Welcome to Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria
The Italian boot’s heel (Puglia), instep (Basilicata) and toe (Calabria) are where you can witness the so-called Mezzogiorno (southern Italy) in all its throbbing intensity. This is a land of drying washing on weather-worn balconies, speeding scooters in Dickensian alleys and dilapidated centro storicos (historic centres) that haven’t yet qualified for a Unesco listing. Though the south’s more down-to-earth cities... Read More
Top experiences in Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria
Puglia, Basilicata & Calabria activities
Private Tour: Bari Street Food Walking Tour
Start your private tour with a hotel or port pickup, or make your own way to Bari Old Town to meet your guide. Then, set off on a stroll around the narrow streets of the enclave. Stop for a look at the pilgrimage church of the Basilica of St. Nicholas. Dedicated to the saint whose legend became Santa Claus, the church houses his holy remains in an ornate crypt. See the Cathedral of St. Sabinus, and admire the nearby 12th-century Swabian Castle. Continue through the Old Town to scout out the best eateries with your guide. Stop at a pastry bakery to sample focaccia barese, and visit an authentic birrificio for a pint of the local craft ale. Bite into creamy burrata as you learn about cheese and salami at a delicatessen; sip wine as you hear about the region’s winemaking heritage; and discover the secrets of rich, homemade gelato as you eat one, of course. Finish with a visit to the modern French part of the city, where opera theaters, luxury boutiques, and a seaside market can be found. Your tour ends with a hotel drop-off. Please note: A minimum of two people is required per booking.
Bari Bike Tour
Experience a pleasant bike tour of Bari and let your expert multilingual guide show you its most important attractions. Visit both the old town center and the 19th century district. Admire the Basilica di San Nicola, the Cathedral of San Sabino, the Castello Normanno-Svevo (Swabian Castle). Next, head to the fish market and the shopping district. Cycle through the the beautiful squares of the city and reach the seaside. Discover the hidden corners of the old town, such as the alleys where women, still nowadays, make the local homemade pasta. Get the chance to to visit monuments inside (own expense) and stop for an handmade ice-cream tasting. You will venture into the real Bari and immerse yourself in the lively local life and traditions of this enchanting city.
Discover Matera Walking Tour
The tour goes around the Caveoso District of the Sassi of Matera. During the tour it's possible to visit one cave dwelling and one church. At the end of the tour you can visit the part of the historical center with Baroque churches. Approach Matera from virtually any direction and your first glimpse of its famous sassi is sure to stay in your memory forever. Haunting and beautiful, the sassi sprawl below the rim of a yawning ravine like a giant nativity scene. The old town is simply unique and warrants at least a day of exploration and aimless wandering.Although many buildings are crumbling and abandoned, others have been restored and transformed into cozy abodes, restaurants, and swish cave-hotels. On the cliff top, the new town is a lively place, with its elegant churches, palazzi and especially the pedestrianized Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
Bari Bike Tour with Pasta Making Class Experience
Join a private and customizable tour, back to ancient times and far from stereotypes and then meet a local lady and have a pasta making class in a typical house of the old town. Cook and taste your own home-made pasta with a glass of local wine, in a familyatmosphere and live a unique experience to enjoy the real southern Italian home-stay.Tour begins visiting the main attractions of the old town such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus and the millenarian Swabian Castle.Tour goes on discovering the modern French part of the city along the famous sea-side, with its fish market, opera theatres and luxuryshopping streets. Tour ends at Signora Maria’s House where we will learn how to make orecchiette, the local home-made pasta, and find out the secrets of Italian tomato sauce. Drinking genuine Primitivo red wine we will cook and taste our own home-made pasta feeling like a native.
Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Making Class Experience
Join a private and customizable tour, back to ancient times and far from stereotypes. Afterwards, meet a local and have a pasta making class in a typical house of the old town. Cook and taste your own home-made pasta with a glass of local wine, in a familyatmosphere. Live a unique experience and enjoy a real, southern Italian, home-stay. Tour begins visiting the main attractions of the old town such as the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus and the millenarian Swabian Castle. Tour goes on discovering the modern French part of the city along the famous sea-side, with its fish market, opera theaters, and luxuryshopping streets. Tour ends at a locals House where we will learn how to make orecchiette, the local home-made pasta, and find out the secrets of Italian tomato sauce. Drinking genuine Primitivo red wine you will cook and taste your own home-made pasta which will have you feeling like a native.
Private Tour: Bari Street Food Bike Tour
Explore Bari and discover picturesque and local places with an expert guide on this private, customizable tour. Meet food and wine producers to discover the southern Italian culinary culture, tasting local delicacies and typical products along the route. Your tour begins after pickup from your hotel or port with visits to the main attractions of the old town. Tour the Basilica of Saint Nicholas with its precious Crypt, the ancient Cathedral of Saint Sabinus, and the Swabian Castle.Next you'll delve into Bari's culinary treats with tasting stops at a panificio (local bakery), where you'll learn how focaccia barese is made and taste a slice; a birrificio (local pub), where you'll learn about the production of local craft beers and try a pint; and a salumeria, where you'll taste different types of salami and cheeses, including burrata. Make your way to a winery to learn about local wines and sample glasses, and finally to a gelateria where you'll taste true, homemade Italian ice cream. Your tour ends in the modern French part of the city along the famous sea-side, where you'll cycle past opera theaters and luxury shopping streets before being dropped back at your hotel or port.