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Explore Southern Italy

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Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 3,650 $ 365 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Visit Lecce's ornate Basilica Di Santa Croce
  • Explore sassi dwellings from the 8th-century BC in Matera
  • Gaze in wonder at the beehive-shaped trullis of Alberobello
  • Witness Bari's Basilica di San Nicolas

Short Description

Explore this dramatically beautiful region of Southern Italy. Awash with Roman ruins, medieval towns, remarkable architecture and jagged coastlines that drop sharply into cerulean seas, it's sure to captivate. Swoon in delight while indulging in rustic local cuisine, enjoy a wine or two from prolific wine growing regions and immerse yourself in this friendly and resplendent part of Italy.

Style Group tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Amalfi
End City Bari

Destinations

Italy

Attractions & Cities Visited

Alberobello Matera

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Itinerary

Day 1-2 – Amalfi

Meals: 1 Breakfast and 2 Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Residence

Your trip starts today with your arrival in Amalfi.

The closest international airport is Naples, which is a major international air gateway approximately 70km away from Amalfi. There are twice daily bus services between Naples and Amalfi on line 5020. Alternatively, one of the main train stations serving the Amalfi Coast is Salerno which has frequent connections to Naples and Rome. However, a great way to see the beautiful Amalfi coastline and take in the sights is to arrive by boat and there are regular seasonal services between Amalfi, Positano, Salerno, Capri, Naples and Sorrento.

No activities are planned so you may arrive at any time. Please make your own way to the joining hotel (details are in your travel documents) that is centrally located and close to all the major sights.

In the evening you will meet your tour leader and your fellow travelling companions at a welcome meeting (this is usually at 6pm, but you will be advised as to the exact time and place in a notice, located near the reception at our hotel), where your leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead on your tour.

This evening, you'll enjoy dinner in one of the nearby traditional restaurants where you'll have the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

The following day, you'll take the Pastena-Lone Circuit, a lovely three hour walk through the lower hills west of Amalfi. This walk takes in a stunning stretch of coastline with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, through citrus groves, vineyards and patches of wild flowers.

Day 3 - 4 – Vieste

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Palace

Today, you'll travel across the country by private mini bus to Vieste (approx. 4hrs). Upon arrival, your leader will take you on a orientation walk of the old town to ensure you're suitably acquainted with the local amenities.

Vieste is commonly known as the 'Florence of the South'. It's home to stunning, elaborate and plentiful examples of baroque architecture. There's a tantalizing mix between a lively bar and restaurant scene and a more relaxed and elegant vibe, with antique shops and upmarket boutiques dotting the town.

On day 4, you'll take a boat trip along Vieste's coastline where you'll explore coves, hidden beaches and fascinating sea caves. You'll get some gorgeous views of Vieste from the sea.

Day 5 – Trani

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Palazzo Paciotti

Today, you'll travel by private minibus to Trani.

Known as the 'Pearl of Puglia', beautiful Trani has a sophisticated feel. The marina is a great place to relax and watch the world go by. With a stunning seaside cathedral, medieval streets bathed in a rarefied light, and its own, sweet wine, Trani is truly like stepping back into a 1950s movie set. Kick back on the waterfront and watch the sophisticates of Puglia clink glasses of Moscato di Trani in cosy bars, visit the medieval churches of the historic centre, or take in the almost modernist towers of the Swabian castle.

You might like to visit the dramatic Catedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino, which perches out on the sea. Begun in 1097, and taking over two centuries to finish, the Norman cathedral is dedicated to the famously foolish St Nicholas the Pilgrim, whose bones lie in the crypt below the church. Inside, the simply furnished church is set off by the remains of a 12-century mosaic near the main altar.

Day 6 - 7 – Lecce

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel delle Palme

Travel to Lecce by priavte mini bus, stopping at Polignano en route.

Set dramatically atop the impossibly blue Adriatic, the small town of Polignano a Mare rises white above the rocky cliffs and caves of the indented Puglia coastline. Balconies jutting out over the crashing waves become crowded on the weekends, but there's also a wealth of sights here thanks to its ancient settlement and history of invasion. Until the 18th century, the town centre was accessible only by the medieval Porta Grande. Today, its drawbridge holes and openings for pouring out boiling oil are reminders of a gruesome past. For a more pleasant experience, stroll around Piazza San Benedetto and watch locals relaxing.

Lecce's baroque ornamentation is elevated to dizzying heights, presenting the casual viewer with a feast for the senses. Sumptuous palazzi (mansions), a defensive main square, Roman ruins and magnificent allegories dancing across ornate facades make Lecce a swoon-worthy sight for any traveller.

You'll step beneath the city and see the restored Roman amphitheatre excavated in the 1930s. Built in the 2nd century AD, the horseshoe-shaped theatre seated 15,000 people. Overlooking the amphitheatre is the Colonna di Sant'Oronzo, a statue of Lecce's patron saint mounted upon a Roman column. Presented to Lecce from Brindisi, this column once stood at the terminus of the Via Appia that ran from Rome to Brindisi.

The fascinating Basilica Di Santa Croce inspires varied reactions - its heavily decorated façade of sheep, dodos, cherubs and monsters is a cacophony to some, while others are drawn to the lavish brilliance. Building began in the 14th century, but it wasn't until the 17th century that the façade was created by artists under Giuseppe Zimbalo. The Renaissance interior is a nice contrast.

For another baroque experience head to the Piazza del Duomo. Used in the past as a defence against invaders, when residents would barricade the narrow entrances, the square's pleasant openness is bordered by a 12th-century cathedral, a 68 metre-high bell tower, a 15th-century Episcopal Palace and an 18th-century Seminario.

Day 8 – Alberobello

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Trullidea

Travel by train to Alberobello.

People flock to Alberobello to marvel at the beehive-shaped trulli: small, dry-stone houses built from local limestone in the 14th century. The origins of the buildings are unclear, although its possible the mortar-less dwellings were created to be easily dismantled in a feudal tax-evasion scheme. Either way, the sight of the thick, gleaming walls capped with grey cones and topped with distinct, white, stubby spires is a unique and endearing Puglian experience.

Wander the old town quarter of Rione Monti, where thousands of trulli (and souvenir shops) rise up over the hill, or head over to Rione Aia Piccola and see trulli that are still family dwellings.

Day 9 – Matera

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Sassi

Transfer by private mini bus to Matera.

The extraordinary sight of Matera's old town gives a haunting, bittersweet insight into ancient life. One of the oldest cities in existence, Matera's otherworldly drawcard is the sassi - stone houses formed from natural grottoes and tufo cliffs overlooking a dramatic gorge. Its resemblance to Jerusalem has attracted film directors of biblical epics, but its dark interiors were the scene of shameful poverty in the mid-20th century.

Duck down into the sassi through the knot of staircases and alleyways that snake their way through the limestone ravines, and appreciate both its ancient and modern history. With over 3000 habitable caves, some dating as far back as the 8th century BC, the sassi are filled with stunning frescoed rock church complexes, exhibits recreating inhabited caves, and even a contemporary sculpture museum. The sassi are undergoing extensive restoration - it is one place in the world where you can eat at a restaurant inside a 9,000 year-old dwelling!

There is also an exhibit at the Casa-Grotta di Vico Solitario detailing the sassi's recent history as a place of gruelling poverty. After the city's population expanded uncontrollably, previously unoccupied (and unsuitable) grottoes became home to over half of Matera's citizens, where caves sheltering an average of six children and an infant mortality rate of 50% were the norm. In the late 1950s the Italian government intervened and 15,000 inhabitants were forcibly relocated.

Also today, visit a local cheese making factory for a demonstration of how buffalo mozzarella is made.

Day 10 - 11 – Bari

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Moderno or similar

Today, you'll travel to Bari by local train.

Sitting on a small peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Bari is the prosperous capital of Puglia. The tangled streets of its old town, Bari Vecchia, conceal Romanesque churches, a riotous market, elegant medieval piazzas and a Swabian castle. Even Father Christmas can be found here - the Basilica di San Nicola was built to hold the relics of St Nicholas, which were stolen from Turkey by local Bari fishermen and have made the city a place of pilgrimage since 1087. The relics are also the mainstay of Bari's biggest annual celebration, the Festa di San Nicola.

In the evening, you'll visit a local restaurant to say your fond farewells to your group over a final dinner together.

You journey will come to an end after breakfast on day 11 and you are free to depart at any time.

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Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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What's excluded

  • International flights
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  • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
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10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 3 Dinners

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