Apulia & Sorrento, 8 Days
Alberobello, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Polignano, Matera, Sorrento Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii
If you have a hard time deciding where in Italy to visit first, then this trip is the one for you! On this experience, you will have a memorable Italian tour across many incredible cities and outstanding places. You will travel to a number of little villages, olive trees and vineyards, and will have opportunities to taste the local wine and cheeses when you visit Val d’Itria. There are some spectacular historical towns waiting for you to explore, including Ostuni, Polignano and Monopoli, where you will be enchanted by the culture, food and traditions from the moment you arrive. You will visit the third oldest city in the world, Matera, where you will take in over ten thousand years of history. The Amalfi Coast also awaits on your tour, where you will travel across Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline and then ascend down to Ravello, known to be one of the most romantic towns in Italy. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Pompeii will feature on the trip and you will get ample time to explore this archaeological site. On your return to Sorrento, enjoy a candle lit dinner by a majestic sea view before leaving Italy with the embers of romance still burning in your heart.
You will arrive at Bari airport and be transferred to your hotel where you will have an informative welcome briefing followed by dinner. Stay overnight in Alberobello.
Meeting your Tour Guide after breakfast, you will begin your exciting tour of Val d’Itria. Travelling to both Locorotondo and Cisternino, you will drive past many attractive villages, vineyards and olive groves.
Considered to be one of the most stunning villages in Italy, Locorotondo is located very near to Alberobello and is a sight to be enjoyed. You will spend a delightful couple of hours wandering, drinking coffee in the local cafes and taking photographs. The centro storico is the historical area of town which is a circular landmark perched at the top of a hill. This whitewashed maze of narrow lanes is littered with historic buildings, some of which has been preserved beautifully with grand baroque archways and architectural details, whereas others are humble and faded.
During the Middle Palaeolithic era, the area of Cisternino was already occupied by humans who has travelled from the north and the south of Puglia. These groups left the tools from their occupation behind, including spikes, spears, scrapers, blades and chisels used to engrave bones. The charming old town centre of Cisternino has remained perfectly intact for hundreds of years and you can enjoy exploring the white houses, narrow streets, little churches and divine central piazza. There is a series of panoramic views to appreciate along the countryside, complete with rolling hills, dry stone walls and the Trulli roofs highlighting the green fields.
The magic of Cisternino really comes out at night though, as the sun sets, and the local people venture out for their evening walk. You will enjoy a wine and cheese tasting and a farmer lunch in a picturesque Masseria, where you can view the piercing blue Adriatic Sea and the green tone of the olive groves. Following this, you will return to Alberobello where you will have a chance to explore the city alone.
Alberobello is an interesting place to discover, especially because of the trulli, which is a traditional dome shaped building made from local stone. Surrounding the town is olive groves and the vineyards that are typical of the Puglia region. The word Trulli originates from the Greek word “tholos”, meaning “dome”, which is the typical shape of the building. Each single whitewashed trullo is crafted without the use of any lime or cement and has a spectacular conical roof on the top. Overnight in Alberobello.
On day three, you will travel towards Ostuni, Polignano & Monopoli. Known as the “White Town”, Ostuni is located on top of three hills that are 218 meters above the sea level. Its name has been given because of the characteristic whitewashed houses of the historic center of the town, which is a tradition that the local people have continued with. The Cathedral, built in the fifteenth century, dominates the town with its Romanesque-Gothic architecture and 24-rays rose window of bespoke beauty. The town is embellished with several elegant churches and houses and the town is enclosed by Aragonese walls, with two ancient gates, called Porta Nova and Porta San Demetrio.
Moving on to the small town of Polignano, you will see that it sits in a spectacular position located fifty miles south of Bari on the precipice of a rocky gorge. Polignano is considered to be one of the most ancient towns in Puglia and has been populated by many invaders, including the Normans and the Huns. Visitors flock to the town to watch the crashing waves, view the caves and sample delicious food in the panifici (bakery) in the old town center.
When you reach Monopoli, you will visit the “Paese Vecchio”, which the locals have named the center of the town. There is a high volume of cultural heritage sites and churches, positioned right next to each other. The town is full of small and beautiful homes that were once owned by the heroic fishermen and farmers in the region. Now, they are occupied by their children, who continue the legacy of producing great, unrivalled wines. As you walk through the narrow alleys, under the arches, you will feel the sea air on your face and smell the scents of freshly hung laundry and rich tomato sauce bubbling on the stove. Overnight in Alberobello.
Meet your driver and transfer to Sorrento with en route stop in Matera where you will have free time to explore the city. Matera is an old, historic city that has existing for over ten thousand years and it is the third oldest city in the world, after Aleppo and Jericho.
With the natural caves that have been carved by the wind and rain from the past, to the early man-made cavities, we will see how easy it has been to shape the limestone foundations of the Sassi rock. These underground dwellings, hidden within the belly of Mother Earth, will take your breath away. The structure woven under the ground has baffled experts who have wondered how it has been possible to live without running water. These systems have been created to collect water and this is one of the reasons by Matera has been granted the title of a World Heritage Site.
Starting with the Duomo on the Civita, you will visit some of the world’s most beautiful churches and walk down the picturesque streets and traffic-free squares that are populated with visitors. Continue your tour in the heart of the two Sassi’s and enjoy some free time there for lunch before returning to Sorrento in the late afternoon to stay overnight.
The legendary Amalfi Coast is a beauty that has inspired artists, writers and musicians for centuries. It has been widely considered to be Italy’s most stunning stretch of coastline and has been declared by UNESCO as “an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, with exceptional cultural and natural scenic values”.
The delicate fishing villages that are peppered along the hillsides and deep green valleys seem to challenge gravity as they sit along the dramatic coastline. Your tour guide will take you to the town of Amalfi first where you will have an opportunity to explore the historic parts of the city with the impressive Dome of St. Andrew. The ancient buildings of the region date back to the days when Amalfi was one of the most powerful Maritime forces in the Mediterranean Sea.
A sweet treat awaits at Sal de Riso in Minori, where you will stop to sample pastries from one of the most celebrated pastry chefs in Italy. Next, you will travel up to Ravello, which is known to be one of the most romantic, stunning towns in South Italy. The French novelist Andre Gide was known to say that Ravello was closer to the sky than the sea, whilst perched on severe, terraced slopes. The luxurious gardens cover the town, which make the atmosphere peaceful and serene. You will enjoy unforgettable views over the clear blue coast below, before returning to Sorrento to stay overnight.
A land trapped in time; Pompeii is the closest thing that you will find to learn about everyday life in ancient Rome. A once vibrant town, the fate of Pompeii was sealed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 7.9. A.D. In modern day, Pompeii has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO and it is one of the world’s most visited archaeological sites. It was a major port town for the empire of Rome, and this dominated the whole Mediterranean Sea at the time. The town was filled with sailor’s hotels, bars, public baths, taverns and brothels, as it was a classic port.
On your trip, you can visit the Roman forum, the public baths with huge columns and the theatre where the acoustics are so outstanding that microphones are not required to speak from stage. Erected in 70 A.D., the Anfiteatro is the oldest amphitheater from the Roman Empire in existence. It is now completely covered in grass, but at one time held up to twenty thousand spectators at one time. Return to Sorrento for a spot of lunch (not included) and enjoy an afternoon to yourself to relax or wander the city. Spend your evening enjoying a candle lit dinner in Sorrento while looking at the sea. Overnight stay in Sorrento.
Today is a perfect time to relax and have an opportunity to visit any areas of the magnificent region that you have yet to see. You may wish to enjoy a half day visit of the Pompeii Archeological Park, a day tour to Capri, a boat tour of the Amalfi coast or a trip to Vesuvio. Overnight in Sorrento.
Return home via a transfer to the airport or railway station in Naples.
The hotels might be replaced with similar ones due to lack of availability.
• 7 Overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
• Daily Breakfast
• Arrival transfer in Bari Airport
• Departure Transfer to Naples Airport
• Welcome briefing followed by Welcome dinner
• Excursion to Polignano, Monopoli & Ostuni
• Excursion to Cisternino, Alberobello & Locorotondo
• Wine tasting in Locorotondo
• Olive oil & Cheese tasting in Cisternino
• Transfer from Alberobello to Sorrento with en route stop in Matera
• Farmer lunch near Cisternino
• Free time in Matera
• Excursion to Amalfi & Ravello ( in Ravello optional access to Villa Rufolo)
• Lemon delicacies tasting in Minori, a little village near Amalfi
• Half Day guided visit of Pompeii
• Farewell candlelight dinner in Sorrento on a sea view terrace
• City Tax to be paid locally
• Drinks on meals
• Porterage at airport
• Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
• Any Insurance
• Any Item, product or service not specifically listed under “Inclusions”
Prices may vary according to dates of travel.
Apulia & Sorrento
Apulia & Sorrento