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TRULLI OF PUGLIA AND MATERA OF BASILICATA
April 24-May 2, 2025

Starts in Brindisi and also visit Lecce, Oria, Cisternino, Ostuni, Matera, Martina Franca, Foggia, San Vito, Mesagne, Gillipolo and Taranto.

Nestled in the sun-kissed heel of Italy's boot, Puglia dazzles visitors with its picturesque landscapes, rich history, and culinary delights. Known as the "heel of the boot," Puglia boasts a diverse terrain that ranges from the azure Adriatic Sea to the rugged Apennine Mountains.  Its coastline stretches along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, offering stunning beaches, limestone cliffs, and hidden coves.  Trulli, iconic cone-shaped houses, dot the countryside, adding a touch of whimsy to the rustic landscape.  The region's history is woven into its architecture, with ancient cities like Lecce, known as the "Florence of the South," showcasing Baroque masterpieces alongside Roman ruins and Norman castles.  Puglia's culinary scene is equally enticing, with fresh seafood, artisanal olive oil, and robust wines tantalizing the taste buds of visitors.

Nestled in the rugged terrain of the Basilicata region, Matera stands as a testament to human resilience and ingenuity.  Carved into the limestone cliffs of the Gravina River gorge, Matera's ancient Sassi districts are among the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world.  The city's labyrinthine streets wind through a mesmerizing maze of cave dwellings, churches, and palaces, earning Matera recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its haunting beauty has captured the imagination of filmmakers, with Matera serving as the backdrop for numerous cinematic productions, including Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."  Beyond its historical allure, Matera embraces a vibrant cultural scene, with festivals, art exhibitions, and culinary events celebrating the region's rich heritage.

You will be guided by an Italian insider, Phil of Philítaly.  He will leverage his Italian language, access to family and friends to show you the real Italian “day in the life”, and take you to places off the beaten path.

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9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
April 24-May 2, 2025

Price for Full Land Package All Inclusive $ TBD Per Person

 

Purchase your flight on your own to have more control over possible changes.  Choose a flight from the closest airport with non-stop flights to the Italian hub city where the group meets.  If you are not close to a city with non-stop service to the hub in Italy, we suggest you take a domestic flight to the US city that offers non-stop service to Italy hub or fly to a European city with layover to the hub city in Italy where the group meets. ​

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Day 0, Wednesday April 23, 2025

Travel overnights from US or early morning from a European City
Arrive in Brindisi.
Meet your private driver outside baggage claim.
Day 1, Thursday April 24, 2025
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AM: Free time for you to relax or explore in Brindisi 
PM: Walking tour of Brindisi then dinner at the hotel
An evening stroll following dinner
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 2, Friday April 25, 2025
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AM: Visit the Cloister of San Benedetto and mother church as well as explore the Roman Columns
PM: Travel by private motor coach and spend the afternoon in Lecce followed by dinner then travel back to Brindisi
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 3, Saturday April 26, 2025
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AM: Travel by private motor coach to Oria with stops along the way to visit an ancient castle and Albero Bello with the famous Trulli
PM: Travel back to Brindisi with stops in Cisternino and Ostuni
Dinner in Cisternino
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 4, Sunday April 27, 2025
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AM: Travel by private motor coach to Matera in the Basilicata region with a stop along the way in Martina Franca where you will have lunch. 
PM: Walking tour of the city of Matera
Sleep in Matera Albergo

Day 5, Monday April 28, 2025
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AM: Depart from Matera and travel by private motor coach back to Brindisi with a stop along the way in Foggia which is in the Puglia region
PM: Lunch in Foggia with stops afterwards in San Vito and Mesagne. Light dinner in Brindisi
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 6, Tuesday April 29, 2025
Beach

AM: Spend the morning on the white sandy beach of Puglia
PM: Spend a little more time on the beach followed by a local cooking class where you will learn how to make Orecchiette con salsiccia e cima di rapa 
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 7, Wednesday April 30, 2025
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AM: Travel by private motor coach for a day trip to Gallipoli and Taranto where you will relax and take a walking tour after lunch which will be in Taranto
PM: Back to Brindisi where you will enjoy a light dinner
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 8, Thursday May 1, 2025
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AM: Spend the morning at a farmhouse church and the Cloister of San Giovanni right in Brindisi
PM: Explore the Maritime Monument and then take a boat ride along the coast
Sleep in Brindisi

Day 9, Friday May 2, 2025
Breakfast

AM: Enjoy your last delicious breakfast before departing for your next destination whether it be home or another European city

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