This is said about the area we visit on the
Rome, Padre Pio & Puglia tour:

"The modern English-speaking traveler will find Puglia exotic in many ways, partly due to its historical evolution, but also because socially and culturally, Puglia is just now catching up to the rest of Italy. A true New travel Destination!"

"Trulli are unique to Puglia and these mysterious buildings, originate from many hundreds of years ago."

"Polignano a Mare is one of the small seaside towns in the southern region of Puglia. This is a much overlooked area but will surely be the next big thing. This lovely town has everything you could possibly want. Shops, restaurants, clubs, stunning views of the gorgeous Adriatic sea and a charming old town."

"Trani is truly beautiful. Most people would have seen a photo of the duomo next to the sea but there is more to see and discover. Take your time, walk around the harbor and the alleys and enjoy getting lost – you won't regret it."

 

 

Visit Rome, Padre Pio & Puglia with Tierno Tours

Rome, Padre Pio & Puglia -$2,595 per person;
Single supplement $250

 

This tour is available upon request for parties for 4 – 16 people.
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Itinerary for 8 days, 7 nights

Day 1 - (Saturday) Transfer day from Rome to Matera
Today will be a transfer day into the beautiful region of Puglia but we will make two stops, first in Battipaglia, the home of Buffalo Mozzarella. A great stop to stretch our legs and have our welcome meal. Next is Castelmezzano, a breathtaking village with spectacular views, where we'll have a tasting of local liqueurs before heading into Matera. Check-in to our hotel in "I Sassi," the cave dwellings of Matera. Free night to explore. (B, L and liqueur tasting)

Day 2 - (Sunday) Matera
Free morning in Matera to settle in and explore. We will all meet for a relaxing southern Sunday lunch. After our meal, Luca, our guide, will walk us through "I Sassi," the historic center of Matera, the oldest living city in the world. (B, L)

Day 3 - (Monday) Castel del Monte and Trani
Today we are exploring a UNSECO site the Castel del Monte. We will have a guided tour then, we are off to a "biomasseria," an organic plantation of Puglia. Large plantations, "masseria" are scattered all over Puglia, most of them converted into hotels. We are going to taste all the traditional dishes of the area. After our lunch we are going to the fishing village of Trani, with free time to shop and explore the port and its Cathedral. Check –in to our new hotel (B, L)

Day 4 - (Tuesday) Alberobello, Locorotondo and Martina Franca
Today we are going to explore Trulli huts, "another treasure of Puglia," in three villages. At Alberobello, where the majority of the trulli are, we will tour and learn a little history before heading to our next stop, Locorotondo, for more trulli and the home of the burrata. Here we are stopping for lunch and cheese tasting. Last stop is Martina Franca, known for its Puglisi wines. This is the perfect ending to our day, with a wine tasting before returning to our hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - (Wednesday) Lecce and Ceglie Messapica
The Florence of the south is what they call Lecce, a beautiful Barocco city. We are going to have a cooking lesson by local Mammas, but first we will walk the market street to buy our supplies. Then we are guests at the historical residence to prepare our lunch. Say good bye to Lecce; we are heading north to Ceglie Messapica, off the beaten track, a great stop to see the real Puglia. Free time before heading back to our hotel. (B, L)

Day 6 - (Thursday) Coversano and Polignano a Mare
This morning our first stop is Polignano a Mare and a boat ride on the Adriatic, the best way to get a real feel of this beautiful coastline. With our feet on dry land, we will tour the historic center and stop for lunch. To walk off lunch we will go to Coversano where we will be joined by locals to give us the fascinating history of this town. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - (Friday) Padre Pio and Rome
Let's check –out and say goodbye to Puglia. Heading north, our first stop is San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio served and died. You can walk the footsteps of this saint before we leave for Rome. Our next stop is Pietrolcina, one of our favorites, a small village in Benevento where Padre Pio was born. We can walk this village, an open air museum, to see how life was in the late 1800's in southern Italy. Stop for a quick lunch and continue our trip to Rome, where check-in our hotel. Free night in the eternal city.

Day 8 - (Saturday) Transfer to Airport FCO

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