten for centuries, as if the site was too painful to even attempt to comprehend.

To visit Pompei you have mainly 5 ways:

1)  Using public transport (Trains to Pompei  that run every days) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule of the trins at the check in.

2) Reserve a Private Driver with car that will accompany you directly at the entrance of the ruins in Pompei, wait for you outside the ruins and give you some suggestion of what to visit. He will be at your disposal also if you wish to visit the Mount Vesuvius & Herculaneum. For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com

3) Hire a private and professional english speaking guide that will accompany you in Pompei using public transport (train). He will explain you all the history of the place. The cost for the half day in Pompei  is approx  100 euro. Please send us an e-mail for more information and reservations

4) Book one of the groups tour written on our wbsite

5) By your own Car

Herculaneum

Herculaneum

Herculaneum is a top tourist destination near Naples. It is situated on the coast of the Gulf of Naples in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, not far from the buried city of Pompeii. The site is of particular archaeological and historical interest due primarily to the fact that, after it was completely buried in volcanic ash and mud in 79 AD, it remained buried for some 1,600 years.


The ruins of Herculaneum are also particularly notable, even among other archaeological sites of interest that were impacted by Vesuvius such as Pompeii and Oplontis, because they are so amazingly well preserved. Today, when you take tours to Herculaneum, you will be able to witness life as it was nearly 2,000 years ago in this part of southern Italy. From the awe-inspiring Herculaneum mosaics, to the full houses, gymnasium, public baths, and skeletal remains, you will be amazed at just how interesting and engaging this place is. Of all the Roman ruins in or around the city of Naples, Herculaneum gives visitors the best chance to get a glimpse of the details of everyday life during the time of the Romans and Greeks in this part of Italy. When you take tours to Herculaneum, you will essentially get to see the remains of an entire little town. What is so interesting is that it allows you to reconstruct what life must have been like, down to the little details—what kind of utensils they used for cooking, how they constructed their houses, what kind of scrolls they wrote, where they bathed, and how they co-existed with one another. The Herculaneum mosaics are just one indication of how highly advanced and artistically inclined this early society in fact was. The amazing Herculaneum mosaics can be found in the variety of houses that have been excavated on the site. Perhaps the best examples of these magnificent mosaics are contained with the Villa of the Papyri, a luxurious seafront villa. This famous villa features four terraces that stretch to the sea, a library, and many other amazing details. Several important scrolls were unearthed at this site. The College of the Augustales, the House of Argus, and the House of Aristides are three more locations where you will be able to see some of the most amazing Herculaneum mosaics.

To visit Herculaneum Yyou have mainly 5 ways:

1)  Using public transport (Trains to Herculaneum that run every days) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule of the trins at the check in.

2) Reserve a Private Driver with car that will accompany you directly at the entrance of the ruins in Herculaneum, wait for you outside the ruins and give you some suggestion of what to visit. He will be at your disposal also if you wish to visit the Mount Vesuvius & Pompei. For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com

3) Hire a private and professional english speaking guide that will accompany you in Herculaneum using public transport (train). He will explain you all the history of the place. The cost for the half day in Herculaneum is approx  100 euro. Please send us an e-mail for more information and reservations info@hotelantichemura.com

4) Book one of the groups tour written on our wbsite

5) By your own Car

Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is a volcanic mountain (known as a stratovolcano) situated on the Gulf of Naples around six miles east of the city. One of the most interesting facts about Mount Vesuvius is that it is the only volcano on the entirety of the European mainland that has exploded in the course of the past 100 years.


Although this formidable stratovolcano has erupted over 50 times over the course of its long history, the explosion for which it is best known happened in 79 AD when it destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

If you are interested in exploring Mount Vesuvius, you should definitely consider climbing it. If you wish to climb Mount Vesuvius, there are several things that you should be prepared for. It is only about 4,100 feet tall, so anyone in decent shape should be able to make the trek without too much problem.

To visit Mount Vesuvius you have mainly 4 ways:

1) You can reach Mount Vesuvius by bus or car.

2) By Buses: Generally They depart from the piazza in front of the Herculaneum station (Circumvesuviana line). Buses depart for Mount Vesuvius approximately every hour until 2 or 3  p.m. Return buses schedule their departure from approximately 11 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. It is also to drive to the Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio.

3) Reserve a Private Driver with car that will accompany you directly at Mount Vesuvius, wait for you,  and give you some suggestion of what to visit. He will be at your disposal also if you wish to visit the Herculaneum & Pompei. For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com

4) Book one of the groups tour written on our website

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Drive

Located just south of Naples, the Amalfi Coast Italy stretches from the Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno.

Its Mediterranean coastline is dotted with thirteen picturesque villages including Positano, Amalfi and Ravello.


Amalfi: To fully enjoy an Amalfi Coast holiday, make sure to spend a little bit of time on the water. One of the most popular tourist attractions along the Amalfi Coast Italy is La Grotta dello Smeraldo (the Emerald Grotto). A must-see for visitors to the region, it is only reachable only by boat, many of which are available sailing directly from Amalfi. The grotto which features stalagmites and stalactites is filled with a magnificent green light because of the manner in which the light enters the cave. If you are hoping to take full advantage of the Amalfi coast vistas, make sure to schedule a hike that runs from the town of Amalfi to the town of Scala. While the walk is somewhat strenuous, you will be rewarded with magnificent views. You”ll also find plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way to keep you well-hydrated and happy! Located right next to the sea, the Villa San Michele. Villa San Michele is located in Ravello, a short distance from the prime tourist attractions and fantastic little boutiques for shopping along the Amalfi Coast.

Positano:. Visiting Positano has become increasingly popular over the years, as this is one of the tourist destinations where you can enjoy both spectacular natural beauty and a range of fun attractions and activities. They are lined with charming artisan shops, cafes, seafood restaurants, and more. You will have no problem finding an array of things to do in Positano Italy, from visiting the piazzas, monuments, and churches, to simply relaxing on the beach or boating in the Mediterranean Sea. This town has very beautiful beaches that you will be able to enjoy. The Spiaggia Grande (or Grand Beach) is a pebbled beach that is lined with restaurants and cafes. The enchanting location of the town and the quaint streets and lanes make this a veritably perfect location for any artist, and the tourist visiting Positano will certainly be impressed to see all of the amazing art that is produced out on the streets. There are also a variety of historical and cultural attractions that are well worth checking out while you are in Positano. Construction of the unbelievably beautiful Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta most probably began in the tenth century. The gorgeous interior is absolutely breathtaking. You can walk through the church every day from 8 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 7 p.m. The Torre de Clavel is another of the most interesting attractions in Positano. It is a thirteenth-century fort that was erected largely as a means to defend against Arab invaders. There are many things to do in Positano.

Ravello: A special Village up on the hill of Amalfi with the greatest view of the bay and the incredible location of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone to not miss!

To visit The Amalfi Coast you have 4 ways:

1) Using public transport (Buses to the Amlfi costs. that run every days) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule at the check in.

2) For the Amalfi coastI can suggest for sure our professional driver with car!  He will be at your disposal to show you all the beautiful town of the Amalfi coast. It usually take 4/5 hours to visit Positano and Amalfi  and approx an additional hour or two to visit also Ravello. Naturally you can decide on the spot with the driver if you wish to stay longer and spend more time in one of the town without problem. Please, if you wish to book  this service, let me know on what day . For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com

3) Book one of the groups tour written on our website

4) By your own Car

Salerno & Paestum

Paestum

About an hours drive south of Naples is another important Italian Provincial capital Salerno. In medieval times Salerno was the world capital of medicine, the Monastery of the Benedictine monks who probably founded its medical school, offered the best education then available. To the east of Salerno, after the headlands of Pontecagnano, Battipaglia and Eboli, is Paestum, which is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country.


Paestum is situated along the central west coast of Italy, south of both Naples and Salerno. The city was first named Poseidonia, a Greek name, in memory of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Once the Roman empire fell, the once bustling trading port was ravaged by malaria and frequent raids, forcing the Greeks to flee. The name was then changed to a Roman one. This specific history is all available at the local museum, called The National Archaeological Museum of Paestum. A visit to Paestum isn’t complete without touring this museum, one of the most extensive of many Italian museums. The basilica in Paestum is named the Temple of Hera and is one of the several fully complete Doric temples in the area. Touring the temple is the most popular of all the things to do in Paestum. The two secondary temples of the three main are named the Temple of Neptune and the Temple of Ceres. The Temple of Neptune is the oldest of the three and the best preserved. Paestum trips are easily done from Naples.

To visit Salerno and Paestum you have 4 ways:

1) Using public transport (Train from Napoli station that run every days) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule at the check in.

2) But The best way to vist Salerno & Paestum is  sure our professional driver with car!  He will be at your disposal to show you these beautiful 2 towns. It usually take 5/6 hours to visit  Salerno & Paestum. Naturally you can decide on the spot with the driver if you wish to stay longer and spend more time in one of the town without problem. For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com . Please, if you wish to book  this service, let me know on what day .

3) Book one of the groups tour written on our website

4) By your own Car

Naples

Naples

If you stay in Sorrento Coast area you cannot miss a day in Naples!

The Royal Palace is directly in the heart of the city. The Castle of the Eggis a giant fortress overlooking the Gulf of Naples and like much of the history of Naples Italy, the fortified walls have their roots in Greek legend. museum in Naples (like the National Archaeological Museum) feature the best preserved and most fascinating ruins and remnants from the time of Greek and Roman antiquity.


Whether you are interested in the finest art museums in Naples Italy, the museums with the most archaeological findings, or all of the above, you will be more than pleased with the institutions in Naples.

The National Archaeological Museum contains a veritable treasure trove of priceless items from Greek and Roman antiquity, including an array of objects and remains unearthed at sites such as Pompei and Herculaneum.

The National Museum of Capodimonte (or Capodimonte Museum) is located in an old Bourbon Palace. The amazing collection of the Capodimonte Museum rivals those in the likes of D’Orsay in Paris and the Vatican Museum in Rome in terms of the legendary artists on display. When you visit the Capodimonte Museum, you can see artists such as Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael, to name just a select few. This is clearly one of the top art museums in Naples.

The Museo Cappella Sansevero is located in the heart of the historic district and is considered to be a shining gem among Naples museums. The chapel alone is worth a visit to this gorgeous museum, which features legendary works like the Veiled Christ and the Anatomical Machines.

A list of the other best museums in Naples is very likely to include: the Museo Nazionale di San Martino, the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Chiara, and the Museum of Prehistory at the Castel dell’Ovo.

To visit Napoli from Sorrento you have 3 ways:

1) Using public transport (Train or Hydrofoil from Sorrento that run every days) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule at the check in.

2) Use our professional driver with car!  He will be at your disposal to show you all the beautiful town Napoli. It usually take 5/6 hours to visit  Napoli. Naturally you can decide on the spot with the driver if you wish to stay longer and spend more time in one of the town without problem. For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com . Please, if you wish to book  this service, let me know on what day .

3) Book one of the groups tour written on our website

4) By your own Car

Ischia

Ischia

Ischia is a popular island at the northern tip of the Gulf of Naples. Although it is almost an entirely mountainous volcanic island, you will also be able to enjoy over twenty miles of brilliant coastline.


The beaches along the Gulf of Naples and the Amalfi Coast rival the beauty of those in the French Riviera and in other popular beach destinations such as Rio and Tahiti. Besides the amazing scenery and beautiful beaches, Ischia is also known for its thermal.

One of the best things to do in Ischia is to take a boat trip around the island to visit all of the various destinations. From the Ischia Port, you will be taken to stops including Forio, Sant Angelo, and Casamicciola. You can take a car, boat, or bus to this gorgeous coastal town.

To visit Ischia from Sorrento you have 2 ways:

1) Using public transport ( Hydrofoil from Sorrento that run every days from May to October) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule at the check in.

2) Book one of the groups tour written on our website

St Agata sui Due Golfi

Sant'Agata sui due Golfi

St Agata sui Due Golfi is situated about 9 Km from Sorrento.

It’s one of the pearls in the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno facing Capri. Perched on a hill it offers a series of views over the sea and the two bays. Etruscans, Greeks and Romans were enchanted by the beauties for centuries. During the “Grand Tour” this place was one of the most favourite stops.


Today Sant’Agata sui due Golfi is a very popular summer resort and an excellent centre for many excursions. Nowadays it’s famous for its parish church, the monastery of Deserto, its natural beauties, archaeological ruins, the Don Alfonso restaurant and several trails along the coast and inland.

To visit Sant’Agata from Sorrento you have 3  ways:

1) Using public transport (Local Buses from Sorrento that run every days) and discovering the town by yourself. We will tell you what visit and We will give you all the schedule at the check in.

2) Use our professional driver with car!  He will be at your disposal to show you all the beautiful town Napoli. It usually take 4 hours to visit Sant’agata e massa Lubrense. Naturally you can decide on the spot with the driver if you wish to stay longer and spend more time in one of the town without problem. For the cost please send us an e-mail info@hotelantichemura.com .

Please, if you wish to book  this service, let me know on what day .

3) By your own car


Sorrento Events

We love “Tore” 2016

Launch of the first edition of “We love Le Tore”, a music festival (and not only) to listen surrounded by nature. We love “Tore” 2016 Program Friday 26 August 2016 at 08:00 pm Stars at Tore: A brief lesson orientation in the sky, followed by astronomical observations with telescopes Friday 2 September 2016 at 04:00 pm Surprise activities for […]


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