Your own gourmet getaway to Puglia awaits. ‘TASTES of PUGLIA’ Tour (4 days)
Luciana has teamed up with Fabio – archeologist and guide which promises her usual attention to detail, personalised service and a truly memorable experience of Italy’s boot. In this undiscovered gem of southern Italy you will be based in the baroque splendour of Lecce enjoying magnificent cuisine and traditional life in Puglia.
Read on to find out more about our ‘Tastes of Puglia‘ tour.
ABOUT THE TOUR
On a ‘Tastes of Puglia’ tour you will enjoy a taste of the real Italy as you live like a local and stay in the beautiful baroque town of Lecce.
Over 4 marvellous days, travel comfortably and slowly as you unwind over the 3 nights.
Slow food and Slow travel await you – the perfect mix to explore Puglia. On this small group tour, you will have a chance to see Puglia off the beaten track, taste sensational regional dishes of Puglia, meet true artisans working with traditional weaving, jewellery, ceramics and paper mache’…
A personalised and professional service is guaranteed!
Puglia has so much to offer for the discerning traveller and for those looking to understand and experience an authentic Italy. Throughout history its strategic position was important for controlling trade and invasions were launched from here. The fertile soils here with abundant olive trees and vineyards as well as the pristine beaches make your trip to Puglia a fabulous one.
This is a fully escorted, small group tour (no more than 12 guests) led by Fabio.
October 1 – 4, 2018 (4 days)
May 22-25, 2019 (4 days)
June 3 -6, 2019 (4 days)
June 22-25, 2019 (4 days)
September 23-26, 2019 (4 days)
October 24-27, 2019 (4 days)
$2820 per person, twin share (AUD $400 single supplement)
DAY 1: Saturday: LECCE
You will be met this morning at your accommodation in Lecce by Fabio with a private airconditioned vehicle. Fabio will be your private guide and driver throughout your stay in Puglia. After your morning coffee in a local cafe’ serving Lecce’s famous Quarta coffee you can check in at a beautiful palazzo in the heart of old Lecce where you will be based for the next 3 nights. There is time to rest before heading out with Fabio to explore the baroque splendour of Lecce’s historical centre, followed by a fabulous traditional Pugliese lunch including pasta, ceci e tria and primitivo red wine…Fabio’s extensive knowledge of Puglia and his studies as an archaeologist as well as Lecce being his home town make for a wonderful combination of learning and exploring Puglia together.
DAY 2: Sunday: LECCE- GALATINA
This morning you head off to Galatina and visit this little gem of a village complete with medieval basilica church of Santa Caterina with fabulous frescoes. There is time to relax with a coffee in the piazza and also visit the oldest pastry shop or pasticcieria serving a local Lecce specialty called pasticciotto. Learn about the tarantella dance and it’s origins here in Galatina. Stay on for lunch and then return to Lecce for a rest. At leisure for rest of evening. Enjoy Lecce in the evening, with the many shops and time to have your passeggiata with the locals.
DAY 3: Monday: LECCE- LEUCA- GALLIPOLI- LECCE
This full day touring with Fabio will take you south via the splendid Adriatic coastline. Take in the brilliant sea over your morning coffee then explore a nearby grotto. Fabio has arranged a visit to a ceramic artisan still creating traditional maiolica ware. You can learn all about the techniques used and the traditional colours of ceramics here.
Visit a natural historical monument – legends say that it was so large that 700 knights would be able to take shelter and shade under this mighty oak tree. We travel onto Leuca to explore the beautiful basilica. Take in a fabulous lunch with equally fabulous views over the coastline. After lunch, heading onto Gallipoli, Fabio will take you through the historical centre. You will be taken through an underground ancient olive mill which was noted for producing lamp oil up until the end of the 19th century. The oil produced here supplied the street lighting for many of Europe’s capital cities. Rest of evening at leisure.
DAY 4: Tuesday : LECCE- OTRANTO - LECCE
Today Fabio will accompany you to Otranto another jewel of the Adriatic. It is a charming village with white washed houses, tiny alleyways and rich history. Otranto is the eastern most town on the Italian peninsula. Visit the tiny Byzantine church of San Pietro from the 9th century and the beautiful basilica. Admire the rare and well preserved medieval mosaic flooring from the 12th century. Take in more great sea views over a relaxing coffee and explore the backstreets also. Onto the nearby countryside where lunch will be in a traditional Puglia masseria or country farmhouse. Enjoy local specialities all accompanied by Puglia wines including primitivo red wine.
The farmhouse is also a creative centre for textiles and weaving where ladies continue the traditions of weaving on looms. Admire the looms made from olive wood as well as the hand woven rugs and bags using traditional designs and colours. Fabio has arranged private visits to several artisans in Lecce working the age old crafts of – paper mache’, goldsmith and a wonderful chocolatier making chocolates. Return to train station in Lecce. End of Tour.