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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 9 Reviews

Enter a typical palazzo in Lecce and experience an authentic hands on cooking class with a passionate local chef. Enjoy the dinner with a fine selection of ...  Read more

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

From USD $89.96
Bari Street Food Walking Tour, Bari, Cooking Classes
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Bari Street Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Discover the tastiest food in town on a 3-hour, private food tour of Bari. With your own personal guide, you’ll explore Bari’s enchanting Old Town while ...  Read more

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

From USD $58.77
4-Day Puglia Sightseeing Tour Including Cooking Class, Bari, Walking 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: Flexible

From USD $598.54
Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour, Lecce, Multi-day 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 $238.70
Private Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Class, Bari, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Class

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Explore Bari and discover picturesque and hidden places with an expert guide. Afterwards, meet a local and have a pasta making class in a typical house of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.38
Farmhouse Cooking Class with Lunch and Dinner in Mola, Puglia, Walking Tours
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Farmhouse Cooking Class with Lunch and Dinner in Mola

Enter a fascinating mansion dating back to the XVIII century, located in the heart of Gagliano del Capo, a small town of famous region of Salento, in the ...  Read more

Location: Gagliano del Capo, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.75
Private Bari Bike Tour and Pasta Class, Bari, Cooking Classes
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Private Bari Bike Tour and Pasta Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore Bari and discover picturesque and hidden places with an expert guide and then meet a local lady and have a pasta making class in a typical house of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $52.78
Conversano Full-Day Trip from Bari with Visit to Polignano Beach, Aperitif and Dinner, Bari, Bike & ... 
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Conversano Full-Day Trip from Bari with Visit to Polignano Beach, Aperitif and Dinner

Welcome on our tour to Conversano and Polignano: starting with an Aperitif, walking through the centuries in the Conversano's magnificent old town, and ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $179.92
Bari: Traditional Italian pasta Hands-on cooking class, Bari, Day Trips
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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 $64.77
Ostuni: traditional cooking class with local chef, Brindisi, Cooking Classes
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Ostuni: traditional cooking class with local chef

Discover the secrets of delicious Southern Italian Cuisine in this special cooking class.

Location: Ostuni, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $191.92

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