Southern Italy: Coast to Coast - Amalfi Coast & Puglia

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Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Tour, Cooking Class
Included
Hotel, Meal, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Adventure, Countryside, Cultural
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
3,257
/ Person
TRUSTED PARTNER
Katie M
Activity Overview
Party along the beautiful seashores of southern Italy. Discover the perfect beaches along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts, also awarded the World Heritage sites by UNESCO. Discover the old-fashioned towns overseeing historic cliffs while indulging in delicious food paired with fine wines and the regional specials including mozzarella burrata, olive oil and seafood.

You will love this tour because we'll visit a unique city of Matera with a knowledgeable guide. Experience a hands-on cookery lesson in a trullo home. Also learn how the local digestive, limoncello is produced.
Visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii

Day 1: THE Magical Matera
Meet the tour guide and other visitors in Rome. Travel to the south to Puglia commonly referred to as the "heel of Italy's boot." On the way visit Matera a unique city, a land rich in history. The tour guide will lead you to the renowned "Sassi" settlements. Sassi is homes built inside the caves and have been acknowledged as a World Heritage site. Afterwards, make your way to Polignano or Monopoli to check into your hotel before having dinner with the other visitors.

Day 2: TOUR "TRULLI" HOMES
Begin the day with a private tour led by our guide. You will visit the memorable Alberobello and the exceptional "Trulli" also a recognized world heritage by the UNESCO due to the royal white homes featuring conical domes. Later in the afternoon, you will learn new Italian cooking skills in an authentic trulli home. The cooking class will be facilitated by an Italian granny where she will share traditional recipes passed down for generations.

Day 3: THE ADRIATIC SEASIDE
Start the day by relaxing in your room or take a leisure walk through the city. Then in the afternoon visit the beautiful Adriatic coast and see the attractive towns such as Ostuni, Polignano a Mare or Monopoli with the stunning limestone cliffs.

Day 4: HEAD TO THE AMALFI COAST
Along the way, stop at one of the smaller villages of Amalfi Coast to enjoy a gelato and unwind before heading to your hotel in Positano. In the evening enjoy traditional cuisine at a local restaurant where you will find all the local specials.

Day 5: JOURNEY TO CAPRI
With the favorable weather, we make our way to the memorable Capri. It is a historic royal town. Enjoy sumptuous lunch at a friendly restaurant with beautiful views of the Faraglioni, the beautiful rock formations that protrude out of the clear waters surrounding the Capri. Later head back to Postiano to enjoy the evening.

Day6: COASTLINE & LIMONCELLO
Start your day with a stroll to the town maybe shop some wines and olive oils you have learnt during the tour. In the afternoon, sightsee the lovely Amalfi Coast with its incredible shoreline spotted with picturesque and distinctively constructed towns built on the hilly green side. Stop by the Ravello to enjoy the coast from the Villa Cimbrone with its antique statues and charming gardens. Later head to the top of the coastal cliffs to enjoy sea cuisines where the restaurant owner will showcase how to produce limoncello, a digestive drink made from delectable lemons grown in the region.

Day 7: THE RUINS OF POMPEII
As you head back to Rome, visit the ruins of Pompeii, a town that was frozen 2000 years ago by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The tour guide will lead you through the history of this vital city then return to Rome.
 
Included
  • Six nights stay in listed sample accommodations (or similar) with daily breakfast
  • Daily food, wine and cultural excursions
  • Private guided art history tours of Pompeii, Alberobello and Matera
  • Seven meals (lunch or dinner) featuring regional specialties and local wines
  • Dedicated English-speaking tour leader and ground transportation
  • Pick-up and drop-off in center of Rome
Not Included
  • Single supplement fee (€675), airfare, travel insurance, personal expenditures, meals not specified, guide gratuity (optional)
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$
3,257
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$
787
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On May 6, 201812:00 PM€2,575 pp
On Jun 4, 201812:00 PM€3,150 pp
On Sep 2, 201812:00 PM€3,150 pp
On Oct 15, 201812:00 PM€2,575 pp
Duration
7 Days, 6 Nights
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Cancellation Policy
Non-Refundable
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Overall Experience
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Trip of a lifetime!
Our trip to the Amalfi coast, Capri and Ischia is one that my family and I will always remember. We couldn't have done it without Ciao Andiamo! Cecile and Cristiana thought through every detail and were accessible throughout our vacation. We began in the beautiful Praiano at the Hotel Onda Verde. The views were breathtaking! One of our favorite days was our private cooking class on the top of a mountain ... more overlooking the beautiful water. One of many dinners that was truly out of a story book, was at Zass Restaurant in Il San Pietro Hotel. I am so happy Cecile recommended this to us! Our private boat ride to Capri was one of the best days of my life! We all had such an amazing time exploring the grotto's and swimming and viewing the beautiful sights. Capri was magical and very relaxing. Visiting Ischia we felt like we went back in time. It is such a family friendly beautiful island. A dinner that cannot be missed is Il Focolare! We felt like part of their big Italian family! Words cannot truly express how wonderful our family vacation was and we couldn't have done it without Ciao Andiamo. Also, I cannot forget to mention that everyone that we were in contact with through Ciao Andiamo were so professional. From all of our drivers, to the captain and first mate on our boat, our chef that taught us how to cook, tour guides and everyone in-between. We felt like we were in good hands always! If you want to feel like a celebrity I recommend booking your dream vacation with Ciao Andiamo! Thank you!!
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Apulia, Italy
Duration:
7 Days, 6 Nights
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We welcome you to a trip where you will spend an unforgettable week as you experience the passionate culture of Southern Italy. The region of Puglia is renown as the sun-drenched heel ... moreof the boot resting between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Basilicata is another agricultural region that neighbors Puglia to the west. These two regions are abundant and boast over 50 million olive trees as well as a tradition of wine production that has flourished over the last ten years. The wine from both Puglia and Basilicata is highly regarded by a majority of wine enthusiasts as some of the most exciting wine in the world.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Basilicata
Once you arrive in Bari, you will be transferred to the stunning Matera, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will explore the "Sassi" medieval cave dwellings in the company of your guide. Afterward, you will enjoy an aperitivo and dinner served at an award-winning trattoria. We welcome you to Southern Italy!

Day 2 - The Hiking and Bread Day
You will start the day with a visit to a bakery in Altamura, where you will experience an up close and personal moment on how bread is made by the locals. After a light lunch, you will hike through the ravines around Matera, covered with prehistoric caves, many of which contain spectacular frescoes inside. At night, you will be on your own for dinner, though our local guides will brief you on the best places to eat. You will serve Breakfast and Lunch inclusive.

Day 3 - Sea Caves, and Biking in Conversano
Once you check out of the hotel, you will be transferred to Conversano, a town located on the hilltop. Here you will be fitted to your bicycle to start a memorable bike ride down to the lovely coastal town of Polignano a Mare. Here you will get an opportunity to explore the prominent coastline as you visit the sea caves by boat, followed by a light lunch. Afterward, you will ride your bike (uphill but with a gradual grade) back up to Conversano. Your hotel here has a magnificent spa. You are free to explore the town's restaurant scene on your own as recommended by your guides. You will be served Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.

Day 4 - Cooking and Cycling in Monopoli.
The day's ride leads you into the northern stretches of the Itria Valley, which is filled with nut and cherry trees along with the traditional dry stone Trulli houses distinct to the region. If time allows, you will stop at the farmers' market where you will collect ingredients for the night's cooking class. Afterward, you will descend to the coastal town of Monopoli, renowned for its cobblestoned streets, seawalls, and a beautiful castle. You will have free time to shop, explore, and have lunch before the ride back to Conversano. At night, you will get fully immersed in Pugliese cuisine and traditions at the country kitchen of Mara and Marina, our friends. Marina is also an experienced sommelier and will ensure you have perfectly paired wines with your authentic dinner! This experience involves garden-fresh seasonal ingredients, traditional techniques, and recipes, as well as fine wine, collectively designed to engross you in the heart and culture of southern Italy. You will be served Breakfast and Dinner inclusive.

Day 5 - The Trulli and Burrata Day.
After taking your breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you will take a brief transfer to Alberobello for a hasty hike among its Trulli houses. Afterward, you will be back on your bike for one of the most scenic rides in all of Puglia. You will stop at a dairy farm where you will learn the secrets of mozzarella cheese making while you enjoy tasting the delicious burrata cheese. This activity is subject to change in case of custom departure falling on Sunday. The ride will turn back to the coast, to give you a chance to admire dramatic vistas all along the way. Your accommodation for the night is in a breathtaking castle and estate. You may opt to relax by the pool or go into the kitchen for yet another first-hand culinary experience. Either way, you choose, dinner is guaranteed to be delicious.

Day 6 - Hiking and Olive Oil in Pezze di Greco.
You will enjoy Puglia’s amazing landscapes, rich history, and phenomenal local produce. During the hike, you will have an opportunity to experience these three blessings of Puglia first-hand. Your hike will begin at the archaeological site of Santa Maria D'Agnano, famous for the discovery of a 20-year old pregnant woman 'Delia,' whose ancient remains date back 25 millennia. As you hike past the site, you will get a chance to see plains full of olive trees stretching towards the coast. Afterward, you will hike to an olive oil mill located on an estate that has been active for thousands of years. You will learn about the history and tradition of olive oil production followed by a private picnic and tasting on the property. Be careful not to eat too much and miss out on tonight's dinner; a six-course, very special meal at the famous Masseria Il Frantoio! You will be served Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, inclusive. Buon appetito!

Day 7 - Farewell.
This morning we say 'arrivederci' to mark the culmination of your Puglia adventure. You will be transferred to Bari as you depart.