Explore the long heel of Italy’s boot to discover sights, tastes, and gorgeous seascapes you’ll find nowhere else... like Matera, the “Subterranean City,” where the Sassi houses are caverns and the streets are sometimes the roofs of other houses... Trulli houses, tiny fairy castles made of limestone slabs, built without mortar... Castel del Monte, a 13th-century citadel with a strange design and history. Discover the stunning array of Renaissance frescoes at the Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandro (by unknown painters) in Galatina, and an entire village of cave dwellings at Lama D’Antico that is hidden among olive groves. Stay multiple nights in “Masserias,” fortified 16th-century farmhouses turned into elegant hotels, and at a modern castle resort overlooking the Mediterranean. You have personal entrees into the world of papier mâché, mozzarella making, and sandstone art with charismatic local artists who can’t wait to share their talents with you… wine and olive oil tastings at vineyards yet undiscovered by the maddening crowds… tours of a medieval castle enticing with soul-stirring views and wines… meals tempting with bounty of the sea and land, and stays at breathtaking masserias (farmhouses), one nestled among antique olive trees and Mediterranean vistas, one steeped in history and cultural charm in the heart of Lecce, aptly named the “Florence of the South,” and one Mediterranean stunner in the whitewashed, incredibly dazzling city of Ostuni. Shhhh…. You may want to book this trip to Puglia, Italy now before this secret gem is revealed to the world! Small groups only, averaging 24 Tauck guests!