Rome & Puglia
Explore the many historic & artistic splendours of Rome, then head south to experience the true Puglia with accommodation in a traditional Trullo and visit to some ‘masserie’, local working farms where you’ll enjoy a cheese-making demonstration & typical lunch. A tour of the lovely Valle d’Itria rounds out this 7-day Rome & Puglia Tour!
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Explore the many historic & artistic splendours of Rome, then head south to experience the true Puglia with accommodation in a traditional Trullo and visit some ‘masserie’, local working farms where you’ll enjoy a cheese-making demonstration & typical lunch. A tour of the lovely Valle d’Itria rounds out this 7-day Rome & Puglia Tour!
Day 1: Rome
Welcome to Italy! On arrival at Rome airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Check-in and then set out to begin exploring the ‘Eternal City’ on your own.
Day 2: Imperial Rome
Enjoy breakfast and a morning at leisure to explore on your own, before this afternoon’s small-group Imperial Rome Elite Tour featuring a full visit of the three world-famous symbols of Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum with skip-the-line entrance tickets included. Your tour starts at the Arch of Constantine, the largest and one of the best preserved triumphal arches in Rome. From here our guide will take you inside the Colosseum, the most famous monument in the world and a main symbol of Rome. Our guide will explain the cruel events that took place there and answer all your questions. After exiting the Coliseum, you will visit its surrounding monuments like and the Palatine Hill with the Roman Forum Archeological Area, undoubtedly the most important and attractive one in the world, thanks to its unique historical, monumental & archaeological values, as well as for its sublime beauty. Just the views from the Palatine over the Forums or the Circus Maximus would be worth a trip to Italy. You will also discover the House of the Vestals, the various Temples, the Senate House, the Capitol Palace the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches. The tour ends inside the Roman Forum and the remainder of the afternoon and evening is yours to spend as you please. (B)
Day 3: Vatican at Your Pace
Following a leisurely breakfast, set out to visit the Vatican Museums at your Pace with Skip-the-Line entrance tickets included, and discover the masterpieces of Rome on a self-guided tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel. There is no stress to reach the entrance or standing in line; our assistant will lead you to the museums where you’ll visit the wonders of one of the world’s biggest art collection at your own pace. With their fifty-four galleries, including four statue museums (Museo Pio-Clementino, Museo Chiaramonti, Museo Gregoriano Etrusco & Museo Gregoriano Egiziano), these museums are home to some of the most famous works of art in the world, featuring artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Raphael and Giotto, to name a few. The afternoon is free to continue exploring Rome on your own. (B)
Day 4: Rome | Bari | Alberobello
Following breakfast, make your way to the railway station to board a high-speed train to Bari in Italy’s southernmost region of Puglia. On arrival in Bari, a private transfer will take you to Alberobello, well known for its picturesque houses with cone-shaped roofs and where you’ll enjoy accommodation at one of this typical Trulo. After checking-in, you are free to explore your new surroundings. Overnight accommodation in Alberobello. (B)
Day 5: Masserie & Cheese
Today you’ll enjoy a wonderful experience of culture & cuisine starting with a small-group walking tour of the lovely town of Alberobello, with a visit inside a Trullo. Accompanied by your guide you’ll then tour the local countryside, travelling along rural routes with stops for picture taking, and visit some ‘masserie’ (local working farms) where you will enjoy a demonstration of cheese-making followed by lunch with the family of the 'masseria'. This tour lasts approximately 4 ½ hours and includes travelling along rural routes with stops for picture taking. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own. (B.L)
Day 6: Valle d'Itria
This morning you’ll meet your guide and set off on a small-group tour of the lovely Valle d’Itria, which stretches from Putignano in the north to Ostuni in the south & resplendent with vineyards, endless olive groves & dotted with the famous coned roofs of the Trulli. The first stop will be at the small village of Locorotondo known as one of the ‘Borghi più Belli d'Italia’, the most beautiful villages in Italy, and its historic centre & narrow streets make a wonderful place to wander. Martina Franca an elegant town famed for its Baroque palaces is where you’ll have some free time to take lunch on your own before our visit to Ostuni. One of the most stunning cities in southern Italy, Ostuni is famous for its dazzling whitewashed houses & charming examples of Mediterranean architecture. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Alberobello. This excursion lasts 6-7 hours approx. (B)
Day 7: Alberobello | Bari
Today marks the end of your Rome & Puglia vacation. Enjoy a final breakfast before your private transfer arrives to take you to the railway station or airport in Bari for your onward journey. Arrivederci! (B)
Some excursions included in this Rail Tour do not operate daily. The itinerary will be modified to suit.