Heather Burden was born and educated in Sydney. In 1979, through her love of skiing, she travelled to the Italian Alps to do a ski season, promptly fell in love with a ski instructor and has been in Italy for the past 33 years. Since selling her business a few years ago, she now divides her time between the north and the south of Italy. She enjoys living surrounded by olive trees and beautiful turquoise seas. Heather has an intimate knowledge and love of the history, culture and day-to-day life of Italy and is happy to share the magic of this beautiful country. “I am looking forward to showing you hill towns, villages and other places that get to the heart of the real Italy, beyond the normal tourist route. I want you to live like an Italian, tasting the wines, meeting the people, visiting craft workshops and experiencing other local activities so you can see what Italian life is really like.” – Heather BurdenVIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Sunday 19 September, 2021 Gubbio, Umbria
Upon arrival into Rome Airport we will meet Heather Burden and travel for a few hours by coach to Gubbio, where we will spend the next five nights. The beautiful medieval town of Gubbio in central Italy, in the region of Umbria is filled with a rich history of homes and buildings built in the 14th and 15th centuries.
DAY 2 Monday 20 September, 2021 Gubbio, Umbria
This morning we will have a walking tour of this beautiful cobbled street town where we will have a comprehensive overview of what the town has to offer. We will see the Gubbio Roman Theatre. This theatre was constructed during the first century AD by using locally obtained limestone square blocks, its walls entirely covered in ashlar. We will then visit St. Ubaldo Basilica. This church was dedicated to Gubbio’s patron saint, Ubaldo, the basilica is a fine piece of Renaissance art. We will also visit Ducal Palace which was constructed after the year 1470 and where you can see some fine architecture with beautiful works of door inlays along with marble ceilings and a tiled roof. Today, it is used as a museum and exhibits some of the best works of art and architecture of the Italian legacy. We have an included group dinner this evening to welcome everyone on the tour.
DAY 3 Tuesday 21 September, 2021 Gubbio, Umbria
This morning, we take a coach to visit Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. We will visit the cathedral of St Francis, its basilica and the chapel of St Clare. There will be free time in Assisi to explore this fascinating town. We return to Gubbio late afternoon.
DAY 4 Wednesday 22 September, 2021 Gubbio, Umbria
This morning enjoy a truffle hunt with dogs at the Castello di San Vittorian situated about 5 kms from Gubbio. We will continue to Perugia for lunch and free time. Perugia was one of the 12 Etruscan city-states comprising the federation of Etruria and is surrounded by ancient city walls. It is a university town and the capital of Umbria.
DAY 5 Thursday 23 September, 2021 Gubbio, Umbria
Today we travel by coach for an hour into the hills to visit Urbino, birthplace of the Renaissance artist, Raphael who was also commissioned by Pope Julius 11 to decorate his apartments in The Vatican. This afternoon we will return to Gubbio where you will be at leisure to further explore the beautiful town.
DAY 6 Friday 24 September, 2021 Sorrento, Amalfi Coast
Today is a day of scenic countryside travel as our coach takes us south down to the Amalfi Coast where we will spend the next four nights. We will stop for lunch along the way.
DAY 7 Saturday 25 September, 2021 Sorrento, Amalfi Coast
Today we cruise to the island of Capri. We will have a tour to Capri’s famous “Grotto Azzurra“, the Blue Grotto. The afternoon will be free to wander the picturesque paths, shop, or enjoy a cappuccino and some peoplewatching in the famous Piazzetta. We return to Sorrento late afternoon and Heather will recommend an interesting restaurant for dinner.
DAY 8 Sunday 26 September, 2021 Sorrento, Amalfi Coast
This morning we will visit the town of Ravello, known as the City of Music which sits high up above the Amalfi Coast. Here we can visit the famous Villa Cimbrone. From its terrace, nicknamed Terrace of Infinity, you can enjoy incredible views of the Amalfi Coast. Later we will visit Positano, which enjoys an unsurpassed position along the Amalfi Coast, where delightful white and pastel-coloured houses litter the hillside. Along with the beautiful beaches, its ancient fishing port, the splendid majolica dome of the church of Santa Maria Assunta and artisan shops, you’ll enjoy a taste of the dolce vita as you enjoy a wonderful day tour of the Amalfi Coast. We return to Sorrento by boat late afternoon.
DAY 9 Monday 27 September, 2021 Herculaneum
A highlight of the tour, today we will visit the ancient ruins of Herculaneum, the Roman city destroyed by an eruption of the volcano, Vesuvius in 79AD. The impressive ruins help us to understand what life was like at the height of the Roman Empire, 2000 years ago. We will have a guided tour of this ancient city with a local expert. We will see two-story domus homes with the internal architecture and décor intact, including features in wood and marble, decorations, jewellery, and even organic remains like food, providing a unique view into the daily lives of the ancient population of Herculaneum.
DAY 10 Tuesday 28 September, 2021 Matera, Basilicata
Today we travel to Matera for a two night stay. The town lies in a small canyon and contains ancient cave dwellings. Matera was one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture. On route we travel through Potenza, a beautiful town in the mountains in the Basilicata region of southern Italy.
DAY 11 Wednesday 29 September, 2021 Matera, Basilicata
We will enjoy a walking tour of Matera with a local guide this morning followed by free time to explore the town and its many dwellings and churches carved out of the rock. In the town and surrounding area there are some 130 churches hewn out of the rock.
DAY 12 Thursday 30 September, 2021 Lecce, Puglia
Today we will travel by coach to Lecce, the capital of Puglia, sometimes called the Florence of the South, referring to its prominent art. On the way we will stop in Alberobello in the Apulia region. Alberobello is known for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. We will spend the next four nights in Lecce.
DAY 13 Friday 1 October, 2021 Lecce, Puglia
Lecce is over 2000 years old and has a long affinity with Greek culture. This morning will have a tour of the town and visit Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the big civic heart of the town. We will visit the Roman theatre and its museumin the centre of Lecce, as well as the principal archaeological museum, the Museo Provinciale. There will be free time to wander through little lanes to find the more far-flung baroque churches. This evening Heather will recommend an interesting venue for dinner.
DAY 14 Saturday 2 October, 2021 Lecce, Puglia
Today we travel to the seaside village of Castro on the eastern coast and visit the beautiful Grotto of Zinzulusa. We wander through the town before heading south towards Santa Maria di Leuca, the most southerly point on the “heal” of Italy. There will be time for an included lunch in Masseria with the local music, La Pizzica, before returning to Lecce.
DAY 15 Sunday 3 October 2021 Lecce, Puglia
Today we will take a short coach trip to the town of Gallipoli, situated on the west coast of the Salento Peninsula in the Gulf of Taranto, better known as “The heel of Italy’s boot”. We will have a tour of Gallipoli's Old Town and stroll through its maze of alleys. The 17th-century Baroque Sant’ Agata Cathedral is in the centre of the town. The walls and bastions surrounding the old town are believed to have been built in the 15th century to fend off attacks, especially from pirates. Castello Angiono stands near the entrance to the old town, built on old Byzantine fortifications, originating in the 11th century. The fortress guarded the old port, once part of an important trade route, and was connected to the mainland by a drawbridge. After free time for lunch we will enjoy a wine tasting in nearby Catania Coppola before returning to our hotel. This evening we have an included farewell dinner to celebrate our wonderful tour.
DAY 16 Monday 4 October, 2021 Departure
Today our coach will take us back to Brindisi Airport for onward flights.
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