This trip has been postponed until June-July 2021.

Bathed in golden light, this undiscovered region on the heel of Italy’s boot humbly offers many glorious surprises amid its craggy grottoes, sun-bleached beaches, endless vineyards and silvery olive groves.


  • Discover the ancient village of Polignano a Mare, rising dramatically from craggy limestone cliffs.
  • In Alberobello, view the village’s enigmatic trulli dwellings, mysterious dome-shaped buildings dotting the landscape, many of which are pieced together without mortar.
  • Venture into Matera’s celebrated prehistoric Sassi cave dwellings, which are carved into the soft calcareous rock straddling both sides of a steep ravine.
  • Examine contemporary Italian culture as it’s reflected today, and compare southern Apulia’s slower-paced lifestyle with that of its more industrialized northern counterpart.
  • Admire Lecce’s 17th-century structures, displaying beautiful caryatids and lyrical scrolls, then visit Piazza Sant’Oronzo, the Basilica di Santa Croce, and the Roman amphitheater.

Itinerary at a Glance

June 3Depart gateway city
June 4Arrive in Bari | Transfer to Polignano a Mare
June 5Bari | Polignano a Mare
June 6Alberobello | Locorotondo | Martina Franca
June 7Lecce | Ostuni
June 8Matera
June 9Trani | Bisceglie
June 10Polignano a Mare
June 11Transfer to Bari airport | Depart for U.S.

Trip Scholar

Michael I. Allen

Michael I. Allen is an associate professor in the Department of Classics and the College and an associate professor in the Department of History. His field specialties include early medieval cultures, literatures, and societies, medieval historical writing, books, script, and learning in medieval Europe, the role of women in medieval education, and Latin paleography. He is currently studying the writings, library, and circle of Lupus of Ferrières and finishing a fresh edition, commentary, and translation of Lupus’s letters and related documents. Allen is also beginning a new project with Christiane Veyrard-Cosme from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle to re-edit the letters of Einhard from the seriously damaged mid-ninth-century manuscript that preserves the bulk of them. As with the Lupus manuscript, Allen uses new imaging techniques that allow for the better and fuller recovery of Einhard’s words and meanings.