Italy can never be boring, the testament of this very statement is Apulia or Puglia as known to the western world. Even though Sardinia and Cinque Terre are idyllic escapes, during the peak season, it does tend to be crowded, and places like Tuscany and Rome are always crowded. But Apulia is different, its where true travelers will know about. Puglia is the place you go for cucina povera, the earthy version of Italian cuisine, brilliant understated architecture. Places like Lecce, Gallipoli, Brindisi are all lovely places that are not frequented by tourists, so you can see Italian life as it is much better there. The whitewashed towns, centuries old farms and the magical Alberobello and the Itria Valley that have the “trulli,” stone huts with distinctive conical roofs. It’s a lovely, magical break!
Arrive in Rome, pick your car at the airport and self drive to your hotel. Check in and relax. Evening free at leisure. Overnight Rome.
After breakfast, self drive to Trani. Check into hotel and relax. Overnight Trani. On the way, stop for a wine tasting in Rocca San Felice or Feudi San Gregorio winery.
After breakfast, day is free to check out Trani on your own. Take a ferry to explore neighboring Italian villages. Or take an excursion to Matera Altamura/Gravina.
Drive to Alberobello. Check into hotel. Check out Trulli, the magical lil' fairy like houses with trademark conical roofs or Putignano/Martina Franca and Grotte di Castellana/Polignano a Mare
After breakfast, drive to Lecce. Check into hotel and relax. Day free to explore Lecce. Take a guided tour of Lecce or Salentina Peninsula.
Explore Lecce at your leisure. Lecce is known for its baroque buildings. There is Piazza del Duomo, the Cattedrale di Lecce and Basilica di Santa Croce. Also check out the Sant’Oronzo Column, a Roman column topped with a bronze statue of the city’s patron saint, and the sunken Roman amphitheater.
Take off home from the Brindisi airport.
- Car hire Group A – pick up at FCO airport and drop off at Bari or Brindisi Airport
- 1 night in Rome – Hotel Siena or Similar
- 2 nights in Trani – San Paolo Al Convento or Similar
- 1 night in Alberobello – GH Olimpio
- 2 nights in Lecce – Patria Palace or Similar
- Service tax
- Domestic or international flights
- Other excursions and experiences possible
- Any meals other than breakfast
- Anything that is not specifically stated in the inclusions