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Italy

Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria: Southern Italy From “Heel” to “Toe”

Discover the “sole” of Southern Italy as you journey along the Italian “boot,” learning about diverse architecture, medieval villages and the vibrant culture of this ancient land.
Rating (4.7)
Program No. 20221RJ
Length
17 days
Starts at
5,049
Flights start at
900
Italy

Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria: Southern Italy From “Heel” to “Toe”

Discover the “sole” of Southern Italy as you journey along the Italian “boot,” learning about diverse architecture, medieval villages and the vibrant culture of this ancient land.
Length
17 days
Starts at
5,049
Flights start at
900
Length
17 days
Rating (4.7)
Starts at
5,049
Flights start at
900
Program No. 20221RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 20 - Apr 5, 2023
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5,049
Apr 10 - Apr 26, 2023
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Apr 21 - May 7, 2023
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May 1 - May 17, 2023
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May 5 - May 21, 2023
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Sep 5 - Sep 21, 2023
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Sep 15 - Oct 1, 2023
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Sep 25 - Oct 11, 2023
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Oct 6 - Oct 22, 2023
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Oct 16 - Nov 1, 2023
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Oct 27 - Nov 12, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 20 - Apr 5, 2023
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5,949
Apr 10 - Apr 26, 2023
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5,949
Apr 21 - May 7, 2023
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5,949
May 1 - May 17, 2023
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5,949
May 5 - May 21, 2023
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5,949
Sep 5 - Sep 21, 2023
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5,949
Sep 15 - Oct 1, 2023
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5,949
Sep 25 - Oct 11, 2023
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5,949
Oct 6 - Oct 22, 2023
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5,949
Oct 16 - Nov 1, 2023
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5,949
Oct 27 - Nov 12, 2023
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5,949

At a Glance

Journey into the heart of Southern Italy to experience the quaint villages and vibrant cultures whose traditions and landscapes can be traced to ancient times. Investigate the scenic coastline, medieval villages, and Greek and Roman archaeology of Calabria “the toe” and Puglia “the heel” of the Italian “boot.”
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking and standing on paved and cobblestone sidewalks for up to four miles per day. Field trips involve walking on uneven ground and some stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • View the famed bronzes housed at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia, exploring prehistoric Graeco-Roman and medieval antiquities.
  • Explore the unique trulli constructions of Alberobello and the troglodyte dwellings of Sassi di Matera, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Discover Romanesque and Baroque cathedrals and monuments in the shade of majestic castles and noble palaces.
Featured Expert
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Emanuela D'Andria
Ms.Emanuela D’Andria graduated with a degree in interpreting (French and English) from the Higher School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators at the University of Trieste. She has been creating and leading educational explorations throughout Italy and abroad since 1998, including programs in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany and Holland. Emanuela has enjoyed leading Road Scholar programs since 2006.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Emanuela D'Andria View biography
Ms.Emanuela D’Andria graduated with a degree in interpreting (French and English) from the Higher School of Modern Languages for Interpreters and Translators at the University of Trieste. She has been creating and leading educational explorations throughout Italy and abroad since 1998, including programs in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany and Holland. Emanuela has enjoyed leading Road Scholar programs since 2006.
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Gianluca Tonti View biography
Gianluca Tonti studied Middle Age history at the Università Statale di Milano with a thesis about taxation and politics during the fifteenth century. After graduating, he attended the Archivio di Stato in Milan. Upon returning to Apulia, he worked with historical researchers in the local archives and gives local history lessons. Gianluca began working as a travel leader in Puglia in 2009 and became certified in 2012. He currently works with English-speaking groups in Apulia, Basilicata and Sicily.
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Gianluca De Francesco View biography
Gianluca De Francesco is a licensed Italian professional guide with twenty years of experience, including leading hiking groups in the Calabrian mountains, working at ski resorts in the Alps and Finland, and leading cultural explorations in south Italy. He has a passion for history, archeology, and geology, which he studied at the University of Bologna. Gianluca’s true love is his Calabrian homeland, which he enthusiastically shares with visitors to his region.
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Angelo Calianno View biography
Angelo Calianno was born in Cisternino in the Trulli Valley. His passion for travel led him to begin exploring the world at age 18. He has lived and worked in Africa, South America, Middle East, and the UK as a guide, reporter, and photographer. He also studied ancient history, specializing in cultures of southern Italy and the Mediterranean. Love for his homeland brought Angelo back to Puglia, where he has been working as a licensed group leader in historic villages, archaeological museums, and nature trails.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Christ stopped at Eboli
by Carlo Levi
Lonely Planet Puglia & Basilicata (Regional Travel Guide)
by Paula Hardy, Abigail Hole, Olivia Pozzan
Romanesque Churches of Puglia (Italy)
by Approach Guides, David Raezer and Jennifer Raezer
Pan' E Pomodor - My Passage To Puglia 2011
by Ian R. McEwan
Travellers Calabria (Travellers - Thomas Cook)
by Lara Dunston and Terry Carter
Before the Normans: Southern Italy in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (The Middle Ages Series) 1996
by Barbara M. Kreutz
Masserie: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia, 2011
by Mark Roskams and Diane Lewis
Venturing in Italy: Travels in Puglia, Land between Two Seas
by Connie Burke and Barbara J. Euser
Puglia: A Culinary Memoir (Italy's Food Culture)
by Maria Pignatelli Ferrante, Natalie Danford translator, Polly Franchini and Maria Galetta consultant





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