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  FULL LUXURY GOURMET TOUR of the heel of Italy. Lunches, Dinners, Wine & Olive tastings with a specialist tour leader of the Apulia cuisine and culture. 5* stars accommodations and more
 
  FROM: $2,659.00 - Land only (starting price in double)
Land only (starting price in double)

 
  Valid: 2017

Departure dates: 780$ saving on May 21st departure - September 24th -Octob

 
  PACKAGE INCLUDES
  • air ticket available on request
  • 5 night accommodations with American buffet breakfast daily
  • Wine & Food expert tour leader
  • Driver & Deluxe minicoach
  • 5 dinners wines included
  • 5 lunches wines included
  • 1 Olive tasting in Masseria
  • 1 Olive tasting in Olive oil plant
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 pizza making
  • 1 cheese tasting
  • English speaking local guide in Lecce
  • entrances fees

the special price is related to May 21 departure only with a $780 dollar saving per couple
Other departures available

Supplement for departures on
September 24th & October 3rd $ 780 per couple

 
  ITINERARY
  • DAY 1: From BARI to MATERA . Bread, wine and Imperial charm Our wine and food expert will call at hotel Orienteand sketch out for us Puglia and its cultural and gastronomic excellence, so to appreciate in full what we are going to see and to do throughout our experience. We depart then for Modugno, where we stop at an olive oil mill to visit the press and learn everything about olives, terroir and methods of production. We will be made aware of the difference between olive oiland extra virgin olive oiland, through several tastes, we will be taught how to choose, store and use this precious gift of nature, along with those little, sometimes beyond imagination, secrets that only locals know. In the succession of food and culture that is the trademark of this tour we will then head for UnescoSite Castel del Monte, a fortress built in XIII century by Frederick II of Swaebia, Holy Roman Emperor. He was so profoundly fond of this region that he built here some of his most imposing palaces, among which Castel del Monte, with its octangular shape, is a unique masterpiece. In Gravinadi Puglia, garden of delightsaccording to Frederick II, we are served lunch in a restaurant overlooking the gravine, ravines dug by the streamcuttingerosion, from which the city derives its name and its definition of city of water and stones. Here, we will not miss the opportunity to taste the Pallone di GravinaGravinasfootball, a spherical-shaped, mature, stretched-curd cheese, produced with raw cow milk collected in the farms dotting the area. After lunch, we will enjoy a walking tour of the town and of its pre-historical dwellings, and then continue to Matera and its Sassi, so unchanged through centuries that it was no effort for Mel Gibson to choose them as perfect set for his Passion of Christ. Accommodation at the Sextantio Hotel Diffuso. In the evening, dinner in a cozy trattoria, where the guest of honor will be Matera bread, the golden hue of which is due to a blend of ancient wheats unique in Italy. Traditionally, three deep cuts are engraved on the dough when it is given its shape, to give thanks to the Holy Trinity for the privilege of having such blessed food on ones table.
  • DAY 2: MATERA and CASTELLANETA . Ancient dwellings, film stars and home-made pasta Breakfast and walking tour of Matera. Departure for Castellaneta, a lovely town known for having been a briganti XIX century highwaymen hideout and the birth place of Rodolfo Valentino, unforgettable symbol of charm and passion. At lunch the orecchiette handmade pasta will be the main course, preceded by a number of little tastings of local delicatessen. History will mix up with style and comfort at our next destination: the Masseria Le Fabriche in Maruggio, a fortified finca built to protect the fields at its back from sea marauders, in recent years turned into a warm and welcoming resort. Its owner will be delighted to show us around his vineyards and to introduce us to the primitivo, the worldwide known native grape variety. After an entertaining and informative chat about terroir and methods of production, wine and food will be professionally paired during our dinner on the premises
  • DAY 3: LECCE and CUTROFIANO. Stunning Baroque and human talents Breakfast and then departure for Lecce, renowned for the breath-taking Baroque churches and palazzi that enrich its centre and outline its rivalry with Florence as the Italian highest expression of this style. Leccese Baroque stands as unique due to the peculiar local stone used, the color of which varies from white to straw yellow and gives a sort of structural balance to the center as a whole. The lively streets are studded with workshops and ateliers where skilled artisans and gifted artists convey in their works ancient knowledge and personal cleverness. A visit to a papier-maché atelier will deepen our fondness of this place and our admiration for its craftsmen. The papier-maché making got a foothold in XVII century, when it was realized that, despite its low cost, it could resemble to more precious materials like marble and wood. In Lecce, local craftsmen became so skilled that the false ceiling in Santa Chiaras church was made in papier-maché instead than wood. Also here in Lecce food and cuisine win their tribute: a midmorning cooking class followed by lunch will reveal everyday flavors and real people taste. The dishes to be prepared will be chosen by our host among the most representative of the region, like focaccia with cherry tomatoes and olive oil, or Cicerie - tria home made pasta with chickpeas, the peculiarity of which lies in the pasta being partly fried and partly boiled. Food will be accompanied by a lively Pizzica dance. The Pizzica is something not-to-be-missed while in Puglia. The bite of a locally common type of wolf spider, named "tarantula"was popularly believed to be highly poisonous and to lead to a hysterical condition. Only a dance could eradicate the venom from the dancers blood. The Pizzica, together with Neapolitan Tarantella, were thought to be the most effective remedies. The afternoon will be spent in Cutrofiano, visiting an underground olive mill. The main advantage of underground mills is of keeping the ideal temperature for olive oil storage, that is a little above 6°C/43°F, its freezing point, Seeing the press, we will realize how little some things have changed through time, and how, basically, the olive oil we taste nowadays is produced in the same way it used to be centuries ago. Drive back to Le Fabriche and dinner on the premises.
  • DAY 4: GROTTALIE, MANDURIA and MARTINAFRANCA. Handicraft and Primitivo wine Breakfast and departure for Grottaglie, delightful little town the origins of which go back to the age when Greeks settled in Southern Italy, Grottaglie ceramic industry dates back then.. Our walking tour will take us to one of the ateliers to admire the skills and the creativity of its owner, before departing for Manduria and its Primitivo Museum.Leaving Manduria without tasting its wine and eating its food would be unforgivable, and we will never succumb to such a shame! After lunch, our destination will be the Masseria Montenapoleone, but before getting there we will take a pleasant walk in the center of Martinafranca. Hopefully, we will be able to pop in one of the local delis and have a quick taste of Martinafranca capicola, a cold cut made from pork neck, smoked with Maquis shrubs as bay leaves, myrtle, thyme and fragno, a local oak. Once at the Masseria Montenapoleone we will attend a pizza class and discover the Pugliese version of the renowned Neapolitan dish, before having dinner on the premises.
  • DAY 5: OSTUNI and CISTERNINO . Heritage and glorious food Breakfast. Departure for Fasano and stop at a cheese factory for a mozzarella and burrata demonstration and tasting. Our journey continues to Ostuni, also called the white city .The next stop is the medieval hamlet of Cisternino with its street butchers offering mouth-watering bombette, pork meat rolls filled with canestrato, a local hard cheese made with a mixture of goat and sheep milk. Each butcher enriches the original recipe with herbs, spices or cold cuts, so that each bombetta is unmistakably related to its producer. Choose your bombette and, while the butcher grills them for you, sit outside, sip a glass of wine and blend idly with locals. Thereafter departure for Masseria Montenapoleone for a wine tasting among the luxuriant vineyards. In the evening, visit of the property with a special eye on their olive oil production. A tasting will let us understand the reasons why it is listed among the best of the region. A farm style dinner will be the most suitable conclusion of a day entirely dedicated to the pleasures of the table |
  • DAY 6: LOCOROTONDO -ALBEROBELLO - NOCI . Ancient tastes and new prospectives Breakfast. Our last day in Puglia will see us strolling and sipping a glass of wine along the streets of Locorotondo, a leading member of The Italian Board of Historical Towns, before heading for Alberobello and its trulli, ancient conical dwellings made with local stones set on top of another without the use of mortar. At lunchtime, accordingly to season and availability, we will experience the simple but savory ingredients of the local cuisine: lampascioni-tassel grape hyacinth bulbs -, broad beans and wild chicory or seafood. Our last stop is in Noci, a little town paved with "chianche", white local limestone slabs,to pay a visit to "A Mano vineyard and winery", founded nearly twenty years ago by a Californian winemaker who was spellbound by Puglia, its landscapes, its warmth and, later, by the overlapping DNA profiles of Primitivo and Zinfandel. After having tasted the results of his devotion and commitment we will depart for Bari. End of the tour.

 
  HOTELS
  • : Sexstantio Albergo Diffuso *****
  • : Masseria Le Fabbriche ****S
  • : Masseria Montenapoleone ****S
 
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