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Avola wine region, Italian contessa dinner, Baroque Noto, Sassi di Matera cave dwellings, Campanian cooking lesson, Taurasi wine tasting, Paestum ruin…
On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 2 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills and sta…
Board your overnight flight to Catania today.
Welcome to Sicily! Gather with your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Meet your local guide and set out to discover Catania, which sits at the base of Mount Etna. • Discover Catania’s historic city centre • Explore the world-famous fish market held near the Baroque Catania Cathedral This evening, travel to the Etna wine region for a traditional Sicilian dinner and wine tasting on the grounds of a local vineyard estate. You’ll sip on Etna Rosso blends made of the sleek nerello mascalese and nerello cappuccio grapes while in view of the majestic Mount Etna.
Enjoy a full-day excursion to the Baroque city of Noto and the Avola wine region. • Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, visiting Noto Cathedral and sampling Sicilian pastries along the way • Head to the Avola wine region for a light snack and Nero d’Avola wine tasting • Transfer to Azienda Casabianca, home to an Italian contessa, for an included countryside dinner at a Sicilian villa
Travel to Messina this morning. Then, take a ferry across the Strait of Messina to Calabria. Here, you’ll view the iconic Riace Bronzes inside the National Museum of Magna Graecia before continuing on to the Tropea Region.
Get to know the region on a sightseeing tour led by your Tour Director. • View the spectacular Santa Maria dell’Isola monastery perched high above the sea in Tropea • Stop for a tasting of local pecorino sheep’s cheese, salami, and cipolla rossa, the sweet red onions for which Tropea is famous • Continue on to the coastal town of Pizzo to sample handmade gelato
This morning, pass through the Calabrian countryside to Matera.
Explore Matera, known as “the Subterranean City,” with a local guide. • View the incredible Sassi di Matera cave dwellings • Tour Palazzo del Sedile, Ruins of the Castle, Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario, and Chiese Rupestri • Taste regional cheese, bread, and peperoni cruschi Journey to the scenic Puglia region to tour a local vineyard, learn about its production, and taste vintages of Aglianico. You’ll sample the varietals in a limestone wine cellar before enjoying a meal of local specialties.
Transfer to the Benevento region this morning and take a guided sightseeing tour. • View the Arch of Trajan and Benevento Cathedral • Enter the UNESCO-recognized Church of Santa Sofia Later this evening, learn to craft traditional Campanian recipes in a cooking class followed by dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Please note: The sightseeing tour of Benevento may take place during the afternoon of day 10.
Today, discover more of the Benevento region’s flavours on a tour with a local guide. • Visit the town of San Marco dei Cavoti to learn about making artisanal chocolates including Croccantino, then enjoy a tasting • Head to Sannio and explore a vineyard on foot • Sample Janare wines with an included lunch • Stroll the mediaeval streets of Guardia Sanframondi
Visit the Taurasi wine region, where you’ll visit a local vineyard to learn about wine production and taste local varietals. Then, continue on to Salerno, a lively port town steeped in cultural tradition.
Explore the Cilento region, home to the Mediterranean diet, stopping to visit a mozzarella farm and archaeological museum. • Tour a local organic dairy farm and savor farm-fresh mozzarella during a light lunch and tasting • Travel to nearby Paestum for a guided tour of the Greek and Roman ruins • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Paestum to see the famous frescoes of the Tomb of the Diver Celebrate your trip with your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner this evening.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Naples.
Add 2 nights in Naples
After a short ride to Naples, set off on an afternoon tasting tour in the city with a local guide. • Walk through Piazza del Gesù to view the Church of Gesù Nuovo • Enter the Basilica of Santa Chiara to see the unique and ornate cloister • Taste Neapolitan arancini and fried eggplant along the Decumano • Sample sfogliatella, a flaky pastry, near the Church of San Domenico Maggiore • Enter Cappella Sansevero, the Baroque chapel full of notable Italian artwork
This morning, take a guided tour of Herculaneum, one of the Lost Cities that was glazed over by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. • See the city’s well-preserved frescoes and mosaics • Walk along the narrow streets that characterize the area • Visit the buildings that were once wine shops, villas, temples, and gymnasiums • Enjoy free time to peruse the nearby shops Then, visit one of Naples’ most famous pizzerias for a demonstration of the local art of pizza-making and a tasting of the final product. Enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members this evening.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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