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Whitewashed villages, vineyards, and beaches. A journey through the history and traditions of Puglia

Your journey through Puglia will begin in the Itria Valley, a land full of breathtaking countryside and seaside panoramas. You’ll visit small villages awash in white lime paint, surrounded by vineyards, whose roots sink into the red soil which produces wine in such great abundance. From there, you’ll travel down to Salento, where you’ll see Punta Palascia, Italy’s easternmost point – only 80km (50mi) from Albania. You’ll also have the chance to see the Murgia Plateau and the Lands of Bari, to look out over pristine, golden beaches, and to take in seaside cliffs and caverns.
All the areas have their own unique characteristics that make them different from the others; but what they all have in common is a rich historical background – a heritage of gastronomic traditions and folklore that are bound to captivate.

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8 days

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Best season : From March to October

Included / Not Included

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Assistance upon arrival at the airport or the train station in Bari

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Car rental with insurance

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Guided tour of the city of Taranto

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Guided tour of the city of Lecce

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Oil-tasting tour at the Frantoio d’Amico Cisternino

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Directions and suggestions for best beaches

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

You’ll arrive at the Bari Airport (or train station), where you’ll be met by a representative from Italy Trails. The representative will give you a warm welcome, provide you with your tour documents, and will take you to get your rental vehicle. From there, you’ll travel towards Martina Franca, an enchanting baroque city in the Itria Valley.
The name, “Martina,” comes from the devotion of the town’s inhabitants to Saint Martin of Tours, as well as from the first inhabited area of the town, constructed on a hill named San Martino. The adjective, “Franca,” was added by Phillip I of Angiò, who granted special privileges to the town in 1310. From that point on, the city was named Martina Franca.
Spend the night at a hotel in Martina Franca.

In the morning, after breakfast, you’ll reach Taranto on the Ionian Sea. The city center is situated on a large island, connected to the mainland by two bridges. The city was founded by the Spartans in the 8th century BCE, who named it Taras, due to its strategic position in the center of the Gulf of Taras. Due to the area’s commercial success, it became the most important “polis” of Greater Greece and one of the most significant cities in all of the ancient world. You’ll meet your guide here, who will accompany you as you explore the ancient city center and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, or M.A.R.T.A. This museum, the city’s most renowned offering, showcases the lives of its native people, the Greeks, as well as the Romans, up through medieval times. In addition, there is an entire room dedicated to an exhibit on gold. Reproductions of the jewelry of the ancient women of Taranto were the focal point of the acclaimed Dior fashion show, held in July of 2020 in Lecce.
You’ll then visit the Castello Aragonese. The first settlement here began in 780 when the Byzantines began construction of “la Rocca” to protect against attacks from the Saracens and from the Republic of Venice. You’ll enjoy a guided tour by official volunteers from the Italian Navy, whose headquarters is located in the Taranto Castle. They’ll show you all the secrets of this historic manor.
After a light lunch, you’ll visit the most famous Caves in Puglia. They are some of the most spectacular geographical features that nature has to offer. The cave system began forming during the cretaceous period, when what is now Puglia was submerged beneath an ancient sea. The caves stretch for almost three kilometers (almost two miles), and the entrance is located only a short distance from the city’s central neighborhoods.
Spend the night at a hotel in Martina Franca.

In the morning, after breakfast, you’ll visit Alberobello, the capital of the Trulli. Trulli have an unusual structure and are the traditional homes of the city’s inhabitants since the 1400s. Before noon, you’ll arrive at Locorotondo, whose name comes the area’s shape, and from the maze of narrow streets that wind through the city’s historical center, all within an imaginary circle. You can reserve a private guide for each of these locations. After a pleasant walk around the town, you’ll enjoy a light lunch on a terrace overlooking the valley.
That afternoon, you’ll be able to sample the finest of wines made from indigenous vines in the farmlands of Locorotondo, as well as some from an authentic 1400s Puglia plantation.
In the early evening, you’ll arrive at Polignano a Mare in time to enjoy the sunset and a lovely dinner from one of the terraces resting on a cliff with a sheer face down to the sea. Polignano’s incredible scenery is world famous. In fact, this is the location of the annual Red Bull Cliff Diving Series. The town is also famous for the well-known song, Volare, by Domenico Modugno, which was composed here.
Spend the night at a hotel in Martina Franca.

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