Apulia, Lecce & Vieste - Undiscovered Italy

8 days from only £879pp Show price breakdown

Selected departures up to October 2014, prices from £879pp rising to £979pp flying from London Gatwick

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  • Lecce, one of Italy's finest baroque towns
  • The Basilica di Santa Croce in Lecce which is one of the finest baroque towns in Italy
  • The Castel del Monte, a grandiose 13th century castle looking over the Adriatic Sea
  • Extraordinary Alberobello with its unique Trulli houses, Apulia's unofficial symbol
  • The amazing Cave village and UNESCO  World Heritage Site of Matera

Selected departures up to October 2014

Apulia, one of the most fertile regions of Italy produces more olive oil than the rest of the country combined, most of its fish, 80% of Europe’s pasta and more wine than the whole of Germany. We mention this because this very fertility and resultant wealth has attracted attention from a host of envious invaders throughout history, with all leaving remarkably evident footprints. It is this which makes Apulia delightfully different. Colonised by the ancient Greeks in the 8th century BC; then came the Romans, then the Byzantines followed by the Saracens, the Normans, the Spanish and the Bourbons it finally became Italian in 1861. 

Here in the deep, south-east of Italy, nature and history are powerful influences. The locals still wink cheekily at authority and the relaxed and communal way of life is in harmony with the sunny dry climate. There remains a deep rooted and historic suspicion of rule from afar, engendering a relaxed atmosphere perfect for ‘getting away from it all’ so why not join us and explore this hidden gem.