Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

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4.6 Based on 18 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-95 yrs
  • max group size 18
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7470
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Matera, Italy
  • Ends Lecce, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Baroque Lecce and crystal-clear sea in Salento
  • Trulli houses in Alberobello
  • Visit the unique Unesco town of Matera
Starting in Matera and ending in Lecce, the tour "Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy" is a guided food tour that takes 8 days. You will travel through Lecce, Otranto, Alberobello and 3 other destinations in Italy. "Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy" is a small group tour which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Puglia, known for whitewashed hill towns, traditional farmland, fine cuisine and a sweeping Mediterranean coastline, is the heel of Italy, and until recently, its best-kept secret. With a focus on art, architecture, traditions and local cuisine, this trip explores the highlights of the region. From Matera, a Unesco-listed town carved into bare limestone rock, where centuries-old caves are still inhabited, we travel to the elegant white city of Ostuni and on to the medieval coastal town of Otranto and baroque Lecce, known as the Florence of the South.
  • Day 1: Start Matera
  • Day 2: Full day of sightseeing in Matera, including a tour of the Sassi District; overnight in Matera
  • Day 3: Drive to Alberobello via the fishing town of Polignano a Mare; sightseeing and overnight in traditional ‘trullo’
  • Day 4: Free day. Visit the Castellana Caves or Monopoli by the Adriatic Sea
  • Day 5: Explore the hilltop town of Ostuni; olive oil tasting and pasta-making demonstration in traditional 'masseria'
  • Day 6: Transfer to Otranto; visit the historic centre; afternoon optional coastal walk or relax at the beach (seasonal); transfer to Lecce
  • Day 7: Morning free time; afternoon guided tour of baroque Lecce
  • Day 8: End Lecce
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch/cookery class, 1 wine tasting
  • Group arrival and departure transfers available
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local city taxes (approx. €15)
4.6 - Excellent
Based on 18 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 18 2019
5 - Excellent
A wonderful area to explore
Leisurely was the description....a fairly lively leisurely .... great trips, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful leader. Some amazing places to visit and accommodation to stay at - all comfortable and most very different.
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 18 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
  • Kristin Sallai
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 18 2019
3 - Average
Average tour with lots of walking
The included items of the tour did NOT include some of the most beautiful highlights in Puglia such as Polignano a Mare nor Monopoli nor Castel del Monte. So quite a limited introduction to Puglia. The required walking was... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On May 24 2019
5 - Excellent
A taste of a lesser known region of Italy
This trip gave a flavour of the region of Puglia in more ways than one... Staying in four different locations across the week, we learned about the importance of olives and wine in the region with visits to a an olive grove for... Read more
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour. You can cancel the tour up to 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 23 May 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 May 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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