Brindisi Cruises, Italy
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On this tour, we’ll take you to the town of Alberobello, which is unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s known for its unusual cone-shaped rooftops, which are called ‘trulli’, and it’s so unique it’s been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Whitewashed, limestone houses line the streets, topped with the trademark ‘trulli’ and covered in ivy. And, in between them, spindly pathways wind upwards, freckled with potted fuchsia blooms. You’ll get a chance to explore the place on foot, before making your way to the Church of Saint Anthony. Perched on a hillside, the structure overlooks the entire village, offering up the best views of Alberobello.
The town of Lecce is set on the south-eastern tip of Italy’s boot, and it showcases some of the most impressive Baroque architecture in the country. The sandstone buildings are tinged a warm pink, and adorned with statues of cherubs, monsters, flowers and fruit. Today, you’ll pick a path through the ancient streets, as an expert guide fills you in on Lecce’s back story. Your first stop is the town’s centrepiece – a 25,000-seat amphitheatre that dates all the way back to the 1st century BC, if you're lucky, you may also get to take a peek inside. Stroll a few metres from the theatre, and you’ll come to the Church of Santa Croce – its Baroque front is as lavish as its large Renaissance interior is simple. Next to the church is the Palazzo del Governo, an imposing structure that looks out over the main square. Finally, you’ll be led on a walk through the quiet streets of the Old Town, passing delicate wrought-iron railings, curving whitewashed arches and soft amber street lamps.
On this tour, you’ll discover Ostuni, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy’s Puglia region. It’s draped over three hills, and it looks more Greek than Italian, thanks to its bright whitewashed houses. Things start with a photo stop outside the old city walls, where you’ll stop to soak up the vistas of the olive groves that stretch all the way down to the Adriatic coast. You’ll then walk to Piazza della Liberta, Ostuni’s main square, to admire its ornate town hall and the Sant’ Oronzo monument, before delving into the narrow lanes of the Medieval quarter. After a while, you’ll come to the impressive 15th-century Cathedral of Assunta. Take a moment to gaze up at its beautiful Romanesque facade before heading off for a spot of souvenir shopping. Rounding your trip off you'll also get the chance to try some locally produced wine.