Puglia – Italy’s Best Kept Secret
“Puglia is the heel to Italy’s infamous boot, and home to some of the brightest seas, most diverse art and architecture, most mouthwatering peasant cuisine, and kindest people in all of Italy.”
– Giovanna Dell’Or
September 28, 2019
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Please join us for an exploration like no other! Your heart will be torn wishing to share all you have experienced, while keeping Puglia’s secrets safe!
Bring us your group.
Customization for 10 guests. Two complimentary with 14.
Our all-inclusive villa tours
are tailored to guests who want to
experience the rich Italian culture
Italian villas are high on many “bucket lists”.
Now you have the option to purchase a 100% Inclusive Tour without the many responsibilities of renting the whole villa —everything will be arranged for you.
SEP 28, 2019
Ask About 2020 Dates.
Please join Chef Katie and
Claudia for Italy’s best kept
secret! Your heart will be torn;
wishing to share all you
have experienced, while
Not a tour in the traditional sense — there is nothing traditional about it — just 12 to 14 like-minded guests who have food, wine, and travel interests, and want exceptional accommodations with privacy when they desire it, and social time when it suits them.
Italy’s best kept secret
“You should go to Puglia. It’s like nowhere else.” Anthony Bourdain
7 Nights – Saturday to Saturday
Spacious En-suite Accommodations
Villa Meals Prepared by Your Private Chef
Unlimited Premium Italian Wines & Spirits
5 Tours – Including Lunch & Wine
Olive Oil & Wine Tastings with Local Producers
Conveniently Located Near Monopoli
All Gratuities & Taxes
$4,690 USD *
“Puglia is the heel to Italy’s
infamous boot and home
to some of the brightest
seas, most diverse art and
architecture, most mouthwatering peasant cuisine and
kindest people in all of Italy.”
~ Giovanna Dell’Orto
” The Villa experience was extraordinary! From the Villas’ decor and views from every room to outstanding cuisine by Chef Katie. Every excursion immersed us with the locals whether it was olive or wine tasting, or lunching at Festivals. We were truly off the beaten path. This cultural and culinary extravaganza went beyond our expectations of a villa vacation. Dream Villas is truly the perfect experience not to be missed in your lifetime.”
Margaret and Ian B.
Retired Travel Agency Owners,
Itinerary customizable for groups of 10 or more
Saturday- Transfer from Bari or Brindisi airport, or pre-hotel arrangements/transfers; cost based on participation. Check-in time 5:30pm. Welcome Reception followed by dinner.
Sunday- Brindisi– B, D, at the villa; we will have a pleasant stroll through the old city, starting from the opposite shore and arriving to the dock by a motorboat-line; here almost two millenniums ago arrived the Appian Way from Rome and here departed ships towards Greece and Egypt; at lunch time you will have wine tasting and meal at Numeroprimo. Afterwards you will have a walk on the other side of natural harbour to enjoy the view.
Monday- B, D, at the villa; today includes a guided visit through the marvellous alleyways of Conversano, an old centre composed by white stones, stories and legends, where the coexistence of Lords, Abbesses and Bishops has not been easy; on the other hand they left an important heritage: the Castle, the Monastery and the Cathedral. We will have a rooftop lunch complete with wine, before we drive to the UNESCO site of Alberobello, where the hillside is filled with the cone shaped white Trullo; unique to Puglia.
Tuesday- B, L, D, at the villa. Enjoy the villa today and attend a cooking class with Chef Katie. You will learn Pugliese’s infamous Cavatelli pasta, to be enjoyed at lunch. Or, opt for time on own with a transfer to Bari with many shopping & dining options in the pedestrian area, or stroll through the old town. Bari is a port city on the Adriatic Sea, and the capital of southern Italy’s Puglia region. Its mazelike old town, Barivecchia, occupies a headland between 2 harbors. Surrounded by narrow streets, The “old town” of Bari, home to some of the most important attractions such as Basilica San Nicola and the Cathedral, is a must-see in itself! With its narrow, winding alleyways, Bari Vecchia feels like a step back in time. You could easily find women making orecchiette (pasta) right on the street.
Wednesday- B, D, at the villa. Decorated pottery was produced 2500 years ago for water and wine use. A short demonstration of the long ceramic tradition in Grottaglie. Today this town represent the most important centre for this craftsmanship; in the area close to the old part of the town are located the workshops like Cinzia’s. She is continuing her family tradition; she will explain about her experience and her marvellous artworks.
Afterwards we will drive to Locorotondo to meet Marianna and her family’s cellar: a pleasant wine experience at Cardone Vini with wine tasting and local tasty food in the vineyard beneath the old town.
Thursday- Egnazia, Polignano a Mare- B, D, at the villa. Today we have a guided visit of the Museum and Archaeological Park of Egnazia where marvellous painted pottery and marble sculptures can explain the evolution of ancient arts and society through the centuries; the grape icon is often represented, since the wine was the symposium drink. Outside in the ruins of the archaeological area currently being actively excavated, you will recognize some typical elements of a Roman city: the Forum, the Thermal Baths and the Via Trajana.
After Egnazia you will have a delicious seafood lunch at La Colonna, a beautiful terrace restaurant on the Adriatic. We will start with an appetizer accompanied by your choice of bubbly, wine, or beer, pasta, then a mixed grill & dessert.
A special treat awaits when we visit Polignano a Mare when we walk through the old centre, which is perched atop a twenty meters high limestone cliff above crystal clear water. From here you will enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Italy; then you will descent to Lama Monachile for a first impression about the erosion made by temporary water flows. Crystal clear waters and cliffs pitted with caves carved by the sea give Polignano a Mare its uniqueness, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,”
Friday- B, D, at the villa. This last morning is dedicated to olive oil. Since 1500, Masseria il Frantoio has been a country farm. Today it is a biological farm immersed in a timeless atmosphere where culture and tradition intertwine and merge with research and modernity. A place where they love to tell ancient stories while we enjoy an olive oil tasting and lunch. From here we will reach the “White Town” of Ostuni for a stroll: the small streets give an incredible panoramic view on olive trees, stone walls and the shore line.
Saturday -After breakfast, 10am check-out, then embark on your other European travel plans. Sicily anyone? Details for optional transfers to airports available on request: cost based on participation.
Optional pre/post travel available from $475*: Rome, Florence, Venice,
Amalfi Coast etc.
1st Deposit of $1000 pp within 7 days of reservation; 2nd deposit (50% of balance) 7 months before tour; final payment due 90 days prior to tour. Deposits and Final Payments are 100% Non-Refundable. Travel and cancellation insurance is required by villa owner and willl protect your investment.
Final payment will be based on prevailing Euro currency: at time of publication 1 EUR = 1.22 USD. Deposits & final payments are 100% non-refundable, your payment constitutes acceptance of our cancelation policy. We require everyone to purchase trip cancellation insurance. Your travel agent can assist you, or we can assist. We are not responsible for any fees you might incur that insurance, or trip cancellation does not cover. Tour requires participation of 14 guests if necessary you will be notified by 7 months out and a full refund will be issued. We recommend not purchasing any non-refundable airfare etc. until such time. Pricing is per guest and includes all meals & items noted in the program. City center Rome hotel transfer at 11am is additional, cost based on participation. If deemed necessary to make adjustments to the program, it will be at our discretion & held to the same standards. No refund on unused nights. Transportation included for scheduled excursions only. Should you opt out of tour, lunch will be available at the villa, no refunds on unused tours, or changes due to inclement weather. US$ Credit card payments require a 2.7% fee, International 4.4%, we accept US$ Checks, otherwise International Wires a $15 fee. Bank Fees subject to change. *Truffle hunting requires being physically fit, weather appropriate boots and signed release form.