In October it will be possible to live an unprecedented experience travel in Apulia. In addition to Castel del Monte, the great cathedrals, picturesque trulli and expanses of olive trees, there is a Apulia that still survives, unchanged over the centuries, linked to families who were able to preserve their traditions. You can admire a messapian grave in a private garden of Lecce, have breakfast with cheeses produced in a fortified farm inhabited by peasants, to be received in a castle in Salento or in a convent nearby the sea that since the eighteenth century it housed famous travelers. Under a clear sky always stretch as far as the eye stretches of vineyards bordered by stone walls to make from old farmhouses crown.
Our itinerary in Salento:
A journey of four days dedicated to High and Low Salento, begins with a historic farmhouse of Martina Franca center inhabited by the owners of a farm to continue in the same day with a medieval castle still inhabited by the family of origin and with an eighteenth-century farmhouse considered the most beautiful of Apulia; the second day is dedicated to Lecce, with the visit of some private residences, the third in Otranto with historic homes tours ranging from the Baroque to the eclectic style, the fourth to the low Salento with visits to palaces and private farms and tastings in wineries .
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Friday, October 28
After arriving in Brindisi at the end of the morning travelers will be welcome in an eighteenth century farmhouse, in the middle of a farm, surrounded by secret gardens decorated with Baroque statues.
Lunch followed by a visit of the town of Ostuni and in the afternoon the Principles of Dentici Frasso will receive the participants in their castle of San Vito dei Normanni
In late afternoon, accommodation at the Hotel Patria in the historic center of Lecce located across from the Basilica of Santa Croce, a masterpiece of Baroque.
For the evening we will be welcomed in a historic residence Lecce received by the owners.
Saturday, October 29
The day will be dedicated to the visit of Lecce with its famous Baroque palaces and visits of the main monuments will be alternated with the historic gardens of private visits. The breakfast will be in a restaurant Lecce, known for Salento specialties and the afternoon program will also include the visit of a famous underground messapico, not open to the public, located in a private palace garden. Dinner tonight will be at Palazzo Balsamo, received by the owners.
Sunday, October 30
The morning will begin with a visit to the Cathedral of Otranto, famous for its twelfth-century mosaic representing the Tree of Life and the ancient Byzantine church of Saint Peter, do not normally open to the public.
An aperitif will be served on the terraces by the sea on the most famous house of eclectic taste of the Salento to continue along the beautiful coast to Tricase to arrive Depressed Castle, residence of the Barons Winspeare, where travelers will be received for a wine tasting of Castel di Salve and for a lunch followed by a visit of the Castle.
In the afternoon visit to the village of Melpignano, one of the most intact of the Salento, the church of Santa Caterina in Galatina, famous for the frescoes that cover all interior surfaces, the town of Sternatia with the opening of the beautiful underground oil mill and visit of salt frescoed Granafei the palace, received by the owners.
Return to Lecce and after a rest in the hotel, dinner in the halls of the Palace of the Counts of Lecce, received by the owners, whose garden overlooks the Roman Theatre of Lecce.
Monday, October 31
Around Upper Salento with the visit of a historic building in Francavilla Fontana, followed by lunch at the Masseria Sharp near Martina Franca, intact example of the Murgia farm, the animals still live in the ancient trulli and murgesi horses graze in the property before the historic monumental façade.
Lunch in the main house received by the owners.
Departing from Brindisi airport
The total price includes:
– Night at the Hotel Patria Palace in Lecce (5 stars) in a standard double room for 3 nights (superior category available on request)
– All visits to monuments and nine private visits to gardens and historic houses are not open to the public
– Lunches and dinners as per program (three lunches and three dinners in historic buildings not open to the public, a lunch in a restaurant)
– The presence of an art historian and lecturer of the hosts as per itinerary
– The presence of a member of staff as per itinerary
– Transport with a large tourist bus as per itinerary
– Taxes and VAT
The price does not include:
– Airplane flight
– Insurance of any type
The trip will be confirmed with the inscription of a minimum of 20 participants and the cost per person (based on double occupancy of the hotel room):
The same trip can be arranged for private groups and for a minimum of 10 paying people at a cost per person (based on double occupancy of the hotel room):