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Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour

From £2050 pp

Italy, Puglia

7 days

1 - 8

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour

What You'll Do

This is a unique 7 day food tour around the Italian regions of Puglia & Basilicata. The tour involves personalised experiences to specially selected restaurants in order to enjoy the gourmet cuisine as a local would. This trip involves numerous hands on tours around olive orchards, wineries and mozzarella farms, each with complimentary tastings, of course. You'll even get a chance to challenge your own culinary skills.

Your Local Host:

Angelina Fadda

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I am Sardinian but was born in the North of Italy, my parents decided to return to Sardinia when I was 8 because Sardinian people have a strong attachment and bond with the island where we lived in Oristano. What I do is my passion, I am very lucky. I love travelling and would say I am a globe trotter. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Puglia: Traditional Lunch & Wine Tasting

Collection point: Brindisi Airport AM

We will pick you up at Brindisi airport in the morning. Your first destination is a short 30 minute drive away. Your accommodation is a traditional “masseria” on the outskirts of Ostuni. Masserias are typical Apulian farms. By staying in the farmhouse you will experience the most authentic, rural Italian lifestyle and a relaxed atmosphere.

After check in, we’ll escort you to a magnificent lunch in a cozy restaurant in Ostuni, one of the most famous Apulian little towns. You will be served a “gourmet menu” made by the “cuochi”, the resident chefs that run the kitchen of this lovely osteria (tavern). Get ready for an incredible journey among the most delicious and traditional Apulian flavours. The gourmet menù will be accompanied by excellent wines, carefully selected from the best producers in the area.

After lunch, you’ll have some free time to freshen up at the hotel and enjoy the surroundings of this gorgeous property.

We’ll meet again in the late afternoon and visit one of the best wineries in the area. This unique winery is fascinating as the local farmers still apply historical knowledge of wine making in order to give us excellent wines, that of course you will taste.

Once you have experienced the wines, we will take you back to the masseria in time for an inclusive dinner.

Puglia: Apulian Cooking Class & Evening Aperitivo

Are you ready for a traditional Apulian cooking class?

Today you’ll learn how to make “orecchiette alle cime di rapa”, which is, without a doubt, the most famous Apulian dish in the world. You will eat your delicious creation for lunch and accompany it with a unique “Rosolio” tasting. Rosolio is a traditional home-made liqueur made with rose petals, it is a floral drink with a hint of spice.

After some time to rest, we will meet again at 5 pm  for an evening visit to the beautiful small town of San Vito dei Normanni. You will be delighted by the beauty of this gorgeous town, which dates back to the Bronze Age so get ready for fantastic photo opportunities!

Our day will end with a typical “Apulian Aperitivo” with a surprise. Did you know San Vito is known as the capital of traditional Apulian music?

Puglia: Visit to Ostuni Town

In the morning we will leave the masseria for our second destination, a lovely boutique hotel in the heart of Ostuni, otherwise known as the “White City”.

Ostuni is a white pearl situated on the Adriatic coast of Italy, famous for its picturesque historic centre, consisting of white washed houses and buildings that date back to the Middle Age. The historic, architectural and cultural appeal of Ostuni lies in its  characteristic alleys, adorned with beautiful flowers. You’ll find an incredible number of deli and gourmet stores and lovely souvenirs shops.

You will spend the day exploring and discovering the hidden secrets of the citadel. Dinner tonight is included.

Puglia: Visit to Alberobello & Olive Orchard

Today you will visit the beautiful Alberobello (the “Trulli” town) which is part of a UNESCO Heritage site. Here you will experience the flavours of the famous “Apulian salumerie”, cheese and salami.

In the afternoon, we will visit an incredible millennia  old olive orchard, one of the most famous in the world. Get ready for a breathtaking experience!

Learn the essential stages of producing excellent organic olive oil. You will get to know the variety of the unique olive trees at the orchard and how they are taken care of. End the visit with a unique opportunity to taste the olive oil that the orchard produces.

In the evening, pack your cases for tomorrow we will leave for the beautiful town of Matera, the “Città dei Sassi (“Stone City”).

Basilicata: Traditional Farm Visit & Wine Tasting

We’ll leave in the morning to Matera, and cross the borders of Puglia to enter the Basilicata region. Along the way, we will stop at a traditional farm where, guided by the local farmer, you will observe the making process of mozzarella and burrata mozzarella.

Matera has been nominated as the European Capitol of Culture and is truly stunning You will fall immediately in love with its beautiful and romantic landscapes.

Your stay in Basilicata will be in a historical old mansion, where you can experience the cosy, magic and unique atmosphere of the city. We’ll have a gourmet lunch in one of the most traditional restaurants in the town, with a special tasting of Apulia wines, such as  Primitivo di Manduria, Aglianico and Aleatico. These wines will be accompanied with a selection of locally produced cured meats.

In the afternoon, we will explore the hidden corners of this fascinating city, and of course its history. Dinner is included at a local pizzeria, Pizza Lucana.

Basilicata: Visit Matera & An Artisan Bakery

After breakfast we will leave Matera behind, because the perfumed Altamurais is waiting for us. Why perfumed? Well, because Altamura is world famous for its gourmet bread, “il pane di Altamura”.

Once there, after a visit to the gorgeous downtown, we will meet one of the artisans who has dedicated his life to the production of this delicious bread. We will hear the incredible story of his life and of course we will taste his work.

For lunch a special surprise is waiting for us. After your surprise, spend your afternoon enjoying Matera at your own pace. We will meet again in the evening for our “arrivederci dinner”.

Travel Home

We will take you to Bari Airport for 9.30 am. Several daily direct connections to Rome and Milan Linate leave each day. Ask me if you need help about sorting flights out.

Location Information

  • Airport transfer & transport to and from your various destinations
  • Help with booking flights if needed
  • 4 night stay in a traditional farm house, 2 night stay in an old mansion
  • Tour and tasting at a winery, olive orchard, mozzarella farm & artisan bakery
  • Apulian Cooking Class
  • Dinner & Lunch unless the time to eat falls during your free exploring