Gran Tour Unesco "South Italy"

  • Discounts: For groups
  • Season: All year
  • Experience: Art/Culture
  • Start/Ending tour: Roma/Roma
  • Meal plan: Hotel 3/4* - B&B - HB - FB
  • Excursions: Included
  • Days-Nights: 15 days / 14 nights
  • Price: on request

 

Descrption

AN INTENSE JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNESCO SITES OF SOUTH ITALY - A MUST


The World Heritage List includes 936 sites which are part of the cultural and natural heritage of the planet. The World Heritage Committee considers that these sites have a universal value. UNESCO has recognized so far a total of 936 sites (725 cultural, 183 natural and 28 mixed) in 153 countries around the world.

Currently Italy is the country that has the largest number of sites (47) included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage.

Apulia Booking will take you on a wonderful and fascinating itinerary (15 UNESCO sites) through places and cities of southern Italy, declared by the United Nations Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication Organization, World Heritage Site.

The fascinating tour starts with visiting the historical center of Rome, the first city to be included in the special list in 1980. The "Eternal City" appears in the UNESCO sites in 1980, the year in which three different areas were included in the World Heritage monuments. The capital is represented by the entire historic center, which includes some of the most famous monuments in the world, from the Colosseum to the Imperial Forums, but also from the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Holy See, in the territory of the Vatican.The "Eternal City" is not the only city in Latium to appear among the protected sites. More recently, in fact, UNESCO has included in its list other sites equally important and of great historical and cultural interest. Respectively from 1999 and 2001 have become World Heritage sites two prestigious residences from Tivoli :Villa d'Este, a kind of an Italian "little Versailles" , and Villa Adriana, the ancient home of the Roman Emperor built from 117 AD over a larger area of the excavations of Pompeii.

From Latium we will move to Campania, genuine treasure trove, to arrive in Caserta, universally known for the eponymous Royal Palace and the monumental complex that surrounds it. The complex includes therefore the royal residence, the park and the village of San Leucio, who grew up around the silk factory, built by Ferdinand IV in the Belvedere Palace, as well as the Carolino aqueduct, completed in 1769. The Royal Palace is magnificent and imposing, elegant and precious in its interior decoration, occupies 45,000 square meters and boasts 1,200 rooms and 1,742 windows, in addition to the courtyards and park graced by numerous fountains and sculptures.

Continuing we arrive in Naples, its historical center was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995.
The richness of the architecture of its historic center is due to the interweaving of cultures and styles that have lived over the centuries, dominated and changed the city. It was probably founded in the seventh century,by the Greeks of Cumae, the first urban center called Partenope, joined a year later by a new settlement, Neapolis, inhabited by the Athenians and Calcidiesi. From that distant era until today, Naples was the object of dominations, constructions and destructions by the Romans, Byzantines, Normans and then suffered Lombard Gothic, Renaissance and early twentieth century influences: all this has helped the center of Naples to become what it is now: a mix of varied art, expression and urban history.

Along the Vesuvius National Park, just a bit south of Naples we discover another priceless Italian treasure: the archaeological sites of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata. The cities were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD and they give us a full and incredibly realistic insight on life of that era.On 24th August in 79 BC ,the time in that area of Campania has stopped suddenly and scenes of everyday life have been brought to light in the mid-eighteenth century thanks to the excavations wanted by King Charles of Bourbon :in Pompeii you can see houses, roads, buildings, theaters where you can still notice the frescoes and decorations. In Herculaneum, however,the excavations have been made extremely difficult due to tens of meters of lava and debris that covered the city;here,the famous Villa of the Papyri was found, the private residence where philosophers and writers gathered. Lot more recent findings in Torre Annunziata, where were found the summer homes of dignitaries, which combine architectural Roman style with Hellenistic details.

We're still in Campania, where before arriving at the Park of Cilento you will come across the Amalfi Coast: 42 km of coast overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea of enormous historical and natural value, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Famous since the times of the republic Marinara di Amalfi in 839,from that time you can still see the ruins of the fortifications that guarded the borders. The World Heritage area covers twelve municipalities and a large number of historic and artistic treasures: from the Roman villa of Minori and Positano, to the many treasures held in churches and museums, the art of majolica of Vietri sul Mare. Amalfi itself is an architectural gem, from the Duomo to the "Arab" area of the city, where constructions, alleys and arcades are woven into a fascinating whole.

Continuing along the Tyrrhenian coast we find waiting for us the beautiful and lush nature of the National Park of Cilento and Diano Valley, which houses the archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the wonderful Certosa di Padula a unique blend of nature and human settlements, land of encounter between sea ​​and mountains, cultures of the north of Africa, the Atlantic and East. The archaeological sites are a magnificent and unique example of urban structure that came to us from the Greeks, and include the Temple of Hera, Ceres and Neptune, the Forum, the Wall, the houses and the Porta Rosa.

Continuing the tour to Matera ,we stop in Battipaglia to taste the famous Campana buffalo mozzarella. In a scenic route crossing the Apennines of Lucania with a stop in Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano, small towns (the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy) in the heart of the Natural Park of Lucan Dolomites, we get to Matera.

Matera is the city of the Sassi, an incredible testimony of the ability of a population to live with the land and nature: on the slopes of the hills of tuff rock, prehistoric civilizations have dug small residences, expanded and increased in number in the tenth century by shepherds to create clusters incredibly complex, consisting of tunnels, caves, courtyards, places of worship. The city is also home to well 115 churches,that were built between the tenth and fifteenth centuries,of greek-byzantine style with strong influences of local architecture. In the twelfth and thirteenth century Matera was under the Angevin power and became more evident the upward momentum of the Gothic style.

We arrive in Puglia, to visit the Trulli of Alberobello: located in the hills of the Murgia, it's a unique testimony in the world for the architecture that's been used, only here, for housing the first indigenous peoples: the technique of building a conical dry roof, was born as a trick to evade the taxes imposed by the Kingdom of Naples on housing, making them similar to slums. These "huts", now restored and still inhabited became a World Heritage Site.

In the area of ​​Alberobello (Itria Valley) we will visit some amazing cities like Locorotondo and Cisternino (one of the most beautiful villages in Italy), Martina Franca and Ostuni, the "White City" and then go up north along the Adriatic coast, delighting the journey with stops in Polignano a Mare and Monopoli until we get to Bari.

A must is the visit of Bari and its unique historic center which houses among others the famous Basilica of St. Nicholas with the bones of the saint, the Cathedral of San Sabino, a spectacular example of Puglian Romanesque architecture, the Swabian Castle and much more.

Still in the Puglia region,more specifically in Andria, stands the majestic Castel del Monte in the heart of the Alta Murgia National Park. Perfect in form, it's a magnificent example of architecture of the Middle Ages. It was built by Frederick II of Hohenstaufen around 1240, whose multifaceted personality reflects unmistakable signs in the castle: Gothic and Romanesque, Classicism and features of Muslim culture blend harmoniously in this magnificent structure, whose recurring element is the number 8 : eight octagonal towers, octagonal courtyard, eight rooms.

In the surroundings of Castel del Monte, we will relive the deeds and the history of Frederick II visiting Trani, aristocratic seaside town which houses the famous Queen of Cathedrals of Puglia, Barletta with its imposing castle and its legends, Altamura agricultural center in the center of Puglia well-known for its bread PDO and the roaring Cathedral, the only church built by Frederick II.

In this area we will visit and taste the products of some cellars where the best wine from Puglia is produced, oil mills where the extraordinary Extra Virgin Olive Oil is born.

After our stay in the heart of Puglia we will move towards the north and more precisely on the Gargano promontory to visit a recent site wanted by UNESCO in 2011 among the jewels of humanity: "The Lombards in Italy. Points of power (A.D. 568-774). "Here, after a journey in the Gargano National Park among breathtaking views overlooking the sea will go up to Monte Sant'Angelo to learn about the ancient history of the Shrine of St. Michael,which in the seventh century became the most important place of the cult of St. Michael, deeply affecting the spread of devotion to St. Michael throughout the West and becoming a model for hundreds of shrines built in the rest of Europe, including the most famous Mont Saint Michel in Bretagna.After the visit to Monte Sant'Angelo we will stop in San Giovanni Rotondo, a place of great mysticism where the imposing Basilica holds the mortal remains of one of the most venerated saints in Italy and in the rest of the Christian world: St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).

During the trip, there are many stops at local farms and traditional restaurants in order to enjoy and understand another UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Mediterranean diet. In fact, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of November 17, 2010 has entered the Mediterranean Diet in its prestigious list. The term "diet" refers to the etymology greek "lifestyle", that is, to all the practices, representations, expressions, skills, knowledge and cultural spaces with whom the people of the Mediterranean have created and recreated over the centuries a synthesis between the cultural environment, social organization, religious and mythical universe around eating.

On the way back to Rome we will stop in Benevento - UNESCO site of the circuit "The Lombards in Italy, Places of Power" and exactly to visit the church of Santa Sofia - one of the most complex Lombard structures and best preserved of the time, that still shows on the walls important pieces of early medieval pictorial cycles, highest testimony of "Benevento painting" - with the adjoining cloister, which now houses the Museo del Sannio.

A tour not to be missed, rich and full of emotions that will make you discover the extraordinary natural and artistic beauty of the whole south mainland retracing a beautiful piece of Italian history.

The program

FIRST DAY

Overnight in a  3/4* hotel in the centre of Rome

  • Arrival of the participants at the International Airport of Rome and transfer from the airport to the hotel destination.
  • Accommodation at the hotel, check-in, welcome drink, overnight.

SECOND DAY

Overnight in a  3/4* hotel in the centre of Rome

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Excursion to Rome, our expert guide will take you on a short walk into the center of the city, Piazza Navona, Campo dei Fiori, Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo. In the afternoon a walk to the "Fashion Streets", Via Condotti, Via del Corso, Piazza di Spagna, Via Frattina.
    Return to hotel however the tourists please.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

THIRD DAY

Overnight in a 3/4* hotel in the centre of Rome

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The day is dedicated to a memorable tour in ancient Rome. Departure from the hotel in the company of our expert guide to visit the Roman Forum, the Arch of Titus, Temple of the Vestal Virgins, the Colosseum, Palatine Hills, Phanteon, Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls of the city.
  • Return to the hotel however the tourists please.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

FOURTH DAY

Overnight in a 3/4* hotel in the centre of Rome

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day dedicated to the visit of the Vatican. St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant'Angelo. In the afternoon transfer to Tivoli to visit Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana. After the visits are over,we return to Rome.
  • Evening at Trastevere.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

FIFTH DAY

Overnight in a 3/4* hotel in the centre of Naples

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure for Caserta, arriving in Caserta at about 10:00. Guided tour to the Reggia di Caserta, or Royal Palace, a historical residence that belonged to the royal family of the dynasty of the Bourbons of Naples, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Located in the town of Caserta it's surrounded by a large park in which two areas are identified: the Italian style garden and English style garden. The royal palace complex, with its gardens approximately 2.5 kilometers long, is the largest in Europe. Transfer to Caserta Vecchia, a medieval village that lies on the slopes of the Tifatini mountains. Departure for Belvedere di San Leucio,where even now the ancient silk factory is presents and boasts of silk production throughout Europe, even today, the silks of San Leucio can be found in the Vatican, at the Quirinale, in the Oval Office of the White House. After the tour ends,we transfer to Naples.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

SIXTH DAY

Overnight in a 3/4* hotel in the centre of Naples

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Our daily itinerary starts from the Cathedral of Naples: the magnificent Cathedral of San Gennaro where the relics of the patron saint of the city are held. From the Cathedral we take a stroll to Via San Gregorio Armeno, the famous street of the Neapolitan nativity scene, where you can visit the beautiful monastery of the same name and the kiosk inside. Not far away, the Church of Gesù Nuovo, with its sumptuous interiors of carved stone. Near the church there is the beginning of Via Toledo, in the heart of the Spanish Quarters, with its succession of beautiful shops.

    In the afternoon,we visit the Galleria Umberto I, a few steps away from the gallery you can see the San Carlo Theatre, one of the oldest in Europe and the magnificent Royal Palace, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Pause at the Caffè Gambrinus in Piazza Trieste e Trento, historic restaurant to enjoy a "tazzulella"(mug) of real coffee surrounded by a nineteenth century refined setting.

    We continue to Piazza Plebiscito, to follow the monumental complex of the Maschio Angioino Castle, adjacent to the Royal Palace.

    We will reach Castel dell 'Ovo, where you can admire the splendid panorama of the city and the Gulf of Naples.

  • Return to the hotel however the tourists please.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

SEVENTH DAY

Overnight in a 3/4* hotel in Sorrento 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer and visit the city of Herculaneum: the buildings are preserved well enough to be able to walk along the streets, you will see parts of the original structures in buildings and clay vases, preserved as at the time of the eruption.
  • The day continues with a visit to Pompeii, where you will visit the city accompanied by an experienced guide: discover what remains of the ancient baths, ovens and large arena, while listening to the story that lies behind these fascinating cities. You will see one of the best preserved ancient Roman city in the world, brought to life thanks to the many years of study and detailed knowledge of experienced guides.
  • At the end of the visits we transfer to Sorrento.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

EIGHTH DAY

Overnight in a 3/4* hotel in Amalfi

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We start to discover the charm of the famous Amalfi Coast: we travel along one of Europe's most famous panoramic roads, getting into a scenario of outstanding natural beauty, overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Salerno.

    Stop in Positano which boasts an exceptional landscape with its steep streets leading down to the sea level. After about an hour you will arrive to Amalfi to visit the beautiful cathedral of the ninth century, stroll through the picturesque streets make purchases in the many shops or relax in a downtown bar.

    We will continue to La Scala, where we will have lunch and you can see from up the Revello and the Amalfi Coast . Then visit Revello, a place that inspired Wagner,right after a visit to Villa Rufolo with its beautiful gardens and a unique landscape.
  • Accommodation in hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

NINTH DAY

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Matera

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Paestum
  • Transfer to Matera,through the Lucanian Apennines with a stop in the beautiful villages of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano, where you will have the chance to walk among the houses, set among the rocks,take fascinating historical and naturalistic excursions, to taste the local products but especially enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape from a new angle, unusual and above all full of emotion.
  • For the more adventurous you can make the "Flight of the Angel" (extra), a flight of 120 km / h harnessed safely on steel cables suspended at 400 meters above sea level. Unique experience in Europe.
  • Trasfer to Matera.
  • Accommodation in hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

TENTH DAY

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Alberobello

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Matera, called by many "the oldest city in the world" begins with a guided tour overlooking the "Sasso Barisano" by the arches of Piazza Vittorio Veneto, a description of the geological, historical, cultural, economic and artistic characteristics of the whole rocky habitat of the Sassi, and continues with the excursion through the "Barisan", the "Civita", the oldest part that dominates both the districts, the "Sasso Caveoso". Along the way, through an analysis of the various parts of the Sassi, their architectural modules, read the historical continuity that characterizes this unique housing form.
  • Transfer and visit to Alberobello, a picturesque tourist and agricultural center consists largely of trulli, which give, in addition to a vague fairytale atmosphere, considerable architectural interest recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO. Only in Alberobello there are over 1,500 trulli of various types.
  • Accommodation in hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

ELEVENTH DAY

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Bari

  • Colazione in Hotel
  • We will start the route to "the cities of the valley" with a fascinating itinerary to discover Locorotondo, where you can sip the wine that has the same name as the town(LOCOROTONDO DOC),a fresh and fragrant white wine, in this town the houses are arranged in a circular system and streets are chasing each other in a concentric order. Martina Franca with its charming and picturesque old town full of amazing sights and Baroque settings: the Palazzo Ducale, the Basilica and the Collegiate of St.Martin. Cisternino, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, a small medieval village perched on a beautiful hill where you'll meet traces of history, art, culture and traditions of the people of a small town in Puglia. Ostuni, the "White City" with its impressive Gothic cathedral which dominates the panoramic historic town center, among streets and squares its viewpoint overlooking the sea and the boundless expanse of the monumental ancient olive trees in Puglia, natural sculptures of incomparable beauty.
  • Transfer to the city of Bari. The famous and imposing Basilica of St. Nicholas, a meeting place between the Churches of East and West, the guardian of the relics of St. Nicholas of Myra is accompanied by the majestic presence of the Norman-Swabian castle, the narrow streets of the old city among symbolic traces of stucco decorations and Baroque and Romanesque, prominent buildings as the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Petruzzelli theater recently renovated, the city walls and the enchanting waterfront.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

TWELFTH DAY

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Trani

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure for Barletta, the densely populated city, capital of the new province of Puglia called BAT, you can admire the famous bronze colossus, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore, where Gothic and Romanesque live in harmony with the fascinating hypogean early Christian buildings, the cellar of the Challenge and the Medieval - Renaissance Castle built by the Normans in the second half of the twelfth century to defend the city.
  • Crossing the impressive landscape of the Alta Murgia Park will come to Minervino Murgia for a visit with wine tasting in one of the most elegant, charming and renowned wineries in Puglia.
  • Transfer to Castel del Monte "Crown of Puglia" the most mysterious of the buildings built by Frederick II of Swabia around 1240. Octagonal in shape, from one side represents a rigorous architectural design and from the other invokes mystical and symbolic aspects. Added to the list of Italian national monuments in 1936 and that of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996. The mysteries of this castle will not fail to charm you.
  • Moving on to Trani to visit the famous cathedral called the "Queen of Cathedrals of Puglia", built in honor of St. Nicholas the Pilgrim, the magnificent Castello Svevo directly on the sea, the Jewish Church, the Church of All Saints, the courts located in the historic Palace of the Court , the Monastery located in the peninsula of Colonna. Interesting is the Town Villa along the coast with its pine and oak trees, and finally the beautiful harbor with distinctive pub-restaurants, various local shops and the fort attached to the pier of the port.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

TIRTHTEENTH DAY

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Manfredonia

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure for Monte Sant'Angelo, near San Giovanni Rotondo, in the province of Foggia, included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Site. In particular, Monte Sant'Angelo was added for the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel, a pilgrimage site since the sixth century. The Sanctuary becomes part of the circuit 'Langobardorum Italy', the ranks of the most influential Cultural Heritage of the world and that is the 'World Heritage List'. In this quaint little town of Gargano, mystical place at the boundary between the earth and the sky, surrounded by the rocks that have centuries, impregnated with faith and prayers, there were the four appearances that gave life to the sanctuary and to the cult of St. Michael in the Western world by the Lombards. "Monte Sant'Angelo is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean.
  • Trasfer to San Giovanni Rotondo. Short visit to the Sanctuary of Padre Pio.
  • Trasfer to Manfredonia.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

FOURTEENTH DAY

Overnight in a 4* hotel in Rome

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer and visit to Benevento the UNESCO site of the circuit "The Longobards in Italy, Places of Power" and exactly visit the church of Santa Sofia - one of the most complex Lombard structures and best preserved in time, on the walls it still shows important pieces of pictorial cycles of the early Middle Ages, the highest testimony of the "Benevento painting" - with the adjoining cloister, which now houses the Museo del Sannio.
  • Trasfer to Rome.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.
  • Free night out in Rome.
  • Dinner(extra) and overnight.

FIFTEENTH DAY

Re-entry

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Trasfer to the International Airport of Rome.
  • End of services.

 

Tariffs and Conditions

COSTS OF THE PROGRAM

  • Prices on request
  • Discounts for groups

 

  THE TOUR INCLUDES

  • All transfers (including to / from the airport of Rome)
  • 14 overnights in a 3/4* hotel or similar
  • 14 breakfasts at the hotel
  • Meals according to the chosen program
  • Excursions included as scheduled
  • Accompaniment and language support: English, German, Russian, Italian, French, Spanish and other

THE TOUR DOESN'T INCLUDE

  • Plane flight
  • Optional trips
  • Extra lunches
  • Tips and gratuties
  • Inputs:Museums,Castles,Archaeological sites
  • What is not expressly mentioned in the program find in:THE TOUR INCLUDES
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Puglia is a region of Southern Italy that homes 4.084.035 inhabitants.The capital of Puglia is Bari. It has borders with Molise,Campania and Basilicata and it's washed by the Adriatic and Ionian seas.It includes the provinces of Bari, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Brindisi, Foggia, Lecce, Taranto.

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