Cooking Holiday in Puglia

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. 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.

Everything was just wonderful. A little bit of paradise in Puglia.

Dates for 2019

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At a Glance

  • Discover the sun-baked region of Puglia with its sea of olive groves and beautiful towns.
  • Learn to cook local specialities such as orecchiette pasta.
  • Stay in a 17th century hunting lodge, beautifully restored into a glorious retreat.
  • Enjoy the sights of Puglia; turquoise seas, Baroque churches and 13th century castles.

Your Holiday Price Includes

  • No Single Supplement.
  • 5 cookery lessons with our knowledgeable local chefs.
  • Private, en-suite accommodation in our Puglian villa.
  • Day trips to local towns such as Lecce, known as the 'Florence of the South'.
  • All meals and wine, including 2 meals at local restaurants.

Cooking Holiday in Puglia - Itinerary


Day 1 (Saturday)

Group transfer to the villa.

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 (Sunday)

Your first cookery lesson followed by a visit to Santa Maria di Leuca.

After breakfast, you will have your first cookery lesson with our local chef Antonio, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Santa Maria di Leuca, at the very tip of the Salentine Peninsula where the Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet. Enjoy an aperitivo and dinner in our favourite local trattoria.


Day 3 (Monday)

Your second cooking lesson followed by a private wine tasting.

Following breakfast this morning, enjoy your second cookery lesson, followed by lunch. In the late afternoon, we’ll head to a local winery for a private wine tasting. Return to the villa for dinner this evening, prepared by your chef.


Day 4 (Tuesday)

Sight-seeing in Lecce and lunch at a traditional trattoria.

After breakfast, the group will leave for a trip to Lecce – the ‘Florence of the South’. Lunch will be at a local trattoria. After lunch, we will visit Otranto situated by the sea, with the chance to visit the famous Cathedral with its beautiful medieval floor mosaic. Return to the villa for dinner.


Day 5 (Wednesday)

Cooking lesson and day to relax at the villa.

This morning, enjoy another cooking lesson with Antonio and then lunch. The afternoon is free to relax in the villa, take advantage of the pool or take a walk around the olive groves. Dinner tonight is prepared by your chef.


Day 6 (Thursday)

Day trip to Gallipoli with dinner at a local seafood restaurant.

This morning, time for another cookery lesson in the kitchen, enjoying your dishes for lunch. You will then have a late afternoon visit to Gallipoli, on the Ionic sea, where you can watch the fishing boats arrive and wander around the old town. Dinner will be at an excellent local fish restaurant.


Day 7 (Friday)

Final cookery lesson and farewell dinner.

Enjoy your final cookery lesson this morning and then lunch. The afternoon is free to relax by the pool or in the grounds of the villa. A special farewell dinner will be prepared for you by your chef.


Day 8 (Saturday)

Group transport to the airport.

After breakfast, your transfer will collect you and return you to the airport. Arrivederci!


How to get there?

Direct flights from the UK to Brindisi are from London airports, with connecting flights to some regional airports.  For each of our holidays, we provide a group transfer on arrival and departure to Brindisi Airport. Our team in the office are happy to advise you on our group transfer windows to help with your travel arrangements – simply contact us»

Flavours Holidays Puglia Region, Villa and Airport Map

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