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Puglia & Matera

15 September 2020

7 days from £2,525pp

Explore the sun-drenched southern reaches of Italy, discovering some of the oldest cities in the Western world. Visits include Martina Franca, Puglia’s capital, Bari, Trani and the magnificent UNESCO-listed city of Matera – the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
  • Explore the sun-drenched region of Puglia on a journey through some of the oldest cities in the western world
  • Sample the mouth-watering variety of food and wine available in this extraordinary region
  • Discover UNESCO listed Matera, 2019’s European Capital of Culture 
  • Visit the Puglian town of Martina Franca, with its characteristic ‘trulli’, or conical domed buildings 
The south of Italy is still largely, and unjustly, unknown. Come with us as we explore the sun-drenched region of Puglia, from Trani south into the Salento, the tip of the heel of the Italian boot, a land rich in history, full of treasures of art and architecture. Our journey will, in some senses, have a companion: Frederick II, king of Sicily and southern Italy as well as Holy Roman Emperor (1194-1250), who built many of the spectacular sites we will visit. Our first base will be Trani, where Frederick built the city's castle and prayed in its magnificent cathedral. From there we will make a visit to see Frederick's most magnificent castle and residence, Castel del Monte, one of the jewels of the 13th century. Our path next takes us out of Puglia and into neighbouring Basilicata, across the “murgia” or plain to Matera, one of the oldest cities in the western world, with continuous human habitation from the late Paleolithic era onward, with its fascinating “Sassi” or dwellings cut out of the rock of the ravine that defines one of the city's edges. Then we make a visit to Bari, capital of Puglia, with another castle built by Frederick, to pay our respects to St Nicholas in his great basilica before moving south to Lecce, our second base of exploration. We will begin with Lecce itself, with its astonishing Baroque decoration, but the Salento area has more to show us, from Otranto with its 12th century mosaic floor and its streets running down the hill to the sea, to the landscape of the interior, where Frederick II went hawking, and Gallipoli where we will walk along the edge of the Ionian Sea. Our visit ends with a trip to the Puglian town of Martina Franca with its characteristic trulli or conical domed buildings, and all through our journey we will be sampling the variety of food and wine that come from this most extraordinary and unexpected region.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Hotel San Paol al Convento,Trani

★★★★

The rooms of the historic Hotel San Paolo at the Convent of Trani have been completely restored respecting the original layout of the monastery from which it stands. The stay here is a unique experience thanks to the scenery that this hotel is able to offer: on one side the deep blue sea, on the other the historic cathedral and the green of the belvedere gardens.

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Mini fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning 
 
Finishing Touches

The Patria Palace Hotel, Lecce

★★★★

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