The best way to visit the top attractions of Puglia and Basilicata in only 6 days. You will visit beautiful destinations, sharing the experience with a small group of max 8 people.
- All in aggregation with other travelers, with guaranteed departure with a minimum of 2 participants, every Friday
- Booking up to 30 days in advance
- Transfer and shared tour guides
- Available languages: Italian, English and Spanish
- 5 nights in a city center hotel (1 Bari, 2 Trani, 1 Alberobello, 1 Lecce)
- street food tasting in Bari
- The visits lead to: Bari, Trani, Castel del Monte, Matera, Alberobello, Lecce
- Transfer by minivan as per program
- Ticket to the monuments: Castel del Monte, Rock church and cave house, Churches of Lecce
DAY 1 FRIDAY - BARI - STREET FOOD TOUR:
Indipendent arrival to Bari. At 6.00 pm street food walking tour with a licensed local guide. The tour will start from the Castel of Bari visiting the outer part of the fortress with an introduction to the city. Near the Castle we'll pass through the "orecchiette" street where the typical pasta is made by hands by the local ladies. Our next stop will be the Cathedral of San Sabino, a bishop of Canosa whose relics were brought here in the 9th century.We'll reach this characteristic small square to taste the famous "sgagliozze" , tasty pieces of fried polenta.Our next stop will be the imposing Basilica of San Nicola, an important example of Apulian Romanesque architecture where orthodox and Catholic worship blend together.During our walk we'll have the chance to taste the "focaccia", a local flat bread with tomatoes.We'll reach Piazza Mercantile, ancient administrative seat of Bari. It will be interesting to discover the presence of the Column of shame, where the debtors were chained.Our tour will end in Piazza del Ferrarese, dynamic junction between the historic center and the most modern part of the city.
Check-in at Palace Hotel or similar (4 star hotel)
DAY 2 SATURDAY - MONTE SANT'ANGELO - TRANI:
Breakfast and departure for Monte Sant’Angelo, a perched village 843m above sea level.In 2011 Monte Sant’Angelo was definitively inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Free time to explore the evocative Basilica-cave consecrated to San Michele Arcangelo narrates a millennia of history. The cult of San Michele crossed Europe and arrived here via the Monti Dauni and Monte Sant’Angelo, the city desidered by the Divine before mankind”. The old town is still similar to how it was during the Middle Ages. Arrival to Trani, check-in hotel Palazzo Paciotti or similar (2 nights)
DAY 3 SUNDAY - CASTEL DEL MONTE - TRANI:
Meeting point with our driver and guide and departure for Castel del Monte, one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in the Southern Italy designed by Frederick II of Swabia. The guided itinerary with a professional tour guide will trace the monument history following the various interpretations about its probable function and enriched with anecdotes on the life of Emperor defined as “Stupor Mundi”.
After some free time, we'll be ready to discover Trani. "Slow city" and "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea", Trani is known especially for the presence of the beautiful Cathedral by the sea in Apulian Romanesque style. The Mother Chruch, dressed in white, has four different sections.A beautiful walk with a local tour guide through the ancient Jewish quarter will reveal the multicultural component of the city that still conserves an antique synagogue of the XII century. A perfect place to talk about important themes such as tolerance and respect for different cultures and religions. And then it will be pleasant get lost amongst ancient arcades and freshly caught seafood stalls.
Overnight at Palazzo Paciotti
DAY 4 MONDAY - MATERA- ALBEROBELLO:
After Breakfast check-out and meeting point with the driver and guide and departure for Matera, considered one of the most suggestive places in southern Italy. It was declared Unesco Site on 1993 and Italian host for the European Capital of Culture 2019. The visit with a licensed local guide will take us to discover the history of a town carved into rock, where inhabitants still lived until the XX century. The itinerary includes a visit to an ancient rupestric church. A really unique and suggestive experience.
Free time for lunch.
After lunch, departure for The “not to be missed” stop-over for every new visitor to Puglia, Alberobello has a fairy-tale charm like no other place. The trulli are an important example of rural architecture that still survives today. The local guide will show you also the panoramic view on Rione Aia Piccola with its infinite expanse of conical roofs.
Check-in at Trulli Holiday Resort 4 star hotel (or similar)
DAY 5 TUESDAY - OSTUNI - LECCE:
After breakfast, meeting point with the guide and driver and transfer to Ostuni. Also called “The White City”, Ostuni stands out for its characteristic old town with totally white painted houses that the Apulian sun makes stand out even brighter. Free time to admire the amazing expanse of olive trees bounded by the deep blue sea, the Cathedral, in its Romanesque-flowery style.
Transfer to Lecce for a walking tour with a licensed tour guide. Elegant and refined, Lecce is one of the most appreciated cities of art in Southern Italy. Here the Baroque style predominates and takes on a local connotation, the “Leccese Baroque”. This style is characterised by the fine stonework in Lecce stone and not by lavish gold decorations. The facades of churches and historic buildings seem modeled by skillful hands… strolling through the old town you will admire showcases of craft shops: from papier-mache to the local pastry-making.
Check in in hotel 4 star in the city center Hotel President Lecce or Hotel Santa Chiara or similar (1 night)
DAY 6 WEDNESDAY - LECCE:
After breakfast check-out. End of services
- transfer on arrival / departure from the airports
- lunches and dinners
- travel cancellation insurance