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Southern Italian Heritage Tour: Campania to Puglia

12 days
12 days
Group size1428 travelers

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Connect with your heritage in the “boot heel” of Italy.

This trip to Southern Italy, created in collaboration with Ancestry®, is an invitation to step back in time. Begin in Naples, the cultural heart of Campania. Discover the charms of Puglia, from coastal Bari to lovely Lecce to untouched Alberobello. Then, soak in the scenery of the Amalfi Coast, exploring your genealogy and uncovering your family story along the way.

Your tour package includes

  • AncestryDNA® kit
  • Pre-trip family history review with AncestryProGenealogists®
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
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Included highlights

  • Special AncestryProGenealogists® sessions
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Bari
  • Castel del Monte
  • Basilica of St. Nicholas
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Naples today.

Naples2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Naples
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Get an introduction to Italian genealogy and the ways you will be tracing your heritage with your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists®. Then, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travelers this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Naples & Caserta
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning’s guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of Naples, the capital of the Campania region.

  • Enjoy a panoramic tour with a scenic drive along the Naples waterfront
  • Pass Castel dell’Ovo, the seaside castle on a peninsula in the Bay of Naples
  • Visit the National Archaeological Museum and see relics of Roman history

This afternoon, travel to the provincial capital of Caserta for a guided tour.

  • Enter the 18th-century Caserta Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore the palace gardens, which were inspired by the grounds of Versailles
Bari2 nights
Day 4: Bari Region via Benevento & Castel del Monte
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Benevento and explore the historic city on a guided walking tour.

  • View the Arch of Trajan and Church of Sant’Ilario
  • Enter the Church of Santa Sofia and the Museum of Sannio

Then, continue on to the Bari region.

  • Stop along the way for a guided tour of the UNESCO-protected Castel del Monte
  • Step inside the 13th-century structure, which is known as a masterpiece of medieval military architecture

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Bari
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know the town of Bari with a local guide.

  • Visit Bari Cathedral, built atop the ruins of an Imperial Byzantine church destroyed in 1156 by William the Wicked
  • See the Old Town, the castle, Piazza Mercantile, and Piazza Ferrarese
  • Visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas, which contains the remains of the bishop whose penchant for anonymous gift-giving inspired the legend of Santa Claus

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bari or add an excursion.

Monopoli & Ostuni Olive Oil Farm

From $69 per person

Lecce2 nights
Day 6: Lecce via Polignano a Mare
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel along the coast of Italy’s “boot heel” today. Then, arrive in Lecce and explore the city nicknamed “the Florence of the South” on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Marvel at the extravagant ornamentation of Lecce’s churches and monuments
  • Visit Lecce Cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the Roman Amphitheatre

Please note: The sightseeing tour of Lecce may take place on the morning of day 7.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: Free day in Lecce
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Lecce or add an excursion.

Villages of Salento

From $109 per person

Trulli Valley2 nights
Day 8: Trullli Valley via Ostuni
Included meal: Breakfast

Pay a visit to Ostuni’s picturesque cathedral and whitewashed Old Town homes. Then, continue on to the Trulli Valley.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Alberobello & cooking lesson
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A local guide leads a tour of Alberobello, where you’ll explore the town's UNESCO-recognized trulli. These iconic limestone dwellings often have symbols painted onto their roofs to bring luck.

Tonight, visit an agriturismo, or farm stay, for a taste of traditional southern Italian cuisine. Learn to make generations-old recipes, including fresh pasta and focaccia bread with olive oil. Then, enjoy a three-course meal of local specialties and wine.

Amalfi Coast2 nights
Day 10: Amalfi Coast via Matera
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel through the scenic Apennine Mountains en route to the Amalfi Coast, stopping along the way in the Basilicata region for a guided tour of the hilltop town of Matera.

  • Visit the 9,000-year-old Sassi di Matera cave dwellings, including the Casa Grotta  di Vico Solitario and the chiese rupestri, or “rock churches”
  • View Matera Cathedral, Palazzo del Sedile, and the Tramontano Castle, which has sat unfinished since the early 16th century

Tonight, your genealogist from AncestryProGenealogists® shares a summary of all you’ve learned about Italian heritage. Then, celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Free day on the Amalfi Coast
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring the Amalfi Coast on your own or add an excursion.

Sip a farewell drink as you raise a toast to your trip this evening.

A Day on the Amalfi Coast

From $185 per person

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Naples for your flight home.

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    5 out of 5 stars

    6/7/19 by 1st-time traveler Elena

    The genealogist should have been more professional. When doing a presentation, you get to the room 30 minutes before time and set up. On both occasions there were problems causing the presentation to be delayed.

    Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/24/19

    Dear Traveler, Thank you for your feedback. The ge...

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    In Search of Family History
    6/7/19 by 6th-time traveler Lenore

    Southern Italy is very different than Northern Italy, weather was just beautiful, sunshine every day This was an extremely memorable trip, going to the places where me Grand Parents grew up. The group was small, which was a plus; and our tour guide Hana was marvelous, she was knowledgeable, and re...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Hotel Covo dei Saraceni
    Hotel Covo dei Saraceni

    This unique hotel is located in Polignano a Mare. Guests enjoy a restaurant, spa, and panoramic terrace. Nearby, you'll find the historic center of Po...

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    Hilton Garden Inn Lecce
    Hilton Garden Inn Lecce

    This unique hotel is located in downtown Lecce. Guests enjoy an outdoor rooftop pool, panoramic city views, and a restaurant with terrace and garden. ...

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    Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri
    Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri

    This elegant countryside hotel is located in Alberobello. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find the Castellana Caves and tradit...

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    Hotel Mercure Napoli Centro Angioino
    Hotel Mercure Napoli Centro Angioino

    This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Naples. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find Castel Nuovo, the Nationa...

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    Grand Hotel Salerno
    Grand Hotel Salerno

    This modern hotel is located on the Gulf of Salerno. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, gym, and roof terrace. Nearby, you’ll find local restaurants, the Ga...

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