Bespoke Outdoor Experiences

Ceramics Experience at Casa Vestita
Famed for its exquisite pottery, the historic town of Grottaglie is home to Casa Vestita, the workshop of acclaimed ceramicist Cosimo Vestita. Located in the Quartiere delle Ceramiche, join Cosimo himself on a tour through Casa Vestita’s gardens, with ancient amphoras hidden among the pomegranate trees and prickly pears. In the workshop, admire an exhibition showcasing Grottaglie’s cultural heritage, before investigating the recently unearthed rock-hewn medieval church nearby. Following a stroll through the town, settle back with an aperitivo of a glass of wine and plate of taralli, a typical Puglian snack.

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

Local Artisan Experience with Peppino Campanella
Puglia is a region that’s notorious for its talented artisans, and local artist Peppino Campanella is known for his beautiful lamps. Based in Polignano a Mare, every piece Peppino crafts is entirely bespoke. Enjoy a private visit to his atelier to discover his illuminated works before enjoying a scenic stroll through the coastal town. End the experience with dinner at a local restaurant with spectacular sea views.

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.

Experience includes:
Approximate duration: 4-5 hours
Private hands-on cooking with local chefs
Dine on the dishes that you’ve prepared
Private transportation to and from the venue

A Mozzarella and Burrata-Making Masterclass
Irresistibly creamy, burrata is one of Puglia’s most coveted gourmet exports. A must for gastronomes, this appetite-whetting experience is an opportunity to see how burrata and mozzarella are made, including the chance to try out the techniques by twisting a knot or two. The masterclass is followed by a tasting of some of the finest samples.

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

A Puglian Olive Oil Experience
Puglia produces more olive oil than any other Italian region and guests are invited to discover just what makes the area’s prime export so special on an exclusive visit to one of the finest olive oil producers. During the visit, you’ll witness first-hand the ancient techniques used to press the oil, as well as an opportunity to sample various pressings and flavours.

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

Contemporary Ceramics Workshop at Bottega Del Monaco
Based in Grottaglie, which is renowned for its stunning ceramics, artist Vincenzo Del Monaco pays tribute to his home town’s tradition by creating exquisite pottery pieces with a contemporary twist. Step inside his atelier, Bottega Del Monaco, and take an inspiring tour of his works before sitting down to a masterclass with Vincenzo himself to create a ceramic work of 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

 

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