Apulia

 

DAY 01: ROME - LECCE
Meet your guide and minibus in the hotel lobby at 07.45. Depart to Lecce by motorway with a stop on the way for necessary breaks. Free time for lunch. Afternoon dedicated to discover this city, already defined as the Capital of the Baroque of Southern Italy; a cultural and historical center of almost 100,000 inhabitants which, in its case, hides ancient buildings of rare beauty, built in the centuries with the said "stone of Lecce": the Cathedral, the Basilica of the Holy Cross, the Celestini Palace, the Roman Theater, the elegant and central Piazza Sant' Oronzo with the characteristic column and the entrance gates. Overnight in Lecce.

DAY 02: LECCE – OTRANTO – S. MARIA DI LEUCA – LECCE
Breakfast at the Hotel. Full day excursion through the said micro-region of Salento. Arrival in Otranto, easternmost municipality of the entire Italian peninsula and large Norman center in antiquity. A walled city, it grew up around the castle and the Cathedral and is today an important tourist center due to its location on the Adriatic, its beaches and the elegant Passeggiata Degli Eroi. Free time for lunch on the way in one of the beautiful coast. lt owns and finally arrival in Santa Maria di Leuca, the most renowned tourist center of the area, which owes its fame to the wonderful position between promontories and beaches. Visit and then return to Hotel. Overnight in Lecce.

DAY 03: LECCE – ALBEROBELLO – OSTUNI – BARI

Breakfast at the Hotel. Day dedicated to know the northeastern part of Apulia, beginning with one of the most picturesque places and known in the world for its characteristic houses: Alberobello. In the seventeenth century, the peasants to avoid paying taxes to the Kingdom of Naples on the houses began to build with dry stone, which according to the law it could not be considered a place to live. The low local buildings with black roof shave stood up to this day and many have become luxury houses, craft shops or hotels. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, continue to Ostuni, the city of white houses, already chosen for twenty consecutive years the place with the cleanest sea of ​​Italy. Overnight in Bari.

 

DAY 04: BARI – CASTEL DEL MONTE – MATERA
Breakfast at the Hotel. Depart for Matera with a stop at the sensational hill where the famous Castle of Monte arises, an octagonal building built by the King of Sicily Federico II in the 13th century. UNESCO World Heritage, the castle was a fortress, a jail, and even a tomb. Visit, free lunch and continuation to Matera. The city of the "Sassi" is also UNESCO World Heritage for its old quarter which is an example of prehistoric urbanization. Today the old caves have been reused for daily and tourist reasons and components a really unique landscape that is worth living. Overnight in Matera.

DAY 05: MATERA – BENEVENTO - ROME
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Rome with a stop on the way in Benevento. Center populated by the native Sannits, Romans, Longobards and the Pontifical State, it presents traces of its ancient dominations among which stand the Roman Theater, the Arch of Trajan, the Church of Saint Sophia, and the Cathedral. Visit and lunch at leisure. Then depart to Rome End of services.

 

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