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Come and enjoy Puglia as you immerse in a fantastic cooking holiday and cultural tour for your main program. Puglia is known above all for its beautiful sea offering well-preserved art and history. Expect a gourmet adventure to the towns of Conversano and Polignano al Mare in Puglia, where Italian Cooking Class will provide the best experience of cooking vacation and yoga retreat as you never had before!
The Masseria sits on top of a hill overlooking a valley that used to be a lake and is now filled with local flora and fauna. In the front, there is an enclosed large yard with colorful plants and flowers within high drystone walls giving a welcoming feeling of intimacy and protection. On the side garden, there is a rural chapel with 17th-century frescos, deemed to be Saint Antonio hermitage. Behind the main structure, there is a wide green lawn and a lovely swimming pool reserved for room guests only.
The tower has been recognized for its historic architectural significance and is protected by the Italian Artistic and Cultural Society. In the stone courtyard, along the drystone wall that encloses the site is the pigeon-house, a charming medieval cylindrical drystone structure which was used for housing the homing pigeons. Constructed and renovated entirely with local stone, the property has retained its medieval charm and is a rare find in Puglia. The tower sits on top of a hill with a 360 degrees breathtaking view of Mediterranean vegetation protected by the World Wildlife Fund.
There are ten rooms in the main farmhouse building, located on either the second or third floor, reached by stairs. All rooms are very comfortable, providing tranquility and repose in a refined and welcoming environment. The farmhouse also has two junior suites which are 1-bedroom lofts with a kitchen, as well as two 2-bedroom apartments in the 14th-century tower called La Torre del Brigante.
The second floor has three spacious, light-filled rooms, with balcony. These were the family bedrooms when the house was the private residence of the current owner and they still have the floors and antiques dating back to the 19th century. Amenities: wi-fi, heating, tv, telephone, mini-fridge, ceiling fan, security box, hair dryer.
The other seven rooms are located in the charming renovated attic on the third floor, with windows overlooking the surrounding countryside or landscaped grounds, and decorated in the Provencal style. Amenities: Wi-Fi, heating/air conditioning, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, ceiling fan, security box, hair dryer. Included for guests staying in the main building is a fresh breakfast buffet provided on the first (ground) floor.
There are also two loft style apartments attached to the main building in what was previously the stable. Each apartment has a living area, equipped kitchenette, double bedroom, full bathroom, and loft, as well as individual outdoor patio areas with table and chairs. Guests of these suites have access to all of the common areas on the property including the swimming pool.
Two hundred meters from the main building is the La Torre del Brigante (The Bandits Tower), a historic 14th-century tower that has been renovated with rigorous respect to the original architecture and after an intense renovation done stone by stone, two independent 2-bedroom apartments have been created. Comprised of three rooms each, these air-conditioned apartments have a master bedroom, a bedroom with 2 single beds, living/dining area with equipped kitchenette and full bathroom.
The ground floor apartment has an outdoor shaded patio area with table and chairs. The upstairs apartment, accessed by and outdoor area. An external stone staircase has a rooftop terrace with a 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside with the walls of the castle of Conversano in the distance. Guests of La Torre have access to all of the common areas on the property including the swimming pool.
During the week, you will practice yoga starting on Sunday morning before breakfast. For the cooking class, usually, you will start at around 4 p.m. for about three hours. What you only need to prepare is a comfortable clothing during the cooking process. Italian Cooking Class will provide the aprons and everything you need in the kitchen. After the class, everybody eats together.
During the retreat, enjoy the excursions to Conversano and Polignano a Mare as part of the program.
On a pleasant hill of the Murgia, just six kilometers from Cozze Village, Conversano is immersed in the fertile countryside that surrounds it. Characteristic is its historic center that is divided into three parts (the medieval city, Casalvecchio, and Casalnuovo) on which stands the Castello Aragonese, in a position able to dominate the entire surrounding area to the sea, overlooking the ancient and off the Court , a large irregularly shaped square, a focal point of city life. In addition, the Basilica and the many churches retain the signs of the religious power, including stories of bishops and abbesses in the centuries-old struggle.
Polignano a Mare is the “pearl of the Adriatic, a sublime combination of the blue sea and the cliffs of the ancient Polignano Borgo silhouetted against the blue with a sheer evocative and breathtaking. An oasis to discover the rich province of Bari, where Trulli and the caves they find their natural outlet to the sea in the village of Domenico Modugno, through the alleys of history, terraces and balconies embellished with the charm of the time.
Won the coveted Blue Flag award and four sails of Legambiente, Polignano a Mare has great hospitality of its people, its traditions and folklore to accommodate tourists. Evening dresses up with the color of its cliffs for thousands of years handed down to the sounds and the charm of Puglia. In the historic center of Polignano a Mare, the time has stopped to give way to the sound of the sea, its intense aroma, with its bright colors. The balconies, set in the cliff, open unexpected among the narrow streets and corners of the old town, to give authentic emotions.
This retreat will take place in a picturesque town near Apulia region in Italy, a region in southern Italy, known for its sunny weather, whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland, and hundreds of miles of Mediterranean coastline. The surroundings are home to unique stone huts with conical roofs.
Meals are prepared using primarily Montepaolo produce, olive oil, fruit, vegetables, and spices as per the Mediterranean diet and seasonal availability. Only local, traditional Puglia recipes are used, customized by the owners own creativity. For breakfast, you can enjoy homemade jam, cookies, pies, and fresh fruit from the grounds and harvested the same morning, traditional Italian coffee, cappuccino, tea, yogurt, juice, toast, cereal, and croissants.
All participants will receive a cookbook including recipes of all the dishes made during their stay, an exclusive apron, and a certificate of completion of the Italian cooking course.
During your free time, it is nice to take walks or bike rides on the surrounding countryside paths and roads, with a view of fruit trees, especially almond trees, olive trees, and cherry trees. Two hundred meters from the main structure is the Bandits Tower, a 14th century stone tower rising out of the typical Mediterranean vegetation.
Enjoy one ayurvedic treatment included in the package as part of the program.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.