The charm of Lecce stone changing in the sunlight, noble palaces peeking out through the alleys of the historic center, beautifully decorated churches: the triumph of Baroque in Lecce takes you by the hand, warms you up and struggles before taking a leave. The welcoming warmth of the city, its monuments and craft shops will overwhelm you.
While riding through the ‘centro storico’ , you will listen to the stories of our expert guide who will unveil to you glimpses of the town easily reachable on a bicycle. The cycling experience, suitable for everyone, offers an unusual and sustainable perspective, creating a direct interaction between the town and the traveler. You will be treated with a classic ‘Leccese’ aperitif, where you can taste the ‘rustico’ and, for the sweet tooth, the ‘pasticciotto’.
world, enter rock churches and cave houses, homes of the Materani family until the 1950s. A UNESCO heritage site that leaves you breathless: explore the two districts of the town, Sasso Barisano and Caveoso, set perfectly in the evocative canyon landscape carved by the Gravina river over the millennia.
Before reaching the ‘Città dei Sassi’, you will stop in Grottaglie, the cradle of the Apulian pottery tradition. The center is full with workshops of the best local craftsmen: do not miss the chance to walk through the vibrant Pottery District where you will witness skilled hands dancing around the lathe to model the clay and create marvellous pieces of ceramic art. The shops in Grottaglie are the ideal place to buy authentic Apulian artifacts to bring back home.
Valle d’Itria is an iconic place: the beauty of its villages and green fields are eye-catching.
Green and golden meadows, villages perched on the hills, cliffs overlooking the blue sea, trulli set in the rural landscape will be the setting for a fairytale day. Today’s experience will lead you from the charming village of Polignano a Mare, overlooking the Adriatic, to the distinctive bucolic inland. You will visit Alberobello, a UNESCO heritage site, where you will be astonished by the symbolic conical roof houses, the trulli. The journey goes on towards Locorotondo and its typical ‘cummerse’: stroll through flower-decorated alleys and an imaginary ‘promenade’ caressed by vineyards. The day in the Itria Valley ends with the visit to the renowned ‘White City’, Ostuni, and its dazzling whitewashed houses, which stand majestically on top of the the hill overlooking a wide expanse of olive groves.
In Apulia, the passion for olives has ancient roots, as old as its trees, whose trunks are the witness of epochal changes. Apulian oil is now renowned all over the world thanks to the hard labour and dedication of the farmers who have made it up to ‘Apulian Gold’.
Treat yourself to the thrill of visiting an olive oil farm in Salento area and its oil mill: follow the meticulous manufacturing process of one of the Apulian products par excellence. At the end of the visit, you will enjoy a tasting experience led by an expert where you will learn the secrets of how to recognise a good olive oil.
During your journey to Puglia, you will be fascinated by vineyards that embellish the landscape like an impressionist painting. Puglia boasts a vast production of several types of indigenous wines thanks to a unique terroir and the passion handed down from generation to generation. You will be able to touch the history and the stories of those who have undertaken the ancient art of Bacchus and carried it forward with great enthusiasm in one of the wineries carefully selected for you throughout the territory. You will visit the winery learning about the stages of the production and bottling process and then taste different labels accompanied with local products.
Are you ready to take on a journey full of history and taste? The experience in a Masseria, located a few km from Ostuni, will give you the opportunity to be cheesemaker for a day: witness the magic process of the morning fresh milk transforming into cheese and finally savour the authentic flavours.
The Masserias, which have mostly been converted into hotels, were once proper farms, dedicated to the processing of several food products, including cheese. The cheesemaker is one of the main pillars of the Apulian gastronomy: thanks to skilled hands and a deep knowledge of the art of cheese making, the cheesemaker gives life to dairy delicacies.
Food is the Apulian metaphor of love and sharing precious family moments.
The ancient recipes of our grandmothers are the keepers of culinary secrets. Today, they will be revealed to you in the kitchen of a local restaurant in the heart of Lecce. You will put them into practice under the skilled guidance of a local chef: you will learn the art of Apulian cooking and amaze your friends and relatives back home.
‘Hands on pasta’ is a sensorial experience: you will familiarise with local raw ingredients and prepare dishes of Salento culinary tradition. After preparation, just like in a family, you will relish the meal altogether with a good glass of wine.