Day 1 - Saturday, May 02: Trani
Check in to Trani’s beautiful, 4 star Palazzo Filisio ( https://www.palazzofilisio.it/it/ ) in time to freshen up before welcome cocktails followed by our first group dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Trani.
Day 2 - Sunday, May 03: Trani & Bischeglie
This morning after breakfast, we’ll meet our local guide for a walking tour of Trani. Then, we’ll transfer by private bus up the coast to Bischeglie for a tour, tasting, and lunch in the garden at a lovely, family-owned olive oil facility. Puglia is, by far, Italy’s greatest producer of extra virgin olive oil and we’ll enjoy some of the best today at Frantoio Galantino whose chef prepares every dish with one of their oils. Back in Trani, your evening will be free. Overnight Trani.
Day 3 - Monday, May 04: Castel del Monte
After breakfast, wine will be the first focus of today’s excursion. Our local guide will start us off at a winery renowned for its range of wines. We’ll enjoy a light lunch at a second winery dating from the 1600s and work that off with a visit and walkabout at Castel del Monte, a 13th century citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site which stands high above the olive groves with views to the sea. Upon return to Trani, your evening is free but you’ll need to pack tonight. Overnight Trani.
Day 4 - Tuesday, May 05: Matera & Ostuni
After breakfast and checkout, we are headed to Matera in the province of Basicalata. Matera has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the 2019 European Capital of Culture. We’ll have a historical walking tour of the fascinating sassi, ancient cave dwellings still inhabited today. I’ve arranged for a special pasta for lunch today, one of the best I have ever had. Stroll the streets during free time here before we move on to Ostuni, our home for the next six nights. Your evening is free once we have checked in to Hotel La Terra (https://www.laterrahotel.it/en/home-en/), our perfectly-situated, 4 star hotel.
Day 5 - Wednesday, May 06: Ostuni & Locorotondo
After breakfast, we’ll start our day’s activities with a historical walking tour of the white city lead by a local guide. Then, we will transfer to I Pastini, a family-run winery near Locorotondo, where we will tour some original trulli houses and taste some of the finest wines Puglia has to offer. Back in Ostuni, you’ll have lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight Ostuni.
Day 6 - Thursday, May 07: Martina Franca & Countryside
Today it’s all about the cheese! After breakfast, we’ll make our way to Martina Franca with my friend Marco Punzi to visit the self-contained Masseria Cappela. We’ll meet the cheese makers, the cows, the bakers, and the chefs who will help us prepare our own lunch from their own and local products. The property is stunning and the hosts most welcoming. Back in Ostuni, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free. Overnight Ostuni.
Day 7 - Friday, May 08: Lecce
After breakfast, we’ll head south along the coast to Lecce. Like so many cities in Italy, Lecce has its own particular food specialties. We’ll sample a number of these today during a city walking tour with our local guide, Antonella. This is a lovely city so we’ll take some extra time to explore, shop or relax before returning to Ostuni. The evening will be free. Overnight Ostuni.
Day 8 - Saturday, May 09: Free day
As always, we have a free day in my itinerary. Ostuni is on the train line: Monopoli and Polignano are 20 and 30 minutes up the coast, Brindisi is 20 minutes down the coast. There are lots of options. Overnight Ostuni.
Day 9 - Sunday, May 10: Alberobello & Martina Franca
The iconic trulli houses are not to be missed so after breakfast this morning, we’ll make our way to Alberobello where we’ll have a private tour of these fascinating buildings with a local guide. When we’ve finished here, we’ll stop at a family-run salumeria for a tour and lunch featuring Puglia’s most famous cured meat, capocollo. Back in Ostuni, the rest of the afternoon is free but we’ll gather later for cocktails and our farewell dinner.
Day 10 - Monday, May 11: Tour ending
Our Puglia tour is officially over after breakfast. Safe home or happy trails!