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Magical Rome & Puglia

Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Italy on this 9-day adventure. Begin in Rome, where we’ll whisk you away to your hotel upon arrival. Then, hop on a train to Bari, the gateway to Puglia, where you’ll explore the historic city center, visiting the Basilica of San Nicola and the Norman-Swabian Castle. The next days take you to Trani, Castel del Monte, and Alberobello, where you’ll sleep in a charming “Trullo.” Venture into Matera, a UNESCO Heritage site known for its cave dwellings, before returning to Alberobello. Discover the enchanting “white towns” of Locorotondo and Ostuni, and immerse yourself in Lecce’s rich history. Explore Otranto’s multicultural heritage, and savor a traditional dinner at “Masseria le Stanzìe.” Return to Rome by high-speed train for a day at leisure or an optional Vatican tour. Finally, depart with lasting memories of Italy’s diverse beauty.

Itinerary

Welcome to Rome! Upon your arrival at the airport, our driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Have a pleasant overnight stay.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Rome before departing for Bari. Transfer to the train station for your journey to Bari. Upon your arrival in Bari, find your own way to the hotel. In Bari, the main city of Puglia, you’ll meet our Tour Leader, and your exploration of this wonderful region will begin. In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour to delve into the city’s history and visit its prominent landmarks. Stroll through the charming narrow alleys of the old city center, visit the Basilica of San Nicola, which houses the remains of Saint Nicholas of Myra, and explore the Norman-Swabian Castle, a 12th-century fortress originally built by Roger the Norman and later rebuilt by Frederick II of Swabia. Don’t miss the breathtaking view from the fortress (admission fee for the Castle is not included). After your visit, head to Piazza Mercantile, where you’ll encounter the ancient Column of Justice. Conclude your day with a dinner and a comfortable overnight stay.

Begin your day with a hotel breakfast in Bari before embarking on a coach journey to Trani. Trani, often hailed as the “Pearl of Puglia,” stands out as a medieval gem in Southern Italy. Explore its artistic treasures, including the captivating white stone Cathedral and the historic Jewish quarter. In the afternoon, venture to Castel Del Monte, a renowned 13th-century masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This architectural wonder, constructed during the reign of Roger the Norman, remains shrouded in mystery, with its harmonious octagonal design. Your journey then takes you to Alberobello, famous for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed “Trulli” – cone-shaped, drystone houses that date back to the 14th century. This village exudes a fairy-tale ambiance and derives its name from the ancient oak forest of “Arboris Belli” that once graced the area. The iconic Trulli can be found throughout the picturesque Itria Valley. Spend the night in a real “Trullo” in a scattered hotel, complete with dinner.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before boarding a bus conveniently located just 200 meters from the Trulli. Your destination: Basilicata, a border region. Welcome to Matera, the capital and “city of stones,” often likened to Italy’s version of Cappadocia in the south. As the European Capital of Culture in 2019 and a UNESCO Heritage site, Matera boasts a captivating landscape of cave dwellings, inhabited since the Paleolithic era. The historical center is a monumental wonder, connected by a labyrinth of charming alleys that transport you into a living nativity scene. The sassi, these stone dwellings, evoke imagery of ancient sites near Jerusalem and have served as the backdrop for numerous Christian-themed films. Don’t miss the Matera Cathedral during your visit. In the evening, return to Alberobello for dinner and another night in the Trullo.

Begin your day with breakfast in the “square” of the scattered hotel. Depart from Alberobello by coach conveniently located just 200 meters from the Trulli, arriving in Locorotondo. Here, you’ll have some free time to explore this charming town, known for its inclusion in the “white towns” of Puglia. Afterward, reboard the coach and head to Ostuni, nestled between the Trulli region and Salento, offering breathtaking views of the coastal plain dotted with ancient olive trees. You’ll have free time to wander, shop, and savor local delights, including the renowned Ostuni olive oil (all at your own expenses). Later in the afternoon, rejoin the coach and journey to Lecce, situated in the heart of the Salento region, for dinner and your overnight stay.

Following breakfast at your hotel, embark on a 3 hour guided tour of Lecce. Explore the city’s history, visit the 12th-century Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and Piazza del Duomo in the old town center. After the tour, hop back on the coach and depart Lecce for Otranto, where you’ll have leisure time for lunch. Spend your afternoon at your own pace exploring the captivating city of Otranto, which bears traces of Greek, Roman, and Turkish influences due to its rich history of invasions. Stroll through the historic quarters to witness the harmonious blend of these cultures. Don’t miss the iconic Cathedral, housing the bones of 813 martyrs displayed in a glass case behind the altar. Admire its exquisite mosaic floor, rivaling the famous mosaics of Ravenna in intricacy and significance. In the early evening, arrive in Supersano for a memorable dinner at “Masseria le Stanzìe,” an ancient farm where you’ll delve into the culture and history of Puglia. Witness the art of crafting homemade pasta and explore the medieval tombs on the farm. Enjoy a dinner featuring authentic regional cuisine and products. Later, return to Lecce for your overnight stay.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. When it’s time, we’ll arrange your transfer to the train station for your journey to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome, we’ll also ensure a transfer to your hotel.

Enjoy a free day to explore the city of Rome at your own pace. Alternatively, you can choose to enhance your experience with an optional visit to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Square (not included).

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel, marking the conclusion of our services. If you’d like to extend your stay, you have the option to book extra nights. Farewell, and we look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit. Arrivederci!

Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.

4 Star Hotel: Diana / St. Martin Or Similar

4 Star Hotel: The Nicolaus / Hi Hotel Bari Or Similar

4 Star Hotel: Trulli Holidays Resort Or Similar

4 Star Hotel: Delle Palme Or Similar

What’s Included

8 Nights hotel accommodation in Rome, Bari, Alberobello and Lecce 4 Star Hotels

  • Expert Local Guides
  • Meals as per itinerary (please inform us at the moment of the booking, in case of any food allergy or alimentary restriction)
  • Visits with local expert guide as per itinerary (Bari, Matera and Lecce)
  • Entrance tickets to the Castel del Monte

8 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Private arrival transfer from Rome airport to the hotel
  • High-Speed train tickets Rome/Bari in 2nd class
  • High-Speed train tickets Lecce/Rome in 2nd class
  • Private arrival and departure transfers from & to Rome Termini train station
  • Private departure transfer from the hotel to Lecce train station

Flights are not included

Insurance is not included

  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Optional Experiences
  • Departure Transfer
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
  • Drinks not included in meals
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure Transfers
  • Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included
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