Discover Puglia Overview

Travel in southern Italy discovering the best of this little-known part of the country. The Puglia region is full of dramatic coastline towns, ancient dwellings, clear blue seas and the incredible food and wine that makes Italy so divine.

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Discover southern Italy's enigmatic Puglia region

Travel to the little-known area of Puglia, southern Italy's dramatically beautiful region bordering the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Awash with Roman ruins, medieval towns, remarkable architecture and jagged coastlines that drop sharply into cerulean seas, Puglia will entice and captivate. Swoon in delight while indulging in rustic local cuisine, enjoy a wine or two from this prolific wine growing region and immerse yourself in this friendly and resplendent part of Italy.

  • Wander the charming streets of Polignano, a town that looms dramatically over the sea
  • Grab a slice in Naples, the birthplace of pizza
  • Visit Lecce's ornate Basilica Di Santa Croce
  • Restore your faith in Saint Nicholas at Bari's Basilica di San Nicolas
  • Explore sassi dwellings from the 8th-century BC in Matera
  • Gaze in wonder at the beehive-shaped trullis of Alberobello

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bari, Italy
  • Finish:

    Naples, Italy
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (7 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Train
  • Included activities:

    Castel del Monte - TRIP NOTES, Roman amphitheatre, Underground village

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    87kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information..

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Day 1 Bari

Make tracks to southern Italy and discover Bari, a charming city by the sea with its own unique dialect and where the relics and legend of Saint Nicholas are revered. Wander labyrinthine portside streets, explore Romanesque churches or sit back with an espresso and soak up the relaxing Italian atmosphere.

Day 2 Matera

Journey onwards to Matera, one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. Carved into cliffs and natural grottoes from as early as the 8th-century BC, the sassi dwellings are a compelling place to explore - and the restaurants here make for a unique dining experience. Learn about the sites tumultuous history at the Casa-Grotta di Vico Solitario and wind down dramatic stairways and alleys for unique photo opportunities.

Day 3 Alberobello

Explore the quaint trulli (limestone houses) of southern Italy's Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander around a town like no other with its domed skyline and friendly locals proudly welcoming the curious in to see the whitewashed interiors of these charming buildings.

Days 4-5 Lecce

Discover a wealth of baroque architecture and well-preserved ancient ruins in Lecce. Explore the restored Roman amphitheatre, wander the Piazza del Duomo or check out the Basilica Di Santa Croce cutting a dominant figure with its intricately carved facade. Try not to leave without trying pasticciotto, a delicious custard pie typical of this region.

Days 6-7 Polignano/Trani

Experience Polignano, a town built on rugged coastal cliffs with buildings that loom dramatically over the sea. Swim lazily in the clear water, explore caves or wander the charming medieval streets. Then take a train ride up the stunning coast to Trani, another little-known Italian city. See the mysterious Castel del Monte, the seaside Swabian Castle and the dramatic Catedrale di San Nicola Pellegrino before perhaps relaxing with a moscato di Trani after a long day of sightseeing.

Days 8-9 Naples

Travel to Naples and make the most of this vibrant city - the Spanish Quarter and Old Town are well worth getting lost within. Perhaps conclude this southern Italy adventure with a slice of world-famous Napolitano pizza.
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