AUGUST 2021 & JULY 2022
Travel down to the heel of the boot of Italy, to the whitewashed villages of the south. One of the most charming regions of Italy, Puglia is a special area not yet flooded by mass tourism, but the secret is getting out so see it soon! Accommodations here are unique to the region. Sleep in the stone trulli at Masseria Cappuccini, and a cave hotel in ancient Matera, which have been beautifully restored to include with all modern amenities.
Culinary specialties include olive oil from the oldest and most ancient olive trees in Italy, pane di Matera, shellfish, orrecchiete, (pasta shaped like little ears), fave e cicoria, hand stretched mozzarella, and the smokey cappocollo from the town of Martina Franca.
Visit the glowing hilltop town of Ostuni, have a bread stamp hand craved for you by a local artisan, cook in a trullo in Alberobello, and fall in love with the seaside life at Polignano a Mare and Monopoli with a glass of rose or primativo in hand.
Spend the afternoon with Renaissance masterpieces and sip Vino Nobile while watching the Tuscan sun set. Explore medieval hill towns, make fresh pasta, hunt for truffles and antiques.
Get delightfully lost in the winding cobblestone streets the Medici once travelled, and spoil yourself in Florentine, rustic elegance. This is Tuscany.
NOV 28-DEC 5, 2021
Tuscany is magical this time of year, as it comes alive with twinkling lights and Christmas markets for the holidays. Immerse yourself in an old fashioned Italian Christmas.
Spend 7 nights at Hotel Villa Marsili, in the medieval walled village of Cortona, and learn to cook with us in a Tuscan farmhouse. Take part in 4 hands on cooking classes, including making cheese in the hills of Pienza with a goat farmer and baking Italian Christmas cookies on your last day to take home on the plane.
There will be plenty of time for Christmas shopping with excursions to Florence and the surrounding villages as well, to visit their Christmas markets.
A land and sea combination, spend a few days in the Tuscan hills and then the glimmering Italian Riviera. Start with 3 nights at Hotel Illaria in Lucca. Explore recipes that date back to medieval times and learn about the cooking methods once used in this part of Tuscany.
Transfer to the multi-color seaside villages that dot the rocky coast of Liguria, land of pesto, seafood, and foccacia. Shop for hand made corzetti pasta stamps in Chiavari, and prepare a full Ligurian dinner at the charming Agriturismo Villanova, your home for this leg of the trip. Locals love using wild herbs and zucchini flowers, and are very proud of their white wines and sciacchetra, a sweet wine only produced in this region.