Magnificent South

Destination: Rome, Napoli, Capri, Pompei, Sorrento, Sorrento, Noci, Lecce, Gallipoli, Noci

From US$ 874 5 days excluding flights

Pickup at the hotel from 6.45am to 7.15am and departure by coach to  NAPLES by coach with a multilingual tour leader. Upon arrival in Naples our  local guide will take you for a walking tour of the historical center to admire  PIAZZA DEL PLEBISCITO, ROYAL PALACE, GALLERY OF UMBERTO I, and the  SAN CARLO OPERA HOUSE. From Naples, continue to POMPEII, and enjoy a  short visit to a coral and cameo factory. Lunch in a typical Restaurant,  followed by a visit of the excavations of this ancient Roman city which was  destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvio in 79 b.C. and buried under 4  to 6 meters of ash and stones. Proceed to SORRENTO, a charming town of  the Sorrentine Peninsula famous for the cultivation of Oranges, Lemons and  Olives trees. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.  Meals: L D  

 American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure at 08.00am to the  island of Capri. You will board the ferry and arrive in MARINA GRANDE. Once  on the island, you will visit the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting), the  AUGUSTUS GARDENS and stop at the famous “Piazzetta”.   A Minibus will take you up to ANACAPRI. After lunch in Anacapri, you will  return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer  back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.  Meals: B L D  

7.30am, pick up at your hotel or at the meeting point in Sorrento and  departure for APULIA. Along the way you will visit THE CASTELLANA CAVES  discovered in 1938. The Grottos of Castellana are one of the most important  attractions of Puglia and a natural heritage of inestimable value to Italy. The  tour winds along a distance of 3 km, a unique guided tour of the caves to  more than 60 meters deep in an amazing scenario made of stalactites,  stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves with  fantastic names; calcifications from conformations and amazing colors  solicit the imagination of children and adults.   Time at leisure for lunch. After the visit to the Caves, will continue our  journey to LOCOROTONDO  where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting in the local  wine cellar. The journey continues to ALBEROBELLO  the town of the  “TRULLI” which is part of the Unesco Heritage list. The trulli are typical  houses with a cone roof, used as homes and to store farmer utensils.    Proceed to  NOCI. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.  Meals: B D    

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to LECCE famous for his baroque  arts & architecture developed between the end of the XVI century and the  first half of the XVII century. During the tour you will admire the rich and  beautiful decoration of the St. Oronzo church, the basilica of Santa Croce  and the Celestini palace and the roman amphitheatre. The tour will  continue to GALLIPOLI, from the Greek Kallipolis meaning beautiful city, is a  fishing village on the coast in southern Italy's Puglia region. Gallipoli has a  good old town built on a limestone island and linked to the mainland by a  16th century bridge. Its harbors are used by fishing boats and there's plenty  of fresh seafood. Free time for lunch and proceed to the village of OSTUNI,  also called “white town” because of its white walls and white painted  houses.  Return to the hotel in Noci.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.  Meals: B D    

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to MATERA. This town is  internationally known for the “SASSI” (stones), originated from a prehistoric  (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be the first settlements  in Italy. The Sassi are houses into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic  of the Basilicata & Apulia regions. One of the peculiarities of this ancient city  is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around  Jerusalem. This caught the eye of film directors and movie studios and the  Sassi were the set of various films such as “The Gospel according to St.  Matthew”(Pasolini 1964), “King David” (Bruce Beresford 1985), “The Passion  of the Christ” (Gibson 2004) and the “ Nativity story” (Hardwicke 2006).  Matera is also part of the Unesco Heritage List.    Time for a snack in Matera and return via Pompei where you will board a  bus to Sorrento or Rome. Arrival in Rome or Sorrento and end of the tour. 


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