8-Day Archaeo Sailing Tour Italy – Ventotene, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Paestum & Capri

1 September 2024
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Why Book With Us?

Sail the Italian Mediterranean coast on the yacht Jua-Kali and visit, accompanied by our archaeologist, the most important archaeological sites, small villages and towns along the way with our touring holidays in Italy.  After each sailing and archaeological visit, you will disembark and spent the night in a comfortable hotel.

This Archaeo-Sailing trip starts at the port of Gaeta by sailing to the island of Ponza and subsequently to Ventotene, Ischia, Miseno, Pozzuoli, across the Bay of Naples to Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano, Paestum, Amalfi, Capri and Naples. This tour is organized together with the Skippers and owners of Jua-Kali, a Grand Soleil of 43’.

Your group of a maximum of 8 people will be accompanied by one of our archaeologists who explains all the details of the places you visit. During the day, you will travel on the Jua Kali to sail to ports near our archaeological destinations or small secluded beaches where you can swim in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.

Apart from sailing and showing you these unique sites, we will also take care of the eno-gastronomic aspect during your stay, as you will enjoy lunch and dinner in carefully selected restaurants and trattorias. In the evenings, you are transferred to a comfortable 4-star hotel to catch a good night’s sleep.

Italian Adventures has ten years of experience as an online dining guide for high-level restaurants in Rome and greater Italy. Depending on the season, you taste typical Italian and local delicacies.

An extraordinary blend of sailing, archaeological wonders, excellent onshore accommodations, and delightful dining.
Skippers Diara Marchetti and Ian Charles Perryman

Meet your tour guide

Your tour guide : Dr. Anastasia Zourou

Anastasia Zourou was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece where she studied and got her degree in Byzantine Archaeology. When she obtained an Erasmus scholarship she also studied in Italy at the “Tor Vergata University of Rome”.

During her time in Rome, Anastasia fell deeply in love with the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. At the end of her studies, she faced a difficult decision. Return to Thessaloniki or pursue her dreams in Rome? Ultimately, she chose to stay in Rome. The city had become her second home, and its ancient history beckoned her to explore further. Soon after here studies Anastasia found herself involved in various archaeological digs in and around Rome.

Anastasia is fluent in English, Italian and Greek.

Start & end Location

Rome International airport Leonardo da Vinci

Upon your arrival in Rome

You will picked up by us at the airport

Tour duration

8 days – 7 nights

Physical difficulty

Moderate – sailing trip


Upon your arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or at the Termini train station, our staff will be waiting for you and bring you to a quiet and relaxing place on the via Appia Antica where you can relax until all team members have arrived.

The moment the team for this trip is complete we will leave by minibus to the port of Gaeta where we will stow your luggage on board of the Jua-Kali and have lunch in a restaurant situated in the small and beautiful port of Gaeta. After lunch we will sail to our first destination, the island of Ponza which we will reach depending on favourable sailing winds in 3 hours and a half.

Once arrived in the Port of Ponza you could relax on board of Jua-Kali or in Villa Isabella from where you can overlook the port and where you will spend your first night. Later, during dinner, we will explain to you how your week with us will evolve.

After a good rest and breakfast, it’s time to board Jua Kali to sail to the island of Ventotene. When we arrive, there will be some time for swimming near the beaches on the southside of the island. After bathing we will have a transfer to land and visit Villa Giulia an ancient Roman imperial villa or palace on the north tip of the island.

The huge villa complex of over 3,000 m2 area included thermae (thermal baths), terraces, gardens, an exedra and aqueducts. Emperor Augustus had this villa built in the early part of his reign as a summer palace. The maritime climate of Ventotene (ancient name Pandateria) was pleasant and the land was flatter than nearby islands, making construction easier. It became known as Villa Giulia as it was the place of exile of Augustus’s daughter Julia the Elder in 2 BC, as a reaction to her excessive adultery.

After a visit to Villa Giulia, we will have lunch in the port of Ventotene and prepare in the late afternoon to travel to the island of Ischia.

Since the voyage with our yacht will take quite some time, we have thought using the hydrofoil ferry from Ventotene to Ischia for a passage that takes only one hour. Jua-Kali will follow and will be ready the next morning in a small port next to the hotel. Once we arrive on the island of Ischia we will take taxis to the most western point of Ischia where our hotel that is located and were we will have dinner.

After breakfast in the hotel, we will board Jua kali to sail to the port of Miseno. In Roman times this port became the largest Roman port for the Classis Misenensis, the most important military fleet.

Pliny the Elder was the praefect in charge of the naval fleet at Misenum in AD 79, at the time of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that is visible to the south across the Bay of Naples. Seeing the beginnings of the eruption, Pliny left on one of the ships he commanded for a closer view and to help people evacuate but was killed during the eruptions. The account of his death is given by his nephew Pliny the Younger, who was also resident in Misenum at the time.

Once at Miseno we will visit the Piscina Mirabilis a huge cathedral like water reservoir probably constructed during the reign of Augustus to supply fresh water for the military fleet.

From Miseno we will travel by Minibus to Baia to do a tour of the sunken Roman city of Baiae. In Roman times Baiae was a luxury costal town and most emperors had villas here. After lunch in Baia we will transfer to Cuma to visit the archaeological site and the amazing Antro della Sibilla. Cumae was the first ancient Greek colony on the mainland of Italy, founded by settlers from the Greek island of Euboea in the 8th century BC and soon became one of the strongest colonies. Later it became a rich Roman city, the remains of which lie near the modern village of Cuma.

After a out visits to Cumae we will transfer to our hotel in Pozzuoli where after some relaxation we will have dinner.

After breakfast we head off to the port of Pozzuoli to see the Temple of Serapis and later to visit the Flavian Amphitheater of Pozzuoli.

This is the third-largest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, only the Roman Colosseum and the Amphitheatre of Capua are larger. It was likely built by the same architects who previously constructed the Roman Colosseum.

After visiting this imposing building, we will leave by minivan or taxis to Naples where we will visit the Cappella Sansevero to see the amazing sculpture “The Veiled Christ” a marble sculpture made in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino. Although it’s not pure archaeology we are sure you will appreciate this works and the other amazing sculptures displayed in this small church.

For lunch we will take you to a historical restaurant at the seaside. In the afternoon we will explore underground Naples and visit the Archaeological Museum of Naples or as it was formerly called the Real Museo Borbonico since it was Carlo VII, the Bourbon King of Naples who in 1748 took an interest in Pompeii and had excavations started which initially produced the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum and many artefacts. In the museum we will see Roman and Greek art and other interesting finds from Pompei, you can also visit the secret cabinet (Gabinetto Segreto) which was closed until the year 2000 and holds the collection of erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

After the Museum you will be free to do shopping in Naples or head back to the hotel in Pozzuoli to relax until dinner time.

This morning we will sail on Jua Kali from Pozzuoli to the harbour of Torre Annunziata which is right in front of Pompeii. Once arrived in port we will take taxis to bridge the 4 km that separates us from the entrance of this important site.

Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area e.g. at Boscoreale and Stabiae, was buried under 4 to 6 m of volcanic ash and pumice in the Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Largely preserved under the ash, the excavated city offers a unique snapshot of Roman life, frozen at the moment it was buried, although much of the detailed evidence of the everyday life of its inhabitants was lost in the early excavations that started approximately in 1763. Pompeii was a wealthy town, with a population of ca. 11,000 in AD 79, enjoying many fine public buildings and luxurious private houses with lavish decorations, furnishings and works of art which were the main attractions for the early excavators.

After visiting Pompeii extensively, we will have lunch and sail to Sorrento where we will arrive around 5 pm. This will give you time to explore Sorrento or to relax in the hotel before dinner.

After breakfast we will board Jua Kali to sail between the island of Capri and Punta Campanella and make a slow 180° turn to reach the beach of Tordigliano which is next to Positano.

We will drop anchor in front of the beach to have a swim, relax and have lunch on board or on the beach.

After lunch we will heave anchor to set sail to Amalfi. When we arrive in Amalfi we will disembark and board a Minibus that will be waiting to take us to the archaeological site of Paestum.

Once there, we will visit the archaeological museum that apart from finds from Paestum also contains the finds from the associated Greek site of Foce del Sele where once a Temple dedicated to the Greek goddess Hera stood and which is located 8 km north of Paestum. The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 550 to 450 BC, which are in an excellent state of preservation. The city walls and amphitheatre are largely intact, and the bottom of the walls of many other structures remain, as well as paved roads.

After this visit we will move to our hotel which is close to the site relaxation until dinner time.

In the morning we take our minibus again to arrive swiftly in Amalfi where Jua Kali will be waiting for us.

Upon arrival there will be time to visit this picturesque town. After visiting Amalfi, we will sail to Capri where we hope to arrive around lunch time. After Lunch in Capri, we will pay a visit to Villa Jovis built by emperor Tiberius and completed in AD 27. Tiberius ruled mainly from there until his death in AD 37. Villa Jovis is the largest of the twelve Tiberian villas on Capri mentioned by Tacitus. The entire complex, spanning several terraces and a difference in elevation of about 40 m, covers some 7,000 m² (1.7 acres). While the remaining eight levels of walls and staircases only hint at the grandeur the building must have had in its time, recent reconstructions have shown the villa to be a remarkable testament to 1st-century Roman architecture. The north wing of the building contained the living quarters, while the south wing saw administrative use. The east wing was meant for receptions, whereas the west wing featured an open-walled hall (ambulatio) which offered a scenic view towards Anacapri.

After Villa Jovis we will travel by taxi to visit Villa San Michelle, the dream home of the Swedish physician Axel Munthe. He first came to Capri in 1885 and built his villa on the ruins of an ancient Chapel dedicated to San Michele. ”My house must be open to the sun, to the wind, and the voice of the sea, just like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere! Axel Munthe”.

Taking taxis, we will drive down to the port of Capri to take the fast ferry to Naples. Once in Naples we will transfer to our hotel that is situated close to the port and prepare for our farewell dinner.

After breakfast we will transfer you to Rome by Minibus or by highspeed train. During this travel we will assist you to reach the starting point of our journey back home or to escort you to a place for your next appointment.

Price Includes
  • Transfers from the airport or train station on the first and last day of the tour.
  • Sailing, between archaeological visits, on the comfortable Jua Kali, a Grand Soleil 43’ (cruiser/racer).
  • Selected 4-star hotels in each stopover in the itinerary.
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners in selected restaurants and one lunch on the beach or on Jua Kali.
  • When required, comfortable minivan or minibus travel.
  • Each day/excursion in the presence of our expert Archaeologists guide who will explain the sites who will and assist you.
  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences.
  • A wonderful cultural experience.
  • All entrance fees and tips.


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Ryan Withey and Andrea Brockman
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Being our second trip to Italy we had already spent a great deal of time at the "tourist" locations. This time around we wanted to make it more adventurous. We planned a hike through an old Etruscan forest, where we were able to explore various tombs (AWESOME!). This hike allowed us to explore a "hidden" (at least from tourists) part of Italy.
Linda & Ron Jackson
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The places we were taken to during the hikes were awesome. We never imagined that such places existed, and we would have never found them on our own. Linda and I still talk about the wonderful food we had while on the trip. Give our regards to your wonderful staff and thank them on our behalf.
Ashley and Pat Holt
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We loved it! We felt immediately welcome; everyone got along. I felt the social structure of the event really enhanced the experience and to be able to absorb these wonderful sites. All that with the gorgeous meals really made a holiday to remember! We will certainly be considering one of your other tours in a couple of years.
Debbie, David & Tyler Willse
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Thank you for the pictures. They are wonderful momentos of our trip to Rome. We had a great time during our visits in Rome and during the hike. Thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you again.

Why Choose Sailing Tours Italy 

Why settle for an ordinary vacation when you can embark on a truly unique journey with our boat tours in Italy? Here’s why our tours stand out: 

  • Unforgettable Experiences – Our Italy archaeological tours and sailing tours are designed to offer you unique experiences that go beyond the beaten path. From swimming in secluded coves to dining at picturesque seaside restaurants, each moment will be filled with wonder. 
  • Expert Guidance – Our experienced crew will take care of every detail, ensuring a seamless and stress-free journey. They will share their knowledge of the region, making your trip both educational and enriching. 

Sailing Tours Italy FAQs

Click on the questions below for the answers.

  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Travel on the Jua-Kali or by minivan/ minibus onshore throughout the tour
  • Accommodation in various 4* hotels.    
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • An expert archaeologist as guide
  • All entrance fees and tips

After each day’s sailing and archaeological visits, participants will be transferred to comfortable 4-star hotels for overnight stays. These hotels are carefully selected to provide a relaxing and comfortable environment for a good night’s sleep.

Yes, meals are included in the trip. Lunch and dinner will be enjoyed in carefully selected restaurants and trattorias, where you can taste typical Italian and local delicacies. Italian Adventures, with its expertise in the culinary scene, ensures that you will have memorable dining experiences, offering a chance to savour the flavours of Italy.

The maximum group size for the trip is 8 people. This small group size allows for a more personalized experience, ensuring that each participant can interact with the archaeologist and receive detailed explanations of the visited sites.

No, you do not. There will be two very experienced Skippers on board please find here a short resume.   

Ian Charles Perryman, Skipper, and Captain since 1981, co-owner of the Jua Kali, is a sailing trainer and examiner. He dedicates his life to providing maximum results to experienced sailors creating a cheerful and enriching team environment. At sea since his very early years in the Royal Navy and in international races from UK to Australia, he blends it with a wide experience as coach and trainer of leadership and corporate management teams.

Daria Marchetti, Skipper, Facilitator & coach, co-owner of Jua Kali, has been working as a counsellor in one-on-one sessions, facilitator and coach with groups and teams since 2013 in Europe, South & North America and Egypt.  Shes now passionate about blending her knowledge with sailing and organising on board retreats.   She previously worked as an educator and teacher trainer.  Transformation Coach, Team building, Project managing and Team Leadership Excellence.

The archaeologists accompanying the trip are experienced professionals with in-depth knowledge of the archaeological sites and historical context of the regions visited. They are passionate about sharing their expertise and will provide detailed explanations and insights during the visits. Their presence enhances the educational aspect of the trip, allowing participants to gain a deeper understanding of the archaeological significance of each site.

We recommend you bring a good pair of walking shoes for onshore walks, a small bag or backpack and a cap or hat for the sun.

The small bag or backpack will come handy to transfer from the Jua-Kali to the hotel onshore, this way you can leave your larger suitcase on the Jua-Kali and take only the necessary to the hotel.

Even if this trip is planned in August, we advise you to pack light raingear and a fleece to keep you warm.

Since we will be traveling on board the Jua-Kali we kindly request you, for your own safety, to bring a pair of boat shoes. We advise people who wear spectacles to bring a spare pair just in case.

Your safety is our biggest concern. Our tours have been carefully selected to be pleasant and never dangerous. All our guides have been trained to live by the “Safety First” rule while guiding. On each tour, hike or nautical adventure there will be at least one guide who has had First-Aid training.

Insurance is not included. Adequate business travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us. You must be satisfied that your business travel or other appropriate insurance fully covers all your requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.

The skippers of the Jua-Kali speak fluent English and our guides are all English-speaking professionals with years of experience in guiding groups to and through the areas where we will be going, and they all love to share their knowledge and experience with you.

Walking during the archaeological visits is inevitable, to see the main sites at Pompeii we will have to walk 5 km and at Paestum 4 km. So that is 2,5 to 3 miles on the longest walks.

The shops in Italy are open until 19.30 / 20.00 hrs. During this sailing trip there will be time in most ports to allow you to do some shopping.

Please click here, this link will open a page of the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs where you can check if you require a visa.

Italian Adventures can organise hikes or tours for private groups or companies of eight people or more.  Please send an email to sales@italian-adventures.com or call us at 0039-392-0360775

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