Arrival in Caserta at the Hotel**** in the centre. Meeting with the guide and transfer by coach to the Hermitage of San Vitaliano. We will visit this elegant complex built by the Saint and where he spent many years of his life as a hermit.
We then move by coach to the medieval village of Caserta Vecchia. Here we begin a beautiful walk along the narrow streets that distinguish the village. We will visit the Castle, where the Longobards, Normans, Aragonese and Swabians lived. We will see the Church of the Annunziata, in Gothic style, and the town’s Cathedral with its bell tower, made partly of Neapolitan tuff. At the end of the walk we will stop on the balcony of the belvedere from which there is a breathtaking view of the entire valley as far as Naples. Return by coach to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, transfer by coach to Naples.
Today we will make an in-depth visit to Italy’s third largest city by number of churches after Rome and Palermo. We begin our walk through the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by entering the Church of Gesù Nuovo, which houses the tombs of San Ciro and San Giuseppe Moscati. We continue to the Complesso di Santa Chiara with its magnificent majolica cloister and the Basilica di San Domenico Maggiore. The last church of the morning will be Santa Maria delle anime del Purgatorio. This particular church was commissioned by Neapolitan families to house the bodies of poor people; underneath is a second church with skulls and exposed burial spaces.
Street food lunch in town.
Walking through San Gregorio Armeno, the “street of nativity scenes”, we enter the Basilica of San Lorenzo Maggiore, one of the most beautiful churches in Naples, the site of great celebrations such as that of Pope Sixtus V. Petrarch and Boccaccio stayed in the convent.
Through the “decumani” we will then reach the famous Sansevero Chapel, a church by day and a Masonic temple by night, it is the most visited museum in Naples. Inside we can admire the Veiled Christ, famous throughout the world for the precision with which the veil was carved. Return to the hotel by coach, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast departure for Pompeii. Guided visit to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Pompeii, the most popular in Campania thanks to the miraculous image of the Virgin of the Rosary. After the visit to the Sanctuary we move on to the Archaeological Excavations where there are the remains of the ancient city covered by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Lunch set in Ancient Rome at the Caupona restaurant.
After lunch we will set off for the marvellous Amalfi Coast with a special focus on the historical centre of Amalfi, the ancient Maritime Republic and pride of this coastline. We will also visit the Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Andrew, the symbol of the city, which houses the Cloister of Paradise.
Return to the hotel by coach, dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast, we vacate our rooms and set off for one of the places of worship dearest to the people of Campania, the Sanctuary of Montevergine.
Founded in 1118 by Saint William of Vercelli, the Sanctuary has been remodelled several times over time and today has an imposing and rigorous appearance.
Around the middle of the 12th century, Charles II of Anjou had a votive chapel built to fulfil a vow he had made while he was a prisoner of the Aragonese in Sicily, and asked Montano d’Arezzo to decorate it. The icon of the Majesty of Montevergine, painted between 1296 and 1297 and named after Mamma Schiavona, is linked to this artist.
The abbey museum, which was set up during the last Jubilee, occupies the rooms of the monastery and includes four thematic areas: the picture gallery houses paintings from the 16th to the 18th century and marbles of various origins; the collection of sacred vestments and liturgical objects; the exhibition of Nativity scenes includes Neapolitan cribs and others from all over the world. A separate room houses the stone known as the ‘imprint of the Madonna’, linked to the traditions of pilgrimages to Montevergine.
In the abbey complex there is also a herbalist’s shop with a vast assortment of products: herbs, herbal teas, liqueurs, wines, honey, beers, chocolates, sweets, produced by the Benedictine fathers of Montevergine and other monasteries using ancient recipes.
END OF SERVICES.
419€ per person for 15 people or more.
Discount for 25 people.
Single room supplement: euro 90,00
15% reduction 3rd bed 2-12 years
0-2 years free
MINIMUM 15 – MAXIMUM 25 participants
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
On-site transfers as per the itinerary;
Nr 3 HB in double room in Hotel****;
Nr 1 Street-Food lunch in the historical centre of Naples;
Nr 1 lunch in Caupona restaurant;
Guided tours as per programme;
Entrance fees as per programme;
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Transfers to and from the Hotel****;
Lunch on the first and last day;
Extras and everything not mentioned in “the fee includes”.
Entry fee 30€.