—Christina Cain, Experience Designer
experience old-world Italy in the heel of the boot
Between the sun, the shore and the food, Puglia has a way of making everything more sumptuous. Mozzarella is more delicious when sampled at a cheese-making demo. Cycling’s more serene along the Adriatic. And a post-ride aperitivo is even more refreshing when sipped in our friend’s garden. Southern Italians are reputable for their hospitality and charm, both of which you’ll be immersed in with visits to the workshops, homes and kitchens of our local friends. Discover Puglia on a private, bespoke trip—tailored-made your way. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.
Discover the possibilities:
Active Puglia: Biking & Walking
After years of biking just about every route possible, we’ve landed upon the perfect paths through delightful towns and impressive landscapes. Ride through the whimsical, conical UNESCO town of Alberobello and hop off your bike to swim in one of our favourite caves. Or unearth Italy’s enchanting heel by foot on countryside and seaside trails and discover a combination of historical treasures and incredible scenery—from the Adriatic coast to the labyrinth of cave dwellings in Matera in the neighbouring Basilicata region.
Pugliese Food & Drink
Dive into the eno-gastronomy of a region that prides itself in simplicity and abundance: fresh produce, elegant wines and delectable samples of terra and mare daily. Sample everything from fresh zucchini flowers from our friend's garden at an elaborate picnic to fresh fish caught straight early morning, and roll up your sleeves in our favourite chef's kitchen to try your hand at making some regional dishes.
Puglia with your Family
Reconnect with the family on a rejuvenating, sprightly and (dare we say) educational adventure. Zipline over birch forests, learn to toss a pizza, kayak and spelunk through secret caves, catch a beach sunset horseback or perhaps sail to our secret snorkelling spot. A family trip in Puglia is full of cultivating experiences for all ages. And best of all, mom and dad can sit back and relax—we’ve got everything covered.
Singular Stays: Villas & Beachouses
Our handpicked luxury villas allow you to unpack once and explore the surrounding area, rich in visit-worthy sites and activities along the coast, UNESCO Sites, the impressive Late Baroque city of Lecce and paleolithic cave dwellings of Matera. Customize your trip to assure everyone is enraptured; from the wee ones to the biz nonni. Whether you opt to bike or trek to the sea in the morning, hang back for a private art lesson poolside or perhaps a cooking lesson with the in-house chef, we're sure you'll have plenty to share over dinner together.
Pugliese Art & Culture
We wholeheartedly submerge ourselves in Puglia with local experts who are our long-standing friends, whether it's exclusively touring a private art gallery with the owner, twisting a mozzarella braid with Salvatore, examining native flowers with a botanist or learning to hammer the pietra Leccese (the local stone) with an artist. Our Pugliese family continues to grow and we're delighted to introduce you to these personalities in their element.
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Let's bring your travel ideas to life
These highlights are just a sample of what you can do and discover in Puglia. Mix and match a little bit of everything, perhaps even add on a few nights in Rome or pair it with another Italian region like Basilicata or the Amalfi Coast. Connect with your Experience Designer for Puglia to start piecing together your perfect trip.
Notes From Your Designer:
Ideal trip length: 5 - 8 days
Starting Price: US $1,700 Per Person/Day