Historical-Cultural attractors of the ‘Grand Tour’ in Campania 2017 5/5 (1)


DAY 1: the Farnese Collection and The treasures of Pompeii on display in Naples

Collection at the arrival terminal or at Piazza Municipio train station. Transfer by C4Y adapted minivan to the hotel. Shortly thereafter, departure by the same minivan for the an itinerary that connects in a unique way two areas of the city which are quite distinct from one another, namely the historical centre and the hilltop area of Capodimonte. The two areas are the locations for the two most important museums of Naples, the Naples National Archaeological Museum and the Capodimonte National Museum . The two cultural landmarks are here ideally connected by the fil rouge of the famous Farnese Collection inherited by Charles’s grandmother, Elizabeth, the last heir of the historic Farnese noble family. which both display, and there you will discover the extraordinary artistic and archaeological masterpieces the world envies us for. The extraordinary National Archeological Museum reveals itself to us as a real treasure chest, of the remains found in the Pompei and Herculaneum sites at the time of the first excavation and brought to the public’s attention by king Ferdinand. Leaving the museum we will enjoy a short stroll and a coffee break in the historic Principe di Napoli Gallery next to the Academy of Arts. Transfer to the departure terminal. End of services. Back to hotel.

DAY 2: Caserta – The Palace and Gardens + Capua

Breakfast in the hotel, transfer by C4Y accessible minivan for the Reggia di Caserta. Built by King Charles II of Bourbon, who, struck by the beauty of Caserta’s landscape, decided that it would be the ideal location for a Royal Palace to rival that of Versailles. To realize this he called upon Luigi Vanvitelli, architect, but also artist and poet. The palace comprises 1200 halls and rooms, with an atrium connected directly with the Palace Gardens, which, at 100 hectares, is one of the largest parks of its kind, not to mention one of the most beautiful in Europe on account of its rare and exotic plants, fountains and statues. In this historic complex, visitors are transported into the fantasia of another time, as well as the mysteries and intrigues that leave an indelible memory of sumptuousness and magnificence. Back in the C4Y minivan, we next head for Capua, for lunch in a bio-restaurant set in the archaeological area of the town. Thanks to a spacious viewing platform, we can enjoy the view of the amphitheatre. After lunch we can take a closer look at the theatre and the adjoining Gladiators Museum. Taken together, these attractions present to us the Roman world of spectacle and combat, as clearly as if we were really there. Walking through the reconstructed corridors in the very bowels of the amphitheatre, the visitor gains a strong feeling of what it must have been like for the gladiators who fought here. No less fascinating are the examples of armour on display, thanks to which we can understand just how many types of combat were enjoyed. Back to the hotel for a hard-fought dinner and night’s sleep.

DAY 3 :     Herculaneum – Archaeological Site and Torre Annunziata – Villa di Poppea

Breakfast in hotel, meeting with guide and departure by C4Y minivan for a visit to Herculaneum. This town was covered by lava from the eruption of 79AD and for this reason its buildings are better preserved than those of Pompeii, often with the upper floors still intact, along with still-recognisable signs of everyday life, such as food, clothing, wood, mosaics and papyrus – a distinctive snapshot of the hustle and bustle of a once-popular holiday resort. The inhabitants remains were found in the caves along the marina, to which they had fled only to be drowned in mudslides. In short, the Ercolano site has an emotional impact that stays with you. Following this, a brief stop for lunch nearby. In the afternoon the tour continues to the Villa di Poppea, a magnificent residential construction from the middle of the 1st Century AD. Attributed to Poppea Sabina, Emperor Nero’s second wife, but in any case the property of the royal family, it was under reconstruction when the eruption occurred. Return to hotel in the late afternoon.


DAY 4:   Boscoreale – Antiquarium Nazionale + Pompei Archaeological site                        

Breakfast in hotel, transfer by C4Y accessible minivan to Boscoreale, where we will visit the Antiquarium Nazionale: “Man and environment in the Vesuvian territory”, situated in the confines of the Villa Regina archaeological zone. Numerous remains of every possible type are on display, often exceptionally well-preserved, having been covered by ash or lava up until their eventual unearthing during the excavations of Pompeii and surrounding villas in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Thanks to these remains, and to reconstructions of villas both in plastic and 3D, we can immerse ourselves in the daily life of a Vesuvian Farmhouse, in the time of the Romans, seeing with our own eyes and practically able to taste, the food they ate, the wine they drank, and how it was produced. Time for an enogastronomic lunch on the slopes of Vesuvius. In the afternoon we visit the site of Pompeii, an incredible testimony to Roman life, which gradually emerged in recent centuries from the darkness into which it had been plunged back in 79AD. Places worth a visit are numerous: The Faun’s House; the Centurian’s House; the Villa of Mysteries; the amphitheater; the Forum and so on. Time seems to stand still, with the material from the eruption having preserved entire, agonized, human outlines, houses, shops. All of this makes Pompeii a unique and unforgettable experience. Return to hotel in the late afternoon.

DAY 5: Avellino-State Archives

Breakfast in hotel, transfer by C4Y accessible minivan to Avellino, main urban centre of the green Irpinia Region. It is renowned for its lakes, rivers, waterfalls and forests, but in addition to this natural treasure-trove, the area i salso rich in cultural and historical heritage, stretching from the Etruscans to the Longobards. For this reason, our trip to Avellino will focus on the State Archives. Created in 1818 to house the collection of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, it is housed in the former Bourbon Prison and contains over 65000 entries. Particularly revealing are the manuscripts concerning suppressed religious entities (1423-1882) and a miscellany of manuscripts (1454-1757) constituting ecclesiastical and privileged texts dating from the Aragonese period and the period of the Spanish Viceroy. One of the most comprehensive funds is that of the notary archive from 1494 – 1899, a source of great interest for the study of social phenomena. With the help of state archivists, we can examine guides, lists, inventories, repertories, summaries, analyses, indices, transcriptions – in short, an inexhaustible range of data of every type. Lunch options too, are abundant, and we can choose a restaurant to enjoy traditional fare, washed down with one of the region’s famous wines, such as Taurasi, Greco di Tufo or Fiano. In the afternoon, the minivan will bring us into the centre of Avellino where we can stop to admire this charming town. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon: free time; dinner; bed.

DAY 6: Salerno – State Archives and the Archaeological Museum of Paestum

Breakfast in hotel, transfer by C4Y accessible minivan to Salerno, where, after a brief tour of the City, we will visit the State Archives. Created in1934 and housed in what for centuries was the House of Justice, inside you can still see the cell where detainees were kept while awaiting the Judge’s verdict. On the ground floor, thanks to restoration work completed in 2009, the Cappella of San Ludovico is open to the public. It is so called because it refigures the Franciscan Saint and son of Charles II of Angiou. All of the frescoes on display can be dated to the 13th Century. The archive itself conserves documents from the state magistrates of various periods (The Kingdom of Naples, the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, the Kingdom of Italy and, finally, the Italian Republic). Around one hundred thousand paper documents and over a thousand manuscripts bring the collection to over 24000 volumes. The institute also houses a part of the archive of the Salerno Medical School, which ranges from the 15th Century to the start of the 19th. The institute also contains a copious library, containing documents not belonging to the magistrates archive. These are of heterogenous origin and type, and can be separated into notary protocols and volumes of notarizations and local authority archives. In the afternoon we continue to Paestum, the ancient Posidonia. The city was dedicated, naturally, to Poseidon, as well as to Era and Athena. This visit takes us into Magna Grecia, to admire antique temples, the Necropolis and that which remains of homes and shops. The adjoining museum will help us to reconstruct the missing pieces of the puzzle. It documents the evolution and transformation of the city, from the founding of the Greek colony to the development of the Latin colony, illustrating the changes in social and public organization, religious rites and aspects of daily life, art and craftsmanship.


Map Location - Basilica di Santa Chiara

Via Benedetto Croce 16 | Napoli, NA, 80134

Map Location - Largo San Martino

Largo San Martino | Napoli, NA, 80129

Map Location - Sorrento

Piazza Torquato Tasso | Sorrento, NA, 80067

Map Location - Via Francesco Caracciolo

Via Francesco Caracciolo | Napoli, NA, 80122

Map Location - Parco Virgiliano

Parco Virgiliano, Viale Virgilio | Napoli, NA, 80123

Map Location - Scavi di Ercolano

Scavi di Ercolano, Corso Resina 187 | Ercolano, NA, 80056

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