May we suggest you consider spending the preceding Shabbat in Italy (Rome or Venice) to recover from the flight and remove the risk of missing the start of the tour.
From the airport, we drive to Pompeii for a guided tour of this incredible, unique archeological site.
Did you know that there is evidence that Roman Jews believed that the eruption of Vesuvius and the huge destruction caused thereby resulted from the Romans' destruction of the 2nd Bet Mikdash just 9 years previously in Jerusalem???
We then head to our Villa for our Welcome Dinner
Whole day on the magical isle of Capri; visit the Villa San Michele of author Axel Munthe, ride the chairlift, enjoy a picnic lunch stroll the villages of Anacapri and Capri, the gardens, free time for the gorgeous shops or a beautiful hike.
(If you wish to visit the blue grotto we will arrange that for you, but we feel the time can be better spent elsewhere on the island – it's up to you!!)
When we return by ferry to Sorrento, you can spend time in the town center before returning for dinner.
Vietri-sul-Mare - we'll stop for an hour or so you can look at the home-town of these world-famous ceramics, and buy them at the best prices anywhere on the coast – we checked!!
Paestum – after lunch, we'll enjoy a guided tour of the world's best preserved Greek Temples (yes Greek – from the time when the Greeks colonized Southern Italy)
Amalfi Coast by boat – from Sorrento we'll board a ferry and enjoy the magnificent views as we sail around the end of the Sorrento peninsula, passing Positano on our way to Amalfi
Amalfi – we'll stroll around this busy little town, look at the church and its art (for those who so wish) or browse in the stores and "live the life". There is also a lovely museum of paper-making at the end of the village which was probably owned by Jews... 1000+ years ago.
Ravello – a bus will take us to the "high-point" of the coast with its breath-taking Villa Cimbrone gardens and views.
The "pathway of the gods" – a 3-hour medium difficulty hike on top of the cliffs above the Amalfi coastline with some of the ultimate views of the coast. For many this is THE highlight of the whole tour, although so few tourists take the time to do it.
We'll picnic at the end of the hike, in the tiny village of Nocelle and then take the local micro-bus down to Positano and visit this most elegant resort, before returning in good time to prepare for Shabbat. Candle-lighting at 20.05
Coffee and cake – davening – full breakfast
Short walk in and around Sant Agata
Mincha followed by Shabbat lunch – main meal of the day (seuda III if you're counting)
Free time to relax in the lounge, by the pool or in your room.
A light supper will be served before Shabbat ends, 21.14
After Ma'ariv and Havdala - Saturday night in Sorrento: music, coffee, limoncello
Off to Puglia, our first stop - Castel del Monte - UNESCO site, with a spooky mathematical design which is fascinating. From there we'll continue to Trani - a beautiful medieval port city. The synagogue was returned to the Jews of the region fairly recently after being used as a church for half a millennium.
We'll visit both the active synagogue and the small local Jewish museum.
Then off to our Hotel for a Welcome Dinner in our 5*L Masseria Torre maizza www.masseriatorremaizza.com
Lecce - known as the Florence of Puglia, where a Jewish community once held sway. Most famed for its unique style of architecture – Baroque Rococo.
After lunch we'll proceed to Santa Maria al Bagno for a moving visit to the museum dedicated to all those holocaust survivors who passed thru in the years 1943 – 1947 en route to Palestine.
Alberobello – home to hundreds of ancient trullo dwellings.
Their design origin is the subject of much debate...
After lunch back in the hotel, there'll be
time to enjoy the hotel's facilities, including its golf course and beautiful pool, and we'll visit Ostuni later by night for a
After a leisurely breakfast (and a final swim??) we'll transfer you to Brindisi airport (BDS) for the 12.20 flight to Rome, from where you can fly onward to your destination. Arrivederci!!