Days 1-2 Trani
Visit Barletta on your own: admire its beautiful churches and basilicas and don’t miss the beautiful castle, the meeting point for all crusaders leaving to or arriving from the Holy Land.
Then Trani, a truly medieval-style city, a crossroad of people and cultures, with its wonderful cathedral suspended between the sky and the sea.
Lunch in a small local restaurant, with freshly caught fish.
Days 3-4 Savelletri
Private guided tour of Alberobello designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996 for its characteristic cone-shaped homes, better known as the ‘Trulli’. Stop for lunch in the old town in a typical restaurant built in a “Trullo”, the building conical shape made of living stone dating back to 1400.
After lunch Locorotondo. Listed among “The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”, a white balcony in Murgia dei Trulli, closed into its circular perfection of stones and mortars: the white color wraps everything, it looks like flashing background of baroque architecture of local stones with the characteristic peaky roofs made of grey stoned “chiancarelle”, called cummerse.
E-Bike tour at the sign of the archaeological discovery, an alternative way to admire the Adriatic coast by bike with professional tourist assistant and stop for visit and tasting at a typical Masseria along the way.
Days 5-6 Lecce
Private guided tour of Lecce, named “The Florence of the South” because of its wealth of art, its elegance and culture. Visit the historic centre and its monuments in the local Lecce Baroque style, with such a wealth of embellishment: the Cathedral and Santa Croce Church, a symbolic monument of Lecce Baroque period.
Italian cooking class led by an expert chef: hands on teaching typical Southern Italian menu. Lunch with what you have cooked during the lesson.
We suggest to spend the rest of the day in Gallipoli or in the ancient town of Otranto: its narrow streets, the harbor, the Aragonese Castle; on the opposite side, facing the Ionian Sea, the picturesque maritime town of Gallipoli.
Days 7-9 Matera
We suggest not to miss the Salento region: kissed by sun and sea, and once inhabited by the people of Ancient Greece, the “Magna Grecia”. Visit Taranto, known as "The Spartan City" because it was the only colony ever founded by Sparta, in 706 BC. The village of Grottaglie deserves a visit, too. Famous for its beautiful ceramics since the middle ages, don’t miss the district of the ceramic workshops where you can purchase beautiful and unique ceramics works of art.
Private guided tour of Matera, a UNESCO Heritage site: the whole neighborhood excavated into the rock, literally sculpted behind a deep ravine, an inextricable network of tunnels and buildings, literally one on top of the other.
Dinner in a typical local restaurant where you can taste the local delicacies including the famous Pane di Matera (bread).
Experience the atmosphere of an Italian town: food & walk in the “labyrinth” of streets in the Sassi.
Tour ends in Bari.