Puglia is a sunny coastal region in south-eastern Italy, also know as the heel of Italy. We base ourselves in the Salento area in the heart of southern Puglia. The handsome Baroque cathedral in Otranto has a mosaic floor to rival Ravenna while the city of Lecce has 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.
Everything was just wonderful. A little bit of paradise in Puglia.
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At a Glance
- Discover the sun-baked region of Puglia with its sea of olive groves and whitewashed trulli houses.
- Learn to cook local specialities such as orecchiette pasta.
- Stay in a 17th century hunting lodge, beautifully restored into 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 lovely local chef, Antonio.
- 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 a local restaurant.
Where you’re going to stay
Casino Pisanelli is our Puglia holiday venue which is indeed a stunning venue, situated in the heart of rural Salento. It’s a real hidden gem. Originally a hunting lodge built in the 17th century for a local Count, the estate is now used exclusively by Flavours for just a few months of the year. The style of Casino Pisanelli is a stunning mix of traditional and modern, with wonderful formal gardens and a glorious swimming pool – the perfect spot to relax after a busy morning in the kitchen. View our photo gallery to see more.
Cooking Holiday in Puglia - Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday)
Private 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 di Leuca.
After breakfast, you will have your first cookery lesson with our lovely 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 before dinner at the villa.
Day 3 (Monday)
Your second cooking lesson followed by a relaxing afternoon at the villa.
After breakfast your second hands-on cookery lesson followed by lunch. The afternoon is free to enjoy relaxing by the swimming pool or taking a bicycle ride to a nearby village. Dinner is at the villa.
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, and visit the famous cathedral. Dinner will be at the villa. Please note the itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather and allowing for the Italian ways!
Day 5 (Wednesday)
Private wine tasting at a local winery.
This morning, another cooking lesson with Antonio and then lunch. In the afternoon, the group will enjoy a private wine tasting at a local winery. Dinner is at the villa.
Day 6 (Thursday)
Day trip to Gallipoli with dinner at a local seafood restaurant.
After breakfast, a cooking lesson is followed by lunch. Later in the afternoon, the group will visit Gallipoli and take the chance to wander around the old town. Dinner 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 sunbathe or relax by the pool. A farewell dinner will be prepared for you by the chef.
Day 8 (Saturday)
Private transport to the airport.
After breakfast, your transfer will collect you and return you to the airport.
Discover authentic Puglia
Watch our BBC Holiday video from Puglia and learn more about this fascinating region. Discover more about its delicious cuisine: seafood risotto, stuffed vegetables, hand-made orecchiette (a distinctive Puglian type of pasta), burrata – a deliciously creamy mozzarella cheese, and of course the finest extra virgin olive oil in Italy. If you would like to find out more about our cooking holidays in Puglia – simply contact us here >
How to get there?
Direct flights from the UK to Brindisi are from London airports. There are connecting flights to some regional airports. We can give you options and arrange your flights for you. If you are coming from outside the UK we will give you times to meet us in Brindisi to begin your Flavours holiday and return you to the airport at the end. If you interested in joining us on one of our cooking holidays in Puglia, we visit this region during spring and autumn, the best times of year to be there when the weather should be warm and sunny. To get more details make a holiday enquiry >