Our Local Advisor Marialuisa will guide you to discover Apulia, in its infinite variety of landscapes and cultures, with the interweaving of stories and identities. A land rich in scents, colors, sensations and traditions to admire and respect. Places, destinations, traditions and flavors are waiting for you, told by those who live and love our region.
A tour across narrow streets and caves in the wonderful Polignano a Mare
The tour starts with a walk in Polignano a Mare old town, a city that marked the passage of many cultures: Arab, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman over the years. Besides the history, you’ll find crystalline waters and the rock embroidered by surprising caves that open onto the sea, a distinctive sign of this village. The tour continues with a visit to the Pino Pascali Foundation. Here you’ll see a permanent collection set up in the former municipal slaughterhouse, dedicated to the great Apulian sculptor and artist. The tour ends with a stop to San Vito, just 5 minutes’ drive from the centre of Polignano. It’s a small and charming village located at the foot of the Abbey probably founded in the tenth century by a community of Basilian monks and inhabited by the Benedictines in the eleventh century. From here we will take off between the caves of the Blue Island, a one-hour trip with the opportunity to dive into the clear waters of Polignano a Mare.
From Ostuni to Alberobello and aperitif in a Botanical Garden
We will discover the enchanting Ostuni, known as the White City because of the white lime that paints the historic centre. Dominated by the fascinating Cathedral and by a maze of little streets, Ostuni owes its particularity to the promontory from which it overlooks: on one side the Adriatic Sea and on the other the Itria Valley. In this way you can enjoy breath-taking views, especially at sunset. The tour will continue with a visit to Alberobello, to admire the expanse of more than 1400 trulli, today a World Heritage Site It is a tangle of winding alleys, with more than 1000 trulli, original dry stone houses, whitewashed with lime and a cone-shaped roof made of exposed stones. Crosses, pierced hearts and zodiacal symbols decorate the roof of each trullo, which preserves intact its mystery. At the end of the walk we will stop at an old trulli house with four recently renovated cones and an organic outdoor garden where we can delight our palates with a selection of local delicacies.
Locorotondo and Cisternino tasting wine to the tune of Mozart
First stop Locorotondo: a characteristic village among the most beautiful in Italy, whose name derives from the circular plan of its historical centre. Locorotondo is known for its wines and for the roofs "a pignon" or "a cummersa" that overlook the white houses. The walk will continue to Cisternino, another village just a few minutes away, from the original popular architecture located high above the Itria Valley Here we will meet a small winemaker who runs a family business with a particular characteristic: in the vineyards you will hear for three hours a day the masterpieces and the notes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This balanced and perfect music will ensure a sort of "Massage" to wine.
A tour towards the natural oasis of Torre Guaceto and Lecce
We will spend the morning among bays, dunes, ponds, evergreen forest and the remains of a Neolithic village walking in the Oasis of Torre Guaceto. The Nature Reserve covers a stretch of coastline of about 8 kilometres, between Punta Penna Grossa and the Scogli di Apani and takes its name from the sixteenth-century coastal tower located in defense of the stretch of coast. We will discover the Mediterranean maquis accompanied by environmental guides, the flora and fauna of the wetland. At the end of the walk we will join Lecce. Dubbed the Florence of the South, Lecce is known as the pearl of the Baroque for the splendour of its architecture of the time. But Lecce is much more than a flock of churches and noble palaces in every corner. Lecce is an experience of authentic life, getting lost in the picturesque alleys of the old town where you can come across the typical artisan shops. Lecce experience means also chatting with the locals, listening to anecdotes and stories. Visiting Lecce means also to be offered an ice coffee with almond milk and enjoy the glare of the sun at sunset on the Lecce stone facades.