Southern Italy Coast to Coast

Highlights: Naples – Sorrento and Pompeii – Royal Palace Caserta – ceramic and enogastronomy in Sannio – Salento - Matera  

 

 

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Description

If you have always heard travellers telling you the beauties of Southern Italy referring to Naples, the Amalfi Coast and Sicily only, then this is the right tour for you. Enjoy a coast to coast tour from the Tyrrhenian to the Adriatic Sea in Southern Italy. As you journey through the regions of Campania, Puglia and Basilicata, experience history across the centuries; from Roman Pompeii to 18th Century Royal Palace in Caserta, then back to Medieval villages and forward again to the sumptuous Baroque in Lecce. Meanwhile taste the exquisite wines of Aglianico and Falanghina in the Campania region’s backcountry, learn the making of unique ceramic products and be enchanted by the beauty of Unesco’s World Heritage sites such as Alberobello and Matera.

Do not hesitate and live this unforgettable Coast to Coast tour!

itinerary

 

DAY 1: arrival in Naples
Arrive in Naples and meet your tour leader. Transfer to the hotel, check-in and join your fellow travelers for a tour briefing. (D)

DAY 2: Sorrento and Pompeii
Today be inspired by the beauty of the coast. While heading to Sorrento you see on your left the Vesuvius and farther beautiful views of the sea. The driver will stop in spots where you can take some snapshots. In Sorrento have a walk from Tasso square and in the lanes of the historic centre exploring churches, palaces and characteristic shops with local products. In the afternoon the tour continues to Pompeii, the ancient Roman city destroyed by the force of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. A local expert guides you in the archeological site highliting Roman life while you admire the sights of the Basilica, the Forum, the Amphiteatre. Return to Naples for the overnight. (B, D)

DAY 3: Royal Palace of Caserta – Medieval town of Caserta Vecchia – Belvedere in San Leucio – Telese Terme  
This morning you are headed to Caserta to visit the 18th Century Royal Palace. The Bourbon King wanted a palace able to compete with the French Chateau in Versailles and the architect Vanvitelli pleased him with a palace of 1200 rooms. Inside you will be astonished by the impressive staircase, the palatine chapel and the Baroque decor of the royal apartments. Outside, have a pleasant walk along the park, which is composed by numerous fountains that lead to a Grand Cascade and to an English garden. Next, you continue to Casertavecchia, a medieval village with 300 inhabitants where you have a traditional lunch with local produce in a welcoming restaurant in the town centre. The last stop of the day is the Belvedere, the Bourbon king’s old hunting house. His son, Ferdinand IV, turned it into a manufacturing industry become famous today for the production of its precious silk, which is present in Buckingham Palace and in the White House too. Your day ends in the Telesina Valley in the province of Benevento after a light dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: Cerreto Sannita – Land of Aglianico – Sant’Agata de’ Goti – Telese Terme
A special day of gastronomy, wine tasting and handicrafts expects you today. Driving up the hill to Cerreto Sannita you have a first sight of olive groves. In Cerreto Sannita, you first visit the Museum of Ceramic and afterwards an artisan explains the procedures to make a unique piece of ceramic. The tour continues to the Land of Aglianico. The landscape now changes into wide vineyards all around and you finally stop in a wine farm. Here an oenologist gives you a detailed explanation of a good wine production and helps you in tasting the exquisite Aglianico and Falanghina. You then just need to sit and enjoy a delicious 4 course lunch with the produce of the local area. Next you head to Sant’Agata de’ Goti, a picturesque medieval village which developes on a tuff stone terrace between two valleys. Have a stroll in its centre and visit its monuments. You will feel as set back in time. Return to the hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 5: Alberobello – Ostuni – Lecce
Today you leave for the Region of Puglia and in particular headed to the Salento. On the way you can admire wild landscapes and olive groves. The first stop is in Alberobello, a Unesco World Heritage Site thanks to its cluster of trulli. These are remarkable cone-roofed examples of drywall construction. You cannot help wandering with astonishment. Enter small souvenir shops where you can also taste a local fruit flavour liquor, visit an example of inhabited trullo and do not miss the cone-roofed church. Later, while heading to Lecce, you will see the Adriatic Sea on your right and stop in Ostuni, the “White City”. From far away you see it on a hillside with white buildings rising up and its cathedral coming out at the top. Sit in Piazza della Libertà and enjoy a fresh drink under Saint Oronzo’s gaze. Then have a walk in the narrow back streets and arrive at the Archbishops palace and the 15th Century Concattedrale with a beautiful rose window. If you love sandals, do not hesitate to enter a traditional artisan shop which sells sandals of every size and colour. Your journey today ends for 2 overnights in Lecce. (B, D)

DAY 6: Lecce - Otranto
A local expert will highlight the beauty of this marvellous Baroque masterpiece. Within a compact historic centre you will start your walking tour from the wide square of St. Oronzo with his statue on one side and with the Roman amphitheatre on the other side. You then continue through lanes and streets, discovering in every corner a Baroque monument; Basilica of Santa Croce has a sumptuous and stunning façade, Piazza del Duomo features a Gothic Cathedral partly modified with Baroque elements, the church of Saints Niccolò and Cataldo is a mix of a Norman structure with added Baroque details. Not to miss is a Knights Templar house recently discovered in a private home. The day continues with a trip to Otranto, a picturesque seaside resort. Although its beaches are small, feel free to relax and simply enjoy the view of the blue water, the white buildings and the rocks diving in the sea. In Otranto’s historic centre you can also admire a 12th Century mosaic in the Romanesque Cathedral, a hidden little Byzantine Church of St. Peter and the “Castello Aragonese”. (B, D)

 

DAY 7: Lecce - Grotte di Castellana – Matera
Descending to the Castellana Caves is an astonishing experience. A local expert leads you in a stunning undergroud world of stalactites, stalagmites and precious crystals. Next you head to Matera to visit the Sassi, an outstanding settlement of calcareous rocks carved over the centuries since the Paleolithic period. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this precious ancient town with its rupestrian churches and great view which have become Unesco’s World heritage site in ’93. Visit a cave house and make an idea how peasants used to live in a one room building. In Matera you will step in the past and live a unique experience. As the Sassi are even more impressive with the evening lights, you have the opportunity to have dinner in a cave restaurant and after it, you cannot help taking pictures of the Sassi by night. (B, D)

DAY 8: Matera – Naples - departure
Transfer to the airport of Naples and departure. (B)


 

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Duration:

7 Nights/8 Days

 

Hotel Category:

3* or 4* in comfortable rooms with private bathroom, tv, airdryer

 

Meals:

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

 

Tour Leader:

English speaking leader (also other language available)

 

Local Guides:

Half day guides in: Pompeii, Royal Palace in Caserta, Lecce, Castellana Caves, Matera

 

Means of transportation:

Comfortable luxury bus with air conditioning and tv

 

Periods:

Mid March – mid October

 

 

 

contact

 For information contact macondotour

www.macondotour.it/contact

Phone: +39 0824 941385

Ultima modifica il Mercoledì, 05 Marzo 2014 10:18