Learned so much about olive oil and the taste was an epiphany. I will never look at store bought oil the same. ~ J.M.
Fall in love with adventure vacations to Southern Italy. Start on the Amalfi Coast, where the beautiful weather, crystal clear blue waters, and incredible sights will capture your heart long after you move on to the next destination. Just as they did the Roman emperors, who established villas, temples, and gardens here to get a taste of paradise. Treat yourself to some limoncello made from locally grown lemons on on of Via Mondo’s famous food tours and savor the sweet taste and sweeter memories as you travel east to Basilicata. Adventure vacations in southern Italy are not complete without touring the caves and getting lost in the region’s history and culture. Move on to Apulia, the “heel” on the boot that is Southern Italy. Explore the natural wonders of the region. Take in the sights, taste the locally made olive oil on one of our food tours, explore the fairy tale-like trulli homes, and savor all of the unique experiences and histories that Apulia has to offer. With Via Mondo, adventure vacations and food tours to Southern Italy are truly unique. Treasure the memories and the experiences because at the end of your trip, although you may have to leave southern Italy, it will never leave you.
“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese
All the fanciest accommodations
All savory breakfasts, 6 organic lunches, 5 nutritional dinners with local wine
All cultural enrichment events, 8 unique excursions, guest experts and entrance fees
8 Kripalu yoga sessions
2 Meditation walks
Voluntourism: Our Connect Program
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
All van transportation from and to Via Mondo special events
Shuttle service from pick up and drop off locations
Service of Via Mondo professional guide(s)
After settling in, a casual walk to get acclimated to Positano, the beautiful and historic town that John Steinbeck called “a dream place.” Then, dinner accompanied by a tasting of the sweet limoncello made from the finest and freshest lemons that the Amalfi Coast is known.
After a session of morning yoga, we take a ferry to Capri. After a picnic lunch at Villa Jovis, the emperor Tiberius’ summer home, you can then explore the Roman ruins continue a gorgeous walk to visit the world-famous Faraglioni. Then, dinner on your own in Positano.
To start the day off, a morning hike along the Path of the Gods (il Sentiero degli Dei). Then, enjoy a free day in Positano. Consider visiting the beach, shopping at the many artisan shops, or visiting the historic Church of the Assumption (Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta).
After morning yoga, we bid farewell to Positano and set off toward Matera, stopping in historic Battipaglia and the beautiful Gallipoli Cognato Piccole Dolomiti Lucane Regional Park. Named because of its mountains’ similarities to the Dolomite mountain range further north in Italy.
Morning Yoga to start the day off right. Then, choose how to spend your day from three exciting options. Tour the prehistoric sassi caves, go on a hike through the gorgeous Park of Rupestrian Churches or take a cooking class in one of Matera’s famous caves!
After a morning yoga session to start the day, spend a free day in Matera! Consider a walking food and wine tour of the historic district during the day or just relax and enjoy the ancient architecture and quaint cobblestone streets. Immerse yourself in the city for one more night before we say arrivederci in the morning.
After breakfast, we move on from Matera to Puglia, the last stop on our Southern Italy tour. On the way, we stop for lunch at Grottaglie, an ancient Albanian settlement, and the home of Puglia’s earthenware production since the 10th century.
Enjoy a morning yoga session before beginning your day in Lecce. Choose from a tasting of locally made olive oil, an excursion to the historic Santa Maria di Leuca and its famous lighthouse, or a walking tour of the unique city center.
A morning walk around the city before the hustle and bustle of daily life takes over. Then, a free day in Lecce. Consider visiting one of the many beautiful churches, exploring the workshops where the papier-mâché figures that the city is known for are made, or just relaxing at the hotel.
After breakfast, we travel to Alberobello, the home of the famous trulli houses. On the way, we stop at the Torre Guaceto Nature Reserve to have lunch and stretch our legs.
After morning yoga, choose from three different excursions for your day in Alberobello. Take a guided walking tour of the city (including the fairy tale-like trulli), visit a local agriturismo, or enjoy a gastronomic tour of Alberobello and learn how to make traditional Apulian cuisine, which is a unique blend of Italian and Greek.
One last morning yoga session before breakfast. Then, we say a fond goodbye to Southern Italy.
The Hotel Conca d'Oro
The Hotel Conca d’Oro is situated in the most desirable spot in Positano. Close to the center, it’s an enchanting 3 star superior hotel. In 2014 the hotel was remodeled preserving the baroque style. All the areas are bright and decorated with hand painted majolica by a master craftsman in Positano.
L'Hotel in Pietra
L’Hotel in Pietra is a beautiful 13th-century church conversion. It is perched high up in the Sasso (Matera’s old town quarter built into caves). All the 8 rooms are different, imaginative conversions of the unusual spaces the old buildings provide.
Torre del Parco
Torre del Parco is located in the heart of Lecce and it is a Medieval and Renaissance symbol of the city. It includes the Tower and is surrounded by a deep moat. The rooms of the Historic House are located in the old Convent which was built in 1600 on the walls of the fifteenth-century manor.
Grand Hotel Olimpo
Grand Hotel Olimpo is distinguished from other hotels in Alberobello by its large elegant and modern rooms providing every comfort for a pleasant stay. The spaces, the elegance, and the services at an international level of the best 4-star hotels.
An Adventure Vacation
Visit: Amalfi/ Positano / Capri / Matera / Lecce / Alberobello
August 28 – September 8 2017
October 2 – October 13 2017
Duration: 12 days
Start/Stop: Monday to Friday
Premium From: $4995
Solo Traveler: $1200