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The Heel of Italy: Puglia
Sample Package Itinerary
This is a 7 day independant package of Puglia.
Travel through a landscape filled with vineyards and groves of olives thousands of years old,
marvel at fairy tale trulli and explore beautiful baroque cities.
Morning arrival at Bari airport. Private transfer to the 5-star Villa San Martino. Light lunch and mozzarella
demonstration. Relax or optional guided tour of the baroque town of Martina Franca.
Drive to Locorotondo, known for salame and flinty, white wines.
Tasting at artisanal salame maker. After lunch, visit Alberobello, the Trulli
capitol of Puglia, recognized by UNESCO. Trulli are unique to Puglia, circular in shape,
and built from limestone without cement or mortar. Dinner at local restaurant.
Drive to Matera, in the region of Basilicata, for a tour of the most outstanding,
intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. In nearby
Altamura, sample the bread, a hearty, rustic traditional loaf made from local ingredients including durum
wheat, and a yeast culture that's been nourished for the past half-century. Afternoon
at leisure and dinner.
A truffle hunt with Giuseppe and his hounds.
Lunch featuring the truffles you found follows.
Afterwards visit Corigliano which is located in an area called Grecia Salentina. Many people here
speak Griko, a blend of Greek and the local dialect. Finally, visit the 16th century Leone di Castris winery
for a NegroAmaro wine tasting and tour. Transfer to 5-star Hotel Patria in Lecce. Evening at leisure.
Tour of the port town of Gallipoli and the Olive Oil Museum.
Continue to Galatina for a tour of Santa Caterina and the Tarantate Museum. Legend
states that some Galatina women were bitten in the tobacco fields by a Tarantula spider. In order to
cure themselves, the women had to dance to the rhythm of percussive sounds. This
dance is now called pizzica and is the traditional dance of the area. Evening at leisure.
Morning cooking class and lunch in Lecce, famous
for home cooking. Afternoon guided tour of Lecce. Evening at leisure.
Day of leisure to shop or wander in this beautiful baroque town.
Private transfer to Brindisi airport.