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Thanks to its large, natural harbour, the city of Brindisi has always been one of Italy’s most important ports, making it a city that is rich in fascinating history and steeped in culture.
Enclosed by Aragonese walls dating to the mid-15th century, Brindisi's vibrant historic centre is home to fascinating archaeological artefacts, beautiful squares and monuments and fantastic authentic Italian places to eat and drink. It is also the perfect base from which to explore Puglia, with great connections to other nearby places of interest.
Brindisi has several important religious structures and the Church of Santa Maria del Casale is one of the most beautiful and one of the most well known. Built in the 13th century, the church has recently been restored to ensure its just as striking as it was hundreds of years ago.
Home to a number of gorgeous squares, Brindisi makes for a wonderful place to lazily stroll around, simply taking in the atmosphere. You can enjoy the sites and perhaps stop at a pavement café for an Italian coffee, as you watch the world go by. Piazza Santa Teresa, in the heart of the old town, is one of the most beautiful squares in Brindisi and is located close to the city’s harbour and promenade. This gorgeous stretch of public walkway is one of the most picturesque in Brindisi and offers wonderful views of the commercial ports, the harbour as well as the ‘Monument to Italian Sailors.’
The city’s train station means that it is easy to explore the surrounding areas and it is definitely worth the 40 minute journey to the city of Lecce, known as the Florence of the East. It is an absolutely beautiful spot and is renowned for its stunningly beautiful architecture. There is also a wealth of choice of great restaurants and bars here making it a superb place to spend a day. You can also easily reach Bari, Puglia’s capital, by train.
The seaside towns of Monopoli and Polignano a Mare, the European Capital of Culture for 2019, Matera and the Itria Valley are all within reach of the wonderful base of Brindisi, so you know that when you stay here, it is the gateway to so many other fabulous places.
Discover the stunningly beautiful baroque town of Lecce, known as the Florence of the south and pay a visit to the gorgeous Otranto, Lecce's historic seaside town and port on this escorted tour through Puglia.
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After breakfast, you will set out by coach, to discover the stunningly beautiful baroque city of Lecce, often called the Florence of the South, thanks to its rich cultural and historical features. The journey should take around 40 minutes. Once you arrive, you will enjoy a guided tour and take in the sights, including the ancient Roman amphitheatre and the Basilica di Santa Croce. You will have free time to explore the area as you wish and perhaps enjoy some lunch.
Afterwards, you will pay a guided visit to Otranto, Lecce’s historic seaside town and port. Take in the sights, such as the majestic castle and the incredible Romanesque cathedral, which dates all the way back to 1088. You will also discover the sea-front promenades, which look out onto a white sandy beach with jewel-coloured waters.
In the late afternoon, you will be brought back to your hotel, in time to spend the evening as you wish.
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Visit Locorotondo, widely considered to be one of Puglia's pretties towns, the fairytale town of Alberobello, with its enchanting 'trulli' buildings and finish with a traditional authentic lunch at a masseria, with a glass of wine.
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Today, you will be picked up after breakfast and taken by air-conditioned coach for a guided tour of the beautiful Locorotondo, considered to be one of Puglia’s prettiest towns. It is perfect for a lazy stroll, simply soaking up its quaint and idyllic atmosphere and taking in its undeniable beauty.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a guided visit of the fairytale town of Alberobello. Puglia’s picture-perfect town is famous for its conical-roofed dry stone huts, also known as ‘trulli’ and in this UNESCO World Heritage site, you will find more than your fair share of sights at which to marvel. Explore its narrow pedestrianised streets, little shops selling local produce and quaint cafés, boasting the perfect espresso. You will then be treated to a traditional, authentic and truly delicious lunch with a glass of wine, at a local masseria. Puglia is known for its fantastic culinary standards, using fresh produce and of course, that famous olive oil.
Your coach will then return you to your hotel late in the afternoon and you can spend the evening as you wish.
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Visit a traditional Puglian farmhouse, known locally as a masseria and taste some authentic Puglian olive oil before visiting the stunning Ostuni and the charming town of Cisterno.
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You will be collected from your hotel in the morning by coach and brought to a gorgeous, traditional farmhouse known locally as a masseria. This experience embodies the Puglian spirit as you will get to sample some authentic Puglia olive oil, known throughout the world for its aroma and distinctive flavour. You really haven’t tasted proper olive oil until you’ve tried Puglian olive oil!
Afterwards, you will be brought on a guided visit of the awe-inspiring medieval town of Ostuni, also known as the ‘White City”. With its strong defensive walls and cascades of white-washed houses winding around the hillside, at the top of which proudly stands the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Spend some time wandering its beautiful streets and perhaps take a lunch break in one of its quaint pavement cafés.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided visit of the lovely town of Cisternino with its small yet utterly charming old town centre that has remained intact for centuries. Explore this elegant whitewashed town with its narrow, cobblestoned streets, historic churches and a simply beautiful little central piazza. You will be returned to your hotel by coach just in time to get ready for dinner and to spend the evening however you wish.
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