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Wine Tasting and Cookery Holidays Italy

This holiday offers the best way to discover Puglia with a unique food adventure that puts together sightseeing and field trips with hands-on experiences of the Pugliese tradition. Dinners under the stars with guided food markets and shopping, authentic flavors of Puglia, homely cooking of local recipes and traditional dishes from the Salentine Peninsula, an introduction to the wines of Puglia, and coastal walks to keep fit guarantee the best value and let you get the most out of your time.

Highlights

  • Explore fish market of Gallipoli
  • Discover the wines of Puglia at local wineries in Galatina
  • Taste the fine extra virgin olive oil at local olive mill in Ostuni
  • Experience a meal at a private house and family while learning how to cook the traditional recipes
  • Delight your senses with the tastiest artisanal gelato in the earth of Lecce baroque jewel
  • Test your skill in making mozzarella and burrata at local cheese maker
  • Visit Unesco sites of Alberobello
  • 6 nights accommodation

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6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Brindisi – Salento Airport
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Accommodation

Sample hotels on this trip

La Fiermontina Urban Resort, Lecce (Day 1-3)

La Fiermontina is an urban resort of 16 unique guestrooms and suites built around a 17th century private home in the heart of Old Lecce, known for its Baroque architecture and storied past. Set amid the baroque structures of Puglia’s historic city of Lecce, La Fiermontina is a modern-day masseria that mirrors its storied surroundings. This private retreat makes for a memorable holiday in Puglia. Olive trees surround the swimming pool in the sculpture garden, a rarity in the old quarter and the restaurant offers a modern, light take on traditional Pugliese cuisine.

Don Ferrante, Monopoli (Day 4-5)

Don Ferrante is a boutique hotel ideally located in Monopoli old town. Once an ancient fortress on the reef, now, an enchanting atmosphere welcomes the guests waking them up with the morning sea-breeze and looking after their comfort all day long. The stunning natural view of the Mediterranean Sea makes the Dimora and Suites, elegantly furnished and fully equipped, unique and exclusive.

Sextanto, Matera (Day 6)

Program

Day 1 - Arrival in Lecce, introductory food and wine walking tour of Lecce old town

Check in at your hotel in the heart of the historic town and start to discover Lecce throught a guided food and wine walking tour of the old town - a friendly yet informative walk to discover Lecce's history, products and culinary traditions, a leisure stroll and wine tasting between local delights and baroque extravaganza with your local friends.

Day 2 - Hands-on cooking class, farm-to-table experience

Learn more about indigenous dishes and the story behind them as the local cook shares the tradition. Harvest from the organic vegetable garden and shop from the local market before putting your sleeves up for a complete preparationn of a traditional meal, including the preparation of "orecchiette" - the ear-shaped pasta and maccheroni.

In the afternoon further explore Lecce old town independently. Enjoy the local life and culture.

Day 3 - A coast to coast exploration from Gallipoli to Otranto

Your culinary tour of Puglia continues with a day trip to the fishing town of Gallipoli for a visit of its amazing fish market and old town. Gallipoli is located by the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of the Salentina Peninsula. The town is divided into two parts, the modern and the old city located on a limestone island, linked to the mainland by a bridge built in the 16th century.

Of great interest in Gallipoli are the Cattedrale di Sant' Agata along via Antonietta de Pace, together with the Church of Santa Maria della Purita' (1661), the richly-decorated interior houses, at the marble high altar, a canvas by Luca Giordano. Not to be missed also the imposing Angevine-Aragonese Castle, built in the 13th century by the Byzantines, largely remade under the Angevines and the Aragonese, who added a polygonal wall fortified with round towers. According to a legend, the city was founded in ancient times by Idomeneus of Crete, while Pliny the Elder attributes the foundation to the Senones Gauls, but more likely, it was a Messapic settlement.

Lunch is booked at local farm at a former roman post office where horse-drawn mail carts were ensuring a "letter-perfect" service in the second century of Roman Empire. En route to Otranto stop at local pasta factory to learn more about the local traditon of making pasta using only "grani antichi" old varieties of local wheat. Strolll Otranto old town and admire its cathedral and floor mosaic and dine at local restaurant overlooking the azurre sea.

Day 4 - Ostuni, the Itria Valley, the local olive oil producers

Continue exploring as you travel from the Salento to the Itria Valley to visit a local farm specialized in the production of the finest extra virgin olive oil. Visit ancient underground olive mill and walk olive groves with trees more than 2000 years old for a complete introduction to the olive oil production from the romans to the modern days.

Enjoy lunch in Ostuni and get lost in the incredible maze of alleys of the "White town" before moving to your next hotel at a beautiful farm house, your home for the next 2 days.

Day 5 - Alberobello, mozzarella making class

Travel the Itria Valley dotted with vineyards and almond orchards with a stop at the Unesco site of Alberobello for a guided tour of the trulli monumental area. The Rione Monti and Aiai Piccola host over 1000 traditional trulli houses, making Alberobello the most unique and fascinating town of the Itria Valley.

Lunch will be at local cheese maker where you can test your skill in making mozzarella while enjoying a picnic lunch based on the freshest ricotta cheese and "Burrata cheese" you have ever tasted. At the end of this olive oil tour, Leccina, Nocellara, Bella di Cerignola, Nirdo', Ugghialura, will be familiar names and olive varieties, that will help you to understand more about the quality of extra virgin olive oil and the production process. You will enjoy a tutored tasting of many different olive oil varieties, and sharpen your knowledge about the property and importance role of Polyphenols from olive oil in the "Mediterranean diet".

In the evening delight your senses where tradition meet modernity at a favorite Michelin-starred restaurant.

Day 6 - Matera, the sassi quarter, the local wineries

Continue with more local ecounters as you meet the real people behind the finest Primitivo annd negroamaro wine. Learn more about the local grape varieties and wine production through an exclusive tour of local boutique winnery before moving to the neighboring Basilicata region and Matera, the town of stones.

Day 7 - Departure

Depart Italy or extend your stay.

Included excursions

Day trip to Gallipoli and its fish market

Gallipoli is located by the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of the Salentina Peninsula. The town is divided into two parts, the modern and the old city located on a limestone island, linked to the mainland by a bridge built in the 16th century. According to a legend, the city was founded in ancient times by Idomeneus of Crete, while Pliny the Elder attributes the foundation to the Senones Gauls, but more likely, it was a Messapic settlement.

Of great interest in Gallipoli, are the Cattedrale di Sant' Agata, along via Antonietta de Pace, together with the Church of Santa Maria della Purita, as well as the richly decorated interior houses, and a canvas by Luca Giordano at the marble high altar. The imposing Angevine-Aragonese Castle, built in the 13th century by the Byzantines, is also a place that you must visit.

Alberobello’s trulli monumental area

The Rione Monti and Aiai Piccola host over 1000 trulli houses, making Alberobello a unique and fascinating town.

Local boutique wineries in Otranto

Some of the wineries you can visit in Salento include Azienda Cantele in Guagnano, Schola Sarmenti in Nardo, and Leone de Castris in Salice Salentino.

Local producers of extra virgin olive oil in Martina Franca

You will enjoy a tutored tasting of many different varieties and sharpen your knowledge about the property and importance role of Polyphenols from olive oil in the Mediterranean diet.

Other excursions

  • Explore the Lecce streets and visit its churches
  • Stroll around the old center of Galatina
  • Visit Pisignano and Galatone
  • Walk through Gallipoli old town and visit interesting cathedrals and churches

Location

This vacation will take place in and around Puglia, Italy.

Features

Activities

  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Mini bar

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Free parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Local market
  • Parking lot
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

During this culinary experience, you will be delighted with five tasty lunches and five delicious dinners. Some of the local delicacies that you will taste are: pasticciotto leccese; local cheeses like ricotta, giuncata, cacio ricotta, pecorino, caciotta leccese from the Aia Vecchia, fresh mozzarella, caciocavallo podolico, and cheese flavored with the many herbs grow widely in the area of the Macchia Medeterrane; local fish varieties; bombette, typical pork meat rolls grilled on the premises; and extra virgin olive oil made from many olive varieties, such as leccina, nocellara, bella di cerignola, nirdo, and ugghialura.

Cheeses

Burrata cheese: A fresh cheese made from an outer shell of solid mozzarella with an inside containing both mozzarella and cream, giving it an unusual soft texture. It is a real delicacy, produced from cow's whole milk mostly around Andria, Corato, and Martina Franca, a not to be missed ingredient of your culinary tour of Puglia.

Cacioricotta cheese: Made from mixed goat's and sheep's milk through a process half way between the cheese and the ricotta.

Wines

The wines you will taste come from different DOC areas, down in the peninsula of Salento, which include as main grape the negro amaro and primitivo, together with the malvasia nera di Lecce. Other DOC wines are the Primitivo di Manduria and the more recent DOCG Primitivo di Panduria Dolce Naturale, with the wines from the DOC of Salice Salentino, the DOC Gravina, the one from Martina Franca, and Locorotondo’s wine.

Things to do (optional)

All guests of Villa Giuliana who desire to know more about the local tradition have plenty of opportunities to enhance their stay by taking one coastal walking or cycling trails, renting one hybrid bikes, enjoying a self-guided cycling excursion along country roads, or exploring the coast south of Otranto with a ride along the Adriatic sea. You can also rent a Vespa 125LX and transform your sojourn into a scooter holiday to explore Salento.

Grab a group of friends and enjoy a private cooking course and holiday in Puglia. This is the perfect opportunity to experience Apulia culinary heritage. All private cooking classes in Lecce can be themed to suit your requirements and culinary desires. You can choose to either focus on homemade pasta, pizza, or simply choose a selection of your favorite dishes from Apulian or Italian regional cuisine.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation and breakfast at luxury hotels and traditional restored farm houses
  • All transport from arrival to drop off with luxury Class V Mercedes
  • Service of 1 guide food & wine expert and certified AIS ONAV sommelier
  • Most meals
  • Michelin-starred meals
  • 1 private wine tasting tour at boutique local winery in Galatina
  • 1 hands-on cooking class at private house in Gallipoli
  • 1 visit of local tradition museum
  • A private olive oil tasting tour at local producer
  • A mozzarella demo and making at local cheese producer in Corato
  • Food market visit in Lecce
  • Fish market visit and tour in Gallipoli
  • Food and wine tasting stroll of Lecce
  • A guided tour of Alberobello and Matera unesco site
  • Hands-on olive picking workshop (only in season)

What's not included

  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Everything not specified in the program
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Lecce

  • Coming from Bari or Brindisi, take the Brindisi-Lecce motorway
  • A couple of miles before you get to Lecce, take the exit marked Tangenziale Ovest, which will get you on to the Lecce ring road
  • Once on the ring road, immediately after the tunnel, take the exit number 14 marked Monteroni-Arnesano
  • At the stop sign, turn left and at the following circle, turn right taking the first exit and following the Arnesano direction
  • At the following 3-way intersection, turn left, following direction to Arnesano - Porto Cesareo - Citta di Lecce Hospital
  • Drive ahead for about 1 kilometer; do not follow the Lecce direction
  • Pass the Hospital Citta di Lecce and the traffic lights and continue straight ahead
  • Having passed the gas station marked AGIP, to your right, take the first right turn into via Carretti. If you reach a 3-way intersection with an auto fill garage on your right, you have missed the turn
  • Villa Giuliana is 100 meters ahead, on the left at number 6, a big black gate after the IDROSUD deposit
  • If the petrol station AGIP is on your left and after it, there is a cross road with a traffic light and a chemist on the left, you are in Lecce. Do a U turn and drive in the opposite direction until you are out of town. Follow the Porto Cesareo direction until you get to the other AGIP gas station on the right hand side and, at that point, take the right into via Carretti.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS). Path, Walks, Talks and Beyond will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

Freccia Argento trains are available from Rome and will take you straight to Lecce. At your arrival in Lecce, Path, Walks, Talks and Beyond will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price.

Distances

  • Brindisi - Salento Airport (BDS) - 40 minutes
Airport: Brindisi – Salento Airport Airport transfer included: Brindisi – Salento Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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