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Apulia & the Trulli

Alberobello and Matera; mysterious architecture of Italy’s heel

Amongst fields of olive, vine, cherry and fig and hedgerows alive with butterflies emerges a bizarre building with a witches’ hat stone roof. The heady smell of spring flowers fills the air as the Puglian sun warms the scene. Perhaps stop a while in the shade of an almond tree to immerse yourself in this surreal landscape.

 

Alberobello is in the heel of Italy’s boot in Apulia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the fascinating capital of the Trulli region where the curious cylindrical buildings with limestone conical roofs dominate, surrounded by fertile, rolling hills.

 

A rail line provides easy access for short walks and visits to local towns such as Locorotondo (famous for its white wine) and Martina Franca which has buildings in the fine, light baroque style built with local honey-coloured stone. The same train allows a day trip to Bari, notable for its daily market and lovely wide squares and morass of narrow medieval passages in the old city.

 

Ostuni, spread across three hill tops with spectacular views inland and out to sea makes a great day trip which can be combined with time on the beach and a quick dip in the sea. A day trip by private coach to Matera, famous for the Sassi cave dwellings is included in the holiday.

 

Our hotel is in a great location in a square in Alberobello with everything easily accessible. After dinner it is exceedingly pleasant to stroll out with the Italians at leisure. On the other side of the square from the hotel lies the best viewpoint of the Trulli buildings covering the hillside.

 

We are eating out in local restaurants on several nights to allow you to enjoy a great variety of local food and ambiance. We have plenty of choice in Alberobello.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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    09 Sep 2017
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    21 Oct 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    09 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - Alberobello
    We fly from London Gatwick to Bari. From Bari it takes approximately 1hr to drive to Alberobello.

    Day 2 - Alberobello
    We have a local guide for a morning to show us around Alberobello and the Trulli. In the afternoon we will have a stroll out of town.

    Day 3 - Alberobello
    We have a day to explore Locorotondo and Martina Franca.

    Day 4 - Alberobello
    We have a local walk in the Puglian countryside.

    Day 5 - Alberobello
    We have a private coach for an excursion to Matera up on the high open plains. It is actually across the border in neighbouring Basilicata. We have plenty of time to explore the town and the famous Sassi caves.

    Day 6 - Alberobello
    A free day. You might like to take the train into Bari for the day.

    Day 7 - Alberobello
    We have a visit to Ostuni, a 'white city'. We also have time to visit the coast and local beach.

    Day 8 -
    We return to Bari Airport for our return flight to the UK.


  • Accommodation

    We stay at the three-star Lanzillotta in Alberobello. The building, dating from the end of the 1700s is located in the main square in the centre of Alberobello. The hotel’s restaurant serves specialities of Apulia and is set in the now restored, former cellar of the building.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes: 

    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • No Single Room Supplement!
    • All local transport costs

     


  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • The conical Trulli buildings in Alberobello. See the hillside covered in these bizarre local attractions. 
    • An included day trip to Matera.
    • A visit to Ostuni, spread across three hilltops.
    • Be surprised by the elegance of Martina Franca and Locorotondo.
       

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c90mins).
    • Flights: Gatwick-Bari (c3hrs), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return.
    • Upgrades to Business Class available.

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