Explore Puglia and Basilicata, situated
upon the heel of Italy, with experts Dr
Colin Bailey or Stephen Nelson. These
provinces encompass a wide stretch
of the beautiful Adriatic coastline and
offer some of Italy’s best food and
finest wines. Discover a treasure trove
of fascinating cathedrals and castles, as
well as unique trulli houses in Alberobello
and ancient cave dwellings in Matera.
All these architectural styles display
the diverse range of cultural influences
on the region, from 12th-century
Romanesque to 17th-century baroque.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Bari with British Airways. Afternoon tour
of Bari, first visiting the Lungomare (seafront
promenade), followed by the old town and the
basilica of San Nicola, considered to be the
region’s most important example of Romanesque
architecture. A model for many cathedrals in
Puglia, it is one of the major pilgrimage churches
on the route to Jerusalem. Evening introductory
lecture followed by a welcome dinner at a local
restaurant. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Oriente (or
similar) in Bari. (D)
This morning visit the 13th-century
Unesco-listed Castel del Monte, an important
example of Swabian architecture. Continue to
the Pinacoteca De Nittis in Barletta, a museum
dedicated to the 19th-century Italian painter
Giuseppe De Nittis. In the afternoon, visit Trani
to see the cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino,
founded in 1097 to house the relics of a young
Greek pilgrim named Nicola. Return to Bari. (B)
Transfer by road to Lecce, en route visiting
Alberobello and Locorotondo. Alberobello is a
Unesco world heritage-listed town consisting of
1,000 trulli – small, partly whitewashed round
houses with conical roofs, first built in prehistoric
times. Locotorotondo is a whitewashed hamlet
known for the peculiar shape of its rooftops and its excellent white wine. Remainder of the day at
leisure. Stay 3 nights at the Patria Palace Hotel
(or similar) in Lecce. (B)
Full day’s walking tour of the baroque town
of Lecce, including the 16th-century basilica
of Santa Croce. Lavishly decorated, this is
the epitome of Lecce baroque and the most
celebrated example of the style. Continue to
the church of Santa Chiara to see its distinctive
baroque styles and papier-mâché ceiling.
Next, visit the cathedral and the nearby bishop’s
palace and seminary. The final visit of the
morning is to the church of Sant’Irene, which
hides an impressive array of marble altars
behind its minimalist facade. Afternoon visits
include the column of Sant’Oronzo, the Roman
amphitheatre and a papier-mâché workshop. (B)
The day begins with a visit to the Cathedral of
Annunziata in Otranto to see its rose window
and 12th-century mosaic floor depicting the
tree of life. Continue to nearby Soleto to visit the
wonderfully frescoed church of Santo Stefano.
In the afternoon return to Lecce. (B)
Head to Bari, stopping en route for a view of
Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’. Continue to
the fishing port of Monopoli for a stroll and in
the afternoon drive to Bari. Remainder of the day at leisure. Stay 2 nights at the Palace Hotel
in Bari. (B)
Travel to Matera to see the sassi, ancient cave
dwellings in the city centre. The sassi originate
from a prehistoric troglodyte settlement and
are thought to be some of the first human
settlements in Italy. Continue to the Unesco
Historical Natural Park of the Rock Churches,
see a panoramic view of the city and visit the
ancient underground cisterns. Return to Bari for
a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Bari airport for a flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 4- and
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Dr Colin Bailey gained
his doctorate in art history
at Nottingham University.
He was assistant keeper
at the Walker Art Gallery
and academic librarian
at the Barber Institute
before establishing a history of art and
design department in Edinburgh. He has led
numerous tours in Italy.
Stephen Nelson has
extensive knowledge of
Italian art history and
contemporary art, and
lectures regularly in Italy
and the UK. He is also an
artist and works in London
and Italy. His practice is sculpture based
and he has shown his work internationally,
in both solo and group exhibitions. Stephen
lives in Basilicata.
Palace Hotel is located near the seafront in the centre of Bari. The 200 rooms combine period furnishings and contemporary art. Facilities include wireless internet access, a gym, roof garden restaurant and...
The Palace Hotel is conveniently located approximately 15 minutes' walk from the ancient Unesco site of the Sassi.
Features: 60 rooms, gym, restaurant with panoramic terraceRoom amenities: Air conditioning, free...
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PGA2017: 7 Nights