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8 Days Peta Mathias Culinary Vacation in Italy


Culinary Holiday in Puglia, Italy

One of southern Italy's best kept secrets, Puglia, is sea breezes, lovely beaches, sensationally fresh and varied seafood, robust pastas and breads. They make so much olive oil and good wine here that everyone is good looking and happy. This is a sunny land of sweet people, unbelievable seafood, heady wines and very old olive groves. We spend half the week in the Baroque city of Lecce and the other half in a gorgeous masseria in the countryside to learn about burrata, orrecchiette and semolina bread. You don't know how much you miss Puglia until you leave it then you long to return to their gentle ways and honest food.


  • Cooking classes
  • Culinary visits and tours
  • Guest chefs and dynamic restaurants
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals with wine
  • Internal transport
  • 8 days with instruction
  • English
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In Lecce, you will be staying at Santa Chiara Lecce. In Pezze di Greco, you will be staying at Masseria Montenapoleone.

Masseria Montenapoleone

Agriturismo Montenapoleone looks forward to welcoming you. This fortified masseria dates back to the 1600’s, and has been beautifully renovated with elegant and original rooms and suite, surrounded by nature, and with views of the sea.

This charming building allows to really sample life in southern Italy. Even a short visit will give a wonderful feel for Masseria Montenapoleone, while you breath along side the plants, marvel at the masseria’s detail and completely free your mind. Welcome to this natural haven!

Santa Chiara Lecce

The Santa Chiara Suite Hotel is Lecce’s newest addition in luxury hotels, located in the hearth of historical center near Piazza S. Oronzo and the Roman amphitheater. The 21 elegant suites are luxuriously furnished offering the very best in modern Italian design and comforts. An elegant roof garden offers an awesome view soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling streets below.

All the hotel’s suites offer the very best in modern comfort and design and are equipped of bathroom with shower, hydro massage and Turkish bath, beauty mirror, telephone, a fully interactive 32 inches flat screen LCD TV system, air conditioning, safe, wi-fi and high-speed internet connectivity. The hotel offers its own restaurant, bar, meeting room and private car port.

The hotel also offers room service and the staff are at your disposal to make your stay at the Santa Chiara Suite Hotel most memorable. The hotel is located nearby the extraordinary Santa Chiara’s Church. It also allows easy access to many Lecce landmarks like the beautiful S. Oronzo’s Square, the magnificent Roman amphitheater, Santa Croce’s Basilica with its rose-window, which is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Lecce, and finally the spectacular and famous Duomo’s Square.

This holiday will take place in Puglia, Italy.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and wine with meals
  • Cooking classes
  • Guest chefs
  • Internal transport
  • Restaurants
  • Visits

Auckland, New Zealand

Peta Mathias is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author, entertainer, and broadcaster, who hosts culinary adventures to New Zealand, Europe, and Asia.

Speaks English

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8 days / 7 nights


Arrival: Sunday September 2, 2018
Departure: Sunday September 9, 2018

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