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.
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Program No. 20221RJ
17 days
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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 archeology of Calabria “the toe” and Puglia “the heel” of the Italian “boot.”
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Keep the Pace
Walking and standing on paved and cobblestone sidewalks for up to two 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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • View the famed "Riace Bronzes," housed at the Museo Nazionale della Magna Grecia and explore the museum’s 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.
  • Learn about regional cheeses, breads and fish during field trips to local farms.
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Awdie Coppola
Mr. Awdie Coppola was born in Lecce to an Anglo-Italian family. Today, he speaks five languages and is a freelance translator, interpreter, lecturer, as well as teacher of English and Spanish. After graduating in translation at the University of Trieste, he specialized in economics, history and travel. As a freelance interpreter, he has been involved in translating international events such as the Mediterranean Peace Forum and the G8 Finance Ministers meeting.
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