We Fell Head Over HeelZ in Puglia!!
Only a few short weeks ago, 12 wonderful fellow travelers and myself fell in love with Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot!
After much anticipation and planning, we all arrived and we were all delighted! For me, it was even MORE than I could’ve ever imagined…
I fell in love and I’m going back…but first, just a few words and photos to give you an idea of why we had the time of our lives!
Our amazing hosts Yle and Michele!!!
Casa dolce casa (home sweet home) for 10 days, Masseria Provenzani, set in thousands of acres of olive groves…
Fun and delicious cooking classes with Mamma Giulia…
Fabulous day trips with Samantha as our guide and Giovanni at the wheel…
Local artisans demonstrating their skills and sharing their specialties…
Winetasting at Cantina San Donaci…Olive oil tasting with Valentino and Agricola Taurino…
Cheese making with Cosima and Luigi…
Giovanni crafting papier maché figurines…
Pastry making with Luca…
Fresh gelato making with Gabrielle…
and so much MORE!!
But don’t just take my word for it…
Here’s what my fellow lovers of Puglia have to say:
“Oh Victoria I want to go back and do it AGAIN! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
I am still smiling and my husbands says I am a changed person, more down-to-earth and grounded! It has always been there, but it took the spiritual trip to Italy to re-born my soul. Thank you everyone for being there with me on this truly amazing trip! Special thanks to my traveling partner Barbara S. and Victoria for giving me the encouragement to explore my dreams.”
Ciao, Patricia F.
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What a terrific trip you put together for us. Although I have been to Italy many times in the past it was always to the “tourist” areas. Although seeing these areas and revisits were wonderful this trip to Puglia was so different.
The cooking classes, wine & olive oil tasting, gelato making, and the camaraderie experienced by staying at the farm house was just something special and unique.
Above all I would say that the Value we received for the price we paid was fabulous. I personally would recommend your tour to anyone who wants to experience Italy not just see it!!!”
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What can I say, it was an all around great trip! From yoga in the morning to the delightful people we shared our days with. Our day trips, learning about the cultures, cooking classes, we were busy enjoying ourselves. Rain or shine we all made it happen.
Fun Fun Fun!
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“I have been to Italy four other times, and each time was fabulous. But, they were the “big city” tours: Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice etc.
This trip encompassed the little seaside villages; the fisherman hawking their morning catches, and a storekeeper showing us how statues and figurines are made of papier mache. We saw how villagers came to the wineries with empty jugs so that the local wine could be pumped into their jugs…..no, not poured and sniffed…..pumped to take home. What an eye-opener that was.
The pasta cooking classes were so much fun. Even though I am not a cook the creations we made and the giggles and laughter that accompanied each endeavor were priceless. Gelato making, pastry making, cheese making…..such fascinating experiences.
Our “hotel” was a former farmhouse, fortified with towers due to piracy invasions centuries ago. The rooms were former stables where the ranchers slept…..of course remodeled. But it was the real thing. And that is what I liked the most about our trip to Italy this time. We were immersed in the real Italian living.
Thank you Victoria, Michela, Ylena, and Mamma Giulia for giving us unforgettable memories.“
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You, Victoria, made the experience special; your enthusiasm and sense of adventure, and your thoughtfulness and attention to detail…also your concern for each of us…making sure we were OK and taking care of our needs (whatever they may have been) and rerouting our itinerary because of weather etc.
I have and will continue to recommend the trip to others.
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At first, Bill and I were cautious about going on a tour—would it be too confining? Would it be stimulating enough?
This trip was the best! We explored and learned something new every day. And we also had time to relax and enjoy meals. The group was very compatible — we all laughed and joked and shared our lives and experiences. I would do another trip like this in a heartbeat!
Barbara & Bill V.
And YOU can experience it, too!
September 19 – 28, 2014
There are still spots left (group size is limited to 12)
Can’t come in September? NEW DATES for 2015!
September 18 – 28, 2015
Mark Your Calendars – More Details SOON!!
Remember, we stay in one fabulous location and everything is included once you step off the airplane to when we drop you off!
So, what are you waiting for?? Andiamo!