Basilicata + Puglia

SEPTEMBER 15 - 24, 2017

8 nights


Nights 1 - 4

The mysteries and charms of Puglia are becoming well known quickly. Puglia's theme: color. In some villages everything is white. The white beehive shaped trulli of Alberobello. Ancient white limestone pavement in Lecce. White sand beaches in Polignano al Mare. And the "white city", Ostuni. Add color in the form of vibrant black and green olive groves, jewel-toned red and green vineyards, and a cerulean blue sea, and there is something for every palate--or pallette. 



  • Two nights at the exclusive Convento di Santa Maria di Constanopoli at the very tip of the stiletto heel of Italy's boot
  • Two nights in Lecce at the luxury La Fiermontina hotel
  • Lavish breakfasts, pasta-making classes and wine and cheese tastings from plant and tree-lined medieval courtyards
  • We'll explore the coast that launched the Crusades by private boat, stopping for a picnic lunch, a dip in clear azure waters and a poke around the caves and grottos that line Puglia's East coast
  • The beauty of Lecce and Ostuni will captivate us, roaming the cobbled streets of these fanciful white-walled cities


Nights 5 - 8

Basilicata’s capital city, Matera, our home for these few days, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And it’s not hard to see why. This very typical Basilicatan territory known as the Lucano, is an ancient district of southern Italy whose heritage dates to the fifth century BC. The town and the area are full of cave dwellings (many restored to modern standards). There is charm and mystery around every corner.



  • Accommodations at the luxury Palazzo Gattini high atop Matera in the main piazza
  • Tastings at two family masserie--wine, fresh sheep's milk ricotta, and so much more
  • Visit the local churches (there are 60) including the oldest known fresco in Italy
  • Day trips to Alberobello, home of the beehive-like Trulli, Locorotondo and Ostuni
  • A totally do-able (yes, we mean you) hike of the Dolomiti Lucane--the mountains that surround Matera lined with sassi
  • Swim in the turquoise waters beneath the arch of Italy's boot (even in October)
  • Sip a cocktail at Francis Ford Coppola's family hotel (Francis é vero Lucano)
  • Food, local wines, local cheeses to your heart's satisfaction


    • Guided personally by Linda and Jonathan
    • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
    • All breakfasts, dinners, and some lunches as noted in the itinerary
    • All wine at dinners
    • All transfers and transportation
    • Sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and services of professional local guides
    • Lifelong memories, endless photo ops

    what's included:

    • International air travel
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visa fees
    • Travel insurance
    • Excess baggage fees
    • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
    • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service 
    • Anything ordinary or boring

    What's not included:

    Please contact us for pricing. 

    Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy. This trip is limited to 10 people.


    Dates:  September 15 - 24, 2017

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