MarTa Museum and Grottaglie’s Ceramics Quarter
Home to a vast collection that dates back to prehistoric times, the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto is one of Italy’s leading archaeological museums. From Greek terracotta pots to Roman mosaics, admire the originals before learning the art of restoring ceramics, or how to create your own mosaic. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the stunning port of Taranto, before exploring the boutiques in Grottaglie’s famous ceramics district.
Take a scenic journey to the enchanting city of Ostuni, an imposing citadel that overlooks the olive groves all the way to the Adriatic. Explore the tiny winding streets of the oldest area of the city, the Casbah. An expert guide is on hand to offer a scenic walking tour, revealing Ostuni’s hidden treasures.
Lecce and the Salento Vineyards
From the Roman amphitheater to its grand palaces, the Baroque city of Lecce is often referred to as the Florence of the South. Accompanied by an expert guide, embark on a historic walking tour of the city, exploring its rich history and culture while dipping into its artisan boutiques and sampling the region’s famous pasticciotto. Sit down to a traditional Puglian lunch in one of the city’s finest trattorias, then be whisked away to one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries. Explore the vineyards with an oenologist, then enjoy a private wine tasting and learn about a selection of vintages in the dining room.
Bread of Altamura & The Sassi of Matera
Altamura is famous for its bread. Visit a local bakery and learn what makes the bread of Altamura special, then sample fine wine at a local vineyard. Follow with a tour of the ancient hilltop city of Matera, a famed UNESCO World Heritage Site just across the border from Puglia, in the Basilicata Region and the 2019 European Capital of Culture.
Alberobello, a World Heritage Unesco site
The tour begins with a visit to a cheese farm. Learn how to twist the knot on a freshly made piece of mozzarella, discover how burrata is aged to make smoky scamorza and sample cheesemonger Giorgio’s creations. Follow with a tour of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to over 1,000 trulli houses, the region’s distinct cone-shaped dwelling, with an expert guide.
Itria Valley Highlights
Home to Puglia’s iconic white cities, Itria Valley is nothing short of spectacular. Embrace the real spirit of Puglia with a trip to the towns of Martina Franca, Locorotondo, Cisternino, Ostuni and Alberobello, discovering the curious story behind their signature brilliant white façades. Round off a picturesque day with a feast of mouth-watering dishes in one of the colourful local trattorias. And from 14th July to 2nd August, enjoy an enchanting celebration of rarely performed classical music during the 46th Valle d’Itria Festival in Martina Franca. Experience the revival and staging of oft-neglected operas in atmospheric locations, with special benefits reserved by Masseria Torre Maizza.
The neighbouring city of Monopoli is one of the Puglia’s most breathtaking shoreside towns. Discover its panoramic views, private beaches and take a dip in their crystalline waters with our guided tour.
Sea Caves in Polignano a Mare
Discover the striking cliff-top town of Polignano a Mare, known as the Amalfi of Puglia. The picturesque town is renowned for its stunning panoramic views, but don’t just admire it on land. Head to the town’s harbour and hop aboard a skiff to explore the sea caves hidden in the cliffs beneath the town, book a guide and learn about smugglers who used the caves to stash their contraband in years gone by. Back on dry land, wander the town’s charming streets followed by a delicious seafood lunch. Leave a little room for dessert – Polignano a Mare is famous for its artisan gelato and our guide knows the best place in town.
Located just few miles away from Masseria Torre Maizza, the Castellana Caves is a unique archaeological site that dates back over 90 million years. Venture deep into the caves and marvel at their otherworldly beauty, punctuated by an impressive collection of stalactites and stalagmites. To end the excursion, admire the most beautiful cave of them all, La Grotta Bianca.