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Travelling to: Lecce Gallipoli, Ostini, Alberobello, Grottaglie, Ceglie Messapica, Matera, Itria Valley, Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Adriatic Sea
My passion for all things Italian takes you to some of the lesser travelled places such as the region of Puglia. Experience the country, sea, and city as we take you on an exciting culinary and cultural journey of Puglia and its surrounding towns. Situated on the South East Coast of Italy this Food and Wine adventure takes you through some of the regions iconic towns and cities enjoying some of the finest wines, slow food olive oil, cheeses, and specialty products.
Known for its whitewashed trulli dome-shaped houses in the town of Alberobello, century-old farmhouses, and hundreds of kilometers of Mediterranean coastline. Puglia is a travelers’ dream if you want to experience Italian culture and fresh, tasty, local food. Among the dishes that most strongly define the traditional Puglian cuisine is the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, Apulia focaccia, Fava Bean Puree and Chicory Greens just to cite a few. An Italy food tour is incomplete without wine and the wines of Puglia are admired worldwide.
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”.
This tour is ideal if you only have a limited holiday schedule. Or rather, if you are wanting to experience a different part of Italy that boast being one of the top travel destinations and the Florence of the South. In addition, this Food Tour is perfect to tack onto your existing holiday plans.
At around 7pm we will meet in the hotel bar of the Risorgimento and head straight out to a wonderful café nearby for an apertivo and a general introduction to our week. We will carry on to dinner for a feast of authentic local Salentino food, like tiella with potatoes and mussels or fave e cicorie – fave bean purée and chicory. Welcome to Puglia! D.
After breakfast we meet up with our guide for a Street Food tour of Lecce, combining the astonishing Baroque architecture that has earned it the nickname, the Florence of the South with delicious local snacks. If you have any room left after all the tastings, you are free for lunch at one of the cities many eateries. At 5pm we will meet up with local chef, Gianna Greco, to visit the simple food market, the Mercato Porta Rudiae, to buy food for her evening cooking class. Gianna has a beautiful cooking school right in the heart of Lecce. We’ll enjoy learning many recipes followed by dinner and wine tasting. B/ D
This morning we are heading west, to Gallipoli on the Ionian coast. We will meet with Anna Maria on Corso Roma in the beautiful old town for your cooking class and lunch. First collect some seafood from the local fishermen. The fish market is lively, and captivating and Anna Maria is a skilled teacher and will be happy to welcome you to her cooking school for some delicious local dishes. Free time in Lecce this afternoon for some delectable shopping and a light aperitivo for dinner at one of our favourite haunts. B/L/D