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Olive Oil Harvest and Farm Stay in Puglia 7 DAYS TOUR

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Olive Oil Harvest and FarmStay in Puglia

As we travelers know, exploring with a local
is as good as it gets. So on our journey into
Puglia, the “heel” of the boot of Italy, native
Michele Iadarola accompanies us to share
his perspective and love of his homeland.
Currently living in New York, Michele is the
founder of Especially Puglia whose mission is
to introduce the rich culinary traditions of his
native Puglia to fellow food enthusiasts.
Especially Puglia connects American eaters with small producers in the northern part of the
region. You can adopt an olive tree and receive to your home the finest extra virgin olive oils
from independent organic farms or subscribe to farm shares of unique artisanal food products,
all of which directly support family-run farms and independent artisans.
A multisensory immersion into the local culture,
your journey allows you to savor an exquisite
array of authentic Pugliese dishes, highlighting
the freshest seasonal vegetables and fruits,
local fish and meat, cheeses, homemade pasta,
and all the staple elements of the revered
Mediterranean diet. Indeed, the cuisine of Puglia
is a quintessential expression of the
Mediterranean diet, now listed as a UNESCO
World Intangible Cultural Heritage site,
specifically in its Italian, Spanish, Greek and
Moroccan expressions.
Non-edible tour highlights include the masserie (old
fortified farms offering accommodation and food),
intimate learning sessions with local cheese, wine
and olive oil makers, and rich understanding of the
culture of low Food, a non -profit organization
founded in 1986 in Piedmont, Italy that promotes
“good, clean and fair food”. Tranquil strolls and
drives through the countryside give way to the quaint
towns of Lucera, Trani, Vieste and the UNESCO Site
of Matera in the neighboring region of Basilicata.
Be swept away in the Mediterranean magic and warm
atmosphere: Benvenuti in Puglia and Basilicata!
Day 1 Bari Airport to Lucera area | We begin with a group transfer from Bari Airport to our
masseria (a local organic farm offering elegant accommodation and food) set into the tranquil
countryside and surrounded by the Dauni Mountains. After our introduc
quaint town of Lucera and its castle, dinner
tonight is on your own. Please ask us for
Day 4 Troia | We start our day meeting another
Especially Puglia food artisan, a producer of
tapenade and preserved veggies to learn the secrets
behind tomato sauce and canning in this area of
Puglia, that we’ll savor tonight at dinner. Then we
transfer to the small village of Troia for a walk and
visit to its Romanesque cathedral, followed by lunch
on own. Our last dinner is at our masseria and it
features the local orecchiette (hand-made short pasta
shaped like small ears) made by Michele’s mamma
and aunt during a cooking demo, in addition to
focaccia and other typical foodstuffs to complete the
delicious menu. How could we top this off? Why not
with some local folk music for a fun night of
dancing and listening to a local band? Welcome to
Day 5 Trani and the Murge Plateau | We say “arrivederci” to the northern part of Puglia
and head south into the Murge Plateau, a rugged landscape not often visited by tourists that
offers extensive views of farmlands. Before we reach our masseria (elegant and eco-friendly
countryside accommodation) for the night, we stop by Trani for a nice amble through this quaint
sea town.
After lunch on your own we visit the UNESCO
site of Castel del Monte, a 13th
-century castle
built by Frederick II, originally used as an hunting
lodge and now one of the most fascinating
castles built by the Swabian emperor. On
reaching our masseria, the owner gladly shows
us around and explains what sustainability
means for them in this organic farm before we
enjoy an exquisite dinner of traditional recipes,
washed down with locally-made wines.
Day 6 Matera | Our final full day begins with a border crossing into Basilicata and visit to the
UNESCO site of Matera. Originally founded by the Romans in the 3rd century BC, this area is
suspected to be one of the first pre-historic settlements in Italy. Our local guide curates our
learning experience around this enchanting city famous for “I Sassi” (houses dug into the
calcareous rock). You may recall this unique setting as it was chosen as the backdrop for Mel
Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ.”
Lunch is on your own today. Discover the local
cuisine and unique delicacies of Basilicata (we
are happy to make suggestions!) before we
return to Puglia. Stopping by Altamura, we visit
an Especially Puglia pasta maker and a bread
maker. Altamura boasts the only bread D.O.P.
(Denomination of Protected Origin) in all of Italy,
which makes this product distinctive in qualityand
specific characteristics that you can only find
here. It is also a Slow Food Presidia, protecting
food at risk of extinction.
Day 7 Bari Airport | A group shuttle returns us to Bari
Airport. Or, extend your stay in the area. We are happy to
help. Arrivederci! (Goodbye in Italian) and we hope to see
you again soon!

Michele  grew up in the small medieval
town of Pietramontecorvino in Puglia. As a child,
he handpicked olives with his grandfather and
thrived on his mamma’s local, from-scratch
cooking. After moving to New York in 2010,
Michele founded Especially Puglia out of his
desire to share the unique culinary traditions of
his homeland with the world. His Adopt an Olive
Tree, FarmShare, and FarmStay programs are all
focused on supporting small-scale farmers and
meaningfully connecting Americans with the
foods of Puglia.
This itinerary has been meticulously custom designed based on Michele’s unforgettable past
experiences and favorite flavors of his native region. Every single establishment you will visit
has been personally vetted, tested and enjoyed by Michele and other local guides. In some
cases we’ll take you to places you could not find by yourself or in a guidebook

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