On the south-eastern end of the Italian peninsula lies the region Apulia. Here the antique local culture mixed up with both the Greek and the Roman. Rome’s connecting link to the east – Via Appia – was built to end in the coastal city of Brindisi.
Today Apulia has the Italian antique charm left, people leave here as they have always been doing and the mass tourism has not yet come to this region. The landscape inspire beauty and peace and now and than you’ll see those particular round houses called “Trulli”
In this region both olive and almond trees grows fine and the wine produced is tasty and strong, as well as it offers the visitors a good cuisine based on fresh vegetables available combined with all that the see offers.
Day 1: Brindisi – Lecce
Upon arrival to airport private coach and tour leader will meet the group and bring us to Lecce where we will stay in 4* hotel for 3 nights.
We will eat the first meal at the hotels restaurant.
Day 2: Lecce
Lecce is famous for the baroque architecture produced with the local yellow stone which very easy shape, together with many palaces and churches from this époque there is also rests from a Roman amphitheatre. We make a sightseeing with local guide and after a lunch together we have time on our own.
Day 3: Gallipoli, we drive to the charming little town of Gallipoli, built on an island of limestone connected with the mainland by a bridge. The main attractions are the Cathedral that contains a wide collection of art, and the Greek fountain. We eat a country lunch together, before returning to Lecce.
Day 4: Ostuni – Alberobello, Today we leave our hotel in Lecce to continue our stay in Alberobello. On the we make a stop in the charming town of Ostuni, located on a hill topped by antique part of town. The structure of the town was formed in the middle age and was built on top of the ruins of an ancient Greek town.
It has an egg shape very characteristic with narrow step formed streets, arches, outside stairs and white painted houses.
Time on your own before we move on to our hotel in Alberobello for a dinner together.
Day 5: Castel del Monte – Trani, Castel del Monte is one of Apulias most beautiful profane buildings and one of the most impressive fortresses of the middle age, with it’s eight towers built in a perfect circle. It was constructed during 1240 and lays with an incredible view of the sorrounding landscape.
We have lunch together at a farm before we drive towards the sea and Trani, where we find the cathedrals S. Nicola Pellegrino, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of south Italy. Once back to the hotel we have time on our own
Day 6: Locorotondo – farewell dinner, today we visit Le Murge – a plateau that extends along the upper part of the region, here we’ll see the typical houses built with Trulli technique often round and with pointed roof. We start with a visit in Locorotondo, e picturesque little town that takes the name from it’s shape, infact it’s built on a hill in a circle in the heart of Le Murge. Next stop is in Alberobello there are about a 1.000 Trulli houses, shops, bars and restaurants, we visit the historical centres “Monti” and “Aia Piccola”.
Dinner at a Castle surrounded by the green olive trees, we will try the antique traditional dishes of this region.
Day 7: Departure.
Departure transfer from the hotel to Bari airport.