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03/10/2019 07/10/2019

Naples

About the city

Most travellers hear the rumour Naples is a dirty, dangerous city not worth visiting. Nonsense. It is the heart of southern Italy, overflowing with energy and an abundant love of life. The local mafia gangs have earned the city its infamous reputation, but if you look beyond the fame, you’ll discover a city of breathtaking frescoes, sculptures and panoramas. Naples is rich in museums. The National Museum of Archaeology contains all the frescoes and jewellery excavated from Pompeii and outstanding sculpture and ceramics. The Galleria Nazionale features artists ranging from Massacio to Raphael. The historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s filled with royal palaces and castles. Stroll along the pedestrian seafront and enjoy delicious seafood dishes in one of its cosy restaurants. Neapolitans feel a cultural and communal identity that separated them from the rest of Italy; their passionate loyalties begin at home with the family, and, in many cases, end with the city. Ignore Naples’s honking horns and garbage-filled streets and enjoy a city of bewitching street life, of spontaneous conversations and profound humanity.

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Hotel Paradiso, BW Signature Collection by Best Western

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  • At 5.4 km from the center
  • Via catullo 11, Nápoles 80122
With a stay at Hotel Paradiso, BW Signature Collection by Best Western in Naples, you'll be 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Castel dell'Ovo and 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Stadio San Paolo. This 4-star hotel is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Castel Sant'Elmo and 4.3 mi (6.9 km...
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  • Double room (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 4 Accommodation nights

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Discovering Naples' Masterpieces

day 1 - Tour for up to 6 people at 9:30 AM

Discover historic and culinary Naples in this half-day tour that takes you from the seaside Castel Nuovo to the Teatro San Carlo opera house to the city?s most famous pizzerias and pastry shops.


The historic center of Naples is a feast for the eyes and the ears. Full of local color, its narrow lanes harbor over 2,400 years of precious artworks that rival those of any other European capital. Castel Nuovo is the starting point for this walking tour; a turreted medieval castle facing out to sea, it is one of the city's main architectural landmarks. Not far away is one of the world's oldest opera houses, Teatro San Carlo. The covered shopping arcade of Galleria Umberto leads to Piazza Plebiscito, dominated by the long facade of the Royal Palace where the Bourbon kings once lived. 


Piazza del Gesu' is the site of two of the most beautiful churches in town. After a peek at the exuberant Baroque interior of the church of Gesu' Nuovo, you cross the piazza to enter a totally different world: the austere, medieval spirituality of the Franciscan convent of Santa Chiara. It was begun in 1310 to house the tombs of the Angevin rulers. You'll be enchanted by the nun's cloister and garden, adorned with colorful majolica tiles painted with scenes of daily life in the 18th century.


Proceeding down the wide street known as the "Spaccanapoli" (Split Naples), you pass by some of the city's most famous pizzerias and pastry shops on the way to Via San Gregorio Armeno. The street of the celebrated Nativity scene artisans is crowded all year round, not just at Christmastime. At the end of Spaccanapoli stands the impressive Duomo where the Treasure of San Gennaro is kept. Flasks containing the saint's blood can be found in an ornate chapel in the right-hand aisle. Three times a year the blood miraculously liquefies, which is considered to be a good omen by the Neapolitans.


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Please note that tour price does not include entrance tickets which must be paid in cash on site. Entrance tickets are approximately 5,00 Euro per person.



Sites Included: Castel Nuovo, Teatro San Carlo, Galleria Umberto, Piazza Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Church of the Gesu' Nuovo, Convent of Santa Chiara with cloister and museum, Via San Gregorio Armeno, Piazza San Lorenzo, Duomo


07/10/2019
Naples
Matera
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07/10/2019 09/10/2019

Matera

About the city

Matera is the capital of the Matera province in the Basilicata region of Italy. It boasts the sassi, well-preserved rock-cut settlements that are a World Heritage site and one of Southern Italy's many important attractions. The town center, the oldest part of town, was built on the edge of a bare plateau where a high rocky mount looms over the spot where a valley descends to the long deep river-ravine. This is where you'll now find the town cathedral and the fairly typical Italian town center. The town's main historical museum, the Museo Nazionale Ridola, contains exhibits from distant eras of Basilicata's past, from prehistory to the Roman age (closed Monday mornings; a small entrance charge). Nearby, Palazzo Lanfranchi houses the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna della Regione Basilicata - an art museum incorporating the Pinacoteca D'Errico, which has lots of religious paintings by southern painters and, more interestingly, the Centro Carlo Levi, which contains a range of paintings by the twentieth-century artist and writer who is a part of this region's modern history.

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Palazzo Viceconte

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  • At 0.6 km from the center
  • Via san potito 7, Matera 75100
With a stay at Palazzo Viceconte, you'll be centrally located in Matera, steps from The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches and 4 minutes by foot from Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. This 4-star hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cathedral of Matera...
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  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 2 Accommodation nights

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The Cave World of Matera

day 5 - Tour at 9:30 AM

Walk down ancient streets where prehistoric humans once tread in the city of Matera in Basilicata. This fascinating historical setting that has been used as a backdrop location for Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ," and the Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1993. In the half-day tour the guide will introduce you to the Sassi di Matera, while the full day tour also includes an afternoon visit to the park. 


The tour begins with an overview of the Caveoso and Barisano districts, both 9,000-year-old neighborhoods of Matera known for their cave dwellings, dug into the rock the city was built on. These habitats date back to the Paleolithic age and are among the first human settlements in Italy. Walk through this underground world, see the ancient water systems, look at how these caves are put to use nowadays and visit MUSMA - the Museum of Modern Sculpture - to see how the historical and modern ages come together. 


In the afternoon, if you opted for a full day tour, you will explore the Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. Over 150 rupestrian (cave) churches can be found here - some are a simple cave dwelling with one altar, while others are more complex, such as the Crypt of the Original Sin where you can see a magnificent set of frescoes showcasing scenes from the Old and New Testaments, dating back to the 9th century. 


By the end of the day, you will come to appreciate the unique beauty of this remarkable 'cave city.'


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Price includes an expert, English-speaking guide. 


Please note that tickets for the optional suggested entrances are not included in the tour price and are to be purchased on site. 


Sites Included: Half day tour includes:

  • Sasso Caveoso
  • Sasso Barisano
  • Optional suggested entrances: Coventry of St. Anthony (5 EUR); MUSMA (5 EUR); Ipogei of Piazza Vittorio Veneto (3 EUR)

Full day tour also includes:

  • Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera
  • Sculpture Park Palomba
  • Optional suggested entrances: The Crypt of the Original Sin (8 EUR)

Please note that all of the above quoted prices are per person.

09/10/2019
Matera
Bari
09/10/2019 11/10/2019

Bari

About the city

Despite the fact Bari is quite a large modern city it has managed to keep the unique atmosphere of small towns. In this city ancient buildings and strict gothic castles border with new trading centres and restaurants, making Bari even more attractive and elegant. Walk along the narrow streets of the city centre to reach the Cathedral of Bari. Built in the 12th century, its crypt is a triumph of Baroque art. In this labyrinthine streets, another fine example of Baroque architecture stands, the beautiful church San Nicola, built a thousand years ago. Castello Normanno Svevo, which was built in 1132, is one of the most notable sights of the city. The Museum of Archaeology is another place of interest in Bari as excavations in the old part of the city haven’t stopped even now, so the museum constantly gets new exhibits. If daytime is traditionally used for unhurried walks on shady valleys, night turns Bari into one noisy discotheque. Trendy bars, pubs, and clubs are ready to entertain their visitors till dawn.

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iH Hotels Bari Oriente

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  • At 0.6 km from the center
  • Corso cavour 32, Bari 70122
A stay at iH Hotels Bari Oriente places you in the heart of Bari, within a 15-minute walk of Bari Cathedral and Petruzzelli Theatre. This 4-star hotel is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) from Bari Harbor and 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Teatro Margherita. Take in the views...
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  • 2 Accommodation nights

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Discovering Bari's Masterpieces

day 7 - Tour at 10:00 AM

This half day guided tour of the port city of Bari will let you to discover the fascinating capital of Apulia. Once known as the "Bronx of the Southern Italy", this city of almost 325,000 residents has gone through many changes and is now an undiscovered gem of the Bel Paese


If your hotel is located in the city center of Bari, your private guide will meet you there and escort you to the first stop: Piazza Ferrarese, formerly one of the gates of the medieval town. Afterwards, you will continue towards other historic landmarks such as Piazza Mercantile, the city's main square with the 16th century Palazzo Sedile dei Nobili, and the fortress-like Basilica of St. Nicholas, built between 1087 and 1197 to house the saint's relics that were stolen from Myra in Turkey. The church is an important site of pilgrimage for both Roman Catholics and those of the Orthodox faith. 


Next stop is St. Sabinus Cathedral, dedicated to the bishop of Canosa. This stunning example of a mix between the Baroque and Romanesque styles boasts a highly ornamented crypt to explore. Last, but not least, is the Norman-Svevian Castle dating from the 11th century; it underwent many changes throughout the years. Before returning to your hotel, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the interesting, narrow streets that make up the historic center of Bari.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If your hotel is not located in Bari or along the tour route, extra charges may apply for pick-up and drop-off.


The tour includes a guided tour of the historic center of Bari.


Sites Included: Piazza Ferrarese, Piazza Mercantile, St. Nicholas Basilica (from inside, if possible), St. Sabinus Cathedral (from inside if possible), the Norman-Svevian Castle (exterior only)

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South Italy - Coast to Coast
South Italy - Coast to Coast