Enjoy a long week in Puglia with cooking experiences, cycling through Olive groves and fresh pasta making
Puglia – land of sun and sea. Endless countryside scattered with centuries old olive trees, baroque cities and white washed towns. Bursting with local tradition, the ultimate food lovers’ paradise! You’ll be amazed by the extraordinary history and art of this part of Southern italy, the heel of Italy’s boot, by the vast picturesque landscape and by superb food and wines.
Stay in a fantastic home or in the typical trulli with large garden and swimming pool in Salento, experience a private cooking class, visit a local vineyard and olive oil producer, get stuck in with local traditions, cycle through the open countryside along the beautiful Ionian coast.
Italian food is so much more than rich gelato, hearty pastas and savoury pizzas (though those are great, too). A cooking holiday in Italy, in the Apulia region, will draw you into the depths of south Italian flavours and the complexity of the dishes – and likewise the culture – proving why Italian food is the most-copied cuisine in the world.
An Italian cooking experience holiday will help you to expand your knowledge of flavour combinations and allow your creativity to flourish. Get to understand the elements of local Italian ingredients and be daring and bold with them, and – most importantly – share stories and a glass of wine with other passionate cooks over a meal you’ve prepared together.
You’ll learn new techniques and skills, while creating recipes traditional to the region using fresh, seasonal ingredients and meet new people, making cooking trips to Italy perfect for singles.
Italian food is simple but tasty and the recipes you’ll learn are ones you can bring home and create in your own kitchen with ingredients that can be found anywhere.
Our cooking holidays in Italy are relaxed, fun and hands-on. They take place in the kitchen of the Dimora, with everyone working in a group with the chef. As we only take small groups everyone can really get involved and our local chefs are very passionate about cooking and sharing their knowledge.
You could combine your Italian cooking holiday with another hobby, to really make the most of this outstanding country to visit, by heading to Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli or Santa Maria di Leuca for gorgeous walks and to visit Salento with its splendid coast from the Ionian Sea to the Adriatic Sea
7 Days All-Inclusive Culinary Vacation in Italy
The “Italian Living” Culinary Experience includes:
- 7 nights in “Dimora Fraschi” or “I Furneddhri” both luxurious accomodations surrounded by greenery among the olive trees of Salento, with two large swimming pools and a tennis court, located in the heart of Salento in the south of the Puglia
- 6 hands-on cooking classeswith our local experienced chef, covering typical dishes from the local tradition and Mediterranean diet, using seasonal organic ingredients
- cultural and culinary excursions, including visits to a local winery, a traditional olive oil mill and a cheese farm, with tasting of their award-winning products
- Excursions to visit Salento and its coast, such as Otranto, Lecce, Gallipoli and Santa Maria di Leuca
- Dinner at one of the best restaurants in the area
- All meals, fine Italian wines and other beverages included (i.e. espresso coffee, limoncello)
- Private transfer from and to Brindisi or the local train station
- Assistance from a qualified staff fluent in both English and Italian
- Free time to relax, go sightseeing by your own or arrange extra activities (i.e. shopping, yoga, excursions, beach)
Rates (Special Offer!)
7 Days Prices:
Solo travelers Participating guest, single occupancy in a private apartment 2450 euro.
Group from 2 to 3 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 1 apartment ( 2 people) and in 2 apartments (3 people) 1950 euro.
Group of 4 people Participating guest, double occupancy in 2 apartments 1850 euro.
Group transfer to the villa.
Our Flavours transfer will meet you at Brindisi Airport and take you to the Dimora Fraschi for welcome drinks and time to relax before dinner prepared by our local chef.
Dates for 2023 (Sold Out)
Dates for 2024
11 May - 18 May
18 May - 25 May
21 Sep - 28 Sep
28 Sep - 5 Oct
Nicknamed the heel of Italy, Puglia is a sunny coastal region in south-east of the country. We base ourselves in the Salento area in the heart of southern Puglia,where you’ll find a wealth of culinary inspiration for your cookery holiday.
The region’s cuisine has been influenced over the centuries by its neighbours and invaders. The incredibly rich natural larder of the region is known for producing most of the country’s olive oil, full-bodied wines and its famously intensely flavoured olives, almonds and figs.
Learn to cook local specialities like orecchiette (an ear-shaped pasta) con cima di rapa and seafood risotto using the local catch of the day.
Sights to savour along with the turquoise sea and long sandy beaches include the handsome Baroque cathedral in Otranto, with a mosaic floor to rival Ravenna, and the city of Lecce’s more than 40 churches and a noble palazzo built in the 17th and 18th centuries. South of Lecce, the landscape flattens and the sky opens out.
Acres of olive groves and vineyards extend between dry-stone walls. The coastline of turquoise sea and red cliffs combine to form a dramatic backdrop – the perfect spot for a week of culinary indulgence and relaxation.