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            Following in the steps of the Neapolitan "Grand Tour" four parts.

Well over 100 years ago Naples had become a major stop for wealthy young men finishing their education with a European “Grand Tour”. The whole region, known as Campania, contained a wealth of interesting, historic and cultural sights for them to see. In the 60’s and 70’s, package holiday tour operators seized the opportunity to promote this ready-made traditional holiday destination. So fifty years on we also experience just what still makes this region so special.


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Part one ~ Introduction + Neapolitan Riviera 
Starts with a walking tour of historic Naples, probably the oldest continuously inhabited city on the Mediterranean. It's known for the massive Spanish fortresses which have protected the city for centuries. After a look at Castel Nuovo we begin our trail at the port and make our way along the elegant sea-front to Castel d'Ovo. From here our tour takes us to the magnificent pink Royal Palace and Piazza Plebicito. Nearby is the Galleria Umberto 1st and the Royal Opera House which give class to the shopping district. We take the funicular to gigantic Castel Sant' Elmo to end our trail high above the city.


Next morning we board a hydrofoil and speed across the bay of Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia to explore the landscape by bus and see the ancient Castello Aragonese.
   Leaving Naples on the train we stop at Ercolano to see the Roman remains at Herculaneum and to take a historic ride up to the crater of the famous volcano, Vesuvius, following the steps of a Thomas Cook excursion well over a century ago.  Next stop on the railway is atmospheric Pomeii where the massive eruption of Vesuvius in AD79 wiped out an entire Roman town. Our train journey terminates at Sorrento...

Part two ~ The Sorrentine Peninsula 

 Perhaps the best place to stay in Campania is Sorrento. For the sheer ease of travel and relaxed atmosphere you can't beat it. We made all our trips from here. In the film, our host is president of Sorrento tourism Nino Miniero who gives us plenty of advice and suggestions. 
A walking tour of Sorrento is easily done in an hour or two and there are two museums to look out for: the Correale and the Inlaid Wood, both give a wonderful insight into how important Sorrento was as an historic, cultural and romatic destination on the "Grand Tour" a century or two ago. We visit nearby Meta to look at an interesting collection of maritime antiques.You can't leave Sorrento without trying Limoncello and we sample different types and talk to the family at I Giardini Cataldo  who have been growing lemons in the town and producing the delicious "nectar" for many years. We then discover more of the peninsula on a Footloose trail as we walk to Termini at the end of the peninsula.


useful websites:

World Heritage Sites 
Underground Naples 
Vesuvio Express  Bus tour from Ercolano Scavi train station

Tourism Website 
Correale Museum 
Inlaid Wood Museum 
I Giardini di Cataldo   Limoncello producer ~ Lemon grove & ice cream parlour

Independent Tourism site 
Hotel Buca di Bacco  
cookery masterclasses

Tourism Website 
Hand-Made Paper Museum 

Island Website 

Villa Jovis   Roman villa ruins ~ 2km walk from Capri Town

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Part three ~ The Amalfi Coast  
Value for money buses leave virtually every hour from Sorrento and travel the switchback Amalfi Drive or Nastro Azzurro along the famous dramatic coastline. We get off at Positano and step down into the lovely resort, made famous by the jet-set some fifty or sixty years ago. 

It has become fashionable to take a cookery masterclass whilst on holiday in Italy, and Debra joins a spirited lesson at Hotel Buca di Bacco (not to be missed!). With a take-away of the afternoon's delicious grub we take a coastal cruise to Amalfi, once the ancient maritime republic. After exploring the historic streets and cathedral we head up the gorge to the Valley of the Mills and Amalfi's fascinating Hand-Made Paper Museum, full of ancient working machinery. The third and last town we visit, perched high on the Amalfi Coast is Ravello. A shuttle bus whisks you up there and you have a choice of two fabulous gardens to see: Villa Rufolo the spectacular terrace which becomes the stage for a prestigious musical event every year; and Villa Cimbrone, home of an englishman who turned the near-ruin into an exquisite house and gardens, visited by the rich and famous.   

Part Four ~ The Isle of Capri 

The finale of our "Grand Tour" of the Campania region of Italy. Regular ferries and jet-boats leave the pier at Sorrento and it takes about 20 minutes to reach the "Isle of Dreams". A funicular takes you from the port to Capri Town where crowds gather to take in the views and visit the exotic designer shops. With a bit of footwork you can soon leave the bustle behind and head up delightful bougainvillia-lined paths to places like Villa Jovis former palace of Roman Emporer Tiberius or Arco Naturale a breathtaking natural stone arch. From here our Footloose walking tour continues around the panoramic coastal path back to Capri Town. 
      A short little bus takes you on a hair-raising ride up to the other town of Anacapri where it is less busy, a bit cooler and, incidently, the shops and restaurants are better priced. You have a choice of villas and lovely churches to visit as well as a 2km walk to the site of a Roman villa (Damecuta) and the Blue Grotto an amazing sea-cave, lit entirely with reflected underwater light from its narrow entrance.


GP025 Footloose in Italy III ©2014 
Running time: 150 minutes
Aspect 16:9
We consider this film to be Exempt from Classification
Reproduced as DVD-R (PAL-all regions) viewable on almost all DVD players, including overseas. We have found with feedback from customers in USA and Canada that our films generally work on NTSC players too, with few exceptions   ...any computer with DVD software will play also

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