The Dolce Vita Puglia Experience


A long weekend in the culinary capital of Italy. Filled to the brim with fantastic food, wonderful wine and unique local accommodation.

Apr - Oct
4 nights

From $851.66pp $999.42pp


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Fresh food

Fresh food

Puglia is renowned for it's fresh food and fruity wine in a country famous for its food. It produces much of the countries pasta and over half of Italy's olive oil. So loosen your belt strap and sample some of Italy's best food.

The Trulli

The Trulli

These distinctive cylindrical constructions topped with coned roofs are scattered all over Puglia’s rolling countryside and are unique to this area. You'll even get the opportunity to stay in one!

The Sassi

The Sassi

The ancient cave dwellings, grottos and natural ravines of Matera’s Sassi are rooted in ancient history and archeology, originating as far back as the Palaeolithic age. European capital of culture 2019.

Culinary activities

Culinary activities

Enjoy an array of culinary experiences typical of Puglia ranging from delicious local restaurants, a cooking class, pasta making and olive oil tasting which offers an authentic taste of Southern Italy.

"Great tour, stayed in the centre of everything which was great. Loads of info from our guide. Amazing sights and experiences. Loved it! Price is great for what you get included. And lots of local knowledge and experiences you would not get arranging the trip by yourself"

Bn - Guest



Not only will you have plenty of time to enjoy the superb culinary delights of Puglia in its famous restaurants and eateries, but you’ll also get the opportunity to witness the magic that takes place behind the scenes at local bakeries close to Matera, in ancient olive groves, and even on the streets of Bari where the women will show you how the region’s special pasta is made. The experience also includes a rustic cookery session where you’ll try your hand at whipping up a proper Italian feast for dinner using local ingredients from Puglia. All this combined with beautiful whitewashed towns of Bari and Locorotondo, the sparkling coast, and fine Southern Italy weather; life here in Puglia is so sweet that you probably won’t want to leave.




The Team Player - Meet Marius M



The Jack of all Trades - Meet Marius G


DURATION 4 nights
GROUP SIZE 8 people
FLIGHTS For more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.
VISA UK, EU & US not required


Day 1 Arrive in Bari

Arrive in Bari. Transfer to the extraordinary hillside town of Matera. Check in to your cave accommodation in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sassi.


  • Airport Pick-up
Day 2 Matera & The Sassi

Morning exploring Matera’s Sassi region and rock churches. Afternoon cookery masterclass at a local Masseria learning to prepare rustic Italian dishes then feasting on your culinary creations over a traditional Italian dinner.


  • Breakfast
  • Italian Cookery Master Class and dinner


  • Sassi Tour
Day 3 Travel to Alberobello via Altamura

Morning transfer to Altamura followed by a visit to legendary DOP bakery for some breadmaking and focaccia tasting, before enjoying a wine tasting close to Martina Franca. Travel to Alberobello, land of trulli. Evening in your very own trullo, typical of this region in Southern Italy.


  • Bakery Tour and Tasting
  • Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting


  • Alberobello Walking Tour
Day 4 Travel to Bari via Locorotondo & Ostuni

Morning to explore the UNESCO Trulli capital of Alberobello. Journey on to the pretty whitewash town of Locorotondo before enjoying an olive oil tasting and tour through ancient olive groves at an organic olive farm near Ostuni. Transfer back to Bari. Evening to explore the charming old town and tuck into some Puglian delicacies.


  • Breakfast
  • Olive Oil Tasting
Day 5 Travel to the airport

Bari Bike Tour and Pasta Making Experience. Cycle round Bari with a local guide then learn the art of making orecchiette pasta with the famous Italian mammas. Transfer to Bari airport. Fly home.


  • Breakfast
  • Bari Bike & Pasta Tour
  • Airport Drop-off


A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.



With all lodgings well located in the Bari, you'll be well placed to explore charming, pretty old town of the city including the Church of St. Nicholas.
Typical Accommodation: B&B 62 Marinai, Apulian B&B or similar 



Our unique cave accommodations are located amongst the maze of streets in the Sassi so you'll be able to explore it all on foot. Just try not to get lost!Typical Accommodation: San Giovanni, Rizzi Residence or similar



People come from far to visit the famous Trulli and you will have the opportunity to stay in your own traditional Trullo in the heart of town.
Typical Accommodation: Trulli e Puglia B&B, Trulli Resort or similar 



Blessed with golden sunshine, blue skies, ancient olive groves and white washed old towns clinging to hillside precipices, the heel of Southern Italy is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Puglia’s location along the Adriatic and Ionian Seas boasts exquisite stretches of coastline where fine sand disappears into emerald and powder blue waters, and showcases the remnants of its eclectic invaders—the Normans, Greeks and Turks—through the mishmash of architecture scattered across the region. But it’s not the beautiful baroque churches, sweet stone trulli, sun-drenched landscapes or the laid-back Italian lifestyle that make Puglia such an attractive destination. It’s all about the food–fresh fish, ripe figs, citrusy olive oils, perfect pasta and full-bodied wines.

  • The rough translation of Puglia (apulia) is the land without water
  • The conical trulli is that were built that way so that they could easily be dismantled during inspections, in order to avoid taxation.
  • Some of the oldest olive trees thrive in Puglia - they are over 3,000 years old!
  • The Sassi in Matera can be seen in a number of movies, such as The Passion of the Christ, Wonder Woman or James Bond


POPULATION 59.55 million

"Italians eat dinner late, typically starting from about 9pm so try to sync your eating time so you get to feel the authentic local atmosphere in the towns. Entire families enjoying each other's company until late!"

Marius M - Untravelled Paths


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Closed Shops

Please bear in mind that shops tend to close for lunch from just after midday until later in the afternoon around 3pm or 4pm so it's a A good time for an afternoon siesta!

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Eat like the locals

Given the siesta culture, Italians eat dinner late, so sync your eating times. If hunger strikes early have an afternoon snack (a merenda) and grab a pasticciotto at the local pastry shop.

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Church etiquette

Never bring food into a church, do not sip from your water bottle while inside, switch off mobile phones before entering, and never go into a church during a service.

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Cover charge

You’ll typically have to pay a couple of euros cover charge or ‘coperto’ in restaurant. This is the Italian way so don’t be surprised if you see it added to your bill


    • 2 nights in Matera
    • 1 night in Alberobello
    • 1 night in Bari
    • All breakfasts
    • 1 dinner in Matera
    • Southern Italian Cooking Class
    • Bakery tour and tasting
    • Wine tour and tasting
    • Olive oil tour and tasting
    • Bike tour of Bari

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Bari with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

Please note that this experience has been built based on catching an afternoon flight. If you opt for alternative flights, you might miss out on elements of the experience or might require private airport transfers at an extra cost.

  • Ryanair (Stansted)


In order to be fully covered on your trip should anything happen, we suggest getting an insurance before you travel. We recommend True Traveller, designed especially for adventure travel, who will be able to tailor an insurance package based on your needs. You can find out more here.


Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.


If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you.


Book your trip in a few easy steps.



Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form. 



We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking. 



Once you have made your necessary arrangements, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details and any other relevant information.



As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.



Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!



Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions. We highly suggest getting insurance before you travel to avoid any problems. Our personal recommendation is using True Traveller.


What is the currency?

As a member of the European Union, the currency in Italy is the euro, or the ‘eh-uro’ as the Italians say. 

Where can I get a hold of the currency?

The easiest option is to head to a cash machine once you’ve touched down in Italy to withdraw funds. There are ATMs in most of the towns you’re staying in so access shouldn’t be a problem just take note of the advice below when it comes to withdrawing and bear in mind that you typically won’t be able to take out more than
€250 a day. Alternatively you can exchange currency (cambio) at a bank. If you’d like to change money at a bank then do make sure you go in the mornings as local banks are often closed during the afternoon.

If you want to get hold of euros beforehand, head to an exchange bureau in the UK when the euro is readily available. You can also purchase currency online and collect it from your local post office or even have it delivered straight to your door. Ordering currency online with the Post Office is commission-free and available for next day delivery. Obviously the more you buy the better rate you’ll receive. 

Can I pay by debit/credit card?

Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Puglia however it can be a good idea to have cash on you just in case. As a general rule though you should have no problem using your card to pay for drinks or dinner. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

What sort of budget would I need?

Prices in Puglia are much lower than the rest of Italy’s other major tourist destinations like Rome and Venice so costs should be very affordable. As a general rule, you’ll be able to have a good lunch for around £10 a head and will pay around £15 a head for a nice evening meal. Naturally, the type of establishment you choose to eat in and what you order will dictate the cost of your meals. Be aware that ordering imported drinks can cause your bill to sky-rocket so drinking local wines, beers or spirits is advisable (besides, sampling the local products is what you’re here for!). We reckon around £200 for meals, drinks and snacks for two people is plenty. Please note that these are rough estimates and you can always choose to spend more or less depending on your budget and preferences.

Do I need to tip?

Tipping in Puglia is by no means compulsory, however it is customary in restaurants. Bear in mind that most restaurants will also include a cover charge (coperto) of around €1.50–3 a head. Some also include service charge (servizio) on top of that, generally amounting to ten percent. If it isn’t included do leave an appropriate tip relative to the standard of service you’ve received. In cafes, do as the Italians do and leave some small change on the bar when you’ve ordered and paid for your coffee however if you decide to sit down at a table then the same restaurant tipping guidelines apply. It is also commonplace to round up fares in a taxi to the nearest euro.

How is the weather like?

Spring: Puglia enjoys wonderful weather in both April and May in the run-up to summer so expect clear blue skies in Bari, warm sunshine in the
Itria Valley and balmy evenings in Matera.
Summer: Summer is high season in Puglia not so much for tourists but for the locals who flock to the coast to escape the intense inland heat. The
weather during these summer months is Mediterranean hot with bags of sunshine so sun cream is a must!
Autumn: The perfect time to visit Puglia. The hoards of locals have all but dispersed by September and October, leaving you to enjoy Southern Italy in relative peace. The weather in Puglia is still warm and wonderful making it perfect for those who aren’t too keen on baking
hot summers. This is our preferred time to experience Puglia apart from the spring. 

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.

How do I go about booking extra activities?

Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.

Is tap water safe?

The water is safe to drink throughout Puglia and you're likely to come across an abundance of public fountains in town squares. Just avoid drinking water where signs read ‘aqua non portibile’ as the water is unsafe to drink. Despite all this, we always recommend sticking to bottled water, which is widely available just in case - an upset tummy is not ideal on such a wonderful foodie experience!

Can you cater for my dietary requirements?

As this is a foodie experience, we will ensure everyone will be able to enjoy it to the fullest. The Puglian diet is based on vegetables and tomatoes (and pasta, of course!) so if you're a vegetarian, you won't miss out on anything. For other dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand, and the team will make sure they are catered for.