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The Roman amphitheatre of Lecce built around the 2nd century

Puglia and Matera Food & Wine - Self Drive

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The Roman amphitheatre of Lecce built around the 2nd century
Experience a multitude of emotions in a region of overwhelming beauty, offering a range of historic wonders and delightful gastronomy. Discover Puglia!
Food & Wine
Self-Drive
Independent tours

Highlights

Sampling of Slow Food Presidia products – delicious and authentic traditional foods

Wine and produce tastings
 

Discover Grotte di Castellana caves, with its amazing stalactites, stalagmites, huge caverns and hidden pools of water

Visit Alberobello, known for its traditional trulli homes, and the white town of Ostuni

Explore the city of Lecce, the Baroque Pearl of the South

Enjoy a guided tour in Matera to see the oldest sassi (ancient homes carved right into the rock)

Italy’s glamour stands out even more, thanks to its heel! Enjoy a self-drive tour around Apulia, also known as Puglia, a unique region forming the heel of Italy’s boot, in search of the most delicious food and wine of the area. Dine in charming restaurants, which use fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, recommended by Slow Food in the “Osterie d’Italia” guide. Taste Southern Italy’s most appreciated local products, such as the Caciocavallo Podolico cheese, Martina Franca Capocollo, Altamura traditional bread, Pucce Leccesi & Tarallucci, and savour the exquisite Primitivo wine of Manduria. Cravings fulfilled, delight the rest of your senses as you drive through Puglia’s enchanting towns and cities. Venture into the caves of Castellana Grotte, catch sight of UNESCO’s extraordinary Trulli homes in Alberobello, visit the white village of Ostuni, admire Lecce’s generous stash of baroque structures, and explore the fascinating cave town of Matera, dubbed as the City of Stones, a favourite setting of some Hollywood films. These and more overwhelming beauties are waiting for you in the land of flavours and wonders.

This tour departs daily from Martina Franca.

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Included

5-night accommodation in charming hotels and/or historical residences
Daily buffet breakfast
1 Slow Food welcome dinner and 2 lunches at Osterie d’Italia, a typical Slow Food restaurant
3 guided tastings of food and/or wines
Private guided sightseeing tour of Matera (2 hours)

Excluded

Car hire

Road tolls

Parking fees

Itinerary

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Day 1
Martina Franca

Collect your car in Bari and make your way to your hotel in Martina Franca. This evening, you will enjoy dinner at Ristorante La Tana, which will be dedicated to the Slow Food Presidia of Apulia. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. 

Dinner
Day 2
Grotte di Castellana - Alberobello

Visit the wonderful Grotte di Castellana situated at a depth of 70 meters, along more than 1 mile of road. Lunch in Alberobello. Here will be dedicated to the Murgia cuisine and the local produce and wines in a local “Trattoria”. After lunch, walk around the Trulli to visit the little shops and laboratories selling homemade cheeses and Taralli and visit Martina Franca for an evening stroll around its beautiful historical town centre, stopping at the Partenope pastry shop in the Corso Italia to try their renowned delights. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Cisternino - Ostuni - Gallipoli

Depart for Cisternino, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, visit the old town centre and stop at the little shops selling Capocollo before having lunch at a typical restaurant where the delights of Capocollo and some other dishes and wines from the Puglia region will be served. Visit the white village of Ostuni and its old centre. Make a stop in a splendid Masseria to try some of their cheeses, including Caciocavallo, Cacio ricotta and Canestrato. Back to your hotel for an overnight stay. 

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
Lecce - Manduria

Morning departure to Lecce. Stroll around to discover the ancient town, called the Baroque Pearl. Try the breads, pizzas and the famous Pucce Leccesi (a traditional bread with olives, tomatoes and other vegetables). In the afternoon, proceed to Manduria to visit the Wine Museum and taste the local wine called Primitivo accompanied with typical product. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. 

Breakfast
Day 5
Matera

Morning departure for Matera, known as the “City of Stones”, for a guided visit. This city is the most extraordinary and intact example of troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. The oldest “Sassi” (ancient homes carved right into the rock) are about 7000 years old. Free time for lunch. After lunch, visit a farmhouse and taste their extraordinary wines. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Breakfast
Day 6
Martina Franca

After breakfast, you will return your car in Bari. End of tour. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Currency
EURO
5 nights
from AUD1,631
per person, twin share
Martina Franca (Daily)
01 April – 31 October 2020
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