7-Day Gay Foodies Tour– There’s a reason why Puglia-Italy is soon becoming a Gay Travel Destination among the more discerning gay Traveler. To get an idea of the location of this region, just have a look at the map of Italy. Boot shaped right!Well, Puglia is down in Italy’s heel. Actually, there are several reasons, why this Italian region, has become a great Travel destination.: the excellent food, beautiful Baroque cities, pretty hilltop villages and some of the best sandy beaches in Italy. Now, you know that where there’s great beaches there are Hot men.
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This awesome Foodie Tour is offered by Italy Gay Travels (http://www.italygaytravels.com). They are a young company running gay guided tours and events in Puglia, the beautiful region in Southern Italy. Italy Gay Travels also organizes tailor made bespoke and private tours in Puglia and Southern Italy for couples and small groups. Apart from the Foodie Tour, they also run a Guided Bike Tour, a Yoga Retreat Week and a Italy Gay Summer Pride 2017. For more information please contact [email protected]
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Italy Gay Travels- Gay Foodie Tour
Join Italy Gay Travels for a Culinary delight in Puglia the South of Italy. Their authentic and extravagant Gay Puglia Culinary Tours are a once in the lifetime opportunity to explore the world-famous food in this amazing location. The tour combines the must-see sights of Puglia with a sophisticated exploration of the food and wine specific to the region. Think seasonal vegetables, local cheeses, seafood from the extensive coastline and amazing meat, this is not Italian food as you know it. Puglia cuisine is based on a Mediterranean diet but here the food is explored creatively and always on seasonal produce. During the Gay Puglia Culinary Tour you will create inspired dishes with local chefs, learning all the tricks and trades from centuries of passed-down traditions. You will also eat like kings on this tour as the gastronomy included will ensure you indulge. Not convinced, we also throw in trips to food producers, regional markets, wineries and olive groves. We also see the key sights of Puglia, such as Alberobello, Lecce, Ostuni and Polignano a Mare. This course is open to all levels of cooking, you will be learning about the amazing Pugliese kitchen so there is a new trick for everyone to learn! They require a minimum of 4 people for the Tour.
Gay Foodies Tour in Puglia
|Dates: 22-29 October|
SMALL GROUP TOURS OF ITALY
|Duration:||+/- 7 days, 6 nights|
Single supplement €690
You will be collected from Bari, an international airport which has many connections to Europe and beyond. From here we will
make our way to Ostuni, known as the ‘White City’ as it sits perched above a hill near the sea with its white walls glinting in the sunlight. Through the town’s maze of narrow streets and steps your culinary adventure begins. We explore the cities intricate history and take in some sights before moving to our accommodation in a masseria (large historic farmhouse). Set amongst olive groves and fruit trees, the stunningly refurbished farmhouse tells the story of Puglia’s past and present. It has been painstakingly renovated and has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a boutique hotel. Wifi, swimming pool, terrace sundowners to name a few! The evening is finished with a delicious organic 3 course dinner with produce from their very own farm.
- Meals: Dinner (three courses with wine included)
DAY 2 – Cooking class Pugliese style plus trip to Locorotondo
After a fresh breakfast and dip in the pool (if you fancy) we have our first experience. A cooking lesson from a local chef. Here you will obtain first-hand knowledge from a master. The focus is on cooking typical regional dishes and also exploring the types of ingredients used and their provenance. Cooking in Puglia is at a very local level and differs from season to season. They also have a waste not attitude so don’t be surprised to see parts of vegetables used that are generally thrown away. Recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and truly represent the Mediterranean diet. The session is hands on and time is taken to ensure that everyone is happy and confident by the end of the experience. Naturally we eat what we’ve made 😊
After digesting our meal and taking a nap we visit Locorotondo, a gem town perched on a hilltop overlooking the Itrian Valley, a broad fertile valley. The drive there is dotted with Lamia, Masseria and Trulli (cone shaped buildings) that make this Valley magical and special. We have dinner in Locorotondo in a restaurant that bases all its dishes on traditional cooking methods. A couple of digestives or a gelato finish off the evening.
- Meals: Breakfast, light Lunch and Dinner (three courses with wine included)
DAY 3 – Alberobello and Polignano a Mare
After a hearty breakfast we depart for our first stop, Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This town is postcard famous for
its circular cone-shaped buildings called ‘Trulli’, truly marvellous 😊 Wander the narrow streets with limestone dry-stone walls and get lost in the fairytale ambiance. Here we learn about the history of these buildings and about the cryptic symbols painted on the roof-cones. Many of them from Pagan descent.
We then move on to a stunning coastal town called Polignano a Mare. Famous for its town seemingly clinging to the rocks suspended above the Adriatic’s turquoise waters. Here we have lunch right on the seafront. This time the cuisine is focussed on Puglias Adriatic Coast. Fresh line caught seafood served up alongside seasonal produce and drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the nearby Frontoios.
After lunch why not dip your feet into the water on the beach?
In the evening you have a choice to return to the Masseria or you can go to Ostuni to explore the old town and sip on Aperol Spritz or three. 😊
- Meals: Breakfast and Lunch (three courses with wine included)
DAY 4 – From market stall to plate
After breakfast we visit the local markets. Here you will see how the locals go about their daily lives. Along with the guide and local chef we experience the markets in a truly authentic way. Once we have bought our ingredients we make our way back to the Masseria. Back in the kitchen we again get to learn the tricks of this amazing cuisine. We also learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch. This is called ‘Orecchiette’ which gets its name based on the shape that resembles ears. Give it a few goes and you are soon a master!.
- Meals: Breakfast, light Lunch and Dinner (wine included)
DAY 5 – Heading South to Salento and Lecce
Today we head to Lecce, the capital baroque city of the south know and Salento. The baroque buildings and ornate decorations covering the building facades, surrounded by city walls built in local limestone give this city a unique appeal, it is no wonder it is known in Italy as the Florence of the south. A local expert guides us through the key sights and interesting history. As well as the architectural and historical features,
Lecce is an upmarket town with trendy boutiques and cafes, piazzas filled with gelaterias and local pastries. A trip to Lecce would not be complete without sampling the pasticciotto, an almond flour pastry made here. After some free time we have lunch in the historic centre at a restaurant that showcases the local produce. Salento cuisine is quite different and we will try local dishes including ‘ciceri e tria’ (chickpea dish). In the evening we return to the Masseria to prepare a local seafood dish accompanied with seasonal vegetables and local grown herbs.
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (three courses with wine included)
DAY 6 – Olive Oil and Fine dining!
After a hearty breakfast we head to a typical ‘Frontoio’ (farm producing organic extra virgin olive oil). Here you will learn the history of the ancient olive groves planted by the Romans and their uses from then till now. Marvel at the ancient trees that dominate this landscape. This is followed by a degustation of olive oils. The afternoon is spent back at the Masseria. The final evening will be a 5 star dining experience at a restaurant with modern twists on traditional Puglia recipes.
- Meals: Breakfast Dinner (four courses with wine included)
DAY 7 – Goodbye and see you next time!
It’s time to say goodbye, we will arrange drop-offs to airports or train stations.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Visit Matera, a town built into a hillside where caves and houses merge together (UNESCO World Heritage site)
- Visit Trani and Castel del Monte, the unique octagonal castle (UNESCO World Heritage site)