- Monte Vulture
April 25 – May 5, 2025
- Escape the commercial tourist crowds
- Small group vibe; local hospitality
- Multi-night stays in high-standard hotels
- Three mesmerizing “hubs” of southern Italy: Monte Vulture; Matera; Maratea
- Explore the sites of ancient Italy; enjoy an enduring “enlightened lifestyle”
Join us for a small group adventure to the stunning landscapes and cultural mélange of southern Italy! We’ll fly in and out of Napoli – gateway to the less-traveled South – and enjoy three distinct geographic regions of Italy. We’ll spend our first two nights near the beautiful “Norman town” of Melfi: featuring a 12th century Norman-built castle; the famous Aglianico wines, grown on the slopes of the extinct volcano, Vulture; and the nearby ancient Roman city of Venosa.
We’ll then move to Matera – city of the Sassi (that is, ancient homes / dwellings cut into the soft limestone of the gorge where the city lies). Matera was named Europe’s “Culture Capital” in 2019 – and it’s uniquely beautiful. Across the gorge lie churches and hermitages, painted in frescoes, and blending into the natural surroundings – and offering stunning views of Matera, itself. In the wider region (Puglia), we’ll make a visit to the unique trulli houses of Alberobello – another UNESCO world heritage site.
We’ll then drive through valleys framed by the high, jagged peaks of the Pollino, as we make our way to Maratea – on the Tyrrhenian Sea. We’ll stay in one of Italy’s best hotels, as we take in the views, enjoy a tour of the coast from the water, and sample the region’s delectable food and wine. Yes – enlightened living.
- Comfortable ground transportation (including yes, by train!)
- Accommodation for nine nights
- Breakfast, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
- All activities / admissions per the itinerary
- Guide and concierge service throughout the trip
$6,365 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $1,185)
What's Not Included
Price does not include airfare, alcohol, other meals, optional activities, or optional trip insurance.
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