Itinerary| Treasures of south Italy | 8 days - 7 nights

NAPOLI, BARI, MATERA

Our our starts in Naples, the magic city where colours, scents, history and culture create a unique cocktail. The city is full of important sites to visit: Castel Nuovo, the cathedral with chapel of the treasure of the patron saint Gennaro, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Plebiscito, the Archaeological Museum and the National Gallery of Capodimonte, the underground cavities are only some of the beauties of Naples. Also, the green islands of the Gulf, like Ischia and Capri are within reach.

Passing the lower slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, you reach Pompei and Herculaneum, the roman cities buried by the volcano in the disastrous eruption of 79 AD and where it feels as if the time stopped in the roman age.

Surrounding the Gulf to its southern shore you will arrive in Sorrento, crossing its mountainous peninsula to the Amalfi Coast. Positano, Amalfi and Ravello are certainly highlights of one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world with its romantic towns, lush vegetation and continuously changing views, one more spectacular than the other.

Afterwards the journey continues across the Italian boot to the Adriatic coast and the region of Apulia with its capital Bari, crossways of culture all over the centuries where the medieval old town contrasts with the modern, commercial harbour that developed beginning from the 19th century. Romanic are the most famous religious buildings one among others the beautiful cathedral of Trani located marvellously on the seaside.

Alberobello is the centre of the Valle d’Itria, a lovely countryside spotted with the stunning timeless Trulli drystone houses, UNESCO heritage site. Not far Ostuni, città Bianca – the white town facing the Adriatic Sea. Driving north again, don’t miss Castel del Monte the mysterious octagonal castle one of the most beautiful in Italy and Altamura, famous for its bakeries that still today prepare the traditional bread in their wood ovens before continuing to Matera. Here takes a walk through the famous Sassi, enormous extensions of troglodyte dwellings used until the 1960ies, today also protected by the UNESCO.

Then the journey takes you back to Naples through the south of Campania with a stop in Paestum to admire the wonderful Greek Doric temples, witnesses of the area having been part of Megale Hellas – Greater Greece.

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