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Cooking Holiday in Apulia, Italy

Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Apulia. Learn to cook authentic Italian dishes, having fun and making friends for life, all while staying in our spectacular Resort Giardino degli Ulivi, surrounded by the quietness and beauty of over 10 hectares of luxuriant olive grove. For dinner you will dine on your creations accompanied by delicious wines to compliment the dishes. We introduce you each evening to different red and white wines from different regions of Italy. The program allows you enough time to relax and enjoy the surroundings or to do some sightseeing in the area. A full-day excursion is included.


  • 4 cooking classes
  • Certificate, recipes, apron
  • Farm visit, olive oil tasting, wine tasting
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 5 lunches
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals with beverages


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, Spanish, English
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The rooms, located in two villas on the ground floor, are furnished in a accurate and plain style. The rooms are located among the olive trees, far from the core of the hotel and from the restaurant, because they want to offer quietness, privacy and tranquility to their guests. The solid walnut furniture is treated with ecologic paint in order to respect the surrounding nature. The sporting center includes a semi-Olympic swimming pool, a swimming pool for children, a football pitch, a fitness track equipped with 22 stations and a playground for children.


Day 1: Arrival

  • Check-in at the Resort from 16:00 onwards
  • Welcoming dinner at 20:00
  • Introduction given by the chef and a chance to get to know each other.

Day 2: Free time, cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Morning free to relax and enjoy the Resort
  • Light lunch for those who are present
  • First Cooking lesson starts at 15:00
  • Dinner

Day 3: Free time, cooking class

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Morning free for sightseeing or relaxing
  • Light lunch for those who are present
  • Second Cooking class starts at 15:00
  • Dinner

Day 4: Farm visit, olive oil tasting, wine tasting

  • Breakfast
  • Departure excursion
  • During the Italian cookery courses at Giardino degli Ulivi you will be taken on a full-day excursion with a professional guide who speaks English fluently and will guide you to the source of Apulian culinary specialties.
  • You will get the opportunity to explore the charming town of Margherita di Savoia for some shopping and sightseeing, pay a visit to the greatest salt works of Europe and make your way to Barletta by driving through the breathtaking Apulian countryside to an olive oil mill, complete with olive oil tasting and lunch.
  • You will pay a visit to a dairy that makes fragrant mozzarella cheese, make your way to "Cantina della Disfida" ("Cellar of the Challenge") for a wine tasting and go back to Giardino degli Ulivi after an exciting, fun-filled day to have a light, informal dinner at the Resort.

Day 5: Free time, cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Morning free for sightseeing or relaxing at the Resort
  • Light lunch for those who are present
  • Third Cooking lesson starts at 15:00
  • Dinner

Day 6: Free time

  • Free day
  • On the free day, only breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast you have the day to yourselves to do some sightseeing or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. This is an ideal day to take a trip to Bari or Foggia for shopping and sightseeing. Our guide can organize and accompany your group on excursions in the area. You also have the option to stay at the Resort.
  • Lunch and dinner reservations can be made at a restaurant of your choice.

Day 7: Free time, cooking class

  • Breakfast
  • Morning free for sightseeing or taking a walk in the garden
  • Light lunch for those who are present
  • Final cooking lesson starts at 15:00
  • You prepare an elaborate dinner covering all the cooking techniques you have learnt during the week and more. Presentation of food will be demonstrated.

Day 8: Departure

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out around 10:00


The Giardino degli Ulivi is located at the foot of the promontory of Gargano, 2 kilometres off the marvellous beaches of Margherita di Savoia, which is a very estimated tourist and thermal centre. Here you can visit one of the biggest salt works of Europe. Its geographical position, in the heart of Imperial Apulia, makes Margherita di Savoia a perfect place for excursions both to the north and south of the region.

Anyone can enjoy our resort, but our facilities are particularly suitable for those who look for nature, quietness and comfort. The location of the rooms, set away from the core of the hotel, offers privacy and silence in order to enjoy the deep contact with nature, in which you can immerse yourself. At the same time, you can find moments of culture, history and nature in the surrounding areas, visiting a lot of tourist attractions.



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Swimming


  • Beach area
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant


  • Child care
  • Tour assistance


The breakfast hall and the restaurant surrounded by age-old olive trees will welcome you for your meals. Here you can taste examples of the typical and regional cuisine, as the traditional orecchiette, the mousse of broad beans and chicory, or lampascioni, or the tasty burrata. The restaurant is surrounded by the vegetation of olive trees and its location allows you to admire the beautiful landscape of Castel del Monte. Outside the restaurant there is a external porch where you can taste typical regional food.

Things to do (optional)

Outdoor activities

  • Beaches: Just 2 kilometers off the sea our coastal area is not an habitual destination for mass tourism. It is indeed one on the main destinations for European tourists, who wish to discover the hidden historical treasures of the area, relaxing in the quietness of our places. Long, beautiful and clean beaches will allow you to experience marvelous days at sea.
  • Children's playground: Playgrounds and games are always in our and in the children's memories and hearts. Here you will spend moments of joy with your children, letting them play in complete freedom and thoughtlessness.
  • Cycling: The new phenomenon of a holiday in the open air is the cycle-tourism. Our resort is located among the most requested destinations by the lovers of this wonderful sport. Its geographical location gives the opportunity to create routes which radiates off the Giardino degli Ulivi, always keeping the resort as a departure and arrival.
  • Football, basketball, volleyball: All the field are lightened at night for night sport events. Facilities include: Five-a-side Football, Football field for 8 players, Synthetic grass, Equipped changing rooms. For football lovers it is possible to use both the football fields: that for 5 players and the one for 8 players. Here you can enjoy your football matches with your friends, organize competitions, and tournaments.
  • Gardens: At the Giardino degli Ulivi you can have a beautiful walk around and admire the wide gardens and the spaces where you can relax and enter into deep contact with blooming nature, or meet people in the little square as in the old times.
  • Swimming: A big semi-Olympic swimming pool, surrounded by meadows and old-age olive trees, is available for you to spend the hot summer days. Your children will be able to use their swimming pool in complete safety. The peace and tranquillity of the place allow even the most demanding customers to spend quiet hours, maybe reading a book, or having an ice-cream or a cool drink.
  • Walking, fitness track: Walking among olive trees, tasting the smells of the Apulia countryside, being away from the noises of the city, taking care of ourselves: these are the prerogatives of the Giardino degli Ulivi, which was meant and worked out as a save harbour for those who want to quit with the hectic daily life.

Places of attractions

Battle of Barletta: The cellar of the disfida of Barletta inside a building which, according to the historical sources, was the seat of the Grand Captain of the Spanish troops in Italy, don Consalvo Fernandez from Cordoba , is a very suggestive place. Here the visitor, supported by his/her fantasy and by the knowledge of historical events, can experience the moment of the offence and the heroic deeds of Ettore Fieramosca.

Canne della battaglia (Canne of the Battle): Canne (in Latin language Cannae) was an antique city of Apulia and stood 54 kilometers on a rise on the right shore of the river Ofanto, 9 kilometers far from the sea. The place which is celebrated for the famous battle of Canne, is today called Canne della battaglia. Here, you can find archaeological remains of great importance. In the surroundings the rests of an Appulo village (and a menhir among them) and a necropolis has been found.

Castle of Bari: The Svevian castle of Bari is perfectly inserted in the city habitat, with the north side facing the sea. It was built around 1131 as a wish of Ruggiero the Norman. The castle, which substantially keeps the antique splendor, is presently the seat of the Bureau of historical and artistic monuments of Apulia.

Castle of Barletta: It was probably built in the Norman period and appears for the first time in a document of 1202. The Frederician presence is witnessed by a the part set on the south side with two windows in whose lunettes an imperial eagle is sculptured. This eagle clenches a hare in his claws, this being a recurrent motif of the Svevian iconographic repertoire.

Castle of Trani: It was founded by Frederic II of Svevia in 1230 and was ended in 1233. We are told that it was the favourite dwelling of Manfredi, Frederics son, who celebrated his second wedding with Elena of Epirus. The castle then underwent further building with the Angevins under the direction of Pierre of Angicourt. The wide moat was once directly in contact with the sea, while the drawbridge (now substituted by a stone bridge) was linked to the front square.

Cathedral of Trani: The cathedral of Trani, which is consecrated to Saint Nicolas the pilgrim, is the queen of the churches in Apulia. The closeness to the sea, in which it reflects, the severe and light air, the luminous stone, which gives light to the architectural structure, make this worship place one of the most requested destination of the tours of Italy.

Castel del Monte (the castle of the mountain): Castel del monte is undoubtedly one of the wonders existing in the world and is located in the lands of Bari. It represents a factual evidence of what happened and was carried out by our beloved Emperor Frederic II in the Middle Ages.

Castellana Grotte (caves): The Karstic formation of Castellana caves is among the widest and, undoubtedly, the most suggestive and marvelous in Italy. A scenery of unrivaled beauty, a supreme presence of nature which has been taken advantage of and improved by humans. Castellana is reasonably considered the door through which you can admire the treasures Apulia preserves.

Forestra Umbra (the dark forest): In the marvelous Gargano land you can dreamily enjoy typical mountainous landscapes, where columnar beeches and Turkey oaks enliven the huge Foresta Umbra, heart of the National Park of Gargano. Its historical medieval centers are picturesque and suggestive: they are also full of castles and old monasteries.

Gargano and Tremiti Isles: 12 miles off the Gargano promontory Tremiti isles lay. Because of their enchanting and uncontaminated beauty, the are known as the Adriatic Pearls. The crystal clear waters of Tremiti attract thousands tourists every year. The isle of San Nicola is the historical, religious and administrative center of the archipelago; a museum in the open air.

Ipogei, archeological site, Trinitapoli: Two hypogea are parts of the archaeological site in Trinitapoli: the hypogeum of bronze artifacts and the hypogeum of the ivory artifacts. The hypogeum is an important structure dug in the chalky rock to celebrate suggestive propitiatory rituals, possibly linked to hunting and fertility of the harvest, and later used as a place for communal burials.

Materas Rocks: I sassi di Matera. Old dwellings carved in the rocks characterize the city of Matera. Their view takes you back in time to that rural life far from the present comforts. A characteristic scenery in which the rocks seem to lean on each other. This exceptional sight, which is the only one of its kind in the world, urged Unesco to put the Rocks under its protection.

Safari zoo Fasano and amusement park Fasanolandia: The safari zoo of Fasano (Brindisi) is the biggest fauna Park in Italy and boasts a huge number af species from all the continents. It stretches on a land of nearly 140 hectares, being mostly Mediterranean scrub, and it can be visited partly using your own car (safari), and partly on foot (fauna pedestrian track and amusement park Fasanolandia).

Sea: Dive into one Apulia Sea! It is what you need to refresh your body and spirit from the stressful life of every day routine. This area of Apulia doe not need to be promoted: daughter of an age-hold custom, it acts as a background for the multitude of little resorts plunged in the nature and spirit of old times. You will be able to immerse yourself into the crystal water of Apulia.

Saltworks and wetland, Trinitapoli: The area including the Salt Works of Margherita di Savoia and the Wet Land, which originally was a big fleet of brackish water called Salpi Lake, today reaches the extension of 4.000 hectares. In particular, the Salk Works have become the first in Europe as for the production of salt.

Saint Pio from Petralcina and San Giovanni Rotondo: An inseparabile binomi. San Giovanni Rotondo stands on the montain, on the same place of one of the track leading the the Grotta dellArchangelo Michele (Cave of the Archangel Michele).

  • Trinitapoli birdlife: The birdlife includes mostly herons, avocets, stilt-birds, loons, spoonbills, sea crows and the fascinating flamingos, which is a sedentary species and which has become the symbol of the city itself. The presence of such birds has always attracted the curiosity and the scientific research of naturalists.
  • Trulli of Alberobello: The suggestive town, located in the heart of the Murgia of Trulli, is also a Unesco property. Here you can find the majority of those typical dwellings called Trulli. They used to be stone tends for the nomadic people of prehistoric time, and, then, have over centuries become the shelter to countrymen and the place where they lodge their tools.

Optional tours

  • Didactic farm: It is a school that promotes the education to the rural world, where students and their teachers can be in touch with nature and know the rural world, products life cycle and the features of the territory. Reccomended reservation at the beginning of scholar year for school trips, both for guided tour in our farm and for Saltwarks and for Ipogei.
  • From grape to wine: available in September. Students will be able to distinguish plant of grapevine, the parts of bunch of grapes, the stages of harvest. Harvest, to press grapes, prepare the grape juice, fermentation of the grape juice and transformation into wine, settling and stabilization of wine and its storage and maturation.
  • From olives to oil: available in November and December. Students will be able to distinguish how to pick up olives, the different branches of olives trees. To bring olives to oil-mill. What is an oil- mill and how it works. Possible guided tour to an oil-mill. Picking of olives and transport to oil-mill. Washing and crashing olives, olive oil extraction and storage.
  • From corn to bread, nature trail, fruit to products: available all year round. Students will be able to distinguish how to seed corn, when it is ripen, and how to harvest it. Knead flour to obtain bread, pizza, pasta and biscuits and to eat them. Guided tour of our farm ( to hoe, to plant, to irrigate). Transformation cycle from fruits to product ( jam, fruit juice etc.)

Spa treatments

Enjoy thermal baths at Margherita di Savoia, 2 kilometers far from our resort. It is one of the most complete and known thermal baths center of the south of Italy. This thermal center offers the best you could wish as for the most different and widest aesthetical and thermal treatments. In the thermal center only natural mud is used and it is never recycled, thanks to the wide extension of the salt works which represent an inexhaustible source of medical mud.

The thermal waters, which are Pathogenic fauna free and considered bacteriologically pure, are rich of a typical micro-fauna and micro-flora, which give water that characteristic reddish color. The mud is produced through the more than ten-year long contact with the mother waters and it is mineralized by the settling of the salt of the same water.

How to get there

Driving directions from Motorway A14 A16

  • Motorway A14 A16, Canosa di Puglia, then follow directions for the S. S. 16 bis going out in Barletta Nord, heading to Margherita di Savoia.
  • Keep driving for 2 kilometres on s.p. 61 heading to Trinitapoli.

Arrival by airplane

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

Arrival by train

Arrive at Barletta train station and get a bus to Margherita di Savoia to Trinitapoli train station.

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