The heel of the Italian boot, the region of Puglia is located in southern Italy bordering the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast.
Bordered by over 500 miles of coastline, it’s known for its “fairytale cottages, castles, Baroque churches, and sun-bleached beaches”…not to mention exquisite wines, unique cuisine and friendly locals.
I can’t wait to experience it all, can you?
“The heel of the Italian boot, Puglia humbly holds out its rich and varied portfolio of assets. Five hundred miles of Adriatic and Ionian coastline front landscapes—plains in the south, mountains in the north—with a stark, primal, almost troubling beauty. Brilliantly whitewashed towns, their cubic houses locked together like pieces in a puzzle, are a reminder that North Africa is a near neighbor. Aristocratic cities celebrate the delirious excesses of Baroque architecture.”
– Christopher Petkanas, Travel & Leisure
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Where We’ll Stay
We will enjoy Salentu-style hospitality at Masseria Provenzani, a beautifully renovated 16th century farmhouse located in the heart of Salento, the southernmost area of Puglia.
Welcoming and tranquil, the Masseria offers the best of both worlds! It is both secluded and conveniently located for all of our sightseeing and excursions. Our meals will be prepared in the large communal kitchen from traditional recipes and served in the dining room or al fresco. With ensuite bedrooms, sitting rooms, patios and a spectacular pool, I’m not sure we will want to leave!
What We’ll Do
We have a fabulous and delicious holiday planned for you!
Our time together will include cooking classes, yoga, wine touring and tasting, sightseeing, olive oil tasting, gelato, pastry and cheese making demo and tasting, local cartapesta (papier-mâché) demonstration, pizza making, free time to relax by the pool and time to just enjoy…la dolce far niente (the sweet doing nothing)!
And… some surprises!
What We’ll Eat and Drink
Learn about and enjoy the famous cuisine and wines of Puglia! We’ll dine on fresh, local and organic Pugliese cuisine – some of which we will cook together – all accompanied by daily wine tastings.
Puglia, with its sunny climate and fertile soil, is renowned for its variety and diversity. There’s something for everyone! Fresh meats and local seafood, organic, locally grown and seasonal produce, hundreds of varieties of pasta, fabulous olive oil, local cheeses (including peccorino, burrata, and ricottas), irresistible desserts…are you hungry yet?!
Fun fact for wine lovers: Did you know that Puglia is Italy’s largest wine producer and has 25 different DOC areas? Negroamaro and Primitivo are two of the well-known varietals you will learn about.
What We’ll See
We will explore historic and charming towns and villages nearby, each with its unique history, culture, and character.
Let’s visit Lecce, the cradle of Pugliese Baroque, and the Itria Valley (including Ostuni, Alberobello & Martina Franca) and its unique white washed trulli with their conical roofs. And Gallipoli and Otranto, and, of course, the famous crystal-blue beaches. And more…we’ll meander and meet the people. We’ll linger and immerse ourselves in this rich and distinctive experience. Don’t forget your camera!
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Spring: May 26 – June 4, 2017
Fall 2017 Dates & Details Coming Soon!
Learn More About Puglia – Visit My PostcardZ from Puglia!
Sites and Cities of Puglia: Puglia Tourism: www.pugliaturismo.com/ Think Puglia: http://www.thinkpuglia.com/guide-to-puglia.aspx Conde Nast Traveler: http://www.cntraveller.com/guides/europe/italy/puglia/ Travel & Leisure: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/traditional-life-in-puglia-italy Learn more about the unique and charming cities of Puglia – with photos, maps and links: http://www.ostunithewhitecity.com/apulia/lecce.php Gallipoli: http://www.italythisway.com/places/gallipoli.php Alberobello: http://www.italythisway.com/places/alberobello.php Excellent 18th century notes re: traveling through Puglia – then and now: http://www.viaggioadriatico.it/ViaggiADR/itinerari_turistico_letterari/itinerari/letters-to-winckelmann-18th-century/view?set_language=en Food and Wine in Puglia: Think Puglia – Food & Wine: http://www.thinkpuglia.com/guide-to-puglia/puglia-and-its-food/puglia-wine.aspx Top Ten Destinations in Puglia for Foodies and Wine Lovers, Cinzia Rascazzo: www.slowtravel.com/italy/puglia
Excellent article on wines of Puglia: http://www.wine-searcher.com/regions-puglia
Questions? Contact Victoria