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DISCOVER ITALY

July 1- July 11
Enjoy Your Next Italian Adventure With Us!

2018
Puglia & Naples
Personally escorted by
Professor Joseph N. Spedaliere

Member pricing: $4,250
Non-member pricing: $4,350

11 Days/9 Nights
All inclusive air, hotels,
meals and day trips
Puglia is sun-bleached landscapes, silver olive groves, seascapes, and hilltop and coastal towns. It is a
lush, largely flat farming region, skirted by a long coast that alternates between glittering limestone
precipices and long sandy beaches. Italy’s heel juts into the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and the waters of
both are stunningly beautiful, veering between translucent emerald-green and dusky powder blue. Its
extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders: the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks,
the Swabians and the Greeks. Yet, despite its diverse influences, Puglia is authentic.

In a land where the cuisine is all-important, Puglia's cucina povera is legendary. Olive oil, grapes, tomatoes,
eggplants, artichokes, peppers, salami, mushrooms, olives and fresh seafood strain its table. Although
boasting some of Italy's best food and wines, in some places it's rare to hear a foreign voice. On this
adventure in southern Italy, Prof. Spedaliere will share with you the multi-millenary history and most
memorable experiences to be lived in this enchanting land.

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(3) Lecce – (4) Selva di Fasano – (2) Naples

ITALY
Bari
Murgia Polignano a Mare
Selva di Fasano
2 Naples Alberobello 4 Ostuni
Matera Brindisi
Salento Lecce
3
Otranto

Lecce

SICILY

Sun, July 1 I Depart USA Depart from New York JFK to Italy on
selected flight to Brindisi, connecting in Rome.
# - No. of Overnight Stays
Mon, July 2 I Brindisi I Lecce Upon arrival, you will be greeted at the
airport by your English-speaking driver before transfer to Lecce. After
the hotel check-in, there will be time for you to freshen up, get
TOUR FEATURES acclimated and relax. Historic Lecce is a beautiful baroque town; a
glorious architectural confection of palaces and churches intricately
•First class hotel accommodation for 9 nights sculpted from the malleable local sandstone. It is a city full of surprises.
•12 included meals, consisting of: One minute you are perusing sleek designer fashions from Milan; the
- 9 buffet breakfasts next you are faced with a church, dizzyingly decorated with asparagus
- 2 lunches at a local farmhouse column tops. This afternoon you may enjoy a walking tour to familiarize
- 2 lunches at a local restaurant yourself with the city. Welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight
at hotel in Lecce. (D)
- 1 dinner at hotel, including entertainment
- 4 dinners at local restaurants, including one Pizza night Tue, July 3 I Lecce Meet your tour escort and fellow travelers in the
•Wine, mineral water and coffee or cappuccino served with meals at hotel lobby for a guided city tour which will introduce you to the beauty
of Lecce. Built in the local soft creamy limestone with dazzling
hotels and restaurants
architectural surprises around every corner, Lecce is a Baroque
•Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach masterpiece. Its spider web of streets offers a kaleidoscopic mix of
•Sightseeing, including local guide and entrance fees for included long-range vistas, alluring sights and playful perspectives that have
visits long enchanted visitors. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner in a local
•Arrival and departure airport transfers restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Lecce. (B,D)
•Baggage handling 1 suitcase per person Wed, July 4 I Otranto I Salento Today we depart for the fertile
•Document holder and luggage tags Salento area where we will visit a local farm featuring renowned wines
•Hotel taxes and service charges & olive oils. There you will learn about their wine production, taste their
•City tax olive oils and learn about the olive groves. A wholesome lunch including
a wine-tasting will be served in the farm’s osteria to complete the
culinary experience. In the afternoon, the group moves on to Otranto
for a guided tour of Italy’s easternmost town. The imposing Castello
with its thick perimeter walls and robust towers dominates much of the
HOTELS (OR SIMILAR)
town, giving way to a small port. Below, a series of seafront
Date City Hotel promenades with excellent fish restaurants and the town’s beautiful
white sandy beach and turquoise waters provide the stage for una bella
July 2-5 Lecce First Class Hotel
passeggiata. Return in the late afternoon to Lecce and time at leisure.
July 5-9 Selva di Fasano First Class Hotel Overnight at hotel in Lecce. (B,L)
July 9-11 Naples First Class Hotel
Thu, July 5 I Lecce I Murgia I Ostuni I Selva di Fasano Departure
for Ostuni. Rising high above the vast olive-carpeted plateau of the
lower Murgia, this ancient city has long been an awe-inspiring sight for
those travelling across Apulia. Strong defensive walls and tumbling
clusters of white-washed houses wind around the hillside. At its summit,
proudly surveying the surrounding land, sits the magnificent Gothic
Cathedral built in the 1200s by the Emperor Frederick II. Lunch will be
served in a local masseria where you will enjoy many of the region’s
exquisite local products. In the afternoon, we continue to the Selva di
Fasano area. Upon arrival in town, check-in at the hotel and time at
leisure. Overnight at First Class Hotel in Selva di Fasano area. (B,L)
Fri, July 6 I Selva di Fasano I Bari This morning we will visit
Alberobello, Puglia’s picture-postcard town famous for its conical-roofed
houses – “I trulli ” – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its narrow
pedestrian streets, quaint little shops selling local produce, and a few
nice caffé and trattorie offering al fresco dining, Alberobello will enchant
you. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we
travel to Bari. Upon arrival you will be taken on a guided tour of this
lovely city. The tangled network of crooked streets and passageways
that make up Bari’s old town is commonly known as Bari Vecchia. The
district, home to many of the city’s churches and historic buildings, is
a beautiful example of ancient medieval architecture. On the tour, you
will have an opportunity to stop at the Teatro Petruzzelli, Basilica di San
Nicola and the Castello Normanno. Overnight at First Class Hotel in Naples
Selva di Fasano area. (B,L)
Sat, July 7 I Matera After breakfast we depart for Matera, well-known
for its picturesque sassi district, a large ravine with cave dwellings and center, La Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, i.e. the Home for the Relief
churches dug into the soft limestone. The sassi date from prehistoric of the Suffering, founded by Saint Pio of Pietralcina. There will be leisure
times and were used as housing until the 1950's. At that time, the time allotted in San Giovanni, and then an afternoon visit to the
residents, primarily living in poverty-stricken conditions, were relocated Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel of Monte Sant’Angelo sul
by the Italian government. First stop will be Altamura. Upon arrival you Gargano. This is one of the oldest shrines in Western Europe dedicated
will experience the making of the local traditional bread & sample some to the Archangel Michael, and it is a protected site in the National Park
with cheese, wine and the local typical taralli. After a visit to the of Gargano. (L)
Cathedral and historical city center, we continue to the next destination
Matera. Today its sassi district - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is a Mon, July 9 I Alberobello I Naples After breakfast, travel from Puglia
fascinating locale that can be viewed from above and then explored on to the region of Campania, with a stop on the way in Cerignola, possibly
foot. There are several churches open to the public, a reproduction of one of most charming villages of the region. There will be some time
a typical cave house that you can visit, and refurbished caves made set aside for leisure, shopping and lunch. Arrival in Naples is scheduled
into hotels and restaurants. Because of its similarity to ancient for the early afternoon, after which there will be check-in and time at
Jerusalem, several movies have been filmed in the sassi district. These disposal. In the evening enjoy a walking tour of Naples. See the Piazza
include Mel Gibson's, The Passion of the Christ and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s del Plebiscito with the Pantheon-inspired Church of San Francesco di
The Gospel According to Matthew. The more "modern" city, dating from Paola, the Galleria Umberto I, Naple’s elegant meeting and shopping
around the 13th century, is also very picturesque with several center; soak up the charming beauty of Via Caracciolo, the lovely
interesting churches, museums, large public squares and a pedestrian- promenade along the Bay of Naples; and culminate your tour in one of
friendly area with cafes and restaurants. Overnight at First Class Hotel most traditional pizzerie in Naples to sample the most famous product
in Selva di Fasano area. (B,L) of this city and region. Overnight at First Class Hotel in Naples. (B,D)
Sun, July 8 I Selva di Fasano Area After breakfast, free time to enjoy Tue, July 10 I Naples The morning starts with a panoramic drive
the beautiful beaches of Puglia, relax or engage in some other activity through Naples to discover the hidden treasures of this lovely city. Enjoy
in the region. This evening dinner will be in a traditional borgo. The the view of the Royal Palace, seat of the Bourbon Kings until 1861. Visit
dinner will showcase a sampling of local specialties in a gastronomic the Archaeological Museum, one of the most important in Europe. Its
tribute to Apulia and its typical products such as grains, grapes, copious collections of masterpieces of the area’s various historical
almonds and olives. A historical performance will present traditional periods are unrivalled. We should include a special mention of the
songs, folk music and dances representative of those once performed findings from the excavations of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae,
by laborers during their work days. There is also a chance to see how the three Roman cities buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the
baskets and other artisanal objects were made with all natural year 79 AD. Uniquely astounding! As you walk through the picturesque
materials. In addition, you will learn how to make traditional pasta, streets of Naples, you will see artisans at work in several "bassi" (street-
such as the Apulian “orecchiette”. Overnight at First Class Hotel in level small flats) while hearing the sounds of a city that seems to be
Selva di Fasano area. (B,D) comprised of many small villages. You will taste some delicious
Neapolitan specialties such as the sfogliatella pastry, the typical taralli
Optional Tour: San Giovanni Rotondo & San Michele Shrine (savory biscuits made with almond and pepper), the traditional folded
After breakfast, depart by private bus with your English-speaking tour pizza and the original delightful Foresta chocolate. Return to the hotel
leader to San Giovanni Rotondo. Meet with the local tour guide for a in the late afternoon; afterwards some personal free time and an
visit to the second most-visited Catholic shrine in the world. This was unforgettable farewell dinner in a traditional local restaurant. (B,D)
home for Saint Padre Pio since 1916 until his death in 1968. The
Pilgrimage Church was built in 2004 in devotion to the Saint. This city Wed, July 11 I Naples to USA After breakfast, departure to the
is also renowned for his important hospital and medical research airport for your connecting flight via Rome and back home. (B)
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Discover Italy - Enjoy your next Italian Adventure with us!
July 1-11, 2018
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Deposit: $1500 per person at the time of registration
*Price per person in double occupancy, single supplement and triple reduction available on request.

Final due date is March 20, 2018.

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CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancellations with more than 91 days prior to departure 20% of total cost per person
Cancellations between 90 and 46 days prior to departure: 30% of total cost per person
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