Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Puglia

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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.
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4-Day Puglia Sightseeing Tour Including Cooking Class

Discover Puglia’s diverse landscapes and rich heritage on this 4-day sightseeing and cooking experience. Stay overnight in a charming bed-and-breakfast in seaside Bari, venturing out each day with a professional guide to explore regional highlights like the distinctive Trulli architecture of Alberobello, Gargano National Park, the UNESCO-listed Shrine of Saint Michael and the mountain villages of Monti Dauni. Cap off the tour with a cooking class at the private home of a chef, where you’ll learn to prepare classic Puglian dishes using fresh local ingredients.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$578.84 USD
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Bari Street Food Walking Tour

Taste your way around town with this street food tour of Bari, and learn about the city’s signature treats from a private guide. Starting with a walk around Bari’s Old Town, the tour introduces you to standout sights such as the Basilica of St. Nicholas and its sacred crypt. Continue to explore the cobblestoned enclave, trying fresh burrata cheese, focaccia, salumi, panzerotti, and home-made gelato. Finally, you’ll finish with a visit to the city’s French neighborhood where a large fish market is held.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Experience

Team a walking tour of Bari with a cooking class in a local home, and discover the secrets of the local orecchiette pasta. With a private guide, you’ll make your way around the enticing Old Town lanes, discovering landmarks such as the Basilica of St. Nicholas and hearing the city’s history. After a visit to the city’s French enclave with its modern seafront sights, you’ll visit the home of a local to make fresh pasta pomodoro and try the local primitivo red wine.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Bari: Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class

Experience an authentic hands-on pasta making class in Bari on this 3-hour tour. Learn how to make traditional Italian pasta from start to finish using the proper Italian ingredients and techniques. Then create a delicious pasta dish with help from your host and sit down to the fruits of your labor with a bottle of local wine.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$62.64 USD
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Wine Tasting in a Typical Masseria in Puglia Near Trani

Most visitors in Puglia enjoys sampling regional wines. But true wine aficionados will want to go a step further. During behind-the-scenes vineyard tour in an authentic, countryside Masseria, you’ll learn the ins and outs of local production, from cultivation to tasting. Explore the stunning orchards, discover the region’s medieval heritage, and get a taste of some of the purest wine around from an on-site winery.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce with Dinner

Get an authentic taste of local culture during this 3-hour cooking class in a private Lecce estate. Join the estate’s owners, both professional sommeliers, to create a meal of Pugliese specialties, and then enjoy your meal with a selection of fine wine.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bari Bike Tour with Pasta Experience

Pedal through Bari on a bike tour, then finish in the home of a local signora, cooking a pasta dish typical of the Puglia region. The experience starts with a ride through the city’s handsome Old Town to discover landmarks as the Basilica of St. Nicholas and striking Bari Cathedral. Follow your guide through the modern French side of the city, then call in at a local home to make orecchiette pasta pomodoro by hand. A glass of the intense primitivo local wine is included as you eat.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour

Explore Puglia's gems—including Lecce and Gallipoli—on this full-day tour with wine tastings. See ancient architecture in Lecce and visit Gallipoli's Old Town, built on an island now connected to the mainland by a bridge. Taste wines such as Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello, Aglianico and Bombino Bianco at several vineyard stops.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Bari Street Food Bike Tour

Discover the sights and flavors of Bari on a 3-hour bike tour. After exploring the historic Old Town on two wheels, you’ll then visit a bakery, brewery, deli, winery, and a gelateria. Sample food at each venue, trying treats such as the local ‘focaccia barese,’ before you venture into the modern streets of the city’s French quarter.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$59.16 USD
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Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

Visit Alberobello on a customizable half-day tour, and discover its famous ‘trulli’ houses with your own private guide. Built by peasants around 700 years ago, the whitewashed and cone-shaped dwellings are now UNESCO-listed treasures. Learn all about them as you explore, hearing how their drywalls were built, and then end the experience with a wine tasting. Sip on glasses of Puglian wine, and learn about the local grapes as you drink. Make use of round-trip transport from Bari, if you wish.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$55.11 USD
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Primitivo and Negramaro Wine Tour Departing from Lecce

Get to know the sunny, seaside region of Salento through its most famous product: wine. Departing from Lecce, you’ll be introduced to native grape varieties and learn how wines have flourished in the arid climate. Visiting two wineries with an expert sommelier, you’ll cover the ins and outs of local wine-making, with a chance to savor some of the tastiest wine selections—paired with savory regional treats.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$179.80 USD
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Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Bicycle tours are a great way to get out of plodding buses and go places they can’t reach. This bicycle tour near Ostuni has the added benefit of taking you to visit olive fields, mills, and farms while you learn about local olive oil history. Along the way, you also get a chance to bike through coastal dunes and wetlands. You can ask your guide to organize an olive oil tasting at tour’s end.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$40.60 USD
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Private Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw

Hop on a rickshaw to discover Bari’s street food scene with your own personal guide. The private tour includes a ride around the city’s captivating Old Town, stopping at sights and eateries along the way. Admire the white façade of the Basilica of St. Nicholas and hear the history behind the imposing walls of the Swabian Castle as you pass by. Treats such as gelato, focaccia, burrata cheese, and panzerotti are all included through the tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$63.80 USD
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Full-Day Taste of Puglia Cooking Class in a Local Masseria with Lunch and Dinner Included

Travelers often take cooking classes for immersive experiences away from the restaurant scene but have only an hour or two to cook and enjoy the fruits of their labor. With this tour, immerse yourself in regional cuisine for a full day, beginning with a guided visit to fruit, vegetable, and fish markets. Then, head to a masseria—a fortified farmhouse —for hands-on lunch and dinner.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$208.80 USD
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Apulia Bike Tour from Alberobello: Discovering Nature, Trulli and Mozzarella

Get off the beaten path with this bike tour along the scenic country roads of Puglia. A local guide leads the way from the city streets of Alberobello, the capital of cone-roofed buildings called trulli, into the beautiful countryside. Visit a local cheese factory, witness the mozzarella-making process, and taste several cheeses before hopping on your e-bike for a cruise back to Alberobello.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Farmhouse Cooking Class with Lunch and Dinner in Mola

Be absorbed in the aromas and flavors of authentic Apulian home cooking with this full-day culinary experience in the seaside village of Mola di Bari. Pick up fresh ingredients at local fish and farmers’ markets, then help prepare a multicourse lunch and dinner at a farmhouse kitchen. Learn the tricks and traditions of regional cooking from an expert chef, and relax among olive groves in between meals for a memorable day of food, wine, and hyperlocal culture.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$103.24 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Half-Day Boat Excursion with Local Aperitif from Salento

Cruise around the heel of Italy’s boot on a 4-hour catamaran tour, and see the sun-kissed sea caves, grottoes and beaches of the Ionian coast. On a round-trip route from Torre Vado, you’ll drop anchor for a swim in the sea, then step back on board for a light lunch of Puglian specialities and homemade wine. Transport to and from your hotel is included.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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$68.44 USD
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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Ostuni: traditional cooking class with local chef

Learn to make a delicious and authentic Italian meal during this 5-hour cooking class. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head to the class to begin creating your 4-course meal. Follow your guide and learn various cooking techniques to make classic dishes such as eggplant parmesan and tiramisu. Then, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor with some delicious local wine before heading back to your hotel.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$185.60 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full-day Salento Wine and Food Tour

Take a break from the beaches and discover Salento’s food and wine, instead. With a private guide, you’ll visit two award-winning Salento wine estates where varietals using the primitivo and malvasia grapes, among others, are produced. As you sip, you’ll learn about viticulture in the region, and enjoy a light lunch either at the winery or nearby. Choose to add on a third winery or a swim stop at Porto Cesareo on your way back to Lecce.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Discovering Lecce with pasticciotto tasting

Surrounded by the Adriatic Sea, and boasting beautiful baroque architecture, the Italian city of Lecce is a history-lover’s dream destination—but exploring without a guide means missing the city’s hidden secrets. On this tour, stroll through Lecce as your knowledgeable guide brings the city’s past to life—from the Roman era to the present day. Take in top attractions including the 17th-century Santa Croce Basilica, and sample traditional local ‘pasticciotto’ (filled Italian pastry).
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Walking and Brunch to the shade of the ancient olive trees of Torre Guaceto (Puglia)

Our tour of tasting to the shade of the secular ulivis begins at the 10 a.m. departing from the Masseria Scianolecchia inside the Natural Reserve of Torre Guaceto and will last around 2 hours. A calm walk to the shade of the ancient olive trees of ogliarola and in the fields where the appreciated is cultivated Fiaschetto tomatoes of Torre Guaceto, they will allow to discover extraordinary natural habitats giving the possibility to know the precious characteristics of the Mediterranean style.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$34.80 USD
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COOKING PUGLIA THREE HOURS HANDS ON COOKING CLASS with dinner and wine pairing

Spend three delicious hours learning how to cook real Apulian cuisine.  Led by the owner of the cooking school, experienced and talented chef, the hands on cooking class provides instruction on making traditional dishes like grandmother’s homemade pasta, delicious Apulian appetizers, meatballs or meat rolls and eggplant parmigiana and tiramisu. We love to share our traditions that have been passed down in our family with our clients and we will get you perfectly involved in how our food is prepared. When all is prepared and cooked, sit down  by the pool to enjoy the meal you made, accompanied by wine pairings.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$116.00 USD
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Capocollo of Martina Franca: Food Tasting

The "Capocollo of Martina Franca" is a cold cut salami, namely a type of capocollo, obtained from meat of pigs that were born in big farms situated mainly in the area of the Valle d´Itria. It has been cited in some historical references, as a proof of the fact that it is a traditionally typical sausage of the region. In fact, already in the XVIII century it was well known, not only in Apulia but also in all the Kingdom of Naples, as the most representative product among the charcuterie of this territory. The whole piece of "Capocollo of Martina Franca" is beautifully wrapped in its original gut and a string is tied on top of it to hang it for the traditional seasoning.
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
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Lecce Cooking with locals, farm to table and market tour experience

Immerse yourself in Italian food culture with this half-day Lecce cooking tour. The farm-to-fork experience includes the harvesting of vegetables from a village garden, shopping at a market for local ingredients, and taking part in a fresh pasta-making class to create the typical Puglian orecchiette pasta. The best is saved ‘till last: You’ll sit down to eat your creations with dessert, coffee, and local wine, too.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$110.20 USD
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