- Guided walks of Ostuni, Matera, Polignano, Lecce and Alberobello
- Local food delicacies and tasting
- Olive and grape picking
- Private food and wine lunch and dinner
- A full immersion into local cuisine
Itinerary in brief
We invite you to get involved in the magic atmosphere you can breathe in an oil mill and in a vineyard during the harvest time, to be infected by the excitement of the old farmers who are waiting for the new olive oil coming out from the tank and to finally taste with them the first produce of the year, celebrating together this unique event. No sentence can properly describe this amazing experience, the only way to truly understand that is to live it.
Watch here some moments of shaking!
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 risotto, fava beans (which are dried and made into a paste) and burrata, a creamy cheese similar to mozzarella.
This program includes 6 nights at Masseria Salamina and 1 cooking class in Italian and typical Pugliese cuisine, held by the local Chef. 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.
Day 1:WELCOME TO PUGLIA!
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:ANCIENT OLIVE GROVE VISIT + LUNCH IN OSTUNI
After breakfast you’ll be visiting an ancient oil mill with an opportunity to learn some valuable facts on the medieval peasant culture by walking through olive groves. The Puglia region has over 60 million olive trees and it’s the first producer of extra-virgin olive oil in Italy and the biggest single production region in the world.
Move to Ostuni for a nice walk into the small alleys of the old town, we’ll have lunch in a typical trattoria.
Rest of the day at leisure at the Masseria and dinner at a local seafood restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3:OIL LAB & OLIVES PICKING + CAPOCOLLO TASTING + COOKING CLASS
In the morning discover the secrets of extra-virgin olive oil, the most precious product of this region, through a tasting of 3 different varieties and a sensorial analysis of its organoleptic characteristics, getting to know the daily uses, not just in the kitchen!
Join the local workers while harvesting and possibly taste the exquisite olio nuovo (new oil) as it’s drizzled on fresh bread – what’s not to love?
Your day continue with a transfer to a renowned factory to taste a great local cold cut called capocollo.
Hard work in the afternoon: you’ll be involved in a cookery course in which you’ll learn how to make fresh pasta and focaccia. And your dinner today will be based on your efforts!
Meals: Breakfast, Tasting Lunch, Dinner
Day 4:MATERA + WINERY VISIT & TASTING
In the morning 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”. Tasting of local Aglianico wine and lunch at your leisure.
Following head back toward a quality winery for a tasting of Primitivo, one of the finest wines in Puglia.
Dinner at the Masseria.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5:ALBEROBELLO + CHEESE MAKER & TASTING + POLIGNANO A MARE
Our first destination today is Alberobello, the World Heritage Site of fairy-tale trulli. Guided visit of the site, with great shopping opportunities.
Transfer to an organic farm for a live demonstration of mozzarella and burrata making with tasting of the full line of produce.
In the afternoon move to 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.
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!
Meals: Breakfast, Tasting Lunch, Dinner
Day 6:VISIT OF LECCE / WINERY VISIT & GRAPE PICKING / HIKING IN THE PARK
Drive south to Lecce, commonly nicknamed “The Florence of the South” because of its countless Baroque beauties, with its lovely centro storico (historic centre) and Roman ruins; treat yourself to local delicacies like puccia (flat bread filled with your choice of salami and everything else!) and pasticciotto (sweet cake filled with lemon custard).
On the way back stop at another renowned winery for a tasting of Negramaro wine, harvest some of the grapes and gain your bottle of novello (new wine).
Hiking session amongst the hills covered with olive trees: at the Coastal Dune Park, kissed by the sun and sea breeze, we will discover the local biodiversity, including fossils and rock settlements, plants and wild plants.
Farewell dinner at the Masseria.
Meals: Breakfast, Tasting Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast. Transfer to Bari or Brindisi airport.
Cost & Details
The program 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.
The rate include:
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- Private transportation for all activities indicated in the itinerary
- Local assistance throughout the stay
- 6 nights in manor’s room at the Masseria
- 1 hands-on cooking class
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary, beverages included
- Private visit to a traditional winery
- Private cheese factory tour and tasting
- Private salami factory tour
- Private old oil-mill visit
- Medical and luggage insurance throughout the tour
- Complimentary olive oil and wine gift bottle
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
- Everything not clearly included in the paragraph “The rate include”