Trip Details

Prepare for a journey into the deep South, where religion and food mix for a rich and tasty combination of unexpected sights, sounds, feelings and flavors. You’ll be based in Lecce, a.k.a “the Florence of the South”, where you’ll live, firsthand, the unique cultural events that few outsiders ever get to experience. Be amazed by the awe-inspiring “Procession of Mysteries” in Taranto, where hooded penitents march barefoot through the streets on Good Friday. While on Easter Monday you’ll relax with a stroll through nature and a countryside picnic lunch, as per Italian tradition. You’ll also discover some of the most beautiful and charming towns in Southeastern Italy, including 9,000-year-old Matera, the former Spartan colony of Taranto, and Manduria, Puglia’s wine capital, for a truly breathtaking experience of the cultural gems hidden down south.

What’s Included:

All ground transportation

All transport during the trip as well airport pick-up and drop-off is included in the package price;
however, a €20 per person surcharge will be added for passengers requiring pick-up or drop-off before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.

All guided tours and activity entrance fees

Guided visits of Lecce, Matera, Taranto, Manduria, Acaya, S.M. di Leuca and Gallipoli by our hand-picked, expert guides.

14 Meals

8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner. For more details on what’s included, click here

Accommodation for 8 Nights

7 Nights in Lecce and 1 night in Matera

What’s the Heart of Southern Italy difference?

  • You’ll live the area like a local, with insider advice and suggestions from your tour leaders: Elena, a native of Puglia, and Tess, an American expat who’s lived in Lecce for over 4 years.
  • You’ll enjoy an easy, effortless, yet deeply-authentic travel experience. We take the guesswork out of travel planning, bringing together the best activities, guides and culinary experiences, to provide you with a “real” taste of the culture, without hours squandered on google or the headache of getting lost, overpaying or figuring out bus schedules in Italian.
  • You’ll save money, as our custom-crafted tours itineraries are among the most competitive on the market.
  • You’ll feel like part of the family, as our groups are usually made up of just 6-8 travelers, with a 12-person max.


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