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Cultural, Hiking, Room with a view

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Our itinerary winds along this portion of the Tyrrhenian Sea and fills with enchanting Greek-Roman ruins, thermal springs and stunning views where magic seems to be everywhere, from hilltop sunsets to Michelin cuisine.

Holiday at Glance

Delve deep into Greek-Roman history in the submerged town of Baia, Pompeii and in the Temples of Paestum.

Enjoy one of the world's most scenic walks along the Path of Gods.

Go on a Buffalo farm tour tasting mozzarella, ricotta, yoghurt and ice cream and work it all out with diving, walking, horse riding, kayaking and paragliding.

14 nights in boutique accommodation a few steps from everything: the sights, the nature and the sea.

15 days fully comprehensive car hire arranged at Naples airport.

Our travel planning and experience

Night visit of the Temples of Paestum
Night visit of the Temples of Paestum

In the know

The world's super volcano

With an extension of about 180-200 km2, the Phlegraean Fields is one of the world's largest active volcanoes.

 

Residents of this area, especially the city of Pozzuoli, live with bradyseism or "volcanic breath," caused by cycles of lifting and lowering the ground due to the increase in magmatic fluids.

 

 

Archaeological diving

The submerged park of Baia, also referred to as "submerged Pompeii" as its layout resembles that of the Roman city, is at the same time a protected marine and archaeological area.

 

A port, villas, statues, mosaics: we are talking about a stretch of water with a concentration of archeology like in few other places in the world.

 

 

The perfect picnic?

In the Cave of the Cumaean Sibyl, near the Archaeological Park of Cuma, in Pozzuoli. Backpack (and food) on the shoulder, here we go to the discovery of the cave where, according to the myth, the famous prophetess dispensed her prophecies.

 

 

The historic centre of Naples is a 15-minute train ride from Pozzuoli

 

#Street Art - Naples is an important attraction for all street art lovers. Walking through its alleys, in fact, it is possible to see and marvel at the amazing beauty of some signature "smudges".

 

In addition to the intense San Gennaro by Jorit a Forcella, the works of Roxy in the box in the Spanish Quarters, the Madonna with the gun by the English artist Bansky.

 

#The Ancient and the Modern - If the Madre - Museum of Contemporary Art, in addition to the events that follow one another, has a permanent one in which it is possible to appreciate the works of Burri, Warhol, Fontana, Koons and Mapplethorpe, the Capodimonte Museum allows visitors to admire the masterpieces of Titian , Masaccio, Botticelli, Raphael, Goya, Pinturicchio, Vasari, Mattia Preti and Caravaggio, to name a few; of great interest are also the contemporary exhibition, the collection of objects used by the Bourbons, and the splendid royal park considered by the Neapolitans "The view of Naples".

 

 

Hiking

Between woods and mountains, volcanoes, valleys and river courses, the Campania region offers wonderful hiking. Make a note on your agenda: the Path of the Gods, which from Agerola arrives at the village of Nocelle, above Positano. You walk for almost seven kilometres between cliffs and overhangs. Spectacular!

 

Beach within reach

The stretch of coast around Pisciotta, in the Cilento Park, is mainly rocky, with small promontories and rocks overlooking the sea. Each cove hosts numerous beaches of very fine sand: the choice is so wide that you can choose a different one every day.

 

 

Diving in Palinuro

Did you know that the Palinuro caves are not only on the surface? If you are an expert or a diving enthusiast or you simply want to experience the thrill of diving, you absolutely must explore the depths of Capo Palinuro. Have you ever heard of diving in Palinuro?

 

The coast has about 35 caves and submerged caves, one of the main places of interest for lovers of marine biology and speleology of the Mediterranean, but also for divers and diving in general.

 

 

The appetizers of the I Moresani farmhouse

Agriturismi, in general, are always very coveted in Cilento. Good, healthy cuisine and farm-to-table food. The main aim, however, is to taste the dishes prepared by grandmothers.

 

Among the various offers, there is I Moresani which stands out for being a reference point for organic lovers. Appetizers are the real feature. Vegetables cooked as tradition dictates, seasonal dishes, meats and cheeses produced on site. It is nice to take a tour of the stables and fully enjoy the joys of flora and fauna.

City Breaks

Roman Pozzuoli

History fun may wish to visit Rome but if you are a true Roman enthusiast, then you really should get yourself down to Pozzuoli.

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Down in Depth Experience – The Sunken City of Baia

Considered the small Italian Atlantis, the city of Baia, a hamlet of the municipality of Bacoli in the Province of Naples, is a Roman settlement located in the protected marine area of ​​the Phlegrean Fields.

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City Breaks

City Break Naples, what to see, how and where

Museums that are precious treasure chests, archaeological sites and breathtaking panoramas: Naples

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Outdoors

Discover the delights of the Cilento National Park

Characterised by its coastal, craggy, sun-bleached, rustic towns, the Cilento National Park is a unique alternative to the Amalfi Coast, where tourists flood each year.

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The Pertosa Caves: a journey into the Earth

The Pertosa Caves in the Cilento Park represent an exceptional natural heritage in Europe. It is in fact the only cave where you can navigate an underground river.

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Bay of Naples

Day 1-4 The volcano is there but you can't see it:

the Phlegraean Fields between myth and reality

The paradox of the Phlegraean Fields is to have paradisiacal beauties in an almost demonic place, unknown to the majority of tourists. Phlegraean Fields means "Burning Fields" and is the name that the ancients gave to the area that today includes the municipalities of Pozzuoli, Quarto, Bacoli and Monte di Procida, and which is located a few kilometers from Naples.

 

In these lands, nature has given its best, combining the beauty of the sea with the disturbing charm of the volcanoes. But man too seems to have been tempted to make the Phlegraean Fields a unique and superb land.

 

The Romans built aqueducts, amphitheaters and villas of a clearly perceptible beauty still today, without forgetting the myth of the Aeneid, set by Virgil in the Phlegraean Fields. And it was also in these parts that Hercules killed Cacus the giant with his bare hands, during the atonement of his labors.

 

The proximity to Naples makes it an ideal summer base for venturing into the city.

Your Hotel

Our accommodation in Pozzuoli is the attractive Villa Avellino, whose loft-style apartments come with fully equipped kitchens, Italian marble bathrooms, living areas and the choice of balcony or terrace. The hotel's garden boasts a solarium and splendid views of the Gulf of Baia.

 

Located on the promontory overlooking the seafront of Pozzuoli, Villa Avellino enjoys a unique view of the gulf and the islands of Capri, Ischia, Nisida and Procida, while at the same time being in close proximity to the city center, the famous archaeological sites, the shops and the main public transport stations (Metro and Cumana trains for Naples and a port to the islands).

 

The strategic position allows you to move in total freedom without having to resort to the use of the car, for which there is free internal parking.

Amalfi Coast

Day 4-9 The Amalfi Coast, a suggestive place between nature,

history and legend

Gardens full of citrus fruits, secret coves where a crystalline sea breaks and a hinterland that smells of Mediterranean scrub. The Amalfi Coast should be on anyone's holiday wish list. Unique for its microclimate that offers summers mitigated by the sea breeze and famous for its fishing villages, each one different from the other. Perched on rock spurs or on the sea.

 

Overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, the Amalfi Coast extends over about 40 km of coastline overlooking the sea, from Vietri sul Mare to Positano, where it joins the Sorrento peninsula. In between: Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, Scala, Atrani, Furore and Conca dei Marini.

 

A holiday destination since the early twentieth century, the Amalfi Coast was elected by the British upper class and aristocracy as the ideal place to spend the winter. But even before the English, Boccaccio in the Decameron exalted its gardens, fountains and small towns.

Your Hotel

The Relais Blu is located in Massa Lubrense, between the Sorrento and the Amalfi coast. Immersed in sugestive beauty, among ancient trees and charming environments, you will discover breathtaking views, ranging from the island of Capri to Vesuvius, in a game of magical and engaging atmospheres. it's hard to resist their charms.

 

In this luxury hotel, softly nestled between the blue of the sky and the blue of the sea, there are 11 suites with every comfort. The parquet floor with white veins and the successful stylistic combination of the furnishing elements feeds the pleasure of observation, which reaches its tuning fork in the splendid terraces.

Relais Blu, Amalfi Coast
Cilneto National Park - Pisciotta

Day 9-15 Cilento: Holiday Unplugged

From Agropoli to Sapri there is a succession of bays and beaches, caves and inlets awarded with flying colors. It is the cleanest sea in Campania, in the Unesco list of Biosphere Reserves since 1997, as confirmed by Legambiente.

 

Comfortable beaches for families and hidden coves, often accessible only by sea, a paradise for divers and lonely spirits. Here and there small ports, wooden boats and old fishermen reminiscent of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. It is said that right on a beach in Acciaroli, not in Cuba, the American writer met the sailor who inspired his character.

 

From Acciaroli the journey continues south, on state road 267 towards Capo Palinuro, passing through the town of Pioppi, the cradle of the Mediterranean diet. The road runs along the sea and crosses the most touristic and exploited coastal stretch; but just reach Pisciotta to fill your eyes with beauty.

 

Powerful centenary olive trees announce the village of the best extra virgin olive oil in Cilento; the historic village is a maze of alleys and stairs with ancient buildings that reveal internal courtyards and gardens.

Your Hotel

At the foot of the Marchesale Palace, Hotel Marulivo is a small hotel born from the restoration of an ancient monastery. 4 kilometers away, the sea is a marvel of colors, uncontaminated caves and coves.

What we can help you with

Planning your trip

 

Whether it's a cultural/shopping trekking in Naples or hiking the Amalfi Coast and the Cilento surrouned by amazing views, we can suggest how to organise them on your own or help you in sorting out a private guide if you wish to dig deeper with any particular site such as the Royal Palace and the Park of Caserta, the archaeological areas of ​​Pompeii and Herculaneum, Paestum and Pozzuoli. .

 

 

For Divers - Discover the Submerged Archaeological Park of Baia

 

The Submerged Archaeological Park of Baia is one of the most fascinating scenarios to be explored underwater, it is a bit like truly discovering Atlantis,here, you can, moving the sand, discover magnificent mosaics or marble stairs.

 

Kayak Excursions

 

Excursions on trasparent kayaks to enjoy a fun day combining history and coastal beauty.

 

 

Fishing Anchovies the traditional way

 

In the splendid scenery of Capo Palinuro, the Menaica fishing is an ancient fishing technique that developed throughout the Mediterranean Sea at the time of the ancient Greeks. Marulivo hotels

 

The peculiarity of this technique is in the fishing net, which is called "menaica". In fact, this net catches only the largest anchovies, and these nervous and darting ones get agitated and quickly lose most of their blood.

 

The fishermen pull the net by hand on the surface and extract the fishes one by one, clean them directly from the entrails and head, and put them in wooden boxes. No refrigerant or ice are used for shore transportation. In fact, the anchovies are immediately processed, first washing them in brine, and then placed in traditional terracotta jars, alternating with layers of salt.

 

Hotel Marulivo organises 3-hour fishing excursions where you will assist in pulling the nets. The fisherman will tell anecdotes and legends related to the sea and the fishing experience, for a better understanding of this marine adventure.

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