Rome, Matera & Apulia

May, June, July, September, October: Starting € 4.650,00
April, August: Starting € 4.200,00

11 Days, Private Journey: Rome, Matera & Apulia

Visit Rome, Matera, Bari, Monopoli, Polignano a Mare, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Alberobello, Lecce and Otranto

On a privately guided trip that shows you Italy’s beauty, enjoy our Underground Tour of the Colosseum, see the Vatican before the crowds arrive on a special early-morning visit; discover Matera, one of the most ancient towns in the world; experience Bari the capital of Puglia; visit Locorotondo with its calm, laid-back atmosphere; visit a local cheese producer; explore Lecce one of the most beautiful Italian Baroque towns; enjoy a fun cooking class in a local Masseria; discover Alberobello known for its magical Trulli and designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

Itinerary at a Glance

INCLUDED WITH EVERY LUXURY TAILOR MADE JOURNEY

The starting price is for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 4-star or Luxury B&B accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates. Supplements may apply over holiday periods, festivals and special events. International air not included.

Rome, Matera & Apulia | FULL ITINERARY

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ARRIVAL AT ROME AIRPORT AND PRIVATE TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION

Arrival at Rome International airport and private transfer to your accommodation. Rest of the day at your leisure for resting and relaxing.

ARRIVAL AT ROME AIRPORT AND PRIVATE TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION
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GUIDED TOUR OF THE IMPERIAL ROME

Enjoy our tour of the Colosseum Undergournd and Arena Floor!Feel the fear and hear the roars of the crowd above you as you enjoy this full Colosseum Underground tour. Stepping beneath the arena floor, you’ll walk in the footsteps of gladiators who waited here before battle. As you tour the tunnels, your guide will tell you about the real life of gladiators before taking you back up to the arena floor. Walk out onto a recreation of the stage where the fighting took place and be blown away by the most impressive view of the Colosseum (seen by so few!). After your Colosseum and Colosseum Underground tour, you’ll experience the very heart of Ancient Rome: the Roman Forum. 

Here was where Rome ruled its empire of untold political and cultural influence—and of more than 2.5 million square miles and 65 million people. At the Palatine Hill you’ll discover the origins of Ancient Rome. Legend has it that this is the spot where Remus and Romulus were found by the she-wolf and where they battled to decide which would have the privilege of building their own town. Hear how this legendary battle impacted the world you know today (your very own life even!) We owe the Ancient Romans more than you’d believe! Afternoon at your leisure.
Meals included – Breakfast

GUIDED TOUR OF THE IMPERIAL ROME
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SMALL GROUP EARLY BIRD VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR

This morning enjoy our Pristine Sistine Early entrance Small group Vatican Tour (the tour starts at 07.15 am). Enter the museums before the general public to see the Sistine Chapel at a quieter time. See the best of the Vatican City in under four hours. With a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, a Vatican Museums tour (including the Raphael Rooms) and a St. Peter’s Basilica tour, you’ll cover all the bases. Engage with the art and architecture of the Vatican. Our guides are passionate art experts, full of stories and familiar with even the smallest details of these massive museums. The tour will end around 11.00 am. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Meals included – Breakfast at the Vatican Musems Café

SMALL GROUP EARLY BIRD VATICAN MUSEUMS TOUR
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TRASTEVERE FOOD TOUR
Rome is known for having some of the country’s most loved street food. From ancient classics like supplí- fried risotto balls oozing with fresh mozzarella cheese to the trendy Trappizino – a hybrid of pizza and a calzone filled with signature Roman dishes like braised oxtail, you will enjoy them all. This unforgettable food and cultural experience will give you a taste of daily life in one of Rome’s most iconic neighbourhoods, Trastevere. On this 3-hour stroll down Trastevere’s cobblestoned back streets we will indulge in the city’s best street food, at places locals still cherish and meet the colourful characters behind these classic eats and hear their amazing stories. If you are looking for a mouth-watering taste of Roman cuisine and culture, then share this unforgettable experience together. Afternoon at your leisure. Meals inclued – Breakfast and tasting of local specialties
TRASTEVERE FOOD TOUR
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PRIVATE TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN MATERA

Following breakfast and check out private transfer to your accommodation in Matera (approximately 5 hours by car). Afternoon at your leisure. 
Meals included – Breakfast

PRIVATE TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN MATERA
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PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF MATERA AND THE MURGIA MATERANA PARK

This morning enjoy a guided visit of the beautiful town of Matera. Largely carved out of and built with tuff, the town has an incredible history and a deep sense of spirituality, purity and authenticity. The sassi, ancient cave dwellings that were inhabited until the middle of the 20th century, and the rupestrian churches are the most remarkable aspect of the town, but not the only reasons for visiting this beautiful and unique part of the world: Matera also boasts a superb artistic and cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and a warm sense of hospitality. 

After lunch enjoy a guided tour of Murgia Timone enjoying a stunning panorama of the whole Sassi area which is on the other side of the canyon. On Murgia Timone, along the tracks beaten since the Neolithic, when the first form of prehistoric human settlements took place, we will visit the remains of a primitive burial, and some traces of ancient Neolithic village. Continuing along the path you will come across some typical rock-hewn churches like Madonna delle tre porte(of three doors), which is still decorated with interesting frescoes of Byzantine culture. Throughout the visit will be deepened also many aspects of the natural world, observing the plant species, typical of the Matera’s Murgia. 
Meals included – Breakfast

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF MATERA AND THE MURGIA MATERANA PARK
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GUIDED TOUR OF BARI AND TRANSFER TO MONOPOLI

Following breakfast and check out your private driver will take you to Bari where you wil enjoy a guided visit of this fascinating city that has transformed it into a wonderful area for strolling, full of cafés, bars and restaurants. Just a short walk from Piazza San Nicola are Bari’s other major architectural attractions: the Cattedrale di San Sabino, also built in a late 12th century Romanesque style by the Normans, and the Castello Svevo, Emperor Frederick II’s mighty fortress. Bari boasts a long seafront promenade which leads from Bari Vecchia to the more modern shopping district, built on an octagonal plan in the early 19th century by Joachim Murat, Napoleon’s brother-in-law. Lunch at your leisure. Next stop will be the lovely sea town of Polignano a Mare. Spend some time at your leisure in Polignano before continuing to your accommodation in Monopoli.
Meals included – Breakfast

GUIDED TOUR OF BARI AND TRANSFER TO MONOPOLI
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COOKING CLASS IN A MASSERIA AND LEISURE TIME IN MARTINA FRANCA AND LOCOROTONDO.

Following breakfast your driver will take you to a lovely masseria where you will enjoy a fun cooking class in a local and learn all the secrets to prepare delicious dishes of the local tradition. At the end of your class enjoy the fruits of your labour accompanied by good local wines. In the afternoon time at your leisure to discover the lovely towns of Locorotondo, one of Puglia’s prettiest towns and Martina Franca, which boasts elegant palaces and more than fifteen notable churches. Return to your accommodation in Monopoli and overnight stay.
Meals included – Breakfast and lunch

COOKING CLASS IN A MASSERIA AND LEISURE TIME IN MARTINA FRANCA AND LOCOROTONDO.
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PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF ALBEROBELLO AND VISIT OF A CHEESE FARM

Following breakfast your driver will take you to Alberobello famous for its conical-roofed houses, the trulli. It’s not just a pretty picture, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected thanks to its “outstanding universal value… an exceptional example of a form of building construction deriving from prehistoric construction techniques that have survived intact and functioning into the modern world. Meet your guide and enjoy a guided tour of the magical trulli of Alberobello learning about the ingenious techniques used in the construction of trulli. Next visit a local cheese farm. Taste some of the farm’s delicious produce: mozzarella, fresh ricotta, aged cheeses, capocollodi Martina Franca, bread, wine and desserts. Return to your accommodation in Monopoli and overnight stay.
Meals included – Breakfast and cheese tasting

PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF ALBEROBELLO AND VISIT OF A CHEESE FARM
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LEISURE TIME IN OSTUNI AND VISIT OF A WINERY OF THE AREA

Today visit the amazing Ostuni. The most distinguishing characteristic of Ostuni, and the reason for its taking the epithet La Città Bianca, is its uniformly white buildings. Originally the practice of lime-washing the town’s served as a means of lightening up the dark, labyrinthine mediaeval streets but in the 17th century it became a matter of life and death and was used to limit the depredations of the plague.Wandering through the streets today, visitors are charmed by Ostuni’s mediaeval layout. The narrow back streets, little passages and flights of steps make it delightfully easy to lose one’s bearings! Suitably, however, the climax of any visit arrives when you reach the highest part of town, home to the imposing Archbishop’s palace and the 15th century Concattedrale with its curvaceous, symmetrical façade and rose window. The views from Ostuni are, by themselves, reason enough to make a trip there. Wonderful vistas abound from all angles, the best of which offer 360-degree panoramas of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea. 
In the afternoon enjoy a visit to a local winery followed by wine tasting. Return to Monopoli and overnight stay.
Meals included – Breakfast

LEISURE TIME IN OSTUNI AND VISIT OF A WINERY OF THE AREA
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GUIDED VISIT OF LECCE

This morning your driver will take you to Lecce. Enjoy a guided tour of one of the most famous baroque cities in Italy and discover its wonderful churches, monuments and old roman theatres. In the afternoon continue you to Otranto, not only Italy’s easternmost town but also a great mix of history, architecture, views, sea-front restaurants and white sandy beaches. Return to Monopoli and overnight stay.
Meals included – Breakfast

GUIDED VISIT OF LECCE
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FLY BACK HOME

Following breakfast and check out private transfer to Bari International airport to take your flight back home.
Meals included – Breakfast

FLY BACK HOME