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Join Us for Pascarosa Insider's Food and Wine Tours of Puglia

Come visit us in the Valle d’Itria! Puglia is Italy’s best-kept secret vacation paradise, with over 500 miles of coastline, a phenomenal cuisine that epitomizes the healthy Mediterranean diet and the warmest residents you’ll ever meet. We offer half day, full day and week-long culinary and wine-focused tours that include visits to food artisans, wineries, olive oil mills and some of the best small, hard-to-find restaurants the region has to offer. Learn more about culinary Puglia here, watch a video here and read on for more delicious details about our programs.

What do our guests have to say about Pascarosa Insider's Food and Wine Tours of Puglia? Read on and visit our TripAdvisor listing, too.

"We loved our time with you. Thank you so much for the many tips, too. Lots of people in our area would be delighted with what you do, so we will be passing along our rave reviews to them." Ginny and Dean—Tucson, AZ

"It was so wonderful to meet you and spend our time in Puglia with you. Thank you for all the wonderful information and your extensive knowledge of the area. You made our time in Puglia truly extraordinary." Joan and Kirk—Kansas City, MO

"Still basking in the memories we made yesterday with you and feeling so very fortunate to have had such a great time together." Terry and Ray—Lafayette, CA

"We are in deep reflection about our big trip with you and so many special memories. Thank you again for all that you added to our experience. We are, of course, missing the food already." Matt and Peg—Santa Cruz, CA

"Just a quick note to repeat: THANK YOU! Kathy and I totally fell in love with Martina Franca and Puglia thanks to your guidance and friendship." Kathy and Russ—Long Beach, CA

Pascarosa Group 

We offer week-long programs focused on the culinary delights of a region only now becoming recognized as a prime international food and wine travel destination. These are very small group tours designed to offer intimate experiences with local chefs, farmers and food artisans, so space is extremely limited. We also offer specialized experiences for small groups interested in diving deeply into a specific interest, including food photography and food styling; sketching and drawing for aspiring artists;  fruit tree propagation and pruning; artisan crafts and more. We engage local and international experts in these areas to provide a unique, hands-on experience against the backdrop of Puglia's considerable charm.

Here’s what you’ll discover during our regular programs:

2017 Pascarosa Insider's Food and Wine Tours of Puglia Highlights:

  • Hands-on cooking classes with Pugliese grandmothers and master chefs
  • Visits to artisanal food producers with hands-on preparation experiences and product tasting
  • Olive oil sensory evaluation seminar led by the producer of organic extra virgin olive oil from 3,000-year-old olive trees
  • Tastings of Puglia’s world-famous wines led by winemakers and enologists
  • Guided walking tours of local towns, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites and a few towns listed among “the most beautiful villages in Italy”
  • Dinners with food artisans featuring local specialties from the sea and the land (all meals included)
  • Lodging in an elegant masseria, a luxurious country retreat in an extraordinary setting with superior amenities
  • Group size limited to 10 guests per program

Location: Valle d’Itria, Puglia, Italy


A Taste of Puglia: An Intimate Wine and Food-Focused Tour in Italy’s Culinary Paradise—Itinerary #1: Sunday, October 1 to Saturday, October 7, 2017. Learn more here.

Pascarosa Insider's Food and Wine Tour of Puglia—Itinerary #2: Sunday, October 15 to Saturday, October 21, 2017. Itinerary details below. SOLD OUT


A Taste of Puglia: An Intimate Wine and Food-Focused Tour in Italy’s Culinary Paradise—Itinerary #1: Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12, 2018. Learn more here.

Pascarosa Insider's Food and Wine Tour of Puglia—Itinerary #2: Sunday, May 20 to Saturday, May 26, 2018. Learn more here.

Price (includes lodging; all meals and beverages, including wine; and all activities identified in the daily itinerary: $3,400 per person based on double occupancy; a single supplement of $400 is required for solo travelers

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One Day Culinary Tours

We also offer one-day culinary tours—perfect if you're in the area and want to experience the area's food traditions, meet local food artisans and step behind the scenes for once-in-a-lifetime encounters with the heart and soul of Puglia. One-day culinary tours of the Pascarosa extra virgin olive oil region take place in Martina Franca, the gem of the Valle d'Itria. Guests will experience the extraordinary bounty of the Pugliese culinary experience through a series of visits, tastes and hands-on encounters with food artisans, farmers and vintners.

We'll meet in a classic caffè for a morning cappuccino and a house-made pastry, then proceed on foot through the charming baroque town of Martina Franca to observe cheesemakers preparing the day's fresh mozzarella and ricotta. After a stop at a wood-fired bakery for some hand-on focaccia and semolina bread preparation, we'll stop in at the local farmer's market to learn about the unique varieties of wild and cultivated vegetables that grace the tables of this part of Italy. Lunch in a hidden trattoria well off the tourist path will incorporate all of the region's favorite dishes, showcasing the healthy, vibrant cuisine of Puglia paired with the region's exceptional wines. After lunch, we'll visit an olive mill to participate in a local olive oil tasting. The day concludes with a pre-dinner, al fresco aperitivo in Martina Franca's central piazza.

The price of the eight-hour tour (includes snacks, multi-course lunch, wine and an afternoon aperitivo) is $195 per person. An abbreviated four-hour tour (includes lunch) is $125 per person.

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Why Choose Puglia?

Puglia, until recently a hidden gem reserved for Italian vacationers, is one of Italy’s most fascinating regions. Blessed with over 400 miles of coastline and 1000 more hours of sunshine than any region in Italy, Puglia is a perfect destination for anyone who craves unspoiled beauty, phenomenal cuisine and warm, friendly locals eager to promote their home.

In Puglia, visitors can discover the Italy of old, where it’s possible to stumble upon delightful medieval towns, unspoiled beaches and rambling country lanes used only by local residents. Puglia truly does offer something for everyone. Join us for the sensory experience of a lifetime.

Why Choose Pascarosa?

Unlike large tour experiences, Pascarosa provides access to the real Italy that even a dedicated traveler would never find. You can enjoy every moment of your vacation without the stress of planning, giving you time to participate in traditional methods of harvesting and preparing some of Italy's most sought-after products, like olive oil, cheese, artisanal cured meats, bread and wine. You'll discover depths of flavor you never knew existed. Pascarosa draws upon local experts to share their knowledge and passion, providing unparalleled, hands-on experiences. In the company of a few like-minded companions, you will be welcomed into the kitchens, farms and workshops of farmers and artisans and experience the vitality of rural life while mingling with the locals in jewel-like towns and dining at the best family restaurants. You return home with a new appreciation, a new perspective and memories to last a lifetime.

Catherine and Brian Faris, have deep roots in the Valle d’Itria in Puglia. Since their first visit 20 years ago, they have acquired an olive grove, a home in the centro storico of the baroque town Martina Franca and, yes, a trullo, too. They export their own certified organic extra virgin olive oil, Pascarosa, available in fine food stores and to Pascarosa Club members and others at www.pascarosa.com. Catherine’s advanced degree in Italian literature, fluency in Italian, her former professional role in Italian film public relations and wine industry management all help to ensure your trip is outstanding. Brian’s design and building background provide architectural insight on our tours. He’s also developed close relationships with the local olive harvesting and bicycling communities, so he’s always more than willing to lead guests on cycling tours with the locals. Together, their extensive relationships and local knowledge offer a unique opportunity to experience Puglia on a deeper, more rewarding level.

Read more about Catherine, Brian and Pascarosa here.

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