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APULIA AND CALABRIA TOUR 2024

APULIA AND CALABRIA TOUR 2024

Departure from ROME

DEPARTURE DATES:

15/04/2024 – 20/05/2024 – 10/06/2024
22/07/2024 – 26/08/2024 – 14/10/2024

COD.

020RMES

TRAVEL DAYS

8

Tour Plan

The tour starts and ends at Hotel Cicerone, Via Cicerone 55/C, Rome Please contact us for any additional transfers and/or services.

Day 1 ROME - POLIGNANO A MARE (460 km) - LECCE (110 km)

Departure from Rome at 07.45. to Lecce by motorway with stop on the way for necessary breaks. Arriving to Polignano a Mare, the town famous for being the birthplace of the most popular Italian singer of all times, Domenico Modugno. This lovely town will surprise you with its old town, perched on the ramparts that frame a splendid beach. Lunch at your own. Continue to Lecce; in the afternoon you discover this city, already defined as the capital of the Baroque of the southern Italy; a cultural and historical centre of almost 100,000 inhabitants which hides ancient buildings of rare beauty, built along the centuries with the so called “stone of Lecce”: the Cathedral, the Basilica of the Holy Cross, the Celestini Palace, the Roman Theater, the elegant and central Piazza Sant’ Oronzo with the characteristic column and the entrance gates of the old city. Visit. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 LECCE - GALLIPOLI (40 km) - S. MARIA DI LEUCA (45 km) - OTRANTO (55 km) - LECCE (45 km)

Breakfast. Full day excursion through the micro-region of Salento Arrival to Gallipoli, a beautiful fishermen village that was an island until a bridge, still used nowadays was built in the seventeenth century to join the two sides. Visit of the picturesque old town. Later, departure to Santa Maria di Leuca, the most renowned tourist center of the area, because of the wonderful position between promontories and beaches. The luxury tourism began to discover Leuca at the end of the nineteenth century and this is noted for the incredible number of summer villas of that time. Lunch at your own. In the afternoon, visit of the lighthouse of Leuca, unique viewpoint where Adriatic and Ionic Sea join each other. Finally, arrival to Otranto, easternmost municipality of the entire Italian peninsula and large Norman centre in the antiquity. A walled city, it grew up around the castle and the Cathedral and is today an important tourist center due to its location on the Adriatic, its beaches and the elegant Passeggiata degli Eroi along its beautiful coast. Visit and then return to Lecce and overnight in hotel.

Day 3 LECCE - ALBEROBELLO (110 km) - OSTUNI (35 km) - BARI (80 km)

Breakfast. Today you will be invited to taste a couple of products that represent Apulia itself: extra virgin olive oil and red wine. Day dedicated to discover the northeastern part of Apulia, beginning with one of the most picturesque places and known in the world for its characteristic houses: Alberobello. In the seventeenth century the farmers of the area to avoid paying taxes to the Kingdom of Naples on the houses, began to build their houses with dry stone, which according to the law of the time said that it could not be considered a real place to live. The low local buildings with black roof shave stood up to this day and many have become luxury houses, craft shops or hotels. Visit and lunch at your own. In the afternoon, continue to Ostuni, the city of white houses, beautiful tourist center, known for its charming Cathedral, a mix of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Walk through the picturesque streets of the historic centre and then, departure for Bari. Introductive tour around the city including the Castello Svevo, the harbour, theatre Margherita and Petruzzelli. Walking in the narrow streets of Bari Vecchia to discover the old medieval wall, the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and admire the old housewifes producing the orecchiette, typical and local handmade pasta. Overnight at the hotel.

RATES PER PERSON:

Note: accommodation in single rooms will be in double rooms for single use in both the comfort and deluxe categories.

IN THE CITIES OF LECCE, MATERA AND COSENZA THE LODGING TAX IS IN FORCE. EVERY CLIENT MUST PAY IT CHECKING OUT.

PLANNED HOTELS OR SIMILAR – CAT. COMFORT:

Lecce: Hotel delle Palme****, Via di Leuca, 90, 73100 Lecce LE, tel. +39/0832 347171

Bari: Hotel Oriente ****, Corso Cavour 32, tel. +39/080 5255100, http://www.orientehotelbari.com/italiano/.

Matera: Hotel San Domenico ****, Via Roma 15, tel. +39/0835 256309, http://www.hotelsandomenico.it/

Cosenza: Hotel Royal ****, Viale delle Medaglie d’Oro 1, tel. +39/0984 412165, https://www.hotelroyalcosenza.it/

PLANNED HOTELS OR SIMILAR – CAT. LUXURY:

Lecce: Patria Palace Hotel *****, Piazzetta Riccardi 13, tel. +39/0832 245111, https://patriapalace.com/

Bari: Grand Hotel delle Nazioni*****, Lungomare Nazario Sauro 7/9, tel. +39/080 5920111, http://www.grandealbergodellenazioni.com/

Matera: Palazzo Gattini Hotel *****, Piazza Duomo 13, tel. +39/0835 334358, http://www.palazzogattini.it/it/home/

Cosenza: Italiana Hotels****, junior suite, Via Panebianco, tel. +39/0984 1758042, https://www.hicosenza.it/it-it