History and Legends of Southern Italy


Lecce, Matera, Calabria, Sicily

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Lecce
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Matera
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Calabria
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodations at Your Choice of Hotel in Sicily
  • Private airport and train station transfers (where applicable)
  • Private transfers between destinations
  • Automatic rental car (upon request)
  • Private full-day tour of Italy’s Heel
  • Private half-day walking tour of Matera
  • Private half-day tour of the Coast of the Gods
  • Private half-day tour to the Valley of Temples
  • Cooking class in Lecce (optional)
  • Private half-day tour to Alberobello (optional)
  • Boating experience around the coast of Calabria (optional)
  • Tour of the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria (optional)
  • Private walking tour of Palermo (optional)
  • Private Siracusa, Noto and Modica tour (optional)
  • Daily breakfast
History and Legends of Southern Italy package, Travelive



Welcome to Puglia! Whether you are landing at Bari or Brindisi International Airport, your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel of choice in Lecce, in the heart of Salento. Use this first day to relax in the hotel and take in the sights of the historical center of Lecce.


After breakfast, your private driver will meet you at the hotel and head towards the Italian Heel, the southernmost part of Puglia. Re-discover the Greek roots of this region, by visiting ancient settlements and listening to local dialects that are closer to the Greek language than Italian. Visit Gallipoli (Greek for beautiful city), enjoy the coast of Santa Maria di Leuca, and learn how the medieval walls of Otranto inspired The Castle of Otranto, the first Gothic novel ever written by H. Walpole.


Take this day to self-explore the splendid baroque city of Lecce, and optionally join a cooking class to discover the typical flavors and ingredients of this area. In this region, cooking is a matter of history and tradition, and your expert chef will be happy to share age-old stories and myths behind the recipes. Once all your dishes are completed, enjoy the fruits of your labor with a relaxing family-style lunch accompanied by local wine.


Your driver will meet you for your private transfer to Matera where you will check in at your hotel of choice. Afternoon at leisure, take your first glimpse of the Sassi area.


Your guide will meet you at the hotel for a memorable journey through the historical center of Matera, known worldwide as Sassi di Matera. During your tour, you will learn how small houses and caves have been exquisitely carved into the rocks to foster civilization in this sloped area.


Relax and continue self-exploring Matera or opt for a day trip to Alberobello and Locorotondo. Learn the history behind the typical trulli houses that are scattered around Alberobello earning the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. After Alberobello, enjoy a break in a local winery, and then you will head to Locorotondo, a historical “circular” town perched on top of a hill offering stunning views over the surrounding valley.


After meeting your driver, you will start your journey through the Basilicata and Calabria countryside until you reach your hotel of choice in Calabria. Optionally, enjoy a stop for lunch in northern Calabria. Once you reach Calabria, you will check into the hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing by the seaside and enjoying the hotel facilities.


Meet your driver at the hotel and embark on a journey through the western Calabrian coast, also known as the Coast of the Gods due to its ancient Greek roots. You are now in the heart of Greater Greece (Magna Graecia), as this area was known more than 2000 years ago. Discover the distinct Calabrian-Greek villages and dialects, let our expert guide enchant you with stories of ancient tribes and colonies, and don’t miss out on the natural beauty of this coast, which still to this day hides unspoiled coves and literal natural gems.


Spend this day on the beach or self-exploring the surrounding area. Optionally, you can add a private boating experience to your itinerary. As you explore the coast you will discover some of the most beautiful spots in the region and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. If you would prefer to explore the history of the area, you can opt for a day trip to Reggio Calabria, where you will visit the National Archaeological Museum and get a first glimpse of your next destination.

DAY 10

After breakfast, you will meet your driver and head to either Lamezia Terme (station or airport) or Reggio Calabria (station), where a rental car of your choice will be waiting for you. Start your self-driving adventure towards Villa San Giovanni and hop on a short ferry to Sicily. Once in Sicily, drive to your hotel of choice and take the rest of the day to enjoy the vibe of this unique island. Alternatively, let us take care of all the arrangements and take you from Calabria to Sicily using a private transfer.

DAY 11

Meet the driver at the hotel or self-drive to Agrigento where an expert local guide will be waiting to uncover the secrets of the ancient Valley of Temples. Walk through 3000-year-old streets, admire the Greek and Roman heritage, and revel in the magnificence of temples that most would expect only to find in Greece. Optionally, you can add a traditional lunch with wine and then continue to Piazza Armerina, a cute baroque town that deserves the visit of every history buff.

DAY 12

Based on your hotel of choice, today you can either join a local guide for a walk through the vibrant streets of Palermo, where you will discover how Byzantine and Arabic influences have shaped this centuries-old city, or let a private driver take you back through time to discover the ancient Greek colony of Siracusa, the baroque capital Noto and the artistic old town of Modica.

DAY 13

Drop the rental car off at Catania Fontarossa airport or Palermo Punta Raisi airport, to catch your flight back home.

History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency
History and Legends of Southern Italy Package with Travelive, luxury travel agency

Located in Italy’s bootheel, La Fiormentina stands as a stylish urban retreat situated at the heart of the Baroque city of Lecce. This exquisite establishment pays tribute to Antonia Fiermonte and the two adoring artists who cherished her. The garden offers a juxtaposition of modern minimalism, a meticulously curated art assortment, and a contemporary Pugliese restaurant. All rooms are inspired by traditional local buildings, with large blocks of pale stone, grey or mustard seating, and crisp white bed linens. The restaurant presents elevated interpretations of cucina povera, which can be eaten in the elegant main dining rooms or alfresco amid the olive and orange trees in the hotel’s walled garden.

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In the heart of Lecce's historic center, Pollicastro Boutique Hotel is located within a 16th-century palace known as de' Perroni, which spans from Porta San Biagio to Piazza Sant'Oronzo. The historic residence was fully renovated to recapture its original essence and medieval splendor. What makes it truly unique is the remarkable diversity of its various rooms, each closely following the historical layout of the structure. As a result, every space provides a distinct and unique experience for guests. Each piece of furniture or adornment was conceived, designed, and crafted exclusively, one bit at a time, gathering inspiration from every single corner of the building. A beautifully decorated roof garden completes the experience of a relaxing stay at Pollicastro Boutique Hotel.

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Experience Lecce at its finest with a stay at Torre del Parco, a 15th-century medieval castle nestled near the old city center. Luxurious accommodations adorned with classical décor and rustic touches create a relaxing atmosphere for you to unwind. The professional staff at the Wellness Area delivers relief from stress with a variety of massage treatments. Torre del Parco is popular as a destination wedding venue. Its medieval fortress architecture, combined with a natural oasis in the gardens, a majestic feeling at the Inner Hall, and a romantic terrace, make it the perfect setting for sharing your vows.

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With panoramic views across the Bay of Palermo, Villa Igiea, a stunning 19th-century palazzo just a stone away from Palermo, offers a noble experience. Elegant accommodation, antique decorations, luxurious details, and high-quality textiles dress the uniquely designed rooms and bright suites, some offering sea views and some featuring a terrace or a balcony. The 5* property invites you to dive into the sparkling outdoor swimming pool, enjoy a tennis match at the onsite court, and rejuvenate your senses with an innovative treatment with organic materials at the Irene Forte Spa. A journey to the Belle Époque awaits you at Florio Restaurant, serving Sicilian cuisine in an authentic Louis XVI setting.

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The Grand Hotel et Des Palmes in Palermo embodies a captivating blend of history and modernity. Its opulent interiors exude glamour and innovation with a harmonious mix of antique and contemporary elements through an enchanting ambiance within its grand salons, majestic, frescoed ceilings, and Art Nouveau-stained glass windows. High-quality fabrics, classical design with golden touches, and sophisticated comforts offer a glimpse into Belle Époque. Restaurant Neobistrot presents an exquisite fusion of traditional Sicilian flavors with an innovative twist inside the grandeur of the former Ingham family ballroom. Meanwhile, the Sensus Mixology Bar boasts an array of classic and creative cocktails.

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The Mercure Palermo Excelsior City is a renowned hotel situated in the center of Palermo, Sicily, nestled along Viale della Liberta and near the Giardino Inglese. With a total of 118 rooms and suites, the hotel seamlessly blends an elegant ambiance with contemporary amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay for its guests. It is a versatile venue, capable of hosting a variety of events, including cocktails, casual luncheons, formal gala dinners, and professional business meetings. For those seeking a truly enchanting setting, the Liberty Hall, with its timeless charm, provides an ideal venue for romantic and opulent weddings.

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Embedded between Viale della Libertà and Piazza Politeama, in the heart of Palermo, Plaza Opera is a cosmopolitan hotel honoring the tradition of this vibrant city – a perfect starting point for your city explorations and even a home away from home if you are a business traveler. In the lobby and in the common areas, Sicilian antiques, and Biedermeier furniture blend with contemporary artwork and state-of-the-art design, with a distinctive taste for eclectic and sophisticated details and art lighting. It is a window into the effervescent life of Palermo and a place where Sicilian traditions beautifully merge with the trendy vibe of the hotel and its surroundings.

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Experience a luxurious stay at NH Palermo. Ideally located in the most picturesque place of the city - between the botanical gardens and the castle, it offers tranquility and stunning views of the Gulf of Palermo. Unwind in spacious rooms boasting modern comfort with elegant touches. Dive into the sparkling swimming pool or relax on the terrace soaking in the warm Mediterranean sun. Savor delectable Sicilian cuisine at the I Paladini restaurant or sip on your favorite cocktail at the bar. With a convenient location and impeccable service, NH Palermo promises a memorable stay.

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A luxurious haven awaits you within the UNESCO-protected Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples. Villa Athena Resort, a splendid 18th-century establishment, stands as a guardian of classical traces, just 200 meters away from the Doric masterpiece of 5 B.C., the Temple of Concordia. Following a recent restoration, this 5-star hotel exudes a noble tradition in its spacious rooms and suites, boasting refined furnishings and stunning views of temples and centuries-old olive trees. Chef Belhassen Berbat at La Terrazza degli Dei offers gastronomic delights that will amaze your palate. Meanwhile, Villa Athena SPA, built around an ancient cistern, provides a relaxing getaway from everyday stress with personalized massages, steam baths, and relaxing treatments.

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Experience the unique charm of sleeping in the Sassi of Matera at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. Situated in the heart of Matera, the retreat expands into 18 caves, preserving the original shape and materials to protect the historical integrity of Matera's Sassi district amid growing tourism. The hotel's interior design reflects Sextantio's minimalistic ethos, creating a unique atmosphere that encapsulates the cultural and human history of the Sassi. For an elegant stay, Sextantio Il Palazzo della Civita offers five large rooms in an 18th-century palace with panoramic views of Murgia Park. Rejuvenate your senses with refreshing spa treatments, enjoying massages within the historic cave dwellings. Indulge in a candlelit dinner accompanied by classical music and the warmth of a lit fireplace at the XIII Century Church. A unique experience awaits at Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita.

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Nestled between the vibrant blue sky and the Calabrian Sea, just minutes from Tropea's center lies Villa Paola. The centuries-old retreat boasts 12 rooms for serene escapes or romantic weekends that harmoniously blend vintage decor with contemporary design. Each room features high ceilings, white walls contrasting Calabrian terracotta floors, fine linen fabrics, walk-in showers, and exclusive bath products by Filippo Sorcinelli. Villa Paola embraces local agriculture, cultivating oranges, lemons, strawberries, tomatoes, and Tropea red onions in its lush vegetable patches. Savor daily delights with a breakfast buffet and personalized dishes and indulge in seasonal Calabrian flavors at the Bistrot on a maritime pine terrace. Capture the essence of Calabria with breathtaking sunsets with a stay at Villa Paola.

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Amidst lush greenery with a stunning view of the Aeolian Islands, Capovaticano Resort Thalasso Spa ensures a luxurious retreat for travelers seeking privacy and tranquility. Choose from bright rooms with sea or garden views, including four spacious junior suites with clean design and elegant details. Indulge in Calabrian culinary traditions and contemporary haute cuisine at the on-site restaurants Il Mantineo and The Stromboli. Recalibrate your senses with thalassotherapy treatments at the state-of-the-art Thalasso seafront wellness center. Experience Calabria at its finest with a stay at Capovaticano Resort Thalasso Spa.

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Continue your European adventure with a memorable 3-day extension in Paris. The "City of Lights," is a timeless destination with its iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral, and an abundance of art, history, and culture. You can stroll along the charming streets and canals by the Seine, savor delectable French cuisine in cozy bistros, and indulge in world-class shopping on the Champs-Élysées. In three days, you'll immerse yourself in the essence of Paris, from its rich heritage to its contemporary allure, making it a must-visit destination for an unforgettable getaway.

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Get a taste of history, culture and cuisine when you head off to Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Spend three nights at one of our top luxury hotels, with magnificent views of the Acropolis. Enjoy a full- day tour of the historical highlights around the city, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the neoclassical buildings of Plaka, the changing of the guards at the Parliament building, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Your three nights/four-day extension includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Athens, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

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