History trip to Italy with Jamie Sewell

Naples & Its Lost Cities with Expert Guide Jamie Sewell

Founded by Greek settlers in 470 BC, and a cultural center for the Roman Republic, Naples is one of Europe’s most ancient port cities. But even with its centro historico (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), its faded yet unmistakable grandeur and its lost cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum—it’s also one of the most underrated destinations for a deep dive into Greek and Roman history. Archaeologist, art historian and our expert host for this trip, Jamie Sewell, offers an exploration of these legendary civilizations through art, architecture and excavation—from the frescoes, mosaics and Caravaggios found inside the monumental Baroque churches and museums of Naples to the untold stories of these ancient towns. These are places steeped in nostalgia and mythology—and shrouded in the mystery and fragility of civilizations’ past. If you are a lover of history, art and food (or if My Brilliant Friend piqued your curiosity about Naples), now is the time to experience the gateway to southern Italy the Indagare way.

A spot on this trip may be reserved with a 50% non-refundable deposit, with the balance to be paid in full by November 15, 2023.

What to Expect

Itinerary highlights and special experiences

  • Explore the ruins and excavations of Pompeii, along with the ancient villas and shops of Herculaneum and the magnificent temples of Paestum, with a top scholar who has previously supervised excavations at Pompeii and other well-known sites across Europe.
  • Exclusive access with a local expert to the Sansevero Chapel, which holds masterpieces such as the famous “Veiled Christ,” a feat of marble, and the San Lorenzo Catacombs and an excavation revealing the layers of civilizations that contributed to the design of Naples. Plus, tours of top museums and extraordinary collections of Roman artifacts from Herculaneum and Pompeii.
  • Private walking tours of Naples, the capital of Campania
  • Delicious farm-to-table meals, including tastings of local specialties such as mozzarella, along with lunch at a wine cellar that has revived winemaking techniques originally used at Pompeii.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

  • When
    April 2 – 7, 2024
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Art Lovers , Foodies

This Journey's Host


Jamie Sewell is a British-born scholar, lecturer and expert guide who has been based in Berlin since 1999. He holds a B.A. in History and Archaeology and a PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University of London, and he also has a background in the dramatic arts, which makes him a fabulous storyteller. Working as a field archaeologist, Jamie has supervised university-run excavations in Britain, Romania, Germany and Italy (including Pompeii). He has published a book on Roman urbanism and multiple research articles on the history and archaeology of Rome, the Hellenistic Mediterranean and the history of Berlin. He has worked as a historic guide in Berlin since 2004 and also leads archaeological tours in Italy and Sicily.

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Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    April 2 – 7, 2024
  • Length
    6 days / 5 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 12 travelers
  • Host
    Jamie Sewell
  • From


  • All accommodations as detailed in the itinerary. Indagare can arrange higher category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability.
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Scheduled group airport arrival and departure transfers, as well as group transfers throughout to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • Expert guides and drivers, as indicated in the itinerary, including your host, Jamie Sewell, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • All gratuities
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip


  • Transportation to/from Italy
  • Airport transfers outside of scheduled group arrivals and departures
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (such as flights, cancellations, natural phenomena)
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