Puglia is called the ‘heel of the boot’ of Italy’. Other than the obvious reason of the shape of the map, this is also because Puglia does not enjoy the top of the mind recall like the more popular Rome and Florence do.
Here, you will find an Italy of 30-40 years ago. Remote; behind, in the best sense; not trampled by tourists. Puglia has a wealth of architectural gems along with great food, wine, and beautiful beaches. This region showcases both Romanesque and Baroque architecture.
But what fascinates us the most is that this region is the epitome of slow food and zero kilometer living. “Slow food,” is derived from local produce, freshly-caught seafood and naturally raised meat and is the only way one eats here. You will know who has grown the grapes and made the wine you are drinking in Puglia. The sea food in Puglia is one of the tastiest as the Ionian sea is the saltiest part of the Mediterranean.
Take a look at this experience in a time-capsule that we have curated for you… And hey, in case you want to add on the charms of Rome or Florence or Venice or any other place to this, let us know…
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Arrive in Bari – Get transferred to the hotel
Explore the town at your own leisure. Overnight in Bari
Bari – Wander in Bari’s medieval Old Town, Bari Vecchia
It is a walled city with narrow, winding alleyways, which feels like a step back in time. What makes it entertaining is, life here is lived out on the street as there is no room for expansion. It’s a sight to see women (like their mothers and grandmothers did) sit outside their homes making Orecchiette, the ear shaped pasta to sell. The Basilica di San Nicola is a must visit
Take a break from all the walking by going to Trani, a charming fishing port with its waterfront full of bars and restaurants. Walk into the cathedral and palazzo and wander through the old town behind it. Overnight in Bari.
Alberobello – An UNESCO World Heritage site
Although ‘touristy’ is the word that comes to our mind when we think of Alberobello, it is so unique and instagram-worthy with its white-washed walls and pointy cone-roof homes with limestone, it is worth a visit. You half expect to see a hobbit emerge from these stubby homes.
Once you have seen enough of Alberobello, head to the nearby town of Locorotondo, and enjoy its famous white wine and get trigger-happy photographing its quiet streets and white washed buildings bursting with pink geraniums. Stay overnight in a Trulli home.
Lecce – Small gem in Italy’s heel called “The Florence of the South”
Lecce is known for its baroque architecture and old world charms minus the hordes of foreign tourists that cram the cities of Florence and Venice. The city brims with rustic restaurants serving the hearty peasant cuisine and robust red wines of Puglia. A stay at a masseria (farmhouse) will let you soak in the place and culture.
Opt for a cooking class at Silvestro Silvestri, who will give a further leg up to slow food movement in Puglia. And it doesn’t hurt that he is also a celebrity chef.
Otranto – Laze around the coastal beach town
A slow day with some slow food calls for a trip to the beach town Otranto, a coastal town that looks more Greek than Italian with its white washed buildings. The magical seaside promenade, with a crescent-shaped bay, is visit worthy. Frolic in its clear-as-glass water during the day. When it’s hot in the afternoon, laze over a meal and gelati and watch the world go by. Overnight in Lecce.
Gallipoli – Want to try a sea urchin, Gallipoli is the place!
It is an ancient fishing town with architecture dating back to the 13th century. You can tell from the many impressive historic buildings that the town has a wealthy past and was also an important trading port. Much of the Gallipoli lifestyle is enjoyed looking out onto the water, or enjoying its clear beaches. The town’s seafood market is a must visit, with its freshest catch and the flurry of activity as chefs come twice a day to bag the best catch. Overnight in Lecce.
Departure – Head back home
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
Optional tour: Rome and Vatican
(USD 415 per person for a group of 2 persons)
Arrive in Rome – Get transferred to the hotel.
Spend the evening at Piazza Navona enjoying the shows of the street performers and watch some of the finest portrait artists at work.
Rome Half Day tour – Soak in the charm of Rome. Where does one start?
Rome is such an architectural marvel. Put on your walking shoes and visit the Colosseum with a guided tour to understand it in all its glory. Walk to the Roman Forum and the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. In the evening, go to Trastavere and walk around that part of Rome where the locals live and eat.
Vatican City and Departure – Half day tour of Vatican
Visit the Vatican museums with a private guide and end with the famous Sistine chapel and the beautiful Saint Peter’s Basilica. Get transferred to the airport /station for your return/onward journey.
Optional : Venice
(USD 515 per person for a group of 2 persons)
Arrive in Venice – Get transferred to the hotel
Explore the St Marks square and listen to some of the finest musical performances there as you walk by to the gondolas. Walk further to the Rialto bridge and see Venice in all its evening glory. Get lost in the mall alleys of this beautiful city.
Lagoon Islands and Torcello – Explore the lagoon islands by boat.
Go on a private tour to the island of Murano to an old glass factory to see how the centuries old glass is made. It can’t more colorful than Burano, a small fishing island. Visit Torcello, an ancient inhabited island with its Byzantine cathedral of rich mosaics
Venice and Departure – Explore the city on your own
Lounge about this ancient city and soak in the languid pace of life along its canals before getting transferred to the airport /station for your return/onward