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Ostuni The White city

Perched on top of a hill and surrounded by strong defensive walls that separate centuries-old olive trees from clusters of whitewashed houses, Ostuni is an extraordinary sight and a must see on a trip to Puglia.

Ostuni has an ancient history of at least 2500 years was founded by the Messapi, a people who came from ancient Illyria and then was subsequently a land of conquest by the Romans, Ostrogoths, Lombards, Saracens, Byzantines, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese and Bourbons. The most distinctive feature of Ostuni are not so much the historical monuments but its white buildings, which also represent the reason why it takes the epithet of the White City. The practice of washing with lime was used to disinfect houses and streets, thus limiting the plague’s depredations.

 

It may seem trivial but one of the most beautiful things to do in Ostuni is to get lost in the alleys of its historic center and let yourself be guided by the senses, completely captured by the colors and glitter of the houses and shops and flowered balconies.

 

The views from Ostuni are worth the trip in themselves. From every corner there are wonderful views, the best of which offer sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and the Adriatic Sea.

Enjoy the beaches near Ostuni. The White City is a stone’s throw from some of the most beautiful beaches in Puglia.

Martina Franca

Martina Franca is a charming baroque town a few kilometers from Alberobello and is the largest town in the Itria Valley (the Trulli Valley).

The name with which it is known was given to it for the first time by Filippo I D’Angiò. The epoch of greatest splendor for this town was the eighteenth century when were built the most important monuments and churches that still dot the historic center. Baroque is the dominant style: you can find it in many civil and religious buildings; this style has taken here characteristic features that distinguish it from the other variations of this artistic and architectural current, so much that we can speak of Martinese baroque.The main Baroque buildings are the church of San Martino and the Palazzo Ducale. Strolling in the historic center you are captured by the majestic and suggestive facade of the Basilica where you can also admire the statue of the patron saint, San Martino.Continuing the cultural journey through the history of the city, passing through Piazza Roma, you will find the famous Palazzo Ducale, built by Duke Caracciolo in the seventeenth century and today the seat of the Municipality and main venue of the Valle d’Itria Festival.     An annual summer event for music lovers since 1975, the Valle d’Itria Festival in Martina Franca is one of the main classical music and opera festivals in the world.Every year, between the middle of July and the beginning of August, the festival showcases a series of works.  The operas are generally organized in the enchanting surroundings of Palazzo Ducale in Martina Franca, while orchestral chamber music and choral concerts take place in different venues around Martina Franca and in nearby towns.

Locorotondo

Strategically located in the Valley of the Trulli, between Alberobello, Martina Franca and Cisternino, Locorotondo owes its name to the perfect circularity of the shape of its historic center that contains beautiful and welcoming corners. From the top of its panoramic points, you will be enchanted by the spectacular territory characterized by long stretches of vineyards, olive groves, trulli and farmhouses scattered all around. Locorotondo is one of the most touristic centers of the Itria Valley (the Valley of the Trulli) and is counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Walking through the streets of the historic center of Locorotondo, there are vases of colorful flowers that look out from the balconies and balustrades. Another feature of this beautiful village are the so-called Cummerse, very steep roofs made with local stone. Among the things that stand out in the historic center, we highlight the Mother Church dedicated to San Giorgio, the small but beautiful Church of San Nicola, Palazzo Morelli and the Church of the Madonna della Greca which is the oldest church in Locorotondo.

Locorotondo inhabitants call Lungomare the road that connects the Villa (the panoramic garden) with the market square. It is a street full of restaurants and bars that becomes pedestrianized on summer evenings. But what makes the Lungomare one of the most popular places in the country is the breathtaking view of the Itria Valley. In Locorotondo there is no sea but walking down this street is a bit like walking on a real promenade where it is also one of the best places to watch the San Rocco fireworks competition.

Alberobello

A trip to Puglia cannot be considered such without a visit, even a short one, to Alberobello. This country with over 1000 cones in the historic center since 1996 is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List, it represents a unique place in the world and it is impossible not to be fascinated and struck by its scenographic impact. Walking through the streets of Alberobello is like being immersed in a fairy tale, which is why it is a place loved by everyone: young and old. Alberobello is also recognized as one of the “most beautiful villages in Italy”

Recently Walt Disney also made a cartoon about Alberobello, the characters are called “trullalleri” and they live in a place called “Trulli land”

Trulli are dry stone constructions, built directly on the rock, without foundations, with roughly worked stone blocks resting on each other, without lime to fix them together and covered by a conical structure of small slabs of gray limestone.

The trulli were built because at the end of the XV century, Alberobello passed under the County of Conversano who required that the Trulli be erected dry according to the interlocking stone technique. The aim of the count was to be able to demolish them quickly in case of inspection by the emissaries of the Kingdom of Naples, in order to not to pay taxes on housing. So Alberobello was an abusive village until 1797 when the 3500 inhabitants rebelled against the feudal yoke.

The symbols on Trulli’s cones have always aroused great curiosity. They are hand-drawn and with lime. They have different origins and inspiration: Judaism, Christianity, paganism,zodiacal and astral elements.

Cisternino

Cisternino is one of the most fascinating villages in the whole area, rich in traditions and where it is a pleasure to get lost in its alleys and small squares. A charm due to its popular and unplanned architecture that distinguishes the historic center.
Cisternino boasts the Orange Flag of the TCI (Italian Touring Club). This is a recognition of quality awarded to small towns in Italy for excellence in tourism, hospitality and the environment. Cisternino is also included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy and in the Slow Food towns due to the maintenance of its gastronomic traditions and the protection of local crops and productions such as, for example, the meat that can be purchased in one of the many butchers in the historic center. Here, if you want, the meat is grilled in the same butcher’s shop and ate by sitting at the tables specially arranged outdoors.

The exploration of Cisternino starts from Piazza Garibaldi, with the Villa Comunale (“Municipal Garden”) with the splendid panorama today is admired from the belvedere of Valle d’Itira.

The atmosphere and charm of Cisternino lie above all in wandering between the houses of the historic center and the other ancient neighborhoods that extend beyond the Cathedral and the Torre Grande. Needless to indicate a precise itinerary, also because the beauty of the visit is to get lost and then find yourself. For sure, sooner or later you will pass by Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, with its Clock Tower. Walking through Cisternino you will discover the beauty of the houses leaning against each other, connected by arches, interspersed with stairs, decorated with balconies and stone masks: a popular architectural masterpiece donated by the wisdom of bricklayers and stonemasons with no name. This is perhaps the main reason for spending time between the white walls of Cisternino.

 

 

Italy in colors

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Italy in colors

Italy, a treasure trove of stories to discover, among the remains of a story that tells of myths, legendary figures and extraordinary lives of characters who loved this land.
Italy, land of churches, archaeological excavations and monuments, frescoes and sculptures. Italy, land of UNESCO.
Italy to discover, to live, not to forget.

The Tour

Inpugliatour organizes a 13-day trip in the Italian peninsula. We will guide you on a journey of more than two thousand years, from the Roman civilization to medieval, from Renaissance art to the baroque one.
We will accompany you in the exciting discovery of stories, traditions, flavours and sounds.

General information

The fee includes: accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel with treatment of 11 full board and 1 half board including drinks; accommodation in a double room with private services; assistance for the duration of the stay and specialized tour guides for excursions; entry to museums where expected? tastings of typical local products in the places of production.

Day 1 – Welcome to Italy

  • Arrival in Rome, welcome and hotel check-in
  • 08.00 pm Welcome drink and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 – The Eternal City

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotelCooking lesson of typical Roman cuisine in the city centre
  • 01.00 pm lunch at a typical restaurant.
  • 03.00 pm guided tour of the city
  • 08.00 pm dinner at the hotel

Day 3 – The Eternal City

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotelIn the morning guided tour of the city
  • 01.00 pm early lunch typical Roman trattoria
  • 03.00 pm guided tour of the city
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel

Day 4 – from Rome to Florence

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotelFollowed by departure to Florence
  • 01.00 pm lunch at a typical restaurant in the city
  • 03.00 pm guided tour of the city
  • 08.00 pm dinner and overnight accommodation at the hotel

Day 5 from Florence to Salerno

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel. Cooking lesson of Florentine cuisine.
  • 01.00 pm Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • 03.00 pm Departure for Salerno
  • 07.00 pm Arrival at the hotel and checkin
  • 09.00 pm Dinner at the hotel

Day 6 Amalfi Coast

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to the Amalfi Coast
  • 01.00 pm Lunch at a restaurant with a panoramic view
  • 03.00 pm guided sightseeing tour
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel

Day 7 Castel del Monte and Cisternino

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel and departure for Castel del Monte.
  • 01.00 pm lunch and tour at the Torre Vento winery
  • 03.00 pm departure for Cisternino
  • 06.00 pm arrival and check in at hotel
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel

Day 8 cooking class and Ostuni

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel. Cooking class.
  • 01.00 pm Lunch
  • 03.00 pm transfer to Ostuni and guided tour of the city, followed by visit of an oil mill with and oil tasting.
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel.

Day 9 Martina Franca and Alberobello

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel
  • 09.00 guided tour of Martina Franca and then an agricultural farm
  • 01.00 pm Lunch with tasting of typical products of the farm.
  • 03.00 pm transfer to Alberobello, the trulli capital. Then visit to a winery and tasting
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel.

Day 10 Cooking class and Cisternino

  • 09.00 Breakfast at the hotel.Cooking class
  • 01.00 pm Lunch
  • 03.00 pm Guided tour of Cisternino and the Valle d’Itria, followed by visit to a winery and tasting.
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel

Day 11 Caves of Castellana and Polignano a Mare

  • 08.00 am breakfast at the hotel.Then visit to the Caves of Castellana, followed by a visit to a cheese farm in the Valle d’Itria.
  • 02.00 pm Lunch in Polignano a Mare
  • 04.00 pm Guided tour of Polignano a Mare
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel.

Day 12 Cooking class and Locorotondo

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel.Cooking class
  • 01.00 pm Lunch
  • 03.00 pm visit of Locorotondo or free afternoon for shopping
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel.

13 Day farewell

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the hotel
  • Farewell and departure.

 

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Castles & Wine

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Castels-e-wines

Puglia, treasure chest of stories to discover, among the remains of a story that tells of myths,legendary figures and extraordinary figures lives who loved this land.
Puglia magic, restless, wild.Puglia, the land of castles and ancient villages,artists and artisans, musicians and comedians.
Puglia to discover, to live,not to beforgotten.

The Tour

InPugliatour organizes a 8-day touramong the most beautiful cities of Apulia.We will guide you through castles and monuments. We will take you into the
exciting discoverystories and traditions, tastes and sounds.

General information

The fee includes: accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel with treatment of 4 full board and 3 half board including drinks; accommodation in a double room with private services; assistance for the duration of the stay and specialized tour guides for excursions; entry to museums where expected? tastings of typical local products in the places of production.

Day 1 – WELCOME IN PUGLIA!

  • Welcome and accommodation at Castello Monaci.
  • In the afternoon visit to the vineyard, the winery and the Wine Museum of Castello Monaci and subsequent tasting.
  • 08.00 pm dinner in the castle.

Day 2 – SALENTO TO DISCOVER

  • 08.00 Breakfast at the castle and departurefor Salento. Guided tour of the city of Lecce, the Apulian capital of Baroque, also known as “The Florence of the South”. Here the ancient Messapian origins and the remains of Roman domination mingle with plenty of Baroque, offering views and sceneries of magnificent beauty.
  • Visit of the most important monuments of the city.01.00 pm Lunch at a typical restaurant in Lecce.
  • In the afternoon transfer to Otranto. Guided city tour. Visit to the Cathedral with the famous mosaic of Pantaleone, the Byzantine Church of St. Peter’s and the Aragonese Castle
  • Following a guided tour at “Cantina Due Palme” and tasting.
  • 08.00 pm dinner in the castle.

Day 3 – CASTLE AND WINERY

  • 08.00 am Breakfast at the castle. Departure for Oria, to visit ancient village and the castle, of Emperor Frederick II. Then visit Tormaresca the winery with tasting.
  • 02.00 pm Lunch at the winery.
  • 16.00 you move in Francavilla Fontana and visit the old village.
  • 08.00 dinner in the castle.

Day 4 – TRANSFER IN VALLE D’ITRIA

  • 08.00 am Breakfast at the castle. In the morning visit tour at the Cantina Leone De Castris with tasting.
  • 02.00 transfer to Tenuta Monacelle ( Valle d’Itria )
  • 20.00 Dinner at the hotel

Day 5 – BETWEEN TRULLI AND CASTLE OF CONVERSANO

  • 09.00 breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Al-berobello, Capital of Trulli and Unesco site. Then visit the winery and the museum of the Cantine Albea.
  • 02.00 pm Lunch at the winery and tasting.
  • 04.00 pm We will move in Conversano, visit the old town and castle.
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6 – From the Alta Murgia to the Daunia

  • 8.00 Breakfast at the Hotel. Departure for the Alta Murgia, visit the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte, the discovery of this mysterious and intriguing octagonal castle built by the great and enlightened Emperor Frederick II. Then visit the Winery Torre Vento.
  • 02.00 pm Lunch at the Winery Torre Vento and tasting.
  • 04.00 pm Transfer to Lucera and accommodation at the hotel. Guided tour of the village.
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel

Day 7 – CASTLE AND SANCTUARY

  • 9.00 breakfast at the hotel .
  • Departure to Monte Sant’Angelo Unesco site, visit the Castle and the St. Michael’s sanctuary. Then we move at Winery Cantina Svevo for wine tasting.
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 – FAREWELL

  • 09.00 Breakfast at the hotel, farewell and departure

 

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Felicità

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Felicità

Puglia, treasure chest of stories to discover, among the remains of a story that tells of myths,legendary figures and extraordinary figures lives who loved this land.
Puglia magic, restless, wild.Puglia, the land of castles and ancient villages,artists and artisans, musicians and comedians.
Puglia to discover, to live,not to beforgotten.

The Tour

InPugliatour organizes a 8-day touramong the most beautiful cities of Apulia.We will guide you through castles and monuments. We will take you into the
exciting discoverystories and traditions, tastes and sounds.

General information

The fee includes: accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel with treatment of 4 full board and 3 half board including drinks; accommodation in a double room with private services; assistance for the duration of the stay and specialized tour guides for excursions; entry to museums where expected? tastings of typical local products in the places of production.

Day 1 – WELCOME IN PUGLIA!

  • Reception in the afternoon with accommodation and dinner in the Hotel “ Felicità” Carrisi

Day 2 – WINE TASTING AND MASTER CLASS

  • 9.00 breakfast. The day takes place in Carrisi estate, with tasting of the wines produced. Afterwards there will be a course in Culinary Master Class.
  • 08.00 pm Dinner at the hotel and evening at leisure.

Day 3 – BETWEEN TRULLI AND CAVES

  • 8.00 Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for Martina Franca and visit the famous baroque town and famous for the festival of the Itria Valley . Then visit Alberobello , Capital of Trulli and Unesco site.
  • 01.30 pm Lunch and wine tasting at Winery “ Cantine Albea “ .
  • 03.00 pm We will move to visit the Caves of Castellana. Then we move to Polignano a Mare, the town of   “ Mister Volare” , Domenico Modugno.
  • At 08.00 pm dinner at a restaurant Polignano.
  • Return to hotel

Day 4 – BETWEEN THE white city and Itria Valley

  • 8.00 pmBreakfast at the hotel and departure for the White City of Ostuni. Guided tour of the old town, featuring the white houses after which Ostuni has been named The White City. Tour and tasting at an oil mill and museum.
  • 02.00 pm lunch at a local restaurant Cisternino.
  • In the afternoon we move to nearby Cisternino, in the heart of the Itria Valley, to discover typical food, popular music, arts and crafts.
  • Return to hotel and dinner.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 5 – UNESCO MONUMENTS

  • 8.00 Breakfast in the hotel. Departure for the “alta murgia”, visit the UNESCO site the Castel del Monte, the discovery of this mysterious and intriguing octagonal castle wanted by the great and enlightened emperor Federico II.
  • 01.00 pm lunch and tasting at the Winery “Villa Schinosa “.
  • 03:00 pm departure for the UNESCO site Matera, sightseeing stones and capital the culture of 2019.
  • 08.00 pm return to the hotel and dinner.Evening at leisure

Day 6 – Discovering Salento

  • 8.00 Breakfast at the hotel and departurefor Salento. Guided tour of the city of Lecce, the Apulian capital of Baroque, also known as “The Florence of the South”. Here the ancient Messapian origins and the remains of Roman domination mingle with plenty of Baroque, offering views and sceneries of magnificent beauty.
  • Visit of the most important monuments of the city. Lunch at leisure
  • In the afternoon transfer to Otranto. Guided city tour. Visit to the Cathedral with the famous mosaic of Pantaleone, the Byzantine
    Church of St. Peter’s and the Aragonese Castle.
  • 07.00 pm Return to hotel and dinner.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 7 – TASTING AND RELAX

 

  • 08.00 Breakfast in the hotel. You move Winery “ Due Palme “, where after visiting there will be a tasting.
  • Lunch at leisure. Afternoon free for shopping
  • 08.00 pm return and dinner at the hotel.

Day 8 – Farewell

  • 09.00 Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Farewell and departure

 

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Between culture and gastronomy

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Between culture and gastronomy

Puglia, treasure chest of stories to discover, among the remains of a story that tells of myths,legendary figures and extraordinary figures lives who loved this land.
Puglia magic, restless, wild.Puglia, the land of castles and ancient villages,artists and artisans, musicians and comedians.
Puglia to discover, to live,not to beforgotten.

The Tour

InPugliatour organizes a 7-day touramong the most beautiful cities of Apulia.We will guide you through castles and monuments. We will take you into the
exciting discoverystories and traditions, tastes and sounds.

General information

The fee includes: accommodation in a 3 or 4 star hotel with treatment of 4 full board and 2 half board including drinks; accommodation in a double room with private services; assistance for the duration of the stay and specialized tour guides for excursions; entry to museums where expected? tastings of typical local products in the places of production.

Day 1 – Welcome to Apulia!

  • Reception in the afternoon with accommodation and dinner at the hotel and evening at leisure

Day 2 – From the kitchen to the White City

  • Breakfast at the hotel and moving at a farm for the first cooking lesson. The course includes the preparation of “ bruschetta with cheese, cherry tomatoes and rocket salad and the preparation of “mashed beans “with all the trimmings.Lunch will be in the farm, where guests will taste the dishes they prepared.
  • In the afternoon we will move to Ostuni, the White City. Guided tour of the old town, featuring the white houses after which Ostuni has been named The White City. Tour and tasting at an oil mill and museum.
  • Return to hotel and dinner.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 3 – From Baroque to Trulli

  • Breakfast at the hotel and moving to Martina Franca, known for its baroque architecture and Capital the Festival of Valle d’Itria. After seeing the Old Town we move in the countryside for Martina visit an agricultural farm adopting systems organic farming and breeding of cows Podolica.
  • The lunch will take place on a farm with products Farm.
  • In the afternoon transfer to Alberobello, Capital trulli and UNESCO site.
  • Return to hotel and dinner.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 4 – From the kitchen to Cisternino

  • Breakfast at the hotel and moving at a farm for the second cooking class.The course includes the preparation of the lamb to with potatoes and rabbit with vegetables.
  • Lunch will be in the farm, where guests taste the dishes they prepared.
  • In the afternoon we will move in Cisternino who received over the years various tourist awards.Afterwards, a visit at a winery with the production process and tasting.
  • Return to hotel and dinner.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 5 – Between the Caves and Sea

  • Breakfast at the hotel and moving to visit the Caves of Castellana of unique across Italy and famous for the “ white cave “ . Then visit and tasting at a cheese factory, with a live show of cheese making.
  • Lunch at leisure In the afternoon visit we will move in Polignano a Mare, the city of Domenico Modugno (Italian singer known for “Volare”), a beautiful seaside village with stunning cliffs that fall into the sea.
  • The dinner will take place at a local restaurant the historical center of Cisternino.
  • Return to hotel

Day 6 – From the Kitchen to “ Cummerse of Locorotondo “

  • Breakfast at the hotel and moving at a farm for the third cooking class. The course includes the preparation the “orecchiette” (pasta) with meatballs. Preparation of meatballs and orecchiette with sauce of veal or vegetables (turnip tops).
  • Lunch will be in the farm, where guests taste the dishes they prepared.
  • In the afternoon we travel to Locorotondo famous for its historic center with roofs “ Cummerse “.
  • Return to hotel and dinner.
  • Evening at leisure

Day 7 – Farewell

  • Breakfast farewell and departure

 

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