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Discovering Puglia

Discovering Puglia

Discover this enchanting, but mysterious corner of Italy and of the Mediterranean.
Themes: Wine Route Activities

Your Day to Day

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About the city

Lecce is a historic city in Apulia region of Italy, and the capital of the province of Lecce. Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". Lecce has a lovely historic center (centro storico), and travellers can easily spend many hours exploring picturesque little lanes and finding the more far-flung Baroque churches. The town's great artistic treasure is its architecture; in terms of other arts, such as painting, Lecce cannot really compare with northerly towns like Florence and Rome. The town has two main focal points: Piazza Sant'Oronzo and Piazza del Duomo. Piazza Sant'Oronzo is the big civic heart of the town, a large square with a slightly different atmosphere, the ancient and the modern sitting uncomfortably together. Piazza del Duomo is an unusual interpretation of a familiar Italian cathedral square. In Lecce the cathedral sits in one corner of a theatrical enclosed square; a still space in the heart of town.

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Hilton Garden Inn Lecce

  • At 1.5 km from the center
  • Via cosimo de giorgi 62, Lecce 73100
A stay at Hilton Garden Inn Lecce places you in the heart of Lecce, within a 5-minute drive of Franciscan Art Gallery and Chiesa dei Santi Nicolo e Cataldo. This 4-star hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from LecceFiere and 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Holy Cross Cat...
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  • Double or Twin STANDARD (1)


  • 2 Nights

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Small Group Cooking Class with Wine Tasting at Puglia Wine School

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Right on the picturesque central square of the lovely town of Squinzano, in the heart of the Salento region only 10 miles from Lecce, you can learn to cook an authentic Apulian meal while enjoying local wines and listening to music. The lesson starts with an aperitivo consisting of wine, taralli, and olives - a typical welcome for guests at any house in Puglia. 

Catering to your experience level, an English-speaking cook will teach you, how to prepare delicious regional dishes like the bread called pizza leccesi, orecchiette pasta with seasonal vegetables, and meatballs with cheese in Negroamaro wine sauce. The four-course menu can be customized to any dietary restrictions or food preferences. 

During the afternoon, you will also get to taste six local wines: a white, a rose', two Negroamaro, a Salice Salentino, and a Primitivo. At the end of the class, you will sit down with your fellow students and enjoy the meal you prepared - the apron and the recipes you made in the class are yours to keep as souvenirs of this perfect day in Puglia!



  • A 2.5 hour hands-on cooking class
  • 4-course lunch with the food you have personally prepared
  • Tasting of 6 types of wines: a white, a rose', two Negroamaro, a Salice salentino, and a Primitivo

Participants of this tour are both Select Italy and non-Select Italy clients. Maximum number of participants is 12; minimum of 2. 

Please inform us if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Service Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours (including 2.5 hour cooking lesson)

The instructor will decide upon the menu based on the season and available ingredients; it can be customized based on client requirements. The menu can be traditional, healthy/organic, vegetarian, fish-based, or geared to chefs. 

Sample Menu:

  • Pizzi Leccesi bread
  • Vegetable rolls
  • Maltagliati pasta with chickpeas
  • Involtini with scamorza cheese
  • Frolla cake with apples

Sample Menu 2:

  • Spinach (or other seasonal vegetable) bread
  • Peppers with breadcrumbs and black olives
  • Orecchiette pasta with seasonal vegetables
  • Meatballs with cheese in Negroamaro wine sauce
  • Pear cake
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About the city

Matera is the capital of the Matera province in the Basilicata region of Italy. It boasts the sassi, well-preserved rock-cut settlements that are a World Heritage site and one of Southern Italy's many important attractions. The town center, the oldest part of town, was built on the edge of a bare plateau where a high rocky mount looms over the spot where a valley descends to the long deep river-ravine. This is where you'll now find the town cathedral and the fairly typical Italian town center. The town's main historical museum, the Museo Nazionale Ridola, contains exhibits from distant eras of Basilicata's past, from prehistory to the Roman age (closed Monday mornings; a small entrance charge). Nearby, Palazzo Lanfranchi houses the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna della Regione Basilicata - an art museum incorporating the Pinacoteca D'Errico, which has lots of religious paintings by southern painters and, more interestingly, the Centro Carlo Levi, which contains a range of paintings by the twentieth-century artist and writer who is a part of this region's modern history.

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Antico Convicino Rooms Suites & SPA

  • At 0.5 km from the center
  • Via san pietro caveoso 18/30, Matera 75100
With a stay at Antico Convicino Rooms Suites & SPA in Matera, you'll be steps from Sassi and the Park of the Rupestrian Churches and Domenico Ridola National Archaeological Museum. This townhouse accommodation is 8.1 mi (13 km) from Castel del Monte...
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  • Double Room (1)


  • 2 Nights

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Discover Matera Walking Tour

day 2 - Discover Matera Walking Tour
The tour goes around the Caveoso District of the Sassi of Matera. During the tour it's possible to visit one cave dwelling and one church. At the end of the tour you can visit the part of the historical center with Baroque churches.
Approach Matera from virtually any direction and your first glimpse of its famous sassi is sure to stay in your memory forever. Haunting and beautiful, the sassi sprawl below the rim of a yawning ravine like a giant nativity scene. The old town is simply unique and warrants at least a day of exploration and aimless wandering.
Although many buildings are crumbling and abandoned, others have been restored and transformed into cozy abodes, restaurants, and swish cave-hotels. On the cliff top, the new town is a lively place, with its elegant churches, palazzi and especially the pedestrianized Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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About the city

Known as the 'Pearl of Puglia', beautiful Trani has a sophisticated feel, particularly in summer when well-heeled visitors pack the array of marina-side bars. The marina is the place to promenade and watch the white yachts and fishing boats in the harbour, while the historic centre, with its medieval churches, glossy limestone streets, historic Jewish quarter and faded yet charming palazzi is an enchanting area to explore. But it's the cathedral, pale against the deep-blue sea, that is the town's most arresting sight.

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Marè Resort

  • At 0.6 km from the center
  • Piazza quercia 8, Trani 76125
When you stay at Marè Resort in Trani, you'll be near the beach, within a 5-minute walk of Trani Beach and Trani Marina. This 4-star hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Villa Communale and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Palace of Arts Beltrani Gallery. Take in the...
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  • Classic Double Room, Courtyard Area (1)


  • 3 Nights


Discovering Puglia
Discovering Puglia