Puglia Gay Foodies Tour: April & October

Italy Gay Travels: Ostuni, Puglia is the place to be for a truly delicious vacation. Learn tricks of the trade as you create inspired Mediterranean dishes with some local chefs. You will even have an opportunity to visit local food markets, wineries and olive groves during your Puglia gay foodies tour.

Take time to get out of the kitchen with a tour of some key sites. You will get to explore the fairy-tale like city of Alberobello. From there, you are off to the coastal town of  Polignano a Mare.

Don’t be afraid if your cooking skills are not master chef level. The Gay Foodies Tour is open to all levels of cooking. To wrap it all up, there is no better way to end a day of cooking, dining, and exploring, then with an onsite massage therapist.

Highlights:

  • Onsite massage therapist
  • Cooking lessons from local Italian chefs
  • Luxury accommodations
  • Visit local food producers
  • Eat like kings
  • Wine tasting

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Puglia
You will be collected from either Bari or Brindisi, international airports which have many connections to Europe and beyond. From there you will make your way to the Masseria (large historic farmhouse). Here the Gay Foodies Tour adventure begins! The Masseria has been painstakingly renovated and has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a boutique hotel: Wifi, swimming pool, terrace and sundowners to name a few!  Set amongst olive groves and fruit trees, the stunningly refurbished farmhouse tells the story of Puglia’s past and present. The evening is finished with a delicious aperitif dinner prepared by your hosts.

Day 2: Cooking class Pugliese style plus trip to Locorotondo
After a fresh breakfast and dip in the pool (if you fancy) you have your first experience. A cooking lesson from a local chef. Here you will obtain first-hand knowledge from a master. The focus is on cooking typical regional dishes and also exploring the types of ingredients used. Cooking in Puglia is at a very local level and differs from season to season. There is a ‘waste not’ attitude so don’t be surprised to see parts of vegetables used that are generally thrown away. Recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and truly represent the Mediterranean diet. 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 your meal and taking a nap you get to visit Locorotondo, a gem town perched on a hilltop overlooking the Itrian Valley, a broad fertile valley. The drive there is dotted with Lamia, Masseria and Trulli (cone shaped buildings) that make this Valley magical and special. You will have dinner in Locorotondo in a restaurant that bases all its dishes on traditional cooking methods. A couple of digestives or a gelato finish off the evening.

Day 3: Alberobello, Polignano a Mare, Ostuni and Fine Dining
After a hearty breakfast, you will depart for your first stop, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This town is postcard famous for its circular cone-shaped buildings called ‘Trulli’, truly marvelous.  Explore the narrow streets with limestone dry-stone walls and get lost in the fairy-tale ambiance. Here you will learn about the history of these buildings and about the cryptic symbols painted on the roof-cones. Many of them from Pagan descent. You will then move on to a stunning coastal town called Polignano a Mare. Famous for its town seemingly clinging to the rocks suspended above the Adriatic’s turquoise waters. Here you will have your lunch. This time the cuisine is focused on Puglias Adriatic Coast. Fresh line caught seafood served up alongside seasonal produce and drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the nearby Frantoi. After lunch why not dip your feet into the water on the beach? In the evening, you can explore Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’ as it sits perched above a hill near the sea with its white walls glinting in the sunlight. Through the town’s maze of narrow streets, we end up in a Michelin star restaurant, where you will enjoy a dining experience with modern twists on traditional Puglia recipes.

Day 4: From market stall to plate
After breakfast we visit the local markets in Martina Franca, one of the few Baroque Architecture towns in the South. Here you will discover how the locals go about their daily lives. Along with the guide and local chef you can experience the markets in a truly authentic way. Once you have bought your ingredients you will make your way back to the Masseria. Back in the kitchen wyou again get to learn the tricks of this amazing cuisine. You also learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch. This is called ‘Orecchiette’ which gets its name based on the shape that resembles ears. Give it a few goes and you are soon a master!

Day 5: Wine Tour and the South, Salento and Lecce
After breakfast, you will visit a local winery where you can taste wines that are unique to the area of Puglia. The traditional varieties that are grown include fiano minutolo and susumaniello. You are given a tour through the vineyard followed by a tasting session. Afterwards you will head to Lecce, the capital baroque city of the southern part of Puglia known as Salento. You will have lunch in the historic centre at a restaurant that showcases the local produce. Salento cuisine is quite different and you will try local dishes including ‘ciceri e tria’ (chickpea dish). Soon after lunch you will meander through the key sights and interesting history of Lecce. The baroque buildings and ornate decorations covering the building facades, surrounded by city walls built in local limestone give this city a unique appeal. It is no wonder Lecce is known as the Florence of the south. As well as the architectural and historical features, Lecce is an upmarket town with trendy boutiques and cafes, piazzas filled with gelaterias and local pastries. Try sampling the pasticciotto, an almond flour pastry made here. You will have free time to discover the city and its local talents. A culinary tour in Italy would not be complete without Pizza! This we will have for dinner followed by drinks in the local gay bars of Lecce.

Day 6: Olive Oil Experience and Farewell Partying with the Locals
After a hearty breakfast, you will head to a typical ‘Frantoio’ (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 until 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. Here you get back into the kitchen where we prepare a dinner, this time you are inviting the locals so we hope your skills have upped a notch or 2! The Italians are very honest! We will then spend the evening having a party with the locals around the grounds and swimming pool of the Masseria.

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

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Masseria
A four star resort with an onsite massage therapist and relaxing pool. Upon arrival to the villa you will be greeted and briefed to the activities of the week ahead. You will be provided with an assistance number you can call us at any time during your stay.

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PRICE 

From $2190

Price includes stay in a double room. If you are traveling alone you will be paired up with another single traveler. If you prefer your own room please include another $1290+. 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners included. Transportation will also be provided to and from the airport.


DATES

April
October

Fly either to Bari or Brindisi airport.

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