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Culture and Culinary Tour in Italy

Enjoy an exciting holiday in delicious Puglia. This is an all-inclusive personally escorted holiday of Puglia. This tour includes some of Puglia’s historic and well-noted cities and sights such as Lecce, Gallipoli, Ostini, Alberobello, Grottaglie, Ceglie Messapica, Matera, Itria Valley, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Adriatic Sea to name a few. You will also visit the vibrant fresh food markets. Here you can shop for seasonal local produce and enjoy cooking classes with specialty chefs.

Meet the instructors

Dominique
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Highlights

  • 3 cooking courses
  • 2 wine tasting and estate tours
  • Street food and market tour of Lecce
  • Learn about mozzarella’s wildly indulgent cousin, burrata
  • Sample mouth-watering menus from wine, olive oil, and cheese tastings
  • Visit the city of Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Grottaglie, the ceramics capital of Puglia
  • 10 nights accommodation

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10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 10-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Brindisi – Salento Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

The package includes three nights lodging at five-star Risorgimento Resort and seven nights at the luxurious Ostuni Art Resort – booked exclusively for your group. You will stay in luxury rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia

At around 7 p.m. you will meet in the hotel bar of the Risorgimento and head straight out to a wonderful café nearby for an apertivo and a general introduction to your week. You will carry on to dinner for a feast of authentic local Salentino food, like tiella with potatoes and mussels or fave e cicorie - fave bean purée and chicory. Welcome to Puglia!

  • Meal plan: Dinner

Day 2: The Puglia Kitchen

After breakfast, you meet up with the guide for a street food tour of Lecce, combining the astonishing Baroque architecture that has earned it the nickname, the Florence of the South with delicious local snacks. If you have any room left after all the tastings, you are free for lunch at one of the cities many eateries.

At 5 p.m. you will meet up with local chef, Gianna Greco, to visit the simple food market, the Mercato Porta Rudiae, to buy food for her evening cooking class. Gianna has a beautiful cooking school right in the heart of Lecce. You’ll enjoy learning many recipes followed by dinner and wine tasting.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3: Flavors of Gallipoli

This morning, you are heading west, to Gallipoli on the Ionian coast. You will meet with a chef in the beautiful old town for your cooking class and lunch. Free time in Lecce this afternoon for some delectable shopping and a light aperitivo for dinner at one of Pure Food Cooking Tours' favorite haunts.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: Salento vineyards

After breakfast, this morning, you say goodbye to Lecce and head north to your next destination. You will leave at around 10 a.m. to give you time to stop for a wine tasting and lunch at a leading local winery.

The winemaker will show you around the estate and initiate you into the secrets of the wine-making process, then pair different wines with each of your dishes at lunch. You arrive at your villa lodging late afternoon and settle in before having the inevitable aperitivo and dinner.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: Dining in the olive grove

Enjoy a visit of the stunning white citadel of Ostuni, known as the White City and seemingly more Greek than Italian. Then you will meet a special guest, guardian of the oldest existing olive orchard and learn all the secrets of this eternal tree both above and underneath the ground. Enjoy a lunch of delicious seasonal dishes made by your favorite home cook. Dinner will be at your villa.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: Burrata and Trulli

Today you’ll meet a local cheese-maker to discover more about mozzarella’s wildly indulgent cousin, burrata. This delicious fresh cheese is one of Puglia’s most celebrated products.

After a light tasting lunch, you head to nearby Alberobello for a walking tour of the famous Trulli houses. A UNESCO site since 1997, the little cone-shaped houses are an iconic and unique architectural symbol of Puglia. Dinner will be at a local butcher’s for a real backroom dinner experience.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: Grottaglie and ceramics

The ceramics capital of Puglia is the town of Grottaglie. Pottery has been made here since Roman times and it is a magnet for artisans of all types. Visit the traditional workshops and delight in both the old-style and modern ceramics, typical of the region.

For lunch, you’ll stop in the gastronomic capital of Ceglie Messapica - famed for its excellent cuisine, but still off the tourist map. Dinner: Cooking class at the villa with the chef.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: Matera and DOP bread

Today, you drive to the extraordinary city of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site. En-route, you will stop in Altamura for a visit to one of the very best bakeries in the area, and one of the only ones in all of Italy to make a ‘D.O.P’ bread.

Matera is perched high on a beautiful hillside and has only recently seen by the foreign eye. The city is filled with ‘sassi’, ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes, shops, and restaurants. The Passion of Christ was filmed here and as you walk around you will truly feel like you have stepped back in time.

You’ll have lunch at a great local restaurant. On returning to the villa, there will be time for some relaxation and a light bite.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9: Wine and the Itria Valley

Journey today to the Itria Valley, characterized by beautiful rolling hills and dry stone walls. You will visit a family-owned winery for a tour and tasting.

Lunch today will be in the stunning small town of Locorotondo at one of Pure Food Cooking Tours' favorite restaurants. After lunch, take a wander and visit the beautiful Baroque town of Martina Franca. For dinner, you’ll be in Ostuni at one of the region’s very best restaurants.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: Set sail on a tall ship

There can be few better ways to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic than out on the water. At the port, you embark on an imposing gulet-style tall ship, with high masts and a beautiful wooden deck. Just sit back in style and enjoy the sea breeze and the coastal views with a cool glass of prosecco.

The captain can weigh anchor for a refreshing swim if you wish. For your final evening together you’ll enjoy a special gala to celebrate.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, final farewells and transfers to your next destination. Pure Food Cooking Tours hopes that you will have enjoyed your experience of Puglia and the region’s cuisine.

Instructors

Dominique Rizzo

Location

Experience the country, sea, and city as Pure Food Cooking Tours takes you on an exciting culinary and cultural journey of Puglia and its surrounding towns. Known for its whitewashed truillo traditional dome-houses, century-old farmhouses, and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline.

Puglia is definitely worth a visit if you want fresh, tasty and local food. Among the dishes that most strongly define the traditional Puglian cuisine, are the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, Apulia focaccia, Fava Bean Puree, and Chicory Greens just to cite a few. Furthermore, the wines of Puglia are admired wherever they go.

Aside from the beaches and gorgeous sea villages, Puglia has a rich archaeological heritage and boasts three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Castel del Monte, Alberobello and the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo.

A special mention should be dedicated to Lecce commonly nicknamed “the Florence of the south”. Together with the city’s Baroque architectural monuments, churches, and religious buildings, there are Greek influences in the utilization of the renowned “Lecce stone”. culture.

Food

All breakfasts are provided. Eight lunches and nine dinners are also included, some morning / afternoon teas and aperitives are provided as stated. Where lunches / dinners are not provided, morning activities, tastings and included lunches and dinners are of ample abundance. All beverages with meals including wine, beer, juice, soft drink, tea, and coffee are provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

What's included

  • Fully escorted tour, 11 days, 10 nights in the beautiful scenic surrounds of Puglia and the Itria Valley
  • Specialized escorted service of Chef Dominique Rizzo, Director and Curator of Pure Food, Wine Culture Tours
  • Private Italian guide for 11 days
  • Pick up transfer from Brindisi Airport on the tour start date
  • Transfer to Brindisi Airport / train station or hotel on the tour finish date
  • Air-conditioned spacious private bus with your own private driver
  • All accommodation and hotel taxes in four and five-star hotels or agriturismo and spa resorts selected for their personalized service, amenities, locations, and their food (room upgrades are available upon request, prices to be quoted upon application)
  • Dominique signature kitchen apron and shopping / travel tote bag
  • Maps, travel hints and tips, Italian language brochure, details of hotels
  • All private escorted visits and tastings
  • Meals – All breakfasts are provided, 8 lunches and 9 dinners are also included, some morning / afternoon teas and aperitives are provided as stated – where lunches / dinners are not provided, morning activities, tastings and included lunches and dinners are of ample abundance
  • Beverages - All beverages with meals including wine, beer, juice, soft drink, tea, and coffee are provided
  • All guided tours as specified in the tour are included
  • All transfers by boat, bus, car, taxi as specified in the tour itinerary are included
  • Admission to all historical sites, galleries, and museums mentioned in the itinerary are included
  • Tips for restaurants and guides

What's not included

  • Airfares to and from Brindisi
  • Everything not included in the itinerary (tour inclusions)
  • General expenses - phone calls, laundry, room upgrades
  • Transfers outside of the tour dates, personal transport outside the tour dates, excess baggage, security and government taxes outside the tour dates
  • Beverages and meals outside of described “tour inclusions”
  • Room service beverages and meals when not participating in the scheduled meals
  • Tourist taxes where applicable in some hotels
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
11 days / 10 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Availability

Arrival: Wednesday May 4, 2022
Departure: Saturday May 14, 2022

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