Small groups 10 to 28 MAX!!
$2,595.00 per person
Itinerary 8 days, 7 nights
Day 1 – (Saturday)
Arrive at Rome Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport (FCO) and board your private motor coach for the journey to Castelli a medieval hill town that lies beneath Mount Camicia. Castelli is best known for its maiolicas, a form of decorative ceramics, which were collected by the nobility of Europe for centuries and are still produced today by local artists. A demo and walking tour of the village before we go to the Hotel Villa Fiorita .Settle in then join us for the welcome dinner. (D)
Day 2 – (Sunday)
Spend in morning at Civitella del Tronto that appears like a warrior standing between the sea and the mountains. This fortress built by the Spanish is one of the largest fortifications of all Europe. We will have a walking tour then off to lunch to try some local specialties. Now we are heading south to visit one of the best vineyards that produce montepulciano d’Abruzzi. After our tasting, check-in at the Tenuta San Francesco were we will be spending the rest of our trip. (B, L)
Day 3 – (Monday)
Castel Del Monte a unique masterpiece of medieval military architecture, built by the holy Roman Emperor Frederick II some time between 1240. After our tour we head to Trani seaside town rich in history where we will stop for lunch, a taste of classic Puglia. Free time to stroll and shop before heading back to the hotel. ( B,L,)
Day 4 – (Tuesday)
Altamura pane ,they call it the best bread of Italy: We can be the judge of that!! When we see how it is made and taste it. Then we are off to the oldest living city in the world "I sassi" where we will stop for lunch and have a walking tour to see what this city is all about. . (B,L,)
Day 5 – (Wednesday)
Stopping at the one of a kind village of the Trulli huts in Alberobello. Listen to the story of this unusual place, after our tour free time for shopping. Then off to Martina Franca for a wine tasting and free time to explore this quaint village. (B,D)
Day 6 – (Thursday)
We’re going north to San Giovanni rotondo were Padre Pio lived, served and died ,with a guided tour of the town we will follow in the foot steps of the saint for an uplifting experience free time to attend mass and look around then back to the hotel. (B,D)
Day 7 – (Friday)
Pietrelcina birthplace of Padre Pio, walking tour of this quaint village where we will see the family homes and museum then free time for lunch and shopping. We say goodbye to the south, heading north to Rome to check-in for our last night (hotel in fco) We meet for the last time for our good bye dinner (B,D)
Day 8 – (Saturday)
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport – Rome FCO
For those who chose the 2 day add-on Saturday and Sunday your transfer to the airport will be on Monday.
Places of Interest
Matera – I Sassi
This is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first inhabited zone dates from the Palaeolithic, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history. Matera is in the southern region of Basilicata.
Castel del Monte – The Castle
When the Emperor Frederick II built this castle near Bari in the 13th century, he imbued it with symbolic significance, as reflected in the location, the mathematical and astronomical precision of the layout and the perfectly regular shape. A unique piece of medieval military architecture, Castel del Monte is a successful blend of elements from classical antiquity, the Islamic Orient and north European Cistercian Gothic.
Alberobello – The Trulli
The trulli, limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighboring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs.