The white cliffs of the Puglian coastline glisten against the sapphire waters of the Adriatic Sea. The Norman walls of Castello Svevo were erected over the foundations of a Roman fortress, and the Norman towers contrast against the bastions and moat that were added to the structure in the 16th century while the region was under Spanish control. Cafes set out tables and chairs along the cobbled lanes of Old Town and the esplanade that overlooks the marina. In the morning, the city fills with the aroma of caramelized sugar topping fresh brioche while in the afternoon and evening, the scent of grilled calamari or marlin topped with vibrant lemon juice sweeps through the narrow lanes.
Your flight will land at Bari Karol Wojtyla Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. You can take your time to wander the streets of the city if you wish and enjoy the relaxed ambiance that fills the historical architecture with gatherings of students scattered around from the university. For a unique view of the city, make your way to the Basilica di San Nicola, one of the first Norman churches erected in Southern Italy. The mixture of traditional Puglian and Romanesque architecture styles offers a dramatic façade, and the 12th-century edifice contains the relics of St. Nicholas, where were brought from Turkey in the 11th century. The nave has hints of frankincense that lead into the vaulted crypt below, where the remains of St. Nicholas reside.
Move next to the splendors of your villa-style accommodation located outside the town of Savelletri. Olive groves shade the estate that offers the warmth of traditional rustic Puglia with the modern luxuries you will settle easily into. The former olive mill provides unparalleled views of the countryside, from the blossoming wildflowers to the herbaceous aroma of the olive trees. The golden sands of the hotel’s private beach glisten in the fading sunlight and welcome you to the enchanting seclusion of Puglia.