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TOURS: 11 Days/ 10 Nights - Jewish Puglia

Guide in English

Half Board basis


Day 1 - BARI or BRINDISI
Arrival at the airport, meeting with our assistant and transfer to  Valle d’Itria.
Check-in and welcome dinner in Hotel. Overnight.


Day 2 : ALBEROBELLO / MATERA
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure to Alberobello along the beautiful scenic route that rises from the sea to the Murgia with its rolling hills, vineyards and rural architecture. Visiting the capital of the Trulli, these ancient buildings from the roof Cone, declared a world heritage site in 1996. Walk between the two most characteristic districts, Rione Monti and Aia Piccola, with the fascinating history of the origin of the trulli and count that made it the grandeur, until you reach the top of the famous and spectacular Church "in trullo" shingles. Tasting liqueurs and sweet almond. Continue to Matera where was shot Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ. Upon arrival,  and guided tour of the upper part with the Civita which is dominated by the magnificent Romanesque cathedral and the lower part with the Sasso Barisano. Dinner in a typical restaurant inside the rocks. Overnight.


Day 3 : CASTELLANA GROTTE / POLIGNANO A MARE
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure to Castellana Grotte. Don't miss these spectacular limestone caves, 40km southeast of Bari and Italy's longest natural subterranean network. The interlinked galleries, first discovered in 1938, contain an incredible range of underground landscapes, with extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite formations – look out for the jellyfish, the bacon and the stocking. The highlight is the Grotta Bianca (White Grotto), an eerie white alabaster cavern hung with stiletto-thin stalactites. Completed guided tour. Continue to Polignano a Mare, a town that was the birthplace of the singer-songwriter Domenico Modugno – "Mr. Volare". Stroll through the streets of the waterfront of this which is one of the busiest marine tourist destinations of Puglia. Guided visit and tour by boat. Deep into this spectacularly positioned small town if you can. Located around 34km south of Bari on the S16 coastal road, Polignano a Mare is built on the edge of a craggy ravine pockmarked with caves. The town is thought to be one of the most important ancient settlements in Puglia and was later inhabited by successive invaders ranging from the Huns to the Normans. Return to your Hotel. Dinner and overnight.


Day 4 : OSTUNI / LECCE
Breakfast in Hotel. Departure to "Salento". En route stop over in Ostuni for a guided tour of the "White City" so called because of the white of the houses of the city's ancient, authentic example of Mediterranean architecture. Parks in farmhouse with adjoining olive grove where you can learn all about the cultures and the typical products that derive, cooking class and tasting. Departure to Lecce, arriving in the evening. Check-in and welcome dinner in Hotel. Overnight.


Day 5 : OTRANTO / CASTRO / LECCE
Breakfast in Hotel. Transfer by bus to the coast. Otranto is the most eastern town of Italy, as well as being one of the most beautiful and historically interesting of Salento, with ancient origins that date back to well before the Greek colonization of these lands. Meeting with the Guide and visit the Cathedral with a walk through the historic centre from the millennial fascination. Transfer to Castro: hen it comes to Castro more immediate mental Association is undoubtedly linked to its coastline, along which are priceless, the result of karstic caves in the area. Among them stands out the fabulous Cave of Zinzulusa 150 metres long, and adorned by a large number of stalactites and stalagmites. Return in the evening in Lecce. Dinner and Overnight.


Day 6 : LECCE
Breakfast in Hotel. Meeting with the Guide and tour (on foot) to the most famous baroque from Puglia, nicknamed "Florence of the South".
Historic Lecce is a beautiful baroque town with a glorious architectural confection of palaces and churches intricately sculpted from the soft local sandstone. The heart of the town is the cobble stoned “Piazza S.Oronzo” where a Roman column can be found together with excavations of part of a well-preserved “Roman Amphitheater” dating from the 2nd century AD. In the morning, we take a private tour around the city with a local expert guide to have the key sights explained to us. We’ll visit a well-known laboratory of “Papier-Mache” for an included demonstration of how the work is done. Lecce is known for its crafts, most notably papier-mache’ figurines, and this display is dedicated to explaining the skills and artistry that go into a local product. After a street food experience with a local sweet custard treat called “Pasticciotto Leccese or Puccia” we’ll explore an historical PALAZZO & its GARDENS located in the ancient corner of Lecce. Dinner and Overnight.


Day 7 : GALLIPOLI / MANDURIA / BARI
Breakfast in Hotel. Check-out and departure to Gallipoli (on the Jonian Sea) with guided tour of the historical centre of the "city beautiful" that is situated on a small island, stop at the mother church, one of the most beautiful baroque capital of Apulia. Departure to Manduria, one of the most important Messapian centres,   archaeological Park.
In the historical centre of Salento town located the old Jewish quarter, initially supplemented local living tissue. Even Manduria had his Synagogue: turned in the 17th century House Manor House, has the characteristic doorway with 14 oral stationery, divided in the Middle by a mask, maybe propitiatory Valence. The decline of the Jewish community of Manduria began with the creation of the Ghetto, following Pope Paul IV in 1555 bubble that it intended to defend Christianity: the Jewish quarter was isolated from the rest of the city and you can still see the three great arches in what they locked the Ghetto. Visit and tasting of the famous Primitivo di Manduria in characteristic Winery.  In the evening arrival in hotel, check-in. Dinner and overnight.


Day 8 : TRANI
Breakfast in Hotel. The presence of Jews in Puglia went into crisis with the arrival of the Angioini, at the end of the 13th century and disappeared completely with the domain Spagnolo de in 1510 and the subsequent expulsion of the Jews from Trani.
In Trani there were four synagogues, then transformed into churches Well worth a visit the synagogue Scolanova of Trani (sec. XIII), converted before in Santa Mary and then returned to synagogue in 2005. Must see though is the ' great synagogue ', converted to St Anne's Church and the Jewish section today Museo diocesano di Trani. Built in 1246-47, along Via Judea,  what was the road principal of the old Jewish quarter tranese. Its original structure preserved walls perimeter, an epigraph, the dome set in octagonal drum and, on the façade, a small Gable at cusp.
Today the building houses some artifacts of Jewish history. Dinner in restaurant and Overnight.


Day 9 : CASTEL DEL MONTE / ANDRIA / BARLETTA
Breakfast in Hotel. Such is the landscape at Murgia, from the Imperial Puglia, dominated by the presence of Frederick II and by three artistic cities with a glorious past. Our first stop is the World Heritage site of Castel del Monte which dominates the countryside of Andria from its 540 metres on sea level, where it sits isolated but impressive. It was surely not a defensive fortress; perhaps it was designed as a hunting lodge or a centre where experts of maths and astronomy used to meet. After an included taste of Burrata di Andria in a local cheese factory and a light lunch. Transfer to Barletta and visit her castle.
Frederick II included him among the castles of the Giustizierato of Terra di Bari. The Barletta Castle, built by the Normans in the second half of the 12th century, preserves the history of the city where the past centuries it disputes the famous "challenge".
The different cultures that have succeeded one another over time have left traces of their passage with interventions that are evidence of the important role that covered the structure. Were the Angevins to turn it from Manor in fortress, while the Aragonese, with Emperor CharlesV, it strengthened further the role of defence. Dinner in hotel and overnight.


Day 10 : VIESTE / FORESTA UMBRA
Breakfast in Hotel.
On this voyage of the Jews of Puglia you cannot forget the Gargano.
In it, it should be mentioned the enchanting Vieste (FG). Even here, in the old Jewish district, dotted with medieval arches and small streets, still breathes the life of artisans and Jewish traders.  The Umbra Forest is crisscrossed by 14 trails made by the State Forestry Corps, all easily accessible on foot. At the beginning of each paththere are wooden tables that bear the name of the place of departure and arrival and the journey time (round trip). The Umbra Forest is the green lung of the Gargano National Park grows up to about 830m above sea level.
Dinner in hotel and overnight.


Day 11 : BARI
Breakfast in Hotel.
Visit to the Basilica di San Nicola, renowned for its Romanesque architecture and used as a model for many other cathedrals in the region. Its interior to 3 naves has exceptional examples of medieval architecture, including a Tabernacle dating from the twelfth century and the pulpit from the 17th century. Along narrow alleys you reach Bari Cathedral, built in the 12th century, whose crypt is a triumph of Baroque art. Visit the impressive Swabian Castle, started by Roger II and completed by Frederick II in 1233. A short walk through the old town will take you to Piazza Mercantileand Piazza Ferrarese, shopping malls and most ancient historians of Bari. Stop at quaint oven-Museum, in an old converted church with capitals and lintels that witness the 100 plus years of life of this place.You will eat the typical foccaccia barese.
In the afternoon transfer to the airport in time for your flight.