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10 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English, Italian

About this tour

Embark on an extraordinary journey with My Art Collection Team’s Unknown Italy Experience. Immerse yourself in the charm of Calabria, Basilicata, and Puglia, as we guide you through hidden gems, historic landmarks, and delightful culinary experiences. This 10-day tour promises an unforgettable exploration of the lesser-known treasures of southern Italy.

Tour Experience:

Your journey through Unknown Italy is not just a tour; it’s a cultural odyssey. Discover the rich tapestry of Puglia, where the vibrant coastal towns come alive with the echoes of ancient civilizations. Walk the narrow streets of Alberobello, marveling at the whimsical trulli houses that tell stories of centuries past.

In Basilicata, venture into Matera, a city carved into the rugged landscape, where ancient cave dwellings stand as testaments to human resilience and ingenuity. Feel the charm of Locorotondo’s circular historic center and wander through Ostuni’s whitewashed alleys, each step revealing a new chapter of history.

Calabria welcomes you with its spectacular scenery—from the mountainous heights of Aspromonte to the pristine beaches along the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. Rossano beckons with its Byzantine treasures, and Tropea invites you to unwind on its sun-kissed shores.

Your journey also includes immersive experiences, from wine tastings in picturesque vineyards to farm-to-table dining in the heart of Puglia’s countryside. Engage with locals, savoring the warmth of their hospitality, and relish the authentic flavors of regional cuisine.

Highlights

  • Explore stunning coastal towns like Polignano a Mare, Otranto, and Gallipoli.
  • Discover the unique trulli houses in Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its ancient cave dwellings.
  • Explore the picturesque hilltop town of Locorotondo and the "White City" of Ostuni.
  • Enjoy breathtaking landscapes from the rugged Aspromonte Mountains to the serene Sila Plateau.
  • Visit Rossano with its Byzantine treasure, the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis.
  • Relax on the white sandy beaches overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Isola perched on a rocky promontory.

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation for 9 nights in selected hotels.
  • Transportation and guided tours as per the itinerary.
  • Meals and wine tasting experiences as mentioned.
  • Entrance fees to attractions and museums.
  • Personal expenses and optional activities.
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

9:30 Pick up with our driver and the beginning of the tour in Bari, Transfer to Bari.

 

 2 hours guided tour Exploring Bari Vecchia (Old Bari) is a delightful experience filled with history and charm. Here are five things to do in Bari Vecchia:

Wander Through the Narrow Streets: Get lost in the labyrinthine alleys of Bari Vecchia. The winding streets are lined with ancient buildings, colorful laundry hanging from balconies, and hidden piazzas.

Visit the Basilica of San Nicola: This impressive Romanesque church holds the relics of Saint Nicholas, making it an important pilgrimage site. Explore its stunning architecture and religious art.

Discover the Swabian Castle: Castello Svevo, the Swabian Castle, is a medieval fortress located near the sea. You can tour the castle and enjoy panoramic views from its ramparts.

Savor Local Cuisine: Bari Vecchia is known for its delicious street food. Try local specialties like orecchiette pasta with cime di rapa (turnip greens), focaccia, and panzerotti (deep-fried dough filled with various ingredients).

 

Relax by the Sea: Take a stroll along the Lungomare Nazario Sauro, the seafront promenade, where you can enjoy scenic views of the Adriatic Sea and find a spot to relax and people-watch.

These activities will immerse you in the authentic atmosphere of Bari Vecchia and help you appreciate its rich cultural heritage.

 

Transfer to the hotel 

You stay 3 nights in this hotel.

 

Polignano a Mare is a picturesque coastal town located in the Puglia region of southern Italy. This charming town is known for its stunning cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and historic old town. Polignano a Mare is a place where natural beauty and history come together to create a truly enchanting destination. Whether you're admiring the views from the cliffs, strolling through the old town, or indulging in delicious cuisine, Polignano a Mare offers a memorable experience on the Adriatic coast of Puglia.

9:30 pick up from the hotel by our driver–guide, and departure for the most interesting area of Puglia.

A tour of Alberobello, Locorotondo, and Ostuni offers a glimpse into the enchanting beauty of Puglia's unique towns. Here's a brief description of what you can expect on such a tour:

 

Alberobello:

Alberobello is famous for its trulli, traditional Apulian dry-stone huts with conical roofs. A tour here would involve:

Trullo Districts: Explore the two main Trullo districts, Rione Monti and Aia Piccola, where you'll wander through narrow streets lined with these iconic structures.

Trullo Siamese: Visiting the Trullo Siamese, a rare example of two trulli fused together, showcasing ingenious construction techniques.

Trullo Church: Discovering the unique Trullo Church, a church built entirely in the Trullo style, offering insights into the blending of tradition and religion.

 

Locorotondo:

Locorotondo is a charming hilltop town known for its picturesque historic center. A tour here might involve:

Historic Center: Strolling through the town's whitewashed historic center with its circular layout and winding streets adorned with colorful flowers.

Basilica di San Giorgio: Visiting the Basilica di San Giorgio, a beautiful church with a stunning rose window and panoramic views from its terrace.

Wine Tasting: Sampling some of the region's best wines, as Locorotondo is part of the Valle d'Itria wine region known for its crisp white wines.

 

Ostuni:

Ostuni, often called the "White City," is another gem on this tour. You can expect:

Old Town Exploration: Wandering through the maze-like alleys of Ostuni's old town, characterized by its whitewashed buildings and charming archways.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta: Visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its stunning facade and ornate interior.

Panoramic Views: Climbing to the top of the old town for breathtaking panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding countryside.

Local Cuisine: Enjoy a meal at one of the town's quaint restaurants, savoring the flavors of Apulian cuisine.

This 6-hour tour offers a blend of history, architecture, natural beauty, and culinary delights, allowing you to immerse yourself in the unique culture of these three remarkable towns in Puglia.

15:30 drop off at the hotel, free afternoon to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of Polignano

9:30 pick up from the hotel by our driver–guide, and departure to Lecce.

 

Lecce, often called the "Florence of the South" due to its Baroque architecture, offers a wealth of beautiful sights. Here are five things to see in Lecce:

1. Basilica di Santa Croce: This stunning Baroque church is a masterpiece of Lecce's unique architectural style. The facade is adorned with intricate sculptures and ornate decorations.

2. Piazza del Duomo: Lecce's main square is a bustling hub of activity. It's surrounded by architectural gems like the Lecce Cathedral (Duomo) and the Campanile, a tall bell tower.

3. Roman Amphitheatre: Explore the well-preserved Roman theater located in the heart of the city. It's a fascinating glimpse into Lecce's ancient history.

4. Piazza Sant'Oronzo: This square is dominated by a Roman column with a statue of Saint Oronzo, Lecce's patron saint. Nearby, you'll find the Sedile, a 16th-century seat used by the city's elders.

5. Lecce's Historic Center: Simply wandering through the streets of Lecce's historic center is a treat in itself. You'll encounter countless Baroque facades, charming courtyards, and hidden treasures around every corner.

 

These are just a few highlights of what Lecce has to offer. The city's rich history, artistic heritage, and welcoming atmosphere make it a must-visit destination in Puglia.

 

15:30 drop off at the hotel, free afternoon to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of Polignano

An agriturismo experience in the Puglia region offers a delightful immersion into the authentic flavors of southern Italy, where the richness of wine and food takes center stage. Here's a glimpse into what such an experience might entail.

 

Picturesque Landscape:

Countryside Retreat: Agriturismos in Puglia are often nestled in picturesque rural landscapes, providing a serene escape from urban life. Rolling hills, olive groves, and vineyards surround these havens of tranquility.

Farm-to-Table Concept: Many agriturismos are working farms, embodying the farm-to-table philosophy. Guests can witness agricultural activities and even participate in some farm chores if they wish.

 

Wine Tasting:

Exploration of Vineyards: Begin your agriturismo experience with a guided tour of the vineyards. Learn about the grape varieties that thrive in Puglia's climate and soil.

Wine Cellar Visit: Explore the wine cellar to understand the wine-making process. From grape pressing to fermentation and aging, gain insights into the craftsmanship behind Puglia's renowned wines.

Wine Tasting Sessions: Tasting Puglian Wines: Engage in wine-tasting sessions where you can savor a variety of Puglian wines, including the region's famous Primitivo and Negroamaro. Each sip reveals the distinct terroir of the area.

Farm-to-Table Dining: Flavors of the Region: Enjoy farm-to-table dining experiences, where every dish showcases the authentic flavors of Puglia. From orecchiette pasta to seafood specialties, the menu reflects the region's culinary heritage.

9:30 am Check out from the hotel in Polignano and departure to Matera, a tour with our driver.

 

A tour of Matera, Craco, and Policoro in the Basilicata region of southern Italy offers a fascinating journey through history, culture, and natural beauty. Here's a description of what you can expect on this tour:

This tour takes you on a journey from the ancient cave dwellings of Matera to the haunting beauty of Craco and the coastal splendor of Policoro. It's a blend of history, culture, and natural wonders that showcases the diversity of the Basilicata region in southern Italy.

 

Matera:

Ancient Cave Dwellings: Start your tour in Matera, known for its unique Sassi di Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the ancient cave dwellings carved into the cliffs, which were inhabited for thousands of years and now serve as a window into Italy's past.

Matera Cathedral: Visit the Matera Cathedral, a stunning example of Romanesque and Apulian Romanesque architecture. Its grand facade and interior are impressive.

Museums and Art: Explore the town's museums, such as the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna della Basilicata, to discover art and artifacts that tell the story of the region.

 

16:30 drop off at the hotel in Matera

Traditional dinner included in the tour

09:30 am Check out from the hotel, departure for the tour

Rocca Imperiale and the Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro are two historic sites in Calabria, Italy, each with its unique character and history:

 

Rossano: Rossano, located in the Calabria region of southern Italy, is a town rich in history, culture, and artistic heritage. Here's a glimpse into what makes Rossano a notable destination.

 

Codex Purpureus Rossanensis:

Byzantine Treasure: Rossano is home to the Codex Purpureus Rossanensis, a 6th-century illuminated manuscript of the New Testament. This Byzantine treasure is housed in the Diocesan Museum and is a significant cultural relic.

Rossano Cathedral:

Architectural Gem: The Cathedral of Rossano, dedicated to the Virgin Mary Achiropita, boasts a distinctive blend of architectural styles. Its origins date back to the 5th century, making it a fascinating testament to the town's history.

Rossano Castle:

Medieval Fortress: Explore the ruins of Rossano Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town. The castle, with its strategic position, offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro:

Historic Castle: The Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro, located in the town of Corigliano Calabro, is a medieval fortress with a rich history. It is one of the best-preserved castles in Calabria and showcases Norman and Aragonese architectural influences.

Museum: The castle houses the Museo Archeologico e del Costume, a museum featuring archaeological artifacts and exhibits related to the history and culture of the region.

 

Scenic Setting: The castle is situated on a hill overlooking the town of Corigliano Calabro and the surrounding countryside, providing picturesque views.

Cultural Events: The castle often hosts cultural events, concerts, and exhibitions, making it a vibrant cultural hub in the region.

Both Rocca Imperiale and the Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro offer visitors a chance to step back in time and explore the rich history and heritage of Calabria. Whether you're interested in medieval architecture, cultural events, or simply enjoying scenic views, these historic sites have much to offer.

 

16:30 Drop off Hotel 

You stay in this hotel for 3 nights.

Tropea is a beautiful coastal town located on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, in southern Italy. Here are some of the distinctive features of Tropea:

 

Enchanting Beaches: Tropea is famous for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. The main beach, known as the "Spiaggia di Tropea," is framed by cliffs and offers breathtaking views of the town.

Charming Historic Center: The heart of Tropea is its historic center, a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and picturesque squares. Here, you'll find historic buildings, ancient churches, and a lively atmosphere.

Cathedral of Santa Maria dell'Isola: This church, perched on a rocky promontory overlooking the sea, is one of Tropea's most iconic symbols and is a place of great beauty and spirituality.

Tropea Red Onions: Tropea's red onions are famous throughout Italy for their sweet and delicate flavor. They are a key ingredient in local cuisine and are often used in salads and seafood dishes.

Marine Life: Tropea is an ideal destination for sea lovers. You can participate in boat excursions, go snorkeling in marine caves, and bask in the sun along the coastline.

Gastronomy: In addition to onions, Tropea is also renowned for its cheeses, cured meats, and fresh seafood. Local restaurants offer a variety of traditional Calabrian dishes.

Markets and Shopping: The town hosts local markets where you can purchase fresh produce and souvenirs. You'll also find shops selling local crafts and gourmet products.

Events and Festivals: Tropea comes alive with cultural events and festivals throughout the year, including religious processions, gastronomic fairs, and concerts.

 

Tropea is an ideal destination for those seeking a blend of natural beauty, culture, history, and extraordinary cuisine. Its panoramic location overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and its relaxed atmosphere make it a delightful place to explore.

It’s your relaxing day in Tropea, 

11:00 am Pick up for wine tasting, activity included in the tour, free afternoon to enjoy the atmosphere of Tropea

Exploring the wine and food scene in Calabria is a delightful journey into the rich flavors and culinary traditions of this southern Italian region. Here's what you might experience during a wine and food adventure in Calabria.

09:30 Pick up at the hotel and the beginning of the tour

Scilla and Reggio Calabria are two captivating destinations in the Calabria region of southern Italy, each offering its unique charm and attractions:

 

Scilla:

Breathtaking Scenery: Scilla is known for its stunning coastal views and crystal-clear waters. The town is nestled on the cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, offering picturesque panoramas.

Charming Old Town: Scilla's historic center, known as Chianalea, is a maze of narrow alleys and colorful houses that cascade down to the sea. It's a delightful place for a leisurely stroll.

Scilla Castle: Perched atop a hill, the Castello Ruffo is an ancient fortress that provides both historical insight and panoramic views of the coastline and Sicily in the distance.

Fishing Village Atmosphere: Scilla has a genuine fishing village ambiance. You can witness fishermen going about their daily routines and savoring fresh seafood at local trattorias.

Mythological Connection: Scilla is said to be the home of the sea monster Scylla, mentioned in Homer's "Odyssey." The myth adds an air of mystery to the town.

 

Reggio Calabria: guided tour of the Archaeological Museum

Bronze Statues of Riace: Reggio Calabria is famous for its Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, which houses the remarkable Riace Bronzes. These ancient Greek statues are among the finest examples of classical Greek sculpture.

Promenade: The city boasts a beautiful seafront promenade, the Lungomare Falcomatà, where you can take leisurely walks while enjoying views of the Strait of Messina and Sicily.

Cathedral and Historic Center: Explore the city's historic center, with its Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta and charming streets lined with cafes and shops.

Archeological Sites: Reggio Calabria offers various archaeological sites and museums that showcase the region's rich history, including artifacts from Magna Graecia.

Calabrian Cuisine: Savor local dishes like swordfish, 'nduja (spicy spreadable sausage), and traditional Calabrian pasta in the city's restaurants.

 

Both Scilla and Reggio Calabria provide a mix of natural beauty, history, and culture that make them captivating destinations. They are also conveniently located near each other, allowing you to explore both on a single trip along the Calabrian coast.

Bid farewell to the enchanting Unknown Italy Experience and transfer to the airport.

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Multi Day's Tour

Languages

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Italian

Tour's Location

Sicily,Italy

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