This tour moves from Rome to Naples, then heads down the coast before concluding in the shadow of Mount Etna on the island of Sicily. An ideal route for travellers who enjoy a mixture of city life and relaxation on the beach.
Transfer to/from the Airport
organised Transfer by The Inn at the Roman Forum
EUR52.00 per car for max 3 persons
EUR70.00 per minivan for max 4 persons
Bookings on request through Umfulana
This centuries-old building is located in the city centre, between the Spanish steps and the Via Veneto. Marco and Guilia, the enterprising proprietors who have roots in the hotel business, have completely restored the property and now offer modern, comfortable accommodation in a historical building. Marco can suggest the best sites to see - he is an accredited Rome tour guide. The building offers many practical conveniences. An elevator takes guests to the air-conditioned rooms on the three upper stories. The upstairs suites have a view extending over the roofs of the old city to the dome of St Peters. You're guaranteed a good night's rest here (a valuable commodity in Rome), as the guesthouse is next door to a convent!
The western world was ruled from the city built on the legendary seven hills for 1,500 years. Rome was the stage for many historic events of worldwide significance during that era. After the collapse of the Roman Empire the city became the seat of the Catholic Church. During the zenith of its power (the second century A.D.) Rome's population numbered more than a million, making it the world's first metropolis. However, only 25,000 people lived among the city's ruins at the close of the Roman Empire. Regrowth didn't begin until the return of the Pope from Avignon in the fifteenth century. Today the Italian capital ranks amongst the premiere cities of Europe with regard to art, culture and a fast-paced lifestyle. Millions of tourists visit Rome annually to take in the sights, shop and enjoy the cuisine.
Rental car pick-up
Type: Fiat Punto 1.3 MJT or similar
Pick-up location: Rome Via Sardegna
The historical villa is situated in upper Positano, high above the clear blue waters of the Amalfi Coast. All 20 rooms are well-equipped with an en-suite bathroom, private terrace with magnificent seaviews, telephone, air-conditioning and mini-bar. Guests can also soak up the Positano sun on two large panoramic-view terraces during the spring and summer seasons. During the winter months the hotel is fully heated. The hotel staff will gladly help organize excursions. Ferries leave for Capri and Napes every 60 minutes during the high season.
Originally founded as a fortress 1,000 years ago by Saracen pirates, today Giungano is a peaceful town located in a national park at the foot of the Alburni Mountains. The old fortress, which has been turned into an original guesthouse, crowns the centre of town with its old towers and battlements. The estate is surrounded by terraced gardens with grapevines and fruit trees. The rooms are decorated with pieces of antique furniture. The surrounding area offers plenty of destinations for excursions: the Greek ruins in Paestum are close by, as are several medieval castles. Or guests can relax in the hotelswimming pool with Jacuzzi.
Newly opened in April 2010, the 4-star hotel is perched on a cliff overlooking the Aeolian Sea. A stone stairway leads straight down to the beach. One of the hotel's most popular features is the rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi. The spectacular views extend across the sea to the volcanic island of Stromboli. This is also where the excellent breakfast (for Italian standards) is served. Many of the individually decorated rooms have sea views. The bright colors and bold patterns serve as a reminder that Africa is not far away. The friendly staff speak fluent English.
The hotel commands one of the best views on the island, taking in the lush, almost subtropical hotel garden, then the botanical park of Taormina and finally the deep blue Ionian Sea, which gradually merges with the blue sky. The location is a paradise for photographers and anyone in need of sunshine and relaxation. The hosts are a French-Italian couple who are helpful yet unobtrusive. Simple meals can be taken at the hotel. A wide selection of restaurants is available in the vicinity.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Catania, Airport
Rental car company: AVIS (Italy)
Type: Fiat Punto evo 1.3 or similar (Group C)
Equipment: Air-conditioning, power-steering, radio