Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Apulia (Puglia), Italy - 6 nights
Available year round 
 

Once you have been to Puglia you will understand why this region of Italy is a best kept secret. There is good reason why the Italians take their holidays here! This week long escape will leave you completely satiated, but yet yearning for more. Delicious smells, divine tastes and a feeling of peace will quickly overcome your senses while you enjoy accommodation at a beautiful "Masseria". 

 

Your accommodation for the week is simply magical. The owners have painstakingly brought this piece of heaven back to life after the property was abandoned for many years. During the week you will partake in a cooking class, olive oil and wine tastings and even have dinner in a vineyard! This itinerary gives you enough time to enjoy this special place while also providing guided tours to the area's must-see villages.

I fell in love with Puglia right away and strongly believe that you will also! 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE

 
WELCOME TO PUGLIA!

 

Private transfer from Bari or Brindisi Airport to your amazing home for the week. This family owned Masseria is a 16th century treasure, located amongst centuries old olive groves. The family welcomes you to this magical place that took many years to renovate after being abandoned for over 40 years. 

 

Settle in your new surroundings, walk around to absorb the beauty of this special oasis.

 

Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner at the Masseria.

 

Meals Included: Dinner  

DAY TWO

 

MORNING COOKING CLASS & VISIT OF OSTUNI (THE "WHITE TOWN")
 

Enjoy a special cooking class today! Our farmer will lead you in the heart of the Apulian cuisine, putting your fingers literally in the pie. You will learn to prepare the dough with bran and flour, adding just enough of salt and water, giving life to the unique orecchiette, to the witty cavatelli and the more relaxed strascinate. The lesson will be topped with the story dedicated to the farm production of different types of wheat, with nice anecdotes related to the tradition and the local history. A good glass of wine will pamper your heart and stimulate your creativity.


This afternoon we visit the nearby white city of Ostuni – an imposing citadel known as La Città Bianca. The tiny winding streets of the oldest quarter are known by the Arabic term the “Casbah” and certainly look more Greek or eastern than the stereotypical piazzas of northern Italy. Enjoy dinner at a typical trattoria in Ostuni. 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Tasting Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY THREE

 
OLIVE OIL TASTING & VISIT OF LOCOROTONDO

 

Today you will enjoy an extra virgin olive oil tasting at the Masseria. Our farmer/sommelier will take you for a stroll around the farm, reaching the thousand years old olive grove, while telling you stories and traditions from the past connected to the rural production and the cultivation of extra virgin olive oil. You will have the opportunity to taste the three qualities of extra virgin olive oil, all organically produced in the farm: Il Mille, Il Cento, Il Venti5. Il Mille, a monocultivar, produced by our thousand years old trees; Il Cento, monocultivar, produced by our hundred years old trees; Il Venti5, a blend produced by our youngest trees. The experience will be enriched by a local aperitif (chick peas, fried broad beans, olives, friselle, tomatoes, almonds, taralli and focacce) putting your souls together embraced by the authentic taste of Puglia.

  

This afternoon you will be treated to a visit of Locorotondo, one of the most beauitful towns in Italy. Nicknamed “città del vino” for its excellent dry white spumante (sparkling) wine made from local Verdeca grapes, you can meander the atmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. For dinner you will take part in the local tradition of "fornello pronto" where local butcher shops transform into restaurants and serve excellent grilled meat. 

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Tasting Lunch, Dinner 

 

DAY FOUR

  

VISIT OF MATERA & APERITIVO IN THE VINEYARD 

 

Today we will visit the nearby UNESCO site of Matera. Meet up with our guide for an in-depth visit of this unique and ancient city perched high on a beautiful hillside and only recently seen by foreign eyes. Our expert guide will lead you on a walking tour of the ‘sassi’, ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes and shops. Enjoy lunch at leisure on your own perhaps at a cave restaurant!

 

Before dinner we will enjoy an Aperitivo experience in the vineyard.

 

Dinner at the Masseria.
 

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

DAY FIVE

 

VISIT OF MARTINA FRANCA, WINE TASTING & DINNER IN THE VINEYARD 

 

This morning we explore the town of Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic center, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzi; a jewel splendidly positioned on the hillside with wonderful panoramic views across the Itria Valley. 

 

Back to the Masseria - chill out by the pool and light lunch à la carte.

 

Before dinner, around 5pm, we will have a wine tasting, followed by a special experience - dinner in the vineyard!

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner 

 

DAY SIX

 
VISIT OF MONOPOLI & POLIGNANO A MARE

 

Today we enjoy a visit of Monopoli and then go to Polignano a Mare where you can try the local and glam Fish Burger at Pescaria for lunch, the famous Caffé Speciale at Il Mago del Gelato and taste an unforgettable ice-cream at Caruso, International Prize Winner for the best organic gelato.

 

Free time this afternoon to chill out by the beautiful pool at the Masseria.

 

Tonight enjoy dinner at the Masseria.  

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY SEVEN


DEPARTURE 

 
Departure after breakfast. Private transfer to Bari or Brindisi Airport.

 

We hope you have enjoyed your stay in bella Puglia!


Arrivederci with hopes you will visit again!

 
Meals Included: Breakfast

 
 
*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. 
 

*Menus are samples and may vary according to the season
 

 



GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Distance from Bari Airport - 50 miles/1 hour
Distance from Brindisi Airport - 32 miles/40 minutes

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY 

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request. 

 

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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HOMESTYLE TUSCAN COOKING 

Hi Jo-Ann - We wanted to let you know that we had an AMAZING time at the cooking school. My mother and I could not have had a better time. Paola and Simonetta were such wonderful hosts and teachers. We were treated like family. The house and property were beautiful. The hands-on cooking classes were so much fun...we learned so many great recipes that I cannot wait to test on my friends back home. I will definitely be recommending this experience to all of my friends and colleagues. Thank you so much for all of your help in setting up this once-in-a-lifetime dream vacation. It is something neither one of us will ever forget!

 

Best, Erin S. and Flor V.,
New York, New York

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