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PUGLIA culinary tour, 7 days of food and wine tasting holidays across unexplored Salento

Culinary trips of Apulia... more than a cooking holidays not a simple gastronomic vacation of Salento, but an extraordinary food and wine discovery of authentic Puglia through your sense.

Take the best 2cooking holiday" in PUGLIA and a unique sightseeing tours of Salento; add a portion of food and wine tasting experiences to discover Apulia culinary culture,

a pinch of field trips to local FOOD MARKETS in Lecce, "boutique WINERIES" in GALATINA and farmhouses producing tasty ricotta and caciotta Leccese cheese, combine it with hands on pasta making workshops, add Unesco world heritage sights, flavor with GOURMET dinners in Otranto and sailing excursions along the "Adriatic coast" mix everything with our local knowledge and pampering care, bake it for 6 days with local friends, serve with fine "PRIMITIVO" wine and extra virgin olive oil of SALENTO, for the perfect "CULINARY food and wine adventure holiday in Puglia", to savour Apulia through its culinary heritage and culture. Take a leisure digestive walk along the Adriatic coast.

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May 27 to June 1, 2018


PRIVATE from € on request per person based on two sharing


• 7 nights accommodation and breakfast at luxury hotels and traditional restored farm houses
• all transport from arrival to drop off with luxury Class V Mercedes
• service of 2 guides food & wine expert and certified AIS ONAV sommelier
• most meals
• Michelin starred meals
• 1 private wine tasting tour at boutique local winery in Galatina
• 1 hands on cooking class at private house in Gallipoli
• 1 visit of local tradition museum
• a private olive oil tasting tour at local producer
• a gelato making demo and tasting in Ostuni
• a boat trip and fish excursion
• a mozzarella demo and making at local cheese producer in Corato
• food market visit in Lecce
• fish market visit and tour in Gallipoli
• food & wine tasting stroll of Lecce
• a guided tour of Alberobello unesco site
• hands on olive picking workshop (only in season)


This trip start from LECCE and finishes in SAVELLETRI.
We recommend you:
Fly IN to Brindisi (BDS) airport

Fly OUT from BARI (BRI) airport


•Visit Unesco sites of Alberobello
• discover the wines of Puglia at local wineries in Galatina
• explore fish market of Gallipoli
• Taste the fines extra virgin olive oil at local olive mill in Ostuni
• test your skill in making mozzarella and burrata at local cheese maker
• delight your sense with the tastiest artisanal gelato in the earth of Lecce baroque jewel...
• experience a meal at a private house and family while learning how to cook the traditional recipes and make the famous "orecchiette" and "maccheroni" with hands on cooking class at private house

Sample Hotels on this trip


Manta te lu re Lecce, Puglia
Day 4 & 5 MONOPOLI > Don Ferrante

Don Ferante Puglia

Masseria Montenapoleone, Puglia

PATH Culinary adventures in southern Puglia from PATH walks, talks & beyond on Vimeo.

This CULINARY and sightseeing trip across the Salentine peninsula offer the best trip and way to discover Puglia with a unique food adventure vacation in southern Italy, that puts together sightseeing and field trips, with hands on experiences of the Pugliese tradition, dinners under the stars with guided food markets and shopping, authentic flavors of Puglia and "homely cooking" of local recipes and traditional dishes from the "Salentine peninsula", introduction to the wines and produce of Puglia with coastal walks to keep fit, everything meticulously crafted to guarantee the best value and let you get the most out of your time.

Puglia Gourmet                                        day by day program

Gastronomic detailed itinerary

DAY 1 | Arrival in Lecce | introductory food & wine walking tour of Lecce old town

Check in at your hotel in the heart of the historic town and start to discover Lecce throught a guided food and wine walking tour of the old town. A friendly yet informative walk to discover Lecce's history, products and culinary traditions, a leisure stroll and wine tasting between local delights and baroque extravaganza.
day 2 | Lecce & Galatina cheese and extra virgin olive oil
your tour start with a gourmet tour of typical Apulian countryside to visit the town of Galatina to taste the famous "Pasticciotto Leccese" at the pasticceria Ascalone right in the old center, close enough to the Basilica of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria were we can admire the amazing cycle of paintings, decorating the Church, built in the 1369 thanks to Raimondello Orsini del Balzo, prince of Taranto. Having strolled the old center of Galatina we will drive through the small villages of Corigliano d'Otranto and Cutrofiano, famous for its olive oil and many producers including Oleificio sant 'Anna, olieficio San Basilio and Azienda Pascali. From there we will move to Pisignano with its menhirs and Galatone to finally reach our favorite cheese producer to taste some of the freshest ricotta cheese of the area. At this Masseria a typical farmhouse of Salento we will be introduced to the cheese making process and will taste the dairy products and cheeses made from both sheep and cow’s milk from ricotta, to giuncata, including Cacio ricotta, pecorino, caciotta Leccese from the Aia vecchia, fersh mozzarella and caciocavallo Podolico, together with cheese flavored with the many herbs grow widely in the area in the macchia medeterranea .
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Day 3 | Gallipoli fishing market, cooking class & family lunch

your culinary tour of Puglia continue withy a day trip to the fishing town of Gallipoli to visit its amazing fish market. Today's cooking class and lunch will be based on the freshest catch of the day, we will be introduced to the local fish varieties by the fisherman and understand more about how to prepare and cook the typical fish of the Mediterraneo. The cooking class will take place at our family Museum of local tradition in the small town of Tuglie. An hands on cooking experience to learn how to make the famous "orecchiette" ear shaped pasta and and enjoy a family lunch in a private familiar and authentic atmosphere. After lunch a digestive stroll will give us a chance to admire Gallipoli old town. Gallipoli is located by the Ionian Sea, on the west coast of the Salentina Peninsula. The town is divided into two parts, the modern and the old city located on a limestone island, linked to the mainland by a bridge built in the 16th century. Of great interest in Gallipoli are the Cattedrale di Sant' Agata along via Antonietta de Pace, together with the Church of Santa Maria della Purita' (1661). The richly decorated interior houses, at the marble high altar, a canvas by Luca Giordano. Not to be missed also the imposing Angevine-Aragonese Castle, built in the 13th century by the Byzantines, largely remade under the Angevines and the Aragonese, who added a polygonal wall fortified with round towers.
According to a legend, the city was founded in ancient times by Idomeneus of Crete, while Pliny the Elder attributes the foundation to the Senones Gauls, but more likely, it was a Messapic settlement.
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Day 4 | Otranto the most eastern town of southern Italy the adriatic coastand the local boutique wineries
This food adventure in Puglia would not be complete without a wine tour and tasting experience at local winery. Puglia is rich of DOC areas and indigenous grapes that grow only on the Salento peninsula. Your guide Angela, AIS and ONAV certified wine expert, will introduce the local grapes and history of wine production in Salento. Today's wine tour offers many options to talk and meet the people behind the wines of Puglia . Wineries we can visit in Salento include Azienda Cantele in GUAGNANO, Schola Sarmenti in Nardò, "Leone de Castris" in SALICE SALENTINO. DOC areas down in the peninsula of SALENTO includes as main grape the Negro Amaro and Primitivo, together with the "Malvasia Nera di Lecce", grapes that are used for the local DOC wines. Other DOC are the Primitivo di Manduria DOC and the more recent DOCG Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale, with the wines from the DOC of Salice Salentino, the DOC Gravina, the one of Martina Franca and Locorotondo.
puglia food & wine tours and culinary holidays day 5 | Alberobello & the Mozzarella making class Today we explore the Itria Valley dotted with vineyards and almond orchards continue with a stop to the Unesco site of ALBEROBELLO for a guided tour of the trulli monumental area. The Rione Monti and Aiai Piccola host over 1000 traditional trulli houses, making of Alberobello the most unique and fascinating town of the Itria Valley. Lunch will be at local cheese maker were you can test your skill in making Mozzarella while enjoying a pic nic lunch based on the freshest ricotta cheese and "Burrata cheese" you have ever tasted. In the evening delight your sense while tradition meet modernity at our favorite Michelin starred restaurant .
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day 6 | MATERA the town of stone, the sassi quarter and the Extra virgin olive oil ....
This morning we continue exploring with a visit to an old friend visit in the verdant VALLE D'ITRIA, a local producers, specialized in the cold press and production of the finest etra virgin olive oil , still using an old stone to crash the olives. At the end of this olive oil tour Leccina, Nocellara, Bella di Cerignola, Nirdo', Ugghialura, will be familiar names and olive varieties, that will help you to understand more about the quality of extra virgin olive oil and the production process. We will enjoy a tutored tasting of many different olive oil varieties, and sharpen our knowledge about the property and importance role of Polyphenols from olive oil in the "Mediterranean diet". After a stop at the Frantoio d'Amico, a coffe' in Locorotondo and a lunch at a typical "Fornello" restaurant, in the center of Cisternino, to enjoy the tasty "bombette" typical pork meat rolls grilled on the premises. Our trip continue with a transfer to the second Unesco site of this trip Matera, the town of stone, a place where great masters of cinema have set films for its penetrating and evocative atmosphere, a town which for its uniqueness became the first site in the world declared a "cultural landscape" by UNESCO. In the evening a guided tour of the Sassi quarter, will disclose this amazing jewell and it history before enjoying a farewell dinner at our favorite cave restaurant.
day 7 | Departure or stay for more...


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