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 :
Private transfer from Bari Airport to Hotel in Martina Franca
Rest of day at your leisure
Breakfast in the hotel in Martina Franca
Around Puglia: Castellana Caves, Alberobello and Martina Franca
This morning you will visit the wonderful Castellana Caves. Situated at a depth of approximately 70 meters, these caves are some of the most amazing natural wonders of Puglia. In Alberobello you will see many examples of the prehistoric dry stone dwellings known as ‘Trulli’, an exceptional example of vernacular architecture. You will enjoy a traditional Murgia cuisine lunch, accompanied by local wines before returning to Martina Franca for a leisurely stroll around the beautiful historical town center.
Breakfast in the hotel
Private Transfer from Hotel in Martina Franca to Gallipoli with a Stop in Cisternino, Ostuni including a Cheese Tasting
Puglia Villages: Cisternino, Ostuni , Masseria Ferri and Gallipoli
Today you will travel to Cisternino, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. After a visit to the Old Town center you will enjoy a lunch. Try the delights of Capocollo, a traditional Italian cold cut of pork, and wines from the Puglia region will be served. After a visit to the white village of Ostuni you will stop at the a local Masseria to try some cheeses, including Mozzarella, Caciocavallo and Tarallini. Your journey continues to Gallipoli, where you could have time to enjoy an evening at leisure.
Breakfast in the Hotel in Gallipoli
Excursion to Otranto, Castro Marina and Depressa
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 Castro Marina to visit the Zinzulusa Caves, one of the most renowned cave systems on the Salento coast. Later you will explore the vineyards and taste wines from a local winery, which focuses on growing indigenous grapes such as Negroamaro, Primitivo, Malvasia Nera di Lecce and Aleatico.
Breakfast in the Hotel
A tour between Gallipoli and Lecce, the “Baroque Pearl”
After exploring Gallipoli, with its splendid and characteristic historical town center, you will visit a Frantoio, an ancient underground olive mill carved from the stone that lay beneath the soil in the 1700’s. Later you 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. Along the way you will stop to try the breads, pizzas and the famous Pucce Leccesi (a traditional bread with olives, tomatoes and other vegetables).
Breakfast in the Hotel
Private transfer from Hotel in Gallipoli to Hotel in Bari with a stop in Matera
On the way to Bari an excursion to the “City of Stones” Matera
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. After a light lunch you will return to Bari and do a walking tour of Bari to admire the Norman Swabian Castle, an extensive and formidable structure that guarded the city for centuries, then you will visit the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and the cathedral. You will have some free time to explore Piazza Mercantile and Piazza Ferrarese.
Breakfast in the Hotel in Bari
Private transfer from the Hotel in Bari to Bari Airport