Academy Travel is the largest cultural themed tour operator in Australia and we are pleased to offer this tour to our UK travellers through our London office.

Puglia to Pompeii Classical Southern Italy

Feb 27 - Mar 13, 2020
16 days
£4,350 per person, twin share (land content only). £910 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour
Leader

Dr Estelle Lazer

Overview

Take the road less travelled through southern Italy – brimming with ancient and medieval sites and outstanding scenery.

Take ‘the road less travelled’ through Puglia and Basilicata and on to the stunning scenery and renowned archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples. This tour begins with the fascinating history of southern Italy, from the cave-dwelling people of Matera to ancient Greek colonies, Norman castles and cathedrals, and elegant Southern Baroque architecture in Lecce. It then continues to the Bay of Naples, justly lauded in antiquity for its superb scenery and relaxed lifestyle, and today a wonderland of art and archaeology, from Pompeii and Herculaneum to Caravaggio and his followers.

Highlights

  • The medieval castles and cathedrals of Puglia, built by Norman and German rulers
  • The battlefield of Cannae, where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
  • The unique ‘sassi’ cave dwellings in the ancient city of Matera, one of Italy’s most remote cities
  • The hidden artistic and architectural gems of Naples, seen by relatively few tourists
  • Europe’s premier archaeological sites, including Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis
  • Capodimonte, the Bourbon royal palace housing a remarkable collection of fine art

Itinerary overview

Days 1–3: Group flight from Rome and arrive in Lecce, explore the town, Otranto.

Days 4–5: Tour Brindisi and Taranto, see the ‘sassi’ of Matera.

Days 6–9: In Trani, visit Roman and medieval sites including Barletta. Visit Cannae and Castel del Monte and enjoy a full day excursion to Barrie and Bitonto.

Days 10–11: Visit Venosa and Melfi as we travel to Vietri sul Mare and spend a day at Paestum.

Days 12–16: Explore the city of Naples, including the National Archaeological Museum. Visit key archaeological sites at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, as well as Capodimonte. Coach to Rome.

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