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Gardens of the Amalfi Coast, Ischia & Pompeii

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  • Discover the gardens of the Sorrento region on this 6-night garden holiday to Italy.
  • Visit Minerva Gardens, La Mortella Gardens & Villa Rufolo.
  • Explore Pompeii, an ancient Roman & UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • Take an optional excursion to the Island of Capri.
  • Enjoy free time to relax on the Sorrento Peninsula.
  • Be guided by Frances MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener throughout the tour.

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Your Guided Group Holiday To The Amalfi Coast, Ischia & Pompeii

Explore the beautiful gardens of the Amalfi Coast, Ischia and Pompeii with us on this 6-night Italy holiday, where we’ll uncover the Amalfi Coast which boasts Italy’s most spectacular scenery. The winding coastal road offers breath-taking views of sea, islands and mountains, with pretty candy-coloured villages clinging to the steep hillsides, as if defying gravity. We'll visit some of the regions most beautiful and historic gardens, such as Minerva Gardens, Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone. Further delights include a guided tour of Pompeii and an optional excursion to the romantic Isle of Capri. In your own time, relax on the coast or in the shade of a lemon tree in a sundrenched piazza, and enjoy the unique ‘ Dolce Vita’ of this incredibly beautiful region. Travel with us on this guided holiday to Italy and be inspired by their wonderful gardens.

Trip Itinerary

Leisurely

Activity Level: Leisurely

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Travel to Italy

Travel to Italy

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Today we meet our garden guide, Frances MacDonald, at Dublin airport for our flight to Naples where we will transfer on arrival to our hotel on the Sorrento Coast, overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

Dine as a group this evening in our hotel.

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Morning at Leisure and Minerva Gardens

At Leisure

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Enjoy a leisurely morning today for relaxing by the pool or perhaps visit Sorrento (complimentary hotel shuttle bus service)

Giardino della Minerva

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This afternoon we depart for a guided visit to Giardino della Minerva in Salerno. During the Middle Ages it was used as a simple area for educational purposes by medical school students and is considered a precursor of botanical gardens. Irrigated by the same spring water the garden’s five terraces are connected by a long staircase built on the ancient walls of the city, over which there is a spectacular view.

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La Mortella Gardens, Ischia

La Mortella Gardens, Ischia

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After breakfast, transfer to Sorrento Pier for our boat journey to the idyllic island of Ischia. Our tour of the island brings us to Giardini La Mortella, an exotic subtropical and Mediterranean garden developed from 1956 by Susana Walton. The gardens are divided into two parts: the lower Valley garden is linked by a series of walks, paths and steps to the upper Hill garden; both superbly planted with a wide variety of shrubs and herbaceous.

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At Leisure or Optional trip to Capri

At Leisure or Optional trip to Capri

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Today is a free day for relaxing or independent sightseeing on the Sorrento Peninsula. Alternatively, join Frances for a trip by ferry to Capri. She intends visiting the garden and house of Alex Munthe at San Michel.

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Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone

Villa Rufolo

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This morning we start our day with a scenic drive along the coast to Ravello. Our first visit of the day is to Villa Rufolo which dates back to the 13th century and is centred around a Moorish style courtyard. Occupying two levels the upper garden contains cypress trees and many exotic plants which thrive in the mild climate.

Villa Cimbrone

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Enjoy some free time for lunch (at own expense) before we visit the gardens of Villa Cimbrone whose origins date back to the 11th century and were redesigned at the start of the 20th century with input from English gardener, Vita Sackville-West. Considered among the most important examples of English landscape in southern Europe highlights of these gardens include the ‘Terrace of Infinity’ offering spectacular panoramic views and the ‘Avenue of Immensity’ covered with white and blue wisteria vines.

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Gardens of Pompeii

Pompeii

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Our day begins with a visit to the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses. Our guided tour will include the gardens which occupied a prime place in the Pompeiian house.

At Leisure

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Following lunch (at own expense) we will return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure before enjoying dinner together on our final evening in this beautiful region of Italy.

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Return to Dublin

Return to Dublin

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Time to say ‘arrivederci’ to the unforgettable Sorrento Coast. After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our return flight.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes

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