Inside the curve of the Italian boot's arch is perhaps the least well known of all the regions in Italy, Basilicata. 'The land of the two seas' straddles both the Ionian and Tyrrhenian seas.
Castel del Monte near Andria, is one of the most perfect buildings of the Middle Ages.
Puglia is home to the castles of the greatest of the Holy Roman Emperors, Frederick II Hohenstaufen.
Its capital, Bari, boasts a dazzling cathedral and the basilica of San Nicola, where the saint who was the model for Father Christmas rests in a Romanesque crypt.
We have worked with the same local guides in Sicily for many years and have built unique itineraries with them. These are truly gifted teachers who have a passion for their subjects. They will make all the difference to your experience.
We are known for our private visits in Italy and some of our most exciting are in Sicily. We can arrange magical private evening visits to some of Sicily’s most important sites, not to mention private palaces and collections.
Our Sicilian journeys are not just about art. We arrange cooking lessons, wine and olive oil tasting, picnics in gardens, day trips by boat and walks in the most beautiful nature reserves and landscapes. Even a heli tour of Mount Etna! We use a select number of hotels with whom we have worked many times and we can also arrange beautiful private villas.
Sicily is a world of its own with arguably the most varied and interesting history of any region in Italy. And this is saying a lot! The variety of art and architecture on offer is staggering, from Greek temples and Europe’s finest Roman mosaics to unique Arab-Norman castles and cathedrals, and magnificent baroque palaces.
We organise long weekends to Naples and more extensive tours of the region.
The wider Bay of Naples and its islands, generally missed, are full of beauty and history.