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  • Step back in time at Pompeii
  • Hotel Stabia
  • See the pillared temples of Paestum
  • See the villas of Stabiae
Special Interest - History and Archaeology
History & Archaeology

Archaeology in the Bay of Naples QQQQ

Castellammare di Stabia, Italy

Archaeology in the Bay of Naples

Castellammare di Stabia, Italy

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Legendary archaeological sites combined with beauty in the Bay of Naples

Few places are as archaeologically exciting as the likes of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum. These sites and more are waiting for you on this seven-night Saga special-interest holiday. Your accommodation is Hotel Stabia (4Q) in Castellammare di Stabia, enjoying a prominent position in the Bay of Naples.

Within view of Mount Vesuvius, the hotel is decorated in a contemporary, classic style, providing a comfortable stay for all guests. As well as visiting the big hitters of archaeology, you will also visit a mozzarella farm for a tasting of the local speciality and step onto the Phlegrean Fields, a dormant volcanic landscape.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Dinner plate14 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)

PersonExpert Host


  • Saga Host
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 20kg checked-in luggage
  • Included themed activities
  • Expert Host Talks
  • Hosted welcome drinks reception
  • Meet and greet with expert host
  • Leisure time
  • Free hotel Wi-Fi
  • Hotel porterage
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Bottled water during excursions

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Stabiae villas (half day)
  • Naples National Archaeology Museum (half day)
  • Phlegrean Fields (half day)
  • Pompeii (full day)
  • Paestum (full day)
  • Herculaneum and Villa Oplontis (full day)


Hotel Stabia, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 101, 80053 Castellammare di Stabia Naples


This fully refurbished hotel is decorated in a contemporary classic style and enjoys a seafront position, providing guests with a comfortable base from which to explore the local area. Relax in the rooftop jacuzzis, and enjoy the Mediterranean dishes served in the hotel restaurant. From June 2022 guests can swim in the hotel’s rooftop pool.


All of the hotel’s 98 rooms feature views of either the sea or the town. Each room is spacious, designed with modern style and comfort in mind. Your room will have either a bath or shower. 

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Food and Drink

Sample Mediterranean cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, surrounded by views of the Gulf of Naples. Wine and mineral water is served with dinner.

Your hotel for this holiday
One of the hotel’s tastefully presented rooms


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Day 1 UK-Castellammare di Stabia

Castellammare di Stabia with Mount Vesuvius

Arrive at Naples Airport and transfer to Hotel Stabia (4Q).

Enjoy a welcome dinner to mark the beginning of your holiday. D

Day 2 Villas of Stabiae

Amphoraes of a domus in Stabiae, archeological site

Your day begins with an archaeology talk given by your expert host. They will introduce the history of the local area and explain the strategic and commercial importance of Stabia, founded as Stabiae by the ancient Romans. It is not just contemporary travellers that flock to the Bay of Naples; two thousand years ago, several villas were built to enjoy the bay’s beauty.

Following your talk, you will walk approximately one mile to see two of these villas, preserved following Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in AD 79. Villa Arianna takes its name from the mythical fresco painted on the wall of its triclinium – a formal dining room – and Villa San Marco features a swimming pool and bathing complex. For further information, take an opportunity to visit the museum, telling the story of how these villas were discovered during the 17th and 18th centuries. B, D

Day 3 Naples National Archaeology Museum and Phlegrean Fields

Phlegraean Fields, Italy

Travel by coach to the city of Naples and step inside the Naples National Archaeological Museum. Sumptuous, lofty rooms such as Meridian Hall exhibit artworks and artefacts from the ancient era through medieval history and into the Renaissance. ‘Sappho’, a painting created between the years AD 55 and 79, was recovered from the destruction of Vesuvius and is a favourite of Museum Director Paolo Giulierini. Continue by coach to Pozzuoli to see the city’s Flavian amphitheatre, built between AD 69 and 96.

Afterwards, you leave the human history behind for the natural history of the Phlegraean Fields. Translated, its name means ‘burning fields’ and for good reason; this dormant volcano features an eight-mile volcanic crater, known as a caldera, and plenty of hydrothermal activity. This evening, following dinner, your expert host provides the second of their two archaeological talks. They will introduce the legendary sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum, visited during the remainder of your itinerary. B, D

Day 4 Pompeii

Pompeii city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius

Around noon on August 24, AD 79 Mount Vesuvius erupted, sending volcanic debris and blisteringly hot gases out across the region. Citizens in the vicinity that ignored the warning tremors in the days leading up to Vesuvius’s eruption perished, and the city of Pompeii that once bustled with busy mercantile energy was partially destroyed and preserved.

Unearthed quite by accident in the 18th century, Pompeii’s sudden destruction is archaeologically evidenced by loaves of bread in the ovens of the city’s bakery and the cast of a dog, among several of the city’s citizens frozen in their final positions. On a tour provided by a local guide, you will see Pompeii’s forum, amphitheatre, bathhouses, shops, private houses and even the brothel. B, D

Day 5 Herculaneum and Villa Oplontis

Ruins of Herculaneum

Take the train to the Roman ruins of Herculaneum. This city in Campania was wealthier than Pompeii and, thanks to southern winds, did not suffer the same destruction as Pompeii, meaning its affluent architecture was better preserved. This impressive preservation is illustrated by the presence of wooden balconies, clothing, food and human remains.

Following some free time to purchase lunch, you will visit Oplontis. It is here, in the Pompeiian suburbs, that Villa of Poppea can be found. Poppea was the vacation residence belonging to Emperor Nero’s wife and dates back to the first century BC. As well as a swimming pool, baths and slave quarters, archaeologists also noticed the presence of building tools, indicating that the villa was being repaired following an earlier earthquake. Return to the hotel by train. B, D

Day 6 Paestum and mozzarella

Temple of Hera at famous Paestum Archaeological UNESCO World Heritage Site

The pillared temples of Paestum are some of the finest examples of ancient Greek architecture in all of Italy. The city was founded as Poseidonia in the 6th century BC and changed its name following the Roman takeover in 273 BC.

Spend time gazing up at the temples before visiting the on-site museum, filled with ancient frescoes and funerary paintings from the Luciano period (4th century BC). Among the museum’s extensive collection of art is Tomb of the Diver, depicting a figure diving into water, signifying the passing from life to death.

On your return journey back to Hotel Stabia, stop at a local farm to taste some mozzarella cheese, a speciality of the area. B, D

Day 7 At leisure

Port of Castellammare di Stabia

Spend today relaxing at the hotel or independently exploring the area. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion. This evening, sit down to a farewell meal, providing the opportunity to reflect on your special-interest holiday with your fellow guest. B, D

Day 8 Castellammare di Stabia-UK

Transfer to Naples Airport for your return flight back to the UK. B

Archaeology in the Bay of Naples

Castellammare di Stabia, Italy

Archaeology in the Bay of Naples QQQQ

Castellammare di Stabia, Italy