Explore Southern Italy

10 Days | Uncover the many attractions of Italy’s Puglia region

4.6 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,965
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Take off on an unforgettable journey down Italy’s rarely visited heel, getting to know another side of this entrancing country. Believe the beauty of Amalfi, unwind in style among the sophisticates of Trani and tour the Roman ruins, baroque churches and whitewashed alleyways of Lecce. Wander among the peculiarly shaped houses of Alberobello, wander the hillside dwellings of Matera and discover the Old Town’s life surrounding Bari's Basilica di San Nicola. Head down and say ciao to Italy’s southernmost slice of the Adriatic.

Trip overview

Map of Explore Southern Italy including Italy
Minori, Italy
Bari, Italy
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 18 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Stroll through the flourishing countryside of the Amalfi Coast and pick lemons straight from the tree.
  • Join the sophisticates of Puglia with a glass of Moscato di Trani and drink to Trani’s Adriatic beauty at a harbour-side bar.
  • Explore the otherworldly Sassi of Matera – stone houses formed from natural grottoes and tufo cliffs overlooking a dramatic gorge.
  • End this Italian adventure sipping limoncello in the tangled streets of Bari’s Old Town.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Due to the terrain the means of transportation on this trip is a mix of local trains, private vehicles and public buses. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Trains are comfortable and all have toilets, however can often be quite busy.
  • Please note that you'll have to carry your own luggage on and off the trains, and up and down stairs at train stations and at hotels, so make sure it doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'Packing' section of the Essential Trip Information. You may want to consider taking a backpack rather than a wheelie bag, however this is up to your personal preference and what you feel more comfortable with.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Additionally, please be aware that July, August and the first half of September is high season along the Southern Italian coast, which means that the local infrastructure is under a lot of pressure with a lot of people in the towns we visit. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • Hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
  • If you have more time to explore the region you can extend your trip and see more of Italy by starting your travels in Rome. Check out our trip 'Rome to Southern Italy' (trip code ZMSSC). Most departure dates are designed to create this perfect combination trip.


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9 breakfasts


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Taxi


Hotel (9 nights)

  • Trani - City Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Lecce - Aperitivo with Local Specialties
  • Alberobello - Olive Oil Mill Visit and Tasting
  • Matera - Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - City Walking Tour with Local Guide
Add on activities
  • Amalfi - Chiostro del Paradiso - EUR3
  • Capri - Hydrofoil Amalfi to Capri - EUR44
  • Ravello - Villa Cimbrone - EUR10
  • Ravello - Villa Rufolo - EUR7
  • Trani - Cathedral - Free
  • Trani - Castello di Trani - EUR7
  • Trani - Cathedral Bell Tower - EUR5
  • Trani - Synagogue of Scolanova - Free
  • Polignano - Stopover enroute to Lecce - EUR3
  • Lecce - Roman Amphitheatre - EUR6
  • Lecce - Castello di Carlo V - EUR8
  • Lecce - Basilica di Santa Croce - Free
  • Lecce - History Museum - EUR5
  • Lecce - Museo Faggiano - EUR5
  • Matera - Museo della Scultura Contemporanea - EUR5
  • Matera - Cathedral - Free
  • Matera - Casa Noha Multimedia Exhibit - EUR7
  • Bari - Pinacoteca Provinciale - EUR5
  • Bari - Basilica di San Nicola - Free
  • Bari - Cattedrale di San Sabino - Free
  • Bari - Castello Svevo - EUR8
  • Bari - Pane e Pomodoro Beach - Free

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1. A single supplement is bookable for this trip. Availability is limited due to small property we use. Please speak to your agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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4.6 out of 5 based on 18 reviews submitted.
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Lynette · Traveled June 2024
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Amalfi coast especially being such a small group which made it more personalised
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Karina · Traveled May 2024
I really enjoyed the southern Italy tour to places that are more off the beaten track but ever so interesting. We had a lovely trip with an excellent guide.
Review submitted 01 Jun 2024

William · Traveled May 2024
Tour made ease of travel so much easier than arranging all by yourself
Review submitted 08 Jun 2024

Laura · Traveled May 2024
Southern Italy was a delight from local wine and cuisine showing off fresh seafood, olives, meat, and of course fresh pasta. The history is so rich with the churches crowded with history, the domed trullis, seaside villages and the ancient city of Matera. Great trip.
Review submitted 21 May 2024

Narelle · Traveled September 2023
Southern Italy is a refreshing change compared to the more cosmopolitan north. The area reminds the traveller that Italy is definitely on the Mediterranean with Olive trees, vineyards, beaches and gorgeous hill towns with fascinating stories. The food is pretty fabulous as well!
Review submitted 05 Nov 2023
Explore Southern Italy
EUR €1,965