A Culinary Adventure in Puglia

With more than 300 days of sun a year and 500 miles of coastline, the heel of Italy — known as Puglia — is a beautiful region known for its warm climate, full-bodied wines, and fresh seafood. 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. The region may be a lesser known area of the country, but its offerings are immense.

The gastronomy in Puglia is influenced by Italy’s neighboring countries and past invaders — Greeks, French, Germans, and Arabs — as well as both the agriculture and the sea. You’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. To use the name a property has to have existed for over 20 years, and must offer educational activities in addition to their farming work. During this cooking adventure, your accommodations are located near Brindisi in 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 adventure.

A Culinary Adventure in Puglia Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation at the Masseria

Food & Beverages

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

Classes & Instructors

Your 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!
Classes will feature:

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

Excursions

  • 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

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.)