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SOUTHERN ITALY TOUR - 10 days
Day 1 - Departure from Rome to Naples by highway. At the Beverello harbor, board the ferry to Capri (45 minutes by boat). Guided tour of Capri and lunch in a local restaurant. Capri, an island of calcareous-sedimentary origin, is one of the most popular international tourist destinations. Its coast is almost inaccessible with many caves, the most famous of which is the "Blue Grotto". The island has rich vegetation and fabulous blue sea, which enchant the visitors. Worth visiting are the famous Villa San Michele, former residence of the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe, "the Gardens of Augustus", the Blue Grotto (sea conditions permitting) and the ruins of Villa Jovis, residence of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Late afternoon, board a jetfoil to Sorrento (20 minutes by boat). Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sorrento.
Day 2 - Meeting with a local Guide who will be available for the whole day and visit of Sorrento, Located on a volcanic ridge in the Gulf of Napoles, Sorrento is well known for its mild climate, beautiful landscape and the production of oranges, lemons and walnuts. A few meters from its shores, the Greeks created the setting of the legend of the sirens from which Ulysses was able to defend himself by putting wax in the ears of his sailors and ordering to be tied to the mast of his ship. Sorrento has a very lively atmosphere, an interesting old town and a beautiful provincial museum.
Continue to Positano (lunch in local restaurant). Positano was a small village with houses built into the rock. It is now one of the most famous tourist destinations in Italy. Positano is famous for fashion, created by local designers and sold in local shops. The village should be visited on foot going up and down the picturesque alleys. The costal road is above the village and the excursion to the Amalfi Coast includes a panoramic stop at the Belvedere, for one of the most beautiful views in the world. The guided tour continues to Amalfi and Vietri sul Mare. A picturesque town in the heart of Amalfi Coast, Amalfi was the oldest of the four Maritime Republics. It reached its economic and commercial zenith in the eleventh century A.D.The magnificent Cathedral in Sicilian-Norman style dedicated to St. Andrew, the Cloister of Paradise and arsenals, where galleys and boats were built, date back to that period of time. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Vietri sul Mare.
Day 3- Depart to Altamura (Bari), guided tour and lunch at a local restaurant. Altamura is a town north of Bari with about 70.000 inhabitants, 40 km from Bari and 19 km froma Matera. The old town is famous for its perfectly circular shape, but mainly for its cloisters, a mirror of the mix of cultures that have characterized the town during the various historical periods. The cathedral is characterized by unique architecure. It dates back to 1232 and was commissioned by Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. The Murge of Altamura, including Lamalunga cave (with its Homo Arcaicus), the De Lucia quarry (with footprints of Dinosaurs) and Pulo were officially presented by the Italian government in its Tentative List to UNESCO on 1st June 2006, as candidates to become recognized World Heritage sites protected by the UN. It is internationally famous for the discovery, in Lamalunga cave, of the skull and other bones of a hominid that lived 200-300 thousand years ago (Vacca, 1999). The cave was discovered in October 1993, Continue to Matera and overnight stay in Matera.
Day 4 - In the morning, guided tour of Matera, lunch in a local restaurant. The tour starts from Palazzo Lanfranchi, (1672) with the adjacent Church of Madonna del Carmine. The Palace hosts the prestigious Museum of Modern and Medieval Art of the Basilicata Region with items of various origins and types.
Stop at Piazzetta Pascoli, dedicated to the famous poet Giovanni Pascoli who was teacher in Matera early in his career, for a breathtaking view on Rione Sasso Caveoso and the facing Murgia plateau. Continue through the narrow streets and alleys of Sasso Caveoso, where you can observe the extraordinary restoration of some noble palaces and peasant houses, until you reach the beautiful San Pietro Caveoso Square, overlooked by the church of Saint Peter.
We then visit the "cave house", a typical old house with mixed structure carved in the natural limestone and built and fitted out with typical furnishing and tools of the ancient farmer civilization of Matera. The guided tour continues to the charming cave church of Santa Lucia alle Malve, ori Madonna de Idris, where you can see some of the most significant frescoes of the local iconographic heritage and the elaborate system of architectural decorations sculpted in the natural rock.
Back to the Piano area and walk along the Baroque ridge with stops at the most important churches: Santa Chiara, Chiesa del Purgatorio e St. Francis of Assisi. Visit the medieval area and Romanesque Cathedral at Piazza Duomo with charming overview of Sasso Barisano.
The guided tour of Matera and Sassi will allow visitors to understand the various stages of evolution of the city, from prehistoric times to the urban evolution of Matera, the period of displacement from the Rione Sassi and the subsequent inclusion of Matera and its Sassi in the list of 'UNESCO, World Heritage Sites. Continue to Castellana Grotte, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5 - Morning visit to Grotte di Castellana (partial path, 50 minutes).Continue to Alberobello and lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Polignano a Mare,short visit and return to Castellana Grotte. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6 - Departure to Rimini,lunch en route.In the evening, arrival in Rimini, dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 7 - Morning dedicated to a guided tour of San Marino, lunch at a local restaurant. The Republic of San Marino, which stands unmistakabky on top of Mount Titano, is the oldest and the smallest Republic in the world and is an evidence of the perfect interpenetration of the old values and century-old traditions of an alive and vital civilization, a source of continuos discoveries. The Republic consists of nine ancient castles, including the capital city, San Marino, small towns built as a result of the first urban settlements of the local population. Within the walls of the city of San Marino the ancient squares, palaces, museums, churches, medieval houses are all built with the local stone and retain the look of the past. Also this Republic is entirely a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Florence, dinner and overnight at hotel in Florence.
Day 8 - Full day guided tour of Florence, lunch in a local restaurant. Firenze is a city to visit at least once in life. It is a dream that comes true for millions of visitors annually flocking to the Florentine art galleries, monumental churches, gardens and Renaissance buildings. The entire historic center of Florence is UNESCO World Heritage Site. Art collections are invaluable, also considering that the highest number of Michelangelo's statues is kept in Florence, as well as paintings by Botticelli and Raphael. The Cathedral Dome is universally considered a masterpiece of engineering of all time. Dante Alighieri was born in Florence. Florence created the Renaissance.
A stroll through the Medieval lanes, between the tower houses once the scene of bloody clashes between factions, on Ponte Vecchio in the midst of glittering gold shops, following Vasari Corridor and the route of the Grand Dukes, to reach the Oltrarno and climb on hills, seeing unexpected views between the red clay roofs...
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Florence.
Day 9 - Departure to Siena, guided tour, lunch at a local restaurant. Classic Tour along the main streets, Piazza del Duomo and Piazza del Campo, where various aspects of the city will be discussed.
For visitors who like art and the Middle Ages, Siena, a medieval city, is the cradl of the new merchant class, workshops of artists such as Duccio di Buoninsegna and Simone Martini, but not only..…Siena is also for those who want to learn about aschitecture, anthropology and history. Siena is a city built on a road. Siena is a very rich city but completely devoid of water. Siena is a hegemonic city of Tuscany, but until when and why? Late afternoon departure to Montalcino, dinner and overnight.
Day 10 - In the morning, guided tour of the cellars of Montalcino with a Winemaker and lunch. In the afternoon. In the afternoon, guided tour of the cellars of Montepulciano with Winemaker and wine tasting.
In the evening, return to Rome.
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