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Stretching between Adriatic and Ionian seas, Puglia, the heel of the “Italian boot” has been mostly ignored as touristic destinations for centuries. At the contrary its strategic position in ancient times meant it was repeatedly invaded and conquered. Puglia rich history is now witnessed by its heritage. Remains of the Romans and their prosperous cities stand beside many magnificent Romanesque cathedrals and castles, erected during the Norman conquest of southern Italy. Later on there was the artistic outburst of the Baroque, a highly elaborate version of the architecture and decoration style which is unique to the region and of which Lecce is a glorious example. Puglia is also a perfect destination for those looking for a typical Mediterranean holiday. Nature lovers will be amazed by Puglia caves and nature reserves and by the many rocky and sandy beaches. Wine amateurs will be delighted by Primitivo, Negroamaro, whilst enjoying the wealth of great local food products, starting from the renowned extra-virgin olive oil. Spring is the ideal time of the year, with its cooler temperatures, to enjoy Puglia’s charms with comfort and ease.

Suggested itinerary

Fri 15.

Arrival at Bari airport. Transfer to the hotel, a delightful 3* property located at the heart of Bari, with a rich cultural heritage within a walking distance from the main monuments for the first of the 4 nights there (superior room).

Sat 16.

Possibility for a guided tour of Bari, capital of Puglia and one of the main cities of south Italy , to discover its extensive and unspoilt historical centre and the wonderful walled mediaeval quarter beside the sea.  

Sun 17.

Half day excursion to Alberobello, the best renowned town of trulli, the conical stone houses which are a unique vernacular phenomenon, definitely a must see. Visit the city and the surrounding area, with many unspoilt centres of ancient cities and villages built up around narrow twisting alleys.

At 18:00 unforgettable performance of Verdi’s opera Macbeth at the magnificent Teatro Petruzzelli.

Mon 18.  

Free day in Bari.

Tue 19.

Departure for Lecce for the first of the 3 nights there. Accommodation is in a 3* Hotel, a lovely designer property located in the city centre, ideal starting point to discover the unique treasures of Lecce.

Wed 20.

Possibility for a guided tour of Lecce, unique, outstanding example of the elaborate style of Baroque and Rococo, with its decoration wrought in the soft, honey-coloured tufa of the region.

Thu 21.

Discover the different local grapes with a wonderful tasting experience at a local producer winery.

Fri 22.

Free. Departure to Dublin

What is included

  • Accommodation*
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Ticket for Verdi Opera Macbeth at the Teatro Petruzzelli
  • Half-a-day excursion to Alberobello
  • All transfers: from Bari airport to city centre and from Lecce to the Airport (by train) plus return transfer to the winery and to Alberobello.

* Accomodation on a B&B basis
**Prices and services as outlined are for 2 people sharing. Single person supplement available.

What is NOT included

  • Single supplement
  • Flight
  • Drinks and beverage and all the admissions where otherwise specified, porterage and everything not expressely mentioned in "What´s included"

Extras

  • Tours of the cities of Bari and Lecce can be arranged at a discounted price
  • Meals at restaurant local can be quoted and organized upon request
  • Other excursions or activities, such as cooking class, visit to local food producer (oil, cheese etc.)

 

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