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3-Day Italy Trip: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri
Explore Italy’s scandalously beautiful Campania region on a 3-day southern Italy tour from Rome, with 4-star hotel accommodation in Sorrento included! After visiting the big, bold and brash city of Naples, explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Pompeii and then hit the Amalfi Coast. Cruise to Capri to see its fabled Blue Grotto, and then spend your final morning at leisure -- soaking up the sun in Sorrento!
Day 1: Rome – Sorrento (L, D) Leave central Rome in the morning, and travel by coach toward sunny Naples – your first destination! Arrive in Naples by late morning, and set off to explore on a leisurely paced walking tour. Centered around its historical center, your tour takes in top Naples attractions like Piazza del Plebiscito – home to the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale) -- and Galleria Umbero I, with its eye-catching glass-roofed arcade.
Travel inland to Pompeii, and after lunch in town, visit its UNESCO-listed archeological site with your guide. Hear how Pompeii lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ 79 BC eruption, and marvel at the incredible Roman ruins that abound.
Return to your coach and travel to the Amalfi Coast, where you'll check in to your Sorrento hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight: 4-star Hotel in Sorrento Day 2: Capri (B, L, D) Enjoy breakfast, and then travel from Sorrento port to the ssland of Capri by hydrofoil boat. Hop aboard a rowing boat at Capri’s Marina Grande harbor, and relax as your guide rows you around the the island to see the magical Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra). This intriguing cave is said to have sunk dramatically since prehistoric times, blocking out most of its entrances. Light entering from an underwater cavity combines with the trickle of light from its only entranceway, giving the water its vivid blue effect; prepare to be dazzled!
Return to Marina Grande and travel by minibus to the shabby chic village of Anacapri, perched high above its glamorous Capri Town neighbor. Explore at leisure, admiring its romantic wisteria-draped villas with sun-bleached stucco, and gaze down over the beautiful Bay of Naples.
Head back down the hill and visit one of Capri Town’s traditional trattorias, enjoying a lunch as delicious as the Mediterranean views. Walk it off on a stroll, passing through Capri’s swanky Piazetta (Piazza Umberto) – Capri’s place to see and be seen! Board another hydrofoil boat in the late afternoon and return to Sorrento in time for dinner.
Note: Your Blue Grotto trip is subject to good weather conditions. In the event of storms or heavy rain, your tour visits Faraglioni (a rocky inlet) instead.
Overnight: 4-star Hotel in Sorrento
Day 3: Sorrento – Rome (B) After breakfast, spend your morning in Sorrento at leisure. If you’ve not had much time to discover its charm, then here’s your chance! Perhaps take a stroll along Corso Italia and climb the steps to see atmospheric Piazza Tasso, tucked away in the heart of Sorrento Old Town. Soak up views of the sun-soaked cliffs, where Sorrento’s houses almost seem to be stacked on top of each other, and then shop for any last-minute souvenirs of the utterly gorgeous Amalfi Coast.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then return to Rome by coach. Your tour finishes at your central Rome hotel.
A fabulous three day trip, to summarise a highlight is almost impossible but Pompeii was up there, the Island of Capri and the Blue Grotto was also high on the list, then a free day to tour the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at the Michelangelo hotel in Sorrento. This is a fabulous hotel but the night we stayed here the power kept failing all night and every time the power came back n again it switched TV on which of course would wake us up, No mention of this at check-out, not even a hint of an apology anyway, it did not detract from a wonderful three days with outstanding guides.
Review by: yvonne_howell, April 2015
This three day tour was not what I was expecting. Being a solo traveler this was the only overnight tour I had booked during my three month trip in Europe. I was expecting it to be a good opportunity to meet other people._br/_
Tour of Pompeii itself was good tour of the Cameo factory should be taken off the itinerary. While talking to other people in the group, it became apparent that they were only on a day tour and were heading back to Rome that day. It wasn't until I asked the guide that I was told that actually I was the only one going to Sorrento... Didn't like that this was not made clear to me at the start._br/_
So after Pompeii a separate van picked me up and took me to Sorrento. I was expecting the hotel to be the nicest of all the hotels I would stay in in Europe. That was not the case. It was ok but not great, and no views of the sea as mentioned in other reviews, I had views of an alley way. The food was very average, not fresh at all. _br/_
My free day was changed to the 2nd day of the tour instead of the 3rd, which I wasn't made aware of until I checked into the hotel. Worked out for the ok though as that day was pouring._br/_
It would be good if they made it clear in the description just how unlikely it is to see the blue grotto. Only about 30 of people see it...And it has NOTHING to do with the weather was a perfect day when we were there. It apparently can only be seen when the water is perfectly flat, however to us it just seemed like the tide was too high,which surely can be factored in in advance of planning the trip to Capri?_br/_
Had 6 guides over the 3 days and about 11 different buses/vans. Not really what I would call one tour. _br/_
One guide was incredibly rude, she couldn't understand that I wanted to carry my own backpack, as it had a laptop in it, and didn't want it to go under the bus with the suitcases, had to argue with her about it and insist about 5 times. _br/_
Highlights were Pompeii and Capri, but probably could do it for cheaper by myself...
Review by: Kathleen B, April 2015
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Marie D, March 2015
This was probably our favorite part of our entire trip... with the exception of seeing the Pope... Our trip was March 14-16th and even though the weather wasn't ideal, we were able to see the Blue Grotto... which closed right after our group went in... we were praying to my St. Christopher and Mary charms and it worked! For the money you cannot beat this deal, our tour guides both en route Francesca and in Pompeii Sergio were fantastic, especially Sergio, his knowledge of Pompeii was amazing, we learned so much, if we had walked on our own we never would have known what we were looking at... and there is a lot. Although we didn't spend the allotted time in Naples, it didn't take away from trip, our guide gave us a constant history of the City en route. We enjoyed the extra time in Pompeii and Sorrento. Because we were off season, all our meals were included and it was amazing from lunch after our Pompeii trip to dinner at our restaurant, which was the Michaelangelo. Both Capri and AnaCapri were amazing, do not miss, we were lucky to see the famed Blue Grotto and walk all around the island pretty much empty in March. Again, lunch was amazing, we met some great people from all over, did some shopping. Again, we were off season so many stores and attractions were closed and the weather wasn't ideal it's a trade off, but we were very pleased. Fantastic price for what is included
Review by: Susan C, February 2015
I would definitely recommend this tour. The tour directors even modified the tour due to weather conditions to ensure that I still got to experience everything, I really appreciated it.
Review by: Nicole D, December 2014
Wonderful! Had three amazing days on this tour. Loved every second!
Review by: Fadhlina S, December 2014
The tour was great, visit to Pompeii was fun, sights of Sorrento and Capri were amazing, we're lucky to get into Blue Grotto, experience was unforgetable, tour pace was just nice though wish have more time at Anacapri.
Review by: Bruce H, December 2014
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Courtney W, December 2014
I liked this tour a lot although we didn't get to go to the blue grotto. I wish that it would have been more clear that the blue grotto might not happen because it was the only reason I booked the trip. The tour of pompeii was great! (Get a lemonade slushee at the bodega afterward-it's great) Meals were included and were very good. We had ample free time to go shopping in each place and the guides, with one exception, were very friendly.
Review by: broxterwoman, December 2014
It was wonderful having someone else drive and make all of the arrangements. We enjoyed our tour guides. l The only think I would have changed is to have the guide explain some things about the drive from Rome to Naples. He did mention the Appian way, but we would have liked more narrative along the way.
Review by: Chantell W, December 2014
The tour was good. The motel was quite 'Americanised' and we didn't get much from our tour director in Sorrento, but that meant we were left with lots of leisure time. Capri was fantastic, even in the winter, although the people the day before and after us didn't get to go over due to the weather.
Review by: Carrie H L, December 2014
This tour was absolutely amazing - extremely professional and knowledgeable tour guides, fabulous hospitality from Hotel Michelangelo (their 3-course dinners are incredible)! So many highlights and memories - and excellent value for money!
Review by: JM1051, November 2014
This was an excellent tour. Yes, Naples was a bit of a disappointment - we only drove around with one stop at the port - but Pompeii was terrific (as was the local guide), Capri was fun (and we got to visit the blue grotto which was amazing - just be prepared to transfer from a motor boat into a row boat in the middle of the bay). The hotel was excellent - large clean rooms with a balcony and great views. The only disappointment with the tour was the food was not great (the hotel breakfast and dinner was OK but not great) and the meals during the tours were meh. Also there is a lot of transferring from one bus to another and lots of wait time. Still, it's a great way to see southern Italy without having to make all the arrangements yourself. Also be aware that "free morning in Sorrento" really means almost all day. The bus back to Rome was at 3PM. Bring a bathing suit - the hotel had great pools but one must check out by 11am.
Review by: Maria C, November 2014
Fabulous experience!!! Well organized, timely departures and good quality accomodations and meals. Ornella was a wonderful guide.
Review by: Janet L, October 2014
Viator tours are very well organized. The only experience that wasn't necessary was the tour through Naples. That was very ordinary...would be better spending more time in Pompeii.
Review by: vickie_kerzic, October 2014
This tour i would highly recommend. Guides were great in Pompeii and Capri and the hotel was beautiful.
Review by: lbwood5200, October 2014
Yes, we were very pleased with participating in this 3-day trip.! There were so many details that were addressed well. The hotel, location, rooms and food were spectacular!!
Review by: Lyndall P, October 2014
Review by: Linda S, October 2014
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Pdvious1, October 2014
was awesome... in every way
Review by: Terry M, October 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed this side trip from Rome! The accommodation was superb - meals were included and they were awesome! Nice balance of free time and guided tours. The tour guides changed with the different areas visited - all were very knowledgeable, and passionate about their area. The scenery was spectacular (of course!). We definitely recommend this tour!
Review by: SANJIV G, September 2014
Naples was a complete waste of time. Tour guide was terrible. Lots of delays in transfers. Capri tour and the the accompanying guide Sasha were the highlight of this trip.
Review by: Beverley B, September 2014
Naples was a bit of a disappointment did not see much, Pompeii was great, Sorrento and Capri fantastic would love to go again.
Review by: Brenda D, September 2014
Naples was dirty, under renovation so much unable to be seen. The walking guide was ok but far too many asides that had no relevance. The return bus from Pompeii was an hour late and after a huge day it was not what we needed. Tour staff was friendly but did not appear organised.
Review by: Holly, September 2014
The hotel and tours were wonderful. The getting from Rome to Sorrento and back was chaos and a large waste of time. However, overall I would do it again due to the sites, hotel, tours, and overall value.
Review by: Denise S, September 2014
Of all the tours I was the most hesitant about because of the reviews. Our hotel pick up never came. After two emails and a phone confirmation. At the end of the tour a cab was provided to bring us our hotel, but it was the wrong hotel. Our hotel in Sorrento was amazing. Transitions NOT smooth.
Review by: Pedrito C, September 2014
Awesome! But too heavy traffic of tourists is not healthy anymore.
Review by: Michael G, September 2014
Loved Sorrento and Capri as well as Pompeii. Could have done without Naples. The tour guide for Naples and Pompeii was very good and the guide for Capri was also very good. _br/_
The bus trip with one stop was comfortable and the guide was very good as well.
Review by: luluwang12, September 2014
Excellent value ! 2 nights hotel (Extra $$ for me as solo traveler - but worth every penny!))_br/_
First day - _br/_
Napoli was so so , but Pompeii was very interesting - local tour guy was great ! _br/_
Second day- _br/_
Sorrento and Capri was so beautiful - we were unable to see the Blue Grotto , but the lift to Anacapri was fascinating ! _br/_
Third day- we were disappointed that there was no event arranged , but 9 of us managed to travel to Positano for a short but fun visit - _br/_
Otherwise, it was a perfect trip !!!
Review by: Brian F, September 2014
This was a great trip! We enjoyed Pompeii but Naples was the only let down, there was nothing to see and no time to see it. We were told the bus driver is required to take a break after driving a certain amount of time and that's why we stopped in Naples for 45 minutes. I would rather have taken a break at some little winery in the country or have spent the entire 45 minutes in Gambrinus which was the only highlight of the visit. Sounds negative but the rest of the trip was fabulous! Mainly because we got to stay in the GRand Hotel Capodimonte, which is truly a Grand Hotel! We still don't know how we lucked out with this hotel but we thank God or whoever made it happen ! It's beautiful with a superb location high up overlooking the town and the Bay of Naples (we think). The interior is beautiful with bright tile floors all ver, spacious rooms with sea views and a balcony and bathrooms that you could actually take a shower or bath in unlike most of the rest we saw in Italy. The food was excellent , the breakfasts were sumptuous and the pools were spectacular although we didn't have time to use them. I'd go back to Sorrento just to spend more time at this hotel, but we also liked the town very much and were lucky enough to be able to experience the Blue Grotto and Capri on a beautiful day. The Blue Grotto was a bit grueling but worth it We consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to enjoy all this without any of the many possible glitches that could have spoiled it. Thank you for making it possible and we highly recommend it to others.
Review by: Frank D, September 2014
I would give this 10 stars of possible! Probably the best part of our 8 day trip to Rome! I would absolutely recommend the upgrade! The upgrade hotel is beautiful!
Review by: Paul G, September 2014
This was a great tour! Everything was well-organised and coordinated - the trip to Capri was great and the free time to go to Amalfi or Sorrento on the last day was perfect.
Review by: Tamoghna D, September 2014
Excellent hotel at sorrento, will definitely go back. Good tour guides. Comfortable rides and totally value for money. Due to time constraints, Napoli was bit of a box ticking exercise and not sure if that's needed. That time is better spent at Pompeii instead.
Review by: Danielle v, September 2014
What an amazing experience!! We loved every minute of our time on this trip!
Review by: Renee G, September 2014
I would and have already recommend this tour to others! The hotel in Sorrento was absolutely amazing and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Capri and Pompeii were very good as well. Only thing I would change is we had no time to swim in Capri. There was plenty of time waiting around we could of
Review by: jerry, October 2012
You spend a lot of time while the tour company coordinates travel for multiple tours. For example on last day you leave at 3:15 travel to Pompeii to meet a group that has toured there, then to Naples to pick up anoter group that has toured Capri. You finally get back to Rome about 9:30 that night. There are good parts. The Pompeii trour is great and the accomodations in Sorrento are excellent.
Review by: Wendy A C, October 2012
The location etc was fantastic.Tour guide was rude, however, even told a man he was stupid after his wallet was stolen. Hotel and guides at locations were good, particularly at Capri. Would have been better to miss Naples, as the visit was very short and did not show anything. A smaller group with only one language would have made it much better, everything was said and done in at least 2 languages, making it time consuming and after a while monotonous. Hotel drop offs were in the general area, not to the door. As it was night this was concerning as a solo female traveller.
Review by: DORA D, September 2012
Fabiano and the Pompeii tour was wonderful. Our hotel in Sorrento was very nice and the town itself very pleasant. The only reason I rate it 4 is that the Capri and Grotto tour was really a wasted day as we were first taken to a gift shop before catching the ferry to Capri and didn't arrive there till 11:30. We spent over an hour waiting at the Grotto before we were able to enter, and for a 2 minute spin around inside, it was not worth the wait! Then we barely had an hour in Anacapri to shop and less than half an hour in Capri itself. Day would have been better spent eliminating the gift shop and the Blue Grotto.
Review by: caz, September 2012
The only good thing to say about this trip was it was a very good hotel we stayed in: The Minervera. The organisation of the travelling was disgraceful, we were not picked up at the start of the trip as stated after getting up and waiting outside hotel from 6.20am we had to jump in a taxi in the end and when we caught up with the coach a lady from the head office "screamed and screamed at us in front of the other passengers as if it was OUR fault! We wewre then herded around at the convience of the tour guides getting other peaple to thier destintions (a bus load of passengers walked through a town on Capri, to deliver TWO passengers to thier hotel, and the rest of us were told we had 15mins to get back on the bus, this being the amount of time it took to walk back!!) Then we would spend time waiting around for a bus! on the Capri day we were picked up at 9.20am and dropped back at 5.15pm and we spend 30mins on ferry x2 ,1 hour on island boat trip and 1 hour for lunch (which was very bad) so three hours in all the rest of the time (5 hours) was spent trailing aroundafter the guide whilst they A) kept us captive on a forced furniture shop viewing, trying to get us to buy!! B) taking other trip passengers to thier hotels (not even on ourtrip!) and C) waiting in que's for bus's . I defo would not reccommend this tour company to any one!!
Review by: Thong H, September 2012
The hotel was very nice but they did not mention that there was no tour on the third day, you are on your own. If you want to see the town you have to pay extra. The local tour guide was aloof.
Review by: Ludmila S, September 2012
Our trip was well organized and interesting. Tours in Pompeii and Capri with Franchesca, Fabiano, Ornella, and Lavinia were wonderful. Hotel in Sorrento was a great surprise with a sea-view room. We spent the most relaxing evenings in the room’s terrace watching sunsets.
Review by: Mardelle S, September 2012
I thought the guides, the hotel and the food made the trip quite enjoyable and the price turned out to be quite reasonable for everything that came with it.
Review by: Kathryn M, September 2012
This trip was just perfect! The right amount of time to spend in both Naples and Pompeii, and the hotel in Sorrento was lovely. Dinner both nights was amazing, and also a nice breakfast buffet. I had a view of the bay outside my hotel window. The day trip to Capri with Sascha was very pleasant, and we got to see the Blue Grotto. You should definitely go on the chairlift to the top of the island, also - the view is breathtaking. I took the bus to Positano on the 3rd day, and it was so beautiful, the color of the water was unbelievable. It was raining off and on during the whole trip, but that helped to cool down the temperature and humidity so it was pleasant, and when the bus left Sorrento we could look out over the bay and there was a full rainbow stretching from Naples to Capri. It was amazing!_br/_
(I would not advise trying to go to more than one town on the Amalfi Coast that 3rd day, though, because you might be waiting for the public buses for a while and might not get back to Sorrento in time for the tour bus back to Rome.)_br/_
I would definitely recommend taking this trip!
Review by: Eduardo A, September 2012
Absolutely wonderful. I loved every moment and the anticipation of it all. The service was great, the bus was a bit beaten up but ok overall. I absolutely loved Sorrento and Capri. The Guide for capri, Sasha was the best, great humor, lots of patience and very knowledgable. Try to request him!. Capri was belong words...Try and take the teleferico to the to of the island and you will get some incredible photos. BTW the trip is log so try and get comfortable as the roads are very much curvy and full of turns. I wish there was a 4 day tour of Sorrento and Capri only as they have so many things to see. Pompeii was great but you can skip it as Napoli was a bit too unclean for my taste. What made the best part of Capri was the visit to the Blue Croto..a great experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone!.
Review by: Virginia P, September 2012
Great Tour. Beautiful hotel in Sorrento. Recommended
Review by: Hugh M, September 2012
Had a great time on this Tour. The view from the Hotel restaurant was superb.
Review by: marina r, September 2012
My son and I enjoyed our trip to Sorrento very much. The hotel was luxurious and our room had stunning ocean views. We suggest September for more comfortable weather for sightseeing in Pompeii and Capri. It was quite hot in early Aug. Well organised and nice tour guides. Thanks for the wonderful experience, hope to do it again one day.
Review by: Kathryn W, August 2012
We had a fantastic time - the tour operators were superb in every way and we were continually updated about what was happening at all times. The accommodation was a wonderful surprise and surpassed all of our expectations. I will definitely be booking another tour through Viator.
Review by: Wayne S, August 2012
Excellent tour guides. Great hotels and super sightseeing. Highly recomended trip.
Review by: Louise G, August 2012
Very enjoyable and really well organized - hotel was terrific, guides knowledgable and friendly