October 23, 2015
Tour of the Enchanting South of Italy ” Puglia and Basilicata”
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Puglia and Basilicata
1st. day Arrival in BARI/ALBEROBELLO (60 km)
Upon arrival, meet and greet by our private driver for a transfer to Alberobello and accommodation in a Trullo, a typical relais . dinner and overnight.
2nd day ALBEROBELLO (2/3 km)
After breakfast, departure for a half day, private guided tour to the UNESCO Heritage of Alberobello. The Trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable example of drywall construction, a prehistoric building technique skill in use in this region. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, conical roof built up corbelled limestone slabs.
Lunch in a restaurant, with local specialties.
Dinner and overnight.
3rd day LECCE/OTRANTO (150 km one way)
After breakfast departure for a private, guided tour of Lecce, capital of Salento, famous for its baroque architecture known as the “little Florence of the South”. Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Cathedral and the Seminary, the Church of Santa Chiara with its ornate portal and elegant facade, the Church of SS. Nicolo’ and Cataldo, built by the Normans but completed with the addition of a Baroque facade, and the Church of the Theatines
Lunch in a typical, local restaurant.
In the afternoon, continue to Otranto, the most eastern town of Italy, and certainly one of the most important city of the Salento due to its historical and artistic content, like the Cathedral, the Castle, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the ramparts and the charming historical centre.
Return to Alberobello on time for dinner and overnight.
4th day CASTEL DEL MONTE/BASILICATA ( 160 km )
Breakfast and morning at leisure for individual purpouse. check-out and departure for a private trLunch in hotel.
In the afternoon check-out and departure to Basilicata. On the way, a short stop will be made at the Murge Plateau, where is located the most important example of Swabian architecture: Castel del Monte, built by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, versatile and ingenious personality, who followed through the planning in all its details.
The perfection of the forms, the harmony between elements originating from different cultures, the aura of mystery surrounding it, makes this imposing fortress a unique masterpiece, declared byUNESCO a World Heritage Site.
Soon after continue to Basilicata where you will arrive on time for dinner and overnight.
5TH day MELFI/VENOSA/RIPACANDIDA (15 km )
After breakfast full day guided tour of the Vulture and the surrounding area with its beautiful countryside; in Venosa visit the Roman Amphitheatre and nearby, “The Abbey of the Holy Trinity”, a typical Norman architecture, and one of the most interesting building in southern Italy.
The town is also the birthplace of Quintus Horatius Flaccus, the greatest latin poet born in 65 b.C., a short stop will be made at his house.
Another site of interest is the Aragonese Castle built in 1460 and now housing the National Archeological Museum.
Aglianico D.O.C. Wine tasting – at the famous winery “Le Cantine del Notaio” in Rionero.
Lunch in Agriturism, where you will be tasting the best lucanian cousine.
In the afternoon, transfer to the medieval town of Melfi, to visit the Castle where Frederick II issued the “Constitutiones Augustales”, the first organic penal and civil written laws dating from the medieval period. Today, the Castle houses the “National Museum” preserving several archaeologicalfinds from Prehistoric period as well as from the Roman, Byzantine and Norman domination. A short stop will be made in Ripacandida to visit the “Little Assisi Lucana ”, with its beautiful frescos depicting episode from the Old and New Testament. Recently this small jewel of sacred art, has been matched with the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
6th day MATERA (100 km one way)
Breakfast and departure to Matera. Upon arrival you will meet with our guide for a tour of “The city of Rocks”. This is one of the most extraordinary spots on Earth, which is why UNESCO has listed it among its 365 official World Heritage locations. The city is characterised by the houses which are literally carved out of the “tufa’ rock and was used as the setting for filming “The Passion of The Christ” and the Gospel according to St. Mattew. You will also visit the peasants Museum with its exhibits of ancient crafts and cultures and the rupestral churches .
Lunch in a typical restaurant overlooking the Sassi.
Time at leisure before returning to your hotel on time for dinner and overnight.
7th day Castelmezzano/Pietrapertosa ( 80 km one way)
After breakfast, departure to Castelmezzano, located at the foot of the spectacular rocky area of the Lucanian Dolomites, facing the hilltop of Pietrapertosa. From here, you can experience the breathtaking “Angel Jump” , from Castelmezzano to Pietrapertosa.
Lunch in a local restaurant overlooking the valley.
After lunch, time at leisure before returning to your hotel..
Dinner and overnight.
8TH day Departure……..
After breakfast, check out and departure to your city of destination.
END OF OUR SERVICE!
Net Cost per person: ( 25 pax minimum )
In double room EUR 850,00 Tax included
Single Supplement EUR 180,00
The package includes:
- Bus from Arrival to departure Bari’s or Naples Airport
- 7 nights in 3* sup. Hotels in Alberobello/Melfi in Half Board (no drinks included)
- lunches in typical restaurants (without drinks)
- Wine Tasting at le “Cantine del Notaio ”
- Individual guided tours as per the itinerary
- 1 bottle of Aglianico D.O.C. or souvenir, per room
- Our assistance
Does not include: entrance fee, tips, personal expenses and everything else not mentioned in “the package includes”.
|Region:||Basilicata and Puglia|
|City:||Melfi, Venosa, Castelmezzano Alberobello, Lecce, Otranto|
|Address:||Vico I° San Biagio, 7 - 85029 Venosa|
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|Top Travel Voucher:||NET PRICE EUR 850,00|
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