While Italy is a fascinating country, brimming with good food, interesting sights and beautiful cities, its richness and depth can sometimes prove to be too overwhelming for a first-time visitor. How do you make a smart decision about where to spend your time and money when there is so much to see and do?
This is where having a Local Host makes all the difference, especially when you are venturing into new regions and trying new things. Questions about where to eat, what to see and what to avoid are easily answered, while insider knowledge and expert tips can lead to one-of-a-kind experiences, be they spiritual, sensual, serendipitous or sublime.
The Amalfi Coast, south of Naples, is one of the most historic and beautiful regions in Italy. Its dramatic cliffs and azure waters are studded with quaint fishing villages and charming beaches, while stunning hilltop villas cling to the land at seemingly impossible angles.
From the lovely port town of Sorrento you can catch a boat to the Isle of Capri — the playground of the wealthy and fabulous for centuries and home to countless sparkling grottoes and hidden coves just waiting to be discovered. A short drive north takes you to Naples, with its beautiful harbor, lively atmosphere and delicious cuisine, and looming over it all is the impressive shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. This is a land rich in mystery and magic, and the best way to uncover its secrets and discover its treasures is through the insider knowledge of a local.
Conny, one of our Local Hosts in the Amalfi Coast, has lived in this region for years and knows that visitors to this unique part of the country are looking to soak in a truly authentic, Southern Italian experience. Below she shares with us her number one must-see tip for any visitor to the Amalfi Coast.
As everybody knows, Pompeii is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the world. The city was destroyed at the height of the Roman Empire by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and every year it attracts more than 2.6 million visitors, who come to witness the well-preserved remains that provide a glimpse into daily life in Ancient Rome.
Now, tourists can enjoy a moonlight tour of this ancient city in the summer months of June, July, August and September. This special event is organized by the city of Pompeii, thanks to additional funding from the European Union. Night visits are possible during the weekends and take about 80 minutes. These tours, which combine multimedia sound and light effects with a guided narrative, create an eerie and magical atmosphere that gives visitors unprecedented insight into how people lived in Pompeii – and how they died.
To experience the true mystique and countless sensual pleasures of the Amalfi Coast – whether on a tour of Pompei, a day trip to Naples, or from the deck of a chartered boat – consider a stay in one of our wonderful coastal villas in the region.