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Treasures of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia

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10 days

Small groups
10 maximum

Local Leader

Tour departs with 4 participants*

Language: English

From €2,549


The sun and the sea. Breathtaking landscapes. Delicious fresh food. A cool glass of limoncello and the warm welcome of the local people will seduce you from the very beginning of this unique experience.

We will stay in the heart of Rome’s dolce vita, walk the ancient ruins of Pompeii with a local guide and enjoy the stunning Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Capri. From there we’ll travel inland to discover Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where your local guide will share some of the many secrets of this unique town. Finally, we’ll visit the Trulli village of Alberobello and the Baroque city of Lecce.

With an intimate group of just 10 people, an expert local leader who will become your local friend, and a region of unmatched beauty, you’ll discover the Treasures of The Amalfi Coast and Puglia on the trip of a lifetime.

Start: Rome
End: Bari
Age: Min 12

*In the rare event the minimum number is not reached, and only if the tour is cancelled by LocalWonders Travel, you can opt for one of the following options:
– chose a new departure at no additional cost
– have the tour turned into a private tailor-made tour  (itinerary or price modifications might occur)
– the amount paid can be fully refund.
LocalWonders Travel can decide to run the tour even if the minimum number is not reached. In this case the traveller cannot ask for a refund or to turn the tour into a tailor-made tour.


What makes this tour a unique experience?

  • Explore Sorrento, The Amalfi Coast, Alberobello, Lecce and Bari. “Like a Local” walks with your local leader will give you a truly authentic view of these beautiful cities.
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the ancient Pompeii ruins with a licensed local guide.
  • Spend 3 magical nights on The Amalfi Coast
  • Take a full-day boat trip to Capri island and swim in the crystalline sea!
  • Walk the breathtaking “Sentiero degli dei” (The Path of Gods) in The Amalfi Coast mountains
  • Take a private guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Matera village with a licensed local guide
  • Sleep in the Sassi of Matera, ancient dwellings dug into the rocks, now converted into unique and comfortable accommodations
  • Visit to the Trulli village of Alberobello
  • Our accommodations are centrally located, high-quality and comfortable.

All of our LocalWonders Travel tours include a passionate expert local leader who will become your “local friend”, opening up for you the most authentic side of Italy. Our local leaders are professional and knowledgeable and take pride in providing hassle-free experiences for our guests.

Is this the tour I want?

Though no specific training or fitness level is required for this tour, there are a few things we suggest considering when choosing your LocalWonders Travel experience.

Traveling by train is 1 of the best and fastest methods to get around Italy (trains reach speeds of up to 300km an hour here— whoa). By train, you’ll get where you’re going quickly while also relaxing, having fun, socializing, and taking in the natural beauty of the Italian landscape.

We do lots of our traveling by train, which means that our guests must carry their luggage both on and off the train. Upon arrival in a new destination city, a taxi will take you to your next hotel (with exception of Pompeii, where it is faster to walk).

At LocalWonders Travel, we pride ourselves on providing tours that allow you to explore cities by foot. Why? Because we believe that exploring a city on foot is the best way to get an authentic Italian experience.

Sometimes we explore for up to 3 hours at a time. We do this at a relaxed, comfortable pace, stopping to rest once in a while to enjoy an espresso or gelato. We promise that you’ll have a wonderful time, but you should note that walking is a big part of our trips.

On our trips, we always stay in carefully selected, high-quality, and comfortable accommodations. Single travelers will stay in an ensuite twin room shared with a fellow traveler of the same sex. However, if you’d prefer a single room to enjoy during your trip, you can do so by purchasing a Single Supplement— your own room, your own way.

Our expert local professionals aim to provide an informal, friendly style while upholding our professional and high-quality standards. If an authentic but top-quality experience is what you’re after, you’re in safe hands with us.

Travel with us to sunny Southern Italy!

What is included:

  • The assistance of a professional local leader for the entire trip
  • Accommodation: comfortable and high-quality boutique hotels (3 stars superior and 4 stars)
  • A stay at the Matera Sassi
  • “Like a Local” walk of Sorrento, Alberobello, Lecce and Bari
  • Private guided tour of the Pompeii ruins
  • Full day boat trip to Capri Island
  • A walk at “The Path of Gods” in The Amalfi Coast with your local leader
  • Private guided tour of Matera
  • Stop-over in Alberobello to see the Trulli
  • Several meals, including:
    – 9 breakfasts
    – 2 dinners
  • All trains and busses between cities
  • Private transfer to The Amalfi Coast, Matera, Alberobello and Lecce
  • Taxi from hotel to train station in Rome on day 2
  • Taxi from train station to hotel in Bari on day 9
  • All hotel daily city taxes

What’s extra?

The following items are not included in the tour cost:

  • Flights
  • Single Supplement (but you can add this!)
  • Anything that is not specified to be included


Travel with us to sunny Southern Italy!



Benvenuto in Italia! Your adventure starts in Rome, the heart of the ancient Roman Empire, the cradle of a rich history and the birthplace of the Italian dolce vita.

Your tour starts at 6:00pm with a Welcome Meeting where you’ll meet your local leader and fellow travellers. (Upon arrival at the hotel you’ll find a note telling you where this welcome meeting will take place). Then you will enjoy a special Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll get a taste of Rome’s dolce (sweet) life!

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: Hotel Alexandra or similar (3 Stars Boutique Hotel)
  • Meal: Welcome dinner


In the morning we will hop on a high-speed train, travelling up to 300km/h to Naples. A quick train change will then take us to Pompeii, a fascinating place risen from the ruins of an ancient and glorious Roman town, destroyed 2000 years ago by a volcanic eruption.
After the check-in and some time at your leisure for lunch, a private tour lead by a licensed Pompeii guide will take us through the ruins of ancient Pompeii, where so many years ago, the Romans lived. You will walk inside an amphitheater older than the Colosseum and see what ancient houses and shops looked like.

The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. You might choose to enjoy a real Neapolitan style pizza for dinner, or visit a local trattoria where the father and the son still produce their own homemade limoncello.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: Hotel Diana or similar (3 stars)
– Meal: Breakfast
– Private tour lead by a licensed Pompeii guide and Pompeii ruins entrance

How long is the trip today?
1 hour on a high-speed train from Rome to Naples
30 minutes on a regional train from Naples to Pompeii.


This morning a private car with driver will pick us up and drive us to Sorrento. Here we will stop for a stroll in the lively alleyways of this sunny town. Your tour leader will take you for a short “like a local walk”, then you will have some time at your leisure.

After enjoying some free time for lunch, our driver will take us to The Amalfi Coast. Here, you’ll see some of the world’s most stunning scenery, small colorful villages suspended between the mountain and the sea. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Feel free to ask your tour director for suggestions about how to spend this time – he knows the best spots! Ravello village, an emerald grotto, limoncello tasting – there are so many wonderful things to do here.
What’s included?
– Accommodation: Hotel Floridiana (Amalfi) or similar
– Meal: Breakfast
– “Like a local walk” in Sorrento
How long is the trip today?
1 hour on a private car with professional driver from Pompeii to Sorrento

1 hour 20 minutes on a private car with professional driver from Sorrento to The Amalfi Coast.


This morning we’ll head to the Island of Capri, traveling the section of sea where the mythological hero Ulysses heard the mermaids singing. Circling the island to explore some secret caves, we’ll have the opportunity to swim in the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea.

After the island tour, we will dock at Marina Grande and you will have some free time to explore the exclusive Capri Island on foot. You might walk the coloursful alleyways to the heart of the island and the spectacular Natural Arch, or take a cab (a convertible, no less!) to Anacapri, higher up on the island. Our boat we will pick us up in the afternoon and we’ll head back to The Amalfi Coast where we’ll have time to enjoy a final swim in the sea. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: 3 Stars Superior Boutique Hotel in Amalfi
  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Full day boat trip to Capri island, including the boat tour around the island.

Important note for Day 4
The boat tour will be aboard a small, comfortable semi-private motor boat that accommodates up to 15 people. Depending on seasonality and on our group size, the boat may be private (just for us) or shared with another small group like ours. In case of bad weather, this activity will be traded with an indoor one of the equal value and fun.


Wake up ready to “meet the Gods”! Today we’ll walk the famous “Sentiero degli Dei” (The Path of Gods), so called because the myth says that the Gods walked this way to reach the stretch of the sea where the mermaids lived.

No words are powerful enough to describe the beauty of this hike. We’ll walk through the local forest, amid lemon trees and along the astonishingly beautiful Amalfi Coast – a path that, in the ancient times, was the only access to this paradise from the villages.

After the hike, which will take us to the little village of Nocelle, we’ll head to Positano – one of the most stunning places on The Amalfi Coast. Here we’ll spend the afternoon swimming in the clear blue water of the Mediterranean sea, sipping freshly-squeezed lemon juice, or losing ourselves in the meandering streets of Positano. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure (free time).

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: 3 Stars Superior Boutique Hotel in Amalfi
  • Meal: breakfast
  • Path of Gods hike Amalfi bus daily ticket (which allows you to reach each villages on The Amalfi Coast).

Important note for Day 5
The “Path of Gods” is a hike lasting approximately 3-and-a-half hours on a narrow rocky path with some steep sections, and a good part of it will be in direct sun (comfortable shoes with non-slip soles or hiking boots are required for this walk). If you don’t feel comfortable participating in the hike, you will still have a wonderful time exploring The Amalfi Coast by foot, bus or ferry. Your tour director will provide suggestions, explanations and timetables. (This activity is “weather permitting” which means that the trail may not always be accessible. Alternative activities will be planned should we be forced to skip the hike.)


Matera is a secret gem that only few travellers to Italy have the chance to see. During the centuries, churches, dwellings, gardens and terraces were built one on the top of the other, digging into the rock of the local canyon walls and seeming to challenge gravity! Due in part to this, and its incredible beauty, this area – the Sassi of Matera – was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.
Our local guide Francesco will lead us on a private guided journey to discover this magical place, revealing some of its many secrets and showing us where famous directors filmed their famous movies.

At night we’ll sleep in one of the Sassi’s hotels. These hotels are a real wonder! From the windows, it feels like being inside a nativity scene, and – inside – a high-quality and comfortable hotel room right in the town’s historical center.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: Ai Terrazzini or similar
  • Meal: breakfast
  • Private tour of Matera lead by a licensed Matera guide


Today you’ll enjoy a free day for immersing yourself in the beauty of the Sassi of Matera. Wonder through Matera alleyways, explore hidden square and take photos of picturesque spots. You can walk enjoying a quality gelato and then visit the Palombaro Lungo, the biggest underground cistern of Matera built at the end of XIX century and 15 meters deep. Simply impressive. Should you like we can also arrange a guided visit to the ancient and fascinating Cave churches or a fun cooking class. You will have plenty of optionsyou’re your tour leader will assist you organizing your free time.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: Ai Terrazzini or similar
  • Meal: Breakfast


Today you will discover another Italian wonder: the Trulli of Alberobello. We’ll enter an ancient village with narrow alleyways and the most picturesque buildings – white huts with conical roofs: the Trulli. As we explore – visit some Trullo – we’ll discover the curious story that links an ancient tax matter to these unique constructions.

Then we’ll travel by private vehicle to Lecce, the main town of Salento. Here your tour director will take you for a “Like a Local” walk, showing you the Lecce way of life and seeing the stunning historical center, where Roman ruins meet elegant Baroque churches and buildings. The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure (free time). In the evening, we suggest you enjoy the lively Lecce nightlife!

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: Hotel Santa Chiara or similar
  • Meal: breakfast
  • Visit to Alberobello
  • “Like a Local” walk of Lecce


In the morning we’ll hop on a train to travel along the Puglia coast and reach the city of Bari. After checking-in at our centrally-located hotel, you’ll enjoy some free time for lunch before joining your tour director for a “Like a Local” walk of Bari.

We’ll stroll the white alleys of the Bari historical center, spot the old nonna’s preparing orecchiette (the typical local pasta), and discover the old link between Bari and Santa Claus. (Gifts for the good ones only!)

After our walk we’ll get ready for a special farewell dinner at a hand-picked local restaurant where you’ll taste an exquisite culinary tradition not found anywhere else in Italy.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation: Imago Boutique Hotel or similar (4 Stars Boutique Hotel)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner“Like a local” walk of Bari


Our tour has come to an end and, though we’ll be sad to see you go, we trust you’ve had the trip of a lifetime. Arrivederci!

What’s included?

  • Meal: Breakfast

Travel with us to sunny Southern Italy!

Treasures of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia Tour Notes

Click below for the “Tour Notes” – everything you’ll need to know about this tour before you book.

Tour notes