Apulia is home incredible natural wonders from the spectacular underground caves to azure blue seascapes of the Adriatic, as well as unique architecture such as the traditional trulli houses in Alberobello and the impressive octagonal Castle del Monte. Delightful Apulia is a fantastic region in Italy, which is known for being made up of incredibly fertile land. This makes it a foodie’s paradise, as the region is famous for its production of olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes and mushrooms, and there are many popular regional dishes to enjoy as well. Aside from the culinary delights we’ll be able to look forward to, the main draw for this holiday will be the amazing destinations that we’ll head to on our excursions In Alberobello, we’ll get to explore the traditional trulli houses that can be found there, as well as the impressive underground Caves of Castellana which are nearby. We’ll also visit the historic fishing port of Trani and the unique Castel del Monte with its unusual shape, as well as the town of Otranto with its clear blue seas.
A pleasant walk from the town's historic centre, the Villa Rosa offers modern facilities including both indoor and outdoor pool.
We’ll get to explore Alberobello and see the sights at leisure. There are many things to do in Alberobello, including visiting the famous trulli that the town is known for. These traditional houses are built with conical roofs and were used for storing supplies. Today, they’re incredibly popular tourist attractions and we’ll find them dotted about the town. While in Alberobello, we’ll also enjoy a delicious lunch, which will allow us to sample some of the local cuisine. We’ll also visit the Caves of Castellana, a unique underground network of caves. Walking through the caves along the 3km path and to depths of more than 60 metres, we’ll explore this natural wonder, taking in the amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Remember to bring a jumper: even though Apulia has a warm climate, underground can be a bit chillier!
Matera, with its mesmerising views over the surrounding canyon and its ancient architecture, is an astonishing city with a fascinating history. One of the main attractions here is the old town, where we’ll find the UNESCO-qualified Sassi di Matera buildings, which were created by the Sassi people who once lived in Matera. Their dwellings can still be toured today and feature cave-like houses that have been carved out of the rockfaces. The Sassi streets lead over the tops of other houses and have a unique, winding quality to them. While we’re in Matera, we’ll get to wander through the labyrinth of alleys and streets where history is etched into the cave dwellings, and admire the picturesque landscape of the Murgia plateau that surrounds the ancient cave city. This city is famous for its Sassi buildings, which can be seen from almost every location and which are sure to stay in your memory forever. We’ll also spend time exploring the old town’s many shops and boutiques, where we can buy souvenirs or even treat loved ones at home to something special. Following our time in Matera exploring the Sassi, we’ll travel to a nearby winery to enjoy a delicious light lunch.
With the Adriatic as a stunning backdrop, Otranto makes for a gorgeous excursion during our holiday to Apulia. This historic port town is known for its breath-taking sea views, while it also offers up many attractions that showcase the location’s history and local culture. These include the fantastic Cathedral of Otranto, which features stunning mosaic floors that were created in medieval times. They’ve been beautifully preserved and are unique in their use of Christian and pre-Christian themes, with references to Greek mythology alongside depictions of Adam and Eve. After our time in Otranto, we’ll head to Lecce for a guided tour. This city is filled with remarkable attractions, many of which relate to the city’s history, and we’ll be able to find out all about these sights when we enjoy our tour. We then journey to Santa Maria di Leuca, the furthest point of the heel of Italy.
We visit the historic fishing port of Trani, on the Adriatic coast, which is famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery, before continuing on to Castel del Monte. This unusual octagonal castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and peculiarly no one is quite sure why it was built! Serving no defensive purpose and not located in a strategic position, it seems to have been built purely for its looks, and its unusual geometric design is certainly worth seeing!
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