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sell12 Day Best of Southern Italy 2024

12 Days / 10 Nights   Starting at $3795 PP (Land Rate)

This 12-day tour includes 2 of the most beautiful regions of Italy: Campania & Puglia. The south of Italy is known in Italian as the 'Mezzogiorno' (Midday) region; some of the oldest and most important historical towns in Italy are located here as well as some of the best food in all of Italy! You’ll be able to try a margherita pizza in the city where it was invented – Naples! Explore the beautiful region of Puglia which has a culture, history, and a dialect all its own. Discover the Trulli in Alberobello and explore Lecce, also known as the “Florence of the South”. You'll be surprised by how the 'old country' has very much joined the 21st century while retaining its special charm.

Itinerary

Depart USA - Rome

FRIDAY: Boarding your overnight flights, you’re off to Italy on the adventure of a lifetime!

Arrive in Rome - Afternoon Free - Dinner in Hotel

SATURDAY: Benvenuti a Roma, the Eternal City! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be waiting for you at the airport to greet you.

There will be time to relax this afternoon before dinner with fine local wines at our hotel.

Colosseum

SUNDAY: This morning, you’ll get to experience a delicious Italian breakfast, complete with cappuccinos, fresh juices, croissants, fresh breads along with salami, cheeses and of course bacon and eggs!

Next, we board our chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, and the Great Synagogue build in the heart of the Jewish quarter. Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the emperor himself.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy as you please.

Tonight, we thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for a recommendation or venture out and explore the local restaurants in Rome! Be sure to try a “Supplì”, a Roman delicacy: A fried ball of rice filled with tomato sauce, meat, and melted mozzarella.

*Colosseum entrance subject to ticket availability*

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's Basilica - Dinner Out

MONDAY: This morning, after breakfast, it’s 10-minute bus ride over to another country – Vatican City. With our expert local guide, we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries, and Renaissance paintings.

Our visit starts in the Sistine Chapel, renowned for its Renaissance art, especially the ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. This room, which attracts more than five million visitors each year, is also where the Pope is elected.

Next, we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà, sculpted when he was just 24 years old, as well as Bernini’s seven story bronze canopy located above the main altar.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy! Take a stroll along the ancient streets of Rome, enjoy a gelato, or go shopping!

Tonight, you’ll get a taste of real Italian cuisine at a family-style restaurant in the characteristic district of Trastevere. This lively area is just what one imagines Italy to be like, with tiny cobblestone streets and music-filled trattorias on every corner.

Rome - Pompeii - Naples - Dinner in Hotel

TUESDAY: This morning, we’re off to Naples, birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza. We’ll stop along the way for a tour of Pompeii.

Imagine…a city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day 2,000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape along with children and dogs.

Next, we’ll arrive in Naples, famous for its mix of Old-World character and modern charm. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Naples historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage site) is filled with art, architecture, and archeology but the best part may be the wood-fired pizza. You’ll be staying at one of the best hotels in Naples – a well-known 4-star hotel on Naples seafront promenade, a lively spot right in front of Castel dell’Ovo, the Hotel Royal Continental.

Tonight, we’ll take a pizza-making class with a chef at the panoramic restaurant in our hotel. The best well-kept secrets to making Neapolitan pizza have been handed down for generations and tonight, our chef will share these secrets with you! The authentic Neapolitan pizza needs four main ingredients: Tomatoes from San Marzano, buffalo mozzarella from the Campania region, 00 wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Tonight, we’ll transform these ingredients into one of the best pizzas you’ve ever tasted. We’ll get to enjoy the fruits of our labor, along with some amazing appetizers – a pizza party in Naples!

Naples - Capri - Naples - Dinner Out

WEDNESDAY: This morning, we will take a hydrofoil over to the world’s most enchanting island – we’ll enjoy a private boat tour around the island (weather permitting). We’ll cruise by the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s iconic rock formations which tower above the Mediterranean Sea.

Next, we visit one of the lesser known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Then we’ll have free time to explore the island.

This afternoon we return to Naples where you can relax before we head out for a dinner out at a local restaurant.

Naples - Matera - Bari - Dinner Out

THURSDAY: Today, we leave Naples with our dependable bus driver and head over to Bari, the capital of the beautiful region of Puglia and the heel of the “Italian boot”. But first we’ll stop in Matera, a city like no other and one of the oldest in the world. Discovering Matera is like living in the past – you’ll almost feel like you’re stepping into a nativity scene; for this reason, it is also known as “the second Bethlehem” and was the setting for Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Known for its unique architecture, which is characterized by cave dwellings carved into the sides of a ravine. Matera was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and it is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.

You’ll have some free time on your own to explore and have lunch.

*Please be sure to wear comfortable sneakers today as there will be uneven surfaces and many steps

Next, we continue our journey to Bari and check into our hotel. Tonight, we enjoy dinner out in a local restaurant with fine wines.

Bari - City Sightseeing

FRIDAY: This morning, after breakfast, we will explore the city of Bari. Our tour will start from the Swabian Castle (outside visit), and continue towards the famous “Orecchiette Street”, where guests will be able to enjoy watching ladies make homemade pasta.

Next, we’ll have a quick visit to the Cathedral and then the Basilica of St Nicholas, built over the tomb of Saint Nicholas.

Next, we’ll have a little taste of a specialty of Bari – focaccia: a specialty bread with ancient origins. After our tour, you’ll have some free time to enjoy a drink or coffee on your own.

Tonight, you’ll be able to enjoy a dinner on your own – be sure to try the orecchiette pasta with broccoli rabe, a specialty in the Puglia Region.

Bari to Lecce - City Sightseeing - Dinner Out

SATURDAY: Today, we move out of our hotel in Bari and travel over to Lecce, the cultural capital of Puglia. This charming town in Puglia is known for its baroque buildings, churches, palaces, and museums and has been given the nickname, “The Florence of the South.”

We’ll enjoy a tour of this charming city. The tour will begin in front of one of the gates of the city, “Porta Napoli”. Then we’ll visit the Duomo Square, the most beautiful square in the city. Acting as the religious center of town, Piazza Duomo is home to some of the most ornately decorated Baroque buildings in Lecce.

We’ll continue to the Basilica of Santa Croce, the most important symbol of the Baroque city, and end in the main square where the Roman Age Amphitheater is located (Piazza Sant’Oronzo).

You’ll have some free time to explore – be sure to try the local pastry called “Pasticciotto” (a shortcrust pastry from Puglia filled with a silky, lemon-scented custard) or the renowned “Caffè Leccese” (iced coffee with almond liqueur).

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant in this charming city.

Full Day - Alberobello - Dinner in Hotel

SUNDAY: Today we will visit one of the most places cities in Italy: Alberobello. This town is known for its distinctive small conical houses made from dry stone, called Trulli and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique architecture and cultural significance.

Alberobello is divided into two districts: Aia Piccola, where every Trullo is still a home, and Rione Monti, where every Trullo is a souvenir shop. Our guided tour will take place in Aia Piccola, where guests will be able to explore the inhabited district, and to visit one of the biggest Trulli (today a museum) called Trullo Sovrano.

Next, we’ll climb the hill in Rione Monti, to reach the Trullo-shaped church dedicated to St. Antonio, and from there you’ll have some time to shop.

Tonight, we’ll enjoy a relaxing dinner in our hotel with fine local wines.

Lecce - Otranto - Olive Oil Tasting

MONDAY: Today, we will visit another charming town in Puglia – Otranto. This town is situated on the Adriatic coast and offers stunning views of the sea and the surround countryside. Otranto is famous for its beautiful beaches, historic architecture, and amazing cuisine.

We’ll walk around the Otranto Ancient Walls. Built in the 13th century, the walls are a popular tourist destination and offer stunning views of the city and the Adriatic Sea.

Next we’ll visit the Cathedral, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, with a stunning mosaic floor dating back to the 12th century.

You’ll have some free time to explore or enjoy a gelato.

On our way back to Lecce, we will stop at a farm for an Olive Oil Tasting. The region of Puglia is known for its high-quality olive oil. We’ll have a brief introduction to the different types of olive oil and then we will learn how to properly taste olive oil.

Tonight, enjoy your final dinner on your own.

Flight Home - Brindisi - USA

TUESDAY: This morning we head to the Brindisi airport for our flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. While we say “arrivederci” to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us…. and maybe some wine too! Arrivederci Italia!

Inclusions

  • Centrally Located 4 & 5 star Hotels
  • More Motorcoach Legroom
  • Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • Olive Oil Tasting
  • Wireless Headsets To Hear Your Tour Guide Clearly
  • Travel Wallet, Baggage Tags and Travel Documents Included
  • Baggage Handling Throughout (Except at Airports)
  • Hotel Taxes, City Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and all Tips For Hotel and Restaurant Personnel
  • Professional Tour Directors and Licensed Local Guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi On Our Buses
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Dates & Rates

Depart - Return Per Person
in a Double
Solo
Traveler
Apr 19 - Apr 30 Sold Out!
Apr 26 - May 7 Sold Out!
May 3 - May 14 Sold Out!
May 10 - May 21 $4,125 $5,625
May 24 - Jun 4 Sold Out!
Jun 14 - Jun 25 Sold Out!
Jun 21 - Jul 2 Sold Out!
Jun 28 - Jul 9 Sold Out!
Jul 5 - Jul 16 Sold Out!
Aug 2 - Aug 13 Sold Out!
Sep 6 - Sep 17 Sold Out!
Sep 13 - Sep 24 Sold Out!
Sep 27 - Oct 8 Sold Out!
Oct 11 - Oct 22 Sold Out!

Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $500 from the Double Rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Rome (3 nights), Naples (2), Bari (2), Lecce (3)
Also Visiting: Pompeii, Capri, Matera, Alberobello, Otranto
Hotel NH Vittorio Veneto ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto hotel is located in the heart of Rome. Near the city’s most popular street, Via Veneto, stylish street edged with high-end boutiques, elegant restaurants and pavement cafés, it is within walking distance of Rome’s most famous sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese Park and  Piazza del Popolo. The building was once a Vatican-owned convent, but a 2009 refurbishment has given it plenty of contemporary style.

Rome

Hotel Royal Continental ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Royal Continental hotel is located on the Naples waterfront and offers an ideal location with superb views of the gulf. The property is centrally placed to visit all of the main attractions of the city as well as the beautiful Capri and Ischia islands and the coast of Amalfi and Sorrento. Our regular customers could tell you all about the welcoming, efficient and helpful staff.

Naples

Hotel Nicolaus ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

In the heart of Poggiofranco, a lively neighborhood few steps away from Bari city center, the 4 star Nicolaus Hotel rises grand and elegant. Get access to comfort and charm, enjoy the best of our luxury and exclusive services, get started in efficient and functional spaces with the latest technologies. Live a contemporary and timeless experience.

Bari

Hotel Patria Palace ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Born as a noble residence of Petrarolo D’Anna family, 5 star Patria eighteenth-century palace rises majestic and elegant in the heart of Lecce. Unique with its refined decorations, it’s one of Mauro Manieri’s most important baroque masterpieces. The Palace privileged location is amplified by an elegant and welcoming atmosphere where classic and modern design meet. A harmony of styles, a perfect blend of precious baroque details and unique contemporary masterpieces.

Lecce

Air Info

Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $1,000 to $1,900 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.

Your exact airfare will be advised within 3 business days of booking your tour. You are under no obligation to accept Perillo's air schedule and quote. However, payment for tickets issued by Perillo Tours is due with "final payment."

Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfer in Italy at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay, airport transfers are not included.

Book Early

We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, more availability on the most convenient flights and best seats.

Affordable Upgrades

When you purchase your Coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to "Premium Economy" on select flights starting at $550 each way. For ultimate comfort enjoy Business Class/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $4,000 per person.

Security Measures

The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to provide the exact name as it appears on the government-issued passport, passport number, expiration date, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. This information will be requested at time of booking for all flight arrangements made through Perillo Tours.

CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: Name corrections are subject to change fees, so please have your passport in-hand when calling us for flight reservations.

Arranging your own air?

Roundtrip airport transfers are provided at scheduled times if you arrive and depart the same day as the tour begins and ends. Click here for the schedule.

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Optional Tour Add-Ons

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Price (in EUR)

Duration: 1.5 hrs
City: Rome

Indulge in the ultimate panoramic experience of Rome from the open upper deck of a double-decker bus. Revel in unparalleled views of the city's iconic landmarks and majestic architecture as you soak in the beauty of Rome from a unique vantage point.

Duration: 1.5 hrs
City: Rome

Step into the captivating world of Renaissance Rome on our immersive walking tour, where we'll discover iconic landmarks like Bernini's Fountains, the majestic Spanish Steps, and the legendary Trevi Fountain—be sure to toss a coin and make a wish! (Note: On Monday mornings, the Trevi Fountain may be without water, as maintenance personnel collect coins.) Marvel at the grandeur of the Piazza of the Pantheon and immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of the renowned Piazza Navona. Join us as we embark on this fascinating journey through history and art, uncovering the splendors of Rome's Renaissance treasures.

Duration: 4 hrs
City: Rome

Immerse yourself in history as you explore the charming town and behold the magnificent Villa d'Este, a masterpiece of the Italian Garden and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at its breathtaking array of fountains, grottoes, and captivating water displays accompanied by music. After this enchanting experience, return to Rome, enriched by the beauty and splendor of Italy's cultural heritage.

Duration: 6 hrs
City: Capri

Experience the enchanting Isle of Capri in the company of a knowledgeable local guide on a full-day journey via open taxis. Delve into the island's authentic charm as your guide unveils its hidden gems, offering insights that only a resident could provide. Immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking natural wonders of Capri, from its storied past to its captivating landscapes. Indulge in a delightful lunch, included as part of your memorable excursion. Discover the essence of Capri through the eyes of a true insider, ensuring an unforgettable adventure filled with exploration and discovery. Lunch is included.

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A few days ago, my Wife and I returned from the North Continental Tour. We had never taken any tours before and, although we heard great things about Perillo, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. I am pleased to report that the tour exceeded all of our expectations. The hotels were excellent and in perfect proximity to see the many sites of Italy. Getting to, from and into each of the places we visited was a breeze. I’m sure that I do not need to tell you how wonderful each of the places we visited were or how great the food was. But I did want to tell you that our tour guide Paola really made our trip the outstanding vacation that it was. Her knowledge of history, food, wine, geography etc. was exceptional. She was always available to answer any questions or provide any assistance. As you can see in these photos, we had a great time and enjoyed each other’s company.

Mr & Mrs. E.F.

Words cannot adequately describe the experience we had with Perillo tours. ! Our 14 day northern Italy classic tour was a dream come true. Every day I woke up and felt like someone should pinch me, it was surreal. Everything was top notch from the hotels, restaurants, the itinerary and the wonderful tour guides and bus driver. I came home completely satisfied knowing that I went to Italy and so everything I wanted to see. The only disappointing part of the trip was Milan. I would've rather had more time to spend in the Sorrento/Capri area. Milan could not compare to the other cities that we visited and the activities that we did. Overall, we had a fantastic time and I highly recommend perillo tours to all my friends and family.

Mr. & Mrs. T.M.