Basilicata
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  • Matera: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

    1. Matera: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

    Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert. At the end of the experience, not only will you take home your official apron, you’ll also have memories that'll stay with you for life.

  • From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

    2. From Bari: 5-Day Puglia and Basilicata Tour

    Day 1, Bari Street Food Tour After arriving independently to Bari, meet with your guide at 6 PM at the Swabian Castle for a walking street food tour. Visit Orecchiette Street where typical pasta is made by the local ladies, the Cathedral of San Sabino, and the imposing Basilica of San Nicola. Throughout the tour, taste the famous sgagliozze, tasty pieces of fried polenta, and focaccia. At the end of the day, check-in at the Palace Hotel or similar. Enjoy a free evening to explore at your own leisure.  Day 2: Castel del Monte to Trani Your second day will begin as you meet your driver and guide before departing for Castel del Monte to one of the most mysterious and fascinating castles in Southern Italy. After some free time, check-in at the Palazzo Paciotti (or similar). Get ready to discover Trani, which is known as the "Slow City" and the "Pea...

  • Matera Tour: Taste and Handicraft

    3. Matera Tour: Taste and Handicraft

    Visit the Sassi of Matera and taste traditional local products. From here you will continue towards the civita, the oldest part of Matera, where you'll discover the ancient history of the city carved into the rock. Be amazed by the presence of fascinating frescoed rock churches and cave dwellings, where the inhabitants lived until the beginning of the 20th century. Finally you will arrive at the Cathedral Santa Maria della Bruna, built in the Apulian Romanesque style. Stop in a bakery to taste focaccia with tomatoes and in a shop to taste traditional products such as cruschi peppers, cheeses and local ham with bread and extra virgin olive oil, and fried beans and taralli.

    Angela was by far one of the best guides I’ve ever had on a tour. She had a direct connection to the Sassi as your grandfather lived there so you could see the genuine passion from her when she spoke about it. The food we sampled was spectacular and it was bountiful ! I anticipated small samples where I’d then would have to go get lunch but nope, stuffed after. The food highlight had to be the focaccia or the tor

  • Matera: Guided Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

    4. Matera: Guided Olive Mill Tour and Olive Oil Tasting

    Embark on an olive oil factory tour and learn all about the elaboration and production of this liquid golden juice directly from the family workers themselves. The tour consists of three parts: an excursion inside the fields, a visit to the olive oil mill, and a tasting. Begin the tour with an excursion inside the fields where you'll get a brief introduction about the award-winning product by this family company. Your tour guide will illustrate the various stages of cultivation and, depending on the period, you can watch the activities carried out on-site, such as tree pruning or olive picking. In the second part, the tour continues through an olive oil mill with plenty of details of the machinery involved in the extraction process and the different steps for oil extraction. Visit the packaging lab and learn how the extra-virgin oil is preserved and bottled. After learning the secrets...

  • Altamura: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

    5. Altamura: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

    Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

  • From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

    6. From Matera: Day Trip to Trani and Castel del Monte

    Enjoy the historic port town of Trani and UNESCO-listed Castel del Monte in one day. Explore 2 of Puglia's most alluring sights with a convenient transfer from Matera via a comfortable minivan. Tuck into an Apulian lunch at a local farmhouse. Meet your driver in the center of Matera and leave for imperial Apulia. After an hour-long drive, arrive in Trani, the "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea". Catch beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea and the Italian coast. Be led by your local tour guide to Trani Castle and the seafront Cathedral. Visit the ancient Jewish quarter with its Synagogues and a maze of small alleyways. After the walking tour, hop on board the minivan to continue to a typical farmhouse in the Alta Murgia National Park. Taste the Apulian cuisine during a delicious light lunch. In the afternoon, reach the UNESCO site of Castel del Monte. Admire enchanting views from over 500 mete...

  • Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

    7. Full-Day Wine Tour of Puglia and Basilicata & Matera Visit

    You’ll travel with an expert guide through unspoiled landscape boasting centuries-old vineyards that have produced the famous Primitivo, Negromaro, Sussumaniello, and Aglianico e Bombino Bianco wines. This full-day excursion begins in Gioia del Colle. You’ll be taken on a tour by one of the owners of the organic vineyard, where focus is on the fantastic Primitivo wine. We will take you through the organic wine production process. Before lunch you’ll head to the ancient city of Matera, which is home to movie director Francis Ford Coppola. Matera has been the setting for a number of well-known films including Mel Gibson’s The Last Passion of Christ. You’ll enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the old town and afterwards visit the famous Sassi cave dwellings. In addition, you’ll have free time to explore the city at your leisure. If your accommodation is in Bari, Ostuni, or Le...

  • Lecce: Solo Travelers and Couples Puglia and Matera Tour

    8. Lecce: Solo Travelers and Couples Puglia and Matera Tour

    Day 1: Lecce Your first day will begin with your independent arrival in Lecce. Once there you will check-in to your accommodation in the historic center for 2 nights. Day 2: Lecce After breakfast, you'll meet with your tour guide at Piazza Sant'Oronzo. From there you'll start to discover Lecce, which is one of the most fascinating and elegant cities in southern Italy. The streets of the historic center here host wonderful palaces and churches built in a Baroque style. Day 3: Monopoli and Alberobello Following breakfast and check-out from your accommodation, you will depart for Monopoli by train. After checking in to your accommodation in the historic center, you will have free time for lunch before you transfer by minivan towards Alberobello, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1996. The town boasts the highest concentration of Trulli, t...

  • Bari: 7-Day UNESCO Puglia and Matera Guided Tour

    9. Bari: 7-Day UNESCO Puglia and Matera Guided Tour

    Day 1, Saturday: Bari Street Food Tour After arriving independently in Bari, meet your local guide to dive into Bari’s street food scene. Discover Bari Vecchia, an ancient village while tasting typical specialties of Bari like focaccia and sgagliozze (fried polenta). Check-in at the Palace Hotel Bari or similar for an overnight stay.   Day 2, Sunday: Castel del Monte to Trani Following breakfast, check-out of the hotel and depart for Castle del Monte. Explore the fascinating castle commissioned by Frederick II of Swabia. Then, enjoy some free time with lunch before departing for Trani, where you will check-in to a boutique hotel near the beautiful Palazzo Paciotti. Day 3, Monday: Matera to Alberobello After breakfast, check-out before meeting with your driver-guide and departing for Matera, a UNESCO site, and considered one o...

  • From Bari: 2-day Tour to Matera and Alberobello

    10. From Bari: 2-day Tour to Matera and Alberobello

    Day 1: Street Food in Bari Meet your local tour guide in Bari next to the castle entrance. Start your walking tour through the old village called "Bari Vecchia". From the outside of the Swabian Castle, walk towards the historic center and see the Cathedral of San Sabino and the Basilica of San Nicola. Taste delicious sgagliozze (fried polenta) and a typical focaccia. Day 2: Matera and Alberobello Meet your driver in Bari and head in an air-conditioned minivan towards Matera, where your tour guide will be waiting for you at Piazza Vittorio Veneto. From there, take a walking tour to admire views of the ancient city. Walk through the "Sassi", ancient quarters where cave dwellings and rock churches can be found. You will then arrive at the Cathedral from where you can admire the Murgia Materana Park. Then, head to Alberobello where your second guide will be waiting for you. Alb...

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What people are saying about Basilicata

Angela was by far one of the best guides I’ve ever had on a tour. She had a direct connection to the Sassi as your grandfather lived there so you could see the genuine passion from her when she spoke about it. The food we sampled was spectacular and it was bountiful ! I anticipated small samples where I’d then would have to go get lunch but nope, stuffed after. The food highlight had to be the focaccia or the tor

Fantastic!

We had a wonderful time. Giovanni was the most informative and congenial guide. He was prompt and we had no problem reaching him beforehand. I would recommend this tour because the sights were wonderful and Giovanni the best!

Nice visit among the olive trees and in the oil mill organized to guarantee the quality of the product and the recycling of processing waste. Cosimo's father is an excellent guide

Very lovable hosts and delicious food

The family meal in Matera was super nice and tasty. The small language barriers can be overcome with warmth, laughter and English. A great experience!

Excellent tour

Giovanni and Alessandra did an excellent job !!! The Wine Tour was very good and the visit to Matera complete! We have also eaten very well! :)