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Rome and the Bay of Naples

During your time in Rome, you will visit many of the iconic sites of the capital of a great empire - the Colosseum and the Roman Forum amongst them. You will visit, too, one of the catacombs. A trip out of the city takes you to Ostia Antica and the beautifully preserved ruins of the port city.
 
We recommend an excursion to Tivoli, to visit Hadrian's Villa, a truly exceptional complex of classical buildings dating from the second century CE.
 
Heading south to Sorrento, you might wish to make a short detour to the monastery of Monte Cassino, where Australian and New Zealand troops were heavily involved in the bitter fighting during the winter of 1943-1944.
 
At last to the Bay of Naples - to the Romans, this was Campania Felix - the Happy Land. As a result of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii on its lower slopes were obliterated, only to be preserved until the modern age as a record of ordinary daily life in a Roman town.
 
You will visit both, together with tours to the rim of the volcano and to the Naples Museum, which contains the artefacts found during excavations.
 
Depending on time available and your own wishes, it is also possible to drive along the Amalfi Coast to the ancient Greek colony at Paestum.
 
(You might wish to visit the Vatican Museums while in Rome, or to extend your tour to include Renaissance Italy, too. Just ask us.)