Family fun in Italy
- Itinerary:Naples - Sorrento - Conversano - Salento - Brindisi
- Duration:10 days / 9 nights (flexible)
- Price:from £ 1,685.- per adult (excluding flights)
- :From £ 1295, - per child (up to 11 years)
Days 1-4 – Lemons & lava
Today you’ll arrive in Vico Equense, a suburb of Sorrento, where the rooms of your hotel are spacious for families and the pleasant sea breeze blows in off the Gulf of Naples. If you need to freshen up after the drive, float in the swimming pool as you look out over bay and the Vesuvius volcano. There’s a free shuttle bus to take you to the centre of the city, where you can have a bite to eat in the evening or just walk the streets to the Piazza Tasso.
Rise early the next morning, as there is a lot on your doorstep. Drive to the ruins of Pompeii, where you will find one of the best preserved remains from the Roman Empire with streets, temples, fountains, and frescoes all intact. After lunch, venture to the volcano and if you’re lucky, you’ll have fantastic views over the Gulf of Naples. The following day you’ll have a pizza workshop planned. Together with an Italian chef you will work on your own real, Italian pizza. You’ll get an apron and chef’s hat so that you immediately feel ‘Pizzasso’. Knead the dough, choose the topping and make sure the pizza goes into the oven. Afterwards there is of course still time to eat the pizzas together. Buon Appetito!
Days 4-7 – Olives and orecchiette
You’ll have already picked up your hire car at Pisa airport on arrival, so you’re ready and set for the open road! After your stay you’ll drive from Sorrento to Conversano. The driving time is approx. 4 hours, but you may wish to make stops along the way. Today you’ll arrive ready for a special stay. Sleep in a typical cone-shaped trullo near Ostuni. The roofs of these whitewashed houses are often decorated with primitive or magical symbols, whilst inside it is surprisingly spacious. The trulli are located on a hill with a beautiful view and have a swimming pool, with a terrace tucked away between the olive trees. Its central location in the valley makes it perfect for you to easily explore the area.
After breakfast this morning, you can either head out to explore the white town of Ostuni or you can decide to cycle through the olive groves. In the afternoon it’s time to dive into the kitchen for a workshop, where you learn how to make your own orecchiette, a small pasta that is reminiscent of auricles in shape. You will be introduced to the secrets of kneading dough and shaping the ‘ears’. At the end of the workshop, enjoy your homemade dishes all washed down with a good glass of local wine. The next day you can burn off some of those home-cooked carbs and explore the surrounding area. The north of Puglia is greener and hillier than the south and you will find plenty of olive groves here.
Days 7-10 – Carpe diem in Salento
Today you’ll drive from Conversano to Salento. The driving time is approx. 2 hours, but you may wish to make stops along the way. You’ll travel to Salento, the land of two seas. On one side of this peninsula is the Adriatic coast with its rugged cliffs and small pebble coves, along with quaint fishing villages and the ruins of watchtowers. To the west lies the Ionian coast with long white sandy beaches and azure blue water. You will stay in an old masseria (olive farm) that has been converted into a B&B with a comfortable room, a swimming pool and a beautiful roof terrace. The masseria is centrally located and within half an hour you can reach various beaches.
Today you’ll drive from Salento to Brindisi. The driving time is approx. 30 minutes, but you may wish to make stops along the way. You’ll drop off your hire car at the airport and head to the terminal for your flight home.