Bari - 2 nights
Lecce - 2 nights
Matera - 1 night
Alberobello - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets


Exploring Italy’s unique Puglia and Basilicata regions from historic ports to Norman castles and the Baroque splendour of Lecce

The unique geographical shape of Italy has historically opened it to influences from across the seas as much as overland from the north, creating a richly varied European cultural heritage. The south-east corner or 'heel' was part of 'Magna Graecia' before Roman domination and was later conquered by the Normans.

In addition to historic ports, Norman castles and Baroque splendour, two further, unusual variants are added - the Trulli and the Sassi. Unique to the region, the Trulli of Puglia are small dwellings with uncemented white stone walls and conical tapered roofs of mysterious origin. Their age and the theories for their existence are shrouded in mystery and suggest origins from ancient Greece, the Crusaders, Byzantines or even, possibly, some form of medieval tax avoidance!

At Matera in Basilicata the unusual geography resulted in unique cave settlements, in use until recent times. The old city rises on a rocky promontory into which are built the Sassi: houses, refuges, grottoes and chapels. The Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen settled here, building many Norman castles, his masterpiece being the octagonal Castel del Monte, considered the perfect balance between square and circle.

Bari developed from Roman Barium and the regional capital for the Saracens and Byzantines. The Normans turned it into a busy port that it is today, building the castle, Basilica of St. Nicholas and Romanesque cathedral, whose sacristy is appropriately known as the 'Trulla'!

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
Historic/Central Hotels
Group Size: 8  22

Special Event

Private Visit to a Palazzo

Private visit to a Lecce Palazzo meeting with a family member who will explain about the history of the palazzo and the family. Enjoy a tour of the gardens, before enjoying an aperitif and appetisers.

Day 1 Fly to Bari, Puglia’s elegant capital. Two nights at the 4-star Oriente Hotel.

Day 2 Explore the historic Trani port and the cathedral. Visit Castel del Monte. (B)

Day 3 Visit Brindisi viewing Porta d'Oriente, Castello Svevo and the beautifully decorated church of San Giovanni al Sepolcro. Continue to Lecce for two nights at the 5-star Patria Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Visit Lecce, the 'Florence of the South', famous for its Baroque churches and buildings carved from local stone. Private palazzo visit for an aperitif. (B)

Day 5 Travel to the heart of old Taranto. View its cathedral and castle; then visit the Archaeological Museum. Continue to Matera. Overnight at the 4-star MH Matera Hotel. (B)

Day 6 Visit Matera, famous for its 'Sassi'. Explore the unique landscape of Sassi Barisano and Sassi Caveoso with the Cathedral dominating the valley. Continue to Alberobello via Altamura. Two nights at the 4-star Grand Hotel Olimpo near Alberobello. (B)

Day 7 Travel to the Baroque town of Martina Franca and visit the Ducal Palace. Discover the Trulli area with these unique dwellings including Trulli Sovrano. Visit a wine cellar and museum. Wine tasting with appetisers. (B)

Day 8 Travel to Bari for a walking tour. Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


This is a full itinerary with some visits on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.


per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
May 10 £1645
June 7 £1695
August 23 £1745
September 6 £1745
September 20 £1745
October 4 £1695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £375

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £195

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Bari
Oriente Hotel
(per night) £110
Single supplement £85
Arrival transfer £55

Independent Arrival

Save £200 
Transfers to/from airport with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, entrance fees, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, itinerary as described, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently between €1.50 and €3 per person per night.

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