This unique region offers the ideal setting to experience the best of Italy’s food and wine options.
The itinerary also includes – MATERA!!
Puglia Food & Wine Tour 2024: June 1 - 9
EURO 2.985,00 per person
Select Hotel Accommodations w/ daily breakfast
Winery Tours & Tastings
Visits to local food production and markets
Cooking Class with local chef
Guided excursions + Regional City tours
Daily Breakfast + Dinner (4) + Lunch (5)
Arrival and Departure Transfers
Tour Does Not Include:
Gratuities and extras of personal nature
Trani Italy is a hidden gem in Puglia! It is an unusual destination for tourists but one worth knowing – and visiting. Nicknamed “the Pearl of the Adriatic”, Trani encapsulates everything Puglia offers: wonderful beaches, a history-rich city center, incredibly tasty food.
Matera is a city on a rocky outcrop in southern Italy. It includes the Sassi area, a complex of cave dwellings carved into the mountainside. Evacuated in 1952 due to poor living conditions, the Sassi were reclaimed by the locals in the past years and has been the site for two recent movies - "The Passion of the Christ" and James Bond "No Time to Die".
Lecce, know as the "Florence of the South" for its renaissance architecure, is renowned for its cucina povera – it literally means “poor cuisine”, but refers to the tasty home cooking of rural families who make the most of seasonal, local produce.
A few steps from the Marina, located in a quiet and peaceful area, the sixteenth century Palazzo Laghezza, of significant historical importance as property built on the ancient city walls. A small property that welcomes guests to enjoy their intimate “luxury suites”. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom, TV-LED, Sky-TV, Wi-Fi, mini-bar & coffee machine.
With its unique rooms directly in the original cave dwellings that made up this historic city; guests will enjoy the experience of sleeping in the “Sassi” to experience the sense of the atmosphere of thousand years ago, while ensuring the comforts of modern day accommodations. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, air conditioning, SAT-TV and Wi-Fi.
Located on a quiet street a short walk from the center; it is a magnificently restored early 20th century town house. This charming boutique property now offers comfortable accommodation. All our rooms, spaciously equipped with air conditioning, HD-TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar and showered bath.
Below we have outlined the program over the 9 days, 8 nights.
Day 1: Arrive to Bari / Trani
Typical arrival city for the region is Bari (airport or train station); from here your private transfer will take you to the city of Trani for hotel check in. Later in the afternoon, after all participants have arrived, we will hold a “meet and greet” to give overview of the program while having our first introduction to the local wines. The evening offers the also first opportunity to sample the local food with the welcome dinner. (W, D)
Day 2: Local Wines and Winery
Morning breakfast and then a full day in the countryside beginning with a visit to the historical Castel del Monte (UNESCO site). The intriguing octagonal castle was built by the famed emperor, Federico II of Sweden. After we are on to visit two winery located in the Castel del Monte DOC region and in between a stop for lunch. Afterwards, return to Trani and take the evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 3: Cooking Class
Morning breakfast and then your day will begin with a visit to a local “Masseria” (stone farmhouse) for a cooking class. You will experience a real Italian country kitchen and learn how to make the local pasta, “orecchiette” and focaccia. Then, of course the lunch follows the class in order to savor the fruits of your labor! After this active day, we return to the Trani and evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 4: Altamura
Morning breakfast and departure for a full food and wine experience in the town of Altamura. Well known for its bread production, we will visit to local bakery (or two) and also stop in to one of the well known local cheese producers. Plus we will visit a newly opened wine museum for tasting of the regional options. Afterwards, it is on to Matera, hotel check-in and relax time before the evening welcome dinner in this historical unique setting. (B, L, D, W)
Day 5: Matera (Sassi)
Morning breakfast, then a guided tour of this unique city (tagged City of Culture in 2019). The afternoon is free time for you to explore and then to enjoy the balance of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B)
Day 6: Alberobello / Ostuni / Lecce
Breakfast, then moving back into Puglia for two cities known for their distinctive and unique architecture: Alberobello and Lecce. First stop, Alberobello, the city of the famed “trulli” – white washed, pointed-top houses; a UNESCO site and signature trademark for the region. Walking the city with free time, then on to Ostuni (citta bianca). Time will be taken to visit a medieval stone mill and the museum to reflect on the methods of construction for this architecturally unique city. Lunch will be provided in one of the select, local restaurants; then onward to Lecce and its baroque style deeming it as the Florence of the South. Early evening aperitif and then a special dinner at one of our select restaurants. (B, L, W, D)
Day 7: Lecce – Baroque City
Breakfast and then a morning city tour of Lecce, visiting the main highlights of this baroque architectual styled city, which has been commonly called, “the Florence of the South”. After the tour the day is mostly for your enjoyment and free time, but also provided is a special lunch at one of our select restaurants. (B, L, W)
Day 8: Wine Museum / Winery Visit
Morning breakfast and then an excursion to visit the museum for the local wines. The local history for the old “tools of the trade” are on display; you will also visit nearby fields where you can see and feel the history with their 50 to 70 year old trees; then in one of the winery a tasting of the local production. Afterwards, it is back to Lecce; then in the evening dinner at a special Osteria in the city. (B, D, W)
Day 9: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and check out; your transfer will take you to Bari. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner W=Wine Tasting O=Olive Oil Tasting
Base price includes accommodations for 8 nights, arrival/departure transfers from/to Bari; transportation as needed for excursion activities, plus meals and cultural activities as indicated.