Carovana Romantica 2010 – Campania – Puglia –Basilicata

With the Caravan Tour 2010 Romantica is back in Campania, the region from which began his history, through the city of Naples, with a visit to the Museum of Capodimonte, with its extraordinary collection dating back to the Italian Renaissance, belonged to the Farnese family to continue to the ancient Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage whereas the extraordinary finds from the ancient city of Pompeii, Herculaneum and nearby cities buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79, are a complete and living testimony of the company and daily life in Roman times.
Exceptional dining inside the ruins, followed by a stop in Palinuro, the Bay of good sleep, from which the Carovana moves toward Paestum, with its three Doric temples, dedicated to the goddesses Hera and Athena, miraculously arrived in very good condition, as to be regarded as unique examples of Magna Graecia, and obligatory stop on the Grand Tour, for travelers in 1800.
Traveled the coast road through the Cilento Agropoli, Acciaroli, Ascea, the caravan arrives Tower wing of Velia, to return to Palinuro.
From there, the step towards Puglia, through Lagonegro, Metaponto, Policoro, with a visit to "Castle Policoro", and the arrival in Locorotondo via Massafra / Martina Franca. The arrival in Locorotondo, so called for the characteristic round shape of the town, and one of the major tourist centers of Itria Valley, welcomed the exhibition of folk groups that form the wing to the passage of the vetran cars.
Following the mandatory stop in Alberobello with its trulli, round shape with a domed roof standing embellished with decorative pinnacles, whose shape is inspired by the symbolic, mystical and religious, whose origin is linked to an edict of the Borbonic king in the fifteenth century subjected to a tribute every new settlement, so conti of Conversano, owners of the land on which it stands today Alberobello, imposed to the farmers in this area to build this dry, precarious buildings.
After lunch at the "Taverna della Gelosia", we start to visit Ostuni and continue to Castellana Grotte.
Following the stop in Lecce and its province, often referred as Salento, the heel of Italy, stretching between two seas of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, with its prehistoric atmosphere, thanks to the signs of civilization cave, the medieval architecture, the masterpieces of the Baroque. All topped off with intense flavors and genuine, donated by this generous land and love of man.
Followed by a visit to Gravina di Puglia, Gioia del colle, Sant'Eramo in Colle and Altamura. Here we visit the "Gravina Underground (Cathedral Rocks and Caves Rocky)".
We went in the afternoon to Matera in the way of "Piccadilly" and we get to the "Sassi" where we visit the rock caves, the first listed site inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southern Italy, which represent a unique urban ecosystem, able to perpetuate the farthest prehistoric past, the ways of living of the caves to modern times.
After the visit at the old Grumentum, and its ruins, we proceed on yhe via basentana to Palinuro, where this edition ended.

Thursday 1o June

Arrival in Naples. Panoramic Tour of the city. Dinner and continue the tour.
Overnight stay in hotel.

Friday 11 June

Guided visit by bus to Capodimonte Museum, and after lunch Pompei ruins in Naples.
Start to Palinuro with car’s, welcome drink in panoramic hotel terrace seeing Baia del buon dormire.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Saturday 12 June

Start with cars for a guided tour to Vannulo’s Farm where you will see production process of mozzarella/cheese/yogurt/ice-cream.
Lunch in Vannulo’s farm then start to Paestum for a ruins visit.
After, departure to Palinuro (Cost way to Agropoli/Acciaroli - Ascea).
Welcome drink and visit to “Torre di Velia” then come back to the hotel for the special welcome dinner.

Sunday 13 June

Start to Sapri – Lagonegro – Metaponto
Arrival in Policoro and Lunch, then museum visit.
Continuation to Metaponto for its Ruins Visits.
Departure to Locorotondo via Massafra/Martina Franca.
Arrival in Hotel and Welcome Dinner in Puglia.
Overnight stay in tipical “Trullo”.

Monday 14 June

Start via San Marco/Coreggia – Alberobello and visit of the center.
Departure to Ostuni and Historical center visit, then lunch.
Start to Castellana Grotte for a Guided tour of “Grottoes”
Departure to Locorotondo, arrival in hotel and Dinner with Folk group.

Tuesday 15 June

Start to Lecce via Brindisifor visit of the city and free Shopping all the morning, until lunch in a tipical Osteria.

Wednesday 16 June

Start to Gravina di Puglia passing trough Gioia del colle and Altamura.
Arrival in a Cantina for visit,welcome drink and shopping.
Lunch in Restaurant with Auto-Parking and panoramic vision of Grotte Rupestri.
After lunch visit to the “Gravina Underground (cattedrale, Sassi e Grotte Rupestri)”, then departure to Matera.
Arrival in Hotel “Sassi” area and overnight stay into tipical “Sassi”

Thursday 17 June

Start to Grumentum for guided tour of Ruins and Lunch in Agriturismo.
After “siesta” departure to Montesano sulla marcellana – Arena Bianca – Padula, and here “Certosa di Padula” visit.
Start to Palinuro and arrival in hotel, relax and Gala dinner.

Friday 18 June

In the morning start by privat ship for a baia visit.
In the evening come back in Hotel , and overnight stay in hotel.

Saturday 19 June

Turn back home…bye bye Carovana 2010