Apulia

The conical corbelled roofs of the trulli at Alberobello - the building technique can be traced back at least to the Greek Bronze Age
The conical corbelled roofs of the trulli at Alberobello - the building technique can be traced back at least to the Greek Bronze Age
Cavalryman bearing down on an unfortunate tribesman. Greek gravestone of the 4th century BC from Tarentum
Cavalryman bearing down on an unfortunate tribesman. Greek gravestone of the 4th century BC from Tarentum
The 13th century frescoes from the rock-cut Church of San Vito Vecchio at Gravina - restored and re-erected
The 13th century frescoes from the rock-cut Church of San Vito Vecchio at Gravina - restored and re-erected
Late Roman Basilical church near Siponto - originally built on top of a Roman public building, the stones were re-used to build a nearby Byzantine church
Late Roman Basilical church near Siponto - originally built on top of a Roman public building, the stones were re-used to build a nearby Byzantine church
The cathedral and harbor at Trani
The cathedral and harbor at Trani

Apulia is a fascinating area quite unlike the rest of Italy, characterised by high plateaux, coastal lagoons and lovely old seaside towns. This remarkable region has been home to many successive peoples and cultures, who have each left their own unique archaeological trace on the landscape, producing rock-cut cities and churches, and conical trulli.

Apulia was a cross-cultural bridge between east and west, attracting new settlers whose influence was absorbed and adapted to this particular terrain. This is a wonderful exploration of how this diverse and beautiful region has been forged by the great sweep of history.

  • The little-visited heel of Italy: discover Roman battlefields, dramatic rock-cut churches and magnificent castles and cathedrals
  • We enjoy a special visit to the Santomasi foundation - an atmospheric museum with beautiful collections and an impressive library
  • The famous pepper-pot ‘trulli’ at Alberobello - built using the same techniques from Prehistoric to modern times and a World Heritage Site

Themes

  • Romans
  • Prehistory
  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - All meals included - dinners with wine
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Flights - London to Bari; Milan to London
  7. Hotels - 3 nights in a hotel which was a former convent based on the harbour of Trani, 2 nights in an elegant establishment set in a beautiful green park, just outside the city of Martina Franca, 2 nights in a 5 star hotel right in the historical heart of beautiful Baroque Lecce

Hotel Info

3 nights in a hotel which was a former convent based on the harbour of Trani

2 nights in an elegant establishment set in a beautiful green park, just outside the city of Martina Franca

2 nights in a 5 star hotel right in the historical heart of beautiful Baroque Lecce

Travel Information

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