Breakfast at the hotel.
8:30AM: meeting with our expert guides and departure via private bus.
10:00AM: Estimated arrival in Ostuni, the “white city” sitting atop the last hill of the southern Murgia plateau. We will walk through the medieval streets lined with whitewashed buildings, ending up in the sophisticated 15th century Gothic Cathedral. Not only an open-air museum, but also a vibrant city, with wonderful hotels, nice restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops.
12:00PM: End of the tour and departure to Borgo Egnazia
12:45PM: Arrival at Borgo Egnazia, a unique resort that resembles a typical rustic village, founded and led by Wharton alumnus Aldo Melpignano (WG’05 Managing Director of San Domenico Hotels group). Several celebrities (including Madonna, the Beckhams, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel) have chosen this resort for their holidays and celebrations.
Here we will have informal meetings and lunch with Aldo Melpignano and several members of the Wharton Executive Board for EMEA that are hosted at the Borgo during that weekend (lunch not included in the trek fee, price to be confirmed).
2:30PM: Departure to Alberobello
3:15PM: Estimated arrival at Alberobello, the capital of the trulli, the cone-shaped houses characteristic of Puglia, which make it the most enchanting part of the heel of Italy. Alberobello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996 and is certainly a landmark of Puglia, a unique place.
During the trip to Valle d’Itria, we will cross the beautiful and idyllic countryside that surrounds the cities, with its breathtaking views on the trulli. Then, in Alberobello we will go off the beaten track to discover the most evocative and authentic corners.
5:15PM: End of the tour and departure back to hotel.
6:30 PM: Estimated arrival at the hotel and free time to freshen up.
8:00PM: Departure via private bus to Otranto for dinner (45 minutes drive). Otranto is the most Eastern city in all of Italy, a coastal town with splendid ancient city center and a beautiful castle.
9:00PM: Dinner at Restaurant La Cala dei Normanni seated on a splendid terrace overlooking the sea with the following menu (included in the trek fee, alternatives for participants with dietary restrictions will be offered):
Burrata and frisella
Linguine noodles with clams, dry tomatoes and pine nuts
Sword fish “Mediterranean” style
Home made “Spumone” (light mousse dessert)
After dinner, some free time to explore the city center and then return back to hotel via private bus for the night.