Itinerary Photos

Puglia, the so-called “Italy’s heel”, sublimates the essence of the South: from Gargano to Salento, a sunny, dry Mediterranean landscape opens up, where the silvery green of centuries-old olive groves and the rust-red earth meet the horizon of two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian, alongside wide sandy beaches and rough rocky coasts, and where a millenary civilization, dating back far beyond the Greek presence, conveys a widespread and varied human fabric, with typically local architectural expressions, such as rural farms and trulli, and precious historic centers, from the most minute to those of cities like Bari, with its Norman-Swabian heart, and Lecce, baroque inlay of stone and light.

Itinerary

Travel Italy Puglia
1° day: Bari - Monopoli

Upon arrival in Bari, meet with our private driver and transfer to the “Melograno Hotel” in Monopoli, where you will be welcomed with a drink and have time to relax for the rest of the day.

2° day: Monopoli - Martina Franca - Alberobello - Monopoli

After breakfast at the hotel, depart towards Martina Franca for a visit to its historic center, a baroque jewel of the Itria Valley, and enjoy a local tasting tour in an artisan cured meat factory, to appreciate the delicacies of the local butchery, especially the famous “capocollo”. Discover all the production processes in the pasta factory of the same family business, engaged in the recovery of the precious “Senatore Cappelli” durum wheat. Continue on to Alberobello, the city of  the “trulli”, dry stone buildings of prehistoric origin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, before returning to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

 

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3° day: Monopoli - Polignano a Mare - Bari - Monopoli

Have breakfast at the hotel, then meet with our driver and depart for the delightful town of Polignano a Mare, scenically perched on a high cliff, full of natural caves. Continue on in the direction of Bari, with a stop in an oil mill, where you will taste different varieties of oil and products stored with it after learning the processing techniques. Subsequently, enjoy a city tour of the Apulian capital, an important cultural and commercial hub between Italy and south-eastern Europe for centuries. Return to the hotel and unwind.

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4° day: Monopoli

Full free day at leisure to relax at the beach club not far from the hotel; in the afternoon we recommend a walk in Monopoli, one of the most admirable towns on the Adriatic coast, with its maze of alleys, squares, churches. 

Matera Sassi UNESCO Travel Italy
5° Monopoli - Matera

Have breakfast at the hotel, meet with our driver and leave for Matera. After check-in at the” Palazzo Gattini” hotel, enjoy a guided tour of the famous “Sassi”, a millenary urban complex of rocks and underground architecture, the largest in the Mediterranean, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour, about three hours long, will be punctuated by gourmet stops for the tasting of traditional products. Return to the hotel and enjoy your evening.

Ostuni Apulia Travel Italy
6° day: Matera - Ostuni

After breakfast at the hotel and departure towards Ostuni, arrive and check-in at the “Paragon 700” hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a private visit on board of an “Ape” buggy, congenial to explore the intricate topography of the beautiful White City, seated on the aerial top of a hill, a typically southern melting pot of Gothic, Byzantine, Baroque influences and styles. 

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7° Ostuni

Have breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a day entirely dedicated to the sea, just a few kilometers from Ostuni, with a fantastic sailing trip.

Lecce Duomo Square Italy Travel
8° day: Ostuni - Lecce

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with our driver and leave towards Lecce. On the way there, stop in a historic cellar to taste the Salento wine specialties. Continue on to the capital, and upon arrival check-in at the “Risorgimento Resort” hotel and take time to relax.

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9° day: Lecce

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a morning at leisure, and in the afternoon visit a magnificent noble palace built in the 1400s, not far from the superb Cathedral, a masterpiece of the baroque Lecce. Inside the aristocratic residence you will be greeted with a welcome cocktail by the owners, and you will have the opportunity to dine there.

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10° day: Lecce - Otranto

After breakfast at the hotel, depart towards Otranto, the easternmost city in Italy, where you will be accommodated  at “Masseria Mangiò”. Enjoy time at leisure to experience the wonderful seaside village, where Norman, Byzantine and Baroque artistic and architectural treasures create a magical, persuasively Moorish, Levantine atmosphere. 

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11° day: Otranto - Castro - Otranto

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and a full day on a private boat, with departure from Castro.

Brindisi Italy Travel
12° day: Otranto - Brindisi

After breakfast at the hotel, meet with our driver and enjoy a private transfer to Brindisi Airport.

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