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Leaving Rome towards the south, we take the "Highway of the Sun" crossing the fertile Roman countryside known as the area of the "Castelli Romani". Halfway along the highway you will be able to see the Abbey of Montecassino, famous for the battle and its complete destruction which happened during the second World War.
Arriving in Naples we will proceed towards the hill of Posillipo from where we can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples and the Volcano Vesuvio.
Descending towards the port of Mergellina and following the coast we will arrive in the ancient fishing quarter of Santa Lucia with its impressive Castel dell'Ovo (photograph stop). The city tour continues crossing the historical centre to see Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, the San Carlo Opera House, the Gallery of Umberto I and the imposing Maschio Angioino.
Upon leaving the city, we cross the fertile valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing the villages of Ercolano, Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata before finally arriving at Pompeii where we will stop for lunch.
In the afternoon we will continue with a local guide on foot for an archeological journey through the ancient city for approx a 2 hours visit. Buried under a layer of ashes and lapilli by a sudden eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., after 1700 years the excavations have brought to light Pompeii, a town whose daily life of the Imperial Age has been crystallized, as under a spell, in its gestures, secrets, in the panic felt by its inhabitants during the last moments.
At the end of the visit we will return to the coach for a journey of approx 3 hours back to Rome. During this excursion we will visit a Coral and Cameo factory where we will have the opportunity to inspect and purchase items of this ancient craft dating back to the Greek period.
Approximate arrival time around 8,00 - 8,30 pm and return to, or nearby your Hotel.