For every $100 ticket receive one entry into the raffle. Contest is limited to only 300 total entries so chances of winning depend on an individual's number of donations. Drawing will be held on 11/15/2018 or when all 300 tickets are sold (whichever occurs first). Prize includes $1500 cash to be put towards airfare or other expenses. Members of The 31 Foundation Board are not eligible to win. Proceeds benefit Bringing Hope Home. See all other terms and conditions below.
Amalfi Coast and Rome
7 nights – 8 days
Arrival in Sorrento, Amalfi Coast – 3 nights
- Private transfer from Fiumicino International airport (FCO) in Rome to an historic hotel in Sorrento, centrally located and overlooking the beautiful bay of Sorrento.
- Enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner with wine in Sorrento
The Best of the Amalfi Coast – private driving tour – full day
- A private driver will take you for a scenic excursion along the Amalfi Coast, stopping at Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. A lunch stop will be organized in a very special location by the seaside.
- Enjoy lunch with wine
Capri by the Sea – boat and walking tour – full day
- Transportation to the island of Capri by hydrofoil craft. Meet with a local tour guide and explore the island by private boat.
- Enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant with local dishes, from appetizers to dessert, including wine.
- Continuation of the tour with your tour guide to explore the upper part of the island, including the picturesque village of Anacapri, the beautiful gardens of Villa San Michele, and the top of Monte Solaro, which will be reached by a chair lift ride with panoramic views.
- Return to Sorrento by hydrofoil craft.
- Enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner with wine in Sorrento
N.B. The Capri by the Sea day tour is subject to sea conditions. It can be replaced with other activities such as a cooking class, a wine and limoncello tasting tour, a day in Vietri Sul Mare, or an excursion to Mount Vesuvio.
Transfer to Rome – 4 nights
Private walking tour: Pompeii Archeological Site – 2 hrs
Wine Tour, Wine Tasting and Lunch at the Foot of Mount Vesuvio
- Travel with a private driver from the hotel in Sorrento to the hotel in Rome, with a stop in Pompeii.
- At the Pompeii excavation sites you will meet your private tour guide who will lead you through this amazing Roman city, preserved by the ashes of the eruption of Vesuvio in AD 79.
- Continue your journey with a stop at a local winery located at the foot of Mount Vesuvio, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the winery and the wine cellars, followed by a lunch with wines paired with local dishes.
- After lunch, your private driver will take you to Rome at an historic hotel right in the historic center.
Rome – Private walking tour: “The Great Beauty of the Eternal City”
- Enjoy a private guided walking tour discovering the beauty of the eternal city, with its squares (piazzas), fountains, narrow streets, churches, palaces…and start to immerse yourself in the Roman life-style.
- Enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner with wine at special local restaurant.
Rome – Private walking tour: “From the Imperial Rome to today’s daily life”
- Enjoy a private guided walking tour of ‘Imperial Rome’ with visits to the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Capitol Hill, Jewish Ghetto and finally Campo de’ Fiori, the site of the most ancient farmers market of Rome.
Rome – Private walking tour: “The Vatican Secrets: the Papal History through Art”
- Enjoy a private guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
- Enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner with wine at the roof-top restaurant of the hotel, or at special local restaurant.
Arrivederci Italy! – Departure to US
- Private transfer from the hotel to Fiumicino International airport (FCO) arranged according to your flight departure time.
Terms and Conditions
Please kindly read the following important information.
- The package is for a maximum of 2 people.
- The package can be redeemed and used any time up to December 31, 2019, although the actual trip dates are subject to availability. We strongly recommend requesting your week as soon as possible to secure the dates you choose.
- The final booking is confirmed only after receiving a signed Agreement from the traveler(s). Once the Agreement is signed and reservations are confirmed, the dates cannot be changed.
- If, for any reason, the original traveler(s) are not able to make the trip, the original traveler(s) can be substituted with a different traveler(s).
- Any unused portions of the package (e.g., hotels, transportation, activities, food, tour guides, museum entry), in whole or in part, will not be refunded or compensated for, regardless of the reason.
- The activities included in the ‘Trip Itinerary’ cannot be changed, or be exchanged, with other activities, services or destinations.
- Members of The 31 Foundation Board of Directors are not eligible to win.
- Winners must be US Citizens with US Passports.
- At least one winner going on the trip must be 18 years of age or older.
- $1500 Cash to put towards airfare or other expenses (your choice).
- 7 nights of accommodation (1 double room with a private bathroom) at highly comfortable 4 or 5 star hotels in premium locations.
- 7 mornings buffet breakfast at the hotel.
- 4 gourmet dinners at local restaurants with wine.
- 2 lunches with wine.
- 1 wine tour with lunch and wine tasting.
- Full day private driving excursion along the Amalfi Coast.
- Full day excursion to Capri with tour of the island by private boat and with a private guide.
- Private guided tours of Pompeii, the historic center of Rome, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.
- Skip-the-line reservation and entrance tickets to Pompeii excavation sites, the Vatican Museums, the Coliseum and Roman Forum and all other venues visited with our guides.
- All transfers with private car and English-speaking driver, as specified in the ‘Trip Itinerary’.
- All related taxes for the services included in the ‘Trip Itinerary’, except for the hotel city tax.
Package Does Not Include:
- Flight tickets (but $1500 cash can but put towards airfare if desired)
- Extras in the hotels, unless specifically mentioned.
- City tax (between 2 and 7 Euros per person, per night) to be paid directly to the hotel.
- Travel insurance.
- Tips (not mandatory).
- Any items not mentioned in the ‘Package Includes’ section above.
OVERVIEW - TOURS and EXCURSIONS
A breathtaking stretch of cliffs soaked with gardens of lemon trees and bougainvillea overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea make this destination one of the most beautiful and romantic scenic routes in the world.
Positano is a secluded village that grows gradually from the top of the cliff to the bay in a crisscross of typical Mediterranean white homes with terraces covered by traditional ceramic tiles. Small quaint stores, special boutiques, cafés and restaurants, enrich the walk and provide good exercise, since many stairs and streets are part of the way.
Amalfi is a large village rich in history and traditions. The polychrome Duomo is an interesting example of different architecture styles. It is especially famed for its production of Limoncello liqueur from the cultivation of a specific type of lemon grown in the area. Amalfi is also a well-known producer of hand-made, high-quality paper exported to many European countries and to America.
Conca dei Marini was founded by the ancient Romans like many of the towns on the Amalfi Coast, around the year 500 BC. Conca’s Latin name means “basin of the Seas”, which is surely because of the way its coastline contours along the Mediterranean Sea, creating enchanting small fiords and gulfs.
Ravello is probably the most elegant destination on the Amalfi coast. It is located on a mountain overlooking the other little villages disseminated along the beautiful coast. This exceptional view, together with a slower rhythm and a sort of meditational silence, give to Ravello a touch of distinction which makes it really unique.
Sail across the bay of Sorrento to start an unforgettable day. For such a small island, about 4 miles long and 2 miles wide, Capri has had much said, sung and written about it. Capri has been important since the times of the Roman Empire when Ottaviano, followed later by Augustus, landed here in 29 BC and was struck by the incredible beauty of the island. The presence of the two emperors on Capri notably influenced the island architecture and the development of the urban area. We find, in fact, twelve Imperial villas.
From the 1950’s Capri became the world capital of the Cafè Society. Today many artists still come here looking for inspiration or simply to relax, while most of the time tourists stay just for a day or two. Capri offers chic boutiques, hotels and restaurants lying along winding streets. The main square Piazza Umberto, better known as Piazzetta, has a pretty white church and several open-air cafes where you can sit and watch the world drift by. Coming off the square are medieval looking alleyways and arcades full of shops selling handcrafts of the island such as clothing, jewellery made from coral and gold, shoes and ceramics. Walking a little further you will reach the colourful gardens of Augustus overlooking the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola where Gracie Fields once lived.
A place to be visited is the fabulous villa San Michele, one of the most beautiful parks of Italy, while a stroll around the quaint village of Anacapri, where you can lunch and taste the typical ravioli, is also highly recommended.
The famous blue grotto is a beautiful sea cave where the light reflection on the water seems to tint the entire walls in blue colour. Due to its limited size, visits are only permitted with small vessels creating long waiting times especially during the high season.
Pompeii is the only archaeological site in the world that takes us back to a town of 2,000 years ago. Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 B.C. and at the same time preserved by the ashes that covered the entire city. Walk through ancient Pompeii, an active and fertile Roman town with villas, baths, temples, streets, houses and the Forum, the public square center of social and urban life during the imperial era.
TASTING LACRYMA CHRISTI, SACRED, ANCIENT WINE
“Bacchus loved these hills more than his native hills of Nisa,” wrote Martialis, referring to the grapes from this area which have an unmistakable flavor and aroma. The reputation of this wonderful part of the world and its wines has inspired myths and legends: “Recognizing in the Gulf of Naples a patch of sky stolen by Lucifer, Christ began to cry, and where his tears fell there grew the vines of Lacryma Christi.” Curzio Malaparte refers to the legend in “La pelle”, inviting us to drink “this sacred, ancient wine”.
The Great Beauty of the Eternal City
The guide will pick you up at the hotel and start a walking tour to discover the icons of the so called Eternal City. As the city is quite extended, part of the tour will be by car so that you can have a glimpse of the most important sites. From the Imperial Rome with the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, to the majestic Saint Peter’s Basilica, to the baroque piazzas and fountains of Bernini, to the cafes’ and cobble stones narrow streets so charming and romantic: a melting pot where ancient fuses so creatively with the modern life. It is a path among the classical beauty as well as off the beaten track corners, where tourists only happen to walk - and those who do, often stay.
You are in the perfect location to start this tour right by the Pantheon, the ancient temple so perfectly preserved, in the most central area filled with cafes, small boutiques and restaurants.
From the classic Pantheon with its open cupola, to the mysterious cat over the building where the Prime Minister lives, to the famous café’ Sant’Eustachio, to the majesty of Piazza Navona with its wonderful fountains by Bernini, you will experience the beauty of Rome and hear of many stories.
A few steps more and you will be in the main shopping streets of Via del Corso, Via Condotti, Via Frattina ending to the Spanish Steps. Keeping walking a little more you will reach the Trevi Fountain. Unless you want to go walk a little more to watch two Caravaggio’s in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. And don’t forget to stroll at night… nights in Rome are always too short!
The Papal History through Arts
This is another special customized tour offering the chance to really learn about the historical and political significance of maintaining the residence of the Popes in Rome. Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you to the Vatican Museums which feature beautiful artworks by the most famous artists and offer an interesting relationship between art and politics, with all its meaning behind the scenes.
The Vatican Museums are among the most important museums in the world, including the galleries of Candelabras, Tapestries and Geographical maps and the room of Immaculate Conception, and the Sistine Chapel with the marvelous frescoes of Michelangelo, representing the Creation and the Last Judgment.
The tour continues to the magnificent Saint Peter’s Basilica and the history of Christianity in Rome. The Basilica of Saint Peter hosts four hundred statues including the famous Michelangelo’s Pietà created in the year 1498, and more recent sculptures representing the popes of the twentieth century. After his beatification (sainthood), the body of Pope John XXIII was located here inside a crystal tomb.
History of a Civilization: from the Imperial Rome to Today’s Daily Life
Your private tour guide will lead you through the historic, imperial center.
From the symbol of the so-called eternal city, the Coliseum, you will not only observe the monument and learn about its historical meaning, but also be jumping into a civilization closer to our modern times more than what you might think.
You will then reach the Roman Forum, the center of political, religious and civil life during the empire, considered the largest archaeological area in the world. The guide will explain how Romans used to live, how they used to spend their ordinary days, and where they used to hang out. From engineers, architects, law men, and politicians, you’ll find it extremely interesting the things they left behind that we still use, or activities we still do.
You will continue your Roman insight experience to one of the most traditional districts of Rome where Romans still live in their unique way. Romans love to socialize outside, and they use the street and the square as their social living room. The Jewish district (Jewish Ghetto) is one of the most popular districts and is in the real heart of the town: the Rome of the Romans, a very vibrant neighborhood with traditional restaurants and famous pastry shops, beautiful palaces and artistic squares. Keep going and you will reach Campo de’ Fiori square, which has hosted a daily farmers market since the end of 1800, full of colors and sounds that will wrap you in a theatre-like experience. Cafés, grocery stores and bakeries will be a temptation all along the way!