Once at Casolare degli Ulivi, our guests can enjoy several "experiences" aimed to provide a deep knowledge of Puglia's culture and traditions. This list includes examples of the most requested experiences, hosted by local professional guides:
- Tour of Alberobello
Trulli are unique cone-shaped dry-stone buildings you can find just in a small area of Puglia.
Michele, a professional guide, very expert in this field (he spent 4 years living in a restored one) will unveil all their secrets and show you hidden corners of Alberobello, the birthplace of the trulli houses including the visit to an original trullo.
- Burrata Immersion
Walking around the beauties of Puglia will make you hungry and there’s nothing better than a burrata masterclass, literally farm to table, to satisfy your cultural and sensorial appetites!
You will also have the opportunity to meet and pet the happy cows. At the end of the Tour you will be welcomed for a tasting in an authentic and warm Italian farmhouse.
- Locorotondo Wine tasting
Locorotondo is one of the prettiest and most characteristic towns in “Valle d’Itria”, but that’s not all; some of the best Apulian white wines are produced here.
After a stroll in the dazzling white streets of the old town, we will visit a local winery, its vineyards and enjoy its wines paired with local specialities. The owner of the winery will accompany us at her wineshop in the center of Locorotondo
- Matera hike and walk
Regarded as one of the most ancient cities in the world, Matera, the town carved in the rock, will leave you indelible emotions! You will admire its beauty hiking on the edge of its dramatic ravine where nature and art create an incredible landscape.
Then you will explore the lively streets of the “Sassi” districts, the heart of Matera, discovering wonderful medieval frescoes, ancestral cave-dwellings, ingenious water collectors, typical dishes and much more!
- Monopoli tour
No, it’s not the board game, but one of the coolest towns on the 900km (600mi) long Apulian coastline! With a glamourous Mediterranean charm, Monopoli is the place to visit in Puglia. You will admire its beautiful harbor full of traditional “gozzi” fishing boats, lively alleys and squares by the sea, whitewashed houses.
There are also many majestic, or sometimes humble, but always captivating monuments, dating back, very often to thousands of years ago.
- Fashion tour in Martina Franca
Martina Franca (and its inhabitants too!) is one of the most elegant and aristocratic towns in Puglia with many magnificent baroque and rococò palaces and churches witnessing its past and present richness.
Nicknamed the capital of Valle d’Itria area, Martina encloses jealously one of the most extraordinary fashion districts in Southern Italy with dozens of creative handicraft shops active in many fields, among them: textile, leather, jewels, goldsmiths, crochets, antiques and more.
- Meet with a papier maché artisan
Today, you will meet Piero, a young and passionate artisan that proudly and wisely keeps alive the traditional art of creating papier-maché statues.
He will show you how to realize a masterpiece and teach you his secrets. All of this, in a beautiful castle, nowadays seat of the local archaeological museum. Then a stroll around this fascinating town, really off-the-beaten-paths.
- Discover Grottaglie, the ceramic fine art capital
Grottaglie, which names clearly derives from “grottoes”, was in the Middle Ages a cave-dwellings settlement. But its origins are much more ancient than that, dating back to the Greek colonization of Southern Italy, when skilled artisans started a rich and everlasting tradition of ceramic art using the abundant local clay.
A whole districts of hundreds of crafts workshops is waiting for you. You will see objects of any kind taking shape in front of you and you can learn the secrets from the local artisans. If we have time, we can also explore the secret garden of one of them which will mesmerize you.
- Live Puglia with a Pizzica Class
Tonight you’ll be overwhelmed and pervaded by a music that is an invite to dance and follow your emotions. You will be introduced to the ancient tradition of Pizzica, the typical Apulian dance!
The dance class will be followed by a dinner in a traditional Masseria to enjoy the local music, eating and drinking local.
- Masseria tour with Olive oil tasting
Today we will experience one of the most fascinating and characterizing elements of the Apulian landscape, the visit to an ancient Roman monumental olive grove and an authentic masseria still working as a farm like in the old days.
At the end of the tour, we will have an EVO oil tasting that will be fun and educational!
- Tour of the White Town
Known as “la Città Bianca”, “the White Town”, Ostuni is for sure the most iconic whitewashed hilltop town in the region and one of the most thrilling, a must place to visit.
Michele, your guide, will give you a full immersion experience of this marvellous town focusing on your interest, whatever it is: art, history, architecture, food, drinks, local life and traditions and…. more!
- Polignano “per mare per terram” (by sea and by land)
Polignano, one of the most stunning coastal towns in Puglia, is better viewed and appreciated starting with a relaxing and adventurous boat tour, joining the “dolce vita” lifestyle of the locals and admiring the magnificent high cliffs dotted by intriguing seacaves that we’ll have the chance to visit while drinking a glass of prosecco or diving in the emerald green waters.
Then we walk in the alleys of this charming town, maybe tasting an artisanal gelato or a famous “special coffee” while learning about the history and the secrets of Polignano.
- Wine Tasting in a Micro Winery
Ready for a wine tasting in a micro winery where they produce only 20k bottles a year? First you will visit the small vineyard and learn about the process of wine making and the special aging method with Mozart music (the owner is an opera director).
The tour will end with a class of 10 years old red wines in a charming wine bar, perfect fusion between old and new architecture.