Puglia and Matera Food & Wine - Self Drive
Sampling of Slow Food Presidia products – delicious and authentic traditional foods
Wine and produce tastings
Discover Grotte di Castellana caves, with its amazing stalactites, stalagmites, huge caverns and hidden pools of water
Visit Alberobello, known for its traditional trulli homes, and the white town of Ostuni
Explore the city of Lecce, the Baroque Pearl of the South
Enjoy a guided tour in Matera to see the oldest sassi (ancient homes carved right into the rock)
Italy’s glamour stands out even more, thanks to its heel! Enjoy a self-drive tour around Apulia, also known as Puglia, a unique region forming the heel of Italy’s boot, in search of the most delicious food and wine of the area. Dine in charming restaurants, which use fresh ingredients and traditional recipes, recommended by Slow Food in the “Osterie d’Italia” guide. Taste Southern Italy’s most appreciated local products, such as the Caciocavallo Podolico cheese, Martina Franca Capocollo, Altamura traditional bread, Pucce Leccesi & Tarallucci, and savour the exquisite Primitivo wine of Manduria. Cravings fulfilled, delight the rest of your senses as you drive through Puglia’s enchanting towns and cities. Venture into the caves of Castellana Grotte, catch sight of UNESCO’s extraordinary Trulli homes in Alberobello, visit the white village of Ostuni, admire Lecce’s generous stash of baroque structures, and explore the fascinating cave town of Matera, dubbed as the City of Stones, a favourite setting of some Hollywood films. These and more overwhelming beauties are waiting for you in the land of flavours and wonders.
This tour departs daily from Martina Franca.
Collect your car in Bari and make your way to your hotel in Martina Franca. This evening, you will enjoy dinner at Ristorante La Tana, which will be dedicated to the Slow Food Presidia of Apulia. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Visit the wonderful Grotte di Castellana situated at a depth of 70 meters, along more than 1 mile of road. Lunch in Alberobello. Here will be dedicated to the Murgia cuisine and the local produce and wines in a local “Trattoria”. After lunch, walk around the Trulli to visit the little shops and laboratories selling homemade cheeses and Taralli and visit Martina Franca for an evening stroll around its beautiful historical town centre, stopping at the Partenope pastry shop in the Corso Italia to try their renowned delights. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Depart for Cisternino, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here, visit the old town centre and stop at the little shops selling Capocollo before having lunch at a typical restaurant where the delights of Capocollo and some other dishes and wines from the Puglia region will be served. Visit the white village of Ostuni and its old centre. Make a stop in a splendid Masseria to try some of their cheeses, including Caciocavallo, Cacio ricotta and Canestrato. Back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Morning departure to Lecce. Stroll around to discover the ancient town, called the Baroque Pearl. Try the breads, pizzas and the famous Pucce Leccesi (a traditional bread with olives, tomatoes and other vegetables). In the afternoon, proceed to Manduria to visit the Wine Museum and taste the local wine called Primitivo accompanied with typical product. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Morning departure for Matera, known as the “City of Stones”, for a guided visit. This city is the most extraordinary and intact example of troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region. The oldest “Sassi” (ancient homes carved right into the rock) are about 7000 years old. Free time for lunch. After lunch, visit a farmhouse and taste their extraordinary wines. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will return your car in Bari. End of tour.
per person, twin share
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