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Italy - Amalfi Coast and Puglia

9 days

from £2,195pp (excluding flights)

Full of southern soul, beautifully sun-bleached, weathered and worn, this is Italy as its most ancient. Rugged mountains, fiery volcanoes and glittering coastal grottoes wait to be explored.

  • Visit Capri, a jewel of an island with superb scenery and cliff walks
  • Take the train directly to Pompeii to gain an unparalleled glimpse into ancient Roman life
  • Visit Ostuni one of the most stunning hill-top towns in Southern Italy
  • Explore the exuberant city of Lecce, full of Baroque architecture and opulent churches
  • Choose between any number of traditional, family-run restaurants for a pizza, sizzling hot straight from a wood fired oven

Amalfi Coast and Puglia

On the south west coast of Italy you will find the 'Amalfi Coast', a truly spectacular stretch of coastline and arguably one of Italy’s most scenic areas. Based in Sorrento explore the surrounding coastal towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello, with a trip to the island of Capri. Continue into the neigbouring region of Puglia, which makes up the heel of Italy. Puglia is a delightful part of the country which is far less-known or explored but round every corner are hidden treasures to be found. Clean sea and reliable sunshine make this region popular with domestic tourists and there are plenty of pretty villas, top-of-the-range spa hotels in converted masserias (ancient white farm estate houses) to agriturisomo places, where you can holiday among olive groves and orchards.

Fasano, Trani, castel del monte, alberobello, martina franca

From Sorrento you are driven inland across 'the boot' into 'the heel' of Italy. Located on the Adriatic coast, Fasano is mostly unspoilt with small coves cutting into the limestone, long sandy beaches backed by sand dunes and crystal clear seas. From here visit Trani, an 11th century cathedral, Castel del Monte and Alberobello, a small town made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unusual districts of trulli (white-washed conical-roofed houses). Also during your stay visit Martina Franca, which has a lovely historic centre. A memorable maze of winding alleys, where whitewashed simplicity sits side by side with baroque extravagance.

Matera

Your journey includes a stop at Matera, one of the most interesting, unusual and memorable destinations in Italy. Still pretty much undiscovered, it is a town famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the sassi. Curious visitors can stay in caves, wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs, and learn the history of this fascinating place.

Lecce, Otranto

Finally spend a few days in Lecce, a riot of cherubs; the Baroque masterpiece of southern Italy. Sometimes described as the 'Florence of the Baroque' or the 'Rome of the South', Lecce is really the only city destination in mainland Italy south of Naples which attracts tourism. Lecce's history goes back a long way - you can still see ruins of a Roman theatre and amphitheatre - but the period which led to the town's current fame was the 17th century. A period of prosperity led to grand developments and the wholesale construction of palaces and churches. These buildings adapted the fashionable Baroque style to the soft local stone, with decorations and cherubs extravagantly covering facades and doorways. 

During your stay in Lecce, spend some time in Otranto, a historic seaside town and port on the Adriatic. It's a small place with a lovely atmosphere, and makes a good destination for a day trip. The picture-perfect blue waters, white buildings and diving rocks make Otranto the frequent cover star of maps, books and articles about Puglia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Naples

Drive from Naples to Sorrento (Road Journey)


Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that includes the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister.


You will be staying at Grand Hotel Vesuvio Sorrento, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Travel from Sorrento to Capri (Boat Journey)


Day Trip to Capri
Transfer to marina and catch the hydrofoil to Capri, a journey of approximately 40 minutes. On arrival in Capri make your way to the Marina Grande to take a boat tour to the Blue Grotto. The tour includes the thrill of sailing through the arch in the dramatic Faraglioni rock formations. Upon your return to Marina Grande, transfer to Anacapri to take the chair lift to the summit of Monte Solaro. From the summit you can see the most spectacular views of the Bays of Naples and Salerno. From here descend the mountain slope by chair lift or on foot. The walk is around 30 minutes. Take a moment to visit the hermitage of Cetrella. Stop for lunch in one of Anacapri's restaurants or grab a quick snack and head straight to Villa San Michele, the house museum created by the 19th century Swedish writer and physician Axel Munthe, which boasts one of the island's most panoramic views. Transfer back down to Capri and for a refreshing drink in the buzzing Piazzetta. Stroll down Via Camerelle, famous for the luxury shops and designer fashion boutiques which line the street. Continue along Via Tragara to reach the breathtaking scenic overlook facing the Faraglioni rock formations. Return to the port and return to the mainland.

Travel from Capri to Sorrento (Boat Journey)


You will be staying at Grand Hotel Vesuvio Sorrento, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Optional Train to Pompeii for a visit


You will be staying at Grand Hotel Vesuvio Sorrento, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Transfer from Sorrento to Fasano with sightseeing


Depart from Sorrento and head into the pretty region of Puglia. On the journey stop at Trani, Castel del Monte and Alberobello. Castel del Monte is an 8 sided fortress with an octagonal tower on each corner built by Emperor Frederick II in 1240. Alberobello is a small town made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unusual districts of trulli, the characteristic white-washed conical-roofed houses of the area.


Located in the northern central area of Apulia on the coastal plain is the City of Fasano in the Province of Brindisi, with a population of less than 40,000 people occupied mainly in either the tourism or agricultural industries. With a history dating back nearly 1,000 years, and nearby sites dating back much further to pre Roman times, there are plenty of historical attractions to view alongside more modern amenities to keep visitors of all ages content.


You will be staying at Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Full day sightseeing - Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Cisternino
Today you are met by your guide and taken to visit some of the main highlights of the region. Visit Locorotondo, a small town dotted with the famous whitewashed cone-roofed trulli houses. Continue to Martina Franca, a picturesque town of winding alleys, blinding white houses and blood-red geraniums. Cisternino is also worth a visit, boasting an utterly charming old town centre that has remained virtually intact for centuries.


You will be staying at Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Fasano to Matera (Road Journey)


Sightseeing of Matera
Stand in the right spot at a viewpoint overlooking Matera’s huddled sassi, and it’s not difficult to imagine you’ve been teleported back to the Holy Land circa 100 BC. At once epic and cinematic, the ‘Città Sotterranea’, as it’s known, perches on the upper reaches of the steep-sided Gravina gorge and its timeless urban landscape has often been used to evoke biblical scenes in films and TV. The old town, with its unique sassi, is split into two sections, 'the Sasso Barisano and the Sasso Caveoso' separated by a ridge upon which sits Matera’s gracious duomo (cathedral). The houses’ rock-grey facades once hid grimy, filthy abodes but, since the 1980s, Matera has been a city on the rebound filled with an increasing number of cafes and restaurants, and primed for tourism. With 9000 years of continuous human habitation, the place hides layer upon layer of history.

Drive from Matera to Fasano (Road Journey)


You will be staying at Canne Bianche Lifestyle & Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Transfer from Fasano to Lecce including sightseeing


Today you are met and driven to Lecce, stopping at Ostuni and Cellino San Marco enroute. Ostuni is one of the most stunning cities in southern Italy famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses. Ostuni's historic centre is well worth visiting.


Built in the local soft creamy limestone with dazzling architectural surprises around every corner, Lecce is a minor Baroque masterpiece. Its spider's web of streets offer a kaleidoscopic mix of long-range vistas, alluring glimpses and playful perspectives that have long enchanted visitors.

Supported by a history going back at least 2,500 years, modern-day Lecce is the main town on Puglia's Salento peninsula and a major draw for the area's tourism industry. Its 95,000 inhabitants haven't forgotten their roots, however, and the production and sale of olive oil, wine and ceramics continues to be the mainstay of the local economy.


You will be staying at Hotel Patria Palace, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Sightseeing of Otranto
Otranto is Italy's easternmost town. Its mix of history, architecture, views, sea-front restaurants and white sandy beach makes it one of Puglia's most interesting, charming and picturesque towns.

Otranto sits right on the Adriatic sea, gazing out across its eponymous strait towards the Balkans and Greece, a strategic position that has profoundly influenced its history. In Roman times, it became an important commercial port - there was a significant Jewish population of traders - but also a departure point for Roman military expeditions to the east, as testified to by two marble pillar bases recording the transient presence of Emperors Lucio Vero and Marco Aurelio. For a period Otranto even overshadowed Brindisi.


You will be staying at Hotel Patria Palace, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Lecce to Brindisi (Road Journey)

Fly Brindisi to London

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