Seven (7) Day Casual Guided Walking Trip 2011 This is a beautiful Southern Visions seven (7) day casual guided walking trip through the region of Puglia, Italy, which lies in the heel of the boot, along the sun-‐drenched Adriatic Sea. Puglia offers access to the freshest seafood, crowd-‐free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, distinct wines, and the 50 million olive trees that make this region the world’s leading producer of olive oil. Come to Puglia and hear the voices of the past call out over the trulli houses…we promise, once you discover it, Puglia will leave a lasting impression. Trip Highlights • Daily walking & shuttle tours • Pugliese cooking class • Mozzarella making demonstration & tasting with local cheese artisan • Olive grove walk & oil tasting • Winery visit & tasting 2011 Trip Dates • May 23-‐29 • September 3-‐9 • Custom dates also available Day 1 We will meet in the lobby of Bari’s Hotel Leon d’Oro (in front of the main train station) at 10:00 a.m. You will find your guide holding a Southern Visions sign. Guests are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Puglia. We suggest that you arrive no later than the night before the start of your tour. See the end of this itinerary for information on arriving to and departing from the area, as well as hotel recommendations. Matera walking tour Food & wine tasting buffet lunch at Latteria Rizzi Dinner: Trattoria Lucana www.trattorialucana.it/ Lodging: Matera – Palazzo Viceconte www.palazzoviceconte.it/hotel.hotel&taal=en Your adventure begins in amazing Matera (in the Basilicata region bordering Puglia), perched high on a beautiful hillside and only recently seen by foreign eyes. After a walking tour of the sassi (ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes, shops, and restaurants), we will immerse you into the art
of flavor and freshness that is Southern Italian cuisine with a spectacular buffet-‐style lunch and wine tasting at one of Matera’s signature restaurants, Latteria Rizzi. After lunch, we will walk you back to your lovely hotel and give you some time to explore the area on your own. Be sure to make time to stop by the Laboratorio Ceramica Piero Colapietro or Pasquale Dilena, where you can watch local craftsmen make traditional decorative ceramics. And don’t forget to visit a nearby bar for your first espressino, Southern Italy’s signature afternoon coffee drink. Our group will rejoin in the hotel lobby at 6:30 for a welcome aperitivo before heading to Trattoria Lucana for some traditional Italian fare – may we suggest the antipasti caldi? Day 2 Tour of Montescaglioso countryside Lunch at Masseria San Felice Lodging: Matera – Palazzo Viceconte www.palazzoviceconte.it/hotel.hotel&taal=en After breakfast, we will drive out of town for a lovely walk through the Natural Park of Rupestrian Churches, characterized by cliffs, ravines, and caves that housed prehistoric settlements and medieval monastic communities. Birdwatchers can enjoy the widest variety of species in Italy in this protected area. We will continue through the Montescaglioso countryside and stop at a restored farmhouse, Masseria San Felice, for lunch. Our journey will culminate at the Abbey di San Michele. From there, we will return to the hotel by shuttle. Dinner will be on your own to allow you to enjoy the evening at your pace. If you are in the mood for a real feast, try Ristorante Rivelli. If pizza is what your heart desires, visit Oi Mari’ or Da Mario. Be sure to get plenty of rest tonight before another activity-‐packed day tomorrow! Day 3 Shuttle into Puglia Lunch & cooking class at Masseria Murgia Albanese www.murgiaalbanese.it Alberobello walking tour Dinner & Lodging: Pezze di Greco – Masseria San Martino www.masseriasanmartino.com/index_ing.htm After breakfast, we will shuttle to our first hotel in Puglia, Masseria San Martino. Along the way, we will see beautiful hilltop towns whose Greek influence is apparent in their whitewashed exteriors. The landscape is filled with seemingly deserted paths through ancient olive groves covered with blankets of poppies and surrounded by meticulously-‐built stone walls. We will stop at Masseria Murgia Albanese for a cooking class and lunch with the staff. We will also stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello for a walking tour. As we wander through the 1500+ trulli (whitewashed buildings with conical stone roofs unique to Puglia), that make up Alberobello’s historic center, it will become readily apparent why this town is the postcard capital of the region. After a fun-‐filled day, we will arrive at the hotel and give you some time to relax before dinner. Day 4 Tour of Vivai Capitanio Botanical Gardens www.vivaicapitanio.it/capitanio_eng/botanical_garden.html Visit to Monopoli market Mozzarella making class & aperitivo at Crovace House Cisternino walking tour Dinner: Il Cucco Lodging: Pezze di Greco – Masseria San Martino www.masseriasanmartino.com/index_ing.htm
We will begin the day with a tour of the Vivai Capitanio Botanical Gardens, set in Puglia’s beautiful landscape filled with the olive trees that the Greeks introduced 2500 years ago. Our journey continues in the picturesque coastal town of Monopoli, where we will visit the open-‐air food market and do some sightseeing. You will have time for lunch on your own in Polignano, which is perched on limestone cliffs high above the sea, and then we will stretch our legs a bit with a walk north along the shore to the quaint fishing village of San Vito. Our next stop is Crovace House for a fresh mozzarella making demonstration and tasting with local cheese artisan Dina. We will finish our day with a journey to the hilltop town of Cisternino for a walking tour and dinner at Il Cucco. We are sure you will get a restful night’s sleep after this very full day! Day 5 Olive oil tasting at Masseria Lamacavallo www.masserialamacavallo.it/Il%20frantoio%20Locopagliaro_EN.htm Ostuni walking tour Wine tasting at Masseria Liveli www.liveli.it/ Lodging: Otranto – Relais Valle dell’Idro www.otrantohotel.com/hotel/en/home.html After breakfast, we will journey to an old olive oil mill in Locopagliaro to chat with the owner and sample the oil. Next, we will transfer to La Città Bianca (The White City) of Ostuni) for a walking tour and on-‐your-‐own lunch at one of the city’s fabulous establishments. Then we will head south toward our hotel, stopping at Masseria Liveli for a wine tasting. Upon arrival in Otranto, we will check into the Hotel Valle dell Idro and give you some excellent suggestions for dinner on your own (we highly recommend the pizza in Otranto). After exploring the city’s azure-‐blue coastline, well-‐priced restaurants, and exciting cultural scene, we have a feeling you will leave saying, “I left my heart in Otranto.” Day 6 Walking tours of Otranto & Capo d’Otranto Lunch at a seaside restaurant Farewell Dinner: Ristorante da Sergio Lodging: Otranto – Relais Valle dell’Idro www.otrantohotel.com/hotel/en/home.html We will start our day with a walking tour of Otranto’s old town and fish market. This will allow us to fully experience the diversity of the city, which is one part beach resort, one part Middle Eastern, many part Italian, and every part enjoyable. We will enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant, with refreshing breezes and postcard-‐perfect views. After lunch, you can return to the hotel to relax or join us for a tour of Porto Badisco and the Cape of Otranto. Whichever option you choose, your day will end with an amazing Pugliese-‐style farewell party starting with an aperitivo on the hotel terrace and moving into a memorable farewell dinner at Ristorante da Sergio Garibaldi. Day 7 Morning walking tour of Lecce Farewell from the Southern Visions Team After breakfast, we will shuttle to Lecce, known as the Florence of the South, for a walking tour highlighting its amazing architectural gems and a visit to a papier-‐mâché studio. We will also enjoy a cappuccino and Pasticciotto Leccesse (a signature local pastry filled with yummy custard cream) at Caffè Alvino, the oldest coffee bar in the region. We will finish up around 12:00 p.m. and guide you to the
Lecce train station, shuttle you to the Brindisi airport, or help you extend your stay in the area. We hope your time in Puglia will have changed your life for the better, as it has all of ours. WHAT YOU GET!!! • An outstanding adventure travel experience • Peace of mind that you are with the most professional tour company in Puglia • Local guides with insider knowledge of the region’s secrets and mysteries • 6 nights lodging at 3-‐ and 4-‐star hotels and Bed & Breakfasts • 6 breakfasts • 4 lunches • 4 dinners • Daily snacks and happy hours • Guest shuttles and all luggage transfers • Detailed maps and route notes • Aluminum walking stick • Daily walking & shuttle tours • Special activities o Pugliese cooking class o Tour of majestic botanical gardens o Visit to Monopoli market o Mozzarella making demonstration & tasting o Olive grove walk & oil tasting o Winery visit & tasting Services available at additional cost • Optional shuttles from/to Bari or Brindisi airport or train station • Room upgrades • Rental of prepaid local cellular phone Arrival and Departure Logistics After reviewing the following information, please inform us of your arrival and departure plans. Please be sure to note these important contact numbers, in case you need assistance before, during, or after your trip – Puglia: +39 340 264 4128 or +39 392 185 7704; USA +1 800 737 5760. Flight arrangements We recommend flying into Milan or Rome. You can catch a flight to Bari (airport code: BRI) or Brindisi (airport code: BDS) from either city. Or, if you prefer to see the countryside and perhaps enjoy a pre-‐tour stay in another Italian destination, you can make your way to Puglia by train. The trip from Rome takes about 5 hours; from Florence, it’s about 7 ½ hours; from Milan, expect approximately 8 ½ hours of travel.
Transportation between the Bari airport and train station A taxi ride between the airport and train station takes 25-‐30 minutes and costs around €20. An Autolinee Tempesta bus takes approximately 30 minutes and costs €4.15. Booking Italian train travel You can purchase Italian rail tickets from any train station in Italy. Many stations are equipped with automatic ticket machines, from which you can purchase tickets and reservation coupons for travel throughout Italy and for principal cross-‐border routes. The machines accept cash, credit card, or ATM card with PIN. There are sometimes unpredicted system outages in the smaller stations, so we recommend booking your entire journey in advance of your trip (see below) or at a major train station at the start of your trip. For more information on train travel in Italy, visit www.trenitalia.com. There you can purchase tickets and make seat reservations with your credit card. There is also a great website called www.raileurope.com where you can purchase individual rail tickets as well as rail passes. Another option is to purchase tickets and make reservations through your own travel agent. If you travel on one of Italy’s faster trains, such as Eurocity, Intercity, or Eurostar, you’ll be charged a supplemental fare in addition to the regular ticket price. If you travel on one of these trains without a supplemented ticket, you’ll be fined. Don’t panic, though; it is almost impossible not to get the proper ticket nowadays, especially if you buy online or from a machine, where the supplement is automatically included in the cost. Intercity and Eurostar trains require a seat reservation. Reserving a seat is not mandatory on other trains; however, you may want to pay the extra charge for a guaranteed seat, especially if you travel during a peak period or local holiday. Otherwise, you risk having to stand for a part or all of your trip. On Italy’s slower trains (Rapido, Espresso, Regionale, Inter Regionale, and Locale), reservations and supplemental tickets are not necessary. Boarding the train The platform number will be listed at least 10 minutes prior to departure on the small TV screens and larger schedule boards in the main station area. If you are traveling without a seat reservation, you will need to validate your “open” ticket by stamping it at one of the small yellow machines located on each train platform (the machine stamps the date and time on the open ticket to prevent multiple uses). If you forget to stamp your ticket before boarding, tell the on-‐board inspector immediately to avoid a supplementary fee.
WHERE TO STAY BEFORE & AFTER YOUR TOUR BARI PALACE HOTEL HOTEL ADRIA Via Francesco Lombardi 13 Via Zuppetta 10 70122 Bari 70121 Bari Tel +39 080 521 6551 Tel +39 080 524 6699 www.palacehotelbari.it/eng/index.html www.adriahotelbari.com/english/hotel.php GRAND HOTEL LEON D’ORO HOTEL BOSTON Piazza Aldo Moro 4 Via Piccinni 155 70122 Bari 70122 Bari Tel +39 080 523 5040 Tel +39 080 521 6633 www.grandhotelleondoro.it/e_index.php www.bostonbari.it/index.php?&lang=en HOTEL VILLA ROMANAZZI Via Giuseppe Capruzzi 326 70124 Bari Tel +39 080 542 7400 www.villaromanazzi.com MATERA LA CASA DI LUCIO HOTEL RIDOLA Via San Pietro Caveoso 66 Via Morelli 13 75100 Matera 75100 Matera Tel +39 083 531 2798 Tel +39 083 531 8811 www.lacasadilucio.it/en/ www.hotelridolamatera.it/index.php?lang=en HOTEL SANT’ANGELO ALBERGO DEL SEDILE Piazza San Pietro Caveoso Recinto Sedile 4 (Piazza del Sedile) 75100 Matera 75100 Matera Tel +39 083 531 4010 Tel +39 083 533 3436 www.hotelsantangelosassi.it/en/ www.albergodelsedile.it HOTEL IN PIETRA LOCANDA DI SAN MARTINO Via San Giovanni Vecchio 22 Via Fiorentini 71 75100 Matera 75100 Matera Tel +39 083 534 4040 Tel +39 083 525 6600 www.hotelinpietra.it/page/home_e.php www.locandadisanmartino.it/en/hotel/ ALBERGO ITALIA Via Ridola 5 75100 Matera Tel +39 083 533 3561 www.albergoitalia.com/eng/
LECCE HOTEL PATRIA PALACE GRAND HOTEL TIZIANO Piazzetta Riccardi Viale Porto dEuropa 73100 Lecce 73100 Lecce Tel +39 083 224 5111 Tel +39 083 227 2111 www.patriapalacelecce.com/eng/index.htm www.grandhoteltiziano.it/index_en.asp HOTEL DELLE PALME B&B PALAZZO ROLLO Via Leuca 90 Via Vittorio Emanuele II 14 73100 Lecce 73100 Lecce Tel +39 083 234 7171 Tel +39 083 230 7152 www.hoteldellepalmelecce.it www.palazzorollo.it/palazzorollo/