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May 9-18, 2019

TEN DAYS From $5999

Itinerary

DAY 1: May 9, 2019

Arrival at Bari airport and transfer to your beautiful, historic accommodations in the Itria Valley.

Welcome dinner party

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle
Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

DAY 2: May 10, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

After breakfast start your excursion of the Itria Valley.

Meet your guide and head on to Alberobello and Locorotondo, two of the most charming old villages on the Adriatic with a fairytale atmosphere.

Lunch in a “Organic Italian Trattoria” in Alberobello, with its small botanical garden where the owners grow the vegetables and spices they use to prepare their dishes in Trattoria!

In the afternoon visit to an ancient Masseria with underground oil mill dating back to Roman times and century-old olive trees (2000 years old). The owner will welcome you and you will visit the estate and have an olive oil tasting.

Visit of Ostuni, called the “White Town” that has been inhabited since the stone age, and back to the hotel. Dinner on own account

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: May 11, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Your day will start with a visit of Polignano a mare and a boat tour on small boats to visit the amazing marines caves. The area is known for beaches like the white-pebble Lama Monachile, also known as Cala Porto, which is bordered by a Roman bridge. 

A lunch at “Grotta Palazzese” known as one of the most beautiful restaurants in the world.

In the afternoon we visit Bari town and its historical center, and will also have a street food experience, tasting all the typical street food in Bari: focaccia, panzerotto, olives, “sganozze” and much more…and you also be shown the preparation of typical “orecchiette” by the ladies sitting out of their houses

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: May 12, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Today you will head on to Altamura, where you will visit a local bakery and taste the famous “Altamura bread dop”. We will visit of a local winery “Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo” and its vineyards, tasting their impeccable wines and enjoying an exquisite lunch

Accommodations: Tenuta Monacelle
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: May 13, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Check out and transfer to Salento, the sub-peninsula of the Italian Peninsula, sometimes described as the "heel" of the Italian "boot"

On the way stop in Lecce and visit of “The Florence of the South”. Known for its baroque buildings, in the central Piazza del Duomo, the Cattedrale di Lecce has a double facade and a bell tower. The Basilica di Santa Croce features sculptures and a rose window. Nearby are the Sant’Oronzo Column, a Roman column topped with a bronze statue of the city’s patron saint, and the sunken Roman amphitheater.

Lunch included during the tour

Visit of a private old Palazzo dating back to XVI century. Where the owner himself will welcome you and show his house telling the stories and anecdotes of his family. At the end final lunch with the owner!

Check in at the hotel

Dinner in Minervino di Lecce at the restaurant of Cantine Menhir “Origano”

Accommodations: Risorgimento Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: May 14, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Today we visit Otranto, home to the 15th-century Aragonese Castle and 11th-century Otranto Cathedral, with a rose window and ornate mosaic flooring.

Departing to Otranto, you’ll take a private full day boat trip on our own yacht along the coast, do some snorkeling, swim and visit marine caves. Have lunch on board with local food and wines!

Dinner on your own

Accommodations: Risorgimento Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: May 15, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Visit of a local farm producing dairy products. You will be shown the productions of mozzarella, burrata and ricotta. If you wish and ..accept an early wake up in the morning.. you can also take part in the preparation of cheese and if you are lucky also the milking of animals.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodations: Risorgimento Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: May 16, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Today you will experience a cooking class in a local farm with the owner, Sigra Tuglia where you will be given an apron and a booklet of recipes and learn how to prepare local dishes or in an historical Villa in Casarano, where the owner , Agnese will teach you local dishes. Final dinner or lunch with the family.

Accommodations: Risorgimento Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: May 17, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Check out and say goodbye to the region of Salento. Drive towards picturesque Matera, 2019 Capital of European Culture.

Matera is a city on a rocky outcrop in the region of Basilicata, in southern Italy, and has been the setting for many period films, such as “The Passion of Christ”. It includes the Sassi area, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. The Sassi now houses museums like the Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, with period furniture and artisan tools. Nearby rock churches include St. Lucia alle Malve, with 13th-century frescoes.

On the way stop in Manduria, to visit Museo del “Primitivo” (a famous variety of red grape grown across Puglia, where the local soils give it its unique and delicious characteristics). Visit and tasting.

Arrive in Matera check in and visit of the town.

Until Next time dinner party in a restaurant built into a cave

Accommodations: Palazzo Gattini
Meals Included: Breakfast,wine tasting snacks, and dinner


DAY 10: May 18, 2019
Breakfast included at the hotel.

Check out of the hotel and transfer to Bari airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Space is limited. Call us today to book this tour:  773.772.9666.


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— Giuseppe Verdi, Italian Composer
 

Gay Friendly, Luxury Accommodations 

Tenuta Monacelle

Tenuta Monacelle is a place with a profound soul. Its architecture draws on the Apulian cultural tradition and contains the living stone, the dry stone walls, the red geraniums, the pinnacles of the trulli, the genuine flavors. Staying here means recovering a relaxing dimension and authentic pleasure. Set among the olive trees of Valle d'Itria and close to the Adriatic Sea, in every corner of the estate you can hear a story made of gestures, smells and voices that tell an authentic land. Many souls cohabit here.

Risorgimento Hotel

The Risorgimento Resort of the Vestas Hotels & Resort group is a 5 star luxury hotel in the historical center of Lecce. The history of an ancient residence dating back to the 1400s meets modernity.

Enjoy a unique experience at this hotel, known for its high level of service: 47 rooms and suites with contemporary design furnishings that recall the territory of the Salento, gourmet food & wine, an intimate spa, and the beautiful Janet Ross Bar.

Palazzo Gattini

In the beautiful Duomo’s Square, Palazzo Gattini open its doors to you, at the highest point of the entire and exclusive town of Matera, offering a breathtaking view of the Sassi (meaning “Stones”).


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