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"Never felt like a tourist on this tour, because Tess and Elena planned our itinerary to be so local and authentic. Elena and Tess know exactly how to make a tourist feel like a real Italian— on Pasquetta, Easter Monday, we picnicked, treated to live folk music and dancing beneath the olive trees. These are guides who have the connections to show you into Puglia’s secrets. I recommend this uncommon tour to an extraordinary region of Italy without reservation." -  Susa S.

"I just finished a tour of New Zealand and recovering from the long airline flight. I’m not ready for any vacations now, but I fondly remember my time in Puglia as one of my favorite tours.  Hope all is well with you both." -  Syd M.

“Thanks to Tessa and Elena for putting together a very memorable tour. The places they took us to are one of a kind. The ancient towns were full of history and charm. The food was so delicious, especially the ones that were served in a local friends' home. All the food was fresh and cooked to order. The B&B was very clean and owner was very helpful and friendly. This trip is unique and something you will not experience with other tours. We had a wonderful time." - Pauline E. 

“I would absolutely YES recommend this trip. The variety of activities, the access to local foods, the pleasantness of both Tess and Elena all contributed to a very lovely tour. I would also say that I felt it was in a price range that I could afford, doing what I like to do.It was a fabulous tour and I am so very happy I was able to share it with you. You are to be commended and applauded for what you have put together.” - Diane S. 

“I would recommend this tour because it takes the traveler to an exciting and different part of Italy—the heel of the boot. Our days were filled with history, education, food, architecture, excursions, wine, gelato, and most exciting to me, meeting Italian families in their homes to talk and dine with them. The size of the group enabled us to really get to know each other, another plus for me. Our guides, Elena and Tess, were above and beyond in planning our days and looking after our individual concerns.” - Marilyn T.

“I would definitely recommend this trip. Our two tour guides were poised and extremely accommodating. There were a variety of activities for all interests.” - Anna P. 

“I have traveled independently in Italy several times…
This time was even better because Elena and Tess included so many wonderful activities that only locals would know about.” - Denise D.

"This is the real deal! Far beyond tripadvisor. I went, and now I'm a regular. It's in my system." -Rebecca A.

“Loved it all, from the food to the excursions. Each day presented exciting new adventures.” - Diane S.

"Best tour by far!!! Great sights, awesome tour guides. I highly recommend this tour!" - Melinda G.

"If you have tried all the other tours, it's time to get the real deal. I'd say it's the best, most authentic 'real world' tour out there. Great value and great guides who know their stuff. If I could give it 10 stars I would!!! - Franklin C.

"I took the June tour with my wife and granddaughter. The one day cooking class was fun and informative. We all learned about Italian cuisine, enjoyed eating our dishes we made and drinking local wine. All the towns had a unique character. It was amazing to see the caves in Matera. The food was so scrumptious, from freshly caught seafood to  garden picked vegetables, homemade cooking, the list goes on. Our tour guides were knowledgeable. Tessa and Elena's tour should be on your bucket list." - Don D.

"This tour was a very fun and entertaining experience, even for young adults, 10/10! Recommended for anyone thinking about traveling to Italy!" - Lindsay D.

"Aside from seeing some of the most interesting and compelling historical sites, I really appreciated the opportunity to experience authentic Southern Italian cuisine and culture. A very memorable experience." - Frank C.