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.
WhenApril 2 – 7, 2024
Length6 days / 5 nights
Type of TravelerIntellectuals , Art Lovers , Foodies