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Puglia & Calabria: Southern Italy from “Heel” to “Toe”

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Itinerary for Oct 31 — Nov 16, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, October 31 - In Flight
In Transit: Overnight in transit

Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Patria Palace Hotel is the ideal choice for a stay Relax in Lecce, a city of art and culture, located in the historic center and opposite the monumental Basilica of Santa Croce, the Patria Palace brings back to life an 'ancient patrician residence of eighteenth century, the Palazzo D'Anna-Petrarolo. Lavishly restored by artists and craftsmen, the palace has been embellished with frescoes and decorative elements in Art Deco style. Patria Palace Hotel Lecce is synonymous with hospitality tradition, hospitality and style. Patria Palace Hotel offers guests the opportunity to discover the art of the Salento

Contact info:
Piazzetta Riccardi
Lecce, 73100 Italy
phone: +39 0832 245111
web: www.patriapalacelecce.com

Room amenities: The 63 rooms, all different, are all personalized with murals painted by John Duggan. They are tastefully furnished and equipped with all the facilities, amenities and modern technologies. The bathrooms are particularly luxurious, were made ​​with precious marbles as the "Calacatta White," the "Verona Red" and "Green Guatemala."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 126,00 SGL 88,00 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, November 01 - Arrival in Brindisi and check in at Hotel Patria ...
Arrival in Brindisi and check in at Hotel Patria Palace in Lecce. Orientation meeting.

Afternoon: Arrival at Brindisi airport. Check-in at the hotel Patria Palace in Lecce. Light snack. Orientation meeting/presentation of program Welcome cocktail

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Patria Palace

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Patria Palace Hotel is the ideal choice for a stay Relax in Lecce, a city of art and culture, located in the historic center and opposite the monumental Basilica of Santa Croce, the Patria Palace brings back to life an 'ancient patrician residence of eighteenth century, the Palazzo D'Anna-Petrarolo. Lavishly restored by artists and craftsmen, the palace has been embellished with frescoes and decorative elements in Art Deco style. Patria Palace Hotel Lecce is synonymous with hospitality tradition, hospitality and style. Patria Palace Hotel offers guests the opportunity to discover the art of the Salento

Contact info:
Piazzetta Riccardi
Lecce, 73100 Italy
phone: +39 0832 245111
web: www.patriapalacelecce.com

Room amenities: The 63 rooms, all different, are all personalized with murals painted by John Duggan. They are tastefully furnished and equipped with all the facilities, amenities and modern technologies. The bathrooms are particularly luxurious, were made ​​with precious marbles as the "Calacatta White," the "Verona Red" and "Green Guatemala."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 126,00 SGL 88,00 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, November 02 - Lecce, Lecture. Galatina
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: Guided visit of Lecce with on-site lecture: “Discovering the Baroque in Lecce” held by Emanuela D’Andria. Free time in Lecce

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Field trip to Galatina. Visit of the Church of Saint Caterina. The late Romanesque church of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, built in 1390 by Raimondello del Balzo Orsini, count of Soleto, with a fine portal and rose-window. The interior contains frescoes by Francesco d'Arezzo (1435). The apse contains the fine mausoleum of the son of the founder, a canopy supported by four columns, with his statue beneath it

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Patria Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Patria Palace Hotel is the ideal choice for a stay Relax in Lecce, a city of art and culture, located in the historic center and opposite the monumental Basilica of Santa Croce, the Patria Palace brings back to life an 'ancient patrician residence of eighteenth century, the Palazzo D'Anna-Petrarolo. Lavishly restored by artists and craftsmen, the palace has been embellished with frescoes and decorative elements in Art Deco style. Patria Palace Hotel Lecce is synonymous with hospitality tradition, hospitality and style. Patria Palace Hotel offers guests the opportunity to discover the art of the Salento

Contact info:
Piazzetta Riccardi
Lecce, 73100 Italy
phone: +39 0832 245111
web: www.patriapalacelecce.com

Room amenities: The 63 rooms, all different, are all personalized with murals painted by John Duggan. They are tastefully furnished and equipped with all the facilities, amenities and modern technologies. The bathrooms are particularly luxurious, were made ​​with precious marbles as the "Calacatta White," the "Verona Red" and "Green Guatemala."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 126,00 SGL 88,00 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, November 03 - Lecture, Muro Leccese, Otranto.
Breakfast: at the hotel

Morning: Lecture: “The Medieval Salento between East and West” held by Professor Paul Arthur. Field trip to Muro Leccese Visit to the Museum Borgo Terra at the Renaissance Palazzo del Principe Excursion to Otranto Otranto was a town of Greek origin, which, in the wars of Pyrrhus and of Hannibal sided against Rome. In Roman times it was a city in the Provincia Calabria. As it is the nearest port to the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, it was perhaps more important than Brundisium (present Brindisi), under the Roman emperors as a point of embarkation for the East, as the distance to Apollonia was less than from Brundisium.

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Visit of Otranto. Otranto is a town and commune in the province of Lecce (Apulia, Italy), in a fertile region, and once famous for its breed of horses. Otranto is situated on the east coast of the Salento peninsula. The Strait of Otranto connects the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea. The harbour is small and has little trade. With some stroll along the waterfront before returning to hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hotel Patria Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Five-Star Hotel

Description: Patria Palace Hotel is the ideal choice for a stay Relax in Lecce, a city of art and culture, located in the historic center and opposite the monumental Basilica of Santa Croce, the Patria Palace brings back to life an 'ancient patrician residence of eighteenth century, the Palazzo D'Anna-Petrarolo. Lavishly restored by artists and craftsmen, the palace has been embellished with frescoes and decorative elements in Art Deco style. Patria Palace Hotel Lecce is synonymous with hospitality tradition, hospitality and style. Patria Palace Hotel offers guests the opportunity to discover the art of the Salento

Contact info:
Piazzetta Riccardi
Lecce, 73100 Italy
phone: +39 0832 245111
web: www.patriapalacelecce.com

Room amenities: The 63 rooms, all different, are all personalized with murals painted by John Duggan. They are tastefully furnished and equipped with all the facilities, amenities and modern technologies. The bathrooms are particularly luxurious, were made ​​with precious marbles as the "Calacatta White," the "Verona Red" and "Green Guatemala."

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: DBL € 126,00 SGL 88,00 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, November 04 - Gallipoli, Free time
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Field trip to Gallipoli. Visit to the Church of Santa Caterina

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: free time

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel Patria Palace

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri is a 4-star structure open all year round and situated in a 10 hectare Mediterranean Park.Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Apulian Murgia, the Grand Hotel is ideal for relaxing and unforgettable holidays.The rooms and outdoor spaces endowed with every comfort rooms are ideal for banquets, ceremonies, meetings and congresses. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions. The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Contact info:
S.S. 172 dei Trulli Km. 29800
Alberobello (BA), 70011 Italy
phone: +39 080 4325481
web: www.lachiusadichietri.it

Room amenities: The modern hotel offers 98 standard rooms and 6 rooms for disabled guests.Strong emotions resurface in this place where hospitality is transformed into art. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, November 05 - Egnazia, departure to Alberobello check in at the...
Egnazia, departure to Alberobello check in at the Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri in Alberobello, Lecture

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Field trip to Egnatia. Stop at the archeological site of Egnatia for visit and on-ste lecture. Departure to Alberobello. Check in at Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri.

Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel

Afternoon: Free time. Lecture : “Castel del Monte: “The masterpiece of Frederick II” held by Dr. Awdie Coppola

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri is a 4-star structure open all year round and situated in a 10 hectare Mediterranean Park.Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Apulian Murgia, the Grand Hotel is ideal for relaxing and unforgettable holidays.The rooms and outdoor spaces endowed with every comfort rooms are ideal for banquets, ceremonies, meetings and congresses. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions. The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Contact info:
S.S. 172 dei Trulli Km. 29800
Alberobello (BA), 70011 Italy
phone: +39 080 4325481
web: www.lachiusadichietri.it

Room amenities: The modern hotel offers 98 standard rooms and 6 rooms for disabled guests.Strong emotions resurface in this place where hospitality is transformed into art. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, November 06 - Bari, Poligano al Mare, cooking demonstration
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Excursion to Bari. The Basilica of San Nicola, erected to house the Saint's mortal remains, stolen from Myra and triumphantly escorted to the city, was built between 1087and 1197. The building was inspired by a model essentially alien to local tradition, based on the abbey church of Montecassino and the earliest Norman tribune constructions. The central portal is framed by a portico, made in the second half of the 12th century under the guidance of an unknown master, certainly aware of the most recent developments in European Romanesque style: the side columns are supported by nomumental figures of oxen. The Swabian Castle is a Swabian construction, insisting on previous artifacts, erected by Frederick II between 1233 and 1240. Become the seat of the Sforzas in the 16th century, it was surrounded by a mighty curtain of walls with pentagonal-plan towers at the corners and the inner courtyard was given Reinassance forms: it houses a plaster-cast gallery containing numerous plaster moulds, copies of sculptures and architectural and decorative fragments of Roman monuments, a 13th century wooden crucifix and a triptych by the Vivarini brothers. Sightseeing of Bari. St.Nicholas’Basilica. The Swebian Castle. The ancient city walls.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant in Mola di Bari

Afternoon: Departure to the small village of Poligano a Mare Visit the old part of the village and a stroll along the waterfront. Return to the hotel. Cooking demonstration

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri is a 4-star structure open all year round and situated in a 10 hectare Mediterranean Park.Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Apulian Murgia, the Grand Hotel is ideal for relaxing and unforgettable holidays.The rooms and outdoor spaces endowed with every comfort rooms are ideal for banquets, ceremonies, meetings and congresses. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions. The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Contact info:
S.S. 172 dei Trulli Km. 29800
Alberobello (BA), 70011 Italy
phone: +39 080 4325481
web: www.lachiusadichietri.it

Room amenities: The modern hotel offers 98 standard rooms and 6 rooms for disabled guests.Strong emotions resurface in this place where hospitality is transformed into art. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, November 07 - Rivera winery, Castel del Monte, Lecture
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: An excursion to the Rivera winery, the wine growing traditions of the region with a visit of the cellars, followed by wine tasting.

Lunch: Light lunch enriched by local products.

Afternoon: Transfer to Castel del Monte. The castle was built directly on a rocky bank, in some places cropping out, and is well known for its octagonal shape. Eight octagonal towers are inserted on each of the eight corners. The wall curtains, built in the local calcareous stone, are marked by a string-course moulding. Eight windows with one light open on the lower floor, seven mullioned windows and only one three mullioned window, facing the city of Andria, on the upper one. Visit of the castle Return to hotel Lecture “Baroque, Romanesque Art in the Puglia Region" by Dr. Awdie Coppola.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel

Lodging: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri is a 4-star structure open all year round and situated in a 10 hectare Mediterranean Park.Nestled in the beautiful scenery of the Apulian Murgia, the Grand Hotel is ideal for relaxing and unforgettable holidays.The rooms and outdoor spaces endowed with every comfort rooms are ideal for banquets, ceremonies, meetings and congresses. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions. The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Contact info:
S.S. 172 dei Trulli Km. 29800
Alberobello (BA), 70011 Italy
phone: +39 080 4325481
web: www.lachiusadichietri.it

Room amenities: The modern hotel offers 98 standard rooms and 6 rooms for disabled guests.Strong emotions resurface in this place where hospitality is transformed into art. The trulli dwellings are white houses with conical roof adapted to all the necessity required by an hotel structure and furnished in the old peasant traditions The hotel has a very limited availability. Participants could direct their requests to IEV. The additional price is of Euro 12 per person per night.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, November 08 - Lecture, Alberobello,
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: Lecture on “the Trulli Architecture of Puglia” held by Dr. Emanuela D'Andria. Departure to Alberobello – UNESCO World Heritage Site Alberobello is situated on the second step of Le Murge, south of the Canale di Pirro, and is best-known centre in the region. It was born as a farming village near an oak-wood and this is the reason for its name, originally silva arboris belli. All around Alberobello the rolling countryside is planted with vines, olives and almond trees and dotted everywhere by clusters of Trulli. Isolated or in groups, the Trulli make up the urban fabric of the monumental area of the world famous Alberobello. The Trulli take their name from the Greek tholos (cupola) and give the whole area a social characteristic that is unique in Italy: born following the division of landed property, they constitute the so-called phenomenon of scattered population. Each family group lives on its own land without forming urban centers; these microcosms are based on an average estate two hectares in size, all farmed, with a Trullo standing in at the centre and dominating the land. Visit of the town

Lunch: Experience the true flavors of Puglia lunching in an XVIII century farmhouse situated in the area called “Murgia dei trulli”

Afternoon: Visit to the farmhouse. Free time in Alberobello. Return to the Hotel

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.

Lodging: Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Contact info:
Via Roma 15
Matera, 75100 Italy
phone: +39 0835 256309
web: www.hotelsandomenico.it

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, November 09 - Matera, check in at the Hotel San Domenico, Lectu...
Matera, check in at the Hotel San Domenico, Lecture, the Sassi, Palazzo Lanfranchi

Breakfast: Breafkast at the Hotel.

Morning: Departure to Matera. Upon arrival, check in at the Hotel San Domenico. after checking into our hotel, there will be a tour in the morning of the "Sassi", the oldest part of the city. This area was declared a UNESCO world heritage site because it is considered to be the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. The first settlements can be dated back to the Neolithic period, approximately 7 thousand years ago, while later settlements illustrate a number of significant stages in human history.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to the 17th century Palazzo Lanfranchi, site of the National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art, where the real highlight is the Carlo Levi center, housing a wonderful exhibit of some of his most important works. Free time

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.

Lodging: Hotel San Domenico al Piano

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Contact info:
Via Roma 15
Matera, 75100 Italy
phone: +39 0835 256309
web: www.hotelsandomenico.it

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, November 10 - Parco Murgia Materana, Metaponto
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Visit the Crypt of Original Sin located on a vineyard inside the regional archaeological park of the " Murgia Materana". The crypt is considered to be one of the most exquisite examples of the over 160 rupestrian churches that exist throughout the park and within the Sassi. It is best known for the breathtaking 10th century frescoes depicting the Genesis that cover the rock walls of the church and has often been referred to as the "Sistine Chapel" of rock wall paintings.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Excursion to Metaponto, once part of the Ancient Greek colonies of Magna Grecia, where we will visit the ruins of the Tavole Palatine and then the National Museum of Archaeology. Return to the hotel

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel San Domenico al Piano

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Contact info:
Via Roma 15
Matera, 75100 Italy
phone: +39 0835 256309
web: www.hotelsandomenico.it

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Wednesday, November 11 - Castelmezzano, free time
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Excursion to Castelmezzano founded by the Normans. It sits in the hearth of the Basilicata mountains. The urban structure of Castelmezzano is typically medieval: a cluster of houses with roofs concentric sandstone slabs embedded in a rocky basin. Walking through the old town is particularly attractive due to the presence of buildings included in the rock. It’s this balanced relationship of the town and the natural heritage around, respecting the surrounding landscape, that has allowed Castelmezzano city-nature to be defined and included in the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: free time

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: Hotel San Domenico al Piano

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The building as a whole is notable for its harmonious elegance, which applies both to the outdoor areas and to the internal settings, beautifully finished right down to the very last detail. The hotel is strategically located, in Via Cristoforo Colombo in Rende, in the Cancello Magdalone quarter, close to the Cosenza North motorway exit, to the University of Calabria, and to the industrial district of Rende.

Contact info:
Via Cristoforo Colombo, Ss 19
Rende (Cosenza), 87036 Italy
phone: +39 0984-838620
web: www.villafabiano.it

Room amenities: The Best Western Premier Villa Fabiano Palace Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Rende (Cosenza), has 68 rooms with numerous services. Single Room: with a full-size bed, safe, satellite/Sky TV (32” screen), minibar, direct-dial telephone and Internet access Comfort Room: with a safe, satellite/Sky TV (32” screen), minibar, direct-dial telephone, and Internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Thursday, November 12 - Departure to Rende (Cosenza) and check in at the ...
Departure to Rende (Cosenza) and check in at the Best Western Premier - Villa Fabiano Palace Hotel. / Cosenza

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Departure to Cosenza Arrival and check in at the Best Western Premier - Villa Fabiano Palace Hotel

Lunch: Light lunch at the hotel restaurant

Afternoon: Visit of Cosenza, Teatro Rendano, Palazzo Arnone (Galleria Nazionale d’Arte)

Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant

Lodging: Best Western Premier - Villa Fabiano Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The building as a whole is notable for its harmonious elegance, which applies both to the outdoor areas and to the internal settings, beautifully finished right down to the very last detail. The hotel is strategically located, in Via Cristoforo Colombo in Rende, in the Cancello Magdalone quarter, close to the Cosenza North motorway exit, to the University of Calabria, and to the industrial district of Rende.

Contact info:
Via Cristoforo Colombo, Ss 19
Rende (Cosenza), 87036 Italy
phone: +39 0984-838620
web: www.villafabiano.it

Room amenities: The Best Western Premier Villa Fabiano Palace Hotel, a 4-star hotel in Rende (Cosenza), has 68 rooms with numerous services. Single Room: with a full-size bed, safe, satellite/Sky TV (32” screen), minibar, direct-dial telephone and Internet access Comfort Room: with a safe, satellite/Sky TV (32” screen), minibar, direct-dial telephone, and Internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Friday, November 13 - Lecture, Santa Severina.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture on "Calabria: Art & Architecure through the centuries" Field trip to Santa Severina. Santa Severina, a town with a long and rich history: a real history not a legend or a tale, an history supported by thousands of documents, Papal bulls, reports of military campaigns. The town was either under the Byzantines and the Normans and represented a very important center of the Oriental Roman World

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Visit to the Battistero Bizantino and the Museo Diocesano

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Best Western Premier - Villa Fabiano Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The unique hotel overviewing the sea in the centre of Reggio Calabria city, èhotel challenges the traditional idea of hotellerie and offers a brand new hospitality concept. The luxury of every detail, the spectacular view of Messina’s strait, the silence of its open spaces, offer its guests a sensation of well being and relax. The décor of the Hotel has been interpreted with a contemporary touch and a modern sense of style. E’ Hotel joins an aesthetical pleasure to a refined functionallity.

Contact info:
Via Giunchi 6
Reggio Calabria, 89121 Italy
phone: +39 0965 89300
web: www.ehotelreggiocalabria.it

Room amenities: 52 rooms feature refined furnishings and all amenities, including plasma flat screen TV, pay-tv, 2 direct dial phones, high-speed internet access, safety deposit box, mini-bar. Bathrooms have Jacuzzi or shower

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: DBL € 96, SGL € 80 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Saturday, November 14 - Lecture, Fiumefreddo, Departure to Reggio Calabri...
Lecture, Fiumefreddo, Departure to Reggio Calabria, check in at the Ehotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Lecture “Calabria Traditions & Folcklore” Excursion to the medieval village of Fiumefreddo Fiumefreddo takes its name after Flumen frigidum, which means river with potable water, called also as frigidum (cold) due to its fresh waters that stream from the rocks a few kilometers away from the sea. Transfer to the “Convento dei Cappuccini” at Belmonte

Brunch: Transfer to a small farmhouse for lunch

Afternoon: Departure to Reggio Calabria. Arrival at Reggio Calabria. Check in at the Ehotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Ehotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The unique hotel overviewing the sea in the centre of Reggio Calabria city, èhotel challenges the traditional idea of hotellerie and offers a brand new hospitality concept. The luxury of every detail, the spectacular view of Messina’s strait, the silence of its open spaces, offer its guests a sensation of well being and relax. The décor of the Hotel has been interpreted with a contemporary touch and a modern sense of style. E’ Hotel joins an aesthetical pleasure to a refined functionallity.

Contact info:
Via Giunchi 6
Reggio Calabria, 89121 Italy
phone: +39 0965 89300
web: www.ehotelreggiocalabria.it

Room amenities: 52 rooms feature refined furnishings and all amenities, including plasma flat screen TV, pay-tv, 2 direct dial phones, high-speed internet access, safety deposit box, mini-bar. Bathrooms have Jacuzzi or shower

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: DBL € 96, SGL € 80 B/B
Advanced reservation required and depending upon availability. Please send an e-mail to ffigliuolo@exploreitaly.net or call (781) 899-0900 City tax if applied it has to be paid locally: roughly cost: € 5,00 per person per night Please also check the hotel website for special offers

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Sixteen: Sunday, November 15 - Reggio Calabria, Museo Nazionale della Magna Grec...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning: Guided tour of the National Museum of Reggio including "I Bronzi di Riace". Reggio Calabria is the regional capital of Calabria. The city stands at the foot of the Aspromonte, a wild mountainous region, for centuries isolated from the rest of the world. In some villages, the dialect spoken is still based on ancient Greek. It is known above all for its Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, home to the famed "Riace Bronzes." The Museum houses an extraordinary collection of prehistoric Graeco-Roman and medieval antiquities, including beautiful terracottas, marbles and small bronzes of fine workmanship, form Sibari, Locri, Medma and other sites throughout Calabria. The main hall of the Museum is dominated by the celebrated heroic nude statues discovered off Riace, the so called Bronzi di Riace. The Bronzes are among the very few surviving examples of Classic Greek bronze statuary. The History and Myth of Reggio Calabria. We will talk about Aschenez, great grandson of Noah, who founded Reggio, and Ulysses and his voyages in the west among sea monsters and fears of unconscious. Excursion to Scilla

Lunch: Lunch at the local restaurant

Afternoon: Visit the fishing village of Scilla and the old district of Chianalea

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Ehotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Monday, November 16 - Departures
Morning: Morning departure from Reggio Calabria airport based on flight schedule time.


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15 nights of accommodations
38 meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 12 lunches, 11 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips

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