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Global Morning News – Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy

Posted on: April 16, 2024

Italy is definitely one of the top destinations for Canadians with cities like Rome, Florence and Venice being the top spots.

But what about the hidden treasures of Southern Italy – what they call the “heel” of the boot.

This tour takes in all those less visited towns and villages.

In the Apulia region, known for its centuries-old farmland, whitewashed towns, and miles of scenic coastline, the water is bluer, the produce is fresher, and the pace is delightfully slower.

On this tour you get to enjoy some unique experiences –

  • LOCAL TASTES - The beauty of Italian culinary specialties is that no two regions approach recipes in the same way. Take the traditional Focaccia Barese (from Bari). The dough is made with the local staple of potatoes to create a bread that’s not too tall but perfectly soft in the middle. Between the crunchy edges of baked mashed potato are ripe tomatoes, oregano, olive oil, and olives for the perfect palate-pleasing experience.
  • CULTURE & TRADITIONS - Traditional pasticciotto is the beloved cream-filled pastry of Lecce, which graces the shelves of Apulia’s bakeries and restaurants. Legend has it that this ubiquitous confection was invented by happy accident when chef Andrea Ascalone made too much cake batter, using the excess ingredients to mix up the original pasticcio (meaning mishap or mess in Italian) - a smaller cake with a creamy filling. Sink your teeth into this heavenly pastry with an almond iced coffee to complete the experience.
  • CASTELLANA GROTTE - Take a guided visit to the underground caves. Enjoy a wine and olive oil tasting followed by dinner at local masseria (local farmhouse).

Is your mouth watering already? Who doesn’t love Italian food?

Lots of history thrown in too with visits to castles and Greek temples.

The best news is that you can save $1,300 CAD per couple on this tour – here are the details:

Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy 8-Nights from Naples to Sorrento

Duration: 8 Nights
Departure Date: September 2, 2024
Price from: $2,939 CAD per person

Price With Roundtrip Airfare: $4,783 CAD per person


  • 8 night escorted coach tour from Naples to Sorrento
  • 8 breakfast, 4 dinner
  • Included excursions
  • Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word)
  • Transportation between destinations
  • Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi. (where available)
  • Taxes


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Duration: 6 Nights
Departure Date: November 8, 2024
Price from: $3,269 CAD per person


  • A week of two cities – Paris and London
  • Flights from Calgary
  • 4 star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided tour in each city
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