Amazing Apulia and Basilicata Signature Tour

Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Conversano, Craco, Fasano, Lecce, Locorotondo, Matera, Ostuni, Sassi, Tursi

Day 1 – Bari – Ostuni

Arrival at Bari Airport and private transfer to Masseria Le Carrube.  Check in, dinner and overnight at Masseria Le Carrube.

Day 2 – Lecce – Ostuni

Breakfast at Masseria Le Carrube. Visit of Lecce, an historic city in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce.  It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old. Rich of Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly named “The Florence of the South”. Not far from the beautiful Alimini Lakes, there are sandy white beaches known all over Italy. Lunch in Lecce. Dinner in the medieval Castel of Carovigno, Dentice di Frasso. Overnight at Masseria Le Carrube.

Day 3 – Fasano – Castellana Grotte – Conversano

Breakfast at Masseria Le Carrube. Private transfer from Masseria Le Carrube to Borgo Egnazia located in Fasano. Cooking class and lunch at Borgo Egnazia in Fasano. “Speleonight” visit of Castellana Grotte in the afternoon. It is a truly unique experience, which starts from the Grave where the development of the special visit will be explained. You will experience the adventure as true explorers and develop all the senses available. Dinner at Il Pashà in Conversano. Overnight at Borgo Egnazia.

Day 4 – Alberobello – Fasano

Breakfast at Borgo Egnazia. A Dolce Vita experience by vintage car: discover some of Apulia’s nicest landscapes and towns by driving real Italian vintage cars about 40 miles. Visit Alberobello, which is one of the most characteristic areas of our region and holds unique beauties and traits that are typical of this ancient city. UNESCO site since 1996, Alberobello is called the Capital of Trulli for its monumental historical center that counts more than 1400 trulli, famous whitewashed cone-roofed houses made completely out of limestone. This town is well known for its touristic area characterized by the presence of small souvenir stores and craftsmen boutiques that create a sense of coziness, where you can experience the human touch with the local people having a sense of what it feels like to be Apulian. Lunch at L’Aratro, restaurant in trulli houses. Leisure time in the afternoon. Dinner at Masseria San Domenico. Overnight at Borgo Egnazia.

Day 5 – Locorotondo – Ostuni – Fasano

Breakfast at Borgo Egnazia. Fiat Musone Experience with picnic in the morning. Wine tasting at I Pastini, in Locorotondo. Walking visit of Ostuni in the afternoon. Famous around the world as the “white city”, its beauty lies in the whiteness of its houses that shine under the sun. Its historical center is filled with different architectural styles, from the Gothic to the Baroque to oriental traits which characterize its famous and ancient cathedral. Aperitif at Riccardo Caffé. Dinner and overnight at Borgo Egnazia.

Day 6 – Matera

Breakfast at Borgo Egnazia. Private transfer from Borgo Egnazia to Grotte della Civita located in Matera, situated in the region of Basilicata, in southern Italy. Check-in at Grotte della Civita. Walking tour in Matera. The town lies in a small canyon carved out by the Gravina and is known as “la Città Sotterranea” (the Subterranean City). Matera is well known for its historical center called “Sassi”, considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1993, along with the Park of the Rupestrian Churches. On October 17, 2014, Matera was declared Italian host of European Capital of Culture for 2019. Famously used as natural sets for several movie productions. Visit of Sassi district with light lunch in Bar Altereno with panoramic terrace. Trekking through the rupestrian churches. Dinner at Da Francesca restaurant in Matera. Overnight at Grotte della Civita.

Day 7 – Craco – Tursi

Breakfast at Grotte della Civita. Transfer from Matera to Craco and visit of the “Ghost Country”. In fact, Craco is a ghost town in the Province of Matera. The old town was abandoned due to natural disasters. The abandonment has made Craco a tourist attraction and a popular filming location. In 2010, Craco has been included in the watch list of the World Monuments Fund. With the end of the civil strife the greatest difficulty the town faced became environmental and geological. From 1892 to 1922, over 1,300 Crachesi migrated to North America mainly due to poor agricultural conditions. In 1963, Craco began to be evacuated due to a landslide and the inhabitants moved to the valley of “Craco Peschiera”. The landslide seems to have been  provoked by works of infrastructure, sewer and water systems. In 1972 a flood worsened the situation further, preventing a possible repopulation of the historic center and after the earthquake in 1980 the ancient site of Craco was completely abandoned. In 2007, the descendants of the immigrants of Craco in the United States formed “The Craco Society”. Transfer from Craco to Tursi: lunch and visit. Tursi is a medieval center (since around V century) located to 243 meters above sea level, originally created around its castle and then developed in the valley below, taking an unusual long shape. Presumably the town was founded by the Goths who, after destroying the ancient rural town of Anglona in 410, built their fortress in the nearby area. It was subsequently dominated by the Sanseverino, Doria, Visconti and Colonna Doria families.In the town, the Capuchins’ monastery, founded in 1568 and definitively abandoned in 1866, is interesting. The most important church in the area is the shrine of the Madonna di Anglona, visited by a lot of pilgrims every year. The church of Santa Maria Maggiore is very interesting from an artistic point of view. It ischaracterised by a XV century portal and the inside where it is possible to admire a stoup of 1518 is interesting too. In the town, it is possible to visit some very beautiful churches such as the church of San Filippo Neri and the church of the Madonna delle Grazie. The ‘Rabatana’ is very interesting too. The town is also known for being the birthplace of the famous poet Albino Pierro, who gave prominence to dialect poetry with his works translated into several languages. Dinner at Matera L’abbondanza Lucana. Overnight at Grotte della Civita.

Day 8 – Bari

Departure transfer from Borgo Egnazia to Bari airport.

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