For the ultimate Italian food & wine experience visit us in Lecce, Puglia for authentic Salentine cooking lessons, award winning wines and fine dining experiences.
Famous across Italy for its amazing food, wine and terrain our home of Puglia is a top destination for Italian cuisine. At the heart of Puglia's Salento region is the beautiful Salentine capital of Lecce. A beautiful baroque town away from the tourist hustle and bustle of Rome and Florence it remains as it was. Respected by Italians Puglia is a favourite holiday destination for its delicious authentic foods, locally produced wines, sunshine, cultural sites and beaches.
"Unspoilt Italy: Fall head over heel for Puglia's Salento region" The Guardian
"Lecce - a must see - one of the best baroque towns in the world" - Tripadvisor
"Salento is also full to brimming with small sleepy towns that are off the tourist trail but greatly worth visiting for their unspoilt historic centres and their unassuring genuineness" - Thethinkingtraveller.com
What we offer
Beautiful accommodation in a "Masseria" 4 Authentic cookery lessons
2 Vineyard tours with wine tasting & lunch
Expert Experienced Chef
All Breakfast and Lunches
Return shuttle service to cookery course & Wine tasting
Return Airport transfers
4 evening trips to Lecce
An evening trip to Otranto
An evening trip to Alberobello
English Speaking Team
Welcome Basket of local treats & Wine
The Italian School Cooking Apron
Food & Wine Guide to Puglia
Food & Wine Cookery Experience Holiday
Our 7 DAY ITINERARY Day 1:Arrivals - Benvenuti! Welcome to Puglia! You will be met by our meet and greet service at Brindisi Airport and transported in our comfortable transport to the Masseria. Once at the Masseria you will be warmly welcomed and offered your first Italian drink of the holiday by our friendly host Roberta. Roberta will show you to your ground floor room to relax and settle in. Your welcome basket of goodies will be waiting for you.
Day 2: Cookery Course and an evening in Lecce After breakfast you will be collected from the Masseria by our private shuttle and transported to the Cookery class in the centre of Lecce. You will spend the morning preparing delicious traditional local dishes. In our professional cookery school you will be shown how to make the fantastic dishes which make this region famous. Once cooked you will sit down to enjoy a lunch of all of the dishes you have prepared that morning which will be paired with a prefect wine of our sommeliers choice. Our private shuttle will return to collect you after lunch and take you back to the Masseria for a few hours of relaxation. Once early evening arrives the shuttle will return to take you into the centre of Lecce for a lovely evening of sightseeing. You will be free to wander around the historical centre and take in the sights of "Piazza duomo" the cathedral square, Piazza Sant'oronzo and the many beautiful churches and shops. We have many recommendations of where you could enjoy a special evening meal. Our shuttle will collect you at the end of the evening to take you back to the Masseria.
Day 3:Pasta Masterclass and an evening trip to Otranto After breakfast you will be collected from the Masseria by our private shuttle and transported to the Cookery class in the centre of Lecce. Day three is Pasta Fresca Masterclass! You will have fun making fresh pasta and later enjoy it as your lunch with a wonderfully paired local wine. Our private shuttle will return to collect you and take you back to the Masseria for a couple of hours of relaxation. Once the sun sets our shuttle will return to take you to the breath taking Otranto. This wonderful seaside village will stay in your heart forever with its picture-perfect blue waters, white buildings and gothic castle which make Otranto an absolute must see. You will be free to take a stroll around the village and choose the perfect place to eat dinner. Our shuttle will collect you at the end of the evening to take you back to the Masseria.
Day 4:Wine tasting with tour and an evening in Lecce After breakfast you will be collected from the Masseria by our private shuttle and taken on a guided tour of an award winning vineyard in Leverano. You will be taken around the vineyard by our wine expert and be shown the wine making process. After the guided tour you will be taken to the wine tasting area and receive an expert tasting session which will be accompanied by a tasty light lunch of local cheeses, meats, fresh bread and taralli. You will have to opportunity to purchase your favourite wines before our private shuttle returns to accompany you back to the Masseria. After a couple of hours of relaxation and perhaps a little nap our shuttle will return to take you into Lecce for the evening. You are free to enjoy Lecce and dine out. You may wish to check out a Pizzica Show which is particularly beautiful traditional dance with music and try one of the restaurants in our “Insider’s guide to Puglia”. Our shuttle will collect you at the end of the evening to take you back to the Masseria.
Day 5: Cookery Class and an afternoon trip to Alberobello After breakfast you will be collected from the Masseria by our private shuttle and transported to the Cookery class in the Centre of Lecce where you will prepare more delicious traditional local dishes. You will make a two course meal using the time old traditional methods described by our outstanding chef and later enjoy your meal as your lunch with a wonderfully paired local wine. After lunch our private shuttle will return to collect you and take you back to the Masseria. After a couple of hours of relaxation our shuttle will return to take you to Alberobello for a wonderful afternoon in this unusual town. Known for its trulli houses the whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs are delightful to wander around and to look inside. Today the trulli's are often shops where you can buy souvenirs and restaurants where you can enjoy your evening meal. After your afternoon of sightseeing and evening meal our shuttle will collect you to take you back to the Masseria.
Day 6:Wine tasting with tour and an evening in Lecce After breakfast you will be collected from the Masseria by our private shuttle and taken on a guided tour of an award winning vineyard in Leverano. After the informative guided tour you will be taken for a wine tasting session by our wine expert which will be accompanied by an antipasto lunch. You learn about the exceptional Salentine wines with our passionate wine expert and be talked through them individually as you taste. Once you have finished you will be given the opportunity to purchase your favourite wines and our private shuttle will collect you and take you back to the Masseria. After a couple of hours of relaxation our shuttle will return to take you into Lecce for the evening. You are free to enjoy Lecce and dine out. You may wish to take a stroll around the beautiful central park called "la villa" and try the very best Pizza in Lecce! Our shuttle will collect you at the end of the evening to take you back to the Masseria.
Day 7:Pizza and Focaccia Masterclass and an evening in Lecce After breakfast you will be collected from the Masseria by our private shuttle and taken to the cookery class in the centre of Lecce where you will take a focaccia and pizza masterclass. You will be shown by our famous pizzaiolo how to make the best pizza and focaccia dough whos recipe you can take away with you and recreate for a lifetime. After you have made and cooked your fantastic focaccia and pizzas you will sit down to enjoy them for lunch with a glass of locally produced wine. Our private shuttle will then take you back to the Masseria. After a couple of hours of relaxation our shuttle will return to take you into Lecce for the evening. You are free to enjoy Lecce and dine out. You may wish to visit the many interesting shops in Lecce and try one of the ice creams from the gelato laboratory that we talk about in our “Insider’s guide to Puglia”. Our shuttle will collect you at the end of the evening to take you back to the Masseria.
Day 8: Departures - Arrivederci In the words of the famous song "Time to say goodbye", sniff. On the day of departures you will be escorted back to Brindisi airport with all of your fantastic memories and experiences ready to share with your friends back home. Buon Viaggio!
Prices & Availability
Friday 6th April 2018 - Friday 13th April 2018 Food & Wine Cookery Experience Lecce, Puglia Price £1599 per person Sold out
Prices based on a Double en-suite room. Holidays run from Friday to Friday. Subject to terms and conditions. Anything not listed above is not included in the holiday. FLIGHTS NOT INCLUDED in the holiday package. The local airport for this holiday is Brindisi Airport.
Traditional cookery classes
Some of the best traditional foods in Italy come from Puglia, the region in the heel of Italy’s “boot.” But while we love cuisine (and travel) across Puglia, you'll leave your hearts (and stomachs!) in the region’s peninsula of Salento.
Puglia’s Salento boasts gorgeous beaches, lush farmland, ornate churches, and ancient ruins. It’s also home to many of the foods Italy is famous for! Its deeply-rooted cucina povera tradition means its cuisine tends to be simple and delicious, relying on fresh, local produce. And Puglia and the Salento have lots of fantastic ingredients to choose from—like chickpeas, homegrown herbs and spices, olives and olive oil, tomatoes, and, of course, fresh seafood. Plus, even the act of eating itself is a serious local tradition in Puglia. Walking along the cobblestoned streets, you’ll notice that families usually eat lunch and dinner with their windows and doors open, filling the air with fragrance—and sometimes inviting curious passers-by in for a bite. Discover how to create the best traditional Salentine dishes with our chef in their professional cookery classes and enjoy the meal you have created with your new friends teamed with a glass of award winning local wine. Our expert chef and will take you through their favourite recipes step by step creating memories and a passion for Italian food that will last a lifetime.
Our specially selected accommodation at The Masseria is set within it's own unique tranquil grounds. The accommodation is exclusive to The Italian School and provides ground floor suites hosting only the guests of our cookery course ensuring that every cookery experience is an intimate and friendly environment. Around The Masseria you will find olive trees which yearly are picked by hand to produce the finest Olive Oil. Take a walk in the beautiful garden and enjoy fresh figs straight from the tree. At the centre of this intimate accommodation you will find a small family church only used by the owners of The Masseria and their guests.
Mediterranean Fruits and Vegetables
The Masseria has it's very own fruit and vegetable garden producing peppers, chilli's, aubergines, figs, tomatoes, figs of india, olives and apples. Take an afternoon walk around and enjoy fresh figs picked straight from the tree. The Masseria uses these delicious fruits and vegetables in it's cooking everyday for it's guests to enjoy. Che buono! The host of The Masseria our dear friend Roberta is always on hand to help or have a chat.
Fine Seafood Dining in puglia
Puglia is famous for it's fine dining. Being perfectly positioned for the fresh fish and seafood of Porto Cesareo it doesn't get better than this. As part of our Food & Wine Holiday we provide an insiders guide to the local food, shops and restaurants for you to experience the unforgettable fine dining of Puglia. Our top restaurant list includes an extra special restaurant where the menu changes to accommodate the best seafood catches of the day ensuring the tastiest and freshest offerings. Enjoy an evening here tucked away in the Puglian countryside with the locals of Lecce. It is a true gem off the tourist beaten track.
The Vineyards of Leverano
Taste the award winning DOP wines from the famous vineyards of Leverano. Cantina Vecchia Torre produces over 2500000 bottles of wine every year including it's award winning Negroamaro, Arneide Salento IGP Rosso and Leverano DOP Riserva Rosso. Take a tour of the award winning vineyards with wine tasting and try a typical Puglian tasting menu including cheeses, meats and taralli.
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