Amalfi & Puglia
may 21 - 28, 2023
Gal spots SOLD OUT + 3 Guy spots left
may 28 - June 4, 2023
Memorial Day trip - likely to sell out
Gal spots SOLD OUT + 2 Guy spots left
June 4 - 11, 2023
3 Gal spots + 3 Guy spots left
June 11 - 18, 2023
2 Gal spots + Guy spots SOLD OUT
June 25 - July 2, 2023
A few Gal spots + 3 Guy spots left
July 2 - 9, 2023
July 4th Trip - likely to sell out
July 9 - 16, 2023
sept 3 - 10, 2023
Labor Day Trip
Gal spots SOLD OUT + 2 Guy spots left
sept 10 - 17, 2023
8 days/7 nights
from $3,599 USD
Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We’ll spend the first half of our time exploring the Puglia one of Italy's most authentic and undiscovered regions where we’ll learn to cook Pugliese style, check out white-washed towns, and savor the region's famous beaches. From there, we will head inland towards the other coastline — stopping in the fairytale town of Alberobello and then onward to the ancient city of Matera which is famous for its cave-dwelling homes and fascinating history.
During the second half of the trip, we'll base ourselves in Sorrento, giving us easy access to explore the best of the Amalfi Coast. The incredible views will dazzle you as you sip limoncello, boat around Capri, and explore the stunning seaside towns of Amalfi and Positano. On the second to last day, we'll leave for Rome, making it easy to catch a morning flight out on the last day.
For the love of
AUTHENTIC ITALIAN LIFE
300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE
LATE NIGHT GELATOS
Accommodations in a shared room with someone of the same gender (hotels, not hostels)
In-country transportation for included activities and transfers between towns
2 nights in Lecce, 1 night in Matera, 3 nights in Sorrento, and 1 night in Rome
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Day trip to Amalfi and Positano
Day trip to Capri via private boat
Matera walking tour
Visit to Matera and Alberobello
Day trip to Otranto
Cooking experience with local chef
Walking tour of Lecce
FTLO Trip Leader
*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.
Flights to and from Italy
Mandatory trip insurance
Meals not mentioned (budget around $175)
DAY BY DAY
Itinerary is indicative for 2023 and is subject to change*
Day 1 - Lecce
Arrive to Lecce by 3pm and check in to our centrally located hotel. Drop off your bags, meet your roomie (and maybe new best friend?) and begin exploring this stunning southern Italian city on your own for a bit before meeting up with the rest of the group.
Later that afternoon, get a feel for the ‘heel’ of Italy by exploring this charming town with its baroque buildings as our favorite local guide steers you through ancient streets. Afterwards, we’ll hit up a local favorite spot and sit in the garden with a truly Italian meal and plenty of wine.
Welcome to Italy!
Day 2 - Lecce/Otranto
At 8am, we'll drive to Otranto, a town famous for its white washed walls and fabulous seaside views. Explore the waterfront and browse through the many chic shops in the downtown area, as well as the unique church with an altar made of skulls!
At noon, we'll reconvene for a seafood lunch - enjoy the local flavors before we head to the beach to soak up the sun. Spend the rest of the afternoon lounging at the beach, complete with perfect temperature water, beach bars nearby, and rocks to jump off of (if you dare!)
At 5pm we'll stroll through town to meet up with our favorite Pugliese chef who will take us to the market to pick up some local products before teaching us how to make a few traditional Italian dishes.
After enjoying the family style meal prepared by yours truly, we’ll end the evening with a stroll through the piazza with a well-earned gelato.
Day 3 - Alberobello & Matera
This morning, we'll head to Alberobello, a small town in Italy known for its distinct trullo style buildings. Take a few hours to roam the narrow streets, meet local shopkeepers, and have a mid-morning espresso.
Around noon, we'll start to make our way to Matera, stopping along the way for lunch in the countryside.
We'll get to Matera (one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world) around 4pm. After we check into our unique accommodations, enjoy some free time to explore the labyrinthine streets.
That evening we'll have a family-style pasta dinner in an open air courtyard in the middle of the old town.
Day 4 - Matera
Your morning’s free, so head out early and wander these ancient stone streets with friends. Matera’s a maze of history full of impressive sites—try to check out the Casa Noha, the Church of Saint Mary of Idris, and the historic architecture along Via Di Ridola.
Stop for lunch and a glass of wine at any of this old town’s fantastic outdoor eateries. In the afternoon, we’re hitting the road once more and making our way to the beautiful coastal town of Sorrento.
Day 5 - Sorrento
This morning, wake up to the sounds of the Amalfi Coast! We'll have a free morning in Sorrento before taking the ferry to the small, but beautiful, town of Amalfi and then off to Positano.
Hit the beach, do some shopping, and have some wine - it's time to relax on this iconic coast!
That evening, you can either head back to Sorrento, or catch the late bus back after going dancing in a cave club!
Day 6 - Capri
After breakfast, we'll hop aboard a couple of private boats and head to Capri, a gorgeous island in Italy's Bay of Naples.
Capri signifies natural Mediterranean beauty — it's a mix of glittering coves, historic ruins, and lavish cocktails in the main Piazzeta.
The morning is yours to explore the Island's many sights and shops before meeting up for lunch at our favorite restaurant on the island.
After lunch, we'll spend the afternoon zooming around the island to check out the famous grottos and secret beaches by boat.
Day 7 - Rome
SEA and SUN
Spend your morning of free time how you wish! Perhaps you head our for a day at the beach, or maybe you take time to pick out souvenirs for all of your friends and family who didn't get to spend a week in Southern Italy... up to you!
At 3pm, we'll depart for Rome where we'll have our farewell dinner and spend the last night to make it easy to catch your flight the next day.
Day 8 - Rome
ciao for now
After breakfast, the hotel will store your bags until you’re ready to head out.
Your trip leader can help you figure out the best way to get to the airport whether it's via taxi or train.
Take all you've learned from your authentic Italian experience back with you.
"You may have the world, if I may have Italy."
Just for fun
Lemons grow abundantly along the Amalfi coast, and the citrusy scent is one of the distinguishing features of the area.
The Rolling Stones wrote the song "Midnight Rambler" in Positano's cafés during a holiday.
Puglia produces 60% of Italy’s olive oil and has over 50 million olive trees.
Anyone is welcome to join the Amalfi Coast & Puglia trip.
Single rooms may not be available.
Certain locations on this trip are not handicap friendly - if you have mobility issues, please contact us before booking.
This trip stays at more basic hotels. While clean and centrally located, some of them are no frills. This is because we devote more of the budget to included activities and meals.
All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.
Although flying into Brindisi and out of Rome are the easiest options, that might not be the cheapest option. We don't want flight prices to hold you back from the joining trip so here are a few other options:
Book a round trip in/out of Rome and take the train to Lecce or a local flight to Brindisi (and then a cab to Lecce).
About southern Italy
Most of southern Italy is still relatively un-touristed, giving you an authentic experience of Italian life in places like Lecce, Otranto, and Matera. The areas that are popular, like Capri, Positano, and Sorrento, are so for a reason - they're unbelievably beautiful with great food and constant sunshine.
GOOD TO KNOW
The national language is Italian
The national currency is euros
Tap water is perfectly safe and healthy
Tipping is unnecessary but it is common to round up to the nearest euro when settling a bill
The closest arrival airport is Brindisi.
The closest departure airport is Rome.
Visas are unnecessary for North American travelers
Double check your passport is valid for 3-months after your return date
Fly into Brindisi (BDS)
You'll need to be in Brindisi by 2pm on Day 1, however with the recent amount of flight delays we recommend planning to arrive a day early just to be safe.
Fly out of Rome (FCO)
We recommend flying out of Rome or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Italy.
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*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.
We know how much you'll love the Amalfi & Puglia trip...
but don't take our word for it! Check out some of our alumni reviews.
"The FTLO Travel Amalfi Coast and Puglia trip is truly remarkable. From the excellent food, breathtaking scenery, and the included activities- it will be very difficult to find another trip that matches the level of service and the curated experiences created by FTLO Travel... The pace of the trip was just right and all the included meals exceeded all expectations. The hotels were all really nice and in great locations. The cooking class in Lecce should not be missed and the day trip to Amalfi and Positano remains a highlight!"
-philip, 36, south AFrica
"I just wrapped up a wonderful two weeks with FTLO, going on both the Tuscany & Rome trip and Amalfi & Puglia back-to-back. As someone who doesn't get to travel more than once every 2 to 3 years, I knew that if I wanted to see a country as big and diverse as Italy, I really wanted to experience as much as possible. I feel like I got such a great overview of the country and its history!
I honestly have no idea how a solo traveler could curate a similar experience, since many of the activities were clearly insider-knowledge only. Even if you could, it would take weeks of research ahead of time and would probably cost much more $ since some of what we did was only feasible with groups of over 5 people."
-Virginia, 30, US
"What an incredible trip! Food, food, and more food. This trip was curated with a ton of included activities and insane food. The hotels were all very nice and above my expectations. Nicole our guide was wonderful, she had so much knowledge about Italy and went out of her way to ensure everything on the trip ran smooth. She went above and beyond planning activities that were not included in the trip, such as reservations at top restaurants. She really made sure the whole group got to bond and participate all together. I met amazing people and truly had a blast on this trip!"