Private and Custom Tours

Beyond our group tour offerings, we also allow you to create a custom tour. Perhaps, you have already seen Herculaneum or Lettere and would rather experience a more gastronomical tour of Sorrento Peninsula. Perhaps you would like to visit just the Castle and then see how pasta and limoncello is made.  

It is your tour and you decide the schedule and the places you will visit. For private and custom tours, we pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in a private coach, fully equipped with AC and stocked with refreshments. We can arrange a private tour with a chauffeured car/van and tour guide. We can also custom tailor any tour to suit your schedule. There are some destinations that are only available on a private tour. Special pricing applies to those tours. Email us at private@italydreamtours.com for more information and prices.  

Lettere Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour

Walking through Lettere, while amazed by the stunning view, you will feel the still very strong family bonds and come to believe you have been thrown back in time to an Italy of older times, no tourist masses, no chain restaurants or coffee houses, only family businesses.

And it is exactly those families that in century-old traditional way produce Lettere Wine. Drizzling, sparkling, a red treasure, unique in its own way, similar to Lambrusco but fruitier. Grapes such as Piedirosso, Aglianico and Olivella, are all used to produce Lettere Wine – they are an ancient mix for modern times.

Pasta di Gragnano Tour

Gragnano has been the Unesco World Capital for pasta since 2013. However, the pasta tradition in Gragnano is much older. The city is uniquely located slightly elevated on the hills of the Sorrento Peninsula, in the perfect location for pasta production, just between mountain and sea, the Amalfi Coast and Monti Lattari. The city gets a gentle sea breeze, that allows for slow but steady exsiccation of the pasta. On top of that, the hills provide the city with clear, calcium-poor water to use in their production. This all guarantees the perfect mix of sun, rain and humidity. And most importantly, only 100% true Italian grown durum wheat is used, no GMOs, and no chemical additives. The ingredients are so pure, that you can taste the fresh water and wheat when having a bite of this traditional pasta.

There are documents recording pasta being made in Italy as early as the 13th century. Until the 16th century Gragnano’s pasta production though was mostly for home use, but soon after Gragnano’s pasta makers started the commercial pasta production. Even the architecture of the city changed and the “Gragnanesi” really turned the town into the “Citta`dei Maccheroni.”

This wouldn’t have been possible without Naples’ king (18th century), who commanded that all the pasta in the kingdom of Naples should be produced in Gragnano and only the water of the Monte Lattari could be used for it. And so, it started that when walking through Gragnano, you would see the “white gold” drying on the streets creating the guaranteed best pasta in the world!

This ancient pasta has had a revival recently and got rediscovered by numerous Italian chefs around the world.

Sorrento Limoncello Tour

Sorrento is the land of Syrens and lemons. Everyone falls in love with this absolutely beautiful little town. It is uniquely located on top of a cliff and partly surrounded by ancient roman walls, which can even be seen from the sea. There are many reasons to visit this town, the sea, the panorama, the closeness to Capri, Positano and Amalfi and of course the Limoncello.

In medieval times, Sorrento was a town of priests and nuns. Even still today there is an abundance of churches in Sorrento. These nuns and monks possessed huge properties, where they grew their lemon and orange trees and had local farmers helping them.

The lemon groves were so important to the town, many inhabitants bought up land to grow their own lemons. In these days, also a new harvesting method, the “Pagliarelle” was invented. “Pagliarelle” are a sort of wooden canapés which protected the trees and increased the quality of the harvest.  

Because of this long tradition, farmers in Sorrento know exactly how to grow lemons in the best way, to make them real IGP Sorrento lemons. The groves overlook the turquoise water, and also here the fertile volcanic soil does wonders. In Sorrento, Limoncello is produced according to antique recipes, that families and monasteries transmitted over generations.

Sorrentine lemon growers know how to pick the perfect IGP lemon for Limoncello, and how to soak the zest in rectified spirit to achieve the best results. Afterwards, sugar is added to create a perfect twist of bitter and sweetness. Limoncello from Sorrento is more than just liquor, it’s a tradition that you can taste with every sip.   A digestivo that brings you right back to Italy.

Sorrento Olive Oil Tour

A grinding mill, a manual press and hills covered with ancient olive trees.

This is how the story of our olive oil began. An oil, that became essential for the people of this region and praised for his many health and beauty benefits.

But what makes the olive oil from this region so special?

The answers to this are complex. First, we come back to the nutritious volcanic soil, resulting in a nutrient-rich, fruity and intense olive oil.  Then, the perfect combination between sun, sea breeze and shadows from the mountains, making the taste of this oil so unique.

But there is another key factor, the used harvesting method. Unlike other regions, Sorrento is very hilly so you will rarely find big plantations. For generations, no machines can be used to do the harvesting, and the olives have to be picked by hand.

Once picked and sorted, the production process is now done by machines, but according to antique methods and family traditions. The oil is only cold-pressed, making it top quality.

Castello di Lettere (Castle of Lettere) Roman Villas of Stabiae Tour with Lunch!

from €135.00

Castello di Lettere (Castle of Lettere) & Italian Cooking Class Tour with Lunch!

from €160.00

Castello di Lettere (Castle of Lettere) and Hiking Tour with Lunch!

from €135.00

Castello di Lettere (Castle of Lettere) and Rock Climbing Tour with Lunch!

from €175.00

Private Tour of Sorrento's Finest Delicacies! Learn How They're Made w/ Lunch

from €157.50

Castello di Lettere (Castle of Lettere) Roman Villas of Stabiae Tour

from €36.00

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