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Cooking & hiking in Puglia

Trip highlights

  • Guided walks of Ostuni, Matera, Bari, Polignano and Alberobello
  • Local food delicacies and wine and olive oil tasting
  • Private food and wine lunch and dinner
  • A full immersion into local cuisine
  • Great hiking paths

Itinerary in brief

Nights: 6 nights
Period: Sept to June
Stay: 6 nights in 4 stars farmhouse
Meals: Daily breakfasts, meals as indicated in the itinerary, beverages included

Overview

This cooking + hiking holiday combines a great stay in an amazing location, in one of the most beautiful areas of Italy, learning various Italian dishes using some of the best local ingredients and having great fun exploring the area.

Nicknamed the heel of Italy, Puglia’s cuisine has been influenced over the centuries by its neighbours – and invaders. The Greeks, the Frenchs, the Germans, the Arabs – all of them have influenced today’s Apulian cuisine.

This genuine land, kissed by the Mediterranean sun for over 300 days a year, is scattered with fortified castles and whitewashed Trulli, Puglia’s distinctive conical shaped swellings, and carpeted with a silvery sea of olive groves. It also has an incredibly rich natural offer: the area produces most of the country’s extra virgin olive oil, full-bodied wines and is famous for its intensely flavoured olives, table grapes, almonds and figs.  Other local specialities include orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta, seafood pasta, fava beans (which are dried and made into a paste) and burrata, a creamy cheese similar to mozzarella.

There are a number of sights to savour along with the turquoise sea and long sandy beaches, covering most of the 800 km of coastline: the Normans’ mysterious gift, Castel del Monte; the city of Lecce’s glorious Baroque churches; the cathedral in Otranto’s amazing mosaic floor; the Masseria, local country houses surrounded by olive groves and a glorious nature.


The Location

This program includes 6 nights at Masseria Salamina and 3 intensive cooking classes in Italian and typical Pugliese cuisine, held by the local Chef, and 2 hiking sessions. You will visit the food markets and will experience cooking like a local! The week includes three fabulous meals a day and plenty of time to lounge by the pool and in the lush garden.

The stunning 1600 luxury Masseria is immersed in a wonderful expanse of olive tress, a few kilometres away from the golden beaches and crystal water of the Adriatic, 65 km south of the capital city of the region, Bari. It is a place rich with history and fascination in which ancient farming is united with authentic hospitality. Battlements, dry stone walls, olive groves and the azure blue sea will cause you to fall in love with this unique estate. Originally a fortified farmhouse, through the centuries the Masseria has maintained its function both as an agricultural centre and as an aristocratic residence, thanks to the efforts and the love for this estate on the part of the four families who have owned it over the centuries.

It has 6 Manor’s rooms fitted out with antique furniture and exquisite fittings such as the floors and bathrooms which are ornately decorated with mosaic marble.
The rooms, some with private balcony and sea view, jet bath or large walk-in shower, are all equipped with heating and air conditioning, flat screen TV, safe, refrigerator, hair dryer and Wi-Fi connection .The property lies on a 48 acres of land in which owned by the De Miccolis Angelini family, who produce a super quality of extra-virgin olive oil from roughly 11.000 olive trees! Other then that, a large number of vegetables, fruits, legumes and herbs are grown here – all of which being used during the cooking class.

Guests can enjoy the lush gardens surrounding the Masseria, the breathtaking view from the roof or simply relax by the pool.

Program

Day 1:

Arrival in Bari or Brindisi airport, meet-up with the guide and transfer to the Masseria.

Time to relax and wander around, getting to know the De Miccolis Angelini family while enjoying an aperitivo right before your first Italian dinner!

 

Day 2:

After breakfast you’ll be visiting an ancient oil mill in the Ostuni area and you’ll be told everything about the so called green gold; we’ll then head toward a cheese factory for a live demonstration of mozzarella making.

After a nice walk into the small alleys of the old town, we’ll have lunch in a typical trattoria.

Back to the masseria for your first lesson, based on fresh and filled pasta.

Dinner based on your efforts.

 

Day 3:

In the early morning visit of an unusual pasta factory, then we will make our way toward Matera in the Basilicata region, an astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Site: this city has gained international fame for its ancient town, the “Sassi di Matera” (meaning “stones of Matera”). The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. Because of the ancient and primitive scenery in and around the Sassi, it has been used by filmmakers as the setting for ancient Jerusalem: a good number of famous biblical period motion pictures were filmed in Matera, amongst which Mel Gibson’s blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ”. Lunch at your leisure.

Hiking session in this amazing natural setting.

Dinner at the Masseria.

 

 

Day 4:

In today’s morning lesson you’ll learn how to cook some of the most typical Italian and Apulian dishes: discover the secrets to make perfect pizza, focaccia and other local specialties like panzerotti, calzone and taralli.

Lunch based on your efforts.

In the afternoon we will visit the capital city of the region Bari, Puglia’s prosperous seaside capital,  with tangled streets and the charming old town reveal Romanesque churches, the riotous market and the elegant medieval piazzas, the beautiful St. Nicola’s Basilica, home of Saint Nicolas, one of the most beloved saint in the whole world and father of the legend of Santa Claus; guided walk to other remarkable historical attractions, seaside promenade and busy pedestrian shopping area.

To complete such a glorious day, what’s best then a dinner al fornello? You’ll be served with various cuts of local meats in a butchery (yes, a proper butchery!) hosting some quite simple seating.

A real Pugliese experience!

 

Day 5:

Your first destination today is Alberobello, the World Heritage Site of fairy-tale trulli. Guided visit of the site, with great shopping opportunities, and following visit to a local winery to taste their best wines.

After a very pleasant drive through the Itria valley, we will reach the picturesque town of Polignano a Mare, where you’ll admire the impressive panoramas from the seaside terraces overhanging the rock, and why not, indulge yourself with a tasty gelato, pride of the locals.

Lunch based on contemporary street food based on freshest fish from the Adriatic Sea.

Hiking session amongst the hills covered with olive trees.

Dinner at the Masseria.

 

Day 6:

In your last day transfer to Locorotondo, the most beautiful balcony in the Itria valley, where we’ll first visit the local market and then have an aperitivo like locals. Your day continue with a transfer to a renowned factory for a taste of a great local cold cut, capocollo.

In the last lesson of the class, the goal is to learn the tricks to prepare some of the best desserts and biscotti and one of Italians favourite liqueurs limoncello to celebrate your arrivederci dinner at its best.
Time to get your certificate of attendance now… see you for the next cooking adventure in Puglia!

 

Day 7:

Breakfast. Transfer to Bari or Brindisi airport.

Cost & Details

The class is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people.

The Organizer and its vendors reserve the right to cancel the group tour, in cases where the necessary minimum number of participants, as here above specified, has not been reached. Final confirmation or cancellation will be notified in writing within 45 (forty-five) days of the departure date.

Itinerary and food at the class may be subject to variation due to weather and/or season’s availability.

What's included

The rate include:

  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Private transportation for all activities indicated in the itinerary
  • Local assistance throughout the stay
  • 6 nights at the masseria
  • 3 hands-on cookery lessons
  • 2 self guided hiking sessions
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary, beverages included
  • Private visit to a traditional winery
  • Private visit to a pasta factory
  • Cheese factory tour and tasting
  • Salami factory tour
  • Oil-mill factory tour
  • Medical and luggage insurance throughout the tour

 

The rate do not include:

  • Cost to reach Puglia
  • Cancellation insurance (can be quoted separately)
  • City taxes where applicable
  • Alcoholic drinks, personal expenses and tips
  • Extras
  • Everything not clearly included in the paragraph “The rate include”

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Booking conditions

All prices shown on our site are in Eur per person based on two people traveling together using a twin / double room.

All prices include:

accommodation with private bath and / or shower and toilet for a number of nights indicated in the “itinerary in brief”.

meals as indicated in the “itinerary in brief”. If dinner is included, there is a 2-4-course meal, often with regional specialties. Drinks are not included (except for breakfast and/or where otherwise noted).

additional services, such as transport of luggages to the various structures in the itineraries by foot or by bicycle; rental bicycles where ilcuded; on-site service and professional guidance.

complete travel documentation, including specific indications in the case of stays that include routes on foot or by bike and a road map for routes with car hire without a guide.

Travel options

Our goal is to make the travel itinerary as flexible and suited to your requirements. Since every booking is accepted individually, we give you the opportunity, for most of our proposals, to choose the mode of travel, the starting point and the path that you feel most appropriate; our staff will be happy to provide assistance and advice.

Personal travel insurance

We offer a personal travel insurance policy specifically designed for our itineraries made by Columbus Travel Insurance Services Limited, whose coverage is among the castes among those proposed on the market. In addition to medical care, the policy provides a guarantee for the cancellation and trip interruption for many causes. In the case of routes on foot or by bicycle, the policy also provides coverage in the event of incapacity due to illness or injury.

We believe that the coverage of an insurance policy is essential: in case you decide not to buy our insurance, we require you to provide us the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and phone number of a medical emergency) in order to provide immediate assistance in case of need during your stay.

In this case, we ask you to see if your insurance coverage is at least equivalent to our policy and that is adequate to the present mode of stays in our proposals. We do not accept liability for damage, loss or expense additional costs caused by the lack of the above.

Individual travelers

A supplement is needed for individual travelers. Since our prices are based on two people occupying the same room, we may need to apply a surcharge for single travelers, who will care to point out in the booking process.

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