Anyone with a curious mind should visit the wonders of the Bay of Naples. When one steps into an ancient Roman dining room or decorated mansion, one can start to imagine the complex and diverse lives existing within. To do so against the dramatic backdrop of the Bay of Naples is a great privilege.Dr Margaret Mountford
Pompeii & the Amalfi Coast with Dr Margaret Mountford
To visit Pompeii and its stunningly preserved streets and buildings is to experience at first hand life in the Roman Empire - and the terrible fate that befell the citizens ofPompeii in 79 AD, when a devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius buried their town in layers of deep and deadly ash.
This trip is a unique chance to see one of the great historical sites in the company of woman&home and Dr Margaret Mountford, the distinguished ancient historian who has also starred alongside Alan Sugar on The Apprentice and presented various documentaries on ancient history for the BBC. Amazingly preserved, Pompeii and the many Roman remains that surround it are waiting for you to unlock their secrets. And with several sites recently reopened after years of delicate conservation, there has never been a better time to visit.
What's more, you'll have the whole of the beautiful Bay of Naples and the gorgeous Amalfi Coast to explore during your stay, with time to enjoy the food, wine, architecture and intoxicating atmosphere of the stunning coastal towns of Sorrento, Positano and Ravello. Who better to discover Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast with than Dr Margaret Mountford and woman&home?
Five reasons to book now
1 See the stunning ruins of Pompeii
2 Visit beautiful Positano
3 Gala dinner with Dr Mountford
4 Venture inside Mount Vesuvius
5 Private tour of Villa Oplontis
Your expert guides
- All flights and transfer
- Four nights four-star accommodation in the Bay of Naples
- All trips, guided excursions and transport in the Pompeii and Naples region
- All breakfasts, as well as three out of the four lunches, and three out of the four dinners for the four nights that you will stay in Naples
- A private talk and exclusive w&h gala dinner with Dr Margaret Mountford
- An expert guided tour of the Roman villa of Oplontis with Dr Mountford
Day1Welcome to NaplesNapoli, Italy
You will fly direct to Naples and enjoy a comfortable morning transfer to your four-star Neapolitan hotel.
In the afternoon, your adventure begins at the restored Roman farm of Boscoreale, which was destroyed by south-easterly winds carrying volcanic ash on the day of Vesuvius's catastrophic eruption.
Today at Boscoreale, lush vines grow where they once grew in Roman times. After getting your first sense of the scale of the eruption - including the thick layer of volcanic debris that still remains - you will return for an evening of welcome drinks and dinner at your hotel in Naples.
Day2The ruins of PompeiiPompeii, Italy
Today is your chance to explore one of the world's unforgettable historical sites: Pompeii. Travelling by the best routes to avoid the crowds and visiting sites that have only recently been reopened to the public, your expert guide will reveal the smothered city's secrets to give you an unrivalled insight into what life was like in Roman Italy.
Following a quick snack to refuel on the site of Pompeii, your discoveries continue with a visit to the forum and basilica, and then on to the Villa of the Mysteries, famous for its enigmatic frescoes.
Day3Villa of Oplontis & Castellammare di StabiaCastellammare di Stabia, Italy
Today's discoveries begin at Naples National Archaeological Museum, which contains mosaics, paintings and some of the best finds from the towns destroyed in AD 79, plus the incredible Farnese collection of marble sculpture brought to Naples from Rome in the 18th century.
For lunch, enjoy a real Neapolitan pizza, made with tomatoes from the volcanic plains, as we dine at a traditional Italian restaurant in the coastal town of Castellammare di Stabia. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the elaborate Roman villa of Oplontis with Dr Mountford as your expert guide. This Roman villa's spacious rooms, porticos and extravagant painted walls have earned it the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In the evening, Dr Mountford will give an fascinating private lecture exclusively for woman&home readers before joining you for a gala dinner, where you will have the chance to ask questions and discuss the insights of her talk in more detail. It promises to be a special evening of superb food and enthralling stories.
Day4Sorrento, Positano & RavelloSorrento, Italy
Today is your chance to explore the stunning Amalfi Coast, as we drive to the exquisite town of Sorrento, enjoying an unforgettable view framed by the Tyrrhenian Sea and Mount Vesuvius. Wander through elegant Sorrento's labyrinthine streets with the free time to enjoy lunch at your choice of local restaurant (though your guide will happily offer recommendations).
In the afternoon, you will explore the striking town of Positano, set high on the cliffs, with its steep streets clustered beneath the tiled dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta, before ending the day in the equally beautiful coastal town of Ravello.
Day5Herculaneum & Mount VesuviusMount Vesuvius, Italy
In the morning you will visit Pompeii's atmospheric sister town, Herculaneum, where the moulds of the skeletons of 300 people offer a reminder of the human cost of the volcano's eruption.
Then you'll head to Mount Vesuvius, where your lunch in a restaurant on the slopes of the volcano itself is followed by an ascent into the crater to see the dramatic interior. From the volcano's lip you can look down on the whole of the Bay of Naples, one of Italy's most beautiful views.
In the evening, you will fly home direct from Naples. Your journey deep into Roman history and Italy's unique culture and wonderful lifestyle will be an experience you will never forget.