Mediterranean Flavours: a Journey like a Local through Apulia and Matera

€1990 per person
8 days
Southern Italy

Mediterranean Flavours:a Journey like a Local through Apulia and Matera

From the renowned Altamura bread to the exquisite burrata cheese, and from the historic hypogean oil mills to the exceptional Primitivo and Negroamaro wines, this enchanting itinerary invites you to discover the true essence of Apulia. Immerse yourself in the charm of its picturesque villages, savour the rich tapestry of its food traditions, and gaze upon the endless horizons that define this authentic Italian region.
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21 September 2024 00:00 View other Times
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Welcome to Apulia

Private Transfer from Bari Airport or Train Station to Your Coastal Hotel. Enjoy a comfortable journey from Bari Airport or the train station to your hotel on the coast. Accommodation at the 4-star San Martin Hotel in Giovinazzo (or a similar option).

Welcome Dinner: Join us for an evening of camaraderie as we gather for a delightful dinner featuring local dishes, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know each other.

Exploring the Itria Valley

Embark on a journey through the captivating heart of Apulia as we delve into the enchanting Itria Valley, adorned with its distinctive villages. Highlights include Alberobello, renowned for its iconic trulli – charming houses with conical roofs, and Locorotondo, celebrated as one of Apulia’s most picturesque villages, featuring a circular historical center and whitewashed houses. Our exploration continues to Ostuni, aptly named the White City, where every winding alley promises a delightful discovery. Rest for the night at the 3-star Hotel Albánia in Otranto (or a similar accommodation), providing a comfortable retreat for your stay.

Burrata Bliss and Baroque Beauty: Apulian Delights

Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of Apulia as we visit a local cheese farm, where you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in the delectable products of the region. Savor the exquisite taste of burrata and mozzarella, crafted using time-honored methods and the milk of cows and goats that graze freely in the picturesque countryside. Continuing our journey along the coast, we’ll make stops at the most breathtaking viewpoints before reaching Lecce, the baroque capital of the Salento region. Explore the architectural marvels and cultural richness of this charming city, steeped in history and adorned with the intricate beauty of baroque style.

Otranto, Wine, Seafood, and Frescoes

Begin your day with a visit to Otranto’s enchanting historic center, featuring the unique Cathedral. Next, indulge in coastal wines at a local winery, followed by a foodie’s delight at Gallipoli’s fish market. Explore the old town with its defensive wall, making Gallipoli a must-see destination. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Galatina, showcasing splendid frescoes for an unforgettable cultural experience.

Exploring the Coast: Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, and the Delights of Bari

Embark on a journey back north to explore the charming seaside villages of Monopoli and Polignano a Mare. While Monopoli may be lesser-known, it’s a must-visit for its enchanting old town, hidden coves, and exceptional restaurants. Polignano a Mare, one of Puglia’s gems, captivates with terraces overlooking the sea and poetic murals adorning the historic center. Our day concludes in Bari, where the ‘orecchiette’ street offers a unique spectacle. Witness the preparation of various homemade ‘orecchiette’ specialties by skilled housewives. Retire for the night at the 4-star Hotel San Martin in Giovinazzo (or a similar accommodation), ensuring a comfortable end to your day of coastal exploration.

Altamura, Castel del Monte, and Trani: A Journey through Ancient Flavours and Imposing Architectures

Our journey commences in Altamura, renowned for its world-famous bread. A visit to a traditional bakery with an ancient wood-fired oven unveils the art of crafting Altamura PDO bread, culminating in a delightful tasting of fresh bread and focaccia. We then explore the iconic Castel del Monte, a masterpiece of perfect form and cultural harmony, shrouded in mystery. In Trani, the Cathedral steals the spotlight, gracefully erected at the water’s edge. Its majestic white stone and towering bell tower, once a guiding light for sailors, create a captivating spectacle.

Sassi Wonders: A Tale of Stone and History

Near Matera, a visit to the Crypt of Original Sin awaits – a rupestrian gem often likened to the Sistine Chapel for its cycle of frescoes dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries. In Matera, explore the Olive Oil Museum, a meticulously restored underground oil mill preserving original elements, offering a glimpse into an ancient tradition. The renowned ‘Sassi’ city reveals its ancient beauty as we tour with a local guide. As night falls, savor the magical atmosphere of Matera, bidding farewell to this unforgettable corner of Italy.

Arrivederci in Style

Conclude your journey with a smooth transfer to the airport, marking the end of our services. Safe travels, and we hope your memories of this experience linger as cherished moments of your time in Italy.

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