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Italy

Winter in Italy: Puglia’s Hidden Gems

Program No. 23004RJ
Discover the vibrant history and cuisine of Puglia — a coastal region located on Italy’s “heel” — during the winter months when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds.
Length
8 days
Rating (4.94)
Activity Level
Starts at
2,299
Flights start at
900

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Nov 3 - Nov 10, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Dec 1 - Dec 8, 2023
Starting at
2,299
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2024
Starting at
2,399
Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2024
Starting at
2,399
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2024
Starting at
2,399
Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2024
Starting at
2,399
Dec 2 - Dec 9, 2024
Starting at
2,399
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,639
Feb 3 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
2,639
Feb 24 - Mar 3, 2023
Starting at
2,639
Nov 3 - Nov 10, 2023
Starting at
2,639
Dec 1 - Dec 8, 2023
Starting at
2,639
Jan 22 - Jan 29, 2024
Starting at
2,749
Feb 5 - Feb 12, 2024
Starting at
2,749
Feb 19 - Feb 26, 2024
Starting at
2,749
Nov 4 - Nov 11, 2024
Starting at
2,749
Dec 2 - Dec 9, 2024
Starting at
2,749

At a Glance

Located on Italy’s “heel,” Puglia boasts the longest stretch of coastline of any other mainland region in the country. Explore Puglia’s idyllic coast from the Baroque city of Lecce to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, all while learning about its rich history, tantalizing cuisine and local life. Brush up on your Italian during session with your Group Leader and try your hand at creating local dishes during a hands-on cooking class. You’ll experience the very best of Puglia during the mild winter months when all the tourists have gone home!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to a mile and a half; some uneven ground and cobblestones. 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…

  • Discover the Baroque beauty of Lecce — the “Florence of the South” — on an expert-led walking exploration of the Old City.
  • Learn the vast history of the Sassi de Matera, a troglodyte settlement and one of the oldest cities in the world.
  • Marvel in the unique trulli houses of Alberobello, historic homes built during the 16th century that are now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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.
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.
Masserie: The Italian Farmhouses of Puglia, 2011
by Mark Roskams and Diane Lewis
Before the Normans: Southern Italy in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries (The Middle Ages Series) 1996
by Barbara M. Kreutz
Venturing in Italy: Travels in Puglia, Land between Two Seas
by Connie Burke and Barbara J. Euser
Romanesque Churches of Puglia (Italy)
by Approach Guides, David Raezer and Jennifer Raezer
Christ stopped at Eboli
by Carlo Levi
Puglia: A Culinary Memoir (Italy's Food Culture)
by Maria Pignatelli Ferrante, Natalie Danford translator, Polly Franchini and Maria Galetta consultant
Pan' E Pomodor - My Passage To Puglia 2011
by Ian R. McEwan
Meals
15 Meals
6 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Low Salt, Low Fat, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Dec 02, 2024 - Dec 09, 2024 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Jan 20, 2023 - Jan 27, 2023 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Feb 03, 2023 - Feb 10, 2023 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Feb 24, 2023 - Mar 03, 2023 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Nov 03, 2023 - Nov 10, 2023 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Dec 01, 2023 - Dec 08, 2023 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Jan 22, 2024 - Jan 29, 2024 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Feb 05, 2024 - Feb 12, 2024 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Feb 19, 2024 - Feb 26, 2024 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Nov 04, 2024 - Nov 11, 2024 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
  • Dec 02, 2024 - Dec 09, 2024 (Lecce to Martina Franca)
3 nights
Lecce
The hotel is situated at the centre of Lecce and at a few steps from the old town centre. It is a structure of high level, respecting the traditional local culture for hospitality. It was created to host the guests with exclusiveness and warmth. A modern complex that conjugates elegance and tradition, comfort and efficiency of the services.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
A former historic mansion in 1400, the Risorgimento Resort is now a five-star luxury hotel with 47 rooms and suites of contemporary design. The strong connection with our land is its essence of luxury: the friendliness of our team made of passionate people light up your arrival, the rooms inspire you with colors and shapes of our land and gourmet tastes are inspired by Salento flavors.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
A former historic mansion in 1400, the Risorgimento Resort is now a five-star luxury hotel with 47 rooms and suites of contemporary design. The strong connection with our land is its essence of luxury: the friendliness of our team made of passionate people light up your arrival, the rooms inspire you with colors and shapes of our land and gourmet tastes are inspired by Salento flavors.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
A former historic mansion in 1400, the Risorgimento Resort is now a five-star luxury hotel with 47 rooms and suites of contemporary design. The strong connection with our land is its essence of luxury: the friendliness of our team made of passionate people light up your arrival, the rooms inspire you with colors and shapes of our land and gourmet tastes are inspired by Salento flavors.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
A former historic mansion in 1400, the Risorgimento Resort is now a five-star luxury hotel with 47 rooms and suites of contemporary design. The strong connection with our land is its essence of luxury: the friendliness of our team made of passionate people light up your arrival, the rooms inspire you with colors and shapes of our land and gourmet tastes are inspired by Salento flavors.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
A former historic mansion in 1400, the Risorgimento Resort is now a five-star luxury hotel with 47 rooms and suites of contemporary design. The strong connection with our land is its essence of luxury: the friendliness of our team made of passionate people light up your arrival, the rooms inspire you with colors and shapes of our land and gourmet tastes are inspired by Salento flavors.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
The hotel is situated at the centre of Lecce and at a few steps from the old town centre. It is a structure of high level, respecting the traditional local culture for hospitality. It was created to host the guests with exclusiveness and warmth. A modern complex that conjugates elegance and tradition, comfort and efficiency of the services.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
The hotel is situated at the centre of Lecce and at a few steps from the old town centre. It is a structure of high level, respecting the traditional local culture for hospitality. It was created to host the guests with exclusiveness and warmth. A modern complex that conjugates elegance and tradition, comfort and efficiency of the services.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
The hotel is situated at the centre of Lecce and at a few steps from the old town centre. It is a structure of high level, respecting the traditional local culture for hospitality. It was created to host the guests with exclusiveness and warmth. A modern complex that conjugates elegance and tradition, comfort and efficiency of the services.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.
3 nights
Lecce
The hotel is situated at the centre of Lecce and at a few steps from the old town centre. It is a structure of high level, respecting the traditional local culture for hospitality. It was created to host the guests with exclusiveness and warmth. A modern complex that conjugates elegance and tradition, comfort and efficiency of the services.
3 nights
Martina Franca, (TA)
From an antique farmhouse dating back to the 1600 to a magnificient villa of the early 1900s and now a modern hotel complex: The Park Hotel San Michele. An exclusive location that offers the possiblity of living a genuine experience in a refined and elegant atmosphere with a first class service. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city. The rooms are small but very comfortable.





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