This tour combines a great variety of terrific historic and scenic sightseeing with superb local food. Based in a unique “hotel” where all rooms are converted “trullli” dotted around the town of Alberobello, highlights include Matera, famed for its cave dwellings, Polignano, Castel del Monte, Trani, Monopoli, the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, Ostuni and Martina Franca.
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Please note that EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy. The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the EHIC application website, there is a section called Access to Healthcare Abroad which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions.
Charming “trulli”, Alberobello
Several of the distinctive trulli in Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) have been converted into ‘hotel’ rooms with all modern facilities with a central reception area and restaurant, with its own organic garden, where breakfast is served each morning. Each trulli has a private bathroom with bath or shower, TV, fridge and well-equipped kitchenette.
Charming trulli Website
A unique chance to stay in a “trullo” – oozing character, each trullo is self-contained and dotted around Alberobello a short walk from the central reception area/restaurant. Fully modernised and very comfortable with modern facilities (only some have wifi, though the restaurant does), this tour represents the chance to occupy a little piece of history. Each individual trullo is unique so therefore the size and layout of each trullo will be different. Please note that as this is not a hotel, the bed linen will not be changed during your stay and the towels will be changed after the third day of your stay.
Please see the detailed itinerary for full details
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Bari. On arrival transfer to Alberobello (approx. one hour) for a seven-night stay. This evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Guided tour of Alberobello. Morning guided tour of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its “trulli,” curious white conical buildings that crowd the narrow streets and accommodate shops, restaurants and even a cathedral. Constructed from stone and without mortar, they generally have whitewashed walls and natural stone roof tiles, often adorned with religious, pagan or magical symbols. The rest of the day is free for personal exploration.
Day 3: Full day tour to Lecce. Much of Lecce’s architecture is in the highly decorative Lecce Baroque style which flourished in the 1600s and earned the city its name as “the Florence of the South.” Amongst its myriad of beautiful buildings, constructed from the easily carvable “pietra di Lecce” stone, highlights include the stunning Bishop’s Palace dating from 1632, adjoining Duomo (1659), Chiesa del Rosario designed by the city’s preeminent architect, Lo Zingarello, and highly ornate Santa Croce, 18th century city gate, Porta Rudiae and Sant Oronzo column.
Day 4: Full day tour to Ostuni, Martina Franca and Locorotondo. A leisurely and scenic day as we explore the whitewashed hilltown of Locorotondo, one of the region’s prettiest places and an important wine centre. The elegant streets of Martina Franca are enlivened by Rococo balconies with impressive architecture including the Ducal Palace and several gracious mansions. The fortified citadel of Ostuni is known as the “white city” thanks to its white city walls and buildings. Important buildings here include the 15th century Duomo, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo del Seminario and the Loggia.
Day 5: Full day tour to Matera. Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most fascinating places to visit in southern Italy. Perched on the edge of a deep ravine, the town is divided into two: a bustling upper town and the silent lower Sassi (caves) district, dating from the 8th to 15th centuries. It is likely that they originally provided shelter for monks from the Byzantine empire, but the town later developed into a cave dwelling community with a host of chapels, some 120 in total. Many caves were often fronted with buildings, some of which became quite grand mansions and convents. The bustling upper town is worth exploring, too, with its 13th century Duomo amongst several ancient and beautiful churches.
Day 6: Full day tour to Castel del Monte and Trani. Remotely located on the endless plains near Ruvi di Pugia, the specatacular octagonal Castel del Monte was built by Frederick II in the 13th century. It is a harmonious piece of geometric architecture with 16 rooms spread evenly over two floors. The pretty seaside town of Trani dates back to the Middle Ages and is renowned for its Norman Duomo, 13th century castle and 15th century Renaissance Palazzo Caccetta.
Day 7: Morning free time in Alberobello with afternoon visits to Polignano and Monopoli. This morning you have free time to explore and relax in Alberobello before an afternoon of exploring the coastal towns of Polignano and continuing on to Monopoli in the early evening for time to explore before dinner at a superb seafood restaurant.
Day 8: Morning visit to the lovely old town in Bari, the region's capital, before transferring to the airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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