There is absolutly nothing to add except: Italy, mi amore!
A country of rich, spectacular food and wines, artisans producing everything from fine olive oils to flawless tooled leathers, fashion designers setting style for the rich and famous throughout the world, and a disproportionate number of the world’s most famous art treasures, this is Italy.
Glorious structures from thousands of years ago sit alongside grand palaces, exquisite piazzas boast ancient-sculpted fountains, arbors of grape vines climb up the side of mountains, ships slip into romantic ports, lavish hotels and authentic villas beckon the tourist, and small family hotels that only the locals know about are the hideaways of visitors who return again and again to the splendor, this is Italy.
It is where people from the world go to sun, sail, climb, explore, luxuriate, and experience a culture and beauty born of antiquity wrapped in modern times, where you go to dine at a small family restaurant and leave happier than a 5* Michelin restaurant, this is Italy.
All roads lead to Rome
Good morning, today you fly to Rome, over 2.800 years of history awaits you around every corner of the most beautiful city in the world. After flying from Bucharest to Rome Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport, you will airport you will take a bus that will let you at Termini railway station where is the point where you can get your "Roma Pass". From there you will take bus 38 to the station Nizza - Mantova and you will be just 100 meters from your hotel. Drop off the luggage and go back to Termini where you will get the Metro to Colosseo station.
You will finally be in front of the Colosseum one of the most well-known landmark in the world and the biggest amphitheater ever build in antiquity, a place that was flooded in 86 AD to host a full naval battle and it would cost if you would build it today about 400 million euro.
After the Collossum you can walk for the Roman Forum - where you can see ruins of the Roman Empire which are quite impressive. Remains from several centuries are shown together, due to the Roman practice of building over earlier ruins. Long a major tourist destination in the city, the Forum is open for foot traffic along the ancient Roman streets which are restored to the late Imperial level.
You must take the bus no. 87 to station Senato (right on Piazza di Sant'Apollinare, continue to Via dei Gigli D'Oro and then turn right on Via dell'Orso) and you will eat at La Bistroteca (Via Dell’Orso 71) – a little family owned restaurant where you will find more locals eating and they have special offers for lunch.
After an excelent yet light lunch you should go to the Sant’Angelo Castel just 700 meters away, you must go to the Lungotevere Tor di Nona and cross the Sant’Angelo bridge. It was papal fortress, residence and prison and it is direct connected to St. Peter's Basilica by a covered fortified corridor called the Passetto di Borgo. The tomb of the Roman emperor Hadrian was later transformed into a military fortress in 401 and the popes converted the structure into a castle, beginning in the 14th century, it was used actually as an escape route by Pope Clement VII from the siege of Charles V's Landsknechte during the Sack of Rome (1527). You should also know that Giordano Bruno and Benvenuto Cellini were held here as prisoners.
But after so much history you can slowly make your way at Piazza Spagna which is another great place where tourists have a break, stay on the stairs and get the vibe of the city. Make pictures and feel like Audrey Hepburn in the Roman Holiday.
You will have a special dinner at Osteria Barberini, (Via della Purificazione, 21), a place that I love, where you can eat truffle pasta at a very good price and drink a glass of very good wine. Being in Italy this is what you do: see history at every corner, drink excellent wine, smile and eat.
Walking around Rome
Gooooood morning, today your first stop will be at Fontana di Trevi, one of the most famous fountains in the world. It has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. You must throw a coin and make a wish and the legends say that it will come true, actually 3.000 euro are gather each day from the fountain. Go to there just get to the Salaria - Aniene station and take bus 83 to Tritone - Fontana Di Trevi.
Just 650 meters away you will find another important piece of Rome history, The Temple of Adrian which is a temple to the deified Hadrian on the Campus Martius in Rome, Italy, built by his adoptive son and successor Antoninus Pius in 145 and now incorporated into a later building in the Piazza di Pietra (Piazza of Stone – derived from use of the temple's stones to build the piazza). The 15-metre-high Corinthian columns from the external colonnade and the 4 m high peperino base are an impressive view.
200 meters away you will find Sant'Ignazio Church, which was build in Baroque style between 1626 and 1650, dedicated to Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, and has an incredible domo, which is painted in a 3D view at it is called "Dome" of Sant'Ignazio.
Now just take Via del Seminario to the left for 200 meters and you will arrive to the real special dome, Pantheon building which was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 A.D. It is the best preserved Ancient Roman monument. It is a bit of a mystery how the Pantheon managed to survive barbarian raids when all the rest of Roman monuments had been shattered. Its turning into a church in 609 AD has a lot to do with it in later time, but also the structure itself is way ahead of its time. In fact, the exact composition of the material is still unknown and appears to be structurally similar to modern day concrete! Whatever the reasons are, the Pantheon is the only structure of its age and size that has successfully survived the damage of time and gravity, still intact with all its splendor and beauty. The dome was the largest in the world for 1300 years and until today it remains the largest unsupported dome in the world! Here are laid to rest people like Raffaello Sanzio and Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy.
After seeing the tomb of Victor Emmanuel II you will go to Altare della Patria or Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II which is just 10 minutes’ walk away, walking through some interesting and historical places, with art galleries and other churches and houses in which famous artist have created. You will find their gulls that will pose for you and you can see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of goddess Roma. The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Unification. In 2007, a panoramic lift was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome and this is best place to make incredible panoramic pictures and the view is absolutely stunning. You should know that romans view this edifice as controversial since its construction destroyed a large area of the Capitoline Hill with a Medieval neighborhood for its sake. The monument itself is often regarded as conspicuous, pompous and too large.
After this long journey in the city, you will walk in total about 7 km, you walk another 7 minute to get where you will eat an excelent italian lunch at Area Archeologica Città Dell'Acqua. My advice is to have a walk to there, it is 1,3 km away but you will be delighted by every building that tells a story on your way. Plus, you just eat so you will make a 15 minutes walking siesta.
The next stop is just 350 meters away, The Quirinal Palace, one of the official residences of the President of the Italian Republic and was a papal summer residence in the past. The palace is followed by a beautiful panoramic place, Piazza Garibaldi, a perfect place to make pictures when the sun is setting on the incredible city of Rome.
You will take two buses to the dinner restaurant, Il Covo Ristobistrot, (Via Brescia 20) a small place with good food and good wine, that I personally recommend, just few minutes (I promise) from your hotel. I am sure you will have an excellent night sleep.
Last day in Rome, first night in Heaven
Well… first of all, wake-up early, eat a good colazione, as today you will visit one of the world’s most beautiful enclave and maybe the most recognizable Vatican , and you cross the border for real, they have a checking point and you will pass the Swiss Guard, the Vatican Police, and they are not nice at all. You will skip the huge lines and go directly to the gathering point for the private tour. Yes, you will do a bit of walking today too but you will see thousands of details about the Pope and over one thousand years of Papacy.
You will have the tickets ready for the private tour and you will get to see the gardens, the huge radio antenna of Vatican, the special presents the Popes have received. Then you will meet the hords of visitors (25.000 visitors per day) to see the impressive interior including the beautiful Sistine Chapel. Then you will exit close to the Saint Peter's Basilica which you HAVE to visit also, but there is not skip the line unfortunatly. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and one of the largest churches in the world. Catholic tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of St. Peter, one of Christ's Apostles and also the first Pope; supposedly, St. Peter's tomb is directly below the high altar of the Basilica. For this reason, many Popes have been interred at St. Peter's since the Early Christian period. There has been a church on this site since the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. Construction of the present basilica, replacing the Old St. Peter's Basilica of the 4th century AD, began in 1506 and was completed in 1626. To the east of the basilica is the Piazza di San Pietro, (St. Peter's Square). The present arrangement, constructed between 1656 and 1667, is the Baroque inspiration of Bernini who inherited a location already occupied by an Egyptian obelisk which was centrally placed. The obelisk, known as The Witness, at 25.5 metres (84 ft) and a total height, of 40 metres (130 ft), is the second largest standing obelisk, and the only one to remain standing since its removal from Egypt. More details here.
You will eat a very good sandwich at Panino Divino which is very close. Now, get back to the hotel, take the luggages, take the Metro and go to Termini railway station where your rented car awaits. Pay attention to the GPS and exit Rome towards Naples, using E45. After a 275 km drive and will test a bit of your driving skills especially on the last 30 - 40 kilometers but it is by far the fastest way here. Park your car for the next few days and you will drop your luggage and you will go to eat at Il Ritrovo, where the pizza, the sea food and the wine are heaven. Because trully you have arrived in heaven. The walk to the B&B, just few minutes for an excelent night of sleep. Do not forget that you should make some pictures
Short trip to Capri Island
You will have an early start with the beautiful Capri Island, but unfortunately one day is not enough to see too much and it definitely deserves a longer trip (more details you can check my Capri island break). You will take a speed ferry from Positano Marina to Capri Marina Grande.
You will to ask in the Marina if the Grotta Azzura is open (sometimes, when the sea is rough the Grotta is closed without warning). The N.0 in the Marina Grande with your printed ticket from 09.30 am to 1.00 pm and you will be boarded on the first boat available for transfer to Grotta Azzura.
When you will be back to Marina Grande take the funicular to La Piazetta. - Capri's most famous square – and you will have to walk to the Gardens of Augusto, which were established by the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the early twentieth century who made also the design for Via Krupp that you will see here. You will eat at Ristorante Il Genario, which is very close to the gardens, in fact you can see a special sign at the entrance that shows you the direction to the restaurant.
After an excelent lunch, walk just a bit for a incredible hand-made icecream Buonocore Gelateria.
On your way back to La Piazetta stop at the Carthusia – Profumi de Capri, the place where you can feel special fragrances that you can find only in Capri.
You can take a bus or a taxi to the Piazza Victoria where you get yourself and your partner on the charlift to the sky, or Monte Solaro I will recommend to take a taxi because they are very interesting – convertible cars old fashion style and not overpriced. You will have a trip uphill that takes 12 minutes, and has beautiful views over the historic center of the town of Anacapri from a unique vantage point, passing directly above the rooftops, surrounding fields, and woods, almost touching the treetops with your feet. And you will reach the highest point on the Island of Capri (589 meters above sea level).
Take some photos, have a refreshment at the local bar and back to Marina Grande to get the speed ferry back to Positano. I know…. a day is not enough... I told you so!!!
Day 5 & 6
Just the sun, I promise
Wake-up late, eat an excelent and fresh breakfast from your B&B, get your splasher shoes because is shores and water are rocky not sandy and there rocks even in the sea. Get the mini-bus, enjoy a great driving experience, you will go at Fratelli Grassi Beach because it is not so crowded and they have a speed taxi boat to take when you want to be back in Marina Grande for lunch or for a nice and pitoresque boat ride.
First day don’t eat too much because you will go at a local restaurant to have an “all you can eat” dinner with food made by the owners with fresh vegetables from their garden. La Tagliata. They moved to a new location that has been built on 3 terraces respecting the environment in which it is situated. On each terrace are organic vegetable gardens allowing the guests to see and pick the home produce that is also used in the restaurants kitchen.
On the second beach day you will have lunch and dinner at Capricci, a place that I enjoyed for it's simplicity, the good fresh ingredients used and for saving me time to and from the beach. The restaurant is in the Marina Grande, you chose what you eat and have a seat to see the sunset from there. It is an extraordinary place and tomorrow morning you will be sorry for leaving, I’m know it for sure.
Leaving but not you will not be sad, yet...
On your way to Rome you will leave Positano but you will see some other beautiful small cities from the coast, most of them are spamming your news feed on social media so you will want to see them live for yourself. We will start with Ravello, an incredible drive on narrow streets to the top of the Amalfi Coast where you will see Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, places with over one thousand years of history, brought back from ruin more than once with stunning views and the best place to make the pictures that will haunt your friends. And don't forget to buy some Limoncelo as Ravello is world renown for the quality of the Limoncelo brewed here.
You will start the beautiful journey from the hills of Ravello towards the Borgo di Furore, a special and amazing place where you will walk using stipe steps carved in the rock.
Make some pictures and drive away towards your lunch location, L’Abside where you will enjoy your last southern Italy menu and take the highway to Rome airport to catch your flight. Do not hurry and do not forget to inform yourself about the drop off point of your car. It can be a bit tricky.
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Activities Sightseeing, Gourmet, Beach&Watersports, World Heritage Locations, Organic Food
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Planed Activity Level Active to Hiperactive
Bugdet Size Medium
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Don’t eat at a restaurant near an attraction. Usually the restaurant that are nor that noticeable have better and fresh food. And, of course, they have better price.
Don’t be rude. The Italians are very polite, so say “good morning”, “excuse me”, “thank you” any time you have to. Otherwise you will annoy them and it is not the best thing to do. Plus, a “thank you” or a “mille grazie” will go a long way always.
Don’t go on a tour in Rome. It’s better to use a map and walk around getting lost. Three building in any direction and you will find another famous Roman ruin, fountain, church or something fascinating.
Don’t get any taxi with fixed charge. Take only the ones with official label on it so you have a fair price for your race or as I personally prefer, an Uber.
Don’t worry about being late. For Italians this is normal, they usually arrive 10-15 minutes after the appointed time and after all you are in a vacation.
Don’t forget your sunglasses and sun hat. You will walk a lot and you must be protected from the sun radiation.
Don’t eat anything else but Italian food. But first an warning: “You will get fatter in Italy” because everything is delicious. It is a shame to eat something else, the Italian cuisine is one of the best and there is something interesting for everyone from pastas to seafood and great desserts.
Try to speak the language. Italians will appreciate the effort but they may respond in English because they like to practice what they have learned.
Wear comfortable shoes. When you want to it eat a specific restaurant call and make a reservation, reservations are common for most nice restaurants, especially for dinner.
Dress as stylish as you want. Italians take pride in their appearance. So you can dress to impress but don’t overdo it.
You have to make restaurant reservations. You can check at your hotel’s receptions or online on Capri dedicated website.
Check if the restaurant or shop is open when you want to visit. For summer holiday they can close it even for a month so it is possible to go there and find it closed. And also every day in the lunch time can be close for 2 hours, some Italians are going home for lunch.
Dress appropriate when visiting a church. When entering in a church in Italy make sure that your shoulder, knees and midriff are covered. Also turn the phone and keep your voice down.
Rent a small car for big towns and Amalfi Coast. In the big towns is easier to find a parking place if you have a smaller car and on the Amalfi Coast the road is on limit for two cars. I recommend to not rent a car on Amalfi Coast if you are not an experienced driver.
Eat gelato. A lot. The ice cream you know is nothing compared with the gelato in Italy. You will love the velvety consistency and the numerous available flavors.