Wonders of Rome and Sorrento

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Advisor - Rose Manganell
Curated By

Rose Manganell

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • Italy

  • Rome

  • Sorrento

  • History

  • Relaxation

  • Outdoors

Vatican City with shining lights at night.
Curator’s statement

Italy holds a special place in my heart. Being there allows me to connect with my ancestral roots and truly be myself. I've been fortunate enough to visit my great-grandfather's birthplace and meet distant relatives who still reside in Italy. From the moment I set foot in the country many years ago, I fell in love! I have a mission to explore every corner of it. Learning the language is also on my agenda, although I must admit I am a beginner, at best. Recently, I embarked on a remarkable journey titled "Wonders of Rome and Sorrento". I designed this itinerary for my friends and family who were visiting for the first time and asked me to show them some of my favorite places! Below is a brief overview along with some of our photos.

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Day 1: Ciao, Roma!

People in St. Peter's Square

Afternoon free to immerse yourself in the wonders of Rome. This ancient city, steeped in history and culture, offers a captivating experience like no other.
As you wander through the charming streets of Rome, be sure to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that this act ensures your return to the Eternal City. Make a wish and watch as the sparkling waters cascade down the magnificent sculpture.

Day 2: Museums of Rome

A picture of the roofs of Rome.

Enjoy an immersive experience with a private, guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Museum. Admire stunning architecture, intricate artwork and religious significance. Don't miss Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Pietà. The Vatican Museums house an extensive collection of art and historical artifacts. The highlight of the Vatican tour is undoubtedly the Sistine Chapel. As you enter this sacred space, you'll be awestruck by Michelangelo's iconic frescoes on the ceiling and the Last Judgment on the altar wall.

Day 3: Wander around Rome

A table overlooking the rooftops of Rome.

Morning free to continue to wander. As you stroll through the enchanting streets of Rome, indulge in a delightful gelato and brace yourself for an unexpected surprise at every turn! In the afternoon, visit the Colosseum, with “skip the line” tickets.

Day 4: Naples

spaghetti with clams in a pot

Arrive in Naples by private car. Stop in Centro Storico and stroll down Via San Gregorio Armeno to explore the shops devoted to Presepi (Nativity scenes). Followed by the best pizza in the world! Dinner by the bay of Naples. Must try the traditional Neapolitan spaghetti con Vongole (spaghetti with Clam Sauce.)

Day 5: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento

An ancient structure surrounded by trees

Savor the coffee at the world famous Gran Caffè Gambrinus.

Fun fact: In Naples tradition when ordering your caffe you can purchase a caffe sospeso (suspended coffee) for those less fortunate.

Afternoon: Private car to Sorrento with stop at Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried under volcanic ash and preserved for centuries.

Embark on a personalized and immersive private tour of the excavation. A truly unforgettable journey into the past.

Days 6-9: Sorrento, Capri, Positano

cliffside harbor with bright blue water and colorful houses

Sorrento, Capri, Positano. After the hustle and bustle of the cities, it is time to relax at an outdoor cafe and experience the dolce far niente (literally 'sweetness [of] doing nothing). Take a high speed boat to Capri; join a Limoncello tasting at Azienda Agricola I Giardini di Cataldo in Sorrento; stop for dinner on the Almafi coast at the Hotel Lo Scoglio (as seen on Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy).

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Travel Advisor Jennifer Schwartz’s guide, Guide to Picturesque Picnics In and Around Rome.

Advisor - Rose Manganell

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Rose Manganell

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