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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY
Arrival (on your own from Bari or Brindisi airport) at Lecce in the afternoon. Accommodation at the hotel.
Welcome dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 - BARI and POLIGNANO A MARE
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Bari Vecchia. Meeting with the guide and visit of St. Nicholas Basilica, in the Apulian Romanesque style, where the relics of the Saint are preserved, and the Cathedral of St Sabino. Walk through the streets of the centre where you can meet the housewives who make handmade pasta.
In the afternoon, meeting with the driver and departure to Polignano a Mare, the city-born of Domenico Modugno, Mr. Volare. Walking in the historic centre from breath-taking views overlooking the sea. In the evening return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Bari.
DAY 3 - MATERA and ALBEROBELLO
Breakfast in hotel. Meeting with guide and driver, and departure to MATERA, the Capital of Culture 2019. Pure charm… this is what Matera, with its colours, light and views, offers visitors. Largely carved out of and built with tuff, the town has an incredible history and a deep sense of spirituality, purity and authenticity. The “Sassi”, and the rupestrian churches are the most remarkable aspect of the town, but not the only reasons for visiting this beautiful and unique part of the world. Matera also boasts a superb artistic and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and a warm sense of hospitality.
Its dramatic position has also made it one of the preferred cinematic locations for numerous film directors, including Roberto Rossellini, Pierpaolo Pasolini, Giuseppe Tornatore, and Mel Gibson, the last of whom chose Matera as the perfect spot to film much of “The Passion of the Christ”.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, the Sassi - with no doubt one of the most famous landscapes in the world - are houses stacked one on top of the other (similarly to terraced vineyards, for example) and linked by tiny, narrow streets and wide stairways. Inhabited since Antiquity and up until the last century, they feature brickwork facades, while the interiors are entirely dug into the rock.
The word Sassi refers to, in this case, “inhabited rock districts,” used since the Middle Ages to indicate the two districts that rose up around the original ancient city, the Civita. It occupies the two karstic basins that overlook the precipices of the Gravina Valley: the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso.
Visit the Sassi quarter, the house in the cave and the location of the most famous films shot in Matera.
Stop for a tasting of extra virgin olive oil and the famous typical Matera bread. Free lunch.
Continue to Alberobello, the only city in the world consisting mainly of Trulli: visit the historic centre. Accommodation in hotel in Itria Valley.
Dinner on your own and overnight in Alberobello.
DAY 4 - OSTUNI and LECCE
Breakfast in hotel. Breakfast. Meeting with the driver and stop at Ostuni.
The guide will meet in this charming village for a walking tour through the white narrow streets.
Ostuni is One of Puglia’s most picturesque enclaves, Ostuni is known as “the White City” thanks to its plenitude of white-washed houses. A quick trip from the coast, the city is also celebrated for its labyrinthine streets, cathedral (called the Concattedrale), and ancient defensive walls. Ostuni offers also some of the most beautifl beaches of the Puglia, characterized by a crystalline sea. Free lunch. Continue to Lecce, the Florence of the South Italy. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 - LECCE AND GALLIPOLI
Breakfast in hotel.
Lecce, capital of Baroque and defined as “Florence of the South” for its richness in monuments is a city of rose windows, stone flourishes, garlands, Solomonic columns, small piazzas, and unexpected alleyways. Paper, straw, rags, glue, and plaster - these poor materials gave life to Lecce’s papier-mâché, shaping many saints and Madonnas statues between the 17th and the 18th centuries. Some say it originated as a humble barbers' hobby, but the fact remains that the refined art of moulding papier-mâché rapidly gained in popularity and numerous craft shops were set up. These produced saints with highly expressive faces and poses for the city's churches and to be displayed during religious processions. Today, the long history of Lecce’s papier-mâché production is recounted at the Museum of Papier-Mâché, in the Castle of Charles V.
Meeting with the guide and walking tour through the old city: the Cathedral, with its two facades, St Oronzo Square, the Roman Amphitheatre, Santa Croce Basilica etc. Stop in a papier-mâché shop to discover this ancient activity and wine aperitif. Lunch at leisure in one of the restaurant in the centre. Return to the hotel.
In the afternoon, excursion to Gallipoli, once an island now connected with the mainland by a 16th century bridge. Visit of the Cathedral and stroll along the ramparts. Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight in Gallipoli.
DAY 6 - OTRANTO and GRECIA SALENTINA
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Otranto, the easternmost city of Italy. Visit of the Cathedral with its floor mosaic representing the tree of life and walk through the old city streets until you reach the Aragonese castle. Free lunch. Continue to the Grecìa Salentina, a linguistic minority area where people speak, even today, an ancient Greek dialect; visit of a hypogean mill and introduction to the uses and traditions of the community. Return to the hotel. Farewell Dinner.
Overnight in Otranto.
DAY 7 - DEPARTURE DAY
Breakfast in hotel.
Transfer to Brindisi International airport on your own.
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|Duration / Validity||07 Days|
|Type of service||Multi Day Tours|
|Languages||English, Italian, Spanish|
|Type of Experience||Cultural|