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Stay in an authentic, charming trullo in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage site, Alberobello
Lecce’s Baroque splendour
The “white city” of Ostuni
Matera – with its UNESCO cave dwellings and 2019 European City of Culture
Farewell seafood dinner
A wonderful feature of this superb tour is that the accommodation is in a unique “hotel” where all rooms are authentic, converted “trullli” dotted around the town of Alberobello, each offering modern comforts, but a wealth of charm and atmosphere and the change to occupy a little piece of history. The tour combines a great variety of terrific historic and scenic sightseeing with superb local food. highlights include Matera, famed for its cave dwellings, Polignano, Castel del Monte, Trani, Monopoli, the beautiful Baroque city of Lecce, Ostuni and Martina Franca.
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Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Bari.
On arrival transfer to Alberobello (approx. one hour) for a seven-night stay. This evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Guided tour of Alberobello.
Morning guided tour of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its “trulli,” curious white conical buildings that crowd the narrow streets and accommodate shops, restaurants and even a cathedral. Constructed from stone and without mortar, they generally have whitewashed walls and natural stone roof tiles, often adorned with religious, pagan or magical symbols. The rest of the day is free for personal exploration.
Day 3: Full day tour to Lecce.
Much of Lecce’s architecture is in the highly decorative Lecce Baroque style which flourished in the 1600s and earned the city its name as “the Florence of the South.” Amongst its myriad of beautiful buildings, constructed from the easily carvable “pietra di Lecce” stone, highlights include the stunning Bishop’s Palace dating from 1632, adjoining Duomo (1659), Chiesa del Rosario designed by the city’s preeminent architect, Lo Zingarello, and highly ornate Santa Croce, 18th century city gate, Porta Rudiae and Sant Oronzo column.
Day 4: Full day tour to Ostuni, Martina Franca and Locorotondo.
A leisurely and scenic day as we explore the whitewashed hilltown of Locorotondo, one of the region’s prettiest places and an important wine centre. The elegant streets of Martina Franca are enlivened by Rococo balconies with impressive architecture including the Ducal Palace and several gracious mansions. The fortified citadel of Ostuni is known as the “white city” thanks to its white city walls and buildings. Important buildings here include the 15th century Duomo, Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo del Seminario and the Loggia.
Day 5: Full day tour to Matera.
Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site and 2019 European City of Culture along with Plovdiv (featured in our new Bulgaria tour), is one of the most fascinating places to visit in southern Italy. Perched on the edge of a deep ravine, the town is divided into two: a bustling upper town and the silent lower Sassi (caves) district, dating from the 8th to 15th centuries. It is likely that they originally provided shelter for monks from the Byzantine empire, but the town later developed into a cave dwelling community with a host of chapels, some 120 in total. Many caves were often fronted with buildings, some of which became quite grand mansions and convents. The bustling upper town is worth exploring, too, with its 13th century Duomo amongst several ancient and beautiful churches.
Day 6: Full day tour to Castel del Monte and Trani.
Remotely located on the endless plains near Ruvi di Pugia, the spectacular octagonal Castel del Monte was built by Frederick II in the 13th century. It is a harmonious piece of geometric architecture with 16 rooms spread evenly over two floors. The pretty seaside town of Trani dates back to the Middle Ages and is renowned for its Norman Duomo, 13th century castle and 15th century Renaissance Palazzo Caccetta.
Day 7: Morning free time in Alberobello with afternoon visits to Polignano and Monopoli.
This morning you have free time to explore and relax in Alberobello before an afternoon of exploring the coastal towns of Polignano and continuing on to Monopoli in the early evening for time to explore before dinner at a superb seafood restaurant.
Day 8: Morning visit to the lovely old town in Bari, the region's capital, before transferring to the airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
Charming “trulli”, Alberobello
Several of the distinctive trulli in Alberobello (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) have been converted into ‘hotel’ rooms with all modern facilities with a central reception area and restaurant, with its own organic garden, where breakfast is served each morning. Each trulli has a private bathroom with bath or shower, TV, fridge and well-equipped kitchenette.(Please NB for 2020 following an upgrade to each Trulli, the kitchen will no longer be fully equipped and will only feature a fridge, kettle, spoons and cups (there will be no dishes or pans to cook with).
Charming trulli Website
A unique chance to stay in a “trullo” – oozing character, each trullo is self-contained and dotted around Alberobello a short walk (no more than 200m) from the central reception area/restaurant. Fully modernised and very comfortable with modern facilities (only some have wifi, though the restaurant does), this tour represents the chance to occupy a little piece of history. Each individual trullo is unique so therefore the size and layout of each trullo will be different. Please note that as this is not a hotel, the bed linen will not be changed during your stay and the towels will be changed after the third day of your stay.
Excellent tour manager and coach driver. Trullo accommodation was truly wonderful quality. A very successful trip.
Review by Ledger who travelled 05-September-2017
We enjoyed living in trullo melograno for the week.
Review by Riley who travelled 05-September-2017
Sending comments as my PC did like filling boxes - now resolved, I hope! We loved the Puglia tour which was much enhanced by Tessa your Tour Manager who brought it to life for us. Our Trullo was perfect as was the coach & its super driver Jandi.
Review by Haward who travelled 05-September-2017
Review by Haward who travelled 05-September-2017
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Review by who travelled 05-September-2017
Accommodation would be enhanced with WiFi, but otherwise we had an excellent Trullo. As ever the sightseeing tours were excellent. One slight criticism was the timing on the visit to Castel del Monte which meant that we were a couple of hours late at Trani for lunch. Possibly a lunch stop nearer to Castel del Monte would be an improvement - assuming a suitable place exists!
Review by Mr Hugh Norman who travelled 23-May-2017
Review by Mrs H Castro who travelled 23-May-2017
The organised fish restaurant, La Dolce Vita, was poor.
Review by Mr David Smith who travelled 23-May-2017
Choice of restaurant for last night of stay unsatisfactory. Seafood horrible. I was very sick. Should not impose a seafood place on everyone.
Review by Mr James Moughtin who travelled 23-May-2017
Some rest days or afternoons, some coffee breaks would have made this tour less hectic. Castel del Monte tour had no coffee break or time between visits.
Review by Mr John McGowan who travelled 08-September-2016
Overall the tour was good, although there were a couple of days with very long coach rides. For us, Ostuni could have been omitted - it had nothing of merit - and more time spent in Martinafranca & Locorotondo. The coach driver, Gianni, was excellent. Angela was a great Tour Manager, looked after us well, and attended to any individual issues.
Review by Mr Frank Matthews who travelled 08-September-2016
Review by Mr John Renshaw who travelled 08-September-2016
It was a good holiday,however the trullo in which we stayed was really not comfortable,particularly the bed....too hard for sleeping. The tour itself maybe could benefit from being less "busy" fewer trips or of shorter duration,or maybe having a leisure day included,we in fact did not participate on the final day trip with it's included seafood lunch and a good many of the other tour passengers said they wished they had done the same I believe the day didn't amount to much. However overall an interesting trip,and the ability to choose where and when to eat was wonderful.
Review by Mrs Jane Deluca who travelled 08-September-2016
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and getting the balance of visits that suits everyone is always tricky but deciding to take a day to yourself is always an alternative. We are pleased you enjoyed the tour overall.
Only improvement would be to have been able to choose a Stansted flight. Angela was an excellent manager and our coach driver, Gianni, incredibly helpful.
Review by Mrs Susan Hood who travelled 08-September-2016
Varied trips round an previously unknown area. Local guides variable quality. Accommodation comfort limited by its nature, a trullo, understood in advance. A communal area would be a benefit as trulli scattered and many had no real daylight indoors. Driver did more than could be expected in helping the tour go well. Good esprit de corps achieved.
Review by Dr James Rose who travelled 08-September-2016
Staying in a trullo was a truely unique experience - very peaceful and restful after a busy, fascinating day's tour. The staff at Charming Trulli office were so friendly and helpful and the staff at Terra Madre could not do enough for us - wonderful breakfasts. I have previously toured with Angela in Sicily, so was delighted to be reacquainted with such an experienced, excellent guide. Altogether, another memorable holiday that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
Review by Mrs Susan Collins who travelled 08-September-2016
Alberobello was a good place to stay. We liked the trullo and there was a good choice of restaurants. All the days out were to interesting places which we would enjoy going back to. The only minor problem was that the standard of guiding was variable. Silvio in Matera was very good, but some of the others just recited a prepared piece. I would suggest some adjustment to the timings of the visit to Lecce. The guide book tells us that the highlight is the interior of the Church of Santa Croce but we did not get there until it was about to close for a long midday break so we did not see it. Altogether we enjoyed this holiday very much and a lot of that was due to the efficient organisation of Angela.
Review by Mrs Barbara Purvis who travelled 08-September-2016
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and we have already liased with Angela to make some changes to the itinerary for 2017.
Our bus driver and tour manager were excellent and we loved the trulli. Overall we would not alter anything on the tour except some guides were rather intense and gave probably too much detailed information.
Review by Mrs Susan Laycock who travelled 08-September-2016
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