The Perfect 7-Day Itinerary of Puglia

The Perfect 7-Day Itinerary of Puglia

Puglia is known for its crystal-blue coasts, whitewashed cities with authentic food and wine to cultural traditions. Traveling to southern Italy is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. What do you see first? Can you fit everything in? The good news is that we’ve got your back. Here is the perfect 7-day itinerary of Puglia that will enchant even well-heeled travelers. 

DAY 1 

ARRIVAL & OSTUNI

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Upon arrival at Brindisi airport, you’ll be transferred to Ostuni by private vehicle. Continue with a leisurely stroll through Ostuni’s stone streets. Looking for the perfect way to end your first day in Puglia? Try dining in the historic center. After a busy day of exploring, you deserve a good night’s sleep at the 5-star Hotel La Sommità.

There are a lot of great places to eat in Ostuni.

Dinner at Osteria Del Tempo Perso or Il Boccone.

 

DAY 2

OSTUNI – MANDURIA – LECCE

Begin the day with a guided tour of the ancient quarter in the town of Manduria, including its historic synagogue. Transfer by private car to Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” in the afternoon. Head to a local trattoria for dinner in the evening before staying overnight in Lecce.

DAY 3

SANTA MARIA AL BAGNO – GALLIPOLI – NARDÒ – LECCE

rock houses Gallipoli

Ready to discover the seaside gems of Gallipoli, Nardò, and Santa Maria al Bagno with a local guide?  Don’t forget to ask them about their favorite place to dine.  Tonight you’ll save time by staying another night in the city center of Lecce.

DAY 4

LECCE

No visit to Lecce is complete without a guided exploration of Lecce’s rich past, including the remains of the Roman theater. Enjoy a walking tour of the center in the afternoon, including food tastings. Tonight we suggest you choose a new restaurant you haven’t tried yet.

 Dinner at Blu Notte or Corte dei Pandolfi

DAY 5

GALATINA – OTRANTO – SANTA CESAREA TERME

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Next, after breakfast, transfer to Galatina for a guided exploration of this historic hilltop town.  Head to the seaside jewel of Otranto after lunch— famed for its medieval buildings and blue seas.  After dinner, stay at the scenic Masseria Montelauro in the countryside near Otranto.

DAY 6

SANTA MARIA DI LEUCA – OTRANTO

The perfect day includes exploring the stunning sea caves near Santa Maria di Leuca by private boat. A charming fishing village in Puglia, Specchia is the ideal place to spend the afternoon. You’ll have dinner in the countryside near Otranto and spend another night at the Masseria Montelauro.

DAY 7

ALBEROBELLO – MATERA

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During your last full day in southern Italy, take a guided trip to Alberobello, where you will see its iconic stone “trulli” homes.  After lunch, a private transfer will take you to Matera.  Here you will explore the mountaintop city at sunset. Dinner in an authentic ristorante in Matera and overnight at the luxurious Hotel Sextantio (5*)

DAY 8

DEPARTURE

Private transfer to the Bari airport for your departing flights.

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Spectacular Ocean Cruises: Spotlight on Italy, Malta & Greece

Spectacular Ocean Cruises: Spotlight on Italy, Malta & Greece

It is beyond time to re-entering our world and expanding your horizons once again. What’s old is new again and what’s new is spectacular. Upscale cruises in the Mediterranean reveal the wonders of Italy, Malta, Greece, and beyond. We can arrange one-of-a-kind personal tours and shore excursions that enhance your visit in unimaginable ways in each of these decadent destinations. Here are some of our favorite sights and activities in the magical locales of Italy, Malta & Greece.

Italy

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Rome: Here, experience a rich culture and history in a land that feels as old as time.  From the ancient Colosseum to the marvelous ceilings of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to the delightful trattorias and craftsperson shops that line the winding, cobblestoned streets and piazzas.  So go behind the scenes at the Vatican with a licensed guide.  For example, there will be a chance to learn about such places as the Vatican Radio Station, the Vatican Emeritus House, the Fontana dell’Aquilone.

Sicily: Best of all, revel in the natural beauty of Messina on the slopes of the Peloritani Mountains. The ruins of the Santa Maria Alemanna Church and the artifacts displayed in the Romanesque and Norman Duomo will fascinate you.
Walk to the rim of the Silvestri Spent Craters to see remnants of both ancient and more recent eruptions.
Finish off your day with a visit to the charming town of Taormina for lunch.   Don’t miss the Greek Theater before you leave.

Read more:  Tuscany for foodies

Naples: With Mount Vesuvius as a formidable backdrop, explore 2,800-year-old Naples. Equally important are archaeological sites and landmarks, from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale with its Egyptian and Graeco-Roman artifacts to a revealing underground tour.  Afterward, tour the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Amalfi Coast, famous for its wine, olive oil, and cheese. Alongside a chef, you’ll learn about the production of limoncello, mozzarella cheese, and more, followed by a chef-hosted meal.

Florence: Marvel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and sip your way through Tuscany. Take in the Renaissance influences from Brunelleschi’s red cathedral dome on the Piazza del Duomo to the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo.
Spend a fashion-forward afternoon on a tour of the Ferragamo Museum, the Gucci Museum, and Santa Croce Square.

 

Malta

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Valletta: Immerse yourself in the striking cultural hub of Valletta and its Baroque art, museums, and historic sites. All surrounded by the sparkling Mediterranean. St. John’s Co-Cathedral, built-in 1650, and the bustling outdoor cafes and wine bars of the Grand Harbor define this European capital of culture. Sign up for a market tour, where you can admire the fresh, local produce and sample the region’s flavors, from bigilla bean paste and sun-dried tomatoes to peppered goat cheese and Maltese wines. 

Mdina: Visit the area’s medieval churches, cathedrals, palaces, the Blue Grotto, and Marsaxlokk Village. Continue to the Mdina Glass Factory to watch glass-blowing demonstrations. Shop for treasures at the Gold Market. Here you’ll find local jewelry and lace. 

Gozo:  Lounge on the red-sand beaches of idyllic Gozo. Small coves and sheltered beaches make sublime swimming spots with countless pathways for hiking through the countryside. Just a short ferry ride from Malta and is known as the legendary Calypso Isle from Homer’s Odyssey.
Private excursions to the island can introduce you to prehistoric temples and the fortified citadel before a lovely lunch at a locally owned restaurant.

Greece

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Santorini: Whitewashed Santorini is the epitome of opulence and romance in Greece, where the views only get better with every turn. Set against an azure sea, the terraced homes and windmills encircle a vast caldera, speaking to the island’s volcanic past. Sail on the caldera to Volcano Island, Hot Springs, and the private bay of Saint Nikolas. Of course, take time to indulge in the excellent wines. 

Athens: Relive ancient history, drama, poetry, and philosophy in Athens, where heady sightseeing days bring you to the Parthenon, the Acropolis, original Athenian neighborhoods, and more. Take a Greek “safari” to Mount Parnitha National Park, home to red deer, foxes, and many bird species in a landscape emblematic of the Alps. 

Corfu: Wander the same island where Poseidon is said to have honeymooned. After a guided walk, a professional chef will lead you through a cooking lesson complete with a five-course meal. Later enjoy some of the world’s most entrancing beaches and the allure of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

From antiquity to avant-garde, Italy, Greece, and Malta are a treasure chest of marvelous European experiences. Let’s chat about how to get you there on an epic luxury cruise.

Why You Should Visit A Spa Resort

Why You Should Visit A Spa Resort

Wellness breaks and spas provide the perfect travel opportunity to explore the world around you while disconnecting from the stress of everyday life. There are many reasons why someone might want to visit a spa resort. In our fast-paced society, keeping up with everything takes a toll over time. We are all looking for an escape.

You can enhance those vacations by visiting a luxurious spa resort. Let’s look at how! After all, a spa holiday is a perfect way to indulge in some well-deserved time for yourself.

Reduction of Stress Levels

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After enjoying scenic views or a stunning sunset, you can cap off the day by receiving a massage treatment at the spa. Luxurious treatments feature ambient lighting and pleasing aromas to help you feel calm and relaxed. You can book these treatments from the comfort of your hotel suite, in the spa, or perhaps even oceanside under a cabana your resort has set up for the massage.

Body Detoxification

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The air in city environments is full of harmful toxins. As time passes, these toxins can impact your health. In addition to enhancing your emotional well-being, visiting a spa can also help your physical well-being. For example, when you receive a spa massage, your body’s lymphatic system can flush harmful toxins within your body. 

Spa Resorts Cuisine

the best wellness spas also have the best food

Typically, spa retreats are associated with dark rooms with soothing music and spa professionals who massage your tired body. What most don’t think about is the food.

Many luxury spas have world-class chefs preparing meals tailored to your experience. Enjoy authentic, health-focused cuisines around the world.

Enhance Your Self-Esteem

spa resorts make you feel great

One of the best ways of maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself is by practicing self-care. Every once in a while, it’s ideal for pampering yourself by booking a spa treatment. While it might not seem like a clear choice, a trip to the spa ranks high on the list of self-care routines. You’ll find aroma diffusers, bathing salts, body oils, clay masks, facial steamers, and inhalers to help self-care and boost your self-esteem.

Increase Blood Flow

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When a massage therapist applies pressure to congested body parts, did you know massage significantly improves blood circulation? That pressure also causes oxygen-rich blood to flow through your body. 

When there’s an increase in your blood’s oxygen, it results in healing damaged and tense muscles. Massage is also a great way to shake off any feelings of jet lag. Numerous reasons are pointing to why you should visit a spa resort, both emotionally and physically. But don’t just take my word for it; you should give it a try for yourself. 

What are you waiting for?  Book your spa resort today!

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5 Charming Barcelona Hotels To Try

5 Charming Barcelona Hotels To Try

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a great place to stay when you’re visiting Spain. Luxury hotels in Barcelona are an excellent choice for those looking to treat themselves during their vacation. The hotels adhere to safety practices through enhanced cleanness and social distancing measures. So if you’re looking for inspiration to plan your next trip, look no further than these charming Barcelona hotels with tastefully designed aspects. 

5 Charming Barcelona Hotels

Hotel Barcelona 1882

Hotel Barcelona-pool view

Photo courtesy:  [Hotel Barcelona]

With a modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere, the hotel aims to offer the guests a comfortable stay. Here, a wide range of mouth-watering classic dishes is paired with wine. Professional bartenders create modern blends that guests enjoy. In addition to Internet access, you can find guided tours, yoga classes, bicycle rentals, slow food, a gym, a swimming pool, etc. Take a walk to the Sagrada Familia; only a 400-meter walk. 

Location: Carrer de Còrsega, 482, 08025 

Website:  Hotel Barcelona 1882

 

Almanac Barcelona

almanac barcelona - spacious baths Ibizan marble and underfloor heating

Photo courtesy: [Almanac Barcelona]

The dreamy location is a stone’s throw distance from Catalunya central plaza and the fashionable Garcia Boulevard. By indulging your taste buds with meals prepared by Chef Rodrigo de la Calle, it enhances the excellence of culinary culture. The hotel’s menu entails a variety of dishes, drinks, and desserts. Rooms feature modern yet elegant designs well equipped for a relaxing stay.

Location: Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 619, 621, 08007 

Website:  Almanac Barcelona

 

Room Mate Gerard

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Photo courtesy:  [Room Mate Gerard]

 

This hotel in Barcelona is near the Tivoli theater 700 meters from portal del Angel. In this restaurant, available 24 hours a day, customers can enjoy a wide variety of diets along with the best cocktail available in the city. Take advantage of the modern gym and excellent Wi-Fi connection. For those people who sleep until noon, a late breakfast is available. The hotel has a terrace, a viewpoint that offers the visitors a new perspective of Catalonia. 

Location: Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc, 34, 08010 

Website:  Room Mate Gerard 

H 10 Madison 4

H10 Maddison

Photo courtesy:  [H10 Maddison]

An excellent location for guests, this hotel is located 1.6 kilometers from Somorrostro beach, in the center of Barcelona. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, it is a fantastic place to relax. The rooms are spacious for every convenience, with a comfy sofa to relax and rest your tired legs. Stay in shape at the fitness center. The hotel is also happy to accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express as payment methods for services provided.

 Location: Carrer del Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2, 4-6, 08002

Website:  H10 Madison

Catalonia Magdalenes

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Photo courtesy:  [Catalonia Magdalenes]

This property is located 200 meters away from the cathedral, the heart of Barcelona, and the Port del Angel. It is a quiet oasis where guests can relax and access Spa services, massage, and body therapy. Guests can enjoy the stunning views from the rooftop terrace, which features a glass-enclosed pool sun deck and snack bar. The superb chef stations, free snacks, and varied breakfast buffet briefly describe the Catalonian Magdalenes cuisines. Free Wi-Fi is available. Additionally, pets are allowed with an additional charge.

Location: Carrer de les Magdalenes, 13, 15, 08002

Website:  Catalonia Magdalenes

 

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5 Top-Rated Luxury Hotels On Amalfi Coast

5 Top-Rated Luxury Hotels On Amalfi Coast

Luxury hotels along the Amalfi Coast are the perfect setting for a special celebration in many ways. Along the coastline of Sorrento, Amalfi creates a picturesque landscape. The magical Amalfi is the spot for an iconic Italy tour and an exceptional beach vacation. If you are planning a trip, here are five top-rated luxury hotels on Amalfi Coast to explore. Staying in one of these hotels will allow you to enjoy the best of the Mediterranean landscape.  

II San Pietro di Positano   

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[Photo courtesy:  San Pietro di Positano] 

 

San Pietro di Positano the pearl has all the hallmarks of a classic hotel. An elegant hotel perched on a cliff in Positano is popular with celebrities. Naturally, the hotel exudes tranquility and, thus, makes you wish to stay again. As expected, the hotel is known for offering exceptional cuisines and excellent drinks.

For the ultimate luxury travel experience, book a premier room or suite. From the rooms’ terraces, many of them overlook the sea. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day and offers training facilities. Additionally, guests can play tennis on the world’s most scenic courts at San Pietro.

NH Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi

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[Photo courtesy:  Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi]  sea views from your room

Formerly, this luxury 5-star hotel on the Amalfi Coast was a 13th-century monastery. The fantastic and unique setting is just a walking distance, 0.3 miles away from the Amalfi.

As well as offering gourmet dishes at its restaurants, the hotel also has a heated infinity pool and spa. Among its services are airport shuttles, laundry services, and dry cleaning. Experience the ambiance here, from the special diet menu to the infinity pool.  Consider the Grand Hotel Convento when planning a honeymoon or wedding.

Casa Nilde

casa-nilde luxury view hotel

[Photo courtesy:  Casa Nilde]

Casa Nilde is a hotel filled to the brim with elegance. You can enjoy a relaxing and exciting stay at the Amalfi Hotel with its bright, spacious rooms and modern furnishings. From its window, you can see the ocean and coast.

Take advantage of the excellent services provided by a cozy bed and breakfast. A wedding ceremony in this setting would be ideal.

 

Related article:  Travel Guide to Positano

Monastero Santa Rosa hotel and Spas

entrance to Monstero Santa Rosa hotel

[photo courtesy:  Monastero Santa Rosa]

Monastero Santa Rosa hotel boasts incredible sea views with stylish rooms perched on the cliff. One kilometer from the beach, the hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a beach holiday. It offers a complete spa service with a tepidarium and Turkish birth. Here, restaurants cater to dietary requirements. In addition to free internet, there is a relaxing garden and an outdoor swimming pool.

Anna Belle Elegant AgriResort 

Anna Belle Elegant AgriResort

Photo courtesy:  Anna Belle Elegant Agriresort]

 

Located in Sorrento, 1.9 miles from Corso Italia, the boutique resort has beautiful views and a great location. Enjoy the free Wi-Fi, housekeeping services, and valet parking at the AgriResort garden with a sea view balcony. Staff members at the hotel are friendly and offer excellent customer service. The 24 hours operating hotel is a place of culinary innovation with special diets for customers.

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7 Experiences in Valletta, Gozo, and Comino

7 Experiences in Valletta, Gozo, and Comino

Malta is an island archipelago located 93km south of Sicily. Most visitors experience the city of Valletta when they visit the island. Valletta, Gozo, and Comino are three of Malta’s inhabited islands that offer exciting experiences. This archipelago also contains 18 uninhabited islands. Here are my top 7 experiences in Valletta, Gozo, and Comino for first-time travelers to Malta.

St John’s Co-Cathedral

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Visiting this noteworthy site in beautiful Malta is a must on any traveler’s list. To begin with, it depicts an outstanding view of cathedrals throughout Europe. There is plenty of architecture here from the leading artists in the past. Discover the work by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, a world-renowned artist.

Enjoy local dishes

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It’s a must-do to have lunch at the bakery since it’s an experience you won’t forget. Here, you can surprise your loved one with the best selected delicious cakes rich in cheese and chocolate. Besides pizza, you can also find delicious pasta in the bakery that started in earlier times.

Take a cruise

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Find out what makes experiences in Valletta so special. Take a view of Valletta’s impressive forts from the sea as you relish the programmed stops convenient for seeing the fascinating sites with live cruise commentary done in English and Germany. During the boat riding sessions, you have the opportunity to learn about the harbor as you pass by the fortified walls exploring St. Elmo.

Explore the upper Baraka garden 

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[The firing of the Malta Noon Day gun is best seen from the Upper Baraka]

Plan your visit around this place full of palazzos, cathedrals, and gardens. The Upper Baraka garden is full of spots that keep you engaged throughout the day, with its brilliant view from the other side of the grand harbor.  As you indulge in the snacks, try to take a moment to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with scenic views.

Visiting Santa Marja Bay and San Nicklaw Bay

What captivating sites to see? Stop at Santa Marja, a fascinating location for relaxed family time. Snow-white sand is all over the beach, the bay covered by a pale blue lagoon.

Among the many things to do in Comino, are boating and jeep riding. Take the initiative of exploring chapels, caves, and other best sites.

On the sandy beach, the elegant Comino Hotel offers the best accommodations and refreshments.

Citadel and Tai Gordon lighthouse

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It is a unique spot that you ought to visit. This stunning destination is located on the hilltop giving you a fun experience of the rich island. Many refer to the citadel as a visitor’s center. There are two areas. One has info panels, basically, the interactive touchscreens, and the other with a theater to watch videos on citadel history.

Tai Gordon is one of the prominent landmarks positioned on Maltase Island that you should consider taking a nature walk.

Swimming 

swimming in clear waters of Malta

Welcome to the paradise of divers and snorkelers with swimming as a must recreational activity. Stunning blue lagoons filled with crystal clear water are the perfect place to take photos.

 

Make your experience in Valletta exceptional through the inclusion of experiences and a deeper exploration of the city. For more information contact us here.