A Week In... Puglia

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Start: Matera, Italy
Finish: Alberobello, Italy
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Overview

Explore the long heel of Italy’s boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you’ll find nowhere else... like Matera, where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar... Discover Renaissance frescoes in Galatina. Stay multiple nights in “masserias,” fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels. Enjoy wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds… tour of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines… and meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land... .......read more
Highlights
  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests – A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations
  • A two-night stay in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata, with sightseeing by tuk-tuk and guided exploration of the Sassi cave-dwelling settlement
  • Guided tour of Castel del Monte, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in southern Italy
  • Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wine
  • Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South”
  • A visit to Alberobello’s famous limestone trulli houses

Itinerary

Location: Matera, Italy

Tour begins: 5:00 PM, Palazzo Gattini, Matera. We will meet you upon arrival at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport on your trip to Puglia, Italy and transfer you to your luxury hotel, set in a 15th-century stone palace in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera in Puglia. Nestled on the tip of Italy’s boot, Puglia welcomes with seaside delights, mouthwatering cuisine and entire cities resplendent in art, architecture and warm hospitality. Join us this evening for a rooftop welcome reception, followed by guided sightseeing of Matera with a local guide on your way to dinner at a local restaurant, where you'll experience your first taste of Puglia’s enticing cultural delights.

Accommodation Name: Palazzo Gattini

Meals: Dinner

Location: Matera, Italy

Today you'll have an opportunity to take a Tuk-Tuk tour through the winding streets of Matera, followed by a in-depth tour with a local guide. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, our local guide shares insights about Matera's famous rock dwellings, known as Sassi (for "stone"), a complex of houses, churches, monasteries and hermitages carved (or built) into the rocks of the natural caves. Paleolithic settlements in Matera date back about 15,000 years and are thought to be among the first human settlements in Italy; the Sassi complex is believed to date back about 9,000 years. The remainder of the day is yours to explore as you wish.

Accommodation Name: Palazzo Gattini

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Lecce, Italy

Drive through the countryside to Lecce today, stopping en route at a winery known for its Puglian Primitivo wine. Enjoy a tasting tour and lunch and continue on to your hotel in Lecce. A guided walking tour of the city's 300-year-old cobblestone streets includes a close look at its Baroque monuments and architectural sites that give credence to Lecce's nickname as the “Florence of the South" – the ornate 15th-century Chiesa di Santa Chiara; the 2nd-century Roman Amphitheater, unearthed in 1901; the Piazza del Duomo; and the allegorically dressed Basilica de Santa Croce, a must-see site. Spend the remainder of the day exploring as you wish.

Accommodation Name: Risorgimento Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Lecce, Italy

Head to nearby Galatina, home of the “Tarantella,” for a tour of the Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria where you will view impressive frescoes depicting biblical stories. On a visit inside the Baroque Chiesa di San Paolo, see the church well that was reputed to have healing powers from magic spiders. After lunch, drive to the fortified seaside town of Otranto for a guided walking tour of its historic sites. See its famous castle and visit its medieval cathedral, home to a magnificent floor mosaic (and wooden coffered ceiling) along with its macabre crypts. Dinner tonight at an authentic masseria delights with a family-style farm-to-table menu that showcases ingredients grown on site and “Officina Zoe” pizzica folk music and dance.

Accommodation Name: Risorgimento Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the morning at leisure, before driving to an Apulian masseria for a tour of its grounds and a lunch featuring locally produced ingredients. This afternoon, drive to your masseria hotel in Savelletri di Fasano, dinner tonight is at a local restuarant.

Accommodation Name: Masseria Torre Coccaro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Alberobello, Italy

Regulated by an edict enforced by the Kingdom of Naples in the 15th century, mortarless buildings and home in the southern region of Puglia called trulli were constructed only of stone during that time, with many still standing distinctively intact today. Today, visit the "barnyard district" of Rione Aia Picola in the town of Alberobello, tightly packed with alleys lined by whitewashed trulli once inhabited by the farmers who built them. There no shops or cars here, lending to the authenticity of this unique experience. See the Trulli Sovrano, the town’s only two-story trullo and its most impressive, built in the 18th century for a local priest and today a museum of religious relics. You'll have some time at leisure to explore more on your own and sample a taste of local fare. Join us for dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodation Name: Masseria Torre Coccaro

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Built into a rugged ravine pitted with caves and painted with deep blue grottoes, the seaside town of Polignano a Mare is renowned for its cliff diving; for inspiring the 1958 international hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (a.k.a. “Volare”) by Italian singer, songwriter, actor and Parliament member Domenico Modugno (who was born here); and, according to the locals, for its ice cream. Enjoy time to wander in town before returning to your resort. Join us for a farewell dinner tonight.

Accommodation Name: Masseria Torre Coccaro

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Trip ends: Savelletri di Fasano. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Masseria Torre Coccaro to Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport or Brindisi Airport, regardless of time or day of departure. Ask at booking about extending your stay with additional hotel nights in Savelletri di Fasano or in Bari. You should allow three hours for flight check in.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests – A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations
  • A two-night stay in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basilicata, with sightseeing by tuk-tuk and guided exploration of the Sassi cave-dwelling settlement
  • Guided tour of Castel del Monte, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in southern Italy
  • Two nights in the Baroque city of Lecce, known as the “Florence of the South”
  • Lunch at a winery known for Puglian Primitivo wine

Reviews

5* Rename tour A Culinary Expedition
We have been to Italy several times, but never southern Italy. We had been told the food in southern Italy was the best and we don't disagree....it was amazing. Our tour director was very good and made sure we had hand outs about the area. The local guides were fun and informative. Did I mention food? Not a single meal that was not enjoyed. Four of us went to the square in Lecce after dinner one night. There was a musician and people dancing, truly magical.
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Date: 03-Oct-2016

4* Great Trip Great Tour Director
We had a wonderful tour of Puglia. Though we were somewhat surprised by the cool spring weather, the enthusiasm and spirit of our Tour director more than made up for any disappointments. Considering this was Tauck's first tour of this region, everything worked out extremely well. The entertainment and dancing on the final evening.
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Date: 20-Apr-2015

4* Excursions Were Great, Food Varied In Quality
Excursions were varied, interesting, entertaining, especially the ones with our highly knowledgeable and informative local guides. The food varied in quality. Never bad, just some were just OK while a few were really good. In one case, there was way too much food served. Quantity certainly doesn't make it better. The most memorable (and unusual) moment was the visit to Alberobello and the Trulli houses.
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Date: 18-May-2018

5* The best of Southern Italy
We had never been south of Rome and now we discovered what we had been missing. This was a great trip that combined all the right ingredients - a terrific tour director, an indepth exposure to the food, history, architecture, antiquities, culture, wine and people of the south of Italy - and the outcome was a most enjoyable, memorable experience Making bread and pasta at the Masseria Torre Coccaro Hotel cooking school. Everyone joined in the fun!
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Date: 06-Jun-2017

2* Puglia not ready for big time
Love the people, hotels and food. Unfortunately there is little to do there. Wasted a whole half day learning how Buratta is made....really all morning...what a waste of precious time. Interesting country side. Nothing was memorable......but it was a "nice" trip.
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Date: 11-May-2017

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Start: Matera, Italy
Finish: Alberobello, Italy
Duration:0 Nights
Suitable for: 0-99
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