All the best in just one day: the charming city of Pompeii, the witness of the great Roman Empire and the legendary Capri come together in this tour, a single path for two of the most famous places in the world. Visit the ruins of Pompeii with the assistance of a licensed guide and then enjoy a boat tour around the island of Capri with stops for swimming and snorkeling.
Duration 9 hours
Small Group Max 12 people
Pick-up Hotel in Sorrento
The striking beauty of the buried town of Pompeii and the amazing scenarios of Capri by sea come together in this tour which will give you an unforgettable day. After boarding for Castellammare, a bus will bring you to the ruins of Pompeii, to be visited with the assistance of an authorized guide. And then, again on board, direction Capri: a relaxing tour of the island by boat, a jump in the crystalline sea, a stop to explore the island by land. On the way back, enjoy a moment of relax with an happy hour and a taste of limoncello.
Tour program of the Pompeii and Capri boat trip from Sorrento:
Pick-up from your hotel or from a designated meeting point and transfer to the port of Piano di Sorrento.
Departure to the port of Castellammare di Stabia.
Transfer by bus to Pompeii and visit of 2 hours of the ruins with the assistance of a licensed guide.
Return to the port of Castellammare di Stabia and departure to Capri sailing along the Sorrento peninsula.
Arrival to Capri and tour of the island by boat with stops to visit the Marvelous Grotto, the White Grotto, the Green Grotto; along the way you will admire the Natural Arch, the Villa Curzio Malaparte, the Faraglioni rocks and the Lighthouse of Punta Carena.
There will be a couple of stops for swimming and snorkeling, and a relaxing break with sandwich and drinks offered on board.
Stop from 3 to 4 hours to explore the island of Capri.
Departure from Capri to Sorrento with the final limoncello tasting.
Return to the port of Piano di Sorrento and transfer to your hotel or to the meeting point.
*The stop to the Blue Grotto is not included in the itinerary of this tour due to the long waiting time. All the guests interested to visit the Blue Grotto can do it during the free time on the island.
**In case of bad sea conditions the itinerary is subject to change as it follows: the visit to Capri will be made before the visit to Pompeii.
The price includes: Pick-up from/to hotel – Transfers to/from Pompeii – Licensed English speaking guide for the visit of the ruins of Pompeii – Professional skipper English speaking – Snack (sandwich cheese and tomatoes) – Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – Equipment for snorkeling.
The price does not include: Entrance fee to the ruins of Pompeii, which is € 15 p.p. (for citizens of the European community from 0 to 17 years entrance is free of charge).
Do not forget: Swimsuit – Beach towel – Sunscreen – Sun hat – Camera – Comfortable shoes.
The excavations of Pompeii have been a Unesco Heritage site since 1997. The exceptional state of conservation of the city is due to the terrible eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, when the ash buried men and things under a thick blanket of dust at a depth of about 6 meters.
For 1700 years Pompeii was buried, erased from the face of the earth. Sheltered from the elements of the time, the shape of the bodies still intent on their daily activities has remained intact to this day. The first discoveries and objects occured from 1748 and even today new remains are brought to light, because Pompeii lives…
Following the main road, once past the entrance, you will find the amphitheatre along the way. It is one of the oldest buildings in the world, dating back to 80 BC.
It was an arena of bloody clashes between gladiators and can accommodate as many as 20,000 spectators.
Externally it has two orders: the lower part with blind stone arches, under which during the shows the merchants sold their goods, while the upper order has round arches. Between the two orders there is an ambulatory and to allow spectators to reach the highest stairways were built two large staircases.
The arena itself is made of rammed earth and, unlike other buildings of the same type, has no underground area. The entire circumference of the arena is bordered by a parapet, around 2 meters high, which was decorated with frescoes, now gone lost, depicting duels between gladiators and in particular one that represented the beginning of a struggle.
Curiosity: in 1971 Pink Floyd recorded a concert without an audience in this timeless place. “Live at Pompeii” is one of the most beautiful pages of rock music.
At the end of the road that runs alongside the Amphitheatre you will be connected to Via dell’Abbondanza, the most important road in town, from which all the others run.
There are two other points of interest within walking distance: the Teatro Grande and the Teatro Piccolo, both of which are connected.
The Teatro Grande is still very active today, was built in the second century BC and can accommodate as many as 5,000 spectators. A curiosity: it was in this place that the comedies of Plautus and Terence were staged.
In ancient times the theatre was an entertainment linked to religion and taking part in a show was at the same time a civic belonging (only free citizens went to the theatre), of religious festivities (the shows took place during the festivities) and finally of pure fun.
The connection with the religious aspect is testified by the proximity of the Theatre to the doric temple, designed together.
The theatre was free and the richest citizens were paying for it in order to ingratiate themselves with the electorate.
Therefore, the spectators were accommodated according to a hierarchical social order: the closer to the scene were the actors, the richer citizens and those with political duties; the higher were the members of the productive classes, the “entrepreneurs” and, finally, the people.
Higher than all the women, who according to an imperial deliberation of Augustus had to sit there. The Teatro Piccolo, on the other hand, was mainly used for musical performances and had a roof, which is remarkable for a building of this kind.
The Forum is the center of every Roman city and so is also for the Forum of Pompeii. The Greeks taught us that the square is the city, that the place where people meet, do business, vote and discuss politics, pray and buy, is really the symbol of civilized life.
The Forum of Pompeii is located at the confluence of the most important streets: the first leading on one side to Vesuvius, which looms threatening behind the Temple of Jupiter and the other to the sea. The Forum was also used to ask for justice (and still today the word “Forum” is used to indicate the seat of the court), which was administered in the Basilica, which is on the same short side of the square.
The name of this building and the internal aspect of the hall, with the colonnade that divide the aisles, makes us think of our Basilicas, places of worship. But for Pompeian people - as in all Roman cities - this was not the case: the Basilica was precisely the court, a covered place where the judge sitting on the chair at the end of the nave, decided after listening to the parties and their lawyers.
Finally, the Forum had one last fundamental function: the market function. In the corner near the capitolium we find the macellum, a kind of food supermarket of the time, where meat, fish and even vegetables were sold, as it’s demonstrated by the food remains that were found in the excavations.
And probably a market was also one of the most beautiful buildings of the Forum, in front of more or less the Temple of Apollo on the long side: the building of Eumachia, where it seems that there was a kind of trade of wool.
The Temple of Isidae is a Temple of Roman times, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 and found as a result of archeological excavations of ancient Pompeii. The exploration of the sacred structure has provided a large number of artifacts and paintings with religious subjects, exhibited in the greatest part in the National Archeological Museum of Naples.
The construction of the Temple of Isidae dates back to the second century BC but following the earthquake of Pompeii in 62, the entire structure was rebuilt. A few years later, the building was buried under a thick blanket of ashes following the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79. It was then explored in the eighteenth century, resulting in one of the best preserved buildings of ancient Pompeii.
The Temple of Apollo is a Temple of Roman times, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 and found as a result of archaeological excavations of ancient Pompeii. It is one of the oldest temples in the city and, for many years, the busiest.
The construction of the Temple dedicated to Apollo dates back to the eighth or seventh century BC as evidenced by some findings and was mostly an open area where there were some altars. During the Samnite age the Temple was completely rebuilt and dedicated to Apollo, who at that time was the most venerated deity of Pompeii and therefore the Temple was the largest religious center of the city.
But with the arrival of the cult of Jupiter it lost importance and was isolated from the view of the nearby houses by the construction of a wall. But with the arrival of the cult of Jupiter it lost importance and was isolated from the view of the nearby houses from the construction of a wall.
The Temple of Jupiter was built around 250 BC and was originally dedicated to Jupiter: it was built in a period of strong urban expansion of the city and soon became the main sacred structure of Pompeii.
Following the conquest of the city by Lucius Cornelius Silla, the Temple was dedicated to the cult of the Capitoline Triad, for this reason called Capitolium and then, in addition to the veneration of Jupiter were added to the veneration of Juno and Mars. It was in fact custom among the Romans to dedicate to these gods temples that were located in the center of the city.
The Island of Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples, just a few miles from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. The island is 10 square kilometers large and is divided into two municipalities: Capri and Anacapri. The center of Capri develops around the Piazzetta, about 150 meters above the sea level. Anacapri is located higher up, at 275 meters above the sea level.
Directly on the sea you will find two places: Marina Grande (where the Port is located) and Marina Piccola (on the opposite side of the Port, where the Faraglioni are located).
To get from the Port of Marina Grande to the center of Capri the most convenient and fastest way is the funicular: the ticket office is on the right hand side of the hydrofoils' arrival pier. Instead, to get from Marina Grande directly to Anacapri, you have to take the bus from the port.
Once disembarked at the Port of Marina Grande, take the funicular and arrive directly to the famous Piazzetta of Capri, also known as the "living room of the world": the center of local social life.
From here you will be spoiled for choice: you can go down to Corso Vittorio Emanuele and continue to Via Camerelle to enjoy some shopping or simply look at the windows of the biggest luxury brands in the world. For the more curious you can visit the Centro Caprese Ignazio Cerio (just behind the Piazzetta) to get information on the ancient history of Capri. On foot you can take a pleasant walk through the characteristic medieval district of Sant'Anna and then arrive at the Certosa of San Giacomo, the medieval jewel of Capri.
Another "must" stop on Capri is definitely the Gardens of Augustus, from which the Faraglioni can be admired from afar. The Gardens of Augustus consist of a series of flowery terraces overlooking on one side the Faraglioni, on the other side the Bay of Marina Piccola and the hairpins of Via Krupp.
In the early 1900s the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp used to spend his summer holidays in Capri. Krupp, who was fond of marine biology, docked with his yacht at Marina Piccola, but found it inconvenient to reach his suite at the Quisisana.
For this reason he commissioned the engineer Emilio Mayer to build a road that from Marina Piccola climbed up to the Certosa of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus. The engineer cut the rock to life and, overcoming a drop of about 100 meters, built one of the most spectacular roads in the world: a series of hairpins so tight as to seem overlapping.
Unfortunately, via Krupp is currently closed due to the danger of falling rocks and it is therefore possible to admire it only from the top of the Gardens of Augustus.
The Green Grotto, known in ancient times as the Turkish Grotto, is located on the southern side of the Island of Capri and is known for the color of the water in its interior that, due to a special play of light, takes on the green color. The Green Grotto can only be reached by sea. A curiosity: near the Green Grotto, going towards the Lighthouse of Punta Carena, you can admire the Grotto of the Saints which takes its name from the characteristic shape of the rocks that emerge from the sea inside the cave itself and that look like a group of monks or people kneeling in prayer.
White Grotto and Marvelous Grotto
Sailing around the island of Capri you will find numerous caves to discover. Two of the most striking are the White Grotto and the Marvelous Grotto, both close to the Faraglione di Matermania. Unlike other caves on the island of Capri, the opening of the Marvelous Grotto is not located at sea level but at a height of several meters.
Once inside, you are fascinated by the spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites and the view that you can enjoy on the sea below. Access to this splendid grotto is possible from a convenient ladder with a landing place for boats.
The peculiarity of the Marvelous Grotto is that of overlooking another cave, equally famous. Below, in fact, there is the opening of the White Cave, so called for the limestone volutes that literally decorate its vault and its walls. Another important characteristic is the presence of a stalagmite resembling the Virgin Mary in prayer.
The White Cave can only be accessed by sea.
Yes, you will have to pay an entrance fee of € 15,00 p.p. (for citizens of the European Community from 0 to 17 the entrance is free of charge). The first Sunday of each month the entrance is free of charge for everyone.
Yes, in case of bad weather/sea conditions the tour might be cancelled. In case of cancellation we are happy to offer our customers the choice of an alternative date or, in case of inability to rebook, the full refund.
Pompeii and Capri boat tour from Sorrento
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€ 149 Adults
Free cancellation within 24 hours
Duration: 9 hours
Guaranteed on fixed days
Small groups of maximum 12 people
Pick-up at your hotel and drop-off on the return
Authorized English speaking guide in the ruins of Pompeii
Professional skipper English speaking
Sandwich and drinks included
The best in one day: the ruins of Pompeii and the island of Capri
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