6 Days / 5 Nights

Tourcode: (RIF. CLA-15900)

We suggest your stay a minimum of 6 days for discovering APULIA, also known as "Le Puglie", this region is truly a land in the plural, a place that conceals different souls, suspended between nature, history, tradition, taste and spirituality, to visit twelve months a year. For those who want to take a trip into history, APULIA, offers a wide range of places that tell the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Ancient Greece, from the imperial age to the Renaissance, the baroque splendor of LECCE and SALENTO

For a full immersion in history and tradition, ALBEROBELLO is a mandatory stop. Inserted in 1996 in the World Heritage List for its famous TRULLI, ALBEROBELLO is really home to these ancient and peculiar stone houses with a conical roof, constructed without mortar. Besides the trulli, Puglia boasts another UNESCO site in the city of Andria, CASTEL DEL MONTE, a unique masterpiece of medieval architecture commissioned by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen in the thirteenth century. A curiosity: the eight is the "guide number" of the CASTLE. Eight sides of the plan of the castle, eight rooms on the ground floor and first floor arranged to form an octagon and eight more are imposing towers, obviously octagonal.

Worth a visit to the ancient village of LOCOROTONDO, protected by walls and designed by narrow alleyways that wind between pretty whitewashed houses, colored only by the flowers that adorn the balconies. Along the way you will visit THE CASTELLANA CAVES are one of the most important attractions of APULIA and natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy. The visit of THE CASTELLANA CAVES winds along a path easy to walk and with the presence of experienced multilingual guide. A wonderful tour in the Caves to 70 meters deep in the stunning scenery of stalactites, stalagmites, fossils, cavities, caves by fantastic names, for a period of about two hours.

DO NOT MISS: the SASSI of MATERA did not identify with a monument, but a way of life and a model of development lasted millenni. I Sassi Recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site represents a settlement unique in the bitter Murgia territory.

Day by Day Itinerary suggestedOvernight at the Hotel in BARI or nearby
Welcome to Apulia & the South
After Breakfast, morning depart with your private driver/guide toward the Apulia Region, the smooth motorway takes you across the Apennines to the lesser-known province of Apulia – the heel of Italy's boot.
It starts with destination TRANI with a compulsory stop at Waterfront Port Authority to fully enjoy the city, before moving through the streets of the old town in search of art shops and picturesque spots.
Colorful fishing boats and teeming sea life, made up of fishermen, fish buyers and passers during the day.
Continue to the Jewish Quarter and the visit of Scolanova Synagogue, the oldest Jewish temple in Europe.
Then you arrive at the Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino that appears to be suspended on the sea, majestic and austere, surprising you. On 25 April 2002, the Cathedral was proclaimed by UNESCO "Monument messenger of a culture of peace."
It ends the visit with the Castle Svevo of Trani is one of the most beautiful examples of fortification erected in Apulia by Frederick II of Swabia. The building, founded on the coast line of the Adriatic Sea, was started in 1233 and completed, presumably in 1249. Inside you can visit a small museum with pottery from the Middle Ages, after the visit of TRANI will move into BARLETTA, visit THE CASTLE, we are faced with an imposing fortification built by the Swabians in Barletta between 1233 and 1239 using the existing Norman structure. THE CASTLE was transformed over the centuries and in the sixteenth century were dug ditches and added the mighty corner bastions.
Visit IL COLOSSO, massive bronze statue of the fourth century, came from Constantinople between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, probably depicts the Emperor Honorius and Valentinian I. Behind him stands the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Romanesque but with obvious influences of French Gothic and subsequent additions Renaissance, which have compromised the harmony.
Visit La Cantina della disfida (The cellar of the challenge),
This historic site is linked to the challenge of Barletta because in this medieval inn came the famous insult of the French, Italians and rulers, people not yet defined geographically but now with its own identity and culture, which resulted in the proud response of 13 riders and thatHe was one of the first and important historical events which confirmed the birth of a true nationality, one Italian.
After a visit to the streets of the city continue by car to ANDRIA.
Here we visit the Museum of the Sugar Plum. A temple of taste that welcomes you with the scent of chocolate and marzipan.
In our route we continue to ANDRIA, "oil city", the pride of the territory for the primacy of capital for the production of extra virgin olive oil. Among the green expanses of olive trees and vineyards, along the Road of Olive Oil DOP, CASTEL DEL MONTE, it must have a break in the mill to taste their "green gold" that enriches the flavor of a classic bruschetta.
After the visit of CASTEL DEL MONTE, universally regarded as a brilliant example of medieval architecture.
Masterpiece of inestimable value in the history of Italy, CASTEL DEL MONTE fully deserves the title of "World Heritage": a place to live in its many mysteries and to visit at least once in their lifetime.
Lunch & Dinner by your own, the driver/guide will suggest a typical Restaurant. Return in BARI.
Discover BARI by night, capital of Apulia, 'the sunny city' overlooks the Adriatic Sea, its port is a key point for trade with the eastern world.
Take a slow walk in the alleys of the old town, admiring the colors of artisan shops. A guide is the smell of homemade pasta and freshly baked bread.
You can relax in our selected hotel.  Overnight at the Hotel in BARI.

Aftert Breakfast, check out and with your private driver/guide, and, after one hour's drive you come to CASTELLANA CAVES, where you take a path with the help of tour guides in English that develops at an average depth of 70 meters with an itinerary of three kilometers long and lasting almost two hours. The temperature of the underground environments, constant throughout the year, is of about 18 ° C, while the humidity is higher than 90%.
Ending the visit with the last and most beautiful underground cave system, the White Cave, defined by wealth and whiteness of alabaster, the brightest in the world.
After the visit about 01.00 pm, stop for lunch for a couple of hours, suggest by your private driver or guide.
After lunch continues through sunny landscapes, nestled in the district of trulli and caves, NOCI is surrounded by an important natural heritage of woods and forests, a real green lung, which encloses the jewel of the Old Town, dotted with "gnostre", the original short, closed on three sides and overlooking the street, often the scene of events and tastings.
Continues through sunny landscapes, characterized by the TRULLI, and the stone walls that surround the vineyards and olive groves, far as the eye, appears so the ITRIA VALLEY.
The view is magical and savor it to cross and stay towns such as ALBEROBELLO. Free afternoon time at leisure to discover by your own ALBEROBELLO.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. TRULLI, are a unique example of ancient building that survives and is still used today.
Visit the beautiful ALBEROBELLO is like traveling to a country with no time.
They are still used as dwellings and are a brilliant and long-lived example of spontaneous architecture.
Begins the walk, penetrating through the narrow streets dotted with trulli. Many of these today are souvenir shops and local products: every step a nice lady smiling and try to make friends with you, asking you where you come from and making compliments about your city, and will invite you to see the inside of Trullo and to taste a bit 'of rosolino, almond cookies, macaroons and tarallucci craft of all types and for all tastes.
We suggest, do not miss: THE CANTINA MUSEO ALBEA, where you can visit the museum and taste the local wines accompanied by delicacies of Puglia. 
Lunch & Dinner by your own, Overnight at the Hotel in ALBEROBELLO.

After Breakfast, a guided tour to discover ALBEROBELLO and its trulli. Starting from the square below, visit the small district Hague, will walk and visit authentic trulli and still inhabited, will photograph the beautiful cones decorated in lime from the lookout and will continue to the main avenue towards the imposing church dedicated to Saints Medici. On the way back, we visit the second quarter in trulli, called Monti, who will take us inside the only church in the world built in trullo style, dedicated to St. Anthony.
Do not miss: the TRULLO SOVEREIGN, the largest two-storey with internal staircase.
The CASA PEZZOLLA, composed of 15 trulli interrelated, which houses the MUSEUM OF THE TERRITORY with artifacts, tools and testimonies of the traditions of these places.
After lunch continues among the most beautiful villages in Italy, LOCOROTONDO is perched on a plateau in the south-east of the Murgia of Trulli in the heart of the ITRIA VALLEY, less than 10 km from ALBEROBELLO.
The name indicates the characteristic circular shape of the ancient center of the village, built around the year one thousand, consists of a collection of huts that farmers built on top of the hill, including the typical "cummerse" houses with sloping roof.
Among the expanse of white houses of the old town, completely white, towering steeples of the many churches, including the Church of the Holy Spirit, St. Nicholas, St. Rocco and Our Lady of the Chain. Inside the Church of Santa Maria della Greca houses a Renaissance altarpiece dedicated to Our Lady of the Roses and the sculpture of St. George on horseback.
The wine road that crosses the ITRIA VALLEY also touches LOCOROTONDO, home to an excellent white wine Doc.
After an hour drive you arrive to OSTUNI.
Looks like a mirage on the hill in the beautiful 'plateau covered with olive trees, where the green dives into the blue of the Sea Ardriatico. Just a walk through the narrow streets to admire the beautiful courtyards and squares framed by white houses, craft shops and restaurants where you cook delicious roasts and tasty vegetables.
Known around the world as the "White City", located on the last tier of the Murgia, overlooking the plain of ancient olive trees, OSTUNI offers a fascinating walk through the alleys of stones that tell the story of the Rione Terra. Starting from Freedom Square, you can visit the obelisk of St. Horace, the church of San Francesco with the adjacent convent, the church of San Vito and the museum of the preclassic civilization. The tour ends with the visit of the Co-Cathedral of Ostuni, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, in the heart of the historic center.
Arriving late afternoon in LECCE or nearby.
We are in Salento, the heel of the boot, nestled in the clear waters of the Adriatic and the Ionian, where high cliffs, sculpted by the sea alternate with sandy beaches, green stretches of the Mediterranean and small "eden" reachable only by boat.
Lunch & Dinner by your own, Overnight at the Hotel in LECCE or nearby.

After Breakfast, LECCE - known as the "Florence of the South" - one of the most interesting cities in the region of PUGLIA for its architectural features, typical seventeenth century.
Of ancient origins, the city experienced two moments particularly flourishing: one of the Roman era and that of the Kingdom of Naples.
The visit of LECCE can start from Piazza Duomo, once used as a fortified citadel and now considered the "living room" the most elegant city.
Not far from Piazza Sant'Oronzo includes in its perimeter, the city's history. The Roman period is attested by the ruins of that in summer becomes the exceptional stage for theatrical performances and,
Behind the square there is the Castle of Charles V, typical defensive construction that contrasts with the rigor of the external lines, inside, style and sophisticated stately architecture.
To visit, then, it is the Basilica of Santa Croce, where the creativity of the masters "stonemasons" has left its mark in the monumental façade that anticipates the beauty of the interior, a harmonious balance between the sobriety of the classical and the baroque splendor of LECCE.
Upon request you can also visit the city comfortably seated aboard a rickshaw.
After the morning tour of LECCE start by car to reach BRINDISI.
"Gateway to the East ', is well known BRINDISI, since ancient times, when it became an important port for the Roman troops first, and the merchants of the Serenissima after. BRINDISI is a port of Puglia that, even today, records important tourist connections and cargo to and from countries overseas.
BRINDISI, city located on the Adriatic coast, located between two deep bays, combined with the open sea by a narrow and deep channel, which overlooks the Red Castle, so named for the particular color of the stone used to build it. The Castello Svevo, however, overlooking the canal and the port area of Ponente, today, it is home to major cultural events.
Among the sights not to be missed, the church of St. John to the tomb with a magnificent marble portal finely decorated and the Roman column, a time matched with a "twin" which today constitutes the structure of the famous column Sant'Oronzo LECCE.
Continue to GROTTAGLIE. Situated on a small hill a few kilometers from TARANTO, on the edge of the step murgiano down to the Mar Piccolo, GROTTAGLIE has its origins in the green and spectacular canyons that surround it, which is still read archaic traces of life.
From the ground, the city seems to have drawn the art that made her famous in the world.
GROTTAGLIE is home to fine pottery from time immemorial and telling is the museum in the Bishop's Castle.
Around the precious historical center, in fact, characterized by winding streets and houses from the low times, it extends the area of ceramics, creative powerhouse of fine works in terracotta. Keep turning lathes in over 50 workshops in which successive generations of artisans always creating dishes, pottery, holy water fonts, ladies and gentlemen, and the famous "apples" of glazed ceramic, art symbols figure grottagliese.
After the visit continue to TARANTO, It is called "the city of two seas", TARANTO, washed by the Great Sea and the Small Sea, with a strategic location that has made it the protagonist of important historical events.
The artificial channel that connects them is surmounted by the famous swing bridge, beyond which lies the heart of the old TARANTO, a medieval village with the Cathedral of San Cataldo, the Aragonese Castle - also known as Castel Sant'Angelo - and so many other memories tell its ancient origins.
The 'city of the two seas' is also a 'city with two faces' because, beyond the bridge, progress and modernity have designed the new TARANTO, a city grew up around the nineteenth-century village overlooking the banks of the waterway. Here, at the former Convent of San Pasquale Alcantarini, there is the National Archaeological Museum, famous for the richness and rarity of the exhibits that exposes.
The trip ends in the PUGLIA region with destination MATERA, (BASILICATA Region) arriving in the evening.
Lunch & Dinner by your own, Overnight at the Hotel in MATERA.

Day 5: MATERA (arrivederci APULIA & benvenuti a MATERA)
After Breakfast, MATERA also known as the city of stone to the peculiarities of its main attraction.
Ancient dwellings carved into the tuff.
Roofs that become floors for housing of the upper levels. A dense network of narrow streets, and the impression of walking in a crib of cardboard. All this is MATERA, Basilicata, European Capital of Culture 2019, whose rock churches and the famous "Sassi" - peculiar form of settlements carved into the rock - have been included in 1993 in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Walking through the old town of Matera take a trip back in time.
The territory of MATERA, so suggestive earning the nickname of "second Bethlehem", has inspired centuries writers, artists and directors like Mel Gibson who has chosen to set his "Passion of Christ".
Sleeping in the Sassi, in rooms carved into the rock. Maybe I'm a bit 'chilly and damp, but open the door of the house in the morning and see the stones illuminated by the first light of the morning, is a unique experience that we recommend and well worth some comfort in less.
The Casa Grotta was the typical Sassi house, partly carved out of the limestone rock and partly built with materials from the excavations.You can visit some of these old houses, complete with original furnishings, and immerse yourself in a timeless atmosphere, enjoying the family life of Matera a time.
Visit the caves and discover an ancient cave church.
Excavated in a unique and huge boulder tuff granular, the cave-church of San Michele, is surrounded by a series of small caves. The vault, made of a single stone, and 'supported by 14 pillars natural quadrangular, which divide the church into five aisles.
During the tour will make a break in a typical tavern for lunch where you can enjoy a delicious pasta with broccoli, cardoons with cheese and eggs or even if it is the season of good mushrooms, and buy local food & wine and craft.
Your journey continues to other destinations, example we recommend to extend a few more days in the region of Puglia and/or Basilicata, or extend your stay in Italy and heading for the Amalfi Coast or Rome.

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