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Customizable for groups of 10 or more
DAY 1 – 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.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY
Brindisi — Breakfast and Dinner at the villa. Enjoy a guided stroll from one side of the old city to the other with a short boat ride, marveling at the millenniums-old port and it’s rich history. We will be delighted at lunch by a wine tasting at Numero Primo.
DAY 3 – MONDAY
Egnazia — Breakfast and Dinner at the villa. Our first stop is a guided visit of Museum and Archaeological Park of Egnazia where marvelous painted pottery and marble sculptures help explain the evolution of art and society throughout the centuries. Outside, you will recognize some typical elements of a Roman city: ruins of the Forum, Thermal Baths and the Via Trajana. After the museum tour we will visit a cheese maker for a Mozzerella and Burrata demonstration with light lunch, then we’ll enjoy a tasting with a local olive oil producer.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY
Cooking Class— Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the villa. Chef Katie will teach us to make the very unique Pugliese pasta called cavatelli, to be shared at lunch. Enjoy the villa for the afternoon, or choose to explore Ostuni — often referred to “the white town”.
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY
Grottaglie & Locorotondo — Breakfast and Dinner at the villa. Today, Grottaglie is an important center in the traditional art of decorated pottery. We’ll visit a local artist who will explain how she is carrying on a family tradition. Afterwards we will drive to Locorotondo
for lunch and wine tasting, followed by a visit to the Cardone winery — Marianna and her brother now carry their grandfather’s vision into the future.
DAY 6 – THURSDAY
Bari and Polignano a Mare — B, D, at the villa. We will visit Bari and afterwards stop for a seafood lunch on a terrace near the sea. Then, we’ll visit one of the most iconic and often photographed cliff towns — the charming old town of Polignano a Mare. After a walk thru the old town centre, perched atop limestone cliffs, above crystal
clear water, we’ll descend to Lama Monachile, also known as the Beach of Polignano (pictured on front).
DAY 7 – FRIDAY
Conversano — Breakfast and Dinner at the villa. Guided walk through the marvelous alleyways of Conversano, where the coexistence of Lords, Abbesses and Bishops was never easy. See what remains of an important heritage: the Castle, Monastery and Cathedral. After so many
exceptional experiences, we have saved one more for the last day. A visit to Il Frantoio, a 500 year old farm, where timeless tradition and culture intertwine, for an olive oil tasting and lunch.
DAY 8 – 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.
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