Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
April 14 - 22, 2023 (waitlist)
April 21 - 29, 2023 (almost full)
$3,995 from Washington Dulles (IAD)
To the inveterate Italian visitor, the Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s hidden gems. The spectacular coastline of the Sorrentine Peninsula south of Naples offers by itself a visual feast. Here you’ll find, nestled within the precipitous cliffs facing the Mediterranean, such lovely towns as Positano and Amalfi as well as Sorrento, our base for an eight-day exploration of this region. The colorful villages scattered along the Amalfi Coast have always attracted visitors. Their appeal lies not only in their beauty and the sweet vagaries of local culture but also in a rich architectural and cultural legacy of fine churches, villas, monasteries, and archaeological wonders. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on the Amalfi Coast each year to enjoy the local cuisine and wine—limoncello is unique to the region. Summer vacationers seek the sea coast and verdant islands—Capri lies an easy ferry ride away—while students of Italian history and culture gather to learn the melodic Italian language and stroll the haunted lanes of ancient Pompeii. Italy is always appealing, but, as you will discover on this more focused tour of Italy, the Amalfi Coast has its own unforgettable charm.
This distinctive adventure will combine tours of Positano and Amalfi, Naples, the Isle of Capri, and Sorrento. We’ll also tour the famous archeological sites of Paestum and Pompeii, then (assuming conditions are favorable) the rim of Vesuvius, the region’s notorious volcano. Because one must somehow cope with the bountiful temptations of Italian cuisine—with six full meals in addition to a full breakfast daily and a visit to a buffalo mozzarella farm and factory, nearly every day will offer walking opportunities, particularly in the more scenic areas of the Peninsula. We’ll stay all seven nights in the elegant Hotel Corallo overlooking the Mediterranean
Our faculty host for the April 14 departure will be Matthew Loar ’07, director of fellowships and assistant professor of classics. George Bent, Childress Professor in the Arts, will host the April 21 departure.
Early enrollment is strongly encouraged, as our Italy trips tend to fill quickly. Roundtrip air from Washington, D.C. is included in the package price.