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Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Take the road less travelled on this authentic Italy adventure that sees you wine tasting at a village winery, sampling locally pressed olive oil and exploring the history behind the region’s beautifully preserved ancient buildings.
Fly to Naples where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Start this southern Italy discovery with a guided city sightseeing tour of Naples. Find out more about the eventful history of this city and all its traditions and peculiar beliefs. Make your way into Apulia and stop at Castel del Monte, a famous castle built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II in the 13th century. It is a striking octagonal fortress, with eight octagonal towers and which has been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival in Bari, enjoy an orientation of this beautiful port city.
After breakfast, depart for Castellana to visit the famous network of caves created by the underground rivers which filter down through the limestone soil of the Murge hills. Next stop is a visit to the exceptional city of Alberobello, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Famed for its "trulli" houses, Alberobello is one of a kind with its unique white-washed limestone dwellings made of dry stone walls and with black conical roofs. The origins of the trulli are not clear but the prehistoric building techniques are remarkably still used today. Take time to wander around these unique buildings and admire their construction. Follow the coast to Lecce.
If Puglia were a movie, Lecce would be cast in the starring role. Bequeathed with a generous stash of baroque buildings by its 17th-century architects, the city has a very distinct charm. Spend some time visiting the city centre on your own. Later, drive to Cap Santa Maria di Leuca, the southern-most tip of this outstretched piece of land, you'll discover Oriental Art Nouveau villas and beach huts from the last century that lend a special flair and unique flavour to the area. Carry on to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city which was built on an island in the Ionian Sea. The old town has a beautiful quaint setting with winding streets that suddenly open into small squares, inviting you to discover the Frantoio Ipogeo, an underground rock-cut oil mill, formerly used to light the city's oil lamps. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.
Depart Lecce this morning and travel to Manduria. This village lies in the wine-growing region of Primitivo, where you’ll visit a winery for a tasting experience. Continue to Grottaglie, an amazing town, aptly named after the ravines and caves dug as refuges, dating back to prehistoric times. An impressive castle from the 14th century dominates the area. Grottaglie is also known for its pottery and you can witness the processing of Terra Cotta. Carry on to Fasano, a lovely resort area set on a hill surrounded by a forested area of oaks, pines, cypresses and chestnut trees.
Enjoy a day at leisure at the hotel or sign up for the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. Matera is an impressive ancient “Rock City” in the neighbouring region of Basilicata. Here you will walk on the Panoramic Road dei Sassi with its beautiful views of the houses and cave mazes lying on the rocky slopes of the Gravina River valley. This is an ancient site with wells and irrigation systems dating back to the Bronze Age as well as several rock-hewn churches and a monastery - part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Altamura, a partially walled city that was once called Lioness of Puglia. After a guided tour of the amazing stone clad city, you have time for a stroll through the old town with its claustri, a connection from a farm to a narrow alley that led to a forecourt.
In the morning take a leisurely walk through the typical Apulian olive groves and enjoy the beautiful views. Puglia is known for its olive trees and therefore a visit with tasting to an olive oil mill must not be missed. Later, slowly make your way back to Naples to spend the last night of your tour.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Lecce area: Grand Hotel Tiziano
Fasano: Hotel Sierra Silvana
Naples: M Gallery Palazzo Caracciolo or Ramada
Fasano: Sierra Silvana
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