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.

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Terms & Conditions

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

  • 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

  • Dine by the Adriatic Sea while on a traditional trabocco fishing platform in coastal Abruzzo

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip departs from Rome to Fossacesia on the morning of Day 2. If you wish to spend more time exploring this city, we recommend staying additional time in Rome either before or after your trip.

  • There are some long travel days on this itinerary, particularly from Fossacesia to Avetrana (Day 3, 5 hours) and from Matera to Sorrento (Day 5, 6-7 hours). There will be stops to break up these journeys. Its also a great time to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.

  • We use private transport for this trip, as locations are time-consuming to reach via public transport. We still recommend that you pack lightly, so you can carry your luggage up and down hotel stairs, but you are welcome to use your preferred luggage style (backpack or suitcase).

  • 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.

  • This is a new trip for us. While thoroughly researched, there may be some small small tweaks along the way, depending on the needs of your group.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

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
Special Information
Please note that beverages are not included with meals unless specified.
Swap the city for the coast with a private transfer to the fishing village of Fossacesia (approximately 3 hours), 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
Special Information
Due to the seaside location, many of the dishes in the cooking class will be seafood-focused. If you do not eat seafood, please advise your booking agent in advance, so that alternative dishes can be arranged.
Travel south into the heel of Italy's boot. The region of Puglia is a gastronomic playground, with regular food festivals throughout the year and a bounty of seafood and home-made pasta, there's good reason to celebrate.

The total drive time today is approximately 5 hours, including a brief stop in Alberobello for lunch. This village is know for it's distinctive trulli (cone-roof houses).

Your final destination is a masseria, or fortified farm house, on a country estate found in the region of Puglia. The accommodation tonight sits on 100 spectacular hectares of olive groves.

Take part in an olive oil and wine tasting on the property. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the grounds 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
Take a drive (approximately 2 hours) to Matera in the Basilicata region.

On the way, stop at Laterza, a historical town renowned for its many crevices and caves. The name of the town even means 'a hiding place'. Discover a celebrated family-owned artisanal bakery and learn about the significance of Laterza bread.

Arrive in Matera and step back in time on a guided walking tour of this ancient 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
  • Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Liqueur Tasting
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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.

The total driving time today is approximately 6-7 hours, including stops.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mozzarella Tasting
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
This food adventure comes to an end today. Extra accommodation in Sorrento can be arranged at the time of booking. If you're looking for onward travel, Sorrento is only a short ferry or train ride to Naples (approximately 1.5 hour). Alternatively catch a bus or train to Pompeii and brooding Mount Vesuvius (approximately 40 minutes). If you're hungry for another Real Food Adventure, then head back to Rome (2 hours by train) and link up with our Read Food Adventure of Italy to taste your way from the capital to Venice, via Tuscany and Bologna. Search ZMZB on our website for more details.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

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
  • Masseria - Olive Oil and Wine Tasting
  • Masseria - Traditional Apulian Dinner
  • Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Liqueur Tasting
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
  • Mozzarella Tasting
  • Sorrento - Campania Cooking Class

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