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Located in the heel of Italy's boot, the southern region of Apulia offers a remarkable array of scenic and breathtaking destinations that feature picturesque coastal views, tranquil countryside and historic architecture. This brief 3-day escorted tour features the highlights of the Apulia region as well as the stunning Sassi di Matera located in the adjacent region. Starting from Sorrento, you will head to the Apulia region and visit the Castellana Caves, which are filled with beautiful crystal rock formations. Over the course of the tour, you will also visit Alberobello, famous for its unique Trulli stone huts, as well as Lecce, nicknamed "The Florence of the South", and Ostuni with its charming city center composed of whitewashed buildings. The last stop of the tour will be enchanting Matera where you will have a chance to visit the city center's ancient cave dwellings and admire some of Italy's most unique panoramas. Afterwards, return to Sorrento with plenty of new memories of your time in Apulia and Matera.From Sorrento to Rome (or Sorrento)
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  • Transportation by Deluxe motor coach as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 4 Star Category Hotels in double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • 2 Dinners as per itinerary
  • Multilingual TourEscort
  • Panoramic Visits as per itinerary
  • Return to Rome via Tour bus (optional).
  • Vat Taxes and service Charges.
  • All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
  • Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. If applicable it has to be paid locally to the hotel.
  • Beverages.
  • Porterage service.
  • Other Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums, Tips, Extras.
  • All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.

The journey to Apulia begins early, with a 7:30 a.m. pickup at a designated meeting point in Sorrento or directly at your hotel, depending on its location. This escorted tour provides beauty as well as history. The first stop is at the Castellana Caves and grottos. These have been some of the most exceptional attractions since their discovery in 1938. Their natural beauty has made them a must-see area of interest for Puglia. This complex and concretion filled cave system can reach a depth of more than 60 meters at points. Learn the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite, as fossils, formations of stone, canyons, and other natural wonders are viewed during this 3 km tour.
After the hotel’s savory breakfast buffet, it’s time to head to historic Lecce. The architecture and ornate art that was honed here during the 1600s has earned the city the title “Florence of the South”. The tour showcases some of the most ornate and beautiful buildings, including the Celestini Palace, with its fantastic Baroque façade. The statue of St. Oronzo will also be seen, along with the 2nd century Roman amphitheater, and the Basilica of Santa Croce, with its beautiful Corinthian columns on either side of the main entrance.
Day 3 – Friday: NOCI – MATERA – SORRENTO or ROME
After another satisfying buffet breakfast at the hotel, it is time to visit a town that is potentially one of the first Italian settlements. As is characteristic of the Basilicata and Apulia regions, the unique and closely nestled houses are carved directly into the rock. The stones (known as Sassi) of this early settlement in Matera have granted this area of Italy international fame. Even visitors who have never been to Italy before may find the view somewhat familiar as the Sassi are picturesque enough to become imagery in both recent and older movies, like “The Passion of the Christ” (Gibson, 2004), “Nativity story” (Hardwicke 2006), and “The Gospel according to St. Matthew” (Pasolini 1964). While visiting this part of the UNESCO World Heritage List there is time set aside for a snack before returning by route of Pompeii. A return to either Sorrento or Rome via bus marks the end of the tour.

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