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Puglia’s very fabric is a rich tapestry of history, culture and absolutely stunning natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. Visit a collection of alluring sites, steeped in history and fascinating stories on the Treasures of Puglia Escorted Tour holiday.
You will fly to Bari airport this evening, where you will be met by Topflight’s resort manager and transferred by air-conditioned coach to the 3 star plus Hotel Ibis Styles in Trani, which should take approximately 40 minutes.
You will stay at this modern hotel for 7 nights on a bed & breakfast basis. Just 10 minutes walk from the seaside, the hotel is in a great location and the historic city of Trani is just 850m away.
After enjoying a fine breakfast in your hotel, you are invited to a welcome meeting with your resort manager at 10am, who will introduce you to Puglia, talk you through your programme for the week and also recommend things to do and see during your time at leisure in Trani and the surrounding areas.
You are then free to discover the area at your leisure for the rest of the day. Trani, known as the ‘Pearl of Puglia’, is a beautiful fishing town and has a distinctly sophisticated feel. The marina provides a wonderful spot to walk, watching the boats and yachts bob in the harbour and the Romanesque Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino, is well worth a visit is a with its richly decorated interior.
Today, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Monte Sant’Angelo to visit the Shrine of Saint Michael which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have some time to explore this fascinating area which has been an important pilgrimage site since the early middle ages.
Afterwards, you will be brought to San Giovanni Rotondo, home to the Shrine of Padre Pio and the second most visited Catholic shrine in the world. Filled with fascinating religious buildings and monuments, today you will get to explore these intriguing surrounds in the company of a local guide. The saint’s tomb lies inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace and it is here you will find a wealth of artifacts including the crucifix from which Padre Pio received the stigmata. After some exploration you will return to your coach and be transferred to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Today you can spend your time as you wish and it may be the perfect opportunity to discover the area of Trani. Start your exploration by visiting the Cathedral of San Nicola Pellegrino, a Romanesque gem by the sea. The Cathedral boasts a richly decorated interior and two crypts dedicated to San Nicola and Santa Maria, along with San Leucio's hypogeum.
Not far from the Cathedral, the Swabian Castle is an imposing fortress built by Frederick II. Behind the port, you can explore the Jewish quarter of Giudecca, a maze of small alleyways, synagogues and artisans' shops.
Trani is also the perfect base from which to explore Puglia, with great connections to other nearby places of interest.
This morning you will be picked up by coach to visit 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. On your guided tour, you will get to 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 its famous olive oil.
Afterwards, you will be brought to the beautiful town of Polignano a Mare, famous throughout the world for its mouth-watering gelato. But it’s not just that that will make you fall in love with this town, it’s the glorious surrounds too. Located on top of limestone cliffs, overlooking the ocean, this historic old town is a beautiful labyrinth of narrow roads and alleys, lined with plenty of shops, bars and restaurants for you to peruse. Afterwards, you will be transferred comfortably back to your hotel in time to spend the evening as you wish.
Spend another day at your leisure today, the perfect time to get some well-earned rest and relaxation and indulgence in. Enjoy sampling some delicious Puglian dishes or perhaps some of the region’s wine.
Bari is less than an hour away by train, should you wish to explore the capital city of Puglia. It is a beautiful city that blends its history wonderfully with a certain youth a vibrance and it is well worth a visit.
And if you are still thirsty for activities, your Topflight representative can talk you through excursions and activities that are available or simply recommend a good local restaurant or bar.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before taking your coach transfer to the utterly fascinating town of Matera. Renowned for its cinematic landscape and ancient cave dwellings, also known as sassi, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most awe-inspiring in Italy.
For years and years these ‘sassi’ were used as housing for the poor and the squallored conditions were renowned. Since then, however, the area has gained something of a revival with the sassi hosting artists and hippies as well as major film productions. What’s more is that Matera has been named as 2019’s European Capital of Culture indicating how things have entirely flipped for the area.
The third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement in the world, when you visit the sassi, it seems you've been transported back to the ancient Holy Land which is why perhaps the area has often been used to depict biblical scenes for TV and film, including ‘Passion of the Christ’. This is a truly unique and remarkable place just begging to be discovered. You will return to your hotel in the evening time, after a fascinating day.
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and you may leave your luggage to collect later on, as you still have some time to bid farewell to Trani and perhaps enjoy lunch and a final Aperol Spritz before being transferred back to the airport for your evening flight back to Dublin.
This property is offered on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Hotel Ibis Styles is located in the town of Trani, a 10 minute walk from the Puglia seaside. This is the perfect base from which to explore the area and get the very best of all it has to offer.
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