Day 1 - Arrival Day/ Benvenuto!
Your accommodations for the next seven nights is in a typical local agriturismo (farmhouse), situated about 5 miles from Matera (Basilicata) in a nature reserve that is full of wildlife and greenery.
Each room has access to a large terrace where you can enjoy spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area or perfect to sit outside with a glass of wine!
All of the food served at meals at our agriturismo is locally produced, organic, and typical of this region of Southern Italy. The farm grows a range of delicious fresh produce including, olives, eggplant, oranges, cherries, watermelons and much, much more. In addition, there are also many donkeys, sheep, chickens, cats and dogs that live at the farm.
During your free time you can take a stroll through the woods, borrow one of the bikes or even spend some time bird watching. Enjoy a welcome aperitivo and then the rest of the afternoon & evening is yours to explore or relax until our group Welcome Dinner. (A, D)
Day 2 - Matera: The Town of Stone
Dinner tonight at our agriturismo with local wines. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Olive Harvest and Pasta Workshop
Then relax for the rest of the afternoon before we head back into Matera to visit a fascinating wine bar cave. Here we'll enjoy a light dinner combined with a wine-pairing. Truly a unique experience. (B, L, D)
Day 4 - A Day in Local Villages & Ghost Towns
For nearly fifty years, the town of Craco has stood uninhabited. In 1963, the last 1,800 residents were forced to leave this village for their own safety due to the risk of earthquakes and landslides.
Today, thanks to the dramatic landscape and unique atmosphere, Craco has been the set of many movies including 'Saving Grace' , James Bond 'Quantum of Solace' and the hanging of Judas scene in Mel Gibson’s the 'Passion of the Christ'.
We'll also visit two other tiny villages in this area with some very unique history. Dinner with local wines at our villa. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Cheese & Wine
This resident cheesemakercomes from a long line of Southern Italy mozzarella makers and there's not many people in the world who know more about this than him.
In this demonstration we will guide you through the process of making this wonderful cheese and then, of course, you'll get to taste it!
In addition to the fresh mozzarella that we will make, we will have the opportunity to taste some of the other local cheeses of this region.
Italian cheese is world famous but some of the most well known Italian cheeses can be found in Southern Italy.
After lunch, we'll enjoy a special wine tasting. In this wine tasting experience, we'll lay out a variety of Southern Italian wines for you to taste with our own 'Sommelier' or (wine expert) to guide you through the different flavors. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - The Dolomites of the South
Both villages belong to the “I Borghi più belli d'Italia” (The most beautiful villages of Italy), an association of small Italian towns of historical interest.
Here you will also find the “Volo dell’Angelo (flight of the angel) – A zip line adventure that takes you on a journey between the peaks of Castelmezzano to the village of Pietrapertosa.
It is one of Basilicata’s most exhilarating tourist attractions that is not for the faint of heart.
Dinner with local wines at our agriturismo this evening.(B, L, D)
Day 7 - Day Trip to Puglia
For lunch, we'll be savoring some local seafood delights (options available for non-seafood eaters).
In the afternoon, we will travel on to explore another iconic town of Puglia: Alberobello. This fairytale town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and famous for its unique "Trulli" - the conical shaped homes.
Farewell dinner tonight at our villa. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Departure Day
We'll board our vans and depart for the Bari Airport.
Bid Arrivederci to Italy! (B)
8 Days/7 Nights
Group size: 6-12 Guests Maximum
Tour Cost: $3,400 USD per person/double occupancy
$450 USD single supplement
Balance due: 60 Days prior to travel date
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