- 8 days/ 7 nights
- Celebrity Experts
- Central Puglia
- Bari - Pezze di Greco
Our passionate team of experts is on hand to design your dream trip to Southern Italy.
Spend an unforgettable week learning the secrets of a deeply passionate and undiscovered region of Southern Italy. Puglia is the sun-drenched heel of the boot that spans two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. An agricultural region with abundant healthy soil, over 50 million olive trees and a tradition of fishing that is still very much in tact, Puglia produces some of the freshest food on the planet.
- Exclusive cooking class with Michelin Star Chef, Maria Cicorella
- Olive grove tour and oil tasting at an ancient olive oil estate
- Visit to the Trullo Capital, UNESCO Heritage Site, Alberobello
- Insider’s look at burrata cheese making
- Visit of the UNESCO site of Matera and the famous Sassi
- Wine tasting at a prestigious vineyard in Salento
Cost$3,999 USD per person based on double occupancy
- A truly authentic culinary immersion experience
- 1 nights’ lodging in Bari
- 6 nights lodging at Masseria Montenapoleone
- Peace of mind knowing you are with the most professional travel company in Puglia
- Access to small local producers not open to the public
- Interactive cooking class using organic local produce
- Walking tours of the region’s most characteristic towns with certified local guides
- 7 special breakfasts
- 6 memorable lunches
- 7 extraordinary dinners
- Guest shuttles and transfers including group arrival & departure transfers from/to Bari
- City tax at the hotels (approx €3 per person per day)
- Tips and gratuities
Day 1Welcome to Bari
On arrival in Bari our driver will shuttle you to your 4 star hotel for you first night. We will meet for dinner at a renowned local restaurant. Welcome to Puglia!
Day 2Bari Vecchia and the pasta ladies
This morning enjoy an in-depth tour of the old district of Bari known as Bari Vecchia. Here the local ladies can be seen making pasta outside their homes in the little narrow alleys of the old town. For lunch we will be welcomed into the house of one of the local ladies for a truly authentic lunch! Then we leave Bari and transfer to our next hotel – our home for the next 6 nights, the lovely Masseria Montenapoleone. Dinner at the hotel
Day 3Cooking with a Michelin Star Chef
Enjoy a unique private cooking experience with Michelin starred chef Maria Cicorella. Maria will invite us to her kitchen for a morning cooking class at Pasha, one of the region’s best restaurants. It will be a wonderful opportunity to understand Maria’s creative yet humble approach to the gastronomic traditions of Puglia.
Day 4Lecce & Salento Vineyards
Our destination today is Lecce, a beautiful city in the south of Puglia, known as “The Florence of the South”. We will visit the historic center of this elegant city, famous for its sumptuous baroque architecture and artisan boutique shops. Then, we will be treated to a private lunch and wine tasting at Li Veli winery. The engaging and passionate owner will take us on a tour of the vineyards and we will dine in a private dining room overlooking the oak barrels. Back at the hotel this evening enjoy a hands-on cooking class with the engaging owner.
Day 5Burrata & Trulli Houses
This morning we are heading to the UNESCO trulli capital of Alberobello to take a walk through town to see the myriad of cone-shaped houses. Next we visit a local cheese farm, where artisan Giorgio will demonstrate the art of making fresh burrata and ricotta and show you the room where he ages mozzarella over several days to make scamorza. Enjoy a tasting lunch at the farm. For dinner this evening we head to Cisternino to a local butcher’s to sample the delicious grilled meats.
Day 6The Sassi of Matera
After breakfast we will drive to the town of Altamura to explore. We will stop at a DOP bread producer for an insider’s look at traditional bread-making. Here you will have a chance to sample some incredible focaccia. Next we will head to Matera for a guided walk of the town’s stunning ancient sassi caves. This beautiful city is a UNESCO site and for 2019 the European Capital of Culture. After a busy day, we will head back to the Masseria Montenapoleone for some late afternoon rest and free time. Dinner at the Masseria tonight if anyone has room!
Day 7Michelin Star Cuisine
After breakfast enjoy the morning off and stay at Masseria Montenapoleone to soak up the beauty and tranquility of the countryside. For lunch we will take you to the town of Savelletri where you can sit directly next to the sea and sample some of the most exciting seafood from the Adriatic. For our last night we will meet Michelin star chef Maria again, this time for a gourmet meal at her award-winning restaurant, Pasha. It will be a magical night in an elegant setting – a perfect way to finish off our amazing week together
Day 8Farewell from Puglia
You check out this morning and depart for your next destination. We are sure that your time in this region will have changed your life for the better!
Enjoy the best culinary experiences with charismatic sommelier Orietta Gianjorio 25 April - 2 May 2021