Trip Details

Come revel in the delights of early summer in Puglia, when the region comes to life amidst concerts and festivals and sultry nights spent strolling through bustling piazzas. You’ll be based in Lecce, a.k.a “the Florence of the South” and will visit some of the Southeast’s most delightful and whimsical towns like Alberobello, the home of the trulli – curious, conical-shaped huts that were designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around. Other visits include 9,000-year-old Matera; Otranto, famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses as well as for being Italy’s easternmost point; the grottoes at Santa Maria di Leuca, and Galatina, where you’ll discover the secret behind the legend of the Taranta and its characteristic dance, the pizzica.

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, Galatina and Otranto by our hand-picked, expert guides.

15 Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. For more details on what’s included, click here

Accommodation for 8 Nights

7 Nights in Lecce and 1 night in Alberobello

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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