Gay Italy: The Amalfi Coast is by far one of the most beautiful pieces of landscape that you could ever witness in your life, whilst the Puglia region of Italy is home to some of the most lovely beaches and fascinating historical sites that tell the story of Italy’s past. This gay group trip aims to show you the highlights of both sides of this stunning, European country in an authentic way – from the food you’ll eat, to the places you’ll visit, to the experiences you’ll have, everything will be done the true Italian way!
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- 26th September 2019 Thursday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Rome
Today you’ll arrive in Rome where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred over to your starting hotel, right in the centre of the city to allow you free time to explore all of the sights at your own leisure. In the evening you’ll meet for a group orientation and to meet your fellow travellers over a lovely welcome dinner.
Day 2: Pompeii To Positano
Today you’ll check out of the hotel and head for the train station where you’ll catch a scenic high-spreed train to the city of Naples. You’ll be met on the other side by the tour driver and guide for a tour of Naples as well as lunch in a traditional, local pizzeria. After the tour, you’ll make your way to the archaeological site of Pompeii – the ancient Roman city that was devastated in 79AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that engulfed the city in lava, and thus preserved it for almost 2000 years for us to still see today. From here you’ll be transferred to Positano where you’ll be staying in a boutique hotel built high into the cliffs with gorgeous views of the village. This will be your base for the next few nights and where you’ll enjoy dinner with spectacular sunset views of the coast.
Day 3: Capri
In the morning you’ll walk down to the pier from the hotel and board the ferry over to Capri Island where you’ll be met by a local guide who will take you on a full day tour. You’ll walk through the hilltop town of Capri, through the public gardens that offer beautiful views of the island before enjoying lunch in a local cafe. After lunch, you’ll board a private motorboat to explore the Blue Grotto – an eerie sea cave which glows an almost luminescent blue colour from the reflected sunlight. If the weather is poor, you will instead be driven up to Anacapri – the highest part of the island where you’ll find the ruined church of Villa San Michele turned unique, contemporary housing. In the afternoon you’ll get the ferry to Sorrento before being transferred back to Positano. Evening at leisure.
Day 4: Amalfi Coast
In the morning you’ll embark on a guided tour of the Amalfi Coast, including having lunch in the town of Amalfi which gave the famous shoreline its name. One of Italy’s most stunning and iconic landscapes, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is deemed an outstanding example of a Meditteranean landscape and is probably the most historic of the towns and villages along this stretch of coastline due to its military past. You’ll learn all about merchants and traders that built this village up to what it is today as well as enjoying the serene landscape of the Amalfi Coast. Evening at leisure.
Days 5 And 6: Matera
Today you’ll leave Positano and drive to Matera, found in Southern Italy. Here you will find the ancient Sassi homes (the word Sassi comes from the Italian word for ‘stones’) which are dug from the rocks themselves. These homes and other ancient Sassi structures are believed to be the oldest human settlements in all of Italy. The hotel you’ll be staying in here was a former church that the residents used here before being converted. It’s a very historic building and in some rooms, archaeological sites are free to see under the floor, covered with glass viewing panels. The next day you’ll embark on a guided walking tour, taking in all of the most interesting and fascinating parts of this old city which has been previously used in Hollywood blockbuster films as the backdrop for Jerusalem.
Day 7: Ostuni
Today you’ll be transferred from Matera into the Puglia region of Italy, specifically heading for Ostuni. Ostuni is a hilltop top that is full of character and history with its ancient walls and white buildings, plus beautiful views across the olive groves to the Adriatic sea. The coast of the Puglia region is very different from the Amalfi – characterised more so by gentle slopes to the sea instead of the dramatic cliffside drops found in the Amalfi. You’ll take a guided walking tour of the town, taking in all the key sights such as the Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace before checking in to the boutique hotel you’ll be staying at for the next three nights. Evening at leisure.
Day 8: Castel Del Monte To Trani
Castel del Monte will be the first bit of sightseeing you do today, enjoying a tour around this grand UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates all the way back to the 13th century. This particular castle was built by the Swabian Emperor, Frederick II and is one of the only octagonal castles built. From here you’ll head to the port town of Trani where you’ll find the impressive synagogue that was built by the early Jewish settlers fleeing persecution from the Spanish around 1144 A.D. Stroll around the streets of this coastal town, enjoy lunch at a secret venue before returning back to the hotel.
Day 9: Trulli
Today you’ll visit nearby villages that feature the iconic ‘Trulli’ style architecture, such as Alberobello. The distinctive buildings are cylinder shaped with a cone-shaped limestone-tiled roof, with very thick walls and sometimes no windows at all. The oldest of these buildings date back all the way to the 14th century. A place not to miss is the Monti district which comprises of 1,030 Trulli-style buildings! In the evening, you’ll all come together for a special farewell dinner in a special, authentic Italian setting to reminisce about the journey you’ve had with your fellow travellers.
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