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Our Top Cooking Vacations in Puglia, Italy in 2022-2023

The masseria where you stay during your cooking vacation in Italy

This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

With more than 300 days of sun a year and 500 miles of coastline, Puglia, or Apulia, is the “heel” of Italy’s boot, and home to such towns as Bari, Brindisi, and Lecce, which you can discover on our cooking vacations in Puglia, Italy. It is a land of grains, olive oil, a warm climate, full-bodied wines, and fresh seafood. 

Our cooking vacations in Puglia Italy are hands-down some of our best! The rural landscape is populated with fortified castles, olive groves, and whitewashed Trulli, distinctive conical-shaped dwellings that distinguish Puglia from other parts of the country. Puglia is one of the oldest settled parts of Italy, and the archeological sites (early Italic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and more) and stunning Baroque cities provide a wealth of cultural explorations to round out your culinary tour.

A local woman making homemade orecchiette pasta in old Bari on a culinary vacation in PugliaYou’ll find olives here, as well as grapes, figs, and almonds. Local cuisine specialties include seafood risotto, fava beans, orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta), as well as burrata, a creamy cheese somewhat like mozzarella.

Similar to an agriturismo, masserias are country homes that operate in Puglia both as hotels and working educational farms. During this perfect cooking adventure for foodies, your accommodations are located near Brindisi at a masseria surrounded by olive trees that were planted more than 400 years ago. The unique estate has been renovated and altered over the past few centuries; rooms that were once noble quarters are now charming rooms for guests. The masseria is a family affair, run by a brother and sister team, and the latter, Chiara, will be your cooking instructor during your Puglia cooking vacation.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
Nicole & Troy
HI
Best vacation ever. We did 2 different tours - tour 1 was Tuscany with Andrea which was phenomenal. Week 2 was in Puglia with Chiara and that was phenomenal too. I would highly recommend either one. Peg and Richard at International Kitchen took care of all of our requests, transports, etc. It was wonderful!!!!

Puglia Food Experience Holidays Highlights

In this getaway to Puglia — which gets 300 days of sunshine a year — discover the local cuisine with five hands-on cooking classes with a local chef! Your amazing Puglia food experience includes:

  • hands-on cooking classes at the manor house of a family-owned farm
  • wine tastings and local producer visits
  • excursions to Matera, Bari, Ostuni, Polignano ,and Alberobello
  • accommodations at a charming, recently renovated masseria 
  • transfers and transportation

Puglia is one of Italy’s best kept secrets, as you will discover when you explore this one-of-a-kind foodie destination during our cooking vacations.

Itinerary

Learn this day-by-day itinerary of the best Puglia, Italy luxury food trips and authentic culinary tours. We can also customize your Italian cooking vacation to suit your tastes!

Day One

  • Arrive at either Bari or Brindisi airport, and group transfer to the masseria, your accommodations for the week.
  • Take some time to settle in and relax.
  • Get to know the family, and enjoy an aperitivo with them before dinner.
  • Overnight.

Fresh cheese in Puglia


Day Two

  • Following breakfast, visit a cheese factory for a live demonstration of how to make mozzarella and burrata, and enjoy a tasting of this wonderful cheese.
  • Next, visit an ancient oil mill in the Ostuni area to learn about this “green gold.”
  • After, take a walk through the old town’s small alleys and enjoy an apperitivo overlooking the sea.
  • Return to the masseria for the first of your hands-on cooking courses in Puglia, which will focus on fresh and filled pasta and the local glory – focaccia.
  • Dinner to follow based on your efforts.
  • Overnight.

Matera, Italy


Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • In the early morning, depart for Matera in the Basilicata region, an awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site that has become famous worldwide for its ancient town “Sassi di Matera” which translates to “stones of Matera.” This prehistoric settlement is thought to be among the first human settlements in Italy, and it’s been featured in a variety of filmmakers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem. Visit a traditional bakery for a tasting of the city’s famed bread.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Enjoy some free time on your own in the afternoon.
  • Dinner tonight is in the masseria.
  • Overnight.

Woman making pasta in Bari


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, take part in your next cooking class to learn about traditional pizza and other local specialties like panzerotti, friselle, and taralli.
  • Lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • After lunch, head to the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare to admire the impressive panoramas from the seaside terraces. Perhaps indulge in a gelato while there.
  • From there take a very picturesque drive through Itria Valley. Visit a local winery for a wine tasting, then to head to Alberobello, the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its fairytale trulli. While there, experience a guided visit of the site.
  • Finish your day with a wonderful dinner al fornello, where you’ll be served various cuts of meats from the local butcher. This is a rustic and completely Pugliese experience!
  • Overnight.

Polignano a Mare, Italy


Day Five

  • Breakfast.
  • In the afternoon, head to the capital city of Bari to explore the old town. This guided walk will take you to remarkable historical attractions — such as the beautiful St. Nicola’s Basilica, home to Saint Nicolas, a beloved saint and father of the Santa Claus legend — as well as the seaside promenade and busy pedestrian shopping area.
  • For lunch explore the local street food scene, including raw fish at the safood market, and street food such as focaccia, sgagliozze, and popizze.
  • Drive south to Monopoli, an enchanting harbor town to explore its cobble-stone alleys and seafront. And yes, another chance for a gelato!
  • Return to the masseria to participate in a cooking class that focuses on fish and classical seafood dishes, from linguine to octopus, in a Mediterranean style, as well as vegetable dishes.
  • Dinner based on your efforts.
  • Overnight.

Field of vegetables at the Masseria


Day Six

  • Following breakfast, depart for an excursion to Locorotondo, a beautiful town in the Itria valley, and visit their local market, where you’ll enjoy an apertivo like the locals.
  • Transfer to a renowned factory to taste the local cold cut, capocollo.
  • Return to the masseria for your final cooking class, where you’ll discover the tricks of Pugliese desserts and cakes, such as biscotti, and Italian limoncello.
  • Farewell dinner to follow based on your efforts, along with a certificate of attendance.
  • Overnight.

Day Seven

  • Breakfast and check out. Group transfer to Bari or Brindisi airport.

Apulia Culinary Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Puglia, Italy Food and Wine Tour

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation at the Masseria

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches (including 2 tasting lunches)
  • 6 dinners
  • Wine, water, and coffee with all meals

Classes & Instructors

Tiella Barese dish on Puglia cooking vacationYour 4 hands-on cooking classes take place in the kitchens of your masseria and will be led by either Chiara or one of the other family members, or by the chef of the property, Damiano. Chiara has managed the masseria’s restaurant since 2007, and has led cooking shows for the Puglia Region Authority, as well as an educational laboratory for a group of foreign journalists. In the past, Chef Damiano has worked for a number renowned Puglia restaurants. Both specialize in Apulian cuisine, and look forward to sharing a rich culinary tradition with you during our 7 days culinary vacations.
Classes will feature:

  • fresh and filled pastas and focaccia
  • pizza and traditional Apulian savory pastries
  • fish, seafood, and vegetables
  • desserts

Excursions

Trulli visited during your cooking vacation in Puglia

  • Excursion to Matera
  • Visit of Bari
  • Visits of Ostuni, Polignano a Mare, and Alberobello
  • Excursion to Locorotondo
  • 1 winery visit
  • 1 cheese factory tour and tasting
  • 1 salami factory tour
  • 1 oil mill factory tour
  • 1 traditional bakery visit

Transfer Details

Round-trip group transfers from/to Bari or Brindisi airport. (Late arrivals or early departure transfers may incur an additional fee. We would be happy to confirm transfers with you before you finalize your travel arrangements.)

Accommodation Information

Surrounded by 400-year-old olive trees, the Masseria Salamina, located just a short distance from the Adriatic sea, is a relaxing getaway full of historic charm. The rooms are located in three wings of the masseria and reflect the history of the area. All rooms offer air conditioning, heating, safe, LCD TV, Wi-Fi, and hair dryer. The property itself features a restaurant specializing in traditional Puglian cuisine as well as a swimming pool with a beautiful view of the sea.

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Pricing & Dates of Italian Cookery Vacations in Puglia

Find the dates and pricing for our culinary vacation tour packages in Puglia, Italy.



Puglia, Italy Food Tours Pricing:
Regular Season

(January through June, September 25 through December)

6-night Program

US$3750 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$600 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.

Custom Biking and Cooking or Walking and Cooking itineraries also available.

Puglia, Italy Food Tours Pricing:
High Season

(July 1-September 24)

6-night Program

US$3875 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$900 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

*See our terms & conditions for details and exclusions.


Puglia Gourmet Holidays Dates 2022-2023

Our Italian cooking vacations in Puglia are available year round for a minimum of 2 people. If you’d like to customize your Puglia cooking vacation, just drop us a line or give us a call and we’ll get started crafting the trip of your dreams.

Puglia food tour dates in 2022-2023: Other start dates are also possible, please inquire.

2022
July 3-9
July 10-16
July 17-23
July 24-30
July 31-August 6
August 7-13
August 14-20
August 21-27
August 28-September 3
September 4-10
September 11-17
September 18-24
September 25-October 1
October 2-8
October 19-15
October 16-22
October 23-29
October 30-November 5
November 6-12
November 13-19
November 20-26
November 27-December 3
December 4-10
December 11-17
December 18-24

2023
Please inquire for dates.

Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
Nicole & Troy
HI
Best vacation ever. We did 2 different tours - tour 1 was Tuscany with Andrea which was phenomenal. Week 2 was in Puglia with Chiara and that was phenomenal too. I would highly recommend either one. Peg and Richard at International Kitchen took care of all of our requests, transports, etc. It was wonderful!!!!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Nicole & Troy
HI
Best vacation ever. We did 2 different tours - tour 1 was Tuscany with Andrea which was phenomenal. Week 2 was in Puglia with Chiara and that was phenomenal too. I would highly recommend either one. Peg and Richard at International Kitchen took care of all of our requests, transports, etc. It was wonderful!!!!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Anne & John
WCape
We had an excellent experience all round. Just the right combination of sight-seeing and cooking. The Masseria Salamina was superb: both the accommodation and the staff suited us perfectly. We were met at Bari airport and driven straight to the Masseria where we were warmly welcomed by Chiara and we met Augusto who introduced us to the other guests and discussed our schedule with us. Chiara and her staff were charming, friendly and helpful and the cooking classes both fun and instructive. The meals were delicious. Augusto was a superb guide, friendly, helpful and interesting in his explanations of the local geography, history and customs. The choice of places to visit was excellent: interesting farms, winery, dairy, butchery and smoked meat business. He paced us just right in walking around towns and places of interest.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Thomas & Ilona
Virginia
Cooking school was beyond expectations
We gave this trip 5 stars
Janice & Audrey
Michigan
Trip taken September 2017
Took great care of us. I became ill the first few days of trip and they treated us like family. Augusto is in love with Puglia and it showed in all of his tours and question/answers. Chiara is lovely. If i ever go back to Italy I dont want to go anywhere else. Maresa in the kitchen was a patient and caring assistant. Fillipo welcoming and the staff very patient with language attempts. Best trip ever.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Rosemary & Fred
Ohio
Trip taken June 2017
The experience was amazing! We spent a week in the Pulia region of Italy. At the end of six days and four cooking classes, we had a special appreciation and understanding of the culture and people. We visited family owned producers of olive oil, cheese, and meat. The family owned Masseria made us feel at home as soon as we arrived and were very attentive. Chiara made the cooking classes fun and informative. Augusto was our guide throughout the entire time of our visit. We visited several towns as he narrated the history, suggested good restaurants as well as shopping and helped us translate to communicate better. He was very flexible and helpful throughout our stay. The International Kitchen staff was very courteous and knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed ourselves and had a great vacation. This program is comprehensive and well organized. We learned so much in the classes and were introduced to new foods and cooking techniques. We were always made to feel welcomed and comfortable. We did have a full schedule everyday as there was so much to see and do. Perhaps there would be a way to create some down time. We had a wonderful post trip and were able to meet and visit with family. Many beautiful memories were created on this trip!
We gave this trip 5 stars
Bonnie & Danuta
Ontario
When I first decided to book a cooking vacation, you might remember that I called you as I had narrowed down the selection to either Tuscany or Puglia. Your input helped me make the decision to go to Puglia. What a perfect choice that was! We absolutely loved Puglia. What a beautiful place. The masseria was beautiful as well. The people were incredibly accommodating and friendly. Our room was great and the terrace outside the room had a wonderful view. We could see the Adriatic from it.   Our guide for the week, Augusto, was outstanding. His knowledge of the area made every excursion so much more than we had anticipated. The tours he took us on were so very interesting. As the week progressed and we got to know each other better, we so enjoyed laughing and chatting about Italy and Canada and many other topics. I think one of the things we will remember most was how much fun we had. Chiara, the chef at the Masseria, was a terrific teacher. She took us patiently through many recipes.  The hands-on experience made each item come alive.  I know I am going to be making several things from the many we learned. And having the recipes given to us to bring home will make sure whatever we make here will turn out perfectly (or at least I hope so!). I cannot say enough about how the week exceeded our expectations.  I would, without hesitation, recommend Puglia, the masseria, and The International Kitchen to anyone looking for a cooking vacation.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Courtney & Brittany
Utah
I was thoroughly impressed with your European partners! They were like family. We toured by day and cooked at night it was a fun filled adventure. The accommodations were amazing and it was wonderful to have all our meals taken care of. Our experience was unbelievable the sights and tours were amazing. Augusto our tour guide was so knowledgable and so connected with the local region...we enjoyed ever moment with him!

We Can Help Plan The Best Cooking Holidays in Puglia, Italy

Making pasta in the old town center of Bari.

Explore the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables lovingly applied in the flavorful yet simple local authentic Italian cuisine during your cooking vacation in Puglia.

There are many ways we can help with to make your cooking vacation in Italy the trip of your dreams. Contact us for more information, or you can indicate your interest during check out and we will follow up with you directly! Contact Us
 

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FAQ

What is the most famous dish in Puglia?

One of the most popular Apulia dishes is orecchiette con le cime di rapa – handmade orecchiette pasta with turnip tops. In fact, orecchiette pasta (which translates as “little ears”) is probably Puglia’s most iconic food, and you can observes rows of housewives and nonne (grandmothers) making them for the local restaurants in the Old Center of Bari. Other popular Apulian dishes are panzerotti, a type of turnover, and tiella barese, a dish featuring potatoes and mussels.

What is the best time to visit Puglia?

Spring, early summer, and fall are the best seasons to visit Puglia. High summer is hot but also popular, with higher prices to match demand. If you are a beach-lover, then you should choose the warmer months to take advantage of Puglia’s many stunning beaches. But if you want cooler temperatures and wonderful produce, spring and fall are your best bets. We’ve also had clients enjoy traveling to Puglia over the winter months!