A Taste of Puglia, Italy – Cooking and Food Adventure

Date(s) - 20/05/2018 - 31/05/2018
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Travel Dates: May 20st – May 31st, 2018

Featured Attractions: Accommodations in 3 & 4 star properties, Most Meals (10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 4 dinners) , and host Natalina Bombino Campagnolo – accomplished Canadian-Italian cooking instructor and owner of Cucina di Natalina.

“This is an exclusive tour, like travelling with friends. We love Italy and travel there every spring at the end of our school year. Puglia is the top travel region for Italian nationals, and was recently named one of the top new travel destinations in Italy for international travellers! Our Taste of Puglia tour is not your typical cookie cutter excursion – but rather an “off the beaten path”, 12-day immersion in Southern Italian food & wine culture. Note that moderate walking ability is required, up to 2 hours at a time.” ~ Natalina

For more information click here:  Taste of Puglia Italy Tour

Intinerary & Price

$4839 Double CDN Per Person 
$5469 Single CDN Per Person

Prices subject to change based on currency fluctuation


10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Day 1: Sunday, May 20th

International Overnight Flight to Bari, Italy


Day 2: Monday, May 21st
Group Arrival Airport Transfer – Arrival Giovinazzo Italy, Bari
Welcome to Italy. You will be transferred to your host hotel where you can check in and get ready for your welcome group
dinner. Located 25km north of Bari, Giovinazzo is a small picturesque fishing village on the Adriatic Sea that boasts a 17th Century
Castle and a 12 – 13th Century Romanesque cathedral. 

Accommodations: S. Martin Hotel, Giovinazzo for 3 nights


Day 3: Tuesday, May 22nd

Castel del Monte – Burrata Cheese Experience – Bari Walking Tour

Bari is a city located on the south eastern coast of Italy facing the Adriatic see and opposite Dubrovnik in Croatia. With a
population of 320,400 it serves as the second largest economic centre of the southern region of Italy behind Naples. The old
town centre of Bari is nestled around the harbour and the wider residential and business area spreads out from this point into
the mainland.
In early years, Bari was part of the Roman Empire and served as a major gateway to the Adriatic Sea, as time progressed its
importance continued and the cities ownership changed hands many times during incidents such as the Siege of Bari in 1071
and the Bari Civil War in 1117.


Day 4: Wednesday, May 23rd
Culinary Adventure in Masseria – Giovinazzo Stroll 

To cap off the day we will meet with a local who will take us through the streets of Giovinazzo to explain the history of this
quaint town. As a treat, will meet with the Architect and owner of S. Martin hotel who will explain the restoration process and
tour of his personal gem.


Day 5: Thursday, May 24th
Bread Making Expereince – Altamura  – Materna, Basilicata UNESCO World Heritage Site – Group Evening Dinner in Alberobello

For centuries in local agricultural society each family used to prepare a large dough of bread at home. They would then take it
to a public oven or ‘forno a legna’ where it would cook with others made by families from the rest of the village.
To avoid confusion the baker would mark each piece of bread with the name of its owner. When baked each family knew which
loaf was their’s. Although it is more romantic to think that the baker would call out the names one by one as he distributed the
finished product.
The main characteristic of Altamura bread is its shelf life. It can last one or even two weeks and the averge loaf is a kilo in
weight. This was to guarantee sustenance for the workers in the sparse fields of the ‘Murgie’. Such was the filling nature of the
bread their weekly diet consisted of little more than bread, olive oil and water.
Today we will experience the love and technique that goes into making this delicious and this staple which has been in the
families for centuries.

Matera can be described in so many words such as interesting, unusual, memorable and believe it or not – less travelled. And
that’s a big bonus for us. This gem of Basilicata boasts a number of cave dwelling districts known as the sassi. Rich in history,
this tour will require sturdy, closed toe walking shoes and an ability to climb many stairs but it is well worth it! Our lunch will
be served antipasto style!

Nestled in the magic scenery of Trulli, located in a town in the hills of Valle d’Itria,
Trulli Holiday offers the opportunity to stay in historic Unesco World Heritage Site homes, as an alternative to the classic Hotel
in Alberobello. The Trulli’s are carefully restored and furnished according to tradition without neglecting the comfort and
refinement, as well as, upholding the authentic beauty and its rich and fascinating history.

This evening we will gather together for our welcome dinner in this enchanted village.

Accommodations: Trulli Holiday, Alberobello for 3 nights


Day 6: Friday, May 25th
Monopoli Italy – Polognaro a Mare

After breakfast, we’ll drive to the tiny seaside town of Monopoli – not to be confused with the game, boasts 19 medieval
churches and countless cobblestone alleys in the old town centre alone. Another beautiful harbour with plenty of history. A
lunch is included here.

After lunch we’ll depart for Polignano a Mare. Perched atop a 20 metre-high limestone cliff above the crystal clear waters of the
Adriatic, Polignano a Mare truly lives up to its name with breathtaking views. It is also known for being the birthplace of singer,
Domenico Modugno, the vocalist famous for the song…Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (we know it as “Volare”)! But let’s not forget
about its most well known food item that everyone surely would have as a main course – Gelato! Speaking of food experiences,
we’ll be sampling the best Gelato in all of Italy. Your dinner and evening is on own.


Day 7: Saturday, May 26th
Tour of Martina Franca – Town of Cisterno – Local Artisan Food Shop – Alberobello

An exploration of the lovely Valle d’Itria (trulli country!) would not be complete without a visit to Martina Franca, the largest
town in the area. More buzzing than its three illustrious neighbours, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Cisternino, it has long been
the commercial centre of the area, ever since Philip of Anjou granted it tax free status and various other privileges in 1310.
With Franca now appended to its name, old Martina was soon attracting new residents, including noble families and
businessmen. Elegant palaces (at least 20 of note) and churches (over 15) began springing up throughout the old centre,
testimony to the new-found wealth that was flowing into the town.

Lunch will be enjoyed in the nearby town of Cisternino where barbecue is king. You don’t need to go to a restaurant to eat in
Cisternino, however, as the town is famous for its barbecuing butchers! All you have to do is choose your meat – maybe the
local speciality, bombette, little meat parcels filled with mince, ham and cheese – and take a seat outside with a carafe of local
wine. The butcher will then barbecue your chosen goodies and bring them out to you when ready. It’s truly local and delicious
eating experience!

After lunch we’ll head back to Alberobello for a tour and visit with a local artisan food shop for tastings and an opportunity to
buy local products that you can take home or have shipped. Dinner is on own this evening.


Day 8: Sunday, May 27th
Ancient Olive Grove & Tasting – Tour of Ostuni 

The Masseria is located on a farm of about 30 hectares where organic extra virgin olive oil is produced from the monumental
millennial olive trees. It is one of the oldest and original of Apulia, and with the assistance of documented testimonies from
previous generations, current owners and the specialized guides it is possible to experience this magical journey through time .
This ancient roman Period experience will be one to remember.

The “Old Town” is Ostuni’s citadel built on top of a hill and still fortified by the ancient walls. Ostuni is commonly referred to as
“the White Town” (La Città Bianca in Italian) for its white walls and its typically white-painted architecture. Monuments in their
own right, the town’s largest buildings are the
Ostuni Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace, together with a number of palazzi of local aristocratic families.

Accommodations: Suite Hotel Santa Chiara, Lecce for 3 nights


Day 9: Monday, May 28th
Explore Lecce – Lunch at local family restaurant

This morning we’ll enjoy a familiarization tour of Lecce. Rich in history and architecture, there are many sites to see including
ruins, fountains, museum and churches. Well known for its Baroque style, Lecce is also famous for its papier-mâché art. This
art form has been popular here since the 17th Century – with it being closely connected with its citizen’s veneration of the
catholic church. You’ll see masterpieces displayed in numerous churches across Puglia but be sure to visit the Church of Santa
Chiara here in Lecce to see the papier-mâché decorations that adorn its ceiling. You’ll have an opportunity to visit one of the
local artisan shops as well as the museum dedicated to this art if you wish on your own time.
Lunch will be enjoyed at a lovely family run restaurant whose recipes have been recognized as being so authentic that they
have received attention from the UNESCO body.
Dinner is on your own today. Think of all the neat food stories that we will share the next day, the conversations had with
locals, and the show and tell from your shopping finds! Other activities that can be enjoyed include an afternoon at a local
beach or even a bicycle tour (at an additional cost).

This family restaurant, located in the heart of Lecce, a short walk to the historic centre, provides a pleasant warm and
welcoming atmosphere. This restaurant has become a fixed stop for lovers of good cooking and for the finest gourmet. Here
you can entertain yourself in a convivial atmosphere, among the pleasures of good eating and good drinking.

Tiziana and Piero, the owners, use their raw materials of good quality, coming from local producers of trusted and trustworthy
products. They will marvel at you, giving you great satisfactions, with a refined menu and excellent service: from tasty hors
d’oeuvres, to traditional Salento and regional dishes, to various homemade sweets.


Day 10: Tuesday, May 29th
Tradtional Vino Experience with an Annotated Lunch

At the beginning of the XX century Masseria Li Veli was a cellar built on the ruins of a late Medieval structure, traces of which
can still be seen in the present building. The estate is situated just outside Cellino San Marco, half way between Brindisi and
Lecce, a land with a long and fascinating history which started more than 2500 years ago.
The vineyards cover a total area of 33 hectares, mainly cultivated with native alberello trained vines, at a high density planting
(5120 plants per hectare). The layout is the settonce. This pattern was invented by Roman military engineers who for a long
time used the Latin square layout, later adopting the quinconce and finally the settonce (ordo septuncialis).

This afternoon explore the town of Lecce Italy. Tonight we will gather for our farewell dinner.


Day 11: Wednesday, May 30th
Cooking Experience with Lunch 

After our breakfast, we’ll check out of our hotel and head back towards Bari however, we’ll make an all too important stop for
our final food experience at a farm estate. Led by the farmer, we’ll dive into the heart of Apulian cuisine, putting your fingers
literally in the pie. We’ll prepare dough with bran and flour, adding just enough salt and water, giving life to three. orecchiette,
cavatelli and strascinate pasti. Our lesson will be topped with stories dedicated to the farm’s production of different types of
wheat and local history. Our cooking and lunch experience will be complemented by local wines and other traditional flavours
of Puglia such as homemade Rosoli, a local liqueur made from rose petals.
We’ll continue this afternoon with our drive to Bari to check into our final hotel located near the airport. We’ll gather at the
hotel for optional evening cocktails and shared platters as we celebrate a wonderful experience in Puglia! Our next adventure
and challenge is to bring back home what we learned to share with family and friends!


Day 12: Thursday, May 31st
Departing Airport Transfer

Today you depart Italy as you look back at all the culinary and historical influences you will be able to share with friends and
family. Vviaggi sicuri e non vediamo l’ora di vederti di nuovo. Ciao

Know Before You Go


Italy requires a minimum of 3 months passport validity beyond the date of the expected departure from Italy.

IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport. It should be packed separately from your actual passport. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.


Time Zone

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