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Cooking & Walking in Puglia




Based in the historic Puglian town of Altamura we'll learn to cook delicious, authentic local dishes using hand-picked and locally sourced ingredients. We’ll cover a range of courses from antipasti and main courses to desserts and also visit a bakery and cheese farm to see how these regional specialties are made. We will also have the opportunity to explore the labyrinthine underground tunnels of Gravina and spend a full day in UNESCO-listed Matera. Here you’ll explore its network of alleyways and staircases which wind past ‘Sassi’ cave dwellings, hewn from the cliffs. Easy walks give the opportunity to see more of the local area.

Oct 15-22, 2022

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  • Learn to cook authentic local dishes at a cookery school using locally-sourced produce
  • Explore Gravina's underground world of tunnels, cellars, granaries and 17th century ovens
  • Learn about Apulian Cheese production and enjoy a typical farmer’s lunch
  • Discover Matera's cave-dwelling district and its fascinating history

Comfortable accommodation with bath at the HOTEL SAN NICOLA

5 dinners and 3 lunches
The services of an experienced Tour Leader
Four Cooking lessons
Guided tours of Matera and Gravina with Local Guide
All essential transport and entrance fees
**** includes return flights from the UK and hotel transfers



Upon arrival at Bari Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where there will be time to settle in and meet your Tour Manager and fellow guests before dinner.

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent and descent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: Today is a day of bread and pizza! in the Morning, we shall walk to the Altamura Archaeological Museum before enjoying some free time for Lunch. We’ll visit the local bakery where we can see how the area’s unique Altamura bread is produced, followed by a hands-on cooking lesson. Our cookery session will be followed by a tasty pizza dinner at Tre Archi.

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

Total descent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: This morning, we shall pay a visit to Mina’s Vegetable Garden to gather produce to create vegetable antipasti and side dishes during our cookery lesson today. We’ll follow this up with lunch and an afternoon walk into the town of Gravina, taking the route over the aqueduct for dramatic views of the town and valley. In Gravina, we’ll explore its hidden world of tunnels, cellars, stone churches and granaries before taking the train back to Altamura.

Distance, ascent and descent: Negligible

In summary: A walking tour of Matera awaits us today. Our local guide will explain the history of this fascinating town, most famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts. In the afternoon, there will be some free time to explore more at your own pace and soak up the atmosphere.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Altamura: You may like to explore the historic town of Altamura, with its spectacular cathedral, archaeological museum (which includes an exhibition about Altamura Man - a Neanderthal whose remains were found embedded in stalagmites in a nearby cave), market, shops and ancient walls.

Bari: Easily reached by public transport, this old town and port contains many buildings of historical interest. Puglia’s capital contains many churches but the most well known is the 11th century Romanesque Basilica de San Nicola, dedicated to St Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus. There are also many art galleries and, more recently, the futuristic football stadium was a venue for the 1990 World Cup.

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent and descent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: Today’s cookery lesson tackles desserts – good news for anyone with a sweet tooth! Afterwards, we’ll enjoy lunch together at Tre Archi before heading out on our afternoon walk to explore the local area.

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 200 feet (60m)

Total descent: 300 feet (90m)

In summary: On our final day together begins with an 8km walk to the cheese farm at Masseria Scalera, where we’ll learn about Apulian cheese production and enjoy a typical farmers’ lunch together before getting ready for our last cookery lesson. Today we’ll get hands-on with Italian main courses and then settle in for a farewell dinner to celebrate our week.

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.


7 NightsSat 15th October - Sat 22nd October, 2022
 Puglia - Altamura
Double for sole occupancy
2 meals a day
Sharing a twin room $3700

Travel Insurance $335.  Deposit $1500 + Travel Insurance.

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