8 Days Peta Mathias Culinary Vacation in Italy

  • Lecce - Pezze di Greco

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


  • Review by Joe Lillard from US
    10 out of 10

    "This was a fabulous tour; fantastic food by top chefs and some of our own, truly memorable lodgings and excitingly imaginative tours. With eight of our family and friends we had an absolute ball for the entire seven days!! Peta and Rosie brilliantly showed us the best of Hawkes Bay and Auckland."

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  • Review by Lou and Lisa Bieker from US
    10 out of 10

    "Just a quick note of thank you for organizing such a wonderful trip. We had a fabulous time! We experienced a lot of unique things and savored some great meals with top-notch chefs that we would not have been able to experience on our own. For that we are grateful. Thank you for giving us a fresh perspective and taste of New Zealand of which we will speak fondly of for many years."

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  • Review by Molly Lillard from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "If anyone loves food and wants to go to New Zealand, dont miss the 2016 tour from Peta Mathias. We had a fabulous time and would recommend it to anyone. Peta was recognized everywhere we went so we felt very special and Rosie made it all come together. I cant recommend it more! "

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  • Review by Brendan & Shari from Christchurch, New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "We had an absolutely fabulous time wandering around Puglia. The weather, food and company was outstanding we couldnt have asked for much more."

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  • Review by Lou Sanderson from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "How to change your approach to cooking!! Enjoying your Puglia tour in Southern Italy has certainly rejuvenated my approach to shopping and cooking. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience in Italy, the relaxed pace, the group of people, the priveliged experiences of local food and food production, the opportunity to learn from the locals and be introduced to so many traditions. Additionally it was a travel and cultural experience, all in all the balance of tourism, socialising, immersion in culture and cooking, eating and drinking was perfect!"

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  • Review by Liz Dawson from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful photo-montage - what lovely memories and real enjoyment it evokes - you have such an eye! Please pass on our thanks to Peta too - both Colin and I had such a brilliant time, and very much enjoyed the company of you and Peta, and our fellow gastronomads. I have valiantly cooked a couple of Moroccan meals since returning 10 days ago - I have to say, the second definitely better than the first, but our guests were delighted to sample some of Peta’s wonderful recipes. "

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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.

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