Private Tour Southern Italy – Eastern Coast

Southern Italy offers a chance to see a combination of spectacular scenery, traditional towns and epic natural wonders. Places like the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Sardinia, or Sorrento stand out because they’re not just the best spots in southern Italy but are among the very best places to visit in the world. Whether you want a culinary, cultural, natural, or historic experience, Italy and its islands has many experiences to satisfy your interests and delight you.

If you want to see a different Italy from the tourist cliches, there are plenty of spectacular but lesser-known destinations which are worth exploring.

We offer suggested itineraries to visit lesser known places rich in history as well as natural beauty. The itinerary will be custom created for you as there are so many possibilities.

This one offered here is primarily south along the eastern coast. Starting with Brindisi in the far southeast (where one can board a boat to Greece), visit Mesagne, Lecce, Otranto and then Otranto, the easternmost village in Italy.

Onward to Gallipoli, a small town on the Apulian coast; and the ancient village of Taranto. Tour Matera, a UNESCO heritage site; and Altamura villages near Taranto. Another amazing site is the Caves of Castellana, complex of underground caves of karstic origin.

Explore the small town of Ostuni and historic villages Locorotondo near Porta Napoli; Polignano a Mare. Discover the sites in the metropolitan city of Bari and tour the ancient sites, piazzas and cathedrals of Bisceglie, Trani, Barletta and Foggia.

Ferry to the Tremiti Islands, the only Italian archipelago in the Adriatic Sea. Visit Termoli, the most important city on the Molise coast. The promontory on the Adriatic Sea is home to the characteristic Borgo Antico divided from the rest of the city by the retaining walls and the castle.

Culminate your tour in the Abruzzo region. Visit Chieti, one of the oldest cities in Italy; and Sulmona in the heart of Ambruzzo. A short drive to Rome for your flight home.

SOUTHERN ITALY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Otranto the easternmost village in Italy, located on the heel of the boot.
  • Boat excursion to Tremiti Islands
  • Excursion to ancient villages
  • Enjoy diverse geography and wonderful landscapes
  • UNESCO World Heritage and Cultural Sites
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    Rome
    Day 1-3 Arrival in Rome

    Either have a guided tour or explore Venice independently.

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    Brindisi
    Day 2: Fly to Brindisi

    Transfer to the airport; on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of this day is independent.

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    Day 3: Visit Brindisi and Mesagne

    Tour Brindisi including: Piazza Duomo, the oldest square in the city, the Cathedral also known as the Basilica of the Visitation, the port of Brindisi.

    Also tour Mesagne which has a characteristic heart shape and houses numerous historical monuments in the Apulian Baroque styl. Via Marconi, which leads to the Villa Comunale embellished by a monumental fountain. Along via del Carmine, the church of Carmine, built in 1305; the municipal park, passing through the seventeenth-century arch of Porta Grande; the Castle built in Norman times by Robert Guiscard in 1062; the church of Sant'Anna, built between 1683 and 1699 in the Apulian Baroque style; Piazza III Novembre, where the Mother Church is located.

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    Otranto
    Day 4: Visit Lecce and Otranto

    Tour Lecce including: Piazza Sant' Oronzo, The Basilica of Santa Croce Lecce, Piazza del Duo.

    Otranto is the easternmost village in Italy, located on the heel of the boot. it is a charming seaside town, recognized in 2010 as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. Visit: Aragonese Castle and Cathedral of Otranto.

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    Puglia also called Apulia
    Day 5: Visit Gallipoli and Taranto

    Gallipoli is a small town on the Apulian coast. The old town is home to beautiful places of worship such as the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, with its richly decorated facade. Not far away, the Church of Santa Maria della Purità has a majolica floor.

    In the heart of the historic center of Taranto, visit: the Cathedral or Duomo of San Cataldo, Castel Sant'Angelo, Church of San Domenico Maggiore, the old Norman bell tower.

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    Day 6: Visit Matera and Altamura

    The Sassi of Matera are two unique districts of Matera, considered a UNESCO heritage site. The Sassi are divided into Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano. They are made up of very special buildings that were only half-built. In fact, almost all of them have a part in stone blocks in full view and a part hidden and dug directly into the rock.

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    Day 7: Caves of Castellana and Alberobello

    Visit Caves of Castellana, a complex of underground caves of karstic origin, of considerable interest, among the most beautiful and spectacular in Italy.

    Alberobello is known for its characteristic trulli, a constructive model of spontaneous architecture.

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    Day 8: Ostuni and Locoroto

    Tour Ostuni, the "white city." The name refers to the typical color of the houses of the ancient Terra district, the ancient fortified village of the city. See the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace and the Seminary, connected by a stone bridge called "la Loggia." Also on the Cathedral square, the former Carmelite Monastery of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi, annexed to the Monastery the Church of San Vito Martire.

    Continue driving approx. 45 minutes to Locorotondo. After passing the Villa Comunale, you enter the village from Porta Napoli. We are already in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, the main clearing that allows access to the town but which is also the living room of the city. See: Palazzo Morelli, the Clock Tower, Palazzo Morelli and the Palazzo Comunale, currently used as the Civic Library.

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    Day 9: Polignano a Mare and Bari

    Polignano a Mare historic village is accessed by passing through the 16th-century Arco Marchesale, or Porta Grande, which was once the only entrance to the fortified city and is still dominated by the picturesque remains of the 15th-century church of San Giuseppe.

    In Bari, see the Norman-Swabian Castle, Cathedral of San Sabino, Basilica of San Nicola.

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    Day 10: Bisceglie and Trani

    Tour the Cathedral of Bisceglie.

    In Trani visit ancient fort, Villa Comunale, Piazza Teatro, Castello Svevo and the Church of Ognissanti. Also visit the Cathedral of Trani San Nicola Pellegrino located in Piazza Duomo.

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    Day 11: Barletta and Foggia

    In Barletta tour the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Swabian Castle.

    In Foggia, the Cathedral of Foggia, the of San Giovanni Battista, Church of Maria Santissima della Misericordia

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    Day 12: Tremiti Islands - Vieste

    Board a ferry to visit the Tremiti Islands, the only Italian archipelago in the Adriatic Sea.

    Overnight in Vieste.

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    Molise & Abruzzo
    Day 13: Termoli and Chieti

    Visit Termoli, the most important city on the Molise coast, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. The village origins date back to the 5th century B.C. See Borgo Antico, Castello Svevo, Vico II Castello, considered one of the narrowest alleys in Europe.
    So much to explore in this charming ancient village!

    Onward to Chieti, a city in Abruzzo and one of the oldest cities in Italy. According to legend it was founded by Achilles who had given it the name Teate in honor of his mother who was the sea nymph Teti.

    Stroll Corso Marrucino, the main street of the historic center and see some of the most important buildings of the city, including the Prefecture, Palazzo della Camera di Commercio and Palazzo de' Mayo.

    Tour the Cathedral of San Giustino and Marrucino Theater, Art Nouveau style; Villa Frigerj built in neoclassical style and its park is an important municipal garden of the city.
    The three Roman temples, date to the 3rd century BC.

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    Day 14: Sulmona and Rome

    Visit Sulmona, in the heart of Arbuzzo.
    Continue approx. 2 hrs to Rome

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    Rome
    Day 15: Depart

    Transfer to the airport

  • Trip Length

    14-16 days

  • Dates

    April-October

  • Land Cost

    TBD

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