Head south to the heel of Italy’s boot with us as we explore the best of Puglia. Experience it all on walks in the sun-drenched landscapes, during visits to picturesque coastal towns and while meeting the warm, welcoming locals. From the iconic Trulli of Alberobello to the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, Puglia offers so much to those who visit this southern gem. Join us on our cultural walking trip through this enchanting (and less touristy) region of Italy… andiamo!

Explore Rione Monti’s Trullis in Alberobello

Walk through the cone-shaped Trulli in Puglia

Visiting Puglia, Italy, particularly Alberobello, is a wonderful experience with its unique architecture. Alberobello is famous for its Trulli, which are traditional Apulian dry stone huts with conical roofs. Built using a prehistoric building technique using limestone (and without the use of mortar), you can get up close to this unique craftsmanship during your visit. Learn how in the 15th century the Kingdom of Naples imposed tributes on each new urban settlement. This led to an ingenious idea by the locals; to build their homes in such a way that they could be demolished with ease whenever the king’s delegate was about to collect taxes.

Did you know that Alberobello’s Trulli district is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site The Trulli date back to the 14th century and are a proud symbol of the region’s cultural heritage. Explore on foot, taking your time wandering through the winding streets of this fairytale-looking village. You’ll discover shops selling local crafts and delicious Apulian specialties along the way.

Stroll Olive Groves in Puglia’s Countryside

Group walking through olive groves in Puglia, Italy

Puglia is renowned for its olive oil production, and exploring the region’s olive groves offers a glimpse into the historic and culinary significance of this prized ingredient. Olive cultivation has been a cornerstone of Puglian agriculture for thousands of years, with the region boasting some of the oldest olive trees in the world. Known as “liquid gold”, Puglian olive oil is an essential ingredient in the region’s culinary traditions, used in everything from salads and pasta dishes to grilled meats and seafood.

In addition to its culinary significance, olive trees are revered as symbols of prosperity and peace. On tour with your expert local guide, you’ll stretch your legs on a walk through the idyllic countryside, passing 800-year-old olive groves along stacked dry stone country walls. Your scenic walk leads to prehistoric cave dwellings where you’ll enjoy an aperitivo in a truly unique and authentic setting.

Break Bread with Shepards in Altamura

Group eating and drinking at a table for lunch in Puglia, Italy

One of the best ways to connect with a place you are visiting is to spend time with locals and “break bread”. On tour, you’ll get the opportunity when our friends give you a warm welcome to their picture-perfect farm. Maria and her family tend to a flock of over 500 sheep and proudly make their own fresh cheese each day. After an exploration of their farm, you’ll get the ‘only with Classic Journeys’ opportunity to visit their large country kitchen, drink their homemade wine and prepare lunch with them. Roll up your sleeves for an informal cooking instruction (and a sampling of their cheeses), then you sit down together for a delicious meal…Buon appetito!

Walk Back In Time In Lecce’s Historic Center

Lecce Italy's historic center at night

It’s time to explore Lecce, often referred to as the “Florence of the South”. The entire historical center is packed with palaces and churches built in Baroque style with sculptures carved from the famous stone that is soft and light. This gives an incredible look to the facades, especially when illuminated at night. Walk around on an after-dinner “passeggiata” (evening stroll) to soak it all in before returning to your luxurious accommodations at the Patria Palace Hotel.

The city’s rich history is also evident in its well-preserved Roman ruins, such as the Roman amphitheater, which dates back to the 2nd century AD and is still used for events and performances today. Spending time in this historic center you’ll stroll through charming piazzas and bustling markets, then pause to sip a caffè, just like the locals do.

Visiting Otranto’s Spectacular Mosaic Cathedral

Otranto's Mosaic Cathedral in Puglia, Italy

Visiting Otranto’s Mosaic Cathedral is a journey through time and art. The Cathedral of Otranto, officially known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria Annunziata, is renowned for its stunning mosaic floor, which is one of the largest in Europe. Dating back to the 12th century, its mosaic floor covers the entire nave and is a masterpiece of medieval art. The complex design incorporates biblical scenes, mythical creatures and geometric patterns.

Get up close to the ancient art, including the most famous scene called the “Tree of Life,” a symbol of the interconnectedness of all living beings and the eternal cycle of life and death. It’s a warm reminder of how we are all more similar than we are different, no matter where you are in the world.

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