Southern Italy – Apulia (Puglia) and Campania 8 DAYS
DAY 1: BARI
After arrival and formalities at the airport, we will transfer to our hotel to check in and rest.
Day 2: From Bari to Trani and Castel del Monte.
After breakfast, we will embark on a tour of the city of Bari, the capital of Puglia. We will visit the city’s cathedral, Cattedrale di San Sabino, and then proceed to the Church of San Nicola, also known as Santa Claus. We will continue to wander through the narrow streets of the old town, observing the wives of fishermen who still handcraft the typical pasta of the region. In the afternoon, we will visit the port of Trani, walking through guarded streets, narrow alleys, and the blue marina. We will then explore the unique “Castel del Monte,” situated on a hill 540 meters above sea level. We will make our way to the distinctive castle, enjoying panoramic views of the entire region. In the evening, we will return to our hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3: The Stalagmite Cave – Alberobello – Martina Franca – Polignano a Mare.
Following breakfast, our day begins with a visit to the enchanting “Citadel Cave,” renowned as one of Italy’s most captivating caves. Our journey then takes us to the Trulli region, renowned for its distinctive architecture. We’ll explore the quintessential town of Alberobello, characterized by its circular stone bases and cone-shaped stone roofs. Moving on, we’ll venture to Martina Franca, wandering through its picturesque alleys and visiting the historic Ducal Palace (Palazzo Ducale), once the seat of local rulers. Continuing our exploration, we’ll traverse Polignano a Mare, a historically significant city perched on a colossal cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea, celebrated for its delectable and exquisite ice cream. As the day concludes, we’ll return to our hotel for a restful overnight stay.
Day 4: OTRANTO
After breakfast, we will head to the city of Otranto, the easternmost settlement in Italy. We will visit the Norman Cathedral, which houses an impressive and stunning mosaic floor. This church is adorned with bones of hundreds of Christian saints. We will also visit the lighthouse that marks the extreme east of Italy. In the afternoon, we will stop for lunch at a local traditional restaurant, followed by a stroll through the city streets and along the waterfront. Afterward, we will return to Bari for the night.
Day 5: FROM BARI TO MATERA AND SORRENTO
After breakfast, we will embark on a trip to the Basilicata region to tour the city of Matera, where remnants of settlements dating back to prehistoric times can be found. We will visit the “Sassi districts,” the historic stone neighborhoods of Matera. Continuing to the Campania region, we will then head to the city of Sorrento. We will traverse mountains, hills, beaches, and villages hanging on the mountain terraces above the sea, passing through lemon orchards that form the basis for the famous Limoncello drink in the region. This will provide us with views of golden beaches, blue waters, ancient villas, narrow streets, and numerous local shops and restaurants from all sides in this area, mainly centered around Tasso Square, the main square in the city. We will take a tour of Sorrento and its sites. Then, in the evening, we will return to our hotel for an overnight stay in Sorrento Area.
Day 6: Sorrento, passing through Amalfi, exploring Limoncello, and savoring Mozzarella Cheese.
Following breakfast, our journey will take us along one of Italy’s most picturesque and renowned routes, the Amalfi Coast. Driving to the summits of mountain slopes, we’ll pause to admire breathtaking views in charming fishing villages and the famed lemon tree-filled town of Positano. Continuing along the rugged coastline, we’ll reach the coastal city of Amalfi. Throughout the day, we’ll indulge in local flavors and cuisine, tasting the delectable pastries unique to the region. Our exploration will include a visit to a home-based Limoncello factory and a tour of a traditional home dairy producing the renowned Mozzarella cheese. We’ll delve into the production process and savor the iconic flavors of Italian cheese. As evening falls, we’ll return to our hotel for a restful overnight stay.
Day 7: Naples (Napoli) and experiencing the delights of street food.
After enjoying breakfast, we’ll leave Sorrento for a trip to Naples, the capital of Campania. Our journey will lead us to the lesser-explored, ancient part of the city, where we’ll visit several churches and palaces showcasing the rich history of the area. Highlights include the Church of San Severo, home to Giuseppe Sanmartino’s renowned Italian sculpture. Following this, we’ll indulge in a street food tasting tour and proceed to explore the Archaeological Museum (admission fee required), housing a fascinating collection from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Our itinerary also includes a visit to the “New Castle” (Castel Nuovo), passing by landmarks like the Opera House (Teatro San Carlo) and reaching Plebiscito Square. Afterward, you’ll have some free time to wander the city before returning to our accommodation for an overnight stay.
Day 8: LAST DAY
After having breakfast, we’ll resume our Naples tour, taking into account the flight schedule. Later, we’ll head to the airport to catch our flight back home.
The price includes:
– Comfortable and air-conditioned touristy BUS.
– High quality luxurious hotels.(4 Stars)
-INTERNATIONAL tour guide from the “GLOBEST TRAVEL” team.
– Breakfast at the hotel included .
– Entrance fees to the specified sites in the itinerary.
– Tips for local service providers, including a local driver and guide.
The price does not include:
– Personal expenses
– Optional tours (Please ask you tour guide)
– City tax (to be paid directly at the hotel)
– Tips for the guide (it is customary to give 5 USD per person per day)
– COVID-19 test (IF MANDATORY)
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