• Travel to Puglia and see ancient olive trees

Trip Details

A journey into Puglia’s rich agricultural heritage awaits you, with a special emphasis on the region’s millenary olive oil making tradition.  Pick olives and learn how to taste EVOO like a pro during our visit to an organic olive oil mill. Enjoy a private cooking class that takes you behind the scenes and into the kitchen, where you’ll learn to make homemade pasta and other regional specialties. Your home base will be in Lecce, but we’ll be making plenty of stops around the province, with a visit to the 9,000-year-old city of Matera, as well as the fairytale town of Alberobello, which has inadvertently become one of Italy’s most charming and unique towns. You’ll get to spend a night in your very own trullo, a curious, conical-shaped hut that was designed to be dismantled when the taxman came around. Other destinations include the charming port town of Otranto, Italy’s easternmost point, famous for its winding streets and whitewashed houses, and the gorgeous seaside city of Polignano a Mare.

What’s Included:

All ground transportation

All transport during the trip as well airport pick-up and drop-off is included in the package price; however, a €20 per person surcharge will be added for passengers requiring pick-up or drop-off before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.

All guided tours and activity entrance fees

Guided visits of Lecce, Matera, Polignano a Mare, Alberobello and Otranto by our hand-picked, expert guides.

15 Meals

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. For more details on what’s included, click here

Accommodation for 8 Nights

7 Nights in Lecce and 1 night in Alberobello

What’s the Heart of Southern Italy difference?

  • You’ll live the area like a local, with insider advice and suggestions from your tour leaders: Elena, a native of Puglia, and Tess, an American expat who’s lived in Lecce for over 4 years.
  • You’ll enjoy an easy, effortless, yet deeply-authentic travel experience. We take the guesswork out of travel planning, bringing together the best activities, guides and culinary experiences, to provide you with a “real” taste of the culture, without hours squandered on google or the headache of getting lost, overpaying or figuring out bus schedules in Italian.
  • You’ll save money, as our custom-crafted tours itineraries are among the most competitive on the market.
  • You’ll feel like part of the family, as our groups are usually made up of just 6-8 travelers, with a 12-person max.


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