Italy Tours – Gastronomic Puglia Immersion – Food, Wine, Cooking and Culture Tour

Italy Tour departs from Lecce.

Experience the country, sea and city as we take you on an exciting culinary and cultural journey of Puglia and its surrounding towns. Known for its whitewashed truillo traditional dome-houses, century-old farmhouses and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline. Puglia is definitely worth a visit if you want fresh, tasty and local food. Among the dishes that most strongly define the traditional Puglian cuisine, are the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, Apulia focaccia, Fava Bean Puree and Chicory Greens just to cite a few. Furthermore, the wines of Puglia are admired wherever they go.

Aside from the beaches and gorgeous sea villages, Puglia has a rich archaeological heritage and boasts 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites: Castel del Monte, Alberobello and the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. A special mention should be dedicated to Lecce commonly nicknamed “the Florence of the south”. Together with the city’s Baroque architectural monuments, churches and religious buildings, there are Greek influences in the utilization of the renowned “Lecce stone”. culture.

Tour glimpse:

  • Visit the traditional workshops and delight in both the old-style and modern ceramics, of Grottaglie the ceramics capital of Puglia.
  • We’ll meet a local cheese-maker to discover more about mozzarella’s wildly indulgent cousin, burrata.
  • Wake up in beautiful 4 and 5 star accommodation; Take in the breathtaking views of coast and mountains.
  • Visit the city of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is filled with ‘sassi’, ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes, shops and restaurants
  • Learn to cook authentic Puglian food.
  • Most of all, indulge in mouth-watering menus, wine, olive oil and cheese tastings, degustations, alfresco lunches, banquets and more.

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Dates: 6th May to 16th May 2020

Tour Length: 11 days 10 nights

Puglia Tour in Detail:

Guided Tours of Puglia

Enjoy 11 days and 10 nights in delicious Puglia. This is an all-inclusive Personally Escorted of Puglia.

This tour of Puglia includes some of Puglia’s historic and well-noted cities and sights. This includes Lecce, Gallipoli, Ostini, Alberobello, Grottaglie, Ceglie Messapica,
Matera, Itria Valley, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Adriatic Sea to name a few. In this tour of Puglia, visit the vibrant fresh food markets. Here you can shop for seasonal local produce and enjoy cooking classes with speciality chefs.

Much Love Puglia Food Wine and Culture Tour offers you a wonderful introduction to Puglia. We visit some of the most popular historical sites, in Puglia. We also take you to places that are a little off the beaten track and not listed in travel books. This gives you the opportunity to further engage with Puglia. You can immerse yourself with the Puglian culture, gastronomy and people.

Food, Wine and Cooking

We don’t opt to just give you the tourist menus, and the cheapest places to eat at, but hand select each venue and menu so that you are eating a variety of foods that are farm to table. It is important to us to include restaurants and meals that are part of the Slow Food movement, biological and use ingredients locally grown to that town or region.

Cultural Destinations

We visit the city of Matera, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Matera is perched high on a beautiful hillside and has only recently seen by foreign eye. The city is filled with ‘sassi’, ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes, shops and restaurants. The Passion of Christ was filmed here and as you walk around you will truly feel like you have stepped back in time.


Beautiful and historical 4 and 5 star accommodation options.

Tour Guides

Australian/Sicilian Chef, TV Presenter and Food Writer, Dominique Rizzo. Also planned and coordinated in conjunction Sicilian counterpart Gianluca D’ Alia from Paesaggio Sicilia Travel.

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