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8 Days Deluxe Olive Oil, Wine, and Cooking Vacations in Puglia, Italy

Bari - Alberobello - Lecce

Italy Culinary Vacations in Puglia

Puglia a Spanish touch. Colors defining the different seasons, each one bringing with it special vegetables and Enjoy this Puglia wine and food tour in Bari, Alberobello area, Matera and Lecce. A strange feeling of antiquity, sharp colors and flavors of wild nature surround Puglia. Dividing the Adriatic from the Ionian sea and connecting West to the East, Puglia was part of Magna Grecia, then of the Roman Empire who built there via Appia ending in Brindisi. Later of the Bourbons gave fruits together with mozzarella, burrata, olives and friselle with tomatoes, symbol of Mediterranean diet.

Through a taste of Primitivo di Manduria and Negroamaro wines you will understand the strength of the land. In Salento, by the coast, a delicate taste of Rosè perfectly matches with light dishes and sunny days. For so many centuries Puglia was conquered, now the beauty of the region is going to conquer you!

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Visit two wineries and enjoy tastings
  • Taste Primitivo and other indigenous wines
  • Visit an olive oil mill and taste some of the best oils produced there
  • Visit cheese, salumi, and bread producers
  • Tour of beautiful towns in Puglia
  • Visit prehistoric dwellings
  • 7 nights accommodation

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7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
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Accommodation

During your vacation, you will spend one night in a beautiful four-star hotel in the center of Bari, four nights in a charming Masseria in Alberobello area, and two nights in a deluxe five-star hotel in the center of Lecce.

Program

Day 1, Saturday - Arrival in Bari and a welcome dinner

  • A beautiful hotel in the Bari city center will be your meeting point for the tour.
  • In the late afternoon, you will gather in the lobby for a welcome aperitif inside the beautiful Italian café.
  • You will enjoy traditional dishes for dinner at a classic trattoria in Bari Vecchia, the old heart of the city.

Day 2, Sunday - Tour of Bari, orecchiette, and guided visit through Alberobello

  • Your Sunday morning will begin with a guided tour of this capital of the Puglia region.
  • You will watch women in the streets making strascinati and orecchiette, two typical pastas of the area. You will be amazed of how fast they make these foods! After your city tour, you will have lunch at a nearby café-pastry shop with tasting of local delicacies.
  • You will then drive toward the Murgia area, close to Alberobello, where you will be staying for the next four nights at an enchanting countryside resort.
  • Once you have checked in, you will head to Alberobello. This small town is the capital of Trulli (which are small, white buildings with conic roofs that are unique just to this region in Italy and are a UNESCO world heritage site).
  • You will have a guided visit of the Trulli followed by dinner at an inviting restaurant in the area.

Day 3, Monday - Cooking class at Masseria, visit Locorotondo and Fornello dinner in Cisternino

  • In the morning, a lady chef at the masseria will teach you how to make orecchiette and focaccia barese, typical of Puglia.
  • You will then have lunch of what you have cooked together.
  • Later in the afternoon, you will drive to Locorotondo, which is a jeweled hilltop town that is considered to have the best views of the Valley of Itria and Murgia.
  • Your day will end in Cisternino, another beautiful hill town with stunning views. You will indulge in the town's traditional dinner, which is held at the butcher shop with an annexed wooden oven. You will choose between "bombette", lamb, veal, or sausage that will be cooked "al Fornello" just for you. An experience you can only have in Cisternino!

Day 4, Tuesday - Mozzarella making visit, wine tasting in Gioia del Colle,

  • Matera visit, dinner
  • The morning will begin with a visit to a nearby cheese producer where you will get to see the interesting process of making fresh mozzarella, burrata and other cheeses.
  • On your way to Matera you stop in Gioia del Colle at a terrific family winery to taste the local Primitivo red indigenous wine. You will have a great lunch at the winery with the family.
  • You will arrive in Matera in the early afternoon. This city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the Basilicata region that borders Puglia. The Sassi district is the ancient heart of this city and still has existing prehistoric dwellings from thousands of years ago that are carved out of the face of the calcareous rock. You will take a tour of the Sassi with an English-speaking guide to learn more about these fascinating dwellings.
  • ​Dinner will be served in Matera at a charming restaurant. Here you will enjoy food with different flavors that belong to the Basilicata region.
  • After dinner, you will return to your hotel.​

Day 5, Wednesday - Martina Franca visit, Capocollo tasting and lunch,​ tour Monopoli, and enjoy a fish dinner in Polignano

  • Wednesday morning will begin with a drive toward the elegant little town of Martina Franca with an English-speaking guide where you will learn about the town's baroque architecture.
  • You'll visit one of the producers of the town's famous "Capocollo di Martina Franca," salume that is lightly smoked with local herbs, and enjoy other specialties there for lunch.
  • You'll return to your hotel for a rest.
  • In the late afternoon drive toward the coast for a nice stroll through the pretty town of Monopoli. Soon after, you will drive toward the enchanting seaside town of Polignano, where Domenico Modugno -singer and author of the song "Volare"- was born, for a delicious fish dinner at an amazing restaurant.

Day 6, Thursday - Visit Ostuni, a wine tasting, arrival in Lecce and enjoy a fish dinner

  • You will begin the day with a drive south to the Salento area, where Lecce is the most prominent city.
  • You will make a stop in Ostuni, known as "the white town," that is a gleaming white hilltop city with sun-bleached streets and cobbled alleyways.
  • You'll continue on toward Brindisi, where you will visit a winery for a tasting of Negroamaro red wine, followed by a light lunch.
  • You will arrive in Lecce after lunch. Your deluxe hotel in Lecce is located in the heart of the city and you will stay here for the remaining two nights of the tour.
  • In the late afternoon, after you have settled into the hotel, you will enjoy aperitif in the Lecce city center followed by a delicious fish dinner.
  • This night you will get to sleep at a beautiful five-star hotel.

Day 7, Friday - Guided visit of Lecce, a cooking class and farewell dinner

  • Friday morning you will meet your guide for a walking tour of Lecce. This lively university town is considered one of the most interesting cities in the region for its typical seventeenth century architecture. It is often called the Florence of the South for its monuments, mansions, and ornate buildings.
  • After the visit you have some free time when you can enjoy shopping and strolling in the lively city center.
  • You'll have lunch on your own during this time.
  • In the afternoon, you will have one last cooking class where you will create local specialties that you will delight in for your farewell dinner.

Day 8, Saturday - Departure

  • Departure after breakfast at the hotel.

Included excursions

  • Explore Lorocotondo
  • Explore Martina Franca
  • Guided visit of the trulli in Alberobello
  • Tour of Bari
  • Tour of Lecce and visit to the central food market
  • Tour of the Sassi in Matera
  • Visit a butcher shop with an annexed wooden oven and dine there
  • Visit a salume producer
  • Visit local wineries
  • Visit to a cheese producer
  • Visit to a local olive oil mill

Location

This vacation will take place in Puglia, Italy.

Food

During this vacation, you will savor Puglia's exclusive cuisine. Along the way, you will taste many local specialties, such as bread, olive oil, capocollo di Martina Franca salumi, cheese, and of course, wine. You will dine in local restaurants where you will discover a wide assortment of regional dishes, some of which, you will also learn to cook during your cooking lessons. This holiday includes three breakfasts, five lunches, and seven dinners; two of them with fish. All the meals include selected regional wines, mineral water, coffee, and digestivo. One of your lunches and one of your dinners will be after your cooking classes, so you can taste the results of your hard work at the kitchen.

Things to do (optional)

  • Attend local events
  • Discover the local restaurants
  • Explore the nearby towns
  • Go shopping
  • Learn about the region's history
  • Relax at the facilities of your hotel
  • Sightseeing
  • Visit the local cafés

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 hands-on cooking lessons with English assistance
  • 7 dinners (1 of which is after the cooking class)
  • 5 lunches (1 of which is after the cooking class)
  • All meals include selected regional wines, mineral water, coffee and digestivo
  • Guided tours of Bari, Alberobello, Matera, Martina Franca, Lecce
  • Olive tasting
  • Visit to three wineries with tastings
  • Visit to mozzarella producer with tasting
  • Visit to capocollo di Martina Franca producer with tasting
  • Recipe book in English
  • Traditional Italian hand-printed apron
  • Private transfers on return from Lecce to Bari
  • Private minivan with driver for all the excursions listed in the program
  • English-speaking tour director (Marcello or/and Raffaella)

What's not included

  • Activities and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Airfare
  • Local city taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Cancellation travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport to Bari is Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI).

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday September 26, 2020
Departure: Saturday October 3, 2020

This holiday requires a minimum of 4 participants.

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