Puglia, the Veggie Garden of Italy and Matera

Called the ‘heel’ of the boot of Italy, Puglia is also the peninsula’s vegetable garden, which over the centuries attracted many empires to this coastal region. We believe the neighboring regions of Puglia and Basilicata –the latter MOST KNOWN FOR the town of Matera– are best experienced as a pairing.


Between the two, we’ll explore two UNESCO sites, visit with local wine, olive oil, bread and cheese makers, take in the famed trulli (conic-shape dwellings) of Alberobello, visit the quaint villages of Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare and Ostuni, and of course taste the native grapes of Negroamaro and Primitivo, found in full-bodied earthy reds, and overnight in magical masserie (fortified farmhouses or country estates), unique to the region. 


See here for more info on Puglia region.


Puglia, the Veggie Garden of Italy and Matera

Dates & Pricing

DATES (7 days)

October 25-31, 2025 (private departure for VICA members with Jeff Roberts)

For dates, info and availability please contact us.



Per person in double occupancy: from $3,690 (from $3,790 in 2025)


Single Supplement: $690 


For travel in 2021 and beyond, your tour is carbon neutral! In addition, we donate more than 1% of your trip price to food-literacy and environmental non-profits that share our values. (Details here)

Tour Highlights

  • Discover two UNESCO Sites: the Sassi of Matera and the Park of Rupestrian Churches; the Trulli of Alberobello
  • Tastings of regional Slow Food Presidia and visits to local wine, olive oil, bread and cheese makers
  • Experience the authentic Mediterranean Diet through local traditional cuisine featuring fresh and seasonal ingredients and learn more about local recipes
  • Enjoy some of the best reds of Italy, Primitivo and Negroamaro grapes, two indigenous varieties of the Salento area
  • Relax in unique, elegant masseria or 3- or 4-star hotels or albergo diffuso distinctively representing the local cultures and traditions
  • Delve into history, traditions and culture in this unique area of south of Italy
  • Explore the tranquil countryside inland, at times surrounded by century-old olive oil trees or a natural reserve by the sea

What's Included

  • 6 nights of accommodation in 3- or 4-star hotels, masseria and albergo diffuso
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners with either a 3- or 4-course menu
  • Visit Otranto, Ostuni, Lecce, Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare and the UNESCO site of Alberobello  
  • Entry fees to Alberobello trulli museum
  • 1 guided visit to WWF natural reserve; 1 guided visit in the UNESCO site of Matera
  • 1 pasta-making demo in a masseria
  • 1 visit and tasting at olive oil producer; 1 tasting & visit to local winemaker
  • 1 visit and tasting to a bakery in Altamura
  • 1 visit and tasting to a cookie producer in Ceglie Messapica (Slow Food Presidium)
  • hikes and daily walking opportunities as indicated in itinerary
  • 1 mozzarella-making demo in an agriturismo
  • Comfortable transportation by 9-seat van for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Tour Leaders
  • First group transfer from Brindisi airport and last group transfer to Bari airport
  • Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour

What's Not Included

  • 4 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
  • Alcoholic beverages at group meals (including wine and spirits)
  • Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
  • Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended. See more info here)
  • Gratuities for your Tour Leader. (Info here)
  • Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts



To request the itinerary as a PDF or to ask us any questions please contact us today!