Among the waves of the Ionian Sea
The scents of the Ionian land

History and Traditions


History and Traditions
on the path of Primitivo wine

Route: Relais Histò - Taranto – Relais Histò - Manduria – Relais Histò

Route kilometers: 200 km
Duration: from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm
Sport cars: Ferrari California T, Ferrari 458 spider, Alfa Romeo 4c spider, Maserati Ghibli and many others on request.

Tour for 2 people in two parts (morning – evening)
exclusively for Relais Histò guests

Meeting with the staff of Top Drive Italy at Relais Histò, in Taranto.

Briefing by our technical experts of Italian performance cars. During the meeting we will explain the characteristics of the cars chosen by you, the board controls and the principles of safe driving. At the end of the briefing, a coffee break and the practice drive will follow.
Departure for the tour on board of the car chosen; you will drive along the shores of PiccoloSea and through the old part of Taranto you will reach your private guide in Piazza Castello to start the visit to the Aragon Castle (estimated time: 1 hour). The Aragon Castle of Taranto (or Castel Sant'Angelo) occupies with its quadrangular plant and the vast central courtyard the extreme corner of the island on which the ancient township of the city extends. The first part of the castle dates back to 916, when the Byzantines began the construction of the "Fortress" to protect against the attacks by the Saracens and the Republic of Venice. In 1486 Ferdinand II of Aragon appointed the architect and military engineer Francesco di Giorgio Martini to expand the castle and give it the current structure in order to replace the medieval typology of the towers designed for the plum defense.

Moving to MarTa Museum crossing the magnificent Swing Bridge. Visit of the Museum with private guide (about 2 hours). The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto (MArTA) is the most important museum of the Hellenistic period and exhibits on three floors, one of the largest collections of artifacts of the time of Magna Grecia, including the famous "Golds of Taranto". The museum was awarded with the prize "100 Italian Excellences 2016".

Coming back to Relais Histò.

Departure for the 2nd part of the tour: departure for the lands of the Primitive wine, Maruggio and Manduria. First stage: Maruggio, relais “Le Fabriche” – Masseria inside a vineyard where to embark on a travel experience by linking the local charming hospitality to the wine production. The place, named "Le Fabriche", includes about 20 hectares among vineyards, centuries-old olive trees and Mediterranean scrub. A 17th century masseria overlooks, from the top of Taranto greenhouses, an impressive rural amphitheater, designed by nature and man over the centuries. The Masseria offers an exceptional panoramic view of the Ionian Sea from which is just 2 Km far. During the visit, on request, it will be possible to go into the vineyards by bicycle, horseback or on foot, tasting the wines and buying local products.

Manduria is the second stage. Going through the countryside and vineyards we will reach the WINE RESORT VINILIA, a former castle that after a clever restoration has become a warm and welcoming structure with the outstanding restaurant “Casamatta” and a wonderful spa. Included also a walk through the resort that houses excellent cellars and where the history of the structure will be illustrated.

Dinner based on typical local products at restaurant "Casamatta" in Resort Vinilia.

Coming back to Relais Histò.

Maserati Ghibli

Full tour package for 2 people + car rental: € 1100 (extra passengers pay € 200 per person, max 4 per car), franchise € 2.500

Ferrari 458 spider

Full tour package for 2 people + car rental: € 2750, franchise € 10.000

Ferrari California T

Full tour package for 2 people + car rental: € 2850, franchise € 10.000

Alfa Romeo 4c spider

Full tour package for 2 people + car rental: € 1550, franchise € 2.000
  • 1 tour “Scent of Italy” for one day, for two people, on Italian sport cars to discover the land of Puglia.
  • The opportunity to drive, for over 200 km, the latest models of the most prestigious Italian sport cars, including Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and many more on request..
  • Kasko car insurance for all cars.
  • Coffee break during briefing..
  • Lunch for two people at Restaurant Casamatta - wines and drinks not included.
  • Top Drive Italia staff (1/2 people), always at your disposal, to assist you in any need, including technical assistance. Your Private Tour Pilot will be in a car with you to guide you along the chosen route.
  • Mobile radio system (Customers and Top Drive Italia staff will always be in radio connection throughout the tour)
  • Service for parking, refueling, cleaning and transport of purchased products for all cars.
  • Guided tour and entrance to the Aragon Castle with private guide in English / French / Russian.
  • Guided tour and entrance to the MARTA National Archaeological Museum.
  • Gasoline included in the price.
Just think about driving and enjoying the scents of Puglia, your Private Tour Pilot and Top Drive Italia staff will take care of everything..
Deposit: 30% at time of booking, non-refundable. Balance: 5 days before the event, non-refundable. Pre-authorization (security deposit): 1 day block before the event - unblocking when returning or within 24 hours.

Tours are customizable - Car models are subject to availability - Booking is required - For tours with more than one car or for several day tours, ask for a personalized quote.