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Bari, Puglia, Alberobello, Matera, Lecce & Amalfi Coast

From the Adriatic & Salento Coasts to the Amalfi Coast Bari • Matera • Lecce
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10-Day Italy Coast to Coast Adventure

10-Day Italy Coast to Coast Adventure

From the Adriatic & Salento Coasts to the Amalfi Coast
 Bari •  Matera •  Lecce • Amalfi Coast

Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere; I would be different. —  Frances Mayes

"Designing this itinerary was an affair of the heart: trying to capture the right experience, length, accommodation, transfer, perspective... all for our esteemed Story Adventurers —  it's a business, yes, but it's more than that - it's rewarding." —  Mark Story

  • Trulli Houses
  • Alberobello
  • Amalfi Coast
  • Bellagio on Lake Como
Transatlantic Flight Departure Day

Day 1: Depart North America on Transatlantic flights. The flight is not included.

Can we help you with your Airfare? Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the Story Land & Sea® air service department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and online agencies to find the best rate. At the end of our adventure, you should set your flight to return from Naples or Rome.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.

Tour Commences Today: Bari

Day 2: Welcome to Bari: Arrival


Arrival Transfer
Meet the Story representative upon clearing customs and enjoy an optional transfer to our amazing hotel in Bari.

Bari, Italy Port at Bari, Italy

Afternoon Private Walking Tour
After your bags are stored securely (rooms aren't ready until 3pm), you will have free time until we meet later today to begin our walking adventure through Bari with Story Tour Captain and our Local Expert Guide.

Enjoy the afternoon and return to the hotel to get ready for tonight's wonderful Dinner.

food icon   Story Exclusive Tonight —  A real delight is in store for you tonight as we enjoy the cave restaurant at Polignano di Mare.


After dinner we return to hotel to enjoy our comfortable beds and a great night's sleep!

Grande Albergo Delle Nazioni, 2 Nights

A stunning location awaits guests at the Grande Albergo delle Nazioni: an important piece of architecture located among the most historic monuments of the fascinating Bari waterfront, in what has always been considered "the" Bari hotel.

This area of the city, originally constructed in the 19th century and extended during the fascist era, has gained value today thanks to the coastal road running around the old medieval city, offering a suggestive walk to the Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, an international centre of pilgrimage that welcomes thousands of worshippers every year, come to admire the relics of the saint.

Designed as a reception facility in 1932 and opened in 1935 during the 7th Fiera del Levante, the Grande Albergo delle Nazioni has been awarded cultural heritage status by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage. The "transatlantic", as it is known in Bari, has become a much-loved institution in the city and part of its sense of identity. The luxury hotel and meeting point in the city has been a favourite destination for aristocrats, film stars and heads of state for more than 40 years. In 1957, the great hall became the setting for the "TeatroCircolare" and a meeting place for the intelligentsia. In the 1970s, it was chosen as the setting for "Polvere di Stelle" (Star dust), a film directed and starring Alberto Sordi and Monica Vitti.


Bari Bellisima in Apuglia •  Apulia • Puglia

Day 3: Tasting Bari

Puglia, Italy Puglia, Italy

Culinary Delights: Perfectly Prepared for You.
Today we enjoy a leisurely morning as we make our way to a nearby kitchen for a delightful taste of cuisine from the region of Apuglia. Bari is known for a variety of delicious and interesting foods including Puccia and Frisella.Puccia is a sandwich made of pizza dough stuffed with meats, cheeses and vegetables and is a traditional on the go snack in the region. Frisella is a crunchy, dry bread baked in a stone oven with a drop of olive oil; a very practical and popular food of Apuglia.

Orecchiette literally meaning “small ears” in Italian, is the ear-shaped pasta usually served with cime di rapa (broccoli rabe) and garlic, or fresh tomatoes and ricotta cheese. The shape is ideal for soaking up any delicious sauce. Lecce on the Salento peninsula of Puglia, will feature great traditional dishes including some pasta inspired by the Baroque architecture of Lecce: Sagne ‘ncannulate. This long, spiraled pasta resembles the twisting and swirling architecture in Lecce—especially when it’s served up, as per tradition, with a tomato and cheese sauce. Great cuisine is guaranteed on the amazing Italy Coast to Coast tour!

After our excursion we return to the hotel until a special experience tonight.

Story Exclusive
Enjoy a special "sopreso" with Story tonight, then afterwards join Mark for an optional dinner or explore at leisure.

food icon   Optional Dinner: Enjoy an optional dinner tonight: Join your Tour Captain or explore on your own.


Alberobello and Matera

Day 4: World Heritage Sites: Alberobello and Matera

Puglia, Italy Alberobello, Italy

We make our way to Matera by way of Alberobello. Known for their 'barnyard district' of Rione Aia Picola in Alberobello, the streets or alleys feature the famous Trulli houses. The World Heritage site is situated in the Valle d'Itria, a green stretch of countryside dotted with these famous whitewashed cone-roofed houses. The town itself is an architectural treasure featuring medieval and Renaissance era structures. Many have balconies and the flowing flowers are reminiscent of Venice.

We make our way finally to Matera, our home for the next two days and nights.

Sassi of Matera
Matera is a modern town that features a gorge alongside with an area called the Sassi, an area of extraordinary dwellings, half-carved and built from the surrounding tufo rock; people have been residing in these structures since the Palaeolithic era.

Matera is a World Heritage listed city and is the oldest inhabited peninsula and features several caves that were used for residence - they have been carefully restored and now include a museum, proper homes, holiday homes, small businesses, hotels and lodging.

food icon   Story Way Dining: After our amazing day, we enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.

Aquito Cave Luxury Hotel & Spa, 2 Nights


Day 5: Unique Experience in Matera

Segesta Temple
Matera, Italy

Story Exclusive
We begin our walking tour of Matera that features an archaeological site (feel like channeling your inner Indiana Jones? You can give a dig a try today, too).

food icon   Optional Dining Tonight: Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner experience tonight.


To Lecce

Day 6: Welcome to Lecce

s Segesta Temple
Lecce, Italy

Welcome to Lecce: 'Florence of the South'
Boasting 300-year-old cobblestone streets our home for the next two days and nights feature Baroque monuments and architecture from which Lecce gets its nickname, Florence of the South.

Orientation Walkabout
We will check in, freshen up and then enjoy a walkabout

food icon   Story Way Dining: Included welcome dinner tonight with the Tour Captain.

Dimora Storica Torre Del Parco, 2 Nights

Torre del Parco is a medieval fortress dated back in the 15th century and located in the heart of Lecce, just a few steps away from the historic city centre and a few kilometres away from the most beautiful beaches of the Salento coast.

The Historic House is located inside the ancient Convent which was built in 1600 on the ruins of the 15th century complex, composed by the Tower, the Prince’s Palace, the State Mint and the Court. In the Tower you could admire an antique Chapel with original frescoes and the Prison where you could still read the engravings of the prisoners on the walls. On the inside, you will find the Convent’s Garden where you will feel immersed in an oasis of nature and peace in the middle of the city.



Day 7: Exploring Lecce

Sightseeing Immersion
Our sightseeing immersion includes the most-notable sites of Lecce and we enjoy a special tasting experience.

Story Exclusive
The Art of Cartapesta with Prosecco

Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

food icon   Optional Dining: Join the Tour Captain to an optional dinner or explore on your own.


To Amalfi

Day 8: Return to our Love: The Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast, Italy

This morning we make our way by train to Benevento and then enjoy a Story exclusive experience like no other.

Story Exclusive
Another surprise is planned as we make our way to the Amalfi Coast.

Welcome to Amalfi
We arrive our hotel on the Amalfi Coast, check-in, freshen up and then later meet on the terrace.

Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel, 2 Nights

Enjoy a special welcome to Amalfi with the Tour Captain tonight.


Amalfi Coast

Day 9: Day at Leisure

Amalfi Coast

Enjoy today at leisure on the Amalfi Coast.

Story Exclusive: Farewell, until we meet again!
The adventure continues today as you enjoy the treasures of the Amalfi Coast —  tonight we meet to dine and savor the tastes of delicious cuisine and wine from the region of Campagna —  we celebrate another Story of travel together and start to dream of the next chapter!



Arrivederci Day!

Day 10: Homeward Bound Or Stay Awhile: It's the Amalfi Coast After All!

This morning depending on your flight time consider an optional transfer to the Naples Airport for your flight back home or onward to Rome or elsewhere.

Call today to place your reservation at 1 (877) 865-6711.


For 2020: Consider the Optional Pre-Tour Experience in 2019

Is it Bellagio + Bergamo for you?

Bellagio Port, Lake Como, Italy Bellagio Port on Lake Como, Italy

You're invited to consider joining us for a pre-tour experience in Bergamo, home to our very own Pascal Locatelli, or even add on a couple of nights in Bellagio on Lake Como to recover from your flight and Here are your options:

Option: Bellagio + Bergamo: 5 Days, 4 Nights
Enjoy the fabulous 5-Star Grand Villa Serbelloni Hotel on beautiful Lake Como, 2 Nights

Departure Date from USA on: Inquire.
Return Date from Naples to USA: Inquire.

This expanded package includes:

  • Daily Full American Breakfast
  • 2 Nights Deluxe Accommodation with Lake View at Grand Villa Serbelloni Hotel
  • Services of Story Land & Sea® Host, Mark Story
  • Orientation Walkabout in Bellagio
  • Story Way Welcome Dinner at one of Mark's favorite restaurants featuring one of Italy's New Top 10 Chefs!
  • Private Boat Excursion on Lake Como
  • Included Transfer to Bergamo
  • 2 Nights Deluxe Accommodation in Bergamo's 5-Star Hotel Relais San Lorenzo
  • Story Way Welcome Dinner at one of our most beautiful surprise locations!
  • Walking Orientation of Bergamo
  • Story Exclusives Throughout
  • Transfer to Bergamo Airport for flight to Bari (flight quoted separately)
  • Arrival Transfer from Bari Airport to our hotel in Bari

Rate: $3970 per person (includes both Bellagio and Bergamo as a package).


Bergamo, Italy Academy at Bergamo, Italy

Option: Bergamo: 3 Days, 2 Nights
Discover amazing and beautiful Bergamo - an Italian hidden jewel!

Departure Date from USA on: Inquire.
Return Date from Naples to USA: Inquire.

This package includes:

  • Daily Full American Breakfast
  • Services of Story Land & Sea® Host, Mark Story
  • 2 Nights Deluxe Accommodation in Bergamo's 5-Star Hotel Relais San Lorenzo
  • Story Way Welcome Dinner at one of our most beautiful surprise locations!
  • Walking Orientation of Bergamo
  • Story Exclusives Throughout
  • Transfer to Bergamo Airport for flight to Bari (flight quoted separately)
  • Arrival Transfer from Bari Airport to our hotel in Bari

Rate: $2270 per person (includes the Bergamo package)

Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart-of-City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Our small group Italy tour hotels feature historical architecture with all the amenities you'd come to expect. The properties are located in the heart of the cities, towns and villages.

Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.


Bari Hotel - 2 Nights

Matera Hotel - 2 Nights

Lecce Hotel - 2 Nights

Amalfi Hotel - 2 Nights

Extension: Consider Staying Longer on the Coast!

What's Included in Your Small Group Tour?

What's Included in this Small Group Tour of Sicily?

We've tried to include everything on our Guaranteed Departures ~
However, make note of the following items that are not included:

  • Optional AnyTime Arrival Experience into Bari, Bellagio or Bergamo: Includes Meet & Greet by Story Land & Sea® Tours' Representative Host, Shuttle from Airport to hotel and all gratuities.

- Bergamo Arrival Transfer: $69/person.
- Bari Arrival Transfer: $69/person.
- Bellagio Arrival Transfer: $189 per person, 2 Guest Minimum Required

  • Departure Transfers
    •  Hotel to Naples Airport: $129/person.
  • Full, Hot American Breakfast is included daily
  • Five (5) dinners are included ~ our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night, however.
  • We Stay in the Very Heart of Cities & Towns and in the places you want to stay!
  • Gratuities Included: Story Land & Sea® includes gratuities for Local Tour Guides, Drivers, Hotel and Restaurant Staff included.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included, and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis. We recommend from $USD18-20 per person per day.

Something for everyone…Whether you’re a “first-timer” to Italy or have visited many times, we invite you to join us for this exciting tour program designed especially for Story alumni and friends.


Italy Coast to Coast Tour
2021 & 2022 DEPARTURES

2021 Small Group Tour Departures

May 2021 Departures

Weather in Italy in May
Spring moves into summer with warm temperatures and nice temps in the evenings.This is one of our favorite times to be in Italy!

May 23, 2021


September 2021 Departures

Weather in Italy in September
Summer-like days usher warmer temps earlier in the month (Average High 80, Low 65), cooler than August, and nice temps in the evenings. Amazing fall colors throughout the Tuscany. Vendemmia, or grape harvest comes later this fall so enjoy the array of grapes in the vineyards. The Amalfi Coast / Pompeii extension is still a perfect finalé!

September 25, 2021 –  Hosted by our own Mark Story.



2022 Small Group Tour Departures


September 2022 Departures

Weather in Italy in September
Summer-like days usher warmer temps earlier in the month (Average High 80, Low 65), cooler than August, and nice temps in the evenings. Aamazing fall colors throughout the Tuscany. Vendemmia, or grape harvest comes later this fall so enjoy the array of grapes in the vineyards. The Amalfi Coast / Pompeii extension is still a perfect finalé!

September 17, 2022 – Hosted by our own Mark Story.




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