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Southern Italy


Southern Italy, from Tyrrhenian to Adriatic

A week in Southern Italy will unlock the highlights of Campania, Basilicata and Puglia region, we suggest 2 days extra in Rome to get a taste of the capital city before starting your journey:

Day 1 - Welcome to Italy (2 Nights Stay in Hotel)
- Drive along the Amalfi Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site);
- Free Time in Positano and Amalfi;
- Dinner.

Day 2 - Capri/Sorrento
- Capri Island Guided Tour (included Blue Grotto);
- Pizza Lunch;
- Evening At Leisure in Sorrento.

Day 3 - Pompei/Castel del Monte (3 Nights Stay in authentic Trullo Dwelling)
- Guided Walking Sightseeing Tour of Pompei (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- Visit Castel del Monte (UNESCO World Heritage Site);
- Masseria Dinner, supper in a family-run fortified farm.

Day 4 - Alberobello/Polignano a Mare/Castellana Grottos/Itria's Valley (Cisternino)
- Walking Tour of Alberobello, (UNESCO World Heritage Site), just be amazed about it;
- Visit the Church of Sant'Antonio, the only one with a Trullo shape;
- Taste Typical Local Appetizer inside a Trullo (taralli, almonds, regional sweets and drinks);
- Polignano a Mare, a beautiful balcony on the Mediterranean;
- Guided Tour of Castellana's Grottos (not private), the longest underground tunnels of Italy;
- Olive Oil Farm Visit and Olive Oil tasting;
- Cisternino, walk through the labyrinthine little alleys;
- Butchery's Dinner in Cisternino (famous for meat lovers who dine inside authentic butcheries).

Day 5 - Matera, location of Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of The Christ"
- Guided Walking Tour of Matera (UNESCO World Heritage Site);
- Visit one of the typically furnished cave-houses;
- Visit a rupestrian church built by Oriental Monks;
- Photo stop at the small hill around where Mel Gibson shot the movie "The Passion of Christ";
- Free Afternoon to explore the Sassi district on your own;
- Regional Meal.

Day 6 - Itria's Valley (Locorotondo)/Ostuni/Brindisi (2 Nights in Historical Palace or B&B or Farm)
- Locorotondo, time to explore one of the most beautiful villages of Italy;
- Ostuni, Walking Tour of the "White Lady";
- Drive off the beaten paths through the Ancient Olive Trees Road;
- Seafood Lunch;
- City Walk of Brindisi;
- Wine Tasting and Local Cellar Visit.

Day 7 - Lecce/Otranto
- Guided Walking Tour of Lecce, (includes Cathedral and famous Santa Croce Basilica);
- Otranto, Walk the historical centre, right on the ancient walls;
- visit the unusual Cathedral with its stunning floor mosaic and the skulls of the martyrs on display;
- Night out at local "sagra" (fair) in one of the many villages of Puglia - each sagra is famous for one unique regional food product and it is often accompanied by folk concerts or dance exhibitions.
(please note: these events are organized in summer months only, usually between mid-June and mid-September. The official calendar is updated weekly. If no sagra is available you will be taken to lunch or dinner instead)

Day 8 - Bye bye Italy or start a Greek Island Extension:

Why not extending your stay with a few days relaxing on a Greek Ionian Island, such as Corfu, Kefalonia or Zakynthos? They are just a few hours ferry ride from the ports of Bari or Brindisi.

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