Puglia Culinary holidays| gourmet food touring | wine cooking vacation

Puglia culinary                                       tour & cooking holidays in Salento

Puglia Culinary tours, a luxury cooking holidays and food touring & wine tasting vacation...

"cooking Salento's local recipes and dishes..."

Discover Puglia on a Culinary tour, a luxury 9 days gourmet holidays with plenty of food & wine tasting and cooking, the ideal vacation for all foodies, food market passionate and wine lover desirous to discover Apulian culinary heritage, finest wine and traditions, one of the most enjoyable ways of experiencing the local culture. Giuliana, the chef of our cooking school in Lecce, will follow you through this culinary journey, our experienced guides will tell you all about the art & history of this region, while Angela, our sommelier will guide you to the perfect food and wine pair between traditional dishes of Puglia and the finest Apulian wine.

The hands on cooking classes featured on this culinary tour will focus on recipes from the Apulian culinary tradition, based on local and seasonal ingredients, either picked from our own organic garden or from the local market. You will enjoy a new way of experiencing Apulian culinary culture, learning a language having fun and being creative at the same time.

Why you will like it ! because this culinary tour of Puglia is perfectly balanced and designed to satisfy all taste and preferences;
∗ You will spend 2/3 nights in each location visiting all the most important point of interest and attractions;
∗ those more interested in cooking will meet different chef each time, experimenting new cooking style and local traditions;
∗ those focussed on local wines and grapes will have a wine expert following the group for the entire duration of the tour guiding the wine tasting and the visit of local boutique wineries;
∗ for the foodies we will be visiting the local markets and the small producers, offering an insight view on the local production and typical regional products.

This tour is ideal for:
wine lovers, food enthusiast, expert chef or those desirous to improve their cooking skills, single, families, small groups of friends and all those interested in local food, food markets and typical product of Puglia.

Why us ?:
∗ because we are MADE IN ITALY just like the other amazing things that make each trip to Italy unique and unforgettable;
∗ because PATH is a local project based in Lecce, and by choosing us you will "give back" to the local community you visit;
∗ as local we have long terms relationship and have exclusive acces to small local producers offering a real insight view on the local life and tradition;
∗ we offer unique experiences and great flexibility as you can choose to do the the full 9 days tour or just enjoy the first 6/7 days at a discounted price;
∗ we operate all guided tours, we do not outsource the running of your trip and we don't pay others to do the job;
∗ we have been behind the highlights of big tour companies and have inspired many culinary tours now available on line from people you will never meet, and companies have only been to Puglia once.
∗ we offer exclusive pre and post trips available to enhance your trip to Italy.

Great flexibility

On this culinary & cooking gourmet tour we offer great flexibility as you can either book only 3 days, 6 days or 8 days of our full culinary itinerary, choosing the segment that suite your better and match your travel plans and schedule, joining the group and enjoying the activities for the part of tour you have booked.
First SALENTO segment includes: 3 days of cooking, food market tours,, wine tastings and sightseeing between Lecce, Otranto, Galatina & Gallipoli;
Second ITRIA VALLEY segment includes 3 days of cooking, sightseeing & tasting between Ostuni, Alberobello, Cisternino, Martina Franca, Egnazia archaeological site, Monopoli & Polignano a Mare;
Third BASILICATA segment includes 2 day to discover Altamura its focaccia and famous bread tradition & the unesco sito of Matera, the town of stones.

Puglia culinary                                        program

Day 1 start your culinary journey discovering Lecce's Baroque jewels
Day 2 continue strolling the charmin town on Gallipoli and explore its fish market
Day 3 make your own fresh pasta and experiment with the local recipes
Day 4 spend the following days cruising the Itria Valley and its unique Trulli houses
Day 5 admire the breathtaking adriatic coast, discovering sun-soaked fishing villages
Day 6 taste the finest apulian wine after a private wine tour of our favourite local winery
Day 7 savor the famous focaccia in Altamura....
Day 8 continue heading to Matera, the town of stones....

Enquire for a detailed program...
A typical culinary day trip between local food markets and home cooking!! Read more from our blog

Cooking like the local do...

8.30am - Enjoy Giuliana's cakes
8.45am - Make love with the caffè while everybody is chatting about the program of the day;
10.00am - Visit to the local market trying to get the best deal on chicory pretending you understand the local slang.
12.00pm - Tough choice: big aperitif in front of the roman amphitheater or light lunch at villa Giuliana ?
3.00pm - First cooking lesson, hands on food while Giuliana refreshes you the basic rules of mediterranean cuisine: fresh ingredients and simple recipes.
3.30pm - Your fava been pure does not look too good, but it smells great and you feel you are getting there. Quick walk to the back garden looking for fresh herbs...
4.00pm - Your pure is looking better and smelling gorgeously, and you are almost start to feel peckish
5.15pm - The pure is ready the first lesson is almost over , you feel quiet proud of yourself and decide to join the group for a coffee on the terrace while Andrea is talking about how hard is to find a good coffee, when you are north of Napoli !!
6.30pm - You feel you need a rest and a shower just before your dinner
9.00pm - Time to explore a local tratoria, the one not on the Lonely planet...
10.30pm - Amaro, limoncello, grappa, sambuca, zedda piras, bay leaf rosolio? just can not decide...
10.45pm - Relaxing night walk through the historic center, talking about the Duomo, but you are not too far from the bed...
11.10pm - The day is over and you just cannot wait for the dolce vita to start again...

Please enquire for a detailed itinerary and program of our cookery school in Lecce.

Trip details

Start / End: Lecce / Matera
Date:available year round
Group size:4-12
3 days segment: from € 1390 pp
6 days segment: from € 2500 pp
9 days full trip Cost: from € 3550 pp
Private departures:year round min 6 pax (pax < 4 self guided)

Dates & price 2014

  • May 12 - 19
  • Sept 9 - 15
  • Oct 1 - 7
  • Oct 4-11 / 2015
  • Oct 18-25 /2015

A taste of Puglia authentic recipes...

Trip highlights

  • Hands on cooking lessons through the tour
  • local food markets tours
  • Cultural tours art & history
  • Introduction to Apulian culinary culture
  • Boutique Apulian Winiries and visit to local producers

This trip includes

  • luxury accommodation and breakfast
  • airport pick up /drop off
  • all transfer as per itinerary
  • hands-on cooking classes in english
  • service of our guides and sommelier
  • most meals
  • tutored wine tasting tours
  • extra virgin olive oil tasting
  • private cultural tours
  • field trips to local producers
  • special gift and information pack

Not included

  • Flights & insurance
  • Everything not mentioned on the included list above


  • Accommodation is be provided by selected luxury, exclusive historic residences & wine estate. Prices are calculated on two sharing. More information will be provided during the booking process.

Go private. Grab a group of friends and enjoy a private cooking course and holiday in Puglia...
This is the perfect opportunity to experience Apulia culinary heritage, to spend a few days being creative, exploring Lecce and the surroundings with our knowledgeable guides while having fun.

On a private culinary tour the itinerary and all cooking classes can be themed to suit your requirements and culinary desires. You can choose to either focus on homemade pasta, pizza or simply choose a selection of you favorite dishes from Apulian or Italian regional cuisine. Just let us know.....

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