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Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Puglia

By Viator, March 2018

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Way down on the southern heel of Italy, the sun-drenched region of Puglia is blanketed with durum wheat fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Whether you’re a wine buff or a food lover, you’ll find plenty to tempt your palate in Puglia. Here are your options for food and wine tours.

Must-Try Dishes & Varietals
A typical rustic Puglian menu relies on an abundance of farm-reared lamb, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and piquant salami. Puglia’s signature dishes include orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) with a variety of sauces, maccheroni al forno (oven-baked pasta and meatballs topped with a pie crust), and tiella (a baked rice, potato, and seafood dish), as well as snack foods such as puccia (stuffed pizza dough sandwiches), panzerotti (mozzarella stuffed pastries), and pizzette (miniature pizzas). Other regional delicacies include burrata, cacioricotta, and canestrato cheeses; pasticciotto (a tasty dessert made from custard and black cherry); and plenty of seafood, including sea bass, red mullet, mussels, and anchovies.

Puglia is also one of Italy’s most important wine-growing regions, producing about 230 different types. Puglian red wines are the most renowned, including Primitivo, Salice Salentino, Negroamaro, and Nero di Troia. Rosés and chardonnay-style whites are also becoming increasingly popular.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Learn the secrets of Italian food with a traditional pasta-making, mozzarella-making, or Puglian cooking class in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce.
  • Sample Puglian street food specialties such as burrata cheese, focaccia barese, and gelato on a bike, rickshaw, or walking tour of Bari.
  • Explore the beautiful vineyards and historic wineries of the Salento wine region on a wine tasting tour from Lecce.
  • Discover the cheese-making process and taste a variety of Apulian cheeses in the Itria Valley.

Tours & Tickets

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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce with Dinner, Lecce, null
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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce with Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Enter a typical  "masseria" (farmhouse) just outside Lecce and experience an authentic hands on cooking class with a passionate local chef. Enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Lecce, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.68
Bari Street Food Walking Tour, Bari, Cooking Classes
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Bari Street Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Explore Bari on this 3 hours walking tour and discover the most picturesque and hidden places with an expert local guide Meet food & wine producers ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.28
Bari Street Food Bike Tour, Bari, Walking Tours
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Bari Street Food Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore Bari on a bike on this 3 hours tour and discover the most picturesque and hidden places with an expert local guide  Meet food & wine ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.62
Bari Bike Tour with Pasta Experience, Bari, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bari Bike Tour with Pasta Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore Bari on this 2 hours bicycle and discover the most suggestive and authentic places with an expert local guide Live the pasta experience with a ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.44
Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Puglia, Bike & Mountain ... 
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Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Starting out from Albergabici in Montalbano, at the foot of the hills between Ostuni and Fasano, in the heart of Puglia, we cycle on a section of the Traiana ...  Read more

Location: Ostuni, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.92
4-Day Puglia Sightseeing Tour Including Cooking Class, Bari, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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4-Day Puglia Sightseeing Tour Including Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Are you ready for a fantastic trip in Puglia? Join this amazing tour which includes 3 nights of accommodation, (one of our typical B&Bs in Bari), ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $583.35
Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Experience, Bari, Multi-day Tours
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Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Explore Bari on this 2 hours walking tour and its more suggestive and authentic places with an expert local guide Learn how to make pasta with a local ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.10
Bari: Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class, Bari, Walking Tours
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Bari: Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class

Live an authentic culinary experience in Bari. Learn to cook traditional homemade pasta in a central district in Bari. Learn about authentic Italian cuisine as ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.13
Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting, Bari, Cooking Classes
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Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover the fairy tale village of Alberobello on a private 4-hour tour that starts from either Bari or Alberobello. Alberobello is famous for its UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.54
Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour, Lecce, Walking Tours
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Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Indulge in a chauffeured tour of wine, food, and the spectacular landscape of Puglia. Savour some of the best wines and get a glimpse of some of the region's ...  Read more

Location: Lecce, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $232.64

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