Welcome to this Puglia cultural tour designed by Art Historian Federica. Puglia is the heel of the Italian boot. A land of sea, hills, and boundless plains: in fact, it attracts tourism not only for its mesmerizing coast and natural landscapes, but also for its splendid art cities, picturesque villages, and great food. Disclaimer: “Caffé leccese” and “Pascticciotto” are addicitve!
Trip in a nutshell
- Ideal for: history lovers, family, and above all foodies
- Highlights: olive oil tasting, typical houses in Alberobello, baroque architecture in Lecce
- What you will learn: how to make pasta, paper-mache tradition, what makes our coffee so special
- Local professional guide throughout your entire trip
- Length: 3 days, 2 nights
- Based in Ostuni, with daily trips to Alberobello and Lecce
- Transportation: self-drive or car and driver
- Accommodation and meals: family-run Agriturismo/hotels; typical meals at the farm or in traditional restaurants
- Price: starting from €450 per person (based on a group of 4 people).
DESCRIPTION OF TOUR
My name is Federica, I am a licensed tour guide with a degree in Art History, and I designed this Puglia cultural tour for you to experience the people, history, and traditions of my homeland.
In fact, I started this job 10 years ago and I have led people from all over the world to discover the magic of our coastal hamlets, appreciate the beauty of Lecce’s baroque, and taste our mouth-watering Pasta and sweets.
On this tour, we will visit a typical farm in the Itria Valley and the city of Alberobello with its characteristic Trulli houses. Moreover, you will discover the value of millennial olive groves and fine olive oil, also known as Apulian “liquid gold”.
Finally, Ostuni and Lecce (the “Florence of the south”) are the last destinations: let yourself be transported by two different yet extremely beautiful cities and the various treasures they have to offer.
DAY 1 Cheese tasting at the farm and typical Trulli houses in Alberobello
We will start our Puglia cultural tour with a farm visit in the Itria Valley. Here, we will learn about cows’ grazing and cheese making.
You will learn the difference between mozzarella, burrata, and stracciatella and, of course, have a try and decide which one you like the most!
In the afternoon, we will continue to Alberobello and see the famous Trulli houses. I will tell you the stories behind these buildings and point out my favorite decorations.
Finally, we will go inside a Trullo and visit the factory of a “mastro trullaro”. What does he do? We will find out together and we will taste some wine.
DAY 2 Olive grooves and ancient mill, white houses of Ostuni and great food!
Olive oil is Apulian’s gold for a reason, as in this region we have centuries’ old plants.
Today we will visit an ancient oil mill and olive groves, to learn more about the production of extra-virgin olive oil, and the stories of the people who choose to pass on this tradition to future generations. Olive oil on bread is the quintessential snack here, and you will get to try different varieties.
We will then visit Ostuni, and its beautiful whitewashed old town, and stop for lunch in a typical Masseria. Ostuni’s cathedral is amazing, and I will tell you why.
In the afternoon, you can get lost in the narrow streets of Ostuni and just enjoy La Dolce Vita.
Finally, we will travel to Cisternino for aperitivo and experience the local “bombette” meat.
DAY 3 Baroque in Lecce, Italian sweets and Pasta making workshop
As an Art Historian, Lecce is by far my favourite destination in Puglia.
We will discover why Lecce is known as the “Florence of the South”.
Our day starts the Italian way at a lovely coffee shop serving artisanal roasted “Caffè leccese”and homemade “pasticciotto”.
I will then accompany you to discover the ancient technique of paper-mache. For lunch, we will head for the local pasta shop where you try your hand at making fresh pasta. Orecchiette, sagna ‘ncannulate or paccheri, you can have it all!
Finally, we will enjoy the fruits of your labor along with some fine local wines.
- Accommodation and breakfast: 2 nights in agriturismo / B&B / hotels 3 or 4 stars (based on double room occupancy)
- 3 meals ( lunch / dinner) , 1 aperitivo
- All the experiences mentioned in the program
- A local professional guide throughout your trip
- Pre-trip support and assistance during your trip
Is not included, but can be arranged
- Transportation throughout the tour
- Any other destination/experience not specified in the program
What to bring – useful info
- Sunscreen / sunglasses
- Pack one nicer outfit for evenings out (optional 😉)
- 1 light jacket or wrap
- 1 pair of solid walking shoes
- Small daypack that’s comfortable to carry
- Finally, a water bottle