Italy Gay Foodies Tour: October 22nd – 28th, 2017

Join Italy Gay Travels for a Culinary delight in Puglia the South of Italy with other foodies. Our authentic and extravagant Gay Puglia Foodies Tours are a once in the lifetime opportunity to explore the world-famous food in this amazing location. Our tour combines the must-see sights of Puglia with a sophisticated exploration of the food and wine specific to the region. Think seasonal vegetables, local cheeses, seafood from the extensive coastline and amazing meat, this is not Italian food as you know it. Puglia cuisine is based on a Mediterranean diet but here the food is explored creatively and always on seasonal produce.

During the Gay Puglia Culinary Tour you will create inspired dishes with local chefs, learning all the tricks and trades from centuries of passed-down traditions. You will also eat like kings on this tour as the gastronomy included will ensure you indulge. Not convinced, we also throw in trips to food producers, regional markets, wineries and olive groves. We also see the key sights of Puglia, such as Alberobello, Lecce, Ostuni and Polignano a Mare. This course is open to all levels of cooking, you will be learning about the amazing Pugliese kitchen so there is a new trick for everyone to learn!

Highlights:

  • Train to cook from The Bear Naked Chef himself
  • Learn to cook like the locals
  • Gastronomy meals from the best parts of the region
  • Visit local markets and learn all about the ingredients of Puglia
  • Wine tasting
  • Olive oil degustation
  • Visit key sights including Alberobello, Lecce, Ostuni and Polignano a Mare
  • Make new friends
  • Luxury accommodation

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ITINERARY  
Day 1: Welcome
 
From the airport, we will make our way to Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’. We explore the cities intricate history and take in some sights before moving to our accommodation in a masseria (large historic farmhouse). It has  been painstakingly renovated and has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a boutique hotel. Wifi, swimming pool, terrace sundowners to name a few! The evening is finished with a delicious 3 course dinner prepared by The Bear Naked Chef.

Day 2: Cooking Class Pugliese Style + Trip to Locorotondo
After a fresh breakfast and dip in the pool (if you fancy) we have our first experience. A cooking lesson from a local chef. The session is hands on and time is taken to ensure that everyone is happy and confident by the end of the experience. Naturally we eat what we’ve made. After digesting our meal and taking a nap we visit Locorotondo, a gem town perched on a hilltop overlooking the Itrian Valley, a broad fertile valley. We have dinner in Locorotondo in a restaurant that bases all its dishes on traditional cooking methods.

Day 3: Alberobello & Polignano a Mare
After a hearty breakfast we depart for our first stop, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We then move on to a stunning coastal town called Polignano a Mare. Here we have lunch right on the seafront. This time the cuisine is focussed on Puglias Adriatic Coast. After lunch why not dip your feet into the water on the beach? In the evening you have a choice to return to the Masseria or you can go to Ostuni to explore the old town and sip on  Aperol Spritz or three.

Day 4: From Market Stall to Plate
After breakfast we visit the local markets. Here you will see how the locals go about their daily lives. Along with the guide and local chef we experience the markets in a truly authentic way. Once we have bought our ingredients we make our way back to the Masseria. Back in the kitchen we again get to learn the tricks of this amazing cuisine. We also learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch. This is called ‘Orecchiette’ which gets its name based on the shape that resembles ears.

Day 5: Wine Tour & the South, Salento & Lecce
After breakfast, we visit a local winery where we taste wines that are unique to the area of Puglia. We are given a tour through the vineyard followed by a tasting session. Afterwards we head to Lecce, the capital baroque city of the south known and Salento. A trip to Lecce would not be complete without sampling the pasticciotto, an almond flour pastry made here. After some free time we have lunch in the historic centre at a restaurant that showcases the local produce. In the evening we return to the Masseria to prepare a local seafood dish accompanied with seasonal vegetables and local grown herbs.

Day 6: Olive Oil & Fine Dining!
After a hearty breakfast we head to a typical ‘Frontoio’ (farm producing organic extra virgin olive oil). Here you will learn the history of the ancient olive groves planted by the Romans and their uses from then till now. Marvel at the ancient trees that dominate this landscape. This is followed by a degustation of olive oils. The afternoon is spent back at the Masseria. The final evening will be a 5 star dining experience at a restaurant with modern twists on traditional Puglia recipes.

Day 7: Goodbye and see you next time!
It’s time to say goodbye, we will arrange drop-offs to airports or train stations.

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DATE
Departure in 2017 
October 22nd – 28th


PRICE 
Price per person (based on shared double room)
€1990 ($2168)
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What’s Included:

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Main meals included as listed in the itinerary. Main meals are all 3-4 courses with wine included.
  • Exclusive stay at a 4 star accommodation
  • All cooking lessons
  • All transfers required on the tour
  • Guided tour towns and cities
  • Wine and olive oil tasting experiences
  • Information material
  • ‘Italy Gay Travels’ provides a Tour Manager for the duration of the trip, who will coordinate all activities and accommodation.
  • All costs/entry fees for the activities listed in the itinerary are included.
  • All transport during the tour is included. Transport is in our van/minibus with a professional driver.
  • 24 hour phone assistance

Optional Extras:

  • Visit to Matera (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Visit to Trani and Castel del Monte

Single Supplement (Per Person)
Single Room: €590 ($640)

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