Apulia from Rome small group
Rome--Lecce-Otranto-Santa Maria di Leuca-Alberobello-Ostuni-Bari-Castel del Monte-Matera-Benevento
5 days/4 nights, Rome/Rome
2019 departs: 30 Apr. 12 Jun. 10 Jul. 04 Sep. 17 Oct
Cost from: $1511 pp in twin share (s/sup $190)
day 1 Rome-Lecce
Meeting with our guide and minibus in the hotel lobby at 08.00. Departure to Lecce by motorway with stop on the way for necessary breaks. Free time for lunch. Afternoon dedicated to discover this city, already defined as the capital of the Baroque of southern Italy; a cultural and historical center of almost 100,000 inhabitants which, in its case, hides ancient buildings of rare beauty, built in the centuries with the said "stone of Lecce": the Cathedral, the Basilica of the Holy Cross, the Celestini Palace, the Roman Theater, the elegant and central Piazza Sant' Oronzo with the characteristic column and the entrance gates of the old city. Visit and accommodation.
day 2 Lecce-Otranto-Santa Maria di Leuca-Lecce
Breakfast. Full day excursion through the said micro-region of Salento. Arrival in Otranto, easternmost municipality of the entire Italian peninsula and large Norman center in antiquity. A walled city, it grew up around the castle and the Cathedral and is today an important tourist center due to its location on the Adriatic, its beaches and the elegant Passeggiata degli Eroi. Free time for lunch on the way in one of the beautiful coas. lt owns and finally arrival in Santa Maria di Leuca, the most renowned tourist center of the area, which owesits fame to the wonderful position between promontories and beaches. The luxury tourism began to know Leuca at the end of the 19th century and this is noted for the incredible number of summer villas of the time. Visit and then return to Lecce and accommodation.
day 3 Lecce-Alberobello-Ostuni-Bari
Breakfast. Day dedicated to know the northeastern part of Apulia, beginning with one of the most picturesque places and known in the world for its characteristic houses: Alberobello. In the seventeenth century the peasants of the area to avoid paying taxes to the Kingdom of Naples on the houses, began to build with dry stone, which according to the law of the time said that it could not be considered a real place to live. The low local buildings with black roof shave stood up to this day and many have become luxury houses, craftshops or hotels. Visit and free time for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Ostuni, the city of white houses, beautiful tourist center, alread ychosen for twenty consecutive years the place with the cleanest sea of Italy. Through the picturesque streets of the historic center and then, exit for Bari. Accommodation.
day 4 Bari-Castel del Monte-Matera
Breakfast. Departure for Matera with stop at the sensational hill where the famous Castle of Monte arises, an octagonal building built by the King of Sicily Federico II in the 13th century and today represented in the Italian currency of 2 Euro cents. UNESCO World Heritage, the castle was a fortress, a jail and even a tomb. Visit, free time for lunch and continuation to Matera. The city of the "Sassi" is also UNESCO World Heritage for its old quarter which is an example of prehistoric urbanization. Today the old caves have been reused for daily and tourist reasons and component a really unique landscape that is worth living. Visit and accommodation.
day 5 Matera-Benevento-Rome
Breakfast. Departure back to Rome with stop on the way in Benevento. Center populated by the native Sannits, Romans, Longobards and city of the Pontifical State, it presents traces of its ancient dominations among which stand the Roman Theater, the Arch of Trajan, the Church of Saint Sophia, World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and the Cathedral. Visit and lunch at your own. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Rome in the evening
Inclusions: twin share in 4 star accommodation, breakfast daily, private minivan or coach, escort guide/driver up to 8 people (driver and guide with more than 8), entrance to Castel del Monte, olive oil and wine tasting, services and taxes.
Exclusions: meals, entrances, porterage, city taxes to be paid to hotels.
Hotels: Lecce-Grand Hotel Tiziano, Bari-Hotel Oriente, Matera-Hotel San Domenico (or similar)
Notes: multilingual tour, maximum 16 participants