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Our travel packages include a 9-night, 10-day travel experience around Puglia and Basilicata in an intimate group setting (12-15 people max), that will give you an insider’s view of the best this area has to offer. Starting from €1,900 (approximately $2,200).

Enjoy $150 off the total package price when you book at least six months in advance.

Our activities, from participating in the olive harvest to exploring the grottoes around the Cape of Salento, to visiting any number of the fabulous destinations around Puglia and Basilicata, can be booked as day trips for those traveling on their own. Just send us a message at info@theheartofsouthernitaly.com for prices and availability.

Upcoming Tours

Dates and Trip Overviews

 

Overview:

Enjoy some fun in the sun down in the “Jamaica of Italy”, for a relaxing combination of stunning beaches, culinary enjoyment, and cultural discoveries. Visit Alberobello, home of the trulli – curious, conical-shaped huts that were designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around – which inadvertently became one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. Experience firsthand this fairytale land with an overnight stay in a trullo for a sojourn that you won’t soon forget! The rest of the time we’ll be based in Lecce, where, aside from a guided visit of the most important sites, you’ll also participate in a daylong cooking class in order to learn how to make regional specialties. Daytrips include visits to 9,000-year-old Matera; Otranto (Italy’s easternmost point; famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses); the Cape of Salento for an excursion by boat into the grottoes; and Galatina, where we’ll discover the secret behind the legend of the Taranta and its characteristic dance, the pizzica. We’ve even got a bustling local patron saint festival thrown in the mix, so you can party like a local for an evening of traditional music, dancing and fun.

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Overview:

A dream come true for the culinary connoisseurs among us, or for those who simply wish to appreciate the bounty of high-quality, locally-sourced food and wine that Puglia has to offer. Aside from being one of the best times of year to visit, this tour centers on what left celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain overjoyed: Puglia’s uniquely traditional cuisine and rich agricultural heritage. Enjoy a full-day cooking class which takes you from the market to the kitchen and where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties.  Participate in the grape harvest for a hands-on experience in wine-making; savor a picnic lunch in a centennial olive grove and an enchanting dinner and visit of a centuries-old masseria – a typical farmhouse where everything is homemade and grown on the premises. Additional visits include the fairytale town of Alberobello, where you’ll get to spend a night in your very own trullo; the 9,000-year-old city of Matera; Acaya; Otranto; and an excursion by boat into the grottoes around the Cape of Salento.

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Overview:

Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind journey into autumn, complete with a number of typical fall festivities for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path travel experience. Pick organic olives and learn how to “taste” olive oil like a pro during our visit to an organic olive oil mill. Participate in a typical All Saints’ Day celebration alongside locals, and venture into “Greek Salento” for a glimpse of the Byzantine treasures that are the legacy of this unique area. In addition, you’ll enjoy a full-day cooking class which takes you from the market to the kitchen and where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties. Our home base will be in Lecce, but we’ll be making plenty of stops around the province, with a visit to the 9,000-year-old city of Matera, as well as the fairytale town of Alberobello, which inadvertently became one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. You’ll get to spend a night in your very own trulli, which are curious, conical-shaped huts that were designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around. Other destinations include Gallipoli, the “Pearl of the Ionian”, Otranto (Italy’s easternmost point; famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses) and a boat visit to the grottoes around the Cape of Salento.

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Overview:

An off-season trip that brings you to the heart of the Southern Italian Easter experience! With your home base in Lecce, you’ll discover some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Southeastern Italy, including Matera, Taranto, Manduria and Ostuni while living firsthand the unique cultural events that few outsiders ever get to experience. From the “Procession of Mysteries” in Taranto, where hooded penitents build their own crosses and march barefoot through the streets, to the more light-hearted Easter Monday, with a nature walk and a picnic lunch in the countryside as per tradition, you’ll get to live firsthand the richness of the springtime festivities from all angles. Of course, a voyage to the heel of the boot wouldn’t be complete without a visit to 9,000-year-old Matera, one of the world’s longest continually inhabited cities, for a truly breathtaking experience of the cultural gems hidden down south.

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