SAVOURING THE SOUTH 2016 TOUR

Culture & Lifestyle Trip to Experience and Taste Southern Italy Authentic Pulse. Puglia | Sorrento Coast | Napoli | Rome *10 days/9 nights

Get your sense of adventure (and taste buds) ready to explore Southern Italy’s best kept secrets. A 10 day “handcrafted” itinerary to experience the less travelled destinations of Puglia, a combination of authentic lifestyle and remote. But also the breathless beauty of Amalfi Coast, amazing Naples, and the Eternal Town of Rome. From the smoothing shores of Sorrento and Amalfi to the quaint homes of the Trulli Valley of Alberobello , through the underground Neolithic caves still inhabited of Matera, this itinerary boasts a lot of first taste suggestions for the most keen, discerning, and curious travelers.

But also a journey across traditions and culinary adventures, like an exquisite oil tasting at a historic Masseria near Ostuni, or a great cheese making workshop at a historic landmark charmingly located in the heart of the Natural Park of Porto Selvaggio. Discover the abundance of unspoild nature, rocky cliffs, long stretches of natural beaches, crystal emerald sea, breathtaking landscapes, the richness of art and architecture, vibrant town centers, ancient traditions newly revisited. Finally sip cappuccino at a café in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market and have an audience with pope

The tour includes

•7 nights in hand-picked hotels
•Daily meals
•Multilingual Local Tour Guide
•Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees
•Typical Puglian lunch at local’s home
•Visit to an ancient Masseria, home of a prehistoric underground oil mill
•Wine tasting at historic winery
•Organic olive Oil tasting
•Pizza perfection in Naples
• Visit Rome & the Vatican City, inc. Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums

Tour highlights

•Pizza from Naples is the real deal
•Tourism has yet to alter Puglia’s local charm
•Glimmering Baroque architecture in Lecce
•The ancient dwellings of the Trulli Valley
•Miles and miles of stunning coastline
•Explore the Nature Reserve of P.to Selvaggio
•Italy’s underground comes to light in Matera
•Experience the petrified Matera
•The treasures of stunning Amalfi coast, inc. Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello
•Astonishing Naples
•Rome, The Eternal City

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Bari
Included meals: Dinner

•Arrival at Bari Airport
•Pick-up and transfer to the hotel, a Masseria (historic manor farm) near Ceglie Messapica
•Checking in
•Welcome drink matched with some regional snacks
•Briefing about the tour
•Free time in Ceglie Messapica, or rest & relaxation at the hotel
•Dinner with best regional delicacies in Ceglie Mesapica

Day 2: Historic Bari
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

•Explore the town of Bari with a local guide.
•Visit Bari Cathedral, built atop the ruins of an Imperial Byzantine church destroyed in 1156 by William the Wicked
•See the Old Town (Bari Vecchia), the castle, Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferrarese
•Visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus
•Live the experience of Arco Basso where some old ladies make the traditional pasta of Puglia, orecchiette, on the street.
•Typical Puglian lunch at Signora Nunzia’s home in historic Bari
• Free afternoon in Bari or add an excursion.
•For dinner you’ll enjoy a majestic Napoletanean Pizza at a local pizzeria

*Optional Excursion – Cisternino & Organic Olive Oil Tasting
Guided visit to Cisternino, Puglia’s most famous gastronomic centre, locally appreciated for the typical “Fornelli” (stunning artisanal Butcheries-Restaurant, unique to Puglia). Follows a visit to an ancient authentic Puglian historic Masseria, home to millenary olive trees and prehistoric olive mill. After the guided visit of the masseria you’ll enjoy a memorable extra-virgin olive oils tasting paired with a selection of regional snacks € 90 pp

Day 3: Ostuni & Gelato Tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

•Guided sightseeing tour to Admire the stunning Ostuni, “The White City”
•Explore corners and passageways with their Arab influenced architecture
•Visit the town’s oldest bakery and learn how to prepare hands-on Puglian bread, including “Taralli”, Monachelle.
•Experience a gelato demonstration at one of the very best gelaterie in all Puglia, watching the process of creating a fresh batch of delicious gelato
•Shop at the town’s lovely boutiques or savour an aperitivo at a fantastic bar
•Dinner at the hotel

Day 4: Amazing Lecce
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

•Travel to Lecce, nicknamed “the Florence of the South,” to get to know the city on a guided sightseeing tour
•See the extravagant ornamentation of Lecce’s churches and monuments
•Visit Lecce Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce and the Roman Amphitheatre
•Stroll through the amazing “Streets of Baroque & Renaissance”
•Experience local masters of papier-machè handicraft, famous all over the world for their unique masterpieces.
•Street food sampling of regional delicacies, such as he typical rustici, pucce leccesi, focaccia, crocchette).
•In the afternoon free time in Lecce
•Dinner at a local Agriturismo with best organic products

Day 5: Matera & Alberobello
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

•Explore “The Underground City” of Matera, protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Site
•Take the chance to see one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte (cave-dwelling) settlements in the Mediterranean region dating back from the Palaeolithic period.
•Visit a artisanal workshop specialized in making stone whistles
•Taste some regional products, including DOC Matera Bread and great local wine
•Visit the mysterious village of Alberobello
•A local guide leads a tour of Alberobello, where you’ll explore more of its UNESCO-recognized trulli, th the roof to bring luck.
•Visit trulli made into shops, restaurants, and even a church.
•Take time on your own to explore further, shop and admire these unique creations.
•For dinner you will be hosted by Francesco, the chef of a local trattoria in Alberobello

Day 6: The Amalfi Coast
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you’ll pack and bid farewell to Puglia.
After checking out travel to the spectacular Amalfi coast famous for stunning views and an enchanting route that seems to be suspended in air
First you’ll visit Ravello, where the medieval centre and Villa Rufolo will make the visitors step back into the glorious past of this magnificent – little village.
Sightseeing guided tour of Amalfi
Visit Positano. Short-stop to admire the beautiful village from one of the panoramic terraces and stroll through the picturesque historic centre
Travel to Napoli & checkin-in in the hotel
Dinner at authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in Naples

Day 7: Naples
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

•Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour that will introduces you to the highlights of Naples, such as Galleria Umberto I – S.Carlo (Opera-house), Castel dell’Ovo, Piazza Plebiscito etc.
•Explore the ancient centre which is part of the world historical heritage, protected by the UNESCO
•Experience the famous “ S. Gregorio Armeno Street”, where the cribs are made. But also Spaccanapoli, The most suggestive street of the town, and the “S.Chiara Monastery” with its monumental mojolica-cloister .
•For lunch you’ll enjoy the worldwide famous Neapolitan Spaghetti (or Penne) a’ Pummarora and a Naples’ most typical desserts ( Babbà, Tiramisù)
•Enjoy a free afternoon in Naples taking time to admire further and shop

*Optional Excursion – The Lost City of Herculaneum € 60 pp
Part of the family of Lost Cities, Herculaneum was also glazed over by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. On this excursion, a guide will take you through the small city and all of its well-preserved wonders. Unlike Pompeii, the conditions in Herculaneum allowed for many buildings and artwork to remain intact. Examine the frescos and mosaics that decorated the homes of the wealthy, and the narrow streets that characterized the area. Before you leave, take some free time to shop.

Day 8: Rome, The Eternal City
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city come close to Rome
•Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a guided tour of the Eternal City.
•Pass by Trajan’s Column, the Pantheon, and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub
•Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire
•Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch
of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma
•Visit Colosseum and take time to explore on your own

Day 9: The Vatican City
Included meals: Breakfast, dinner

•Live a memorable excursion that will takes you inside the world’s smallest state, the Vatican City.
•First visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures.
•Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece.
•Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà
Enjoy a free half-day in Rome and
Farewell dinner at charming restaurant in central Roma, alfresco
*Please note: Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Day 10: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Arrivederci !

Dates
2016 June 9 – 18
2016 Sept 8 – 17

Cost
EUR 2030 per person, double occupancy
*Single supplement is EUR 400 per person and rooms may be limited

What’s included:
5 nights at charming Puglian Masseria (historic fortified manor farm), Central Puglia
2 nights at 4-Star hotel in central Naples,
2 nights at 4-Star hotel in central Rome
Personal local certified Tour Guides
Pick-up from Bari A/p, or train station
Daily meals
All land transfer with 9 seater minivan, inc. driver
All entrance tickets to museums, workshops, sites
Welcome drink
Private guided tour of historic Bari
Orecchiette making in the Old Town with lunch
Visit to Cisternino + visit historic Masseria, home to centenary olive trees and prehistoric olive mill + organic oil tasting with regional snacks (OPTIONAL)
Dinner with Pizza at a local pizzeria, inc. beer or ¼ wein
Private guided walking tour of historic Ostuni
Visit to a artisanal bread workshop
Gelato demonstration & tasting
Traditional dinner in Ostuni, inc. ¼ wine
Private guided walking of Lecce
Visit to Papier-Machè Workshop
Street food sampling, inc. ½ water
Dinner at a local Agriturismo in Lecce, inc. ¼ wine
Guided sightseeing tour of Matera
Visit to a local workshop of typical “Fischietti” (stone whistles)
Tasting of regional products, including Matera DOC bread and wine
Picnic lunch in historic Matera
Travel to Alberobello with minibus
Guided sightseeing tour of Alberobello
Traditional 4-course dinner at regional trattoria, inc. ¼ wine
Guided sightseeing tour of Amalfi
Visit to Ravello & Positano
Dinner at local pizzeria in Napoli, inc. beer or ¼ wine
Guided sightseeing tour of Naples
Visit to Naples’ historic centre
Lunch at typical trattoria, inc.1/4 wine, Tiramisù, Babbà
Free time in Naples
Visit the Lost City of Herculaneum (OPTIONAL)
Dinner at local pizzeria in Napoli, inc. beer or ¼ wine
Guided sightseeing tour of Rome
Visit to some Ancient Romans significant site & highlights
Visit to Colosseum, inc. entrances fees
Dinner at boutique Trattoria, centrally located
Accommodation at 4-Star hotel in central Rome, double occupancy
Local assistance daily by Puglia Futura & Co.
Tourist taxes

*Please note that the itinerary and the activities may change depending on everyday weather conditions, but we will always be ready to offer you some great alternatives!

Price does not include:
All items not specifically stated in “Price include”
Trip cancellation insurance
Personal expenses
Airfairs
Options and extensions
Unmentioned meals
Visa fees
Airport fees (if there are any)

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