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Puglia: Mozzarella-Making Class at a Apulian Farm

1. Puglia: Mozzarella-Making Class at a Apulian Farm

Discover the art of traditional mozzarella making with a workshop on a family-run farm in the Apulian countryside. Take in the country air and visit one of the oldest and most fascinating farms in Puglia. Visit the stables with cows, calves, and buffalos. Watch the animals roam freely in the field. Learn about how the milk is produced in the milking parlor. Meet a cheesemaker and discover the steps to make real Italian mozzarella. After the demonstration, savor a variety of products from the farm including cheeses, cold cuts, meats and other seasonal delights.

Alberobello: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

2. Alberobello: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert.

Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

3. Lecce: Guided Rickshaw Tour

Let a multilingual expert tour guide show you the treasures of the town of Lecce on board an ecological rickshaw. In addition to the main tourist attractions, such as Piazza Sant'Oronzo, Piazza Duomo and the Basilica of Santa Croce, you can admire the glorious ruins of the Roman theater and amphitheater and the lavish Baroque churches of Lecce. Together with your guide, you will reach the monumental doors and the impressive palaces and courtyards telling the millennial history of the city. Then, you will venture down the hidden corners of the ancient hamlet, rich in legends and interesting stories. During the tour, you will have the chance to visit the ancient local craftsmanship shops, such as the papier-mâché shops or the Leccese stone carving workshops. Finally, taste some traditional wines and foods from the Salento region, riding through the city alleys on your safe and eco-friendly vehicle.

From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

4. From Lecce: Ostuni, Alberobello, Polignano Tour

The first stop of the tour is Ostuni,a picturesque town to be experienced. Known as the "White City," Ostuni boasts a wonderful medieval village rich with alleys and whitewashed houses which recalls an oriental landscape. You will have free time to visit the old town center characterized by alleys, sloping stairs, courtyards, and small squares with whitewashed houses, craft shops, and typical small shops. After Ostuni reach Alberobello, crossing some charming villages located on top of the hills. The landscape is a continuous succession of ancient olive trees and trulli. Visiting beautiful Alberobello is like a journey in a timeless country. You will have free time at your disposal to explore its characteristic historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is integrally made up of Trulli, disticntive white, pyramidal structures that make it unique in the world and represent one of the most extraordinary examples of Italian folk architecture. Particularly striking are the two districts: "Rione Monti" with its local handcrafts shops and "Aia Piccola", where the most ancient Trulli and little museums are situated. After Alberobello, descending towards the Adriatic Sea, reach the beautiful Polignano a Mare, birthplace to the famous Domenico Modugno. Polignano a Mare stands on a cliff falling sheer to the sea. Explore the historic center and the remains of Roman rule. Among the latter, the bridge of the Via Traiana, still viable. Entering the historic center, through a maze of streets, alleys, and squares animated by local shops and restaurants, you find yourself on three terraces overlooking the sea to enjoy a breathtaking view.

Ostuni Private Tour

5. Ostuni Private Tour

Ostuni is one of the main tourist destinations of Puglia. Referred to as the "White City", it is famous for the houses painted with white lime in the historical center. Your guided tour of Ostuni will start from Libertà square, here, you will be able to witness the grand palace of the municipality and the baroque column of Sant'Oronzo. Almost 21-meters high, the column was built in local stone by Giuseppe Greco in 1771 as an ex voto, later it was used for protection from famines and epidemics carried out by the saint. In Libertà Square you will get to visit the archaeological excavations of the ancient walls and the defensive tower before taking a stroll down Cattedrale street. Notice the abundance of local craft shops, commercial activities and typical local food produce. You will then reach the cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta built in the fifteenth century. The façade is characterized by three elegant ogival portals and a large rose window of 24 rays. Marvel at the interior, a Latin cross with three naves on columns. Following the tour you will continue along the Aragonese walls where you can admire beautiful landscape views of the Valle d'Itria until you reach the Porta Nova gate, one of the ancient gates famous in this town.

Foggia 2-Hours Private Gourmet Wine Tour with Tastings

6. Foggia 2-Hours Private Gourmet Wine Tour with Tastings

This 3-hour evening excursion begins in Foggia at a wine shop where you’ll be introduced to Uva Rara, one of the most famous Apulian red wines, in a tasting guided by an expert sommelier. Continuing on, you’ll be delighted by the premium wines, olive oil, cheeses, and fine cured meats as you discover the hidden historic and architectural treasures of the Monti Dauni hills. Your English-speaking gourmet guide will accompany you throughout the evening. After the wine and product tasting you’ll head to the historic city center of Foggia to visit its famous cathedral. In addition, you’ll have free time to explore the city by night at your leisure.

Bari: Market Tour and Private Italian Home Cooking Class

7. Bari: Market Tour and Private Italian Home Cooking Class

Discover the secrets of Italian home cooking with this market tour and cooking class. Your guide will share their wisdom with you, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes and taste the regional cuisine you have made, accompanied by local wines.  Visit the local market with your guide, and enjoy the distinctive feel of an Italian market. Your guide will show you how to select the best produce. Then go to your guide's home, where you will learn how to cook 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Cook at your own workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

8. From Lecce: Otranto, S.M. Leuca, Gallipoli & Galatina Tour

Visit 4 of the most picturesque towns in Salento on your own—Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca, Gallipoli, and Galatina. Take a scenic route from the Adriatic to the Ionian Sea, between rocky coasts, small bays, and white beaches. Head to your first stop of Otranto, a town in Salento full of history. Every corner highlights the passage of different civilizations, including the Romans, the Byzantines, the Ottomans, and the Aragoneses. Enjoy free time to visit the splendid Cathedral, the Church of Saint Peter in perfect Byzantium style, the Castle, the Towers, the mighty Pelasgi Bastions, and the walls that surrounded the ancient city. Next, reach Santa Maria di Leuca, along the wonderful Adriatic coast, characterized by cliffs overlooking the sea, caves, and bays with a rocky bottom. Along the way, admire Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro Marina, and the Ciolo Fiord. Explore Santa Maria di Leuca, the heel of Italy, where the Ionian Sea meets the Adriatic Sea. From this tip of Puglia, soak in spectacular views of the harbor and the sea, as well as the sanctuary of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae. Continue along the Ionian coast to Gallipoli. This Greek city can be divided into 2 areas: the new village, where the tourist facilities and modern buildings arise, and the old city. The old city is located on a limestone island connected to the mainland by a 17th-century bridge. During your free time, explore the historic center through a labyrinthine weave of narrow streets. Pass by traditional handicraft shops, impressive churches, and aristocratic palazzi. Also worth seeing are the Baroque Cathedral dedicated to St. Agatha, the Angevine Castle, and the Greek Fountain, one of the oldest fountains in Italy. End the tour with a visit to Galatina, a real gem of art, history, and culture. Step inside the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria to marvel at the frescoes created by Giotto's disciples. You can also visit the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, and the monuments in the historical center.

Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

9. Lecce: Long Bike-Rickshaw City Tour & Local Flavors

Join a guided tour led by an expert multilingual guide and discover the main attractions of Lecce, visiting the city on a funny and eco-friendly rickshaw. Visit of the main turist attractions such us Sant'Oronzo square, Duomo Square and Santa Croce Basilica, as well as the amazing ruins of the Roman theather and amphitheatre and the sumptuous churches of the Baroque style.  Tour throughout  the monumental doors, the amazing historical palaces and courts and the most picturesque and hidden places of the old city, full of legends and interesting anecdote.  During this unique experience, among monuments and shops, you will visit old boutique selling local handcrafts, such us papier-mache crafts and the stones of Lecce, taste local wine and products, visit an ancient cellar collecting the best wines from allover Salento; A unique experience combining art, culture, flavours and popular traditions. Each rickshaw can accomodate 2 adults and 1/2 children up to 10 years old.

San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

10. San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

The guided tour of San Giovanni Rotondo will take you to visit the places where the remains of Saint Pio from Pietralcina resided, which lived here for about 50 years. The tour itinerary will unite the most significant places, the ancient church, the new church, the monastery, and the new sanctuary. The ancient church, of the mid-1500s, has a very simple façade and inside it is composed of a single baroque style nave. At a second entrance to the convent, is the cell of Padre Pio and the crypt where the body of Padre Pio was housed it was transferred to the nearby sanctuary. The visit continues with the new church, built to accommodate in an appropriate manner the considerable flow of thousands of pilgrims that flowed ever more numerous to San Giovanni Rotondo. Here, the friar celebrated mass and confessed the faithful. After having seen the various utensils that belonged to the friar of Pietralcina inside the convent, head to the cell where the friar lived.  Your tour ends at the Sanctuary, designed by architect Renzo Piano. This is one of the largest churches in Italy, capable of holding up to 7,000 people. You will first visit the upper church, characterized by stone arches and decorations made by some of the best artists of national renown such as Arnaldo Pomodoro. Then through a helical walkway, visit the lower church and the crypt where the remains of Saint Pio rest. 

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 49 reviews

This was one of the most brilliant city tours I got anywhere in the world. Our guide Antonio was extremely knowledgeable and spoke fluent English. It was a brilliant start to the day in Lecce. This is how you should start your Lecce experience! And Lecce is a STUNNING place. Truly the Florence of the South.

Very nice discovery. We loved the visit and especially the very warm welcome from our guide and his family. Tasting at the top, we were able to taste many things from the farm, mozzarella, burratta, ricotta, Italian ham, pear etc.

This was more than a tasting, this was a meal! Come hungry! Excellent service. Excellent food. Excellent experience. Highly recommend.

Very good know-how about the history and exciting stories. The time just flew by.

Best cooking experience my family and I have ever had.