Active Food Adventures in Puglia - 6 Day Culinary & Cycling

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  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Central Puglia
  • Salento

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Trip Overview

Active Food Adventures in Puglia - 6 Day Culinary & Cycling
This is a beautiful Southern Visions itinerary through the region of Puglia, Italy, which lies in the heel of the boot, along the sun-drenched Adriatic Sea.  Puglia offers access to the freshest seafood, crowd-free open spaces, irresistible desserts and pastries, distinct wines, and the 50 million olive trees that make this region the world’s leading producer of olive oil.  Come to Puglia and hear the voices of the past call out over the trulli houses…we promise, once you discover it, Puglia will leave a lasting impression. 

There is an openness and rustic charm in Puglia that is reflected not only the personality of the locals, but also in the sharing of food. Local dishes are simple yet thoroughly flavorful and have stood the test of time as they've passed from generation to generation. Puglia's emphasis on olive oil, whole grains, vegetables and fish has drawn attention as a classic example of a healthy Mediterranean diet. The region also has countless historical and cultural treasures. Its long and colorful history, ranging from Norman to Byzantine occupation, has  resulted in an eclectic mix of architecture, cultural sites and matchless hospitality. 


  • Cooking class with a local at a beautiful cooking school in Lecce
  • Exceptional cycling routes that pass through fishing villages, country lanes, ancient olive groves and vineyards, hidden coves, golden beaches, and the unparalleled Itria Valley
  • A trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello with its ancient trulli houses
  • Insider look at the region’s hidden treasures
  • Burrata Experience at a local dairy farm
  • Hiking on the Adriatic Coast

Day 1Bari & Polignano a Mare

We will meet your flight arriving into Bari Airport and take a quick tour of the enchanting old city of Bari Vecchia.  Here the local ladies still make pasta by hand sitting outside their houses.  Their speed and precision will amaze you!  Depending on the time of day we will also make a stop in the striking cliff-top town of Polignano a Mare and taste some of the town’s famous gelato. From here we’ll shuttle you to your luxury home for the next four nights, Masseria Torre Coccaro. Welcome to Puglia! 
Overnight: Masseria Torre Coccaro

Day 2Olive Oil & Pedaling The Itria Valley

Cycling: Masseria Torre Coccaro – Cisternino –Ostuni 
68km / 42 miles with a visit to an olive oil estate
After a thorough bike fit it’s time to explore Puglia on two wheels!  Your ride begins with a lovely climb into the chic and beautiful hilltop town of Cisternino, where you will enjoy sweeping views of the Itria Valley.  You will have time for a coffee or gelato to recharge your batteries before continuing along the ridge of the Murgia plateau to Ostuni, a stunning white citadel with breathtaking sea views. After lunch on your own in Ostuni we’ll visit a fascinating olive oil estate for an in-depth tour and tasting. Then it’s back on the bike to return to Masseria Torre Coccaro for a relaxing evening and dinner.  
Overnight at Masseria Torre Coccaro (B)

Day 3Biking & Burrata in Trullo County

Cycling: Alberobello – Locorotondo - Martina Franca loop 49km/31mi with a visit to a burrata cheese-maker
This morning we will shuttle you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello, to visit the famous “trulli” houses with our excellent local guide.  These cone shaped dwellings are unique to the region and in Alberobello you see a concentration of over 1,000 trulli houses. We’ll also stop at a cheese maker for an insider’s look at the wildly indulgent burrata cheese. Today’s route is a circular ride deep into the Itria Valley to visit stunning Locorotondo – known for its excellent dry white wine made from local Verdeca grapes. Here in Locorotondo, meander the atmospheric alleyways bedecked with geraniums and citrus plants. Continue on to Martina Franca – a must-see town for its marvelously intact historic centre, beautiful Baroque architecture, and stunning palazzo.  After your ride we will shuttle you back to your hotel for a relaxing afternoon and evening
Overnight at Masseria Torre Coccaro (B)

Day 4Baroque Lecce & Adventures in the Pugliese Kitchen

Following check-out at your hotel, our guide will take you to Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province.  Known as the ‘Florence of the South’, the city hosts amazing Baroque masterpieces and treasures of Italy. On arrival in Lecce we’ll enjoy a light lunch at one of the city’s many “trattorie” before embarking on a dedicated walking tour where our guide will reveal the secrets of the imposing architecture and millennia of fascinating history revealed before your very eyes.  Then check-in to your luxurious accommodation, La Fiermontina. This afternoon meet up with local chef, Gianna Greco, to visit the simple food market at Porta Rudiae, to buy produce for today’s cooking class. From here it’s a short walk to her beautiful cooking school in the heart of Lecce’s old city. Gianna will share secrets of the region’s culinary traditions while you get hands on in making a delicious 4-course dinner.
Overnight at La Fiermontina, Lecce (B, D) 

Day 5Hiking The Adriatic Coast

This easy trekking will let you discover Porto Badisco, through a pleasant walk along ancient paths, immersed in wonderful scenery. Our guide will share with you a story of ancient history and modern lifestyle. With his knowledge and very strong passion, your active guide will tell you amazing stories of a bygone era and will make you literally walk through history - from the Mesozoic period to the present day - on the path that was once part of the tropical coral reef of the African promontory “Apula”. You will learn about the living conditions of the first inhabitants, admire inscriptions and graffiti into the caves and also pick up fossils, the clear evidence of a lost world! Completely surrounded by unspoiled nature and the lush, colorful, fragrant Mediterranean vegetation, you will discover the very rare plants growing on this cliff edge, enjoy stunning views and also feel a sense of freedom. The morning’s hike will end with a tasting of local specialties and products. After the hike, there is the option to visit the coastal city of Otranto on your own before we transfer you back to Lecce. 
Overnight at La Fiermontina, Lecce (B)

Day 6Departure & Farewell

This morning we will transfer you to Brindisi Airport for your onward journey or return flight home. We are sure that your time in this region will have changed your life for the better, as it has all of ours!


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