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Southern Italy & Sicily

April 11 to 25, 2025

  • Starting Price: From $6,274 per person, double occupancy, from Boston or New York. Call for pricing from your hometown.
  • Special Note: Limited to 24 travelers. This is an exclusive NC State departure. We are sharing the departure with NC State’s OLLI Program
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Travel type: Land
  • Add-Ons: Rome Post-Tour
  • Tour Partner: Odysseys Unlimited
  • Brochure: Brochure to come
  • Travel Insurance: Meyer and Associates or call 866-679-7836
  • Reservations: To ask questions or make a reservation on the phone, call WolfTreks Travel Manager Kathy Hart at 919-515-0508. To book online, use this WolfTreks Reservation Form.

Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid history, unique architecture, and distinctive traditions join the sun and sea in creating a prized (and crowd-free) region.  Enjoy Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and unique hotels with your small group – limited to 24 travelers – on this 15-day journey.  First, experience Sicily’s intriguing cultural heritage during a four-night stay in charming Taormina, with its spectacular ancient Greek theater and grand Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.  An excursion to Agrigento’s remarkable “Valley of the Temples” is highlighted by the stunning, well-preserved Temple of Concordia.  After visiting Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna, enjoy a small group highlight:  lunch and Sicilian wines at a family-run farm.  Departing Sicily for the mainland, spend two nights in one of Matera’s ancient Sassi cave dwellings renovated as a hotel.  Explore Matera’s Sassi and Alberobello’s white-washed trulli houses, both UNESCO sites.  Then discover Lecce, the “Florence of the South,” with its unique ornate architecture.  A three-night stay here includes excursions to beautiful Otranto, overlooking the Adriatic, and a local winery.  With the final four nights in lively seaside Sorrento, highlights include touring evocative Pompeii and a Neapolitan cuisine cooking lesson.  Boarding a hydrofoil, cruise to the storied Isle of Capri for exploration.  Embark on a glorious drive along the winding, cliff-top Amalfi Coast road before bidding “arrivederci” to Italy at a farewell dinner.  Explore eternal Rome independently on an optional four-day/three-night post-tour extension.

Activity Level: Level 3/Moderate

  • Walk 2-4 miles per day, often on uneven terrain or cobblestones
  • Occasional long walks from motorcoach drop-off to sights and hotels
  • Uneven natural terrain at Mt. Etna and at Agrigento and Pompeii archaeological sites
  • Steep grades while walking in Taormina
  • Many stairs of varying height throughout the tour
  • Embarkation/disembarkation from multiple boats
  • Several long days of travel via motorcoach
  • Locanda di San Martino hotel (Matera) does not have an elevator that has access to each floor

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