DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY
It’s arrival day. We will meet at Bari Airport and transfer service to the Masseria – Farms - located in Valle d’Itria ( situated between Brindisi, Taranto and Bari, and is known as appellation the trulli Valley). Welcome drink in Masseria and presentation. In the evening dinner in a local restaurant in Valle d’Itria. Overnight in Masseria
DAY 2 - ALBEROBELLO - MARTINA FRANCA (WINERY EXPERIENCE)
Today we visit the UNESCO site of Alberobello, undoubtedly the Capital of the Trulli: its historic center is integrally constituted by these rather particular white, pyramidal structures that make it so famous and identifiable. The best way to experience Alberobello is getting lost in the cluster of white, dry stone huts, unique in the world. If you love wine, Apulia offers the opportunity to taste prestigious labels and great vintages, often combined with other local specialities that will also delight your palate. And for a well-rounded experience, go directly to the wineries that produce the wine. Tasting their wines on the spot and visit the winery and vineyards is an awesome opportunity. We will tour Martina Franca, the town has a particularly beautiful old town surrounded by stone walls with prominent Baroque gates leading to piazzas and narrow, winding streets. In evening tour by night in Ostuni and dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 3 - CASTEL DEL MONTE - TRANI
Today we visit another UNESCO world heritage site, Castel del Monte, stands solitary and majestic at a height of 540 metres, on the highest hill of the Murgia region. Universally renowned for its octagonal shape, it is masterpiece of medieval architecture and it also, an emblematic expression of multifaceted personality of Frederic II of Swabia, keen on mathematics, poetry, philosophy and astronomy. We explore the site with a local guide before stopping in Trani for a delicious meal at an excellent seafood restaurant overlooking the sea. Trani, a slow food city (do try the local dessert wine: “moscato di Trani”) whose pièce de résistance is a magnificent Swabian fortress and the wonderful Romanesque cathedral. Return to the masseria or Hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant, and overnight stay.
DAY 4 –Apulia culinary experience
Today we have a cooking class at Apluvia's Home! Cooking with locals, mums and chefs in a casual and friendly environment: classes are hands–on, using the freshest of ingredients and sampling olive oil and wine produced directly on the grounds. You will learn how to prepare the typical Apulian pasta “orecchiette” (little ears). Your guide will follow you during the cooking lesson, while you prepare pasta, bread or the focaccia and explaining some of Puglia’s main dishes. Just the time to take off the apron, and Lunch is ready to be tasted together with a fabulous local wine. After seeing the white historic quarters of Ceglie Messapica, we head back to the masseria. You probably won’t be hungry for the rest of the day. If we request, the masseria or hotel will provide cheese, salami and focaccia for us (light dinner on request).
DAY 5 - BRUNCH IN CASEIFICIO (MOZZARELLA FARM) – LECCE
This morning is free to spend as you wish – sleep in, wander into town, or just find a quiet spot to read a book. At about 11.30 a.m , please join us for a tasting of specialty cheeses in a local Caseificio, and to see how they make “mozzarella”. We accompany the tasting with a variety of homemade breads, jams and chutneys and salads that are all homegrown using biodynamic and organic farming methods. After the mozzarella experience, following a suggested itinerary we explore the capital of Baroque, Lecce. Known as the “Florence of the South”, Lecce, will enchant you with its elaborate baroque architecture of Piazza San Oronzo, Piazza Duomo and the Church of Santa Croce. Here, we will take a walking tour guided from a tourist guide, and tasting a little cake tipycal of lecce “Pasticciotto”. Dinner at local restaurant After a long day, we’ll make our way back to the masseria, where we have the rest of the evening to relax and do as we wish.
DAY 6- MANDURIA – PRIMITIVO WINE TOUR
This morning we have a multisensorial tour to discover the Primitivo wine of Manduria; we will visit the museum of primitive wine to admire the everyday object, the old working tools and the old tanks of the cantina, where you can still feel the smell left by the wine kept there. Wine tasting of 4 labels with a Sommelier, and light lunch (tarallini, cheese, salame, almond sweets). The day will continue visiting the city of Manduria, ancient centre of Messapic, where once again we can see the old Messapian walls a few step from modern city centre. Walking tour inside the archaeological area of Manduria for admire the “Fonte Pliniana” (a natural cave, where inside there’s a natural spring). After the walking tour, we make our way back to Masseria.
This evening we will have a special dinner at Masseria: a Panzerottata, (a typical Puglia calzone) and more food. Dinner, all activities and wine at the table included.
DAY 7 - MATERA - ALTAMURA (BAKERY EXPERIENCE)
Today we visit another UNESCO world heritage site, Matera, unique in the world because the original town was dug into a canyon. Its caves were inhabited up until the late 1950s. This city has been used as the set of many movies including Mel Gibson’s ‘The passion of the Christ’. We will stop for lunch in historical bakery in Altamura for taste a particular quality of bread called Pane di Altamura and others local culinary specialties. After lunch, we make our way back to Masseria together. Dinner at a local ristarante in Ceglie Messapica.
DAY 8 - DEPARTURE DAY
This morning it’s time to bid farewell to the group. Transfer service from Masseria to local airport or train station.