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Author Archives: Elena Riccardo

August 25, 2018

Puglia’s Grape Harvest: Let’s Wine and Dine!

Written By Elena Riccardo

A dream come true for the wine-lovers among us, or for those who simply wish to appreciate the bounty of high-quality food and wine that Puglia has to offer. Aside from being one of the best times of year to visit, this tour centers on what leaves celebrity chefs overjoyed: Puglia’s uniquely traditional cuisine and rich agricultural heritage. Participate in the grape harvest for a hands-on experience in wine-making, become a savvy wine-taster with guided food and wine pairings, and savor an enchanting dinner and visit of a centuries-old masseria– a typical farmhouse where everything is homemade and grown on the premises. Enjoy a private cooking class that takes you behind the scenes and into the kitchen, where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties. Additional visits include the fairytale town of Alberobello, where you’ll get to spend a night in your very own trullo; the 9,000-year-old city of MateraOstuniGallipoli and an excursion by boat into the grottoes around the Cape of Salento.

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August 25, 2018

Summer in Salento

Written By Elena Riccardo

Enjoy some fun in the sun down in the “Jamaica of Italy”, for a relaxing combination of stunning beaches, culinary enjoyment, and cultural discoveries. Visit, home of the trulli – curious, conical-shaped huts that were designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around – which inadvertently became one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. Experience firsthand this fairytale land with an overnight stay in a trullo of your own for a sojourn that you won’t soon forget! The rest of the time we’ll be based in Lecce, where, aside from a guided visit of the most important sites, you’ll also participate in a daylong cooking class in order to learn how to make regional specialties. Day trips include visits to 9,000-year-old MateraOtranto, Italy’s easternmost point; famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses; the Cape of Salento for an excursion by boat into the grottoes; and Galatina, where we’ll discover the secret behind the legend of the Taranta and its characteristic dance, the . We’ve even got a bustling local patron saint festival thrown in the mix, so you can party like a local for an evening of traditional music, dancing and fun.

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August 25, 2018

An Unexpected Easter

Written By Elena Riccardo

Journey to the heart of Easter in Southern Italy and live the holiday like a local! Based in Lecce, a.k.a “the Florence of the South”, the focus will be on living firsthand the unique cultural events that few outsiders ever get to experience. From the “” in Taranto, where hooded penitents build their own crosses and , to the more light-hearted Easter Monday celebrations, with a nature walk and a picnic lunch in the countryside as per tradition, you’ll get to live the richness of the springtime festivities from all angles. You’ll also discover some of the most beautiful and fascinating places in Southeastern Italy, including 9,000-year-old Matera, Taranto, Manduria and Ostuni, for a truly breathtaking experience of the cultural gems hidden down south.

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August 25, 2018

In Search of Green Gold

Written By Elena Riccardo

Our travel packages include an 8-night, 9-day travel experience around Puglia and Basilicata in an intimate group setting (12 people max), that will give you an insider’s view of the best this area has to offer. Starting from €1,900 (approximately $2,200).

Our activities, from participating in the olive harvest to exploring the grottoes around the Cape of Salento, to visiting any number of the fabulous destinations around Puglia and Basilicata, can be booked as day trips for those traveling on their own.

Prepare yourself for a one-of-a-kind journey into autumn, for an authentic travel experience that offers you the best of the seasons’ flavors and traditions. Pick organic olives and learn how to“taste” olive oil like a pro during our visit to an organic olive oil mill. Enjoy a private cooking class that takes you behind the scenes and into the kitchen, where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties. Our home base will be in Lecce, but we’ll be making plenty of stops around the province, with a visit to the 9,000-year-old city of Matera, as well as the fairytale town of Alberobello, which has inadvertently become one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. You’ll get to spend a night in your very own trullo, a curious, conical-shaped hut that was designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around. Other destinations include the charming port town of Otranto, Italy’s easternmost point, famous for its gorgeous winding streets and whitewashed houses, and the gorgeous seaside city of Polignano a Mare.

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