Itinerary Highlights
    • Explore beautiful Baroque Lecce with local guides
    • Stay in Francis Ford Coppola’s ancestral city
    • Take a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sassi caves
    • Enjoy your hotel’s private beach in the seaside town of Savelletri

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Forming the heel of Italy’s boot, the regions of Puglia and Basilicata are the land of radiant sunshine, sparkling sea and traditional architecture. This trip begins in Lecce, famous for its distinct Baroque buildings made of soft limestone, along with some excellent pastries. While you’re here, a tour with locals will allow you to appreciate and experience both aspects of this beautiful city. Then it’s on to Bernalda, the location of seminal filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s Italian roots. When you’re not sipping cocktails in the square or taking a trip down to the beach, you’ll have a private tour of Matera’s nearby Sassi caves, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your final stop is Savelletri di Fasano,
where boats float in and out of the harbour bringing fresh seafood, and places to lounge on the sand or take a dip in the glittering Adriatic are plenty. You’ll travel between these three wonderful locations by car, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. And if you just can’t get enough of Italy, we can extend your trip north of Puglia to Monopoli, Bari and Ostuni, or to Naples and the Amalfi Coast.

Route

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DAY 1

FLIGHT TO BRINDISI

After taking advantage of our fast-track check-in services and lounge access, you’ll board your three-hour flight to Brindisi to begin your seven-day trip to southern Italy. When you land, pick up your hire car and drive for around 30 minutes until you reach Lecce. You’ll spend two nights in the historic centre of this beautiful Baroque city, the perfect base for exploring. This afternoon can be spent taking a dip in the rooftop terrace pool as you admire the view across the city.

DAY 2

LECCE WITH LOCALS

After a delicious breakfast of Apulian delicacies this morning, you’ll spend some time seeing Lecce in the company of locals. During the visit, your guides will draw on their intimate knowledge of the city to create an informal itinerary that’s tailored to you, punctuated by coffee or an aperitif to allow you to soak up Lecce’s atmosphere at a relaxed pace. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore solo, whether that means visiting the old Roman amphitheatre, marvelling at the frescoes of the Chiesa dei Santi Niccolò e Cataldo, or taking in more of the city’s incredible Baroque buildings: the rebuilt Catedral de la Asunción de Santa María; the Basilica di Santa Croce; and the Basilica del Rosario e di San Giovanni Battista. If you’re particularly interested in Lecce’s Baroque architecture, we can arrange for you to take a private tour of some of the city’s most emblematic buildings.

DAY 3

DRIVE TO BERNALDA

Today, you’ll drive for around one hour and 45 minutes until you reach the historic town of Bernalda where you’ll spend two nights in a 19th-century building in the midst of a beautiful garden. When you arrive, grab a drink and a slice of pizza at the Coppola family’s Cinecittà Bar, whose tables look out onto the main square. Spend the afternoon relaxing by your hotel pool, or take a trip down to the beach, just 15 minutes away by car.

DAY 4

BERNALDA AND THE SASSI CAVES

We’ll arrange for you to visit the fascinating Sassi limestone caves of Matera today, around a 45-minute drive away. These troglodyte churches and dwellings have been inhabited since antiquity, and following a full restoration, they are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This private tour of the Sassi leads you through the hermitages, monasteries and houses where Byzantine monks settled in the High Middle Ages. Needless to say, this region has a truly special atmosphere, one that has been recognised by several filmmakers including Pasolini who shot some of The Gospel According to St. Matthew here in the caves, and Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose No Time to Die is set in Matera.

DAY 5

DRIVE TO SAVELLETRI DI FASANO

Your next and final stop is Savelletri di Fasano, which takes just over an hour and a half to reach by car. When you arrive at your home for the next two nights, head down to the private beach, take a stroll through the manicured gardens or lounge by the large swimming pool. When you get peckish, enjoy a meal of Apulian cuisine crafted with local ingredients at the hotel restaurant.

DAY 6

SUN AND SEA IN SAVELLETRI DI FASANO

This charming town on the Adriatic is home to a fishing port, a marina and beaches, the perfect place to spend your penultimate day in southern Italy. Spend your day lounging by the water or strolling through the shady streets of Fasano’s old town which lead to sunny squares, and your evening indulging in an aperitif by the water and a delicious seafood dinner at the harbour. The Egnazia archaeological park is also not far from here, a chance to learn more about life in this ancient city of the Messapii. However you decide to spend your last day, carve out some time to sample a panzerotto (local calzone), some focaccia Barese or a few pettole, delicious donuts that can be sweet or savoury.

DAY 7

FLIGHT HOME FROM BRINDISI

Today you’ll say arrivederci to the Apulian way of life and drive back to Brindisi airport to return your hire car before flying home.

A la carte

LECCE BAROQUE AND PASTICCIOTTO



During this half-day tour, your private guide will lead you along the streets of the city lined with the most emblematic examples of Barocco Leccese architecture. Along the way, you’ll make an important stop to sample Puglia’s best pastry: pasticciotti, filled with a delicious creamy custard filling.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The estimated cost for this trip starts from £2,345 to £3,040 per person. The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote. The average starting price for this trip is £2,780 per person.
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