Cooking Holiday in Puglia, Italy
Nicknamed the heel of Italy, Puglia’s cuisine has been influenced over the centuries by its neighbours and invaders. The Greeks left their mark with fragrant, herb-infused lamb, spit-roasted over a crackling fire.
This sun-baked land is scattered with fortified castles and whitewashed trulli, Puglia’s distinctive conical shaped dwellings, and carpeted with a silvery sea of olive groves. It also has an incredibly rich natural larder. The area produces most of the country’s extra virgin olive oil, full-bodied wines and is famous for its intensely flavoured olives, almonds and figs. Other local specialities include orecchiette, an ear-shaped pasta, seafood risotto, fave beans (which are dried and made into a paste) and burrata, a creamy cheese similar to mozzarella.
Sights to savour along with the turquoise sea and long sandy beaches are, the 13th century Swabian castle, the city of Lecce’s glorious Baroque churches, a legacy from the Spanish, and the cathedral in Otranto’s amazing mosaic floor, the work of a 12th-century monk.
Cooking Holiday Sample Itinerary
Day 1 Our Flavours transfer will meet you at Brindisi Airport and take you to the villa for welcome drinks and time to relax before dinner prepared by our local chef.
Day 2 After breakfast, your will have your first cookery lesson with our lovely local chef Antonio, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to Santa Maria di Leuca (at the very tip of the Salentine Peninsula, where the Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet). Enjoy an aperitivo before dinner at the villa.
Day 3 After breakfast your second hands-on cookery lesson followed by lunch. Afternoon is free to relax by the swimming pool or take a cycle ride to a nearby village. Dinner at the villa.
Day 4 Leave after breakfast for shopping and sight-seeing in Lecce, the ‘Florence of the South.’ Lunch is at a local trattoria. Drive to Otranto situated by the sea, and visit the famous cathedral. Return late afternoon for dinner.
Day 5 This morning, another cooking lesson with Antonio, followed by lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a private wine tasting at a local winery. Dinner at the villa tonight.
Day 6 After breakfast, a cooking lesson followed by lunch. Late afternoon visit Gallipoli and wander around the old town. Dinner at an excellent local fish restaurant.
Day 7 Enjoy your final cookery lesson this morning and then lunch. The afternoon is free to sunbathe or relax. A farewell dinner will be prepared for you.
Day 8 After breakfast your transfer will collect you and return you to the airport.
Please note the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather and allowing for the Italian ways!
Dates and Prices
Cooking Holiday in Puglia Price
- £1599 per person (no single supplement)
- £100 towards your flight costs (flights can be arranged, if you prefer to arrange your own flights please deduct £100 per person)
- Transfers from airport
- Private, en-suite accommodation at one of our villas
- 5 cookery lessons with our Italian chef
- Experienced host throughout your stay
- Visits to local towns, eg. Lecce, Otranto, Santa Maria di Leuca
- Private wine tasting at local winery
- 2 meals at local restaurants
- All meals and wine
Cooking Holiday Dtaes 2018/9
Dates are available May – October, please enquiry for the dates
Our friendly transfer will meet you at Brindisi Airport and take you to the villa for welcome drinks.
Casino Pisanelli is a lovingly restored 17th-century hunting lodge in rural Salento which has been converted into a luxurious country retreat. Think formal gardens, a picturesque pool and shady courtyards planted with lemon and orange trees – perfect for delicious meals al fresco!
“ Cookery lessons fabulous, chef Antonia lovely, location amazing the lodge was just beautiful, host Isabella really welcoming, fun and adapted the week to meet our needs and other guests.”
Amy, Puglia Cookery week
“The cookery classes were great fun, and I really enjoyed the company of the rest of our group. It was a relaxing, convivial and truly memorable holiday.”
Fiona, September 2014
“Livia is a treasure. She is a fabulous cook and cooking teacher and always puts the guests’ comfort and happiness first.”
Gabi, August 2014
“Everything was very well organised. The lessons were excellent and the excursions were a lot of fun. And we didn’t have to worry about anything. Although no-one in the group knew each other, everyone got on really well and I made some great new friends. I hadn’t eaten so well or laughed so hard in a long time – the holiday was definitely worth the long trip from NZ!”
Donna, June 2014
“I had a fantastic holiday – it was a beautiful venue with great company. The cooking lessons were much fun and I learned a lot! Giulia and Luca did a fabulous job making us all feel welcome and relaxed.”
Elizabeth, June 2014
“Luca and Carla were absolutely amazing – great humour and nothing was too much trouble. I learnt loads and at least once a day laughed until I cried.”
Ruth, June 2014
“Brilliant! Our chef Sunshine was very passionate about his cooking and I learnt a lot. I would strongly recommend this to anybody who wants to increase their culinary skills.”
Nigel, May 2014