US Naval Academy Undiscovered Italy 2019
September 22 - October 2, 2019
$5,595 per person, land only
OPTIONAL Sicily EXTENSION
October 2 - 6, 2019
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4 Nights Naples | 2 Nights Matera | 3 Nights Puglian Countryside
Go off the tourist track as we explore vibrant Southern Italy and discover an enchanting ancient culture untouched by mass tourism. Make Neapolitan pizza with a local chef; sail to hidden thermal islands; wander the radiant streets of Baroque Lecce, the “Florence of the South”; admire the greatest ancient Roman sculptures; harvest olives and taste the freshest oil at a local press; shop in colorful local markets; marvel at 1,000 year old Byzantine frescoes; and enjoy unforgettable accommodations in a former Franciscan monastery, a Puglian countryside farm, and exquisitely remodeled Stone Age caves. Extend your trip with and an extension to lively Sicily.
11 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 & 2 – Depart USA, Arrive Naples
Arrive Naples and transfer to our hotel located in a former Franciscan monastery with stunning views of Naples and Vesuvius from every room. Enjoy a grand dinner on the expansive roof garden.
Day 3 – Naples: Historic Center, Pizza Making Class, Archaeological Musem
Enjoy colorful Naples as we see streetside markets, enjoy Neapolitan coffee and baba, marvel at the Veiled Christ statue in the Cappella Sansevero, and tour marvelous Baroque churches. Take a traditional pizza making class for lunch and an optional visit to the Naples Archaeological Museum (that houses the amazing finds from Pompeii) before enjoying a grand seafood dinner at the waterside Castel dell’Ovo.
Day 4 – Lazio Countryside, Buffalo Mozzarella Factory, Olive Harvest & Mill
Go off the beaten path to a family run buffalo mozzarella factory and taste the unforgettable fresh cheese. Then, participate in a countryside olive harvest and take your olives to a local mill for the best oil and a festive lunch.
Day 5 – Islands of Procida & Ischia
Board our private boat to explore the stunning island of Procida. Then continue to the famous island of Ischia and relax in the natural thermal springs with spa package options.
Day 6 – Matera
Travel into the heart of Basilicata for two nights in the unforgettably beautiful city of Matera. Check in to your spectacular cave accommodations in this ancient, beautiful city.
Day 7 – Matera
Take a walking tour of Matera as we visit the cave chapels with their Byzantine style frescoes, enjoy modern sculpture at the Musma Museum, and tour an underground city carved into the hillside.
Day 8 – Alberobello, Ostuni, Countryside Masseria
Leaving Matera, visit the picturesque town of Alberobello world famous for its conical trulli houses. After a wine tasting lunch, visit the white city of Ostuni with its opulent Duomo. Then, check in to our 16th century countryside masseria for three nights in this charming, relaxing location.
Day 9 – Bari, Polignano al Mare, Cooking Class
Stroll the centro storico and lungomare of colorful Bari before a visit to the Basilica of St. Nicholas with its haunting crypt. Then continue to the beautiful, seaside town of Polignano al Mare before returning to our maseria for a festive cooking class and dinner.
Day 10 – Lecce
Known as the Florence of the South, beautiful Lecce offers a visit to its oppulent Duomo and Roman Amphitheater. Return to our masseria for a final wine tasting and dinner.
Day 11 – Depart/Sicily Extension
Transfer to Bari for a return flight or continue with four luxury nights on the island of Sicily.
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We look forward to traveling with you!
If you have any questions about this trip, please contact us or give us a call at (214) 493-3027. We'd love to hear from you!