This is a 10-day wine tour in Calabria and Apulia, in the South Italy with visits to vineyards and wine-tasting opportunities galore. On hand you will have the benefit of an experienced sommelier and various wine experts who enjoy describing local production. Tourists appreciate this kind of tour especially those who love wine, typical Italian food and who are interested in the sights of Southern Italy.
Day 1 – Arrive in Italy
Arrive in Calabria and transfer to a 4 star hotel in Reggio Calabria: dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 – Reggio Calabria and Scilla
Breakfast. Sightseeing of the National Archaeological Museum of ‘Magna Grecia’ which hosts the beautiful ‘Riace Bronzes‘, the famous bronze statues. Then a walk along the high street ‘Corso Garibaldi‘ with the Cilea Theatre and the Cathedral, one of the largest in Calabria. At the end a sightseeing tour along the famous promenade, described by Italian writer D’Annunzio as ‘the best kilometer in Italy’, you can admire beautiful magnolias hundreds of years old and take in a view of Sicily across the water. Dine on fresh regional produce. In the afternoon visit the abandoned village, Pentedattilo, so called because of its location on a mountain shaped like the five fingers of the hand (Pentedattilo from the Greek meaning ‘five fingers‘). Transfer to Gerace: dinner and overnight at Agriturismo.
Day 3 – Agriturismo and Stilo
Breakfast. An half day at the agriturismo where you can see how ‘ricotta’ is made. You visit, also, its extensive vineyard whose wine has received awards. Lunch at the vinery in Gioiosa Ionica with a tasting of 6 Calabrian wines which are capably introduced by the sommelier. In the afternoon sightseeing of the small 9th-century temple, The Cattolica of Stilo, which is a small 9th-century temple imitating a classic Byzantine church in its square Greek cross design, with three apses facing the east and five small domes. Here the monks of St. Basil (Basilians), who had found refuge from persecution in Calabria, pursued their ideals of poverty and detachment from worldly concerns. At the end, transfert to Cirò: dinner and overnight at a 4 star hotel.
Day 4 – Vineyard at Cirò and Crotone
Breakfast. Visit of one of the best vineyard at Cirò and taste some wine. Lunch in restaurant. In the afternoon sightseeing of Crotone, one of the most important place of the Magna Grecia, which was founded by the Achei and well known as Pitagora’s town. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cirò.
Day 5 – Santa Severina and Sila National Park
Breakfast. Sightseeing of Santa Severina, a little village situated on the top of the mountain with its wonderful castle. Lunch with tasting of typical products at agriturismo. In the afternoon visit to Sila National Park, the place where you can breathe the purest air in Europe. Dinner and overnight at 4 star hotel in Cosenza.
Day 6 – Cosenza and vineyard
Breakfast. Sightseeing of the beautiful historical centre of Cosenza and of the Open Air Museum MAB where there are several statues by important artists such as De Chirico, Dalì, Manzù etc. Then transfert to Bisignano, close to Cosenza, for visiting of the Serracavallo vineyard: lunch with a tasting of 5 wines. In the afternoon departure to Alberobello, in Apulia. Dinner in restaurant and overnight at the typical “Trulli”, round white stone houses with characteristic conical roofs.
Day 7 – Vineyard and Alberobello
Breakfast. In the morning visit to a vineyard in Locorotondo, a little village near Alberobello which is a member of the club “I Borghi più belli d’Italia” (The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy) and assumes a circular shape. Here you can taste 3 different wines with some typical Apulian products. A brief walk in the historical centre of Locorotondo and lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon visit to Alberobello, famous for there only being trulli in the old part. Dinner in restaurant and overnight in Trullo.
Day 8 – Vineyard and Ostuni
Breakfast. In the morning you visit the Castello Monaci vineyard, a huge farm in a good position boasting wonderful panoramas. Lunch with 6 different wines inside the beautiful Castle. In the afternoon sightseeing of Ostuni, which is known as the White City due to the colour of its houses. Dinner at restaurant in Alberobello and overnight at Trullo.
Day 9 – Grotte di Castellana and vineyard
Breakfast. Sightseeing of Grotte di Castellana, with caves extending to depths of 60 meters deep all set in an amazing scenario made of stalactites, stalagmites, concretions, incredible shapes, fossils, canyons and caves with fantastic names. Than transfert to Gioia del Colle to visit the Polvanera vineyard with its modern wine cellar and a traditional stone-built tasting space. The cellar has been created in the living rock and reaches a maximum depth of 8 meters below the surface. Lunch with tasting of 6 wines. In the afternoon transfer to hotel convenient to departure point. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – departure
Breakfast and return home.
Read the article from our blog:
Wine Touring in Calabria and Apulia: the story of our guest.