This regional affordable Italy vacation begins and ends in Naples. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples provides visitors a wealth of folklore, history, and a rich culture of the ages. After a guided sightseeing tour of the city, you’ll be on your way to the Apulia region – the “heel of the boot” of Italy and one of the favorite holiday destinations of the Italian people due to its breathtaking landscapes and enchanting coastline with turquoise waters
You’ll visit the 13th-century Castel Del Monte on your way to the beautiful port of Bari. Included in your Italy vacation are a number of surprising stops, including the fascinating Castellana Grotte limestone caves, the conical-roofed houses of Alberobello, and Lecce’s baroque architecture. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to Santa Maria di Leuca with its art nouveau houses, and Gallipoli’s underground olive presses, and winding streets above.
Your budget travel to Italy experience is never short on great food and drink. Learn about regional wines on your visit to a Primitivo wine cellar in Manduria. You’ll enjoy artistic cultural treats as well, such as a visit to Grottaglie – producer of famous terracotta pottery since the Middle Ages.
Before returning to Naples, enjoy a leisurely stay in Fasano – surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Your affordable Italy tour of the Apulia region of Italy ends where it began – in Naples – where authentic Napoli pizza and espresso await your return!
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring Naples, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Guided sightseeing this morning gives you a proper introduction to the eventful history of this city and its traditions. Later, depart Naples and travel into Apulia, the legendary “boot” of Italy. Stop at CASTEL DEL MONTE, built in the 13th century by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II and renowned for its unique octagonal towers, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to the Adriatic coastline for an orientation of the beautiful port city of Bari.
Head to Castellana Grotte to visit the area’s famous limestone CAVES. This impressive system is a wonderland of captivating stalactites, stalagmites, and crystallized mineral deposits. Next stop is Alberobello, renowned for its distinct conical-roofed TRULLI houses. Follow the coastline to lovely Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” and marvel at its opulent baroque buildings from the 1600s.
Spend some time on your own this morning to explore Lecce’s baroque city center. Then, travel to Santa Maria di Leuca, the southernmost tip of Apulia, where you’ll discover oriental art nouveau villas and beach huts from the early 20th century. On to Gallipoli, an ancient Greek city built on an island in the Ionian Sea. Enjoy the Old Town with its quaint ambiance, winding streets, and inviting squares, and discover FRANTOIO IPOGEO, an underground olive press buried in the tufa rock. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, workers pressed Gallipoli’s olive oil, which was stored in cisterns beneath the Old Town and used to light the city’s oil lamps. Return to Lecce in the late afternoon.
Start the day in Manduria, situated in the wine-growing region, where you’ll visit a WINE CELLAR and get to taste some of the typical Primitivo. Continue to the pottery village of Grottaglie to discover how its renowned terracotta has been produced since the Middle Ages. Overnight in Fasano, a peaceful town surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, not far from the Adriatic Sea.
Today is free to do as you like. Maybe join the optional excursion to Matera and Altamura. The impressive “rock city” of Matera is home to the prehistoric sassi cave dwellings, while a guided tour reveals the amazing stone-clad city of Altamura, with free time afterward to stroll through the Old Town on your own.
Puglia is famous for its olive trees and this morning you’ll visit a traditional OLIVE MILL to taste some genuine olive oil and stroll around the groves. Later, travel back to Naples for a chance to treat yourself to a real espresso coffee shot or the most authentic pizza.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.