Discover why the southern Italian are the newest foodie hot spots everyone's raving about.

Discover why the southern Italian regions of Puglia, Basilicata and Campania are the newest foodie hot spots everyone's raving about. Take in the sights of the cave city of Matera while learning to cook with the locals, sample olive oil and homemade wine at a small, family-run farm just outside of Rome and munch mozzarella cheese, sip limoncello and learn to prepare the world's best pizza while soaking up the charming surrounds of Sorrento. 


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

Why you'll love this trip

  • Make dinner with a family that lives just outside of Rome, sampling homemade wine and olive oil before sitting down for a farmhouse-style feast

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

  • Get your hands doughy in a cooking class, learning to prepare the world's best pizza

  • Visit Pompeii, the city where ancient life was preserved under ash by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius

  • Meet local producers in the region, learn about their crafts and sample the amazing food and drink heritage they've built

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are some long travel days on this itinerary, particularly from Matera to Sorrento (5 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).

  • This trip departs from Rome Avetrana on the morning of Day 3. If you wish to spend more time exploring this city, we recommend staying additional time in Rome either before or after your trip. We can help you book additional accommodation at our starting point hotel.

  • 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.

Itinerary

Buongiorno! Welcome to the cobbled streets of Rome. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting tonight at 6 pm. Please ask reception to confirm the time and place of your meeting. Have your insurance details and next of kin information on hand for verification by your leader. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. After the welcome meeting, get to know your fellow foodies over a bowl of pasta in the rione (administrative division) of Monti, home to some of the city's most famous monuments. There are no activities planned before the 6 pm meeting, so if you arrive early consider doing as the Romans do and sipping an espresso at one of the tiny streetside cafes and sampling the many flavours of gelato that colour the city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Stella (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Rome - Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you’ll visit a local family at their farm just outside of Rome and take a tour of their small vineyard and vegetable garden. The family's patriarch makes his own wine and refuses to drink anything else at home (and brings it along with him wherever he goes)! He's sure to offer you a drop, and once you've had a swirl and a sniff you won’t want to say no. Depending on the season, you may head to a local market or shop to pick up some extra ingredients before joining the family at home to cook up a Roman farmhouse feast. Eat, drink and be merry in a way only the Italians can, before returning to Rome in the late afternoon and doing as you please for the rest of the day.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Stella (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Rise and shine for an 8.05 am train to Brindisi. It’s a 5-hour journey, so you might want to pack a book for the ride. Or maybe just get to know your fellow travellers a little better. From here, take a private transfer to a masseria (fortified farmhouse) in Avetrana, a seaside town right in the heel of Italy’s boot where you will be spending the evening. Enjoy an afternoon stuffed with gastronomical delights. Taste rich olive oil and wine varietals made on site, then sit down to a rustic and delicious Puglian dinner. Though the exact menu will change depending on the season, expect to taste plenty of tomatoes and seafood!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Drive to the World Heritage-listed city of Alberobello, famous for its white-washed, conical-roofed huts, called trulli. Stop en route for a tasting of fresh, soft mozzarella and a demonstration of how this cheese is made. Arrive in Alberobello and enjoy a guided walk with your leader before spending a few hours wandering among the hundreds of limestone houses. Continue to Matera, a stunning city built into caves and cliffs where you will stay for two nights in a Sassi hotel. The Sassi is an area of extraordinary dwellings, half-carved and half-constructed from the surrounding tufo (tuff) rock, in which people have been living since Palaeolithic times. Everything here is built into rock, including the restaurants, where you’ll find massive plates of antipasti, fresh produce and some of the best bread in Italy on the menu.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sassi (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Explore otherworldly Matera on a guided walking tour and learn about the fascinating history of a place once considered the shame of Italy. Up until the 1950s Matera was severly impoverished, and many residents lived in the Sassi caves without running water or electricity. Learn about this remote city’s transformation and go deep with a tour of the underground Ipogeo Materasum – a series of roads, cisterns and places of worship that lie up to 12-metres below. Then, journey into the other belly of Matera with a local cooking class, and later an Amaro Lucano tasting. This famed herbal digestive was first made in Matera. Cap off a full day by learning to craft orecchiette, the ear-shaped pasta that is popular in Italy’s south,make a toast to this surprising city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Sassi (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
  • Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Liqueur Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Bid arrivederci to limestone caves and wave buongiorno to  lemon trees as you take a private transfer to Sorrento. Get right into the spirit of this historic resort town (Byron, Dickens, Tolstoy and more holidayed here) with a Limoncello tasting. Like all perfect seaside towns, Sorrento has a wealth of local gelato makers serving up soft, melt in your mouth goodness. Learn how this fine treat is made during a demonstration, and then spend the evening at your leisure. Why not soak up the beauty of this location with dinner by the water.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Carlton (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sorrento - Gelato Making Demonstration
  • Sorrento Limoncello Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Sorrento is not only a beautiful destination of its own, it’s also a great base for exploring nearby Pompeii. Until 26 August, AD79, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business, but it was frozen in time when Mt Vesuvius erupted, killing 2000 people and burying their homes under a layer of ash. The city was never rebuilt and largely disappeared from people’s minds until the 18th century, when the ruins were re-discovered. Today, take a guided tour and get an unparalleled look back into the lives of ancient Romans and discover how they lived, worked and interacted years ago. Return to Sorrento for an olive oil tasting, where you can compare the fragrance and notes of this blend to others you’ve tried so far on your trip. No food trip to Italy would be compete without a pizza making demonstration, and we’ve saved the best for last. Learn to prepare this southern classic in a trattoria, then settle in for a delicious farewell dinner with the group.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Carlton (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sorrento - Pizza making demonstration and Dinner at Agriturismo
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Ciao! This mouth-watering adventure through southern Italy comes to an end today and there are no activities scheduled.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle, Taxi, Train

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Rome - Welcome Dinner
  • Matera - Guided Walking Tour
  • Ipogeo Underground Cistern
  • Matera - Liqueur Tasting
  • Sorrento - Gelato Making Demonstration
  • Sorrento Limoncello Tasting
  • Sorrento - Pizza making demonstration and Dinner at Agriturismo

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Important notes

A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.

There are some long travel days on this itinerary, particularly from Matera to Sorrento (5 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).

This trip departs from Rome Avetrana on the morning of Day 3. If you wish to spend more time exploring this city, we recommend staying additional time in Rome either before or after your trip. We can help you book additional accommodation at our starting point hotel. Any additional accommodation we book for you will already include the compulsory city tax.

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