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11 Day All-Inclusive Molise and Puglia Culinary Tour in Italy

Hotel Santoanni, Via Tremiti 3 - 86046 San Martino In Pensilis, Italy

Italian Culinary Vacation

This program is for lovers of wine and gourmets who want to experience the Italian cuisine of the Puglia and Molise regions and learn culinary skills from local Italian chefs. The program involves cooking classes that will be accompanied by wine tours, cultural tours, and street food tasting. On this tour, you will explore Agnone for its bell foundry and cheese tasting, enjoy a wine tour in Monteroduni, visit artisans shops and historical sights in Bari, explore the sea caves of Polignano a Mare, visit Alberobello which is famous for its unique trullo buildings, as well as enjoy street food galore in Monopoli, Martina Franca, and Ostuni. The best thing is everything is inclusive so you won't have to worry about anything!

Meet the instructors

Loriana, Nicola, & Cesarina
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Highlights

  • Italian cooking classes
  • Agnone Bell Foundry and cheese tasting
  • An authentic South Italian dining experience
  • Street food tasting and guided tour in Monopoli and Martina Franca
  • Polignano a Mare boat trip and relaxing day on Tremiti Islands
  • 10 nights accommodation with all meals included
  • Visit Ostuni, Termoli and Alberobello
  • Bonus: apron and recipe book

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Airport transfer included: Naples International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
00:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

During this tour, you will be staying in Hotel Santoanni in San Martino In Pensilis for four nights, Archita Guest House & Apartment or La Corte San Francesco (depending on availability) for four nights, and two nights at a B&B in Monopoli.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport transfer + Welcome Dinner

There will be a free airport pick up from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) or Naples International Airport (NAP). Drive from the airport onwards to San Martino in Pensilis to your hotel. Once you’re settled, there will be a briefing on your tour followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Agnone Bell Foundry + Cheese Tasting + Cooking Class

Morning

You’ll leave for Agnone, the center for important archaeological vestiges of the old Oscan-Samnite civilization. The first visit will be the Marinelli Bell Foundry. The Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli is an ancient factory for bells that has been operating in Agnone for nearly a millennium. It ranks as one of the oldest companies in the world, where the Marinelli family has run the foundry for the last 1000 years.

After the foundry, you’ll visit the The “Francesco Gerbasi” Museum of Copper, one of the last places where you can learn about the ancient art of copper making. The final visit of the day will be the Di Nucci Cheese Makers renown for their aged Caciocavallo di Agnone. The visit will include the chance to taste some of these beautiful cheeses for yourself. Lunch will be at La Panonda where you be treated to some of the best cuisine the local area has to offer.

Afternoon

After a drive back the days, there will be some free time to relax before the cooking class. After class, you'll settle down for dinner.

Day 3: Wine Tasting + Visit Termoli

Morning

After breakfast, you will head off to Monteroduni, a town situated on a slope of almost 460 meters above sea level, for a fabulous wine tasting and lunch at the Wine cellar Campi Valerio. Since 1974, the Valerio winery has been producing fine wines with great character. You will get a guided tour with Sonia the sommelier and lunch followed by lunch prepared by Chef Leonardo.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to relax before you meet for the evening cooking class. After the cooking class, you will take a walk around Termoli.

Day 4: Relaxing Day on Tremiti Islands

The day will be spent relaxing and sunbathing on Tremiti Island. The island is located a short ferry ride from Termoli. Tremiti is known for its beautifully clear waters. You will also visit the Island of San Nicola. Lunch will be included. After a day of sun and sea, you’ll catch the ferry back to Termoli.

Day 5: Bari

Morning

After breakfast, you head off to Bari which is about a two-hour drive. On arrival, you will check in to Archita Guest House & Apartment or La Corte San Francesco (depending on availability). After you have settled into your rooms and taken a short rest, you will go for lunch and walk through the old town and port visiting numerous artisans shops and historical sights with your guide.

Afternoon

Bari plays host to some of Puglia's most beautiful sites. Details of some of the sites you will be visiting during the afternoon are below.

The Castello Svevo (Swabian Castle) was built around 1132 by Norman King Roger II and stands on the outskirts of the old city. Bari Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Bari or Cattedrale di San Sabino) is senior to, though less famous than, the Basilica of St Nicholas (Basilica di San Nicola) which is also located in Bari. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Bari-Bitonto. It is dedicated to Saint Sabinus, a bishop of Canosa, whose relics were brought here in the 9th century.

You will also visit Chiesa di San Marco dei Veneziani (San Marco Venetian) located in Vico San Marco. The facade of the church retains some of its Romanesque appearance, gabled, with a pitched roof, enclosed by two high pilasters on either side, that originally divided into three naves. Finally, you will visit Basilica di San Nicola, an important pilgrimage destination both for Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians from Eastern Europe.

After a full day of sightseeing, you and your guide will meet that evening for dinner in a local Bari restaurant.

Day 6: Authentic South Italian Dining Experience

Morning

Today, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a Cesarina’s home, enjoy exclusive show cooking and taste authentic Bari recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas.

Afternoon

After lunch, you will have a short rest and then head into Bari for a guided tour of the city before heading to dinner.

Day 7: Polignano a Mare Boat Trip

Morning

Today you will set out by boat to explore the sea caves of Polignano a Mare. You will cruise out to sea and admire the coastline views as your guide takes care of the navigating. You will get an opportunity to see unique rock formations along the coast. You will pull up for some free time on the beach. After a full day of boating, you’ll have to time in the evening to freshen up before dinner.

Day 8: Alberobello

Today, you will visit the world-famous Alberobello, a small town and comune of the Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia. In Italian, Alberobello means literally “beautiful tree”. It has 10 735 inhabitants and is famous for its unique trullo buildings. These trulli of Alberobello have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.

Day 9: Monopoli

Like so many towns on the Adriatic, Monopoli’s history has been thoroughly influenced by its east-facing position and its fortified sea-front walls and castle tell many a story. Around Piazza XX Settembre, is the location of a colorful street market, and the cathedral. Built in 1693, the tower is over 60 meters high, completely dominating the town below. You will also visit the castle Charles V Castle, built in 1552. The castle is visitable and the view from the top is wonderful.

Passing under an archway outside the castle, you will arrive in the port, comprised by a series of little harbors. Wandering half way round the first one, busy with fishermen mending their nets or unloading the day’s catch, a little street will take you back into town and, along with Via Cimino.

Lunch will be Madià street food, a true example of excellent local street food. That evening, you will check-in to a B&B before dinner.

Day 10: Martina Franca and Ostuni

Morning

After breakfast, you will head off to Martina Franca and Ostuni. Martina Franca is the capital of the Valle D’Itria. You will spend the day sampling street food, wine tasting, and a guided tour.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, you will leave for Ostuni, a beautiful old whitewashed town. That evening, dinner will be at Osteria del Munacello.

Day 11: Airport Transfer

After breakfast, your guide will provide a transfer back to the airport.

Included excursions

  • Agnone tour
  • Guided wine tour with wine tasting and lunch at the Wine cellar Campi Valerio
  • Visiting Termoli
  • Relaxing day on Tremiti Islands
  • Visiting artisans shops and historical sights in Bari
  • Polignano a Mare boat trip
  • Visiting the world-famous Alberobello for its unique trullo buildings
  • Street food tasting and walking around Monopoli
  • Street food, wine tasting, and a guided tour in Martina Franca
  • Visit Ostuni, a beautiful old whitewashed town

Instructors

Loriana De Sanctis

Nicola Vizzarri

Cesarina in Bari

Location

San Martino in Pensilis

San Martino in Pensilis is an Italian town in the province of Campobasso in Molise. The historic center of the village is located on a hill, at an altitude of 281 meters above sea level. The hill is partly overhanging and very steep towards the south and west sides.

Agnone

Agnone is sometimes called “the Athens of the Sannio” due to a large number of ancient ruins of the Samnites culture. According to the tradition, the name of Agnone derives from the old city of Aquilonia that was destroyed by the Romans.

Agnone also lays claim to the most important ancient Molise document: the so-called “Oscan Tablet” (“Tabula Osca”), a bronze inscription written in the Oscan alphabet that dates from the 3rd century BC and now kept in the British Museum.

Monopoli

Sitting on Puglia’s Adriatic coast around 30 kilometers south of Bari, Monopoli is a lovely town for a day trip, mixing a dip in the sea with a good lunch and a wander around the old town center.

Food

All food and drink during this tour are included in the price. All the meals will be Italian, specifically Molisane and Pugliese dishes. Wine and water will be provided during meal times. For special diets or allergies, please advise Molise Cuisine Traditional Cooking Classes and Wine Tours.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Food, drinks, and tasting
  • Personal tour guide
  • Driver
  • Apron and recipe book

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive to one of these airports: Naples International Airport (NAP) or Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Transfers from and to these airports are included. A Molise Cuisine Traditional Cooking Classes and Wine Tours representative will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport Airport transfer included: Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Naples International Airport Airport transfer included: Naples International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Families of 4 people are eligible for a special discount of 10%.

 

Availability

This tour is available from March 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 with arrival every Monday. Please select your arrival date below. 

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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