Italy from North to South: Venice, Cremona, Florence, Matera, Puglia from 1.551 €
Italy from North to South: Venice, Cremona, Florence, Matera, Puglia

Italy from North to South: Venice, Cremona, Florence, Matera, Puglia

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24/03/2019 25/03/2019

Venice

About the city

Perhaps no city is as fabulous as Venice, a metropolis built upon pilings, a labyrinth poised over a lagoon. Venice has been called the drawing room of Europe, and indeed for centuries the city was a sanctuary for ideas and idealists, a crossroad of the Byzantine and Roman worlds. Today Venice is a different kind of drawing room. Wealthy visitors clamber into gondolas to gawk at the Byzantine palaces while being serenaded by accordionists and art appreciators stand on tiptoe for a glimpse of Renaissance masterpieces. No monument is as memorable as the city itself, so use the major sights only as an excuse for wandering. Venice revolves around piazza San Marco. The best feature of the mosaic-covered Basilica di San Marco is the Pala D’Oro, a glittering gold Byzantine bas-relief. The Torre dell’Orologio, left of San Marco, is a beautifully embellished clock tower. For culture vultures check the Accademia for the best of Venetian paintings. Some say that the tourist Venice is indeed Venice, but there are other Venices as well. To find them, wander away from the major sights and into the quieter outlying residential neighbourhoods, you won’t be disappointed, this maze of stone and colour exudes enchantment from every brick.

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Metropole

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  • At 0.5 km from the center
  • Riva degli schiavoni, 4149, Venezia 30122
The charm of this hotel is the result of a unique atmosphere, halls enriched with period furniture, an impressive antiques collection, and elegant rooms and suites, all of which are full of personality and generously equipped with original furniture....
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The Doge's Dominion: St. Mark's Basilica and the Palazzo Ducale

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The elegant Piazza di San Marco, the political and religious heart of Venice for over 1,000 years, is the starting point for this guided tour. At the eastern end of the spacious piazza is the Basilica of San Marco, built in 1063. With its Byzantine style domes and its stunning golden mosaics, the Basilica is a testament to Venice's historical power as a sea-trading empire, and to its political links with both East and West. Our next stop will be the adjacent Palazzo Ducale, or Doge's Palace, the seat of the Venetian government until Napoleon's conquest in 1797. Today the Doge's Palace houses myriad Renaissance masterpieces, including Tintoretto's Paradiso, one of the largest paintings on canvas ever produced. The Doge's Palace also contains the infamous "Bridge of Sighs," where prisoners took a last, wistful look of Venice before descending to the dank cells below. We will conclude the tour with either a climb up to the Loggia dei Cavalli for a close-up view of the famous equestrian statues, or a visit to the Basilica's stunning gold altarpiece known as the Pala d'Oro.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the booking policy of the Doge's Palace, this tour no longer includes a visit to the "Secret Itineraries" portion of the Palazzo Ducale. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PLEASE NOTE: Due to possible conflicting schedules with Sunday Mass the visit to the Saint Mark's Basilica is not guaranteed on Sunday morning. 


PLEASE NOTE: You will not be allowed to enter St. Mark's Basilica without proper attire - no shorts or miniskirts; sleeveless shirts or bare shoulders should be covered with a scarf.


Sites Included:

  • Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)
  • Piazza di San Marco
  • Basilica di San Marco
  • Prisons & Bridge of Sighs
  • Pala d'Oro OR the Loggia dei Cavalli


Please note: Due to the location of the Loggia dei Cavalli, this part of the tour is unfortunately suitable only for those people capable of climbing the many stairs to reach the upper Gallery of the Basilica.


All visitors to the Doge's Palace and Basilica di San Marco must pass through a security line. While you will have advance entrance tickets, there is no way to skip the security line.


Entrance tickets are NOT included in the price (approx €30.00 per person, including the advance reservation fee) and must be paid in cash on site to the guide. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

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Private Gondola Ride Tour

day 0 - Gondola Ride Afternoon
Itinerary
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Pass By: Piazza San Marco, 31024 Venice Italy

Proceed to the meeting point on your own. At the meeting point (near St. Mark's square), just show your voucher to board the gondola and begin your ride through the small canals of Venice Islands. Explore the famous landmarks of the island and discover hidden charms from within. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes and terraces, under balconies of Baroque buildings and through the vibrant streetscapes in Venice as your gondolier sweeps you down the Grand Canal for a ride like no other.

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
AM or PM Ride (between 10:00AM to 5:00PM). Kindly let us know which time slot you would like to book.
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Returns to original departure point
25/03/2019ECONOMY
Venice
Florence
Italy
Venezia S. Lucia / 11:25 AM
Train ZZ 8427-0RV3VC11251330 Train
2h 05m Nonstop
Italy
1:30 PM Firenze Santa Maria Novella
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Florence

About the city

Florence is as vital and beautiful today as when its wool and silk merchants and bankers revolutionized the economy of 13th century Tuscany, and the art of Dante and Michelangelo stunned the world. Florence was the centre of the Italian Renaissance. The fruits of the city’s rebirth are still evident in its seemingly endless array of museums, churches and palazzi. With its historic centre classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Duomo, the elegant and beautiful cathedral, dominates the city and is an unmistakable reference point in your wanderings. The River Arno, which cuts through the oldest part of the city, is crowned with the Ponte Vecchio bridge lined with shops and held up by stilts. Dating back to the 14th century, it is the only bridge that survived attacks during WWII. Standing by the river at night, when the city is illuminated with a myriad twinkling lights, is unforgettable. But more remains of Florence’s incomparable heritage than stones and paint, the city’s indomitable spirit has also survived the centuries, ensuring Florentine life today its liveliness and sophistication.

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Residenza d''Epoca Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni

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  • At 0.3 km from the center
  • Via dei tornabuoni 1, 50122 firenze, elba & umbria, Florence 50122
Property Location With a stay at Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, you''ll be centrally located in Florence, steps from Via de'' Tornabuoni and Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. This family-friendly residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santa Trinita Church an...
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26/03/2019 27/03/2019

Florence

About the city

Florence is as vital and beautiful today as when its wool and silk merchants and bankers revolutionized the economy of 13th century Tuscany, and the art of Dante and Michelangelo stunned the world. Florence was the centre of the Italian Renaissance. The fruits of the city’s rebirth are still evident in its seemingly endless array of museums, churches and palazzi. With its historic centre classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Duomo, the elegant and beautiful cathedral, dominates the city and is an unmistakable reference point in your wanderings. The River Arno, which cuts through the oldest part of the city, is crowned with the Ponte Vecchio bridge lined with shops and held up by stilts. Dating back to the 14th century, it is the only bridge that survived attacks during WWII. Standing by the river at night, when the city is illuminated with a myriad twinkling lights, is unforgettable. But more remains of Florence’s incomparable heritage than stones and paint, the city’s indomitable spirit has also survived the centuries, ensuring Florentine life today its liveliness and sophistication.

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Residenza d''Epoca Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni

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  • At 0.3 km from the center
  • Via dei tornabuoni 1, 50122 firenze, elba & umbria, Florence 50122
Property Location With a stay at Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, you''ll be centrally located in Florence, steps from Via de'' Tornabuoni and Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. This family-friendly residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santa Trinita Church an...
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Private Tour of the Accademia & Uffizi

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This special highlights tour gives a whirlwind introduction to the art of Florence's two foremost galleries. We begin at the Galleria dell'Accademia, where Michelangelo's 15-foot tall David still amazes visitors with its masterly carving technique and its potent aesthetic presence. Nearby are Michelangelo's Slaves, studies in the raw power of sculptural creation.


A short walk through Florence's historical center brings us next to the Galleria degli Uffizi, a veritable pantheon of Western master painters. With the expert knowledge of your guide, you can exult in the coloristic flourishes of such Italian Renaissance geniuses as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael.


Other illustrious artists in the collection include Durer, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and several ancient Roman sculptors, whose works were the very inspiration for their Renaissance successors.


This special, 2-museum tour provides invaluable assistance in navigating the vast collections of the museums, guiding you to the most important works and enriching your experience with critical artistic insights. Don't miss this opportunity for an expert look at the masterpieces in two of Italy's most famous art museums. 


Interested in a behind the scenes look at the Uffizi Gallery and the famed Vasari passageway? See our Exclusive Uffizi: Vasari Corridor Private Visit.


Purchase of this tour includes tickets and pre-reserved entry times to both sites. Please note that the order in which we visit the museums will depend on the ticket availability to these galleries.


Both museums require visitors to pass through metal detectors before entering. While the general admission line is skipped, eventual lines at the metal detectors cannot be avoided.


Please note that transportation to/from the meeting point is not included in the total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.


Sites Included: Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery


Entrance tickets are not included in the price (approx €40.00 per person, including the advance reservation fee) and must be paid in cash on site to the guide. 


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Florence

About the city

Florence is as vital and beautiful today as when its wool and silk merchants and bankers revolutionized the economy of 13th century Tuscany, and the art of Dante and Michelangelo stunned the world. Florence was the centre of the Italian Renaissance. The fruits of the city’s rebirth are still evident in its seemingly endless array of museums, churches and palazzi. With its historic centre classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Duomo, the elegant and beautiful cathedral, dominates the city and is an unmistakable reference point in your wanderings. The River Arno, which cuts through the oldest part of the city, is crowned with the Ponte Vecchio bridge lined with shops and held up by stilts. Dating back to the 14th century, it is the only bridge that survived attacks during WWII. Standing by the river at night, when the city is illuminated with a myriad twinkling lights, is unforgettable. But more remains of Florence’s incomparable heritage than stones and paint, the city’s indomitable spirit has also survived the centuries, ensuring Florentine life today its liveliness and sophistication.

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Residenza d''Epoca Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni

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  • At 0.3 km from the center
  • Via dei tornabuoni 1, 50122 firenze, elba & umbria, Florence 50122
Property Location With a stay at Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni 1, you''ll be centrally located in Florence, steps from Via de'' Tornabuoni and Salvatore Ferragamo Museum. This family-friendly residence is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Santa Trinita Church an...
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Medieval Florence & Its Urban Design

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Ideal as an introduction to the splendors of Florence, this half-day tour is perfect for those who want a basic understanding of the culture and historical events that shaped this magnificent city. 


The tour begins in the Piazza della Repubblica, site of the Forum in ancient times; from here you will explore the many picturesque corners of the centro storico. Marvel at the Piazza del Duomo, with its gaily colored, marble-clad cathedral and baptistery. You will then make your way to the poet Dante's house, and the little chapel where he first saw his beloved Beatrice. 


Discover the drama behind the Piazza della Signoria, the shape of which is the result of a 13th century family feud. Nearby is Orsanmichele, once a grain market, the exterior of which is adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance sculpture in marble and bronze. 


The tour ends in the majestic spaces of the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, a veritable Pantheon of famous Florentine, housing the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. The depth of understanding you gain from this tour will follow you as you explore the rest of the city.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: Due to conflicting schedules with Sunday Mass, Select Italy does NOT recommend this tour on Sunday morning as most churches will only be visible from the outside. 


Please also note that transportation to/from the meeting point is NOT included in the total price. Select Italy will be happy to arrange a private transfer for a supplemental fee.


Sites Included: Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza del Duomo (cathedral and baptistery), Dante's house and church (exteriors only), Orsanmichele, Piazza della Signoria, Basilica of Santa Croce

28/03/2019ECONOMY
Florence
Cremona
Italy
Santa Maria Novella Railway Station / 10:25 AM
AccesRail and Partner Railways 9B 7023 AccesRail and Partner Railways
1h 50m Nonstop
Italy
12:15 PM CENTRAL RAILWAY STN , Milán
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Cremona

About the city

The municipality of Cremona is located in the South of the region of Lombardy. The municipality stands out for its agricultural activity and therefore all its tourist activity focuses on agro tourism, thanks to the initiatives that are being taken in this area. But the city also has places of interest to visit such as: -Cathedral (Duomo): This impressive display of the Lombard art was begun in the Romanesque style, but subsequent modifications were added by Gothic and Renaissance parts. On the left side is a Bell-Tower, the Torazzo, which is the largest in Italy, with 112 meters high. It was built in the 13th century and retains a clock from the 16th century, and the coat of arms of the city, in which stands the Romanesque. -Palazzo Munizipale: magnificent Palace from the 13th century, renovated in the Renaissance style, has a Stradivarius and a few Amati. In the façade highlight the terracotta added during the Renaissance.

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Dellearti Design Hotel

  • At 0.5 km from the center
  • Via bonomelli, 8, Cremona 26100
The hotel is situated only 50 m from the Torrazzo, the highest medieval bell tower in Europe which, flanking the cathedral, soars above the magnificent Cathedral Square. The railway station is around 900 m from the hotel. Born from the synthesis bet...
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29/03/2019 30/03/2019

Cremona

About the city

The municipality of Cremona is located in the South of the region of Lombardy. The municipality stands out for its agricultural activity and therefore all its tourist activity focuses on agro tourism, thanks to the initiatives that are being taken in this area. But the city also has places of interest to visit such as: -Cathedral (Duomo): This impressive display of the Lombard art was begun in the Romanesque style, but subsequent modifications were added by Gothic and Renaissance parts. On the left side is a Bell-Tower, the Torazzo, which is the largest in Italy, with 112 meters high. It was built in the 13th century and retains a clock from the 16th century, and the coat of arms of the city, in which stands the Romanesque. -Palazzo Munizipale: magnificent Palace from the 13th century, renovated in the Renaissance style, has a Stradivarius and a few Amati. In the façade highlight the terracotta added during the Renaissance.

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Dellearti Design Hotel

  • At 0.5 km from the center
  • Via bonomelli, 8, Cremona 26100
The hotel is situated only 50 m from the Torrazzo, the highest medieval bell tower in Europe which, flanking the cathedral, soars above the magnificent Cathedral Square. The railway station is around 900 m from the hotel. Born from the synthesis bet...
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  • BED AND BREAKFAST

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30/03/2019
Cremona
Milan
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Milan

About the city

With something almost Northern European in the air, yet exuding Italian style, Milan is Italy's most cosmopolitan city. The capital of Lombardy is both hardworking and glamorous - powerful in businesses from finance to fashion and, of course, football. But what gives Milan its certain something is its status as the epicentre of Italian fashion and interior design. International fashionistas, designers, supermodels and paparazzi descend upon the city twice a year for its spring and autumn fairs: Milan, which has carefully guarded its reputation for flair, drama and creativity, is Italy's natural stage. This is certainly one of the best places in Italy to shop, or windowshop. Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy and as such, is unsurprisingly business-like in appearance. At first glance, it lacks the wow factor, but if you take time and are determined to explore Milan’s streets, you’ll access its aesthetically appealing gems – and they do exist. Cut through the modern metropolitan bustle, and you will stumble across impressive churches and palaces, the pretty Navigli area, the chic Brera district and lively university quarter, and no need to mention a landmark such as the Duomo, or that the city is impressively home to Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century masterpiece The Last Supper. Milan cannot be faulted when it comes to having a good time. The Milanese know how to party – and they don’t waste time getting started. Nightlife tends to kick off at 6pm; enjoying an aperitivo in which locals unwind with post-work drinks and nibbles before heading home is the rule rather than exception. So whether you’re looking for cut-price fashion, an alternative city break or a chance to paint the town red, Milan has undoubtedly got it covered.

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30/03/2019ECONOMY
Milan
Bari
Italy
Malpensa / 7:20 AM
easyJet U2 2831 easyJet
1h 35m Nonstop
Italy
8:55 AM Bari
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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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30/03/2019
Bari
Matera
30/03/2019 31/03/2019

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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Sant''Angelo Luxury Resort

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  • At 0.6 km from the center
  • P.zza san pietro caveoso, 75100 matera, Matera 75100
Property Location When you stay at Sant''Angelo Luxury Resort in Matera, you''ll be connected to a shopping center, just steps from The Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches and Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. This 5-star hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km)...
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The Cave World of Matera

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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.

31/03/2019
Matera
Fasano
No Transportation Selected
31/03/2019 02/04/2019

Fasano

About the city

Located in the central area of northern Apulia in the coastal plain is the City of Fasano in the Province of Brindisi, with a population of less than 40,000 people occupied mainly in tourism or in agricultural industries. With a history that dates back almost 1,000 years and nearby sites that go back a long way to pre-Roman times, there are many historical attractions to see along with more modern services to keep guests from all the content of years. The City has a popular historic center among guests who wish to explore the entanglement of narrow streets that wind between white painted houses, ancient churches, palaces and remnants of the city wall and towers.

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Borgo Egnazia

90%
  • At 5.8 km from the center
  • Contrada masciola ; savelletri di fasano, strada comunale egnazia, Fasano 72010
Property Location With a stay at Borgo Egnazia in Fasano (Trulli of Alberobello), you'll be minutes from San Domenico Golf Club and close to Museum and Archeological Site of Egnazia. This 5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Acquapark Egnazia...
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  • 2 Nights

 

Transfer from Accommodation to Airport

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02/04/2019
Fasano
Bari
No Transportation Selected
02/04/2019 02/04/2019

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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Italy from North to South: Venice, Cremona, Florence, Matera, Puglia
Italy from North to South: Venice, Cremona, Florence, Matera, Puglia

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