italian vacations

Trip to Amalfi | Matera | Puglia

September 22 - October 2 | 2022

AMALFI

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The Amalfi coast is legendary for its dramatic beauty. Pastel fishing villages line the coast with breathtaking cliffs to the bay. Our first stop will be Ravello, a vibrant clifftop retreat. Take in the lush hilltop gardens, unbelievably blue sea and sky and enjoy the relaxed vibe. During our three day stay in Ravello, we will tour Amalfi, Positano and see how Limoncello is made.

Matera

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Matera is like no place you’ve ever seen before. It is known as the “City of Caves” because it’s made up of complex cave dwellings carved right into the mountain. It is the third-oldest continually inhabited settlement in the world. Today in Matera everything that’s old is new again, the caves are transformed into elegant vaulted ceiling hotels and restaurants. It is the third-oldest continually inhabited settlement in the world. Here you will view beautiful churches and painted frescos. During our three night stay in Matera, we will tour this Capital of European Culture for 2019 and enjoy a cooking lesson in a historical palace.

Lecce, Puglia

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The region of Puglia is known for its olive groves, some as old as 1,000 years and produces 40% of Italy’s olive oil. Observe these olive groves on our way to Lecce. Lecce is known as the “Florence of the south". You can wander through its narrow sandstone streets gazing at the ornate baroque architecture of many of its buildings. During our two nights in Lecce, we will tour the city as well as take a day trip to Gallipoli.

Polignano a Mare

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Our last stop is Polignano a Mare, a seaside gem in Puglia. Located atop a limestone cliff, it has a combination of charming white washed buildings and old world buildings and churches. It was home to Domenico Modugno, who wrote and sang many famous Italian songs including the huge hit Volare. Take in the magnificent beach views of crystal clear aqua blue water surrounded by cliffs where adventurous swimmers are cliff diving. During our stay here, we will enjoy a beautiful evening of a Pugliese buffet dinner and music, tour Grotte di Castellana and take day trips to Alberobello and Filomena’s personal favorite, Monopoli. If time permits, we will also take a trip to Ostuni.

$5,100 per person double occupancy

 This package includes: 10 nights at 4 star hotels, breakfast everyday, lunch or dinner every day, private bus transportation between each city, private guides for the tours, the limoncello tour and one cooking lesson and one oil tasting lesson.
 
 This package doesn't include: Airfare, Transportation to and from the airports, travel insurance and any city taxes.
 
It is recommended that you purchase airline tickets flying into Naples and returning to the United States from the airport in Bari.
 
Payment : Deposit of $500 
  CONTACT US at Ciao Amici to learn more about this experience, prices and to book your trip.

Testimonials

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Filomena and Kelly,
We had a wonderful trip, thanks to you. As usual, the planning was meticulous and perfect. Our tour guides and drivers were all terrific and the connections were all perfect.
Of course, Giuseppe was the star of the show and we truly felt like we were with family with him. You gave us some great suggestions with the food tour of Trastevere and the cooking class with Cristina.

They were both big hits with all of us. I was particularly impressed with Cristina, who took us shoping at the market, took us into her beautiful home, took us on a walking tour of her neighborhood in Aventino and spent the day cooking and eating with us. She was pleasant, charming and an outstanding chef and she made this an awesome experience.

Amalfi was incredible and the hotel was absolutely gorgeous - great suggestion. We really spent a lot of time exploring Trastevere and that was another side of Rome that we really loved. The hotel in Rome was incredible - beautiful, elegant and comfortable, the breakfasts were amazing and the WiFi worked.
The vacation was a resounding success. We look forward to doing this again next year.
Great job guys

Pat Cirullo
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Hi Kelly/Filomena!
Yes trip was wonderful and yes there are some hidden gems that you should share with potential clients visiting the areas. We had the most amazing time and would recommend that trip for future clients.
Filomena and Kelly you did an amazing job and if you are on trip advisor we would be happy to make a glowing review. Please let me know
Thank you
Best regards

Toni
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