Day 1 - Arrival Day/ Benvenuto!
Your accommodations for the next six nights is in a typical local agriturismo (farmhouse) or, situated about 5 miles from Matera (Basilicata) in a nature reserve that is full of wildlife and greenery.
Each room has access to a large terrace where you can enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area or perfect to sit outside with a glass of wine!
All of the food served at meals at our agriturismo is locally produced, organic, and typical of this region of Southern Italy. The farm grows a range of delicious fresh produce including, olives, eggplant, oranges, cherries, watermelons and much, much more. In addition, there are also many donkeys, sheep, chickens, cats and dogs that live at the farm.
During your free time you can take a stroll through the woods, borrow one of the bikes or even spend some time bird watching. Enjoy a welcome aperitivo and then the rest of the afternoon & evening is yours to explore or relax until our group Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 - Matera: The Town of Stone
This unique town, built into a hillside where caves and houses merge together, is a place where great directors of cinema have set films for its penetrating and evocative atmosphere.
Enjoy a private guided walking tour, lunch, and some free time to explore or shop.
(B, L, D)
Day 3 - Pasta & Olive Oil Day at our Agriturismo
In this hands-on workshop, we'll teach you all about the techniques and different types of pasta that are made in this part of Italy.
Afterwards, you'll get to eat all that lovely pasta (made with your own hands) in a great meal cooked by the local cook just like a real Southern Italian!
After lunch, we'll tour the farm's olive grove learning all about how to grow olives.
Afterwards, we'll take you to the local olive press where you can see how the olive oil at our agriturismo is produced and of course you'll get to taste it! (B, L, D)
Day 4 - A day in local villages and (ghost!) towns
For nearly fifty years, the town of Craco has stood uninhabited. In 1963, the last 1,800 residents were forced to leave this village for their own safety due to the risk of earthquakes and landslides.
Today, thanks to the dramatic landscape and unique atmosphere, Craco has been the set of many movies including 'Saving Grace' , James Bond 'Quantum of Solace' and the hanging of Judas scene in Mel Gibson’s the 'Passion of the Christ'.
We'll also visit two other tiny villages in this area with some very unique history. Dinner with local wines at our villa. (B, D)
Day 5 - Cheese & Wine Day at our Agriturismo
This resident cheesemakercomes from a long line of Southern Italy mozzarella makers and there's not many people in the world who know more about this than him.
In this demonstration we will guide you through the process of making this wonderful cheese and then, of course, you'll get to taste it!
In addition to the fresh mozzarella that we will make, we will have the opportunity to taste some of the other local cheeses of this region.
Italian cheese is world famous but some of the most well known Italian cheeses can be found in Southern Italy.
After lunch, we'll have a wine tasting. In this wine tasting experience, we'll lay out a variety of Southern Italian wines for you to taste with our own 'Sommelier' or (wine expert) to guide you through the different flavors. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Day in the mountain towns of Castelmezzano and Pietrapertosa
Both villages belong to the “I Borghi più belli d'Italia” (The most beautiful villages of Italy), an association of small Italian towns of historical interest.
Here you will also find the “Volo dell’Angelo (flight of the angel) – A zip line adventure that takes you on a journey between the peaks of Castelmezzano to the village of Pietrapertosa.
It is one of Basilicata’s most exhilarating tourist attractions that is not for the faint of heart. You can have the option of a packed lunch from our agriturismo for a little picnic, or opt to lunch at one of the local restaurants on your own.
Farewell dinner with local wines at our agriturismo that evening. (B, D)
Day 7 - Transfer Day to Puglia and Trip to Polignano a Mare & Monopoli
Polignano a Mare is a cozy and charming little town on the Adriatic coast, with beautiful narrow streets, romantic balconies and breathtaking views of the sea. For lunch, we'll be savoring some local delights.
In the afternoon we continue exploring another iconic sea town of Puglia: Monopoli. The “Paese vecchio” as it is called by the Monopolitans, is scattered with narrow streets paved in “chianche”, arches and alleys and homes at one time inhabited uniquely by fishermen, still intent on mending their nets.
Check in at your masseria outside of Ostuni. Dinner tonight at our masseria. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Everything White: Ostuni and Alberobello
Ostuni is an architectural jewel, commonly referred to “the White Town” (“La Citta Bianca”, in Italian) for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture.
The brightness of its whitewashed houses, a series of levels, staircases, small roads, alleys, arches, make Ostuni a truly special intimate town.
Lunch will be traditional style in a cozy, authentic place.
Then we will move on to the fairy-tale town, of Alberobello, the Unesco town of 'Trulli' - the conical shaped homes. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Wine, Cisternino and Martina Franca
Our first stop is the town of Cisternino, which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The “borgo” combines the downtown alleys, balconies, stairs and terraces dancing in white streets.
Next, we'll experience the wines of Valle d’Itria at a local winery over a tasting during which you will learn all about the wine making in Puglia.
Lunch will be a fun experience of local delicacies.
After lunch we’ll explore another gem of Puglia, the Baroque town of Martina Franca. Dinner tonight at our villa. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - Cooking Class and Gallipoli
If you are an enthusiast of Italian culture, art, cuisine, wine, lifestyle, or classic music, or if would you simply like to immerse in the local culture, then this is the perfect day for you.
Our lunch will consist of all the wonderful delights we created in the kitchen.
Your day of discovery in the Salento continues, heading to Gallipoli, the town of fishermen, on the Ionian coast and in the province of Lecce.
It is divided into two parts: the new part of the city and the historic center built on an island of limestone and connected to the mainland via an arched bridge. It is a mecca for seafood lovers. Dinner at our masseria. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Olive Oil and Lecce
Later, we’ll move onto Lecce and discover the capital of Barocco and lifestyle in Puglia.
A walk through the magnificent elegance of Lecce will be a great way of discovering the city of Baroque and visiting the most important historic sites (Piazza Duomo, Piazza Sant‟Oronzo, Anfiteatro Romano, la Via dei Palazzi di Lecce, Porta Napoli) and artisanal studios.
Enjoy lunch in the centro storico (Historical Center) and some leisure time to enjoy its unique atmosphere.
Day 12 - Departure Day
We'll board our vans and depart for the Brindisi Airport.
Bid Arrivederci to Italy!
Key: B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner, included
*Itineraries are subject to change. Vitalia Tours and its partners will strive to provide you with the best possible tour and experience. It is our intention to adhere to the outlined itinerary as published. However, please be advised that it may be occasionally necessary to substitute an activity due to events that cannot be predicted. Therefore, Vitalia Tours reserves the right to make changes in accommodations, tours or excursions, meals, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable.
Dates: April 16 - April 27, 2018
12 Days/11 Nights
Where: Basilicata & Puglia
Group size: 6-12 Guests Maximum
Tour Cost: $4950 USD per person/double occupancy
$750 USD single supplement
Deposit: $2000.00 at time of booking to reserve your spot
Balance due: February 16, 2018
Traveling Solo? We can suggest a roommate so that you avoid having to pay the single supplement!
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