Mola di Bari, Puglia
About the location: Lecce and Bari are two of the region’s larger and more lively cities. Approximately an hour from Bari you will find the Masseria, a charming countryside mansion from the 17th century. The property is surrounded by acres of olive grove and vineyards and is situated in the heart of the Puglia region, on a hill overlooking the seaside town of Mola di Bari. Once the summer residence of the family, the Masseria is now a unique place to relax in a tranquil setting.
The core of the property is the great stone room, once used as a “frantoio,” or olive mill. It is now used as a living room, full of historic charm and atmosphere. All of the bedrooms feature spacious bathrooms, antique furniture, fabrics and linens of the finest quality, A/C and satellite TV.
About the lessons: Your hands-on lesson will be led by the owner of the property. Once a journalist specializing in environmental and agricultural studies, she now devotes her time to the studies of Puglia’s culinary history and southern identity, teaching the art of creating wonderful and authentic Puglian cuisine, with many recipes taken from the cookbooks written by the women of her family throughout the centuries.