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Food and Wine Lover's Guide to Puglia

By Viator, March 2018

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Way down on the southern heel of Italy, the sun-drenched region of Puglia is blanketed with durum wheat fields, olive groves, and vineyards. Whether you’re a wine buff or a food lover, you’ll find plenty to tempt your palate in Puglia. Here are your options for food and wine tours.

Must-Try Dishes & Varietals
A typical rustic Puglian menu relies on an abundance of farm-reared lamb, seafood, extra virgin olive oil, and piquant salami. Puglia’s signature dishes include orecchiette (ear-shaped pasta) with a variety of sauces, maccheroni al forno (oven-baked pasta and meatballs topped with a pie crust), and tiella (a baked rice, potato, and seafood dish), as well as snack foods such as puccia (stuffed pizza dough sandwiches), panzerotti (mozzarella stuffed pastries), and pizzette (miniature pizzas). Other regional delicacies include burrata, cacioricotta, and canestrato cheeses; pasticciotto (a tasty dessert made from custard and black cherry); and plenty of seafood, including sea bass, red mullet, mussels, and anchovies.

Puglia is also one of Italy’s most important wine-growing regions, producing about 230 different types. Puglian red wines are the most renowned, including Primitivo, Salice Salentino, Negroamaro, and Nero di Troia. Rosés and chardonnay-style whites are also becoming increasingly popular.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Learn the secrets of Italian food with a traditional pasta-making, mozzarella-making, or Puglian cooking class in Bari, Ostuni, or Lecce.
  • Sample Puglian street food specialties such as burrata cheese, focaccia barese, and gelato on a bike, rickshaw, or walking tour of Bari.
  • Explore the beautiful vineyards and historic wineries of the Salento wine region on a wine tasting tour from Lecce.
  • Discover the cheese-making process and taste a variety of Apulian cheeses in the Itria Valley.

Tours & Tickets

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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce with Dinner, Lecce, null
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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Lecce with Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Enter a typical  "masseria" (farmhouse) just outside Lecce and experience an authentic hands on cooking class with a passionate local chef. Enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Lecce, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.49
Bari Street Food Walking Tour, Bari, Cooking Classes
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Bari Street Food Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Discover the tastiest food in town on a 3-hour, private food tour of Bari. With your own personal guide, you’ll explore Bari’s enchanting Old Town while ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.51
Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting, Bari, Walking Tours
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Private Tour: Trulli of Alberobello plus Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover the fairy tale village of Alberobello on a private 4-hour tour that starts from either Bari or Alberobello. Alberobello is famous for its UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.79
Half-Day Boat Excursion with Local Aperitif from Salento, Brindisi, Walking Tours
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Half-Day Boat Excursion with Local Aperitif from Salento

Enjoy the colors of the marvelous sea, taste the flavors of the Salento and dive into a refreshing Salento experience. Explore the Ionian coast with its sandy ...  Read more

Location: Gallipoli, Italy
Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

From USD $68.04
Private Bari Bike Tour and Pasta Class, Bari, Half-day Tours
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Private Bari Bike Tour and Pasta Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore Bari and discover picturesque and hidden places with an expert guide and then meet a local lady and have a pasta making class in a typical house of the ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.74
Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Puglia, Bike & Mountain ... 
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Puglia Bike Tour: Cycling Through the History of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Starting out from Albergabici in Montalbano, at the foot of the hills between Ostuni and Fasano, in the heart of Puglia, we cycle on a section of the Traiana ...  Read more

Location: Ostuni, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.36
Private Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Class, Bari, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Bari Walking Tour with Pasta Class

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Explore Bari and discover picturesque and hidden places with an expert guide. Afterwards, meet a local and have a pasta making class in a typical house of the ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.43
Bari Street Food Bike Tour, Bari, Walking Tours
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Bari Street Food Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore Bari and discover picturesque and local places with an expert guide. Afterwards, meet food and wine producers to discover the southern Italian culinary ...  Read more

Location: Bari, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.81
Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour, Lecce, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Lecce and Gallipoli Full-Day Heritage and Wine Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Indulge in a chauffeured tour of wine, food, and the spectacular landscape of Puglia. Savour some of the best wines and get a glimpse of some of the region's ...  Read more

Location: Lecce, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.49
Apulia Bike Tour from Alberobello: Discovering Nature, Trulli and Mozzarella, Alberobello & ... 
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Apulia Bike Tour from Alberobello: Discovering Nature, Trulli and Mozzarella

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Ride after ride to discover the heart of Puglia: the land of trulli, stone architectures and dry-stone walls. The tour starts from Alberobello, the capital of ...  Read more

Location: Alberobello, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.13

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