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TOURS: Puglia 2020

09/20/20 – 09/30/20

THE SCOOP

Everything you need to know about Puglia!

Puglia is a flat, fertile, sun soaked region in southern Italy. Puglia’s iron rich soil makes it one of the most productive agricultural regions in Italy. Puglia has the longest coastline of any region in mainland Italy and is often referred to as ‘Italy’s undiscovered coast’. Puglia produces olive oil (more than any other region in Italy), wine, tomatoes, artichokes and wheat. Puglia is also full of remarkable historical ruins, cathedrals, Baroque cities, harbors and picturesque villages like Alberobello (capital of the famous trulli buildings).

Puglia’s comforting country cuisine may not be as famous as that of some other Italian regions, but it is full of locally sourced goodness. Local produce includes durum wheat, tomatoes, artichokes, beans, courgettes, fennel, peppers and onions. The coastline and farming tradition bring lots of seafood, beef and lamb to the table On the tour, you’ll enjoy traditional dishes from set menus featuring a variety of fresh, local, in season ingredients. Inclusive in the trip are all breakfasts, three lunches and nine dinners (including wine). 

Please note: for meals on your own, a list of suggested restaurants will be provided. If you have any food allergies, or foods that you can not eat, please inform us during the registration process and Gioacchino will work hard to accommodate your needs.

$5,500 per person

HIGHLIGHTS

TOWNS:
Brindisi, Marina Di San Gregorio, Gallipoli, Miggiano, Lecce, Otranto, Ostuni, Tricase, Polignano a Mare, Matera, Altamura, Alberobello

PRODUCERS:
Vegetable, Wine, Bakery & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

HIGHLIGHTS:
– Cooking class with personal chef
– Tastings
– Historic Sites
– Shopping Tour
– Paper Mache & Lime Stone Masters

MEALS INCLUDED:
Breakfast Daily
3 Lunches
1 Tasting
5 Dinners

11 DAYS IN PUGLIA

09/20/20 – 09/30/20
DAY 1

BRINDISI AIRPORT > SAN GREGORIO
Sunday, September 20th, 2020

  •  AM transfer from Brindisi Airport to Hotel Montecallini in San Gregorio.
  •  Enjoy free time at the hotel until dinner.
  •  08:00 PM Welcome dinner at Restaurant Sant’Elia 
  •  Overnight at Hotel Montecallini 
DAY 2

MARINA DI SAN GREGORIO > MIGGIANO > GALLIPOLI > MARINA DI SAN GREGORIO
Monday, September 21st 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 10:00 AM Leave hotel for first Olive Groves (30 minutes driving)
  • 10:30 AM Visit to Extra Virgin Olive Oil producer, Merico Company in Miggiano. Here we will Learn about Olive Oil production and stroll through their historic 700 year old olive groves.
  • 01:00 PM Tasting lunch where we will learn about pairings
  • 03:00 PM Transfer back to hotel with some free time to relax.
  • 06:00 PM Transfer to Gallipoli (30 minutes driving), where we will have free time until dinner.
  • 08:00 PM Dinner at Restaurant Portolano 
  • Overnight at Hotel Montecallini

 

DAY 3

MARINA DI SAN GREGORIO > GAGLIANO DEL CAPO > MARINA DI SAN GREGORIO
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 10:00 AM Visit the Agriturismo Serine, learning about the local vegetables
  • 12:00 PM Tasting lunch at Agriturismo Serine
  • 02:00 PM Transfer back to hotel
  • 03:00 PM Transfer to Gagliano Del Capo for our Cooking Class
  • 03:30 PM Cooking class with a professional chef. Discover the ancient recipes of the region with the locals! Work with your group to prepare a traditional Puglia meal. You will start in the morning learning about ingredients. In the afternoon they will assist you in the preparation of the dishes.
  • 08:00 PM Cooking class dinner at Palazzo Comi
  • Overnight at Hotel Montecallini. 
DAY 4

MARINA DI SAN GREGORIO > TRICASE >MARINA DI SAN GREGORIO
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 11:00 AM Transfer to Tricase (30 minutes driving)
  • 11:30 PM Visit and tasting lunch at wine produce, Castel di Salve Company to learn about local wines varieties
  • 02:30 PM Transfer back to the hotel
  • Free time at the hotel
  • Dinner on your own tonight in Marina Di San Gregorio
  • Overnight at Hotel Montecallini
DAY 5

SAN GREGORIO > LECCE
Thursday, September 24h 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Montecallini
  • 10:30 AM Luggage collection and check out
  • 11:00 AM Transfer from Marina Di San Gregorio to Lecce (driving time approx. 1.5 hours)
  • 01:00 PM Check in at Hotel Risorgimento in Lecce
  • —Free afternoon in Lecce…grab lunch or shop—
  • Dinner on your own tonight in Lecce
  • Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento in Lecce
DAY 6

LECCE
Friday, September 25th 2020

  • Breakfast atHotel Risorgimento
  • 09:00 AM Guided tour of Lecce, including a visit to a Lime Stone and Papier-mâché master
  • —Lunch on your own in Lecce—
  • Free afternoon relaxing at hotel or walking/shopping the city!
  • Dinner on your own in Lecce
  • Overnight at Hotel Risorgimento
DAY 7

LECCE > OTRANTO > LECCE
Saturday, September 26th 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento.
  • 09:30 AM Van transfer from Lecce to Otranto (driving time approx. 30 mins.)
  • 10:00 AM Guided tour of Otranto
  • —Lunch on your own in Otranto—
  • 03:00 PM Van transfer to the hotel
  • Free time in Lecce or relaxing at the hotel
  • 08:00 PM Dinner is at Restaurant La Scarpetta
  • Overnight: Hotel Risorgimento in Lecce.
DAY 8

LECCE > OSTUNI > POLIGNANO A MARE
Sunday, September 27th 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Risorgimento
  • 09:30 AM Luggage collection and check out
  • 10:00 AM Bus transfer from Lecce to Ostuni (driving time approx. 1 hr.).
  • Free morning to explore Ostuni, the ‘White City’ of Salento
    — Lunch on your own in Ostuni —
  • 02:30 PM Transfer from Ostuni to Polignano a Mare (driving time approx. 1.5 hours)
  • 04:00 PM Check in at Hotel Borgobianco in Polignano a Mare
  • Free time and dinner on your own in Polignano a Mare, an amazing village overhanging the sea
  • Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco
DAY 9

POLIGNANO A MARE > ALTAMURA > MATERA > POLIGNANO A MARE
Monday, September 28th 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco.
  • 09:30 AM Transfer from Polignano a Mare to Pomarico (1 hour drive)
  • 10:30 AM Visit to local bakery, Panificio Di Gesù, to learn about traditional breads of Altamura and Tarallini Pugliesi
  • 12:00 PM Transfer from Altamura to Matera (30 minute drive)
  • 12:30 PM Lunch at Restaurant La Fedda Rossa
  • 03:00 PM Guided tour of Materaa to discover the beautiful ‘Stones City’
  • 05:30 PM Tranfer back to hotel (1.5 hour drive)
  • Free evening and dinner at the hotel or in the village
  • Overnight at Hotel Borgobianco

 

DAY 10

POLIGNANO A MARE > ALBEROBELLO > POLIGNANO A MARE
Tuesday, September 29th 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco
  • 10:00 AM Transfer from Polignano a Mare to Alberobello (30 minute drive)
  • Free time, discovering traditional ‘trulli’ of the village
  • Lunch on your own in Alberobello
  • 02:30 PM Transfer back to hotel
  • Free afternoon relaxing at hotel spa or packing up luggage
  • 08:00 PM Group dinner at hotel restaurant
  • Last night at Hotel Borgobianco
DAY 11

POLIGNANO A MARE > BRINDISI AIRPORT
Wednesday, September 30th 2020

  • Breakfast at Hotel Borgobianco.
  • Transfer from Polignano a Mare to Brindisi Airport (times TBD)

 

YOUR TOUR GUIDE

Gioacchino Passalacqua

Guide and co-owner of aTTavola, Gioacchino Passalacqua, is an artisanal Italian food exporter, gastronome and native Sicilian who divides his time between Sicily, Italy and New York. As a native Mediterranean, Gioacchino has developed relationships with food producers, restaurateurs, olive oil companies, chocolatiers, vintners and confectioners. He has traveled the world in his business as an importer/exporter, taking part in food shows from Paris and San Francisco to Chicago and New York City.

Gioacchino has a keen sense of quality foods and wines which he passionately shares through his unique tours, tastings, and products. You’ll be pleased to know, every one of our guests has rated him a 5 star tour guide!

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