Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy

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5 Based on 39 Reviews
  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-99 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
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  • Baroque Lecce and crystal-clear sea in Salento
  • Trulli houses in Alberobello
  • Visit the unique Unesco town of Matera
The tour "Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy" starts from Matera and ends in Lecce. It is a food trip that takes 8 days taking you through Otranto, Alberobello, Ostuni and 3 other destinations in Italy. "Puglia: Discover The Heel Of Italy" is a guided small group tour that 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)
5 - Excellent
Based on 39 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 19 2023
5 - Excellent
Very Interesting
Amazing trip to te heel of Italy. Matera was my particular highlight, due in part to the passionate guide who enthralled us it her personal relationship with Matera. Trulli houses beautiful although Alberobello was not great. The... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On May 15 2023
5 - Excellent
ADE: Puglia: Discover the Heel of Italy
Beautiful landscapes, amazing food and wine, incredible architecture!
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 16 2022
5 - Excellent
Unspoilt part of Italy at its best
Well planned itinerary and plenty of free time. Very beautiful part of Italy not generally frequented by a lot of British tourists, compared to other Italian towns, and well worth visiting. You wont be disappointed. Excellent... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 13 2022
4 - Very Good
Lovely part of Italy
A busy itinerary exploring a beautiful part of Southern Italy. Some stunning hillside cities with classic narrow streets and cafe culture. Lots of excellent food and local wine throughout. Whilst not strenuous in itself, it was a... 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 21 October 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 October 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

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