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Renaissance Puglia™

Culinary Tours For Women Travelers Puglia ~ 8 Day

Cooking Tours
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Join Letizia in the town of Conversano, just 45 minutes south of Bari for cooking and touring in the heart of Puglia. Set in Italy’s geographic heel, your Cooking Vacation week will bring you into the kitchen for hands-on cooking. You will experience this magical region, while tasting its foods, wines and learning about its history and culture in our women only tour. In the kitchen you will be cooking with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, naturally raised local meats, fresh fish from the Adriatic Sea, while uncovering the secrets of Puglia’s cuisine along with cultural visits to Alberobello and Trani!

Cooking Classes

Our cooking classes in Puglia are hands-on while immersing you into the culture and cuisine. Start with regional antipasti of roasted stuffed eggplant and zucchini, fresh pasta like fusilli, main course, of fish, meat and vegetarian along with regional bread –taralli. Give your hands a try to a traditional dessert making class too, where you will learn to prepare a variety bignè, zeppole, a traditional sweet flash-fried dough filled with cream and a savory calzone di cipolla, a rustic pizza filled with onions. And this is just a sample of the menu of the many great things you will be cooking! Menus vary with the seasons; vegetarian and any special requests are always met.

Puglia

Situated at the heel of Italy’s boot, Puglia is noted for its excellent food, picturesque towns and villages and rich history. The surrounding countryside is covered in olive and almond groves growing with silvery grey leaves and deep orange-hued soil creating some of Italy’s most striking landscapes. The region’s superb olive oil is present in every facet of cooking here too, from garnishing salads to pastas to main courses. Fish is fresh, abundant, and is prepared in many ways, for example it is marinated (or ceviche-style), be it swordfish, sea bream, shellfish, octopus, sea urchin and calamari to name a few. You will taste some of Italy’s best cheese in this region as well, from mozzarella, scamorza and burrata.

Accommodations

During your Cooking Vacation you will be accommodated at the 4 star villa property. The elegant palazzo offers guest rooms with a sweeping view over the Romanesque cathedral on a historical Medieval court in the center of Conversano. The property was completely renovated in 2002, keeping the old-world charm and structure, while incorporating modern amenities for each guest’s comforts. The property offers a reception area, beautiful luxurious suites with elegant furnishings and a spa. The accommodations offer private ensuite baths, direct-control air conditioning, satellite TV, direct telephone, security safes, free Wi-Fi internet connection, and a minibar. A solarium terrace, an information and concierge desk, complimentary bikes for each guest’s use, transfer facilities for area excursions, and a friendly staff add the finishing touches. Guests can also reserve spa treatments at the Villa’s full-service Spa center.

A large buffet breakfast is served in the sunny garden room each morning. Freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurt, a choice of cereals, homemade croissants baked daily, biscotti, traditional cakes, fresh local cheeses, seasonal fruit, along with cappuccino, coffee and tea, are served.

Itinerary: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Check in Saturday and check out Saturday. Other check-in days may be available upon request, please call for details.

Saturday: Arrival & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival to Bari airport and transfer to villa hotel.
  • Check in and relax. Later in the afternoon, take time to enjoy an Italian aperitivo and explore the area on your own, bike or walk through the gardens.
  • In the evening, a Chef’s Tasting Dinner is served on the terrace with views over the ancient landscape and cathedral. Dinner includes an antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert, based on local, organic ingredients. (Wine and drinks are not included).

Sunday: Cooking Class 1 & Spa Treatment 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Cooking Class 1 set in the country house in Conversano.
  • Lunch follows with the foods prepared in class. Water and local wine included.
  • Enjoy the first of your three spa treatments at the villa.
  • Suggestions: In your free time, stroll through the winding streets of the old town. Visit the Romanesque Cathedral and Monastery of St. Benedict, and the Norman castle, home to the masterpieces of Paolo Finoglio, 6th century court painter. The collection includes: La Gerusalemme Liberata and frescoes in the Baroque church of Saint Cosma and Damiano.
  • Dinner on your own with suggestions included.

Monday: Guided Tour of UNESCO Castel Del Monte & Vineyard Visit

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, visit Trani, home to the Moscato di Trani wine and the old center of town. Visit the All Saints Church of Saint Antonio, and the great Apulian Cathedral built in Romanesque style.
  • Then, continue on to a prized vineyard (driver included) where you will learn about the local wine making process with a visit to the underground cellar. The oenologist explains the production of high quality DOC wines, stroll the vineyard and taste the Estate’s award-winning wines. Wine tasting & lunch included.
  • After lunch, continue your excursion with a visit to the strangly octagonal-shaped castle, Castel del Monte, a UNESCO World Heritage site, built by Federico II of Svevia, in the 13th Century as his castle and citadel.
  • Return to the villa in the afternoon.
  • Dinner on your own with suggestions included.

Tuesday: Cooking Class 2 & Spa Treatment 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, enjoy your next spa relaxing treatment.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon Cooking Class 2. Dinner follows and everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in class. Water and local wine included.

Wednesday: Free Day Or Add on A Guided Tour to Matera’s Sassi & Altamura

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Free day. You shop, relax, sign up for a spa treatment or add on an excursion to Matera’s Sassi.
  • Please reserve the excursion in advance.
  • If you add on Matera, you are off to the ancient town of Sassi, a UNESCO heritage site. Lunch is included in a traditional restaurant near the Sassi. Wine and beverages not included.
  • In the afternoon the tour continues to the town of Altamura, famous for the production of “il pane di Altamura” DOP and focaccia. Tastings included at the bakery.
  • Return to the Villa in the afternoon.
  • Dinner on your own, ask about our favorite agriturismo, a beautiful restaurant set among olive groves, vineyards and almond trees. The restaurant offers appetizers of a full-course dinner option and is noted for their milk blancmange, almond cream paired with a rosolio, rose petal liquor.

Thursday: Full-Day Guided Tour Martina Franca, Locorotondo & Alberobello

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, departure for Martina Franca to visit the historical center and visit the main palaces of the 16th and 17th century. Visit Saint Martin’s collegiate church, the Duke’s Palace, Saint Dominic’s church and the church of Carmine. Going on to Locorotondo, visit the Wine farm “I Pastini” and enjoy a tasting of DOC wines with the help of expert sommeliers.
  • Next on to Alberobello. Lunch in a trullo. Wine and beverages not included.
  • Afternoon visit of Alberobello ~ famous for its trulli, cone-shaped houses, traditionally built in the region. Start in the town’s main square and visit to the Trullo Sovrano, D’Amore house, Aia Piccola, medieval-style quarter, Monti quarter as well as a visit to the Trullo Siamese.
  • Return to the villa in the later afternoon.
  • Dinner on your own with suggestions included.

Friday: Cooking Class 3 & Spa Treatment 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, visit to the local market in and shop for the ingredients for your cooking class. See the fresh fruits and vegetables in season, learn how to choose the freshest and best quality products and take your spesa to return to the villa for your Cooking Class 3.
  • Lunch follows and everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in class. Water and local wine included.
  • After lunch, enjoy your third & final spa treatment, which will leave you relaxed and invigorated from your week of cooking & spa in Italy’s wonderful Puglia.
  • Dinner on your own with suggestions included.

Saturday: Departure

• Breakfast served.
• Departure and transfer to Bari airport or train station.

*Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week.

Program Includes:

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights accommodations in 4-Star Villa Hotel in Conversano, based on double occupancy. Click to view!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Three hands-on cooking classes followed by lunch on the foods prepared in class. Local wine and water included.
  • Welcome Dinner with Chef’s Tasting Menu included, wine/beverages not included.
  • Marketplace tour; informal discussion and tastings included.
  • Three Spa treatments to be enjoyed at the Villa.
  • Guided Tour of Trani and Castel del Monte, lunch, tastings of typical products and wine included.
  • Full Day Guided Tour to Martina Franca, Locorotondo and Alberobello, lunch and wine tasting included.
  • Wi-Fi internet connection available.
  • Arrival & departure transfers from Bari Airport or Train Station.

*Arrival transfer from Brindisi Airport or Brindisi train station is available on request with a supplement of 80 Euros each way.

Program Prices

$3,295 per person, based on double occupancy (group of 2). Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
$2,795 per person based on double occupancy (group of 4). Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
$680 Single Supplement, based on minimum 2 people.

*Please note, this program is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you are a single guest and would like to join us, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in is Saturday to check out on Saturday. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.