This unique region is skirted by an endless coastline dotted with castles and watchtowers, reflective of its history of conquering invaders: Normans, Spanish, Turks and Greeks. Despite its diverse influences over the centuries, Puglia has its own distinct identity with ancient customs and local traditions. In the many small villages and large cities alike, architectural wonders from different periods and faiths are everywhere, many displaying the intricate works of a variety of artists.
In a land of fine cuisine, Puglia's cucina povera (peasant cooking) is legendary. We will visit a winery, dairy farm, olive mill and bakery to learn about and taste the local products.
We will stay 3 nights in Lecce in the south, 3 nights in the beach resort area of Torre Canne, 3 nights in Puglia’s capital Bari, 2 nights in the mountain village of Monte Sant’Angelo and 2 nights in the northern coast town of Barletta.
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.
Tour Highlights: :
• The beautiful Baroque city of Lecce ("Florence of the South")
• The stunning white-washed town of Ostuni
• Grotte di Castellana’s beautiful limestone caves with spectacular stalagmites
• The port town of Monopoli
• The elegant city of Martina Franca
• The energetic modern city of Bari
• Trani - the “Pearl of Puglia”
• Matera (UNESCO) - an ancient cave town built into stone
• The ancient fishing town of Polignano a Mare sitting atop limestone cliffs
• The unique 13th century Castel Del Monte (UNESCO)
• The breath-taking Gargano Pennisula (the “spur” on the heel of Italy’s “boot”)
• The most famous - the enchanting town of Alberobello (UNESCO), unique for the Trulli houses with their distinctive conical roofs and fairytale limestone dwellings