Women Only Tour: Fashion, Food, Wine, Spas and Laughter in Italy September 19-26 2015 Back

Departs from : Rome

Duration : 10 days

Type : Private

Price Per Person From : USD 4,695.00

Meals Included

Breakfasts : 10

Dinners : 6

Lunches : 3

Wine Tastings : 10

Picnics : 2

Cooking Lessons : 2

Map

This holiday has been designed by Kitty Cunningham and Jessica Andrews with your interests in mind!  The tour is focused around great food, wonderful wine, fantastic shopping experiences and enjoying the sights at a leisurely pace. The package includes a glorious stay in Rome for three nights and 7 days in a spectacular villa, La Bella Villa Pistrice right in Positano on the Amalfi Coast for over a week.  On this trip we will experience local artisans, chefs, wine makers and dozens of Italian personalities who will fill your heart with laughter, love and inspiration!  This trip turly is about living La Dolce Vita the "Sweet Life" in Italy and nurturing your all of your senses.  

 


Day 1 : Benvenuti a Roma! Private Transfer Upon Arrival to Hotel

Where we visit : Rome

Meeting Location : Airport

Description :

Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met at the airport by one of our local representatives who will take you into Rome's historical centre where you will have time to settle into the Hotel Lunetta - and perhaps even enjoy the spa (included in our stay).

The hotel is located right behind Campo Dei Fiori (The Plaza of Flowers) and adjacent to Piazza Navona. This area is one of the most beautiful in Rome filled with wonderful shops, great cafe's, wine bars and dozens of stands which sell beautiful flower arrangements.  

Welcome Dinner with the Group this evening.

Overnight at Hotel Lunetta Rome

Meals : Dinner

Day 2 : Private Full Day Tour of Rome including the Monuments of Rome and Vatican City

Where we visit : Rome

Description :

After a leisurely buffet breakfast at the hotel we will depart for a full day, privately guided tour of Rome where we will visit the major sites including the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and many others. 

This will be a leisurely day.  Lunch will be included as well as stops to view the boutiques in Rome that Jessica knows so well and is confident that you will love, where Roman artisans and Italian fashion designers offer incredible prices for some of the most sought after luxury fashion items in the world!

After lunch in a Roman piazza close to Vatican City in the historic neighborhood of Trastevere we will head to Vatican City where we will have a guided tour of the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Gardens.

After Vatican City and stomping the streets of Rome we will head back to the hotel to enjoy the pool and the grounds, perhaps have a drink (or 2) before heading out for a leisurely dinner in the evening.

Overnight at Hotel Lunetta Rome

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Villa Borghese and Shopping in Rome

Where we visit : Rome

Description :

Today is all about you!   This morning enjoy breakfast at your leisure and if you care to, enjoy the spa at the hotel. At 11:00 AM we will head up to the Villa Borghese which is the largest park in Rome and one of the largest parks in Europe. Together we will take a walk through the park and head towards a beautiful look out over Piazza del Popolo and Vatican City.  From here we will venture once again into historic Rome where we will grab a bite to eat and enjoy shopping.  

Rome is home to some of the most beautiful stores in Europe and Jessica knows exactly where to find local artists who present their pieces in off-the-beaten path galleries.  

Stationary, Shoe Stores, Clothing stores and many other fine boutiques will all be visited today.  This is a day to experience the culture of Roman life.

In whatever area we end up, whether Campo Di Fiori or any other, as a group we will decide at leisure where to dine. 

Overnight at Hotel Lunetta Rome

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Private Transfer from Rome to our Luxury Villa on the Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast

Description :

This morning we will depart Rome and head south to the Amalfi Coast, stopping en-route to view the famous Monte Cassino in the Campania region which enjoys a spectacular position over the Campania region.

A licensed tour guide here will give us a tour of this ancient Monastery before we continue to our Villa on the Amalfi Coast.

At our villa, the Bella Villa Pistrice in Positano on the Amalfi Coast this evening we will enjoy a delicious dinner made by a local Amalfi Chef at the villa.

Overnight at Villa Pistrice in Positano

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Full Day Tour of the Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast

Description :

Today will be a day dedicated to enjoying the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.  We will head south from Positano as far south as Vietri Sul Mare, famous for the ceramic works and marble creations.

We will experience the towns of Amalfi, the gardens at Ravello and some beautiful coves and beaches that dot the Amalfi Coast.

In the evening we will head to Sorrento for dinner where we will dine by the sea and enjoy local wines from the Campania region.

Overnight at Villa Pistrice in Positano

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 : Full Day Tour of Island of Capri

Where we visit : Positano

Description :

This morning we will set sail to the magical and world famous island of Capri where we will visit the San Michele gardens and enjoy some of the most spectacular views this island has to offer.

There will be plenty of time for shopping, enjoying the local delicacies and just taking in the smell of the beautiful Medierranean floral this island is so famous for.

This evening upon return to Positano, we will enjoy a pizza dinner at the Bucca di Bacco (famous old jazz club) in the heart of Positano. 

Overnight at Villa Pistrice in Positano

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : Pompeii and Campania Wineries

Where we visit : Pompeii

Description :

After breakfast at our villa this morning we will depart via our private transfer to the ruins of Pompeii where we will explore these ancient ruins with a local licensed guide.  

After our visit we will then begin our tour around the Campania region vineyards to sample some of the region's famous Fallanghina White Wine.

At a local estate we will enjoy lunch and sample some local products before heading back to the villa where we will dine on our own this evening and overnight at the villa. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 : Thermal Springs on the Island of Ischia

Where we visit : Ischia

Description :

This morning we will depart early from the villa to get the ferry to the beautiful Island of Ischia, home to some of the most beautiful natural hot springs in Italy.

This morning we will enjoy the sights of the island including the Mortella Gardens. In the afternoon we will head to the Nitrodi Baths on the Island of Ischia

In the evening we will take a private water taxi back to Positano where after a long day enjoying gardens and the beautiful natural hot and cold springs on Ischia, we will surely all sleep very well.

Overnight at Villa Pistrice in Positano

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting

Day 9 : Day at Leisure in Positano

Where we visit : Positano

Description :

Today will be a free day for you to enjoy the colours and the beaches in Positano.

Get an umbrella at one of the beach lidos, dip your toes in the the sea.  Experience the wonderful shops home to beautiful sandals which are made right in front of your eyes!

There are dozens of art galleries in Positano as well as many jewelry shops to be experienced.

This evening we will enjoy a cocktail together at Le Sirenuse hotel, which is one of the most luxurious hotels in Positano.  Pool-side, we will experience together the views which the rich and famous from around the world come to appreciate.

Farewell Dinner this evening at Ristorante di Costantino.

Overnight at Villa Pistrice in Positano

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 : Time to Say Arrivaderci!

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast

Description :

This morning we will have to say goodbye to our beautiful villa on the Amalfi Coast and head back to Naples where our tour will conclude.

You will have the option of extending your stay in Italy which Kitty can help you to customize and/or to get a transfer (included) in the cost back to the airport.

Time to say Arrivaderci! 

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. All arrival and departure transfers
  2. All entrance fees to sites and museums
  3. All transfers
  4. Cooking class
  5. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  6. Daily Cleaning at Villa
  7. Detailed explanation of sites
  8. Dinners where indicated with wine included
  9. English speaking tour escort for the duration of the tour
  10. Excellent Photo Opportunities
  11. Ferry Tickets to Ischia
  12. Full day excursion to Capri
  13. Full day excursion to Pompeii
  14. Full Day Tour of Ischia with Entrance to Thermal Baths
  15. Luggage handling at hotel
  16. Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  17. Private tour of the Amalfi Coast
  18. Road Tolls
  19. Scenic Drive along the Sorrentine Peninsula
  20. Service charges and taxes included
  21. Skip the line Entrance tickets included
  22. Specialized and Personal Service
  23. Tastings of local products
  24. The beautiful Cimbrone Gardens at Ravello
  25. The Major Monuments of Rome
  26. Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  27. Visit of the Blue Grotto
  28. Visit to Pompeii with entrance fees included
  29. Walking tour of Rome
  30. Wine and Olive Oil Tastings
  31. Wine Estate Visit

What's Not Included

  1. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. Optional excursions during your tour
  4. Travel Insurance

Amalfi Coast


 

The region of coastline stretching from Sorrento, South of Naples, to Amalfi, so called Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO world heritage site that is renowned for its natural beauty as well as its characteristic towns. You’ll find houses and buildings painted in fresh pastels, stuck into cliffs and canyons … the flowery spectacle set in the cliffs framed by the endless blue sky and sparkling water.

The crystal clear ocean waters and breathtaking landscapes are offset by the famous towns of Sorrento, Praiano, Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi, whose charming architecture elegantly blends into the mountainous landscape. The Island of Capri is a favorite destination for celebrities and is known for its sheer cliffs, amazing grottos and crystal blue water.

The Island if Ischia is located above an ancient submerged volcanic crater and is rich in thermal water, making it a great source for natural spas and thermal baths. Of historical and archaeological interest are the ancient towns of Pompeii and Ercolano, preserved for all time by the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Major attractions: Pompeii and Ercolano archeological sites, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ischia and smaller towns along the Amalfi Coast, the archeological site of Paestum by buffalo mozzarella farms, and the town of Castellabbate along the Cilento Coast south of Salerno. Major theaters and music events: Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Ravello Festival in Ravello.

Rome


 

Rome is known as the 'Eternal City', the centre of Western Civilization and one of the most widely visited cities in the world.  It is a city of contrasts, both ancient and modern. Romantic and harsh. It is a place of beautiful warm light and many dark corners. 
 
The layers of history in Rome are second to none in the world and to appreciate Rome, in all its glory, it is useful and helpful to have some understanding of what happened here over the centuries.  Whether you do tours with us or another company, it is most helpful to read - do guided tours - watch films.  
 
This city is one of the most important cultural, artistic and intellectual centres in Europe.  It is also home to Vatican City, the centre of the Catholic Church.
 
The history of Rome and Vatican City draw over 58 million visitors each year, almost as many people who live in Italy.  
 
 

 

Ischia


 

Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples and one of the prettiest places to visit in the Mediterranean.  
 
The island has been featured in numerous Italian movies like "Paradiso Perso" (Paradise Lost) a romantic comedy, where the island sets the idyllic scene of two star-crossed lovers who fall in love with each other all over again, in part because they cannot escape the beauty off the island or the romance the island's beauty forces between them. 
 
Ischia is known for its spectacular white sand beaches, incredible scenery and thermal spring waters that have been proven to have an enormously positive effect on skin and overall health.  Many spas have been built on the island and offer excellent treatments that people in the area return year after year to enjoy.  Ischia is said to be home to some of the best spas in Italy. Hotels and spas in Ischia don't cost nearly as much as you may expect them to and in the off-season, some incredible bargains can be found at many hotels around the island. 
 
Spa treatments aside, the island's climate unto itself can have an enormously beneficial impact on overall health.  The island is like one massive floating green-house, with tropical plants like palm trees, Hybiscus flowers, lemon and orange trees lining the roads and turquoise waters kissing the shores.
 
Ischia is much larger and higher than the island of Capri and unlike its sister island has beautiful white sand beaches that draw thousands of Italians during the summer months of July and August.  It is best to avoid Ischia during these months (the high season) and opt to visit any other time.
 
 Even in winter, the climate is warm and there is a lot to do.  It's easy to pass a week here without getting bored.  If you can only make it for a day however, it's still worth it, but we can almost guarantee that you will want to come back.
 
Getting to Ischia from Italy's mainland is easy and you can bring your car or come by foot. Ferries for Ischia leave from Sorrento, Naples and Pozzuoli and dock at Ischia Porto, the main gateway to the island and tourist hub. 
 
Once on the island, the bus station is a one-minute walk west of the pier, with buses servicing all other parts of the island.  East of the pier, the shopping strip Via Roma eventually becomes Corso Vittoria Colonna and heads 2km southeast to Ischia Ponte, which leads to Ischia's most famous landmark, the Castello Aragonese. 
 
The Castle,which sits on a rocky islet just off Ischia Ponte is an enormous complex comprising a 14th century cathedral and several smaller churches.  Inside the complex, there is a weaponry museum (Museo delle Armi) that has a collection of torture tools and various medieval armoury.  Children and adult alike may be interested i this, but the view from the castle alone, towards Procida and over the bay of Naples is worth it unto itself. Admission to the castle is 10 EUROS
 
There are great walks, hikes and bike circuits to take around the island.  For those who want a challenge, a strenuous uphill walk form the village of Fontanta brings you to the top of Monte Epomeo (788 m), the island's highest point, also with superb views of the Gulf of Naples 
 
In addition to walking, swimming, cycling or scuba-diving, there are beautiful gardens to explore on Ischia, such as La Mortella, a garden that is home to over 1000 rare exotic plants that flourish here. 
 
 The gardens were designed by Russell Page and inspired by the Moorish gardens of Granada's Alhambra in Spain.  The gardens were established by the British composer Sir William Walton and his wife who made La Mortella their home in 1949. 
 
Classical music concerts are staged in the gardens in spring and autumn.  For a more information about the gardens and the concerts, please see www.lamortella.it .  Please note the garden's opening hours.
 
For excellent rates on accommodations, transportation to and from Ischia, tours on the island or any other information about travel in the Bay of Naples or the Amalfi Coast, do not hesitate to contact us: info@italygroupspecialists.com

Capri


 

Emperors and sovereigns, sheiks and noblewomen, novelists and divas, painters and poets. All seduced by this magical island, by its infinite beauty and by its fascinating history.

Rising up out of the sea just off the far end of the Sorrentine peninsula, the island of Capri has long been the Bay of Naples' most desirable, and glamorous destination. Preferred playground of the rich and famous since Roman times, Augustus found Capri's enchanting landscape the perfect antidote to the stresses of office; Tiberius even moved the imperial capital here, and transformed the island in magnificent theatre for his infamous "royal" revelries. In the early 1900's the island's name became synonymous with the moneyed and artistic elite who began to arrive on Capri’s shores. This was the time when, on the coast of Anacapri, the Grotta Azzurra was "discovered", adding yet another attraction to the island's long list of stunningly beautiful sites.

 
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