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TOUR ITALY with Touring Abruzzo.  
Lots of reasons & regions to discover this summer.
We are so proud to celebrate 14 years of travel to ABRUZZO, Italy – sharing the best the region has to offer with other like minded guests. Whether it is to explore something new in Italy or to rediscover your Italian heritage, Abruzzo offers so much. Luciana and her team of local specialists provide the best Italy experience…ever. An Italy vacation to remember.
 

Whether you want to walk in any of the three national parks…treasure hunt for truffles…reconnect with your ancestral village or simply observe typical village life, then look no further than beautiful Abruzzo… 

 

Departures for Abruzzo this summer:
  •  June 3-6; June 17-20: Tastes of Abruzzo (4 days)
  • June 3-12: Grand Tour of Abruzzo (10 days) ** this is the most popular of all our Abruzzo tour programmes.
  • June 17-24: Back Roads of Abruzzo (8 days)                                
Departures this autumn/fall:
  • September 17-20: Tastes of Abruzzo (4 days)
  • September 17-26: Grand Tour of Abruzzo (10 days)

Prices from USD $1800 pp, all inclusive & small group travel

PRIVATE DAY TOURS IN ABRUZZO are available year round (from USD $200 pp)
PRIVATE HERITAGE SERVICES IN ABRUZZO are available year round

MARCHE region is the exciting new region to be added to Touring Abruzzo’s tour programmes in 2018. Launching this month the inaugural departure is for May 23.
Located just above Abruzzo, it is also a wonderful central Italian region often little known to those travelling to Italy. Luciana and colleague Guido have personally created a wonderful 6 day programme including:
  • marvellous landscapes
  • visits to medieval centres for paper making in Fabriano
  • visits to piano accordion makers, wine and olive oil producers of Marche region
  • visits to the birthplaces and homes of composer Rossini in Pesaro and Renaissance master Raphael or Raffello Sanzio of Urbino.
  • fabulous local cuisine of the Marche …

2018 Dates: May 23 -28; June 21-26; September 21-26.

Prices from USD $3300 pp – small group travel

PERFECT PUGLIA: June, September & October departures.
Many options to choose from – 4, 8 or 10 days in Puglia.
Travel with Fabio your Puglia tour specialist.

PRIVATE DAY TOURS available also – LEARN MORE HERE
PRICES from USD $2200 pp, small group travel

EXCITING TRAVEL TO ITALY’S SOUTH

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BACK ROADS OF BASILICATA:  September 1 & October 17 departures.
8 days of exploring the deep south of Italy.

Travel with Fabio your Basilicata tour specialist. 

PRICES from USD $2200 pp, small group travel

EXPLORE MORE OF ITALY ON YOUR NEXT VACATION

FEATURE RECIPE: TARTUFINI  (Little Chocolate Truffles)
I am putting this recipe in as it is back by popular demand. I know a few of you have made it and they taste great!
Happy Cooking and many happy memories of Italy too!

Ingredients:

250gr (8 oz) whole almonds with skin on – ground
200gr (7 oz) sugar
1/2 coffee cup (1.5-2.0 fluid oz) of liqueur eg Tia Maria
1 tbspn dark cocoa
400gr (14 oz)sponge cake or plain soft cake, crumbled
Espresso coffee as needed

Method:

In a bowl, crumble the sponge cake into fine crumbs, add the ground almonds,
sugar and cocoa.
Add the liqueur slowly, then add the espresso coffee – enough to make a firm
dough and not too wet.
Need to roll into round walnut sized shapes to resemble truffles.
Roll in powdered sifted cocoa or in choc shavings or choc hail.
When cooled in fridge and ready to serve, place in small patty cases.

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Learn about the latest Italy tours lined up for 2018 with Touring Abruzzo. Read about what is hot in the New Year and the exciting new destinations to central and southern Italy. Viva La Dolce Vita!

Wishing you all a very happy and special Christmas season and thank you to all our valued guests over the years…. Grazie mille!

This next year marks Luciana’s 14th year of travel to Abruzzo, Italy and over the years has shown hundreds and hundreds of wonderful guests the beauty of this central Italian region. In the last 4 yrs, Touring Abruzzo has grown with demand and requests from many past guests and so Luciana has created exciting new Italy tour itineraries which take in areas in central and southern Italy.

Like our small group tour programmes to Puglia – the ‘heel’ of Italy in the south, as well as to ‘Basilicata’ which borders Puglia and which not many travellers know about…until now!

With these fully escorted tours and with Touring Abruzzo’s knowledgeable local guides you will certainly have a full immersion into an authentic Italian lifestyle and see little known or discovered destinations. A real treat awaits you…

The hot new and interesting destination for 2018 ready to be launched by Touring Abruzzo is to the north of Abruzzo,

LE MARCHE  – a land straddled between the beauty of the Adriatic coast and the Apennines to the west. Another central Italy region to explore and understand. Travel on the path less visited with us…

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What is in store for you in 2018...

After another wonderful touring season in Italy covering Abruzzo, Puglia, Basilicata and Molise this year we are proud to be well and truly ready for our 14th year of travel for 2018 with Touring Abruzzo. The 2018 Italy tour programme is now out and reservations are coming in! Choose your small group boutique tour experience or custom made private tour here and read on:

ABRUZZO
ABRUZZO: Choose a 4, 8, 10 day tour or design your own custom made journey…
If you only have time for a short stay in Abruzzo, then TASTES of ABRUZZO’ is perfect.
Over 4 days you will explore the northern Abruzzo region and you will be based in a beautiful hilltop village of Civitella del Tronto. From here you can experience the pleasure of living like a local, following a truffle hunt, seeing ancient fortresses and medieval art and cook with local ladies of Abruzzo.  2018 Departures: May 28, June 3, June 17, June 19 and September 17.
* ‘BACK ROADS of ABRUZZO’ is an 8 day journey which extends on the previous tour by including more of the central Abruzzo area along the Adriatic coast and into the Apennine mountains with the Maiella National Park area.  2018 Departures: June 17 and June 19.
* ‘GRAND TOUR of ABRUZZO’ will take you through most of the Abruzzo region over 10 days and has been the most popular tour for several years. 2018 departures: June 3 and September 17
One of this year’s highlights was to see some Apennine wolves (lupus italicus) in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise. Our hiking guide Antonella took us on some gentle walks through the area and we indulged in a special al fresco banquet put together by Luciana.  This stunning photo was taken by Fabio courtesy of https://m.facebook.com/notordinarywild/

PUGLIA – Choose a 4, 8, 10 day tour (June – October) or reserve your own private tour.
These tours are lead by Fabio, a very special member of the Touring Abruzzo team. He is a great guide and equally passionate archeologist who is knowledgeable and takes great care of each guest. We pride ourselves in showing you a true and authentic Puglia, often off the main tourist paths and each tour has a special mix of history, art, culture, food and wine (of course!).
* Limited time?  Why not try our  TASTES of PUGLIA’ tour which is a short 4 daystay based in Lecce (Baroque capital of the south).  2018 Departures: June 16, June 25 and October 1. 
*BACK ROADS OF PUGLIA’ takes in central and southern Puglia from Ostuni to Lecce over
8 days.   2018 Departures: June 13 and September 28. 
TREASURES OF PUGLIA’ – is the most popular Puglia programme and covers most of the length of the region from Trani to Lecce over glorious sun filled 10 days.
2018 Departures: June 10 and September 25. One of the highlights this year in Puglia would have to be visiting some local weavers who are passing on their traditions to the next generation of women. Using ancient olive wood looms and traditional patterns they are literally weaving magic with fabulous wool and cotton rugs and scarves made of cashmere, linen or silk thread.

BASILICATA –  This undiscovered gem of Italy’s south is a must see destination. See it in 2018 as in 2019 it has been voted the European Capital of Culture and the numbers of visitors is surely set to rise…
* ‘BACK ROADS OF BASILICATA’ – offers a total experience of the region over 8 days. Stay in a restored farmhouse in northern Basilicata as well as in Matera. Explore medieval castles, taste incredible Aglianico wines, enjoy a hands on cooking class, visit amazing hilltop villages and understand the rich history from the Greeks, Arabs and Normans.
 2018 Departures: September 1 and October 17.
Ready to explore something new in Italy? Let the Touring Abruzzo team take you on another amazing journey into central Italy where the roads are far less travelled..
WE ARE READY TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW “TASTES of LE MARCHE” tour.
Over 5 glorious days in Spring and Autumn you will be taken to the birthplace of composer Rossini, see the Miracle of the Black Madonna of Loreto, visit true artisans making piano accordions and hand made paper over the centuries. There will be time to visit local winemakers and explore the beautiful hilltop villages such as Urbino… See this part of Italy…the slow way…
                                      2018 Departures: May 23, June 21 & September 21ITALY TOURS TO REMEMBER
                      Slow down and relax on the roads less travelled in Italy..
Small group tours, personalised and professional service,
run by Luciana and her team…with passion and great local knowledge.
Join Luciana in the new 2018 Cooking Classes in Brisbane, Australia:
 February 10, March 18, April 15.
The first class will kick off with a great menu including: fried stuffed olives, summer spelt salad, tortellini filled with ricotta and walnuts, Abruzzese style lamb with egg, cheese and lemon. Dessert is a great treat as well!
Contact Luciana now on
0475 885 851 to 
book. 

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Mentions of Italy instantly invoke thoughts of mouth-watering food, rich local wines and family heritage dating back hundreds of years. You can experience all that and more by exploring Italy with our tours of Italy.  Consider a small group tour of Italy to  Abruzzo – one of Italy’s most stunning and untouched regions. By travelling with us to Abruzzo we explore traditional slow cooking, authentic food, Italian heritage, local nature and undiscovered treasures of the region as Luciana continues her mission to spread her knowledge of all things Abruzzese. Now in her 13th year as a travel ambassador, Luciana Masci, director of Touring Abruzzo, encompasses the best of Abruzzo for those who are new to the region, and those who are coming back for more.

 

 

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She is still leading her small group tours to this hidden gem in central Italy with her dynamic team of local guides and professionals. There is a wide choice of 4, 8 and 10 day Abruzzo tour programmes which are all inclusive. This means there is virtually no further cost out of pocket once you have booked. You can just sit back and enjoy the journey.

“With my tours and cooking classes I am not only able to share the secrets of this wonderful region, but also recipes and history that have been passed down through my own family and are close to my heart.”

Having lived and worked in Abruzzo over the last 13 years Luciana has been able to reconnect with her ancestral heritage, her family and her village.

“Discovering my ancestral heritage was truly inspiring, and something I have had the privilege of sharing with my past tour guests in Abruzzo.”

Over the last few years Luciana has also added new exciting destinations in Italy – to make any vacation in Italy a complete one. There are now itineraries featuring other undiscovered gems in southern Italy – Basilicata and Puglia. Each explore southern Italy’s rich history, local cuisine and stunning scenery. As of 2018, Touring Abruzzo will also offer a new entry – small group tours of central Italy to the Marche region. This region lies just above Abruzzo and is worth considering on your next Italy tour. Dates have been arranged so that you can bookend  2 short programmes together such as Abruzzo then Marche or Abruzzo followed by Puglia.

Fresh food markets in Matera, Basilicata
Fresh food markets in Matera, Basilicata

What other reasons do you need to travel to Italy with Luciana and her dynamic team in 2018?

Private tours to central and southern Italy will continue to be available and heritage tours of Abruzzo will also be available.

You can contact Luciana to know more about Marche tours.

 

 

 

 

Your next small group tour to Italy - Le Marche region central Italy
Your next small group tour to Italy – Le Marche region central Italy
Puglia coastline is stunning
Puglia coastline is stunning
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Your wonderful guide Fabio

 

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I have been reflecting lately on what I have created over the last 13 years. It seems like yesterday that I put my dream out there of touring Italy and rediscovering my Italian heritage and specifically my Abruzzo heritage. Now it is well and truly a reality and am so delighted that I have been able to show hundreds and hundreds of wonderful guests and often friends now – the great sights of Abruzzo Italy. The phrase that keeps coming back to me time and time again and that I hear from my guests is that “This is the Italy that we have been searching for”!

And it certainly is – to see an authentic and unspoilt Italy to tour an Italy off the main tourist paths and see Italy with only a small or handful number of guests is a truly special experience.

Also being a daughter of Abruzzo and having a direct link to the Abruzzo land and its people makes it extra special to show guests what I have experienced and the people and family whom I know so well. After having researched everything in minute detail and bringing guests new and unique experiences gives me a great buzz also. I always look for the different and the unusual and feature the best of everything especially the great artisans who make Abruzzo and other parts of Italy so special.

 

Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.
Italy is truly an overload on your senses! The tastes smells and sights Italy offers will stay with you for a lifetime.

 

Indulge in home made spaghetti alla chitarra in Abruzzo Italy
Indulge in home made spaghetti alla chitarra in Abruzzo Italy

 

I want to share with you a series of photos I took of FIAT 500’s or as we call them FIAT BAMBINOS! From Sulmona, Archi, Pescara, Milano, Matera and Lecce I see them around often and they always put a smile on my face!

Time to get away from it all on your trip to Italy!
Time to get away from it all on your next trip to Italy!

 

Italian vacations on the road less travelled
Italian vacations on the road less travelled

 

My Vacation in Italy took me to Milan Expo in 2015
My Vacation in Italy took me to Milan Expo in 2015

 

Fun at Milan Expo 2015 on my recent Trip to Italy!
Fun at Milan Expo 2015 on my recent Trip to Italy!

 

 

Enjoy these great Fiat 500 or Fiat Bambinos on your next Trip to Italy!
Enjoy these great Fiat 500 or Fiat Bambinos on your next Trip to Italy!

Luciana’s tour packages to Italy not only cover Abruzzo but in the last few years they also include some southern Italy regions such as Puglia and Basilicata. Her team of wonderful guides are on hand to assist and help create the best possible experience for all the guests, all year round.

There is time to sit and watch the world go by on your next vacation in Italy.
There is time to sit and watch the world go by on your next vacation in Italy.

 

Discover the road less travelled in Abruzzo Italy.
Discover the road less travelled in Abruzzo Italy.

 

The stunning beauty of Lago di San Domenico near Scanno in Abruzzo Italy
The stunning beauty of Lago di San Domenico near Scanno in Abruzzo Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Here is my new 2016 brochure for your perusal. It is 4 pages filled with exciting new tour itineraries and destinations.
You will find my small group tours to ABRUZZO – are going strong and still very popular, after 12 years.
TOURING ABRUZZO is proud to work with a great team of professionals who make my work a pleasure.
 TOURS TO ABRUZZO in 2016: 
* Tastes of Abruzzo 4 days of fun, food and the best of Abruzzo. A great taste!
* Back Roads of Abruzzo – 8 days on the roads less travelled in Abruzzo. Amazing and live like a local for a week!
* Grand Tour of Abruzzo 10 days of immersion in the culture, food and traditions of Abruzzo. Pure magic!

Ask Luciana for more information and see the dates from May to October this year.

Remember that travelling to Abruzzo with Luciana is an ALL INCLUSIVE experience.. There is virtually nothing further out of pocket to spend once you sign up for a tour programme.
ALL GROUPS ARE SMALL and NEVER EXCEED 12 GUESTS – usually there are less (average 4- 8 guests)
CHOOSE OTHER DESTINATIONS IN SOUTHERN ITALY – 
After extensive research with wonderful guides and learned archeologists, Luciana can now offer fabulous new destinations in Southern Italy:
  • PUGLIA TOURS choose a programme to suit you in this splendid part of Italy’s heel.
  • BASILICATA – the beauty of Matera and timeless atmosphere will leave you mesmerised..
  • LAZIO & CAMPANIA – follow the Appian Way from Rome to Naples and discover its treasures..
MEET FABIO – your tour escort in Puglia and Basilicata.
Touring Southern Italy.
Born in Lecce, Puglia – Fabio is an archeologist has always had the passion for art and history. Working in this field he has had the possibility to travel extensively (Egypt, Romania, Italy) but he mainly works in his own region of Puglia, the place he loves the most. Fabio is ready to share with you his passion and knowledge of this beautiful region. Be prepared to take in breath-taking landscapes, great traditional food of Puglia, full bodied wines, cities of unexpected beauty and unforgettable experiences. Touring Southern Italy, Touring Puglia has never been easier with such a tour guide.
Fabio speaks fluent Italian and English and he will be your driver/guide during your stay in Puglia where you will feel as part of his extended family. He has joined Luciana’s team in the last 2 years and bring you the best of Puglia and Basilicata as you travel on the path less travelled…

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Photo from Museo di Alezio site
Currently as an archeologist, he is the curator of a wonderful archeological museum in the Lecce province. He has catalogued and researched the history of the local pre Roman peoples, the Messapi. Through the necropolis and tombs found dating back from the 6th – 2nd  century BC – beautiful ceramics, bronzes and gold jewellery have come to light.
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Meeting local artisans in to of the way towns…Confetti producers here!
Together we have discovered wonderful artisans  who create wonders with bread, confetti or sugared almonds.. We have met passionate jewellers, chocolatiers, paper mache’ artisan Claudio, even fabulous artisan weavers who are reviving ancient looms with traditional Pugliese designs. I bought a rug (red and white wool) a couple of years ago and it is one of my most prized possesions!
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Connecting with local artisans and found great treasures – local weavers in Puglia.
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All part of the research…where to take guests for morning coffee!
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On research mission with Fabio – Discovering the beauty of OTRANTO in southern Puglia
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On a field trip researching the hidden and lost village of CRACO, Basilicata.
It is so good that I have found Fabio and we work together as a great team bringing ideas, experience, knowledge and above all passion to show our guests true village Italy and lesser known but great gems off the beaten track.
We have developed 4,8 and 10 day tour programmes which cover just Puglia, just Basilicata and now a combined 10 day journey featuring the best of Abruzzo/ Puglia/Basilicata!
BUON VIAGGIO!
5 Reasons To Visit Puglia
Located on Italy’s east coast, the southern Italian region of Puglia is paradise for those wanting an authentic taste of Italy. Escaping the crowds of Rome and Tuscany will lead you into an immersive cultural experience; with a population of just over 4 million people, you will experience a bustling part of Italy without getting lost in the crowds.
Summer and spring are the best times to visit Puglia. These months will give you the ideal weather to experience the beaches and cultural attractions on offer. Travel in spring to beat the crowds and still have the perfect weather for Puglia’s getaways.
Here are our five reasons why you should visit “Italy’s heel” on your next adventure:
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Visit the splendours of TRANI
1. The Cuisine
Traditional Pugliese lunches include pasta and wine – if you visit Puglia you are sure to indulge in both! Puglia is also home to wonderful artisan bread and the Pugliese people have been making bread for centuries. This southern region is famous for its wines, all of which pair perfectly with the cheese, olives and other types of authentic Italian cuisine that Puglia is known for. Home grown and homemade, the diverse cuisine will have your tastebuds singing! 
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Tastes the traditional delights of PUGLIA
2. The History
Throughout history Puglia has been a strategic position for controlling trade in the Mediterranean. Many cultures over the centuries have made their mark on Italy’s coastal region, all leaving great archaeological sites to be discovered. When travelling through Puglia you will experience cathedrals built in the 13th century, whitewashed seaside towns, grand opera houses and more. Perhaps one of the most special places to visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Castel Del Monte. Built in the 13th century, the octagonal castle is truly stunning. 
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Learn about PUGLIA’s turbulent history and marvellous architecture
3. The Culture
Archaeological museums, artisan weavers, ceramic artisans and traditional 17th century papier mâché are just the start of the cultural experience Puglia has to offer. Learn the ancient trades of basket weaving and pottery, or experience the fast paced energy of the tarantella dance.
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Discover the treasures of PUGLIA’s fine artisans
4. The Climate
Like many provinces in Southern Italy, the weather in Puglia is perfect. The Mediterranean climate means that – although summer is hot – it is lacking in humidity. This makes travelling extremely pleasant, even at temperatures over 30 degrees. Autumn is still relatively warm, and winter only ever drops to around 12 degrees. Puglia is beautiful all year round! 
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Enjoy PUGLIA’s wonderful Mediterranean climate on the Adriatic coastline
5. Off the Beaten Track
Puglia allows you to escape the tourist crowds of other cities and to fully  immerse yourself in Italian culture. If you want a quiet getaway, the countryside provides perfect peace and tranquillity. Filled with olive trees and vineyards, it is just the place to take a break from your busy travel schedules. Alternatively, a seaside oasis may be your calling. With caves to explore and beaches to enjoy, Puglia’s coastal towns have many beautiful villages perched on steep cliffs. The stunning scenery alone is enough reason to visit. 
If you are interested in visiting Puglia in 2016, contact Luciana to arrange a small group, private or customised tour.
CONTACT LUCIANA for further information
Puglia is the region found in the south of Italy – it is a 400km long strip of land from north to south, that makes up the heel of Italy. For centuries it was a strategic province, colonized, invaded and conquered by the invading Greeks, Romans , Normans, Swabians, Spanish and French. As a result beautiful fortresses and castles built by the Swabian King Frederick II in medieval times are a testament to the power it once held. Today the gorgeous coastline with its pristine beaches are so different to the rest of Italy, the white washed stone villages perched atop the hillsides and the boundless ancient olive trees (numbering in the 40 million plus!) dot the Puglia countryside. 
Having 2 major airports in Bari and Brindisi have opened up the region of Puglia and make a perfect starting point for any Puglia tour programme or custom tour.

WHETHER YOU WOULD LOVE TO HAVE AN APERITIVO, VISIT TRUE ARTISANS, STAY IN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN ACCOMMODATION, EXPLORE ANCIENT HILLTOP VILLAGES AND HAVE TIME TO WATCH THE WORLD GO BY WITH A CAFFE’ AND PASTICCERIA, THEN IT IS ALL POSSIBLE WHEN YOU TOUR PUGLIA WITH LUCIANA.  
FIND OUT MORE ON WHAT LUCIANA IS OFFERING FROM 2015

HERE ARE MY 5 TOP TIPS TO DO & EAT IN PUGLIA:

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1) LA DOLCE VITA BECKONS in TRANI:  STOP FOR A COFFEE 

Walking down one of the larger streets in Trani you will come across this great caffe’ – modern, sleek and clean however the traditional espresso or macchiato is served here in style. Try the millefoglie – delicious flaky vanilla custard slice, Italian style that is! Also the to die for bigne filled with fresh cream is a must..
Read more here on their Facebook page:


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2) PAPER MACHE’ ARTISAN in LECCE:
Heading to Lecce – the majestic Baroque town towards the very south of Italy, you will discover the traditional craft of paper mache’.
The true artisan here is Claudio Riso  who has been crafting exquisite pieces in paper mache’ for nearly 50 years. Having studied from another master this baroque tradition in Lecce is sure to carry on. This craft developed by the poor for the nobility in the 17th and 18th centuries in Lecce. It seemed to arise alongside the expert stonemasons working with the white stone of Lecce (limestone), whereas with paper mache’ the end product could imitate weightier more solid silver, bronze or marble. Themes were mainly religious with many nativity scenes created.
Read more here on TripAdvisor:
You can admire  his craft in action here in this video.

PictureMASSERIA – COUNTRY FARMHOUSE in PUGLIA
3) STAY IN A RESTORED COUNTRY
FARMHOUSE IN PUGLIA
This is THE way to experience authentic southern Italy at its best.
Found on the path less travelled and far more rewarding than staying in a hotel this is just what you need..
They are restored farmhouses usually built with a central closed courtyard and high fences around for defence in times gone by. The wealthy landowners built such large estates where they cultivated the endless olive trees, vineyards, grazing their sheep and some cattle and cultivating their crops. Often you can also find an ancient olive mill deep under ground.
Some of these masserie have been restored with modern facilities with pools and even spa areas.. What a way to explore Italy!

4) VISIT A WHITEWASHED HILLTOP VILLAGE in PUGLIA
This whitewashed village of CEGLIE MESSAPICA is in the province of BRINDISI and is where you can lose yourself wandering the alleyways, climbing the ancient medieval castle and taking photos at every turn.
I absolutely loved it here and had the most fabulous meal in Ceglie. Historically it was where a Greek settlement formed in the 7th century BC. The local people were known as the messapi who fought the Greeks who wanted to control the nearby port of Otranto.
Read how Carla Coulson Australian photographer saw Ceglie Messapica when she was there in 2014.
5) ENJOY AN APERITIVO ITALIANO IN PUGLIA – ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!
An absolute must in Italy is aperitivo time. Traditionally served at lunch time from around 11 am – 1pm and then again an aperitivo before dinner from around 6-9pm. I love my apparel spritz with Aperol bitters, Prosecco sparkling Italian wine, Soda, ice and a slice of orange. Of course in true Italian style, aperitifs are served with a delicious array of appetisers. Here in LECCE I had taralli crisp bread (recipe already in a previous blog – SEE RECIPE HERE), black olives, sorpressa salami and focaccia barese (Bari style) with tomatoes, extravirgin olive oil and oregano!

PictureLecce the Baroque capital of the south.

Luciana is happy to announce the inaugural tours of PUGLIA in 2015.
Over the 11 years that Luciana has been living and exploring Abruzzo and sharing the love of her native Italian region in central Italy. Touring and guiding since 2006, many guests have taken away memories of a lifetime with the incredible food, wine and the richness of its culture and traditions. Not to mention the warmth of the local people and Luciana’s welcoming family and friends there.
Luciana has created several tours to Puglia, in southern Italy – fondly known as the ‘heel of Italy’s boot”.

BACK ROADS of PUGLIA Tour : The first guided small group tour takes off on May 30 which is an 8 day exploration of the fabulous culture, traditions and gourmet delights of Puglia. The second is scheduled for June 20.
Here you will stay 3 nights in Ostuni (known as the ‘cite’ bianca) and 4 nights in Lecce. From these bases we will take day trips out so the time in the minibus is not too long in one day.
Baroque is beautiful! The magnificent baroque architecture is everywhere in Lecce. 

TREASURES of PUGLIA Tour:  October 5– This tour is an extended 10 day fully guided and escorted small group journey exploring most of Puglia from top to bottom. 
Luciana has teamed up with resident archeologist and guide, Fabio from Lecce in Puglia to bring you a most authentic and rich Italian experience from Adriatic coastline, to countryside and stunning Baroque and medieval towns.
                                                                            JOIN US IN PUGLIA 2015


Luciana has a wonderful new tour experience for you in 2015! Leading tours to Abruzzo over the last 10 years, Luciana has a wonderful group of loyal and very satisfied past guests who have returned 2 and 3 times to travel with her. So new directions, a new year and new destinations are in order!
PUGLIA is a great place to explore and for those of you who have been to Abruzzo and wish to experience more of Luciana’s hospitality then look no further. Culturally and historically Puglia has been linked to Abruzzo and it makes a wonderful extension to your Italian experience. Luciana has teamed up with Fabio, an archeologist and guide in Puglia who together have thoroughly researched and created a great and varied itinerary. 
 Luciana promises her usual attention to detail, personalised service and a truly memorable experience….when you discover Puglia with these 2 new itineraries:
“BACK ROADS OF PUGLIA” Tour ( 8 days) and  “TREASURES of PUGLIA” Tour (10 days). 
Numbers are strictly limited to no more than 12 guests only. Expressions of interest taken now.