The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Puglia
Puglia’s attractions are manifold: iconic architecture, breathtaking views and Apulian cooking fuse together to make a truly unique getaway. This stunning region in southern Italy has plenty of fascinating sites and cultural attractions to discover, all within easy reach of Masseria Torre Maizza - a beautifully renovated sixteenth-century country house surrounded by ancient olive groves. Come and stay with us to go beyond crowded hotspots and soak up the sun from the decks of a luxury yacht, glide above the undulating Apulian landscape in a hot-air balloon, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello and delve into Puglia’s culinary history with a cooking masterclass.
DISCOVER PUGLIA’S ICONIC ARCHITECTURE
Puglia’s striking landscapes are characterised by its iconic white stone architecture. Enjoy a fascinating day trip touring Masseria Torre Maizza’s neighboring towns, starting at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alberobello, where protected clusters of ancient trulli (cone-rooved houses) are fringed by lush foliage. Next, move on to the towns of Noci and Gioia del Colle and discover ancient stone houses, historic churches and abbeys showcasing a wide variety of Puglian stone architecture. Finally, visit Matera, a spectacular hilltop settlement of stone-walled structures and houses carved directly into the hillside.
UNFORGETTABLE YACHT TOUR - PUGLIA BY BOAT
Soak up Puglia’s sun, sea and postcard-perfect scenery from a fresh perspective and admire the region’s picturesque towns from the decks of a chartered luxury yacht. This laid-back day trip explores the azure waters of the stunning Adriatic coast. You’ll be in charge of marking out your preferred itinerary, with the option of visiting the region’s charming coastal towns such as Polignano a Mare, Otranto, Gallipoli, and Monopoli. End a memorable day at sea by watching the sunset while sipping a glass of freshly-popped champagne.
THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
Glide above the undulating Apulian landscape in a hot-air balloon and admire breathtaking vistas of this extraordinary region. Combining adventure with romance, our expert team navigates your journey across the sky while serving a feast of delicious aperitivo; and what could be more stylish than touching down in the lush grounds of Masseria Torre Maizza on your return. Flights can be arranged privately or with a group, journeying over Puglia’s most celebrated sights. Perfect for guests of all ages, this experience is a thrilling and exciting way to see Puglia from a completely different perspective, and a memory to treasure forever.
APULIAN CULINARY MASTERCLASS
Cooking classes at Masseria Torre Maizza are a hands-on journey through Puglia’s culinary history, ideal for both novice cooks and seasoned gourmands. Discover the stories behind a range of regional specialities (including Puglia’s famous orecchiette pasta) as our chefs teach you how to prepare dishes using freshly picked ingredients from the masseria’s gardens and local producers. With nearly 1,000 km of coast, seafood is an essential part of Apulian cooking; for the full sea-to-table experience, we offer you the opportunity to accompany our chefs to the port to greet the incoming boats as they choose from the catch of the day before getting back to the kitchen to create something unforgettable.