Italian Cooking Holidays 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 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.

No Single Supplement

A room to yourself. We never charge a single room supplement.

Book with Confidence

Flexibility and peace of mind for our guests with their holiday booking.

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.

All-Inclusive Price

Villa accommodation, all meals, drinks, activities, tuition, day trips and transfers.

Solo Traveller Friendly

Over 70% of our guests travel solo taking advantage of our no single supplement policy.

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

Dates for 2022

18 Jun - 25 Jun£1599Sold Out
2 Jul - 9 Jul£1599Sold Out
9 Jul - 16 Jul£1599Sold Out
20 Aug - 27 Aug£1599Sold Out
27 Aug - 3 Sep£1599Last Room Request More Info »
3 Sep - 10 Sep£1599Sold Out
10 Sep - 17 Sep£1599Sold Out
17 Sep - 24 Sep£1599Sold Out
24 Sep - 1 Oct£1599Sold Out
1 Oct - 8 Oct£1599Sold Out
8 Oct - 15 Oct£1599Sold Out
15 Oct - 22 Oct£1599Sold Out

Your Holiday Price of £1599 Includes:

  • 5 cookery lessons with our knowledgeable local Italian chefs.
  • Accommodation in a 17th century hunting lodge, beautifully restored into a glorious retreat.
  • 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.
  • Private transport throughout stay.
  • Group airport transfers*

* Provided you are able to meet them. Please ask for transfer times.

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.

Serving Prosecco

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.

Guests at Santa Maria di Leuca

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.

Wine Tasting

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.

Cooking Guests

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.

Gallipoli Puglia

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.

Puglia Guests

Day 8 (Saturday)

Group transport to the airport.

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

Travel Information

With over 20 years experience in organising flights for our guests, our team is continuously researching and monitoring the market for the best flight options that are on offer.

We understand that you would prefer flying direct from your local airport. We have curated a list of direct flights currently available from major UK airports to Brindisi Salento Airport:

  • London Gatwick (EasyJet)
  • London Stansted (Ryanair)
Brindisi Salento Airport Map

We offer complimentary group transfers between Brindisi Salento Airport and your villa. These transfers are organised to meet as many flights from the UK as possible. You’ll be able to begin your holiday straight away with your group!

If you are travelling from a region of the UK not listed above, or travelling internationally, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss the best flights for your holiday!

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If you might be interested in activities other than Cooking, you can find out more about the Pilates, Painting and Photography activity holidays that we offer in Puglia.

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