APULIA: THE SPUR OF THE ITALIAN BOOT

Bari - Lecce

7 nights - 8 days


Also known as "Le Puglie" in the plural form, this region contains, in fact, many souls. The “heel of Italy's boot," Apulia is a charming region that can be visited all year round and is suspended among nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality.

 

Day 1: Bari

Private transfer from Bari Airport to Hotel in Bari

Free time to explore Bari on your own.

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 2: Matera and Alberobello

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Excursion to Matera “the City of Stones” and Alberobello

Your first stop today will be in Matera, known as the ‘City of Stones’. This city is the most extraordinary and intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. The oldest “sassi” (ancient homes carved right into the rock) are about 7,000 years old.

In the afternoon visit of Alberobello. In Alberobello you will see many examples of the prehistoric dry stone dwellings known as ‘Trulli’, an exceptional example of vernacular architecture.

Return to Bari for a leisurely stroll around the beautiful historical town center.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 3: Polignano, Monopoli and Bari

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Polignano, Monopoli and Bari tour

A wonderful combined tour to Monopoli, Polignano a Mare and Bari.

Monopoli is a picturesque coastal town with a charming historical center home also to an ancient castle.

Monopoli was maybe founded by the hero Minosse. Was really important for its military port and have a Messapian past. Was conquered by Venice. Full of churches and archeological evidences, is one of the most important cities between Brindisi and Bari. The next stop will be at Polignano a Mare. The quaint old town with its medieval structures and the breath-taking sea views make this a location worthy of a visit if you are in Puglia. We’ll visit the historical centre, the heart of a lovely restored ancient village on the Adriatic Coast, the entrance is via an old archway into narrow flag paved street with charming shops and cafes. Downtown is just a matter of culture and history, amazing nice buildings and very special atmosphere, It is a labyrinth of treats, old houses all linked to each other, little squares and all standing huddled together over a series of caves fringed on the sea below.

Than back to Bari.  Capital of Puglia, Bari boasts the presence of the Basilica of San Nicola, important example of Apulian Romanesque architecture. This church is included amongst the most important places of worship of the world, where Catholic and Orthodox worships melt together.

Really characteristic is Bari Vecchia, where time seems to be stopped: ladies who every day, seated outside their houses, prepare the orecchiette, children playing in the street, laundry hanging in the sun and the disarming congeniality typical of inhabitants of Bari.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 4: Bari - Locorotondo - Ostuni - Lecce

Breakfast in the hotel

Private Transfer from Bari to Lecce with a Stop in Locorotondo and Ostuni

 

Puglia Villages: Locorotondo and Ostuni

Today you will travel to Locorotondo and Ostuni: some "jewels" of Itria Valley.

Early in the morning, with a short transfer, you can reach Locorotondo, a village whose name recalls the characteristic shape of its historical centre: a set of white houses arranged in concentric rings. After a proper visit to the old town we leave Locorotondo behind us and hike through olive groves and wine yards to Ostuni, the “white city”, admiring the view over the Sea. The centre of Ostuni lies on three hills. Visit the historic centre with its picturesque maze of alleys and stairs amidst the typical white whitewashed buildings. The Piazza della Liberta` is the centre of the historic centre and the border between old and new town.

After a visit to the white village of Ostuni you will stop at the a local Masseria to taste typical products and oil. Your journey continues to Lecce, where you could have time to enjoy an evening at leisure.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 5: Gallipoli and Lecce

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

A tour between Gallipoli and Lecce, the “Baroque Pearl”

A day experience to Gallipoli and Lecce

We will first explore Gallipoli with its splendid and characteristic historical town center

First stop on the itinerary is the Greek fountain, an example of the Renaissance style inspired by the ancient world (in the past was thought to be of age greek-Roman). Crossing the bridge that connects the old center to the new town, you enter the heart of the city, protected by the big castle.

From Antonietta De Pace street walking to the Cathedral, dedicated to St. Agatha, martyred in the city of Catania (Sicily), whose relics arrived in Gallipoli. Then continue to the winding streets of the city, admiring the buildings and the typical houses, and then along the coast with numerous churches of the sixteenth century, including the Church of Purità, St. Francesco of Assisi and the Rosario.

Back to Lecce where we will enjoy a guided walking tour of the ancient town of Lecce, known as the ‘Baroque Pearl’ for the unique, rich and exuberant decorations that seem to hide the city’s buildings rather than decorate them.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 6: Otranto and Depressa

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Excursion to Otranto and  Galatina

Morning departure for Otranto, a pretty harbor town, overlooking the turquoise Adriatic coast. After some free time around the town to inspect the Old City with its famous cathedral, you continue to Depressa for a wine tasting and light lunch in a typical winery.
Galatina, located 20 km south of Lecce, discloses its wonderful art, which started to flourish during the 14th century, with the Orsini del Balzo family. From the three entrance doors to the old town, Porta Luce, Porta Nuova and Porta dei Cappuccini, depart several streets, towards the historic centre. The statue “lampada senza luce” (a lamp with no light), called “la pupa” by the inhabitants of Galatina, welcomes the visitor who is walking along the streets which takes to Palazzo Orsini, nowadays the seat of the Town Hall.

 

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 7: Lecce - Bari

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in Lecce to Hotel in Bari

Overnight in the hotel

 

Day 8: Bari

Breakfast in the Hotel in Bari

Private transfer from the Hotel in Bari to Bari Airport  

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