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When we arrive in Herculaneum, we will stop for a couple of hours at the famous ruins of Herculaneum. At the feet of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum is known throughout the world for the remains of its Roman city buried, together with Pompeii, under the pumice & ashes provoked by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Herculaneum was originally discovered when a well was being dug in the 18th Century at a depth of 50 – 60 feet below the surface. Initially a series of shafts and tunnels were dug to strip the site of any saleable valuables by robbers. However, between 1749 to 1765 Herculaneum was explored on a more scientific basis for the Bourbon Kings of Naples and the Two Sicilies. A basic plan of the town was mapped out and much of the portable remains removed but eventually these tunnels collapsed and were closed down. The modern towns of Resina and Portici grew up over the site and knowledge of where the entrances to the tunnels were was lost to the scientific community. When we leave Herculaneum we will head towards Ravello We drive to the top of the Monti Latteri (The names comes from the goats in the area which provide a good quality of milk), Where your Private Driver will stop so you can admire the view of the Naples bay The area also produces Provolone del Monaco which is a famous high quality cheese.
Our Private Driver Guide will stop in Ravello, Perched on steep, terraced slopes, closer to the sky than the sea, with its unique breath taking view of the Amalfi coast, it is a place blessed with beautiful gardens, quiet lanes, sleepy, sun-drenched corners. Ravello provides unforgettable views over the azure coast below. An ancient medieval town known all over the world for its history, its excellent monuments, its magical landscapes and its patrician habitations. Enchanting land, as it was described by the most illustrious travellers of time that elected it Country of Spirit, Only visiting Ravello can you live intense moments of true magical amazement! There are many beautiful gardens and Villas to visit, in particular Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Dropping back to the coast from Ravello, Your Private Driver will take you on the corniche road of the Amalfi Drive The Amalfi Drive is a famous Winding road with breathtaking views of the beautiful stretch of coastline on the Mediterranean where we will stop in a number of places giving you opportunities to take memorable photos. UNISCO awarded the Amalfi Coast a well deserved spot on the World Heritage list in 1997. Continuing our drive to Amalfi, we will pass through the Dragon Torrent Valley, named after a famous legend that here lived a terrifying dragon who breathed fire from his nostrils.
Our Private Driver will take you to Amalfi where there will be a plaque that welcomes tourists which has a famous phrase written by Tuscan writer Renato Fucini which best describes the Amalfi town “ Il giorno del giudizio, per gli Amalfitani che andranno in paradiso, sará un giorno come tutti gli altri” “The day of judgment, for Amalfitans that go to Heaven will be a day like any other” The main town of the Amalfi Coast lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. where you can take a relaxing walk in the main Square Pizza Duomo and visit the beautiful cathedral of St Andrew, Museo della Carta (Museum of handmade paper), the ancient dockyards, or simply try a delicious gelato and admire the view of the waterfront. Your Private Tour continues west from Amalfi, on the increasingly spectacular corniche road of the Amalfi Drive When we arrive in Conca dei Marini, you will find the famous Grotto dello Smeraldo, “The Emerald Grotto” a marine cave of luminous emerald waters that you can visit if you wish. Just beyond it, the road passes the fjord of Furore, one of the coast’s most impressive gorges, before arriving at the village of Praiano, and then followed by the most scenic and majestical village of Positano.
The very famous vertical village, the jewel of the Amalfi Coast, thanks to its picturesque landscapes. Our Private Driver Guide will take you to the heart of Positano, where you can stroll through the narrow streets to the main beach passing by stylish boutiques, outdoor cafes and restaurants. Positano has been featured in several movies including the very famous ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. Also very well known for the Linen, Handmade Sandals & Ceramics. The church of Santa Maria Assunta is also worth visiting which features a dome made of Majolica tiles as well as the thirteenth century Byzantine icon of a black Madonna.
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