WINE & CASTLES OF APULIA
- Тип Тура - Wine Tours
- Место проведения - Italy, Lecce
- Продолжительность - 8 дней/ 7 ночей
- Доступен на языках - CN / EN / IT / JP / RU
- Стоимость Тура - 1320 EURO*
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: LECCE - OTRANTO - ORIA - ALBEROBELLO - CONVERSANO - MONTE SANT'ANGELO
- 3 night accommodation in Castello Monaci (based HB)
- 4 night accommodation in Tenute Monacelle 4* (based HB)
- 7 degustation in wineries
- tickets where provided
- transfers during the all tour include from/to airport (Bari or Brindisi)
- guide assistance during the excursions
Transfer from Bari airport to hotel and chech-in.
You will stay of 3 days in enchanting estate of Castello Monaci.
Not far from the city or the sea, on the road that leads Lecce to Taranto, on the outskirts of Salice Salentino lie the vineyards of Castello Monaci surrounded by olive trees. The road leading to the castle and winery, is straight for couple of kilometres upon which, you find a sundial which divides the vineyards into two parts. Take the long corridor which is a passage through time to a place, where you find a mixture of modern style and deep roots. The castle and winery are surrounded by about 3000 olive trees and 200 hectares of vineyards, which represent one of the most significant models of Salento’s innovative viticulture.
Guided tours of the vineyards, winery and Wine Museum of Castello Monaci include tastings
Welcome Dinner in Castello Monaci Hotel .
Free evening. Overnight
History of Castello Monaci
At its core the origin of this fortification can be traced back to the first half of the sixteenth century. It was constructed at the result of the Catasto Onciario law of Salice Salentino in 1749. The name “Monaci” comes from the settlement of a group of Basilian Monks in the feud of Salice and Guagnano. This was originally a place of worship and meditation, as well as shelter for those who needed help. Throughout the course of history the castle has undergone many changes, the last of which was perhaps the most emblematic which involved the rebuilding of the façade in the second half of the nineteenth century. It is impossible to determine exactly when the castle made the transition from the monastic to feudal stage. Castello Monaci’s walls and architectural elements reveal the mystery of an intense history made of ancient splendour and dynastic passages. The charm of these rooms has never faded for six long centuries and our guests are captivated by their splendour. A long avenue of eucalyptus trees will lead you into a dreamlike dimension; the ancient halberds, Blasoni family crests, the lush gardens, the hollowed olive tree trunks those of the interior wood. The exquisite splendour of the decor and vaulted ceilings envelop you in this evocative atmosphere. This is place that repeatedly reminds us of its style, quality and history. A visit to Castello Monaci provides a unique, tailored and soulful experience
Breakfast in the hotel
Guided tour of Lecce.
Lecce is called Athens of Apulia or Florence of southern Italy.
It is a symbol of luxury and solar baroque churches and buildings, where even minor details are characteristic Baroque style of Lecce, whose secret is a stone.
During a tour to this beautiful city, you can visit the magnificent monuments and churches such as the Basilica of the Holy Cross and Cathedral - bright examples of the Baroque style, and the Roman amphitheater. Nature, types and beaches of Lecce are authentic Italian "Maldives".
Lunch in typical restaurant of Lecce
Afternoon visit to Otranto .
The main attraction of Otranto is the cathedral in Romanesque style. Inside the cathedral you can see the magnificent mosaics that date back to the 12th century. Next to the cathedral you can visit the small archaeological museum of Otranto. Byzantine church of Chiesa di San Pietro is known for magnificent Byzantine mosaics.
Visit to Castello Aragonese (Aragonese Castle).
This is a massive structure built in walls of Otranto. Sometimes temporary exhibitions are held in the castle. The Castello Aragonese was once Otranto’s defensive stronghold, whilst now it is a cultural venue hosting events and art exhibits of national and international relevance. Surrounded by a large moat, this fort is the gateway to the town’s historic center. The story of the castle is mainly bound to the 1480 dramatic siege that the city suffered at the hand of the Turks, after which the Aragonese rulers decided to enlarge the stronghold adding cannon towers to it. You can admire many interesting details such as the imposing towers named Alfonsina, Duchessa and Ippolitas, the rampart known as Punta di Diamante and the Sala Triangolare (triangular Hall), built using an innovative engineering technique which makes it one of the most important examples of military architecture of its time.
Guided tour of the winery Cantine Due Palme and degustation With over 2400 Ha of total vineyard holdings disseminated across the region’s foremost appellations, Cantine Due Palme offers a comprehensive lineup of classic Apulian wines made from native varietals, as well as a consistent quality level vintage after vintage. Today Cantine Due Palme heads a portfolio of 25 labels, considered as the best wines in the Salento peninsula of Puglia, where the grapes benefit from the arid, rocky soils and warm winds from the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. The result is small knotted bunches of highly concentrated grapes with dense spicy flavour.
Dinner in Hotel and free evening.
Breakfast in the hotel .
Visit to Castello di Oria.
From the hill the Castle dominates the old town centre of Oria, a city of ancient origins lying in the northeast side of the Canal of Otranto.
Oria or Hyria was a very important place as it is confirmed by the findings of coins,tombs,vases and inscriptions. During the Middle Ages it was disputed by the Goths,the Byzantines, the Longobards and the Saracens because of its strategic position. Afterwards it became property of the Principality of Taranto and its Castle played an important role in the struggles of the Angevin time and in the wars between the Spanish and the French people. Built by Frederick II in 1227 and ended during the XV century, the Castle is a massive three-sided fortress equipped with big towers - the biggest ones are the so-called Torre Normanna (Norman Tower),Torre del Cavaliere (Tower of the Knight) and Torre del Santo (Tower of the Saint) - and with embattled barrage. Throughout the centuries the Castle has undergone many works. Inside it you can visit the Martini-Carissimo Archaeological Museum and the XI-century crypt of St Crisante and of St Daria.
Guided tour of the winery Tormaresca and degustation at lunchtime .
Tormaresca, which means “Tower by the Sea,” is composed of two estates in Puglia – one in the south in the Salento DOC region and one in the north, in the Castel del Monte DOC. The Puglia region’s history, culture and gastronomy are integrally linked to the sea, but the oils and wines produced there are also a testament to the soil and sun, twin traditions that began thousands of years ago. The Antinoris built Tormaresca in 1998 with the goal of creating wines that would be the finest expression of Apulian viticulture. By investing in the region, the family hopes to reacquaint the world with the quality, integrity and consistency of the wines of Puglia, emphasizing the strength of the grape varieties that grow naturally there. Blending technological innovation with centuries-old vinification techniques, the Antinoris along with their Head Oenologist Renzo Cotarella, are providing a modern interpretation of vines as old as the land itself.
Visit to Francavilla Fontana.
Dinner in hotel and free evening .
Breakfast in the hotel.
Guided tour of the winery Leone De Castris and degustation at lunchtime
Leone de Castris is one of the top producers in Puglia and since 1665 the Leone de Castris family have operated the oldest winery in Puglia. Amongst their achievements, the firm is credited with the invention of the famed red wine called Salice Salentino DOC over 50 years ago. Their large holdings produce a wide range of wines, all of which are very reliable, if not excellent in quality and value.
In Afternoon transfer to Hotel Tenuta Monacelle and check-in
Tenuta Monacelle is housed in an 18th-century convent and 6 traditional farm houses immersed in a 22-hectare peaceful garden. A scenery suspended in time that combines the architecture of the cultural Apulian tradition and the magical dream of an experience with fabulous tastes .
The stone, the stone walls, the scarlet geraniums, the pinnacles of the Trulli: living in the village means to go through the pleasure of an authentic time. Relax and beauty, a precious diamond nestle among the olive trees of Itria Valley, short step from the Adriatic coast, the village is the narration of a story of gestures, smells, and voices that draw the profile of a fascinating land able to combine the past and the future.
Dinner in hotel
Breakfast in the hotel
Visit to Alberobello.
Alberobello -(Trulli capital) is located in the heart of the Murgia plateau. This charming, unique capital of the houses - "trulli" is UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fabulous limestone dwelling with conical shape attracts travelers from around the world.
Guided tour anticipates visiting the old part of the city, consisting of the districts "Aia Piccola" and "Rioni Monti," the church - trullo of St 'Antonio di Padova, the Basilica S. S. Cosma E Damiano, the museum - "trulli" and the new part of town.
Guided tours of the winery and Wine Museum of Cantine Albea and degustation at lunchtime.
The ALBEA cellar (from Alberobello's historic name) was built early in the 1900s and the present construction took more than two years of careful work, given the unique architectural requests made by the former owner, Luigi Lippolis. The structure is entirely constructed in stone, with the wine vats set into the rock in the same manner used to install water supply tanks for the """"trulli"""" dwellings. The cellar fits perfectly into the beautiful surrounding and the elegant and sober interior architecture is reminiscent of a mosque, with star vaults that merge into the overhead supporting pillars, formed by overlapping rock. Amongst the most precious Apulian grapes to be produced in the Alberobello district and which are delivered to Cantina ALBEA, we find the fruits of autochthonous vines like Negroamaro, Primitivo di Manduria, Primitivo di Gioia, Locorotondo D.O.C., as well as more recently installed vines including Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Montepulciano. Thus top quality vines, which assure production of wines of high standards and undisputed merits that represent Apulia very well even on a vast and multiform national wine-making horizon.
Albea’s wines was rewarded with the most important Italian prizes: Gambero Rosso, Veronelli, Bibenda, Luca Maroni.
Visit to Castello di Conversano.
The castle was the residence of the Counts of Conversano for almost seven centuries, ever since Norman times. Yet his story is much older, probably already at the time of Gothic War (535–554) on the same place there was a defense building, which embraced a part of the megalithic walls of the ancient city of Norba. Inside is an art gallery and the tourist office.
Conversano's Cathedral has been undergoing a restoration that finished in February of 2012.
Dinner in the hotel and free evening .
Breakfast in the hotel. Check-out .
Visit to Castel del Monte .
Castel del Monte (Imperial Puglia). Magical intriguing and mysterious octagonal Castel del Monte is clearly seen on the top of a hill east Murgia. This castle is the maximum manifestation of art Frederick II, was built by the """"son of Puglia"""" as a hunting pavilion. Aura of mystery surrounds this magnificent structure, which undoubtedly expresses a strong and controversial personality of German emperor. This castle is the most studied and mysterious in the world.
During the guided tour visitors will be astonished by this place with its many legends.
Guided tour of the winery Torre Vento and degustation at lunchtime .
Torrevento was born in 1948. Brothers Francesco and Domenico Liantonio bought the 400 hectares of land surrounding the ancient “Torre del Vento” (“Wind’s Tower”) monastery near to Castel del Monte. Typically Puglian hot, dry summers describe the growing season with the threat of heavy autumn rains a threat to the harvest if grapes are left too long on the vines.
Traditional local grape varieties of Primitivo, Aglianico, Negroamaro, Bombino and Falanghina are mixed with thoroughly modern winemaking techniques – Torrevento is claimed to be the only winery in Puglia to make use of computer generated climate measurements and predictions to plan the harvest.
Transfer to Hotel in Lucera and check in .
Visit to Castello Lucera by night.
The construction of the castle was commissioned by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor following his decision to lead the Saracens rebels of Sicily in the town of Lucera, thus attempting to pacify the situation. The castle was built in 1233 on the foundations of a Romanic cathedral and the walls were added later (between 1269 and 1283) by Charles I of Anjou. This addition was necessary for the difference in use that he wanted to make of the structure: from imperial palace as was intended to fortified castle and permanent military garrison. The material of construction was mainly acquired from the remains of Roman buildings still present in the area. The castle, in fact, lies in the same place of the acropolis of the ancient Roman city. The complex was heavily damaged by an earthquake that struck the area in 1456, and was almost completely demolished in the 18th century to use the resulting material for the construction of the court. This ended in the 19th century, when the first restoration works begun.
Dinner in Hotel and free evening
Breakfast in the hotel.
Visit to Castello Monte Sant’Angelo and amazing churh of Basilica of San Gabriele Monte Sant’Angelo castle, located in Gargano National Park, could be described as an age-old “historical narration” that today confirms its alternating dominations, populations and architectural styles. The first fortification was built by the Longobards. The Normans built the “Giganti” and “Quadra"""" towers, while Frederick II of Swabia built the so-called “treasury room”. The current fortification mainly highlights the influence of the Aragons who, to defend themselves from enemies, created the almond shaped keep and the moat in front of the entrance to the castle.
Lunch in typical restaurant.
Guided tour of the winery Cantine Svevo and degustation .
The winery produces wines Svevo since 1957, including the red wine DOC Cacc'e Mmitte of Lucera, rosé wine IGP Puglia Cioccarello and white wine IGP Puglia.Frisello.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Farewells and departure