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Bespoke Outdoor Activities

Art & Culture at Casa Vestita

Casa Vestita is an enchanting place by the artist Cosimo in the heart of Grottaglie’s ceramics district. Learn about the region’s heritage from Cosimo as he takes you on a tour of the private gardens where ancient amphoras are hidden among the pomegranate trees and prickly pears, and explore the recently unearthed rock-hewn medieval church nearby.

Experience includes:
Approximate duration: 2 hours
Guided tour of Casa Vestita with Cosimo Vestita
Aperitivo with wine and taralli

 

Meet Artisan Peppino Campanella

Peppino Campanella is famous for his bespoke lamps and the spectacular view from his Polignano a Mare studio. Enjoy a private tour of Peppino’s atelier – you may catch him sculpting a new piece from glass, mosaics and other materials, followed by a scenic stroll through this coastal town.

Experience includes:
Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
Private visit to the atelier of Peppino Campanella
Dinner at a sea-view restaurant in Polignano a Mare. Dinner or aperitivo on the restaurant terrace is available upon request.

 

Cook Like a Local
Learn how to cook with typical Puglian flair in the kitchen of an ancient farm house located just outside Conversano. With the guidance of two highly skilled local chefs, get creative with fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare a delicious, traditional meal. You’ll discover the secrets behind many Puglian dishes, as well as time-worn cooking techniques that have been passed down through generations. After the class, enjoy a delicious meal together, complete with wine pairing.

 

A Mozzarella and Burrata-Making Masterclass

The irresistibly creamy burrata is one of Puglia’s most celebrated exports. Perfect for food lovers, taste the rich warmth of freshly made burrata and mozzarella in this hands-on masterclass.

Experience includes:

Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
Visit to cheese-makers, including tastings

 

A Puglian Olive Oil Experience

With their distinct, gnarled trunks, Puglia’s century-old olive trees produce more oil than any other Italian region. Discover ancient pressing techniques, learn what makes Puglian oil so special and sample a variety of pressings in this exclusive tour of one of Italy’s finest olive oil producers. This activity is available in Autumn, during the harvesting season.

Experience includes:

Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
Visit to an olive oil mill, including tastings

 

Contemporary Ceramics Workshop at Bottega Del Monaco

The historic town of Grottaglie is renowned for its stunning ceramics. Step inside Bottega Del Monaco and explore how Vincenzo Del Monaco evolves traditional pottery techniques with a contemporary twist. Join in a masterclass with Vincenzo and create your very own piece of ceramic art to take home.

Experience includes:

Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
Visit and tour of Bottega Del Monaco, followed by a workshop to create a ceramic piece to take home Due to the exclusivity of the experience, booking at least 10 days in advance is required

 

Wine Tour and Testing

Puglia has a rich and fascinating wine culture that dates back to the 7th century. Traditionally known for exporting bulk wine to the north, the region is home to an exciting and dynamic new movement and is now one of Italy’s top producing regions. Taste full-bodied reds, robust Rosatos (rosès) and delicate whites at a local vineyard, and enrich your experience with a guided tour of nearby towns Polignano a Mare and Alberobello.

 

For more information please contact our concierge team on concierge.torremaizza@roccofortehotels.com

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