Learn about Puglia’s famous Olive Oil at a local Olive Oil Mill, and Visit UNESCO Heritage sites in this tour.
Starting From$3,200 per person
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Learn about Puglia’s famous Olive Oil at a local Olive Oil Mill, and Visit UNESCO Heritage sites in this tour.
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Northern Puglia
Max People : 6
Starting From$3,200 per person
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Week-Long Tour

Especially Puglia Farm Stay Tour

Learn about Puglia’s famous Olive Oil at a local Olive Oil Mill, and Visit UNESCO Heritage sites in this tour.

Tour Description

Visit some of Puglia's most beautiful spots, and be immersed in the deep history and culture of Puglia on this week long trip. Including visiting the National Park of Gargano, UNESCO sites of Castel del Monte and City of Matera. Then there will be visiting the capitvating towns of Lucera, Troia, Trani, Peschici and Montecorvino.

You will be a part of a local olive harvest and will share food stories over lunch with the family. You will meet the small family farmers and food producers behind the Especially Puglia farmshare program. You will be able to relax in a unique, cozy masserie and be fully immersed into the history, traditions and culture with local Pugliese Michele Iadarola, including cooking and wine tasting with his family.

Tour Itinerary

We begin with a group transfer from Bari Airport to our masseria (a local organic farm offering elegant accommodation and food) set into the tranquil countryside and surrounded by the Dauni Mountains. We chat with the owner of the masseria and set off on foot to explore the area, with him as our guide. Along the way, you taste locally-made wines. We punctuate the day enjoying Pugliese recipes in Pietramontecorvino, uno dei Borghi piú Belli d’Italia (one of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy in English). We'll dine in a town landmark, overlooking the spectacular vista of Puglia's rolling hills, your home for the next three days.

This is a project that promotes the great heritage of history, art, culture, environment and traditions found in small Italian towns off the beaten paths.


About your guide

Michele grew up in the small medieval town of Pietramontecorvino in Puglia. As a child, he handpicked olives with his grandfather and thrived on his mamma’s local, from-scratch cooking. After moving to New York in 2010, Michele founded Especially Puglia as a way to share the unique culinary traditions of his homeland with the world. His local knowledge and vast experience in the area, working with small-scale farmers and artisans, gives his guests a once-in-a-lifetime personalized experience of the Puglia culinary landscape. 

Trip Details

  • One week tour
  • Small group tour - 6 to 8 people
  • $3,500 per person for double occupancy room
  • Week Oct. 30 – Nov. 5 or Nov. 6 – Nov. 12

What is included?

6 nights of accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels and masserie (farm stay)
• 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu
• Entry fee to the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte hunting lodge
• 1 guided visit of UNESCO Site of Matera
• 1 visit to an olive oil producer and tasting during the harvest!
• 1 hands-on cooking class and 1 pasta and focaccia cooking demo with Michele’s mamma and aunt
• 1 wine tasting and visit to local winemaker and 1 to a pasta maker
• 1 visit an tasting to a mozzarella and 1 to tapenade & preserved veggie maker
• 2 visits to Slow Food Presidia: Gargano Podolica (cow's milk cheese) & Altamura D.O.P. bread
• 1 music event with local folk group and 1 visit to a trabucco fishing platform
• Comfortable transportation by 9-seat van for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
• Bilingual, professional Tour Leaders
• Group transfers to/from Bari airport at beginning and end of the tour
• Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour

Not Included

• 4 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
• Alcoholic beverages at group dinners (including wine and spirits)
• Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
• Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended and is not provided by Especially Puglia)
• Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts

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