Discover why the southern Italian regions of Abruzzo, Puglia, Basilicata and Campania are the newest foodie hot spots everyone's raving about.

Dine on a converted fishing platform on the Adriatic Sea, savour Apulian classics in a fortified farmhouse, sample organic mozzarella di bufala direct from the source and sip limoncello while soaking up the charming surrounds of Sorrento.


Start
Rome, Italy
Finish
Sorrento, Italy
Country
Italy
Style
Original
Theme
Food
Code
ZMZS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Pack your own picnic at a prized Apulian bakery

  • Lose yourself in the ancient city of Matera, which sits dramatically on the edge of the Gravina gorge

  • Get your hands dirty in a cooking masterclass and prepare a traditional Campania feast

  • Experience an unforgettable dinner by the Adriatic Sea while on a traditional trabocco fishing platform in Fossacesia

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip will expose you to different flavours and ingredients. Please advise your booking agent prior to departure if you have any dietary requirements. Come with an open mind and an open mouth and you won't be disappointed!

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. A large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings. A backpack also comes in handy as often there are no lifts or escalators in the hotel, so you will have to carry your bags up and down the stairs.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Many hotel rooms in Europe are not equipped with air-conditioning. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Hotel rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards and often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. Please also note that often hotels offer shared bathrooms rather than en-suite facilities.

Itinerary

Buongiorno! Welcome to the cobbled streets of Rome. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. Afterwards, get to know your fellow foodie travellers over a bowl of pasta in the rione (area) of Monti, home to some of the city's most famous monuments.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rome - Welcome dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Swap the city for the coast with a morning transfer to the fishing village of Fossacesia, which sits nestled between the mouth of the Sangro River and the Adriatic Sea along the Trabocchi Coast. In the afternoon, take part in a cooking class and learn the secrets to authentic Abruzzo cuisine – such as mussels stuffed with breadcrumbs, garlic and parsley. Dishes will change with the seasons. Enjoy an elevated view of the water at a dinner atop a converted trabocco fishing platform – just make sure to save room for dessert!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fossacesia - Abruzzo Cooking Class and Trabocco Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel via private transport south into the heel of Italy's boot to the region of Puglia. The region is a gastronomic playground, with regular food festivals throughout the year and, with so much freshly caught seafood and home made pasta, there's good reason to celebrate.

The first stop is in Laterza, a historical town renowned for its many crevices and caves. The name of the town even means 'a hiding place'. Have fun playing hide and seek before continuing on to a celebrated family-owned artisanal bakery. Learn about the significance of Laterza bread and choose ingredients for a picnic.

Later, step back in time on a guided walking tour of ancient Matera – a town that's been occupied for 9,000 years. While you're here, sample some herbaceous Italian liqueurs. The evening is free for your own food adventure. Perhaps grab a seat at a restaurant overlooking the city's spectacular terraced white-washed houses.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Picnic Laterza-Matera
  • Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Liqueur Tasting
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Journey to a masseria in Avetrana. A masseria is a fortified farm house or country house on a country estate found in the region of Puglia. The group will be staying at Masseria Bosco, which sits on 100 spectacular hectares of olive groves just a two minutes drive from the Avetrana area. Each room has its own private bathroom, antique furnishings and original architecture and the masseria features it's own on-site restaurant and outdoor pool.

After arriving and settling in, take part in an olive oil and wine tasting on the property and perhaps choose to dine at the masseria restaurant. The afternoon is free to explore the grounds as you please or perhaps relax by the pool.

In the evening, sit down to a traditional Apulian feast using locally sourced produce. Dishes such as scapece (marinated and fried fish) and cecamaritii (zucchini 'pancakes') may be on the menu.
Accommodation
  • Farmhouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masseria - Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
  • Masseria - Traditional Apulian Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Point the compass west today and head towards the Campania region and Sorrento. En route to Sorrento you'll take a tour of an organic farm producing the famed mozarella di bufala. Afterwards, arrive in the colourful port town of Sorrento. An orientation walk is the perfect introduction to this beautiful place, with a refreshing limoncello tasting your reward after pounding the cobblestones. The afternoon is then yours to take at your leisure, so why not grab lunch by the water or sign up to an optional gelato-making class.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Paestum - Mozzarella di Bufala Producer Visit
Optional Activities
  • Sorrento - Gelato Making Demonstration - EUR12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The colourful streets and turquoise port of Sorrento are the perfect place for a leisurely stroll. The morning is free to explore, so take a wander past quaint little shops selling ceramics and lacework, or pick up a fruity gelato served straight from a stainless steel pozzetti (the original Italian way).

In the evening there is one final cooking class – this time focused on the traditional dishes of Campania. Settle in for a delicious farewell dinner with the group.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sorrento - Campania Cooking Class
Meals Included
  • Dinner (1)

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Taxi

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Masseria farmhouse (1 night)

Included activities

  • Rome - Welcome dinner
  • Fossacesia - Abruzzo Cooking Class and Trabocco Dinner
  • Picnic Laterza-Matera
  • Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Liqueur Tasting
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
  • Masseria - Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
  • Masseria - Traditional Apulian Dinner
  • Paestum - Mozzarella di Bufala Producer Visit
  • Sorrento - Campania Cooking Class

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