Stray off the beaten path and explore a new side to the Italy you know and love. See the Veiled Christ statue, rumored to be created through alchemy, in Naples’ Sansevero Chapel. Sample wines created from the rich volcanic soil just outside of Pompeii. Soak up the sun with a free afternoon in Positano, home to colourful hillside houses and local posh boutiques. Spend 2 nights in a unique cave dwelling in Matera and your last 2 nights in the Puglia region in a personal converted house. Uncover the Baroque excellence of Lecce, an artisan city of limestone. Make your way through southern Italy and experience the Amalfi Coast and the Puglia region.
|May 24, 2024||from $6,199 CAD||Per Person|
|May 24, 2024||from $7,199 CAD||Single Traveler|
|1||Fri May 24||Naples, Italy|
|2||Sat May 25||Naples, Italy|
|3||Sun May 26||Amalfi Coast, Italy|
|4||Mon May 27||Amalfi Coast, Italy|
|5||Tue May 28||Amalfi Coast, Italy|
|6||Wed May 29||Amalfi Coast, Italy|
|7||Thu May 30||Matera, Italy|
|8||Fri May 31||Matera, Italy|
|9||Sat Jun 1||Puglia, Italy|
|10||Sun Jun 2||Puglia, Italy|
|11||Mon Jun 3||Puglia, Italy|
|12||Tue Jun 4||Puglia, Italy|
|13||Wed Jun 5||Alberobello, Italy|
Day 1 – Naples
Begin in Naples, a vibrant mecca for locals and travellers alike. Volcanic landscapes give way to medieval architecture and Grecian lanes, creating a unique culture exclusive to Naples. Settle into your new home for the next 2 nights and admire the view of crashing waves and bobbing boats. Toast to the start of your Italian getaway over dinner, looking out over the deep blue Bay of Naples to Mt. Vesuvius looming in the distance.
Day 2 – Naples
Explore Naples’ exuberant historic city centre (UNESCO) and underground ancient ruins with a local guide. Visit the Sansevero Chapel, home to the Veiled Christ statue, rumored to be created by alchemy due to its carved flowing cloth. During your afternoon at leisure, consider visiting the nearby National Archeological Museum and peruse relics from Pompeii. Tonight’s Impact Moment comes in the form of a private concert, performed by the Napulitanata social enterprise, which supports Italian heritage and abates the city’s high unemployment.
Day 3 – Amalfi Coast
Feel the ghosts of the past as you wander through Pompeii with a guide. After you’ve explored the public baths and private villas, get a new perspective on the volcanic countryside with a visit to a nearby winery. Layers of ash have transformed the timeworn soil into a fertile vineyard. Enjoy a wine tasting with lunch before continuing to the beloved Amalfi Coast. Watch the sun fade along the horizon in coastal Minori, your new home for the next 4 nights.
Day 4 – Amalfi Coast
A fishing village of terraced lemon groves, Minori exudes the quintessential Amalfitana vibe. Start your morning in a garden and learn about sfusato lemons, used in limoncello. Sample this fragrant liqueur in a pastry shop before hiking* along the coast. You’ll trek the rugged Path of Lemons – an ancient, hilly route that links Minori with the nearby town Maiori. Explore on your own before returning by boat. The remainder of the day is yours.
Day 5 – Amalfi Coast
Journey by boat** to Amalfi, the rocky coast’s namesake town. Formerly a maritime republic, Amalfi puts a historic spin on the seaside hubs, containing cobblestone piazzas and towering mosaicked cathedrals. After a few hours on your own, ferry past tumbling cliffs and pastel-colored houses on your way to Positano. Enjoy a free afternoon in this resort town, perhaps browsing the posh boutiques or resting along the beach. Return to Minori by ferry.
Day 6 – Amalfi Coast
Look down upon the Amalfi Coast from Ravello, a picturesque village with the best vantage point of the winding coastline. Then, it’s your choice! Visit the gardens of Villa Rufolo, making your way through a latticework of hedges and flowers to gaze out at the azure waves below -OR- hike the half-mile trail down to the remote gardens of Villa Cimbrone*** before returning to Minori for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 7 – Matera
This morning, discover one of Italy’s delectable cheese products during a visit to a dairy farm. Taste freshly-made mozzarella for lunch before continuing south to Matera (UNESCO), whose inimitable scenery has been featured in blockbuster films. Walk in the footsteps of ancient ancestors and experience the town’s cave dwellings, your home for the next 2 nights. Each cave is unique, half-excavated and half-carved from the land. In these unparalleled accommodations, connect with the Italian landscape like never before.
Day 8 – Matera
Hike into Matera’s 9,000-year-old history on a guided walking tour along its hillside caves, known to locals as the Sassi. The afternoon is yours to explore more of Matera’s heritage. Perhaps you’ll visit the remarkable Palombaro Lungo underground water cistern or head out of town for a hike through the surrounding countryside dotted with prehistoric caves and medieval rock churches. The evening is yours.
Day 9 – Puglia
Cross into the Puglia region and spend time in the town of Grottaglie, famous for its ceramic workshops. Stroll by the multicoloured artisan shops before continuing to Lecce, a Baroque powerhouse of limestone. Get to know the city with a local expert and take in its iconic architecture and papier-mâché craftsmanship. Dine your way around Lecce in the evening with a multi-stop dinner in the city centre.
Day 10 – Puglia
The day is yours. Lose yourself in the city’s charismatic ambience – full of winding lanes, sun-kissed piazzas, and hidden cafes. Perhaps you’ll join an optional excursion to Otranto and a nearby winery, featuring a tasting of wine from the region’s dark-purple grapes. No matter how you spend the day, reconvene in the evening for a private folk music and dance performance, highlighting the traditional pizzica e taranta. According to legend, spider bites cause the women to dance with feverish energy.
Day 11 – Puglia
Stop in Ostuni, a whitewashed town surrounded by olive trees. Zoom through the town like a local in the backseat of an open-air Ape Calessino, a traditional 3-wheeled car. Enjoy time on your own before arriving in Alberobello. Make your way to your personal room, a converted house that will serve as your home for the next 2 nights. Make the most of a free evening to independently discover the town’s secrets.
Day 12 – Puglia
Say “buongiorno” to Alberobello (UNESCO), a whimsical city that hosts a collection of cone-shaped trulli homes. Meander through a labyrinth of these gnomish houses, sometimes featuring symbols with superstitious connotations. As the day draws to a close, wish Italy goodbye at a farewell dinner.
Day 13 – Alberobello
Depart for home with treasured memories of rocky shores and cobblestone streets.
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