A dream itinerary among the immense beauty of the “White City”, the fascinating stone city of Matera and the magic of Trulli. Breathe the essence of Italy while relaxing under the shade of thousand-years olive trees, having fun on exciting traditional cooking classes and enjoying the romantic atmospheres of the vibrant South.

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 1

Welcome to Puglia!

One hour by car and we’ll reach a gorgeous old masseria, a typical Apulian farm experiencing the most authentic rural Italian lifestyle. A magnificent lunch in a traditional restaurant with excellent local wines waits for you and, after free time to rest, an Apulian Aperitivo and dinner with a local cheese tasting.

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 2

Ostuni, the White City

Our morning starts with an unique organic oil tasting&tour with the farmer of the masseria followed by lunch. Time to discover the beautiful Ostuni, the white pearl situated on the Adriatic coast, famous for its picturesque historic centre and cultural appeal, with dinner in a characteristic gourmet trattoria.

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 3

Apulian Cooking Class today!

Are you ready for a very special Apulian cooking class? Learn how to make the most famous Apulian recipe and taste it at lunch, followed by an unique Rosolio tasting, a home-made liqueur with rose petals. Discover the beautiful town of San Vito dei Normanni. Our day will finish with a typical dinner with a surprise!

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 4

Enjoying Alberobello, the trulli town.

Discovering two beautiful pearls of Apulia: Locorotondo and Alberobello (the Trulli town, UNESCO Heritage) with the best “Apulian Gourmet Street Food” experience for lunch! A lovely winery ovelooking the gorgeous Locorotondo will welcome us with a master class and tasting of Primitivo, with special gourmet dinner.

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 5

Welcome to Matera!

Spend a whole day in Matera, known as the Sistine Chapel of the South of Italy, staying in a historical old mansion with traditional lunch in one of the most classy restaurants of the city. After visiting its most hidden corners, you will be ready for the special pizza lucana for dinner, a real delicacy!

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 6

Discovering Altamura “the Italian Capital of bread”.

Altamura waits for you to discover a historical bakery and its recipes for making the best bread of Italy. We’ll visit a traditional local cantina and, after a stroll through the fascinating Matera alleys, a very special restaurant will welcome us for lunch. In the evening, arrivederci aperitif and Farewell Dinner.

Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours
Puglia & Basilicata Gourmet Tour Italian Flavours

Day 7

Arrivederci!

After breakfast we will leave for Bari Airport where we will say “arrivederci”. We’ll be there at about 11 Am. From there you can take your direct flight to Milan Malpensa Airport (1 hour 30 min. flight), or to Milan Linate Airport (1 hour 25 min. flight).

Full Description

Apulia (Puglia in Italian language), the spur of the Italian Boot, is an enchanting region that spreads lengthwise along the sea. Blessed with marvellous beaches that will delight every traveller, Puglia is a charming region that can be visited all year round and is rich in nature, history, tradition, tastes and spirituality. Apulia offers a wide range of places that testify to the ancient origins of this land: from prehistory to Magna Graecia, from the Imperial Age to the Renaissance. The trulli, for example those of Valle d’Itria, offer an evocative testimony of the rural past of the region. Meanwhile, numerous castles dot the shores of the southern coast, hinting at an era when both perils and commerces landed on these shores.

The hallmark of regional cooking is homemade pasta, made with durum wheat or a mix of durum and soft wheat: from recchietelle (also called orecchiette) that, in its many versions, is a symbol of the region, to the famous strascinati, that once were the main course for the poorest families and are now served in the best restaurants. Among the quality products, awarded with the labels DOP (Denomination of Protected Origin) or RGI (Regional Geographical Indication), are Altamura bread, famous for its crispness and the famous wines and extra-virgin olive oils, all with their very own characteristics according to the area where they were produced.

The wonderful Basilicata is embedded between Calabria and Apulia, in the south of Italy. The woods and forests that cover the mountains are dotted with small and charming villages, some even at an altitude of 1000 mt., where pure air, genuine flavors and the beauties of nature are combined with historical vestiges satisfying every curiosity.

Matera‘s Paleolithic setlements, the  Sassi, are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with Matera’s numerous rupestrian churches. Taking a walk along the lanes of the Civita, the oldest part of the town, you enter the ancient urban area formed by a dense network of caves, dug out of the rock by shepherds to shelter their family and livestock. It is an ancient architectural work with no design, which now attracts millions of visitors from all over the world.
This place is so singular that is was chosen by the famous actor and director Mel Gibson as the setting for his movie “The Passion”.

The typical food of Basilicata, simple and fragrant, is entirely based on a few local products, wisely combined in typical and ancient dishes.The tastiest sauces always contain hot pepper (peperoncino), the real symbol of cuisine in Basilicata, locally known as diavolicchio (little devil).

Are you ready for a tasty safari with me in two of the greatest wonders of Italy?

Features

✔ Six nights accommodation in typical old Apulian Masseria and historical old mansion
✔ Private driver transfers from Brindisi Airport and to Bari Airport
✔ Ostuni, the White City, with a Evo Oil Tasting
✔ San Vito dei Normanni, gorgeous Apulian medieval town
✔ Locorotondo and Alberobello, experiencing the best “Apulian Gourmet Street Food”, with a wine tasting&tour discovering the Primitivo Red Wine
✔ Matera, known worldwide as “The Stone City”, with its special Pizza Lucana
✔ Altamura, the Italian capital of bread, with a visit of traditional local Cantina with wine tasting
✔ Apulian Cooking class and Rosolio tasting
✔ Daily gourmet breakfast
✔ Welcome Aperitif and Arrivederci Aperitif, six lunches and six dinners (with Welcome and Farewell Dinners) and beverages included during the meals (1/2 lt of wine per person)
✔ English-speaking Staff
✔ Food&Wine Expert Guide and concierge services.

What is not included

✖ Travel Insurance
✖ Airfare
✖ Lunch and dinner during the free time as well as extra beverage and food
✖ Tips and personal expenses
✖ Everything not mentioned in the package.

Useful Information

We suggest you to bring with you:

• A pair of walking/comfortable shoes
• A cardigan for the evening
• A rain jacket

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