Beautiful green expanse countryside characterized by “trulli”, "lamie", "masserie" and "dry stonewalls" that surround vineyards and olive groves as far as eye can see: this is what the Valle d’Itria (Itria Valley) looks like. To enjoy this magic scenery you need to cross it and visit its peculiar villages like Locorotondo, Alberobello, Martina Franca and then immerse in the blu sea by reaching the white cliffs of Polignano a Mare on the Adriatic Coast.

Locorotondo is among the most beautiful villages in Italy and its name derives from the circular layout of the city centre, overlooking the rest of the country and throughtout the Valle d’Itria.  You will be impressed from its beauty and from the picturesque streets, surroundend by the white walls of houses, among which you will see the "Cummerse", ancient settlements, rectangular in shape with sloping roofs made of “chianchette” and tiles made of flat rocks.

Alberobello is a unique city situated south of Bari, UNESCO World Heritage since 1996 for its monumental “Trullis” village, fairy-tale dwellings with conical roofs dated back to 15th century. You will visit the two districts Rione Monti and Aia Piccola to understand the reasons why and how people built these small houses, made with dry overlapping stones, whitewashed base and cone-shaped roofs. During the tour you will visit the Church of San Antonio, made in a “Trulli shape” and a private Trulli house dated back to 15th Century.

Martina Franca is situated 431 m. height above sea level on one of the last hills of southeastern Murgia, overlooking the charming Valle d'Itria at the turn of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. The origins of Martina Franca back to the 10th Century when a group of refugees from Taranto took refuge on the Colle San Martino to escape the Saracen devastation. The legal foundation of the city dates back, however, to 12th August 1310 when the Prince of Taranto, Philip of Anjou, favored the allocation through the grant of relief. Hence the "free" adjective, originally placed in front of Martina nameIn the 15th Century became a feud of the Aragon and in 16th Century of the Neapolitan family Caracciolo. Martina enjoyed its heyday in the 18th Century, when strong economic growth, particularly in the agriculture and livestock sector, gave a spectacular new architectural layout to the Old Town, Baroque and Rococo around the Palazzo Ducale. By walking into the old village you will immerse yourself in a magical and graceful atmosphere, with its narrow streets, alleyways, mansions, stately and monumental churches, in which are preserved art works made by painters, sculptors and marble workers of the Neapolitan School of the 18th Century. This is Martina: "City of art and Culture ".

Polignano a Mare lays perched on a high and jagged coastline, where there are many caves, such as the famous Grotta Palazzese, today a luxurious restaurant carved out of magnificent limestone rocks with a view over the blue-green Adriatic. The city centre is a tangle of narrow streets ending in terraces overlooking the sea, among which the most beautiful one overlooking the “lama”: an old river bed turned into a public beach between two big white cliffs, which inspired the Italian famous singer Domenico Modugno, author of with his worldwide “Volare”.

  Days available: Every day. Possibilities of pick-up from accomodations in the surrounding area of Matera according to your needs.
 Time Length:
9 hours plus the transfer times from Matera's surrounding areas.
 Difficulty: Easy.
 Don’t forget: Comfy shoes, camera and during summer water, cap and sun cream.

 Price and Notes:

The tour is private but, upon request and according to availability, it is possible to make a Tour Sharing with other guests in order to reduce the costs. Children under 15 free (accompaigned from an adult).

If you don’t have a car to reach the Itria Valley, it is possible to book a shuttle or minibus.

It is possible to visit only one of two cities indicated in this tour by combining them with one of the other tours (a suggestion is to combine Matera with Alberobello). Please contact me for more information.