ESCORTED

The Mysterious South

3 Days - 2 Nights

4 Star Hotels

 

FROM SORRENTO

May to October - Sunday departure

Sorrento - Castel del Monte - Castellana Caves - Lecce - Ostuni - Alberobello (Trulli) - Matera (Stones) - Sorrento or Rome

 

Day 1 Sunday SORRENTO – CASTEL DEL MONTE – CASTELLANA CAVES - NOCI

Early morning departure for Apulia, on the way, stop to visit Castel del Monte, imposing octagonal castle, with eight octagonal towers at each side built in 1250 by the emperor Federico II, on a hill of 570 metres that dominates all the valley. Free time for lunch. The journey continues to Castellana Caves. Discovered in 1938, the entrance is represented by an enormous vertical tunnel 60 metres long. At the end of the visit, arrival at the hotel. Accommodation, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2 Monday NOCI - LECCE - OSTUNI - ALBEROBELLO - NOCI

Breakfast and departure to Lecce and its "famous baroque " form of art and architecture developed between the end of the XVI century and the first half of the XVII century. Very rich and beautiful are the decorations of the church of S.Oronzo, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the Celestini Palace. In the square of S.Oronzo we can admire the roman amphitheatre from the II century ac and the column of S.Oronzo, 29m high with a copper statue of the saint on the top. Departure to Ostuni, an architectural jewel commonly referred to as "the White Town" for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Alberobello, the town of "trulli" and Unesco Heritage. "Trulli" are typical houses with a cone roof that were used as homes and to keep the farmer utensils. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Tuesday NOCI - MATERA - SORRENTO OR ROME

Buffet breakfast. Departure for Matera that has gained international fame for its "Sassi". The Sassi originated from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses dug into the tuff rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Apulia. Many of these "houses" are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. One of the pe culiarity of this ancient city, is that there is a great similarity with the ancient sites in and around Jerusalem. This has caught the eye of film directors and movie studios. Principally due this reason the Sassi were the set of many film, as for e xample "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 a Unesco heritage. Time for a sna ck and return to Rome or Sorrento. End of the tour and of our service.

PRICE INCLUDES:

- Accommodation in 4 star Hotels
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Two dinners
- Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Service charges and taxes included except the city tax which
must be paid locally directly to the hotel
- An Appian Line Assistant during the tour
- Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
- English French Spanish guides
- Entrance Fees

OUR HOTELS:


* In Noci: Cavalieri or similar

2016 Rates

In double € 385.00
In single € 490.00
In triple € 360.00
Child with 2 adults € 305.00

THIS TOUR ENDING IN SORRENTO CAN BE COMBINED WITH
EMERALD TOUR

2016 Dates

MAY: 5-19
JUNE: 9-23
JULY: 14-28
AUGUST: 11-25
SEPTEMBER: 8-22
OCTOBER: 13-27

The Mysterious South Cruise Route