Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy

Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy

This 9-day Italy tour takes you on a journey to discover world-renowned treasures in art, architecture, and history. You’ll begin in Naples – home to centuries of some of the most important art and architecture Italy has to offer.
Throughout your guided tour of Southern Italy, you’ll visit royal residences, as well as ancient Greek archaeological marvels, before arriving in the Mediterranean-style town of Cellino San Marco.
You’ll find the perfect respite from your sightseeing adventures with an overnight stay at the Salento estate of singer and winemaker Al Bano Carrisi. This peaceful countryside estate – near the Adriatic Sea – offers delicious wine from its vineyard with other delicacies, including local produce, olive oil, and homemade pasta. Stroll the grounds or lounge by the pool before embarking on discoveries in Lecce and Otranto.
This Southern Italy escorted tour will introduce you to local favorites in delectable pastries and coffee, as well as truly remarkable architectural and historical structures. You’ll visit a traditional Trullo in Alberobello, and you’ll discover amazing ancient treasures that await you in Paestum – as you traverse from the “heel of the boot” of Italy across to the opposite coastline to Sorrento. As the picture-perfect ending to your Southern Italy vacation, you may also choose to join an optional excursion to Positano on the spectacular Amalfi Coast.
Truly a feast for the mind, body, and soul, your escorted tour of Southern Italy will satisfy your curiosity in art and history – as well as your spirit of adventure – with hidden local treasures waiting to be discovered along the way.

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• Arrive in Naples and have your first taste of Italy with your welcome dinner, and a after a visit to Palazzo Reale.

• On the way to Bari you’ll visit the castle of Castel del Monte.

• Upon arrival in Bari you’ll go on a guided sightseeing tour that includes a walk through the Old Town and enjoy a taste of local focaccia.

• Enjoy a visit to “White Town” on your way to Cellino San Marco for your overnight stay.

• Experience a guided walking tour and taste local pasticciotto and almond coffee in Lecce.

• Visit a trullow and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Alberobello

• In Paestum you’ll visit an ancient archaelogical site.

• Your journey will commence in Sorrento where you’ll enjoy an orientation and have a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.


• Transportation on a temperature controlled motorcoach with wi-fi.
• 8 nights at 4-star accommodations
• Full breafkast daily
• 5 – three course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Naples and a special farewell dinner in Sorento.
• All guided sightseeing listed in Itinerary including headsets for specific tours.

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Welcome to Naples! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. Dinner

Guided sightseeing this morning features the remarkable Triumphal Arch of the New Castle, St. Charles Theater, Galleria Umberto, and the semicircular Piazza Plebiscito. Highlight is a visit to the magnificent PALAZZO REALE, royal residence of the Bourbons from 1734-1860. Since 1925, it also has housed the National Library. Afternoon and evening at leisure; choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay. Breakfast

Enter the Apulia region and stop at the imposing 13th-century, octagonal citadel CASTEL DEL MONTE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Emperor Frederick II. Enjoy a guided visit to discover its uniqueness. Arrive in Bari, where you may wish to join an optional dinner outing. Breakfast

During your guided sightseeing, enjoy a walk through the OLD TOWN, and taste local focaccia. Stop in attractive Ostuni, often called the “White Town,” a charming example of Mediterranean architecture. Its Old Town is located on top of a hill and fortified by ancient walls. Stay overnight on the beautiful and peaceful Tenute Al Bano Carrisi estate, situated in the Salento countryside. Savor local produce and wine from the estate’s vineyards, as well as olive oil and homemade pasta. Soak up the local atmosphere as you relax around the pool area. You may even get to greet Al Bano himself—famous for his renowned songs Felicità and Ci Sarà. Breakfast & Dinner

Arrive in Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” where you discover the lacy stone buildings and baroque squares during your guided walking tour. Taste local pasticciotto and almond coffee. Time to explore this pretty town before continuing to Otranto, at the heel of the Italian boot, surrounded by its imposing defensive walls and dominated by its cathedral. Return to Cellino San Marco. Breakfast & Dinner

In Alberobello, follow your Local Guide for a visit to a TRULLO, one of the conical houses famous for their beauty and unique characteristics. The structure assures excellent indoor climate control—cool in summer and warm in winter. Continue to Castellana Grotte for your overnight stay. Breakfast & Dinner

Paestum, or Poseidonia, named in honor of the Greek god of the sea, was founded in the 6th century. During your visit of the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE with a Local Guide, see the ancient Greek temples dating back to 600-400 BC. Afternoon arrival in the charming, seaside resort of Sorrento. Breakfast

After your orientation walk with your Tour Director, there is the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Amalfi coast. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your vacation. Breakfast & Dinner

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Naples). Breakfast

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