Passion For Puglia
RD-Culinary Immersion Beyond the Mediterranean Diet

Puglia, Southern Italy
Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 – Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 (7 Nights) 2017

30 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Dietitians

CDR-Approved

This trip is targeted to today’s leading influencers in food, health and wellness. This group represents a cross section of registered dietitians, chefs and health professionals who specialize in journalism, education, media relations and community activism. Through many different streams of communication, their authoritative voices are sought after in every community.

Hosted by award-winning culinary nutritionist Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN

Puglia’s diet, with emphasis on local olive oil, whole grains, vegetables, fresh cheese and fish has drawn attention as a prime example of a healthy and modern Mediterranean diet. Spend an unforgettable week learning the secrets of a deeply passionate food culture in an authentic region of Southern Italy. There is openness and rustic charm in Puglia that is reflected not only in the warmth of the people, but also in the sharing of food and dietary secrets. Local dishes are simple yet flavorful and have stood the test of time as they’ve been passed on from generation to generation. This unique “hands-on” trip is a celebration of healthy cooking and the Mediterranean lifestyle, and offers an insiders view of a culture that has maintained biodiversity in its growing regions for centuries.

Minimum number of attendees: 12
Maximum number of attendees: 16
Travel Agency: Southern Visions Travel

$3,399.00 per person based on double occupancy

Supplement for single occupancy $699.00 per person

Book by April 30th 2017 for a $200 per person Early Booking Discount! 


About Layne Lieberman:

Layne Lieberman, MS, RD, CDN, is an award winning registered dietitian/culinary nutritionist, author, blogger and innovator in the food and health industries. With a lifelong passion for wholesome food and better health and wellbeing, Layne helps consumers achieve a healthy balance in diet and lifestyle.

In the restaurant field, she has teamed with a number of high-profile chefs to create and market healthy menus and provide recipes and nutritional analysis.

In the mid-1980s, Layne created the Nutrition Learning Centers, a storefront center for weight loss and medical nutrition that combined cooking classes, a health food store and nutritional counseling. Following that successful venture, she served for 20 years, from 1991 to 2010, as Director of Nutrition for America’s first supermarket chain, King Kullen Grocery Company. She proceeded to turn the chain into a national leader, selling organic foods and other healthy alternatives to conventional supermarket fare.

In addition, Layne headed the chain’s consumer and industry health communications, initiating a roster of health bulletins and circulars that reached one million homes weekly. Her nutrition newsletter won over 30,000 subscribers in the metropolitan New York region, and also she was editor of King Kullen’s quarterly Diabetes Newsletter.

Philanthropically, she has devoted over 25 years to the American Heart Association as a board member, event chairperson, menu consultant, spokesperson, and a driving force behind the AHA’s annual Hamptons Gala. In June of 2012, the American Heart Association with their “Humanitarian with a Heart Award” honored Layne. She was an advisory board member and lecturer for Dr. Mehmet Oz’s Foundation For The Advancement Of Cardiac Therapies. She is a member of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with close to 72,000 members. She is also a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado.

From 2010 to 2012, Layne lived abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, to study the food, health and dietary habits of other countries. There she wrote and published her first book titled Beyond the Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of the Super-Healthy, which is successfully being sold worldwide through all major wholesalers and retailers. The book was named one of the “Best Indie Books of 2015” by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, as a book that “deserves to reach a wide audience.” The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the world’s largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent publishers and self-published authors.

Layne has extensive media experience in both print and television. She has been featured on Good Morning America, The New York Times, Fox News and has been quoted in hundreds of articles. She blogs regularly for the Huffington Post UK and USA, Boulder Bubble and WorldRD and guest blogs on other sites including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Magazine, Diets In Review, Access Hollywood, Shape and Fox News.

Layne received a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. During her Masters studies, Layne worked in Public Relations for Ketchum Health Communications. After completing her Masters degree, Layne spent two years at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine doing a research fellowship as the General Clinical Research Nutritionist in the areas of diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.

Later, at the Culinary Institute of America, Layne completed the Chef-RD training program. She and her husband now divide time between Colorado, New York and Florida.

Please see Layne’s Huffington Post blog about Puglia here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/layne-lieberman/puglia-italys-land-of-ple_b_8494386.html 

Itinerary and Objectives/Outcomes

Lodging

PALAZZO INDELLI, MONOPOLI                                          

Palazzo Indelli is a newly restored 16th century palazzo in the heart of Monopoli’s old town. Facing onto the enchanting Piazza Garibaldi, this central location allows for easy exploration on foot of this untouched historical quarter. On just the other side of the piazza is the town’s picturesque harbor with its colorful fishing boats and refreshing sea breeze. Palazzo Indelli has just 22 rooms and offers friendly and professional service to all their guests. The lovely stone floors and elegant high ceilings recall the elegance of a by-gone age. We are sure you will love the style and the perfect position for discovering the charms of Monopoli.

MASSERIA MONTENAPOLEONE, PEZZE DI GRECO

Masseria Montenapoleone, is a beautifully restored farmhouse in the very heart of Puglia. What makes this place stand out from other lodgings is how the owners have lovingly restored every detail to maintain harmony with the original architecture and above all with nature. The estate produces extra virgin olive oil and boasts many fruit trees and a garden brimming with vegetables. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and enjoy the abundance of fruits, flowers and vegetables grown and celebrated at the Masseria. Naturally breakfast each morning is made with produce from the estate and includes such delicious treats as house-made preserves and traditional freshly baked cakes. The rooms are individually decorated and feature wooden beams, original antique floors and country-style furnishings. www.masseriamontenapoleone.com

RISORGIMENTO RESORT, LECCE                                                                

Risorgimento Resort is a stylish 5 star hotel located in a restored palazzo, just steps away from some of Lecce’s most amazing Baroque masterpieces including Piazza Saint Oronzo and the Duomo. The common areas and rooms of the hotel exude a relaxed ambience which seamlessly blends the strong local traditions with a surprising modernity and elegance of style. Soak up the atmosphere of “The Florence of the South” and enjoy the convenience of visiting Lecce’s many treasures on foot. At the end of a long day of exploring you can treat yourself to a massage or a host of other relaxing treatments at their SPA Salus per Aquam.

Sunday October 29: Nonna’s Pasta 

The group arrival transfer will depart from Bari Airport around 11:30am for all the guests arriving on the Alitalia flight from Rome and the Lufthansa flight from Munich (Correct at the time of going to press, but subject to variation in airline schedules). From the airport we will visit the centre of Bari, including its fascinating old quarter known as Bari Vecchi. Here the local ladies still make pasta by hand sitting outside their houses. Their speed and precision will amaze you! Then we’ll enjoy a light lunch at one of the city’s best fish restaurants, Biancofore. Please note: wine is not included with your lunch. After lunch we transfer to your first hotel, Palazzo Indelli in the heart of the historic centre of Monopoli. Layne will present the itinerary for the week and go through the details of our culinary adventure. You are free this evening to rest and settle into the rhythms of Southern Italy. Welcome to Puglia! (L)

Overnight: Palazzo Indelli, Monopoli

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (2 hours):

To understand the strategic location of Bari, which is the capital of Puglia and the importance of the old medieval city of Bari Vecchia where old ways of making pasta haven’t changed for hundreds of years. Attendees will see, first hand:

a) The technique for making orecchiette ear-shape pasta by hand with two simple ingredients

b) How pasta is handled, traded and sold on the streets of the Vecchia

c) The different sizes and cultural practices like why you may receive 1, 3, or 5- orrechiette gigante thrown in the batch.

d) Whole-wheat pasta and traditional semolina flour used in making the pasta.

For walking tour of Bari: Silvia Sessana, expert cultural and historical tourism guide. Certified tourism guide for the Puglia Region since 2015 and active in the tourism field since 2006.

Monday October 30: Burrata & Trulli Houses

This morning we travel half an hour to visit a local cheese artisan, who will demonstrate the art of making delicious fresh cheeses such as burrata, mozzarella and ricotta at his farm. Then we go to the UNESCO site of Alberobello to meander around the famous Trulli Houses. You are free for lunch in Alberobello, where you can choose between a wide range of typical osteria and other dining establishments. Make sure you eat light because tonight’s dinner will be an incredible treat: an 8- course tasting menu at the beautiful Masseria Frantoio where all the produce is grown on site. (B, D)

Overnight: Palazzo Indelli, Monopoli

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (6 hours):

2 hours: To immerse oneself into life and operations at a cheese Masseria. The master cheese maker will teach you how to make fresh mozzarella and you’ll have an opportunity to make it yourself. Then we’ll have a visit with the cows to learn about the feeding, milking and lifestyle on the dairy farm.

2 hours: To partake in a tour of the 16th century whitewashed Trulli homes of Alberobello (town in Puglia), known for their cone-shaped roofs, where cheese was stored and children slept. Animals lived inside with the family, while bathrooms were outside. Smelly homes (and children) were a sign of wealth.

2 hours: In-depth visit to the orchard and gardens of Masseria Il Frantoio before dinner plus dine and learn about the wine, olive oil and food cooked just a few steps from the farm to your table.

Attendees will:

a) Understand the types of fresh cheeses that are staples in the Mediterranean diet

b) Learn about how the less popular aged cheeses are made

c) Make fresh cheeses like burrata, mozzarella and ricotta. To differentiate between the different types and learn how they are prepared and stored

d) Learn about burrata and how it originated from this region

e) View how cows are fed, milked and live happily on the grounds of the dairy farm

f) Learn about the architecture, history and understand lifestyle inside the ancient city of Alberobello (how it was in the 16th century and how it is today).

g) Tour the inside of a Trulli home to see and understand how families lived.

h) Taste dried figs made the traditional way: stuffed with almonds and citrus

i) Experience a farm to table (0 kilometer) meal at an ancient masseria and tour the grounds to learn about the ingredients used to prepare the meal

Experts: Giorgio Spalluto, 3rd generation cheese maker and dairy farmer. Armando & Rosalba, estate owners and bio-organic farmers and life-long cooks (in the the case of Rosabla) at Masseria Il Frantoio.

Tuesday October 31: The Olive Harvest Day

This morning at 9am, check out of your hotel in Monopoli. Your luggage will be transferred directly to your next hotel, while we go in search of Puglia’s green gold – olive oil! Visit two local olive farms to participate in the harvest of the olives and understand modern versus ancient techniques used for making olive oil. This day starts with a visit to the olive oil estate, Masseria Salamina, where the passionate owner will describe the harvesting techniques and take us inside a modern mill to see the modern day pressing process. Afterwards the group proceeds to Brancati, a second farm with a fascinating underground mill that has been in use for olive oil production since the Bronze Age.

The visit will include a detailed breakdown of the pressing process through the ages and a tasting of the estate’s various oils with the owner (who teaches olive oil tasting). For lunch, enjoy a fabulous feast of local produce on the estate. This experience is a full immersion into the vital nature of olive oil and all it means to the Puglia region and the health of its people. Ostuni, the white washed city on a hill known as “La Cittá Bianca” follows for a gentle stroll and gelato before heading to our fabulous country retreat, Masseria Montenapoleone. Check in and enjoy the wonderful ambience of the estate. You are free to dine at your hotel – if you have any space! (B, L)

Overnight: Masseria Montenapoleone, Pezze di Greco

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (4 hours):

2 hours: To understand the history of olive oil and why Puglia was and still is the most important region in Italy for olive oil production. To participate in harvesting olives and view the operation of a modern-day mill.

2 hour: To see some of the world’s oldest olive trees and understand how they are being protected. To learn about different varieties of olives in the region. To understand how different varieties of olive oil are pressed and stored. To partake in an olive oil tasting, then a lunch and learn.

Attendees will:

a) Witness the modern day olive harvest and learn about the full range of harvesting techniques

b) See the pressing process at a local mill

c) View an ancient underground olive mill and understand how olives were pressed

d) Understand how olive oil was exported and used for lighting lamps

e) Learn about different types of olives and oils; when olives are harvested and how the region monitors and cares for the most ancient olive trees in the world.

Experts: At the first olive oil estate, the owner Filippo Angelini De Miccolis, 5th generation olive farmer; At the second olive oil estate: the owner, Corrado Rodio 7th generation olive farmer and registered olive oil tasting expert and also Michele Miccoli – tourist guide and recently qualified in a local “agroalimentare” project specializing in the production and commercialization of indigenous crops and traditions of Puglia. Qualifica di “tecnico della commercializzazione dei prodotti agricoli e agroalimentari Puglia 2015”

Wednesday Nov 1: The Farming Culture of Puglia’s “Masserie”

The morning starts with an in-depth tour of the masseria’s estate with the passionate and engaging owner Giuliano. The estate is rigorously organic and specializes in biodiversity and the cultivation of indigenous crops, fruits and

vegetables that in many other areas have died out. Giuliano will demonstrate the use of the produce in the traditional cuisine of the area in a class dedicated to pasta and focaccia bread. We will enjoy the pasta we have made in a delicious lunch. Please note that wine is not included during the lunch. Afternoon and evening will

be at leisure. Or for our active guests, there is an optional hike immediately after lunch in the surrounding countryside. (B, L)

Overnight: Masseria Montenapoleone, Pezze di Greco

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (4 hours):

2 hours: To participate in a tour of an organic masseria and understand how crops are planted, rotated and harvested. Learn about the importance of biodiversity on this well-managed farm.

2 hours: Participate in a cooking class to learn the techniques of homemade pasta and focaccia.

Attendees will:

a) Participate in a farm tour of ancient crops and local animals on the masseria’s estate

b) Gain knowledge about ancient varieties of local fruits and vegetables from the Mediterranean

c) Understand the importance of biodiversity and why organic farming has always been a way of life

d) Learn about the use of local products in traditional dishes

e) Take part in preparing pasta and focaccia in traditional ways from Giuliano (family member/manager of masseria) and Teresina (in-house cook)

Experts: Masseria owner and dedicated organic farmer, Giuliano Monteneve. Teresina, life-long cook.   

Thursday Nov 2: The Bread & Sassi Day

Today, wake up for an early breakfast, followed by an early departure at 7:30am to the town of Altamura (2-hour drive) so we can experience all the phases of DOP bread. Our first stop in Altamura is at a local coffee shop for a quick coffee and restroom stop. Then we visit the Artisan Flour Mill to see the process of local organic and indigenous flours being milled. Then onto the bakery, where we will help the master bakers at a DOP bread producer make the dough. Next using a dough that has risen, we can get involved in the next stage of creating the many different traditional loaves. Once ready, we can bake them and of course enjoy a tasting! Then we head to the famed UNESCO World Heritage Site Matera, perched high on a beautiful hillside and only recently seen by foreign eyes. You are free for lunch here before enjoying an afternoon guided walk of the town’s stunning sassi (ancient cave dwellings restored for current use as homes, shops and restaurants). Afterwards we will shuttle you back to the Masseria for a well-deserved rest and a light dinner prepared in the Masseria’s country kitchen. Please note: wine is not included with your meal tonight. (B, D)

Overnight: Masseria Montenapoleone, Pezze di Greco

 Educational Objectives and Outcomes (4 hours):

2 hours: Experience the coffee culture (the romance, the intense love of coffee and the social experience), which was the inspiration for the Starbucks chain. See how the indigenous wheat varietals are being milled in an artisan flourmill. Understand the process and stages of milling, using an old-ways method.

2 hours: Attendees will learn about the old traditions of DOP bread making and will bake their own bread in a DOP bread-producing bakery.

Attendees will:

a) Breakfast and learn– taste and learn about a typical fast breakfast and how coffee drinking plays a role in the Italian culture; and how Italians drink almond milk!

b) See indigenous wheat varietals being ground into flour at an artisan flour meal

c) Understand why the town of Altamura plays an integral role in the traditions of DOP bread making

d) Learn about the type of wheat grown in the region

e) Learn how to identify DOP Altamura bread and how it is regulated

f) Prepare the dough and make the loaves alongside expert DOP bakers

g) Taste different types of bread and learn about traditional bread products of the region ie: taralli

h) Hear why McDonald’s could not survive in this area

i) Visit a community of ancient cave dwellings to see how people lived over a thousand years ago

Experts: Giuseppe Di Gesù, bread maker and owner of bakery; De Bendetti family, 4th generation miller

Friday Nov 3: Salento Vineyards & Lecce

We bid farewell to Masseria Montenapoleone this morning. At 10am, after checkout our driver will take us to visit one of Puglia’s most renowned wineries – Li Veli. After a fascinating tour with the vineyard’s expert oenologist, you will be treated to a private lunch and wine pairing overlooking the aging barrels of wine. Our final destination is Lecce, the capital of the Salento Province. Known as the ‘Florence of the South’, the city hosts amazing Baroque masterpieces and treasures of Italy. Afternoon and dinner at leisure in Lecce (free time for shopping or optional walking tour of the historical center) (B, L)

Overnight: Risorgimento Resort, Lecce

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (4 hours):

3 hours: Learn about the traditional grapes and wines of this region and why Primitivo is considered the real “Zinfandel”. Tour the vineyard and learn about harvesting and winemaking.

1 hour: Lunch and learn about food and wine pairing.

Attendees will:

a) Learn about grape varieties

b) Learn about wine production in this region

c) Find out how much wine is produced and how much is exported vs. sold locally

d) Learn how to taste wine like an expert wine taster

e) Why wine of this region is so robust

f) Find out about organic vs. biodynamic wine production

g) Learn about pairing wine with food

h) Lunch & learn- how to pair wines with a traditional Mediterranean lunch

Expert: The Falvo family has been making wine for three generations, first in Tuscany and now in Puglia. Alessia from the family will host our visit and share the many details of their decisions on grape varietals, planting, harvesting and blending.

Saturday Nov 4: Flavors of Gallipoli

This morning you are heading west, to Gallipoli on the Ionian coast. We will meet with renowned chef and cookbook author Anna Maria Chirone on Corso Roma in the beautiful old town for your cooking class and lunch. First collect some seafood from the local fishermen. The fish market is lively and captivating and Anna Maria is a skilled teacher and will be happy to welcome you to her cooking school for some delicious local dishes. Back in Lecce, leading researchers and experts in the field of agronomy will deliver a closing lecture to place into context the many techniques and traditions experienced during the week and what the future may bring. For our final dinner, we’ll enjoy a gourmet interpretation of the best Salentine cuisine paired with outstanding local wines. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Risorgimento Resort, Lecce

Educational Objectives and Outcomes (6 hours):

4 hours: To explore a strategic old seaside city of Gallipoli and its flourishing fish market. Then prepare a traditional Mediterranean-style meal using local seafood and other local ingredients with an expert chef and cookbook author.

2 hours: Presentation and meeting with leading researchers and experts in the field of agronomy, food science and nutrition.

Attendees will:

a) Understand why Gallipoli was a strategic city on the Mediterranean coast and the history of its ports

b) Tour the old city and watch how the locals buy fresh seafood at the old city open air seafood market

c) Spend the day with Puglia’s most renowned chef and cookbook author Anna Maria Chirone

d) Learn how to choose fresh, local seafood at the market

e) Learn Anna Maria’s techniques of healthy Mediterranean cooking and prepare a meal with Anna Maria and colleagues at a local cooking school in Gallipoli

f) Meet leading researchers and experts in the field of agronomy and nutrition in the ancient city of Lecce to learn about health benefits of olive oil, ancient grains and the future of food that will keep Italians at the top of list for the world’s healthiest countries.

g) Learn and dine: experience a zero kilometer Salentine meal in the ancient city of Lecce

Experts: Anna Maria Chirone, dedicated food expert and chef, Antonella Rica, certified dietitian of Bari, Italy and RDN, Grazia Barba

Sunday Nov 5: Farewell

After our final group breakfast at the hotel, our team will shuttle you to Brindisi Airport and bid you arriverderci. According to current flight schedules the group transfer will arrive at Brindisi Airport at around 10am. If this is too late for your flight, you will need to make alternative arrangements. Southern Visions will be on hand to assist anyone with additional transfers (B)

In addition to the educational objectives and outcomes, the following details are included in your tour cost:

  • 7 nights lodging at 4 star historical hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Visit to the old quarter of Bari “Bari Vecchia”
  • Visit to a burrata cheese farm
  • Visit to the UNESCO site of Alberobello
  • Exclusive visit to an olive oil estate during the olive harvest
  • Visit to the White City of Ostuni
  • Cooking class at Masseria Montenapoleone
  • Bakery experience in Altamura
  • Visit to the UNESCO city of Matera
  • Private winery tasting experience
  • Visit to the baroque city of Lecce
  • Cooking class in Gallipoli
  • 5 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All group transfers during the itinerary
  • Group arrival transfer from Bari Airport around 11:30am on Oct 29
  • Group departure transfer around 09:30am to Brindisi Airport on Nov. 5th

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Passion for Puglia: a Journey Through the Mediterranean Diet

Puglia – Tips and Trivia:

• Italian coffee (caffé) is a form of art with a specific coffee drink for every time of the day. Caffé corretto is thrown back like a shot. Cappuccino and brioche are for breakfast. You’ll never find a Starbucks here.

• Almond milk is local and the Mediterranean diet is alive and well.

• California Zinfandel (red wine) is thought to be a replica of Puglia’s Primitivo, both derived from an ancient Croatian grape variety.

• According to Beyond The Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super-Healthy, southern Italian food was considered a peasant diet, which rates high on modern nutrition standards because of the abundance of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and legumes.

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Veggies are plentiful

• Whole-wheat pasta is on the menu. To cook fresh pasta boil for 3 to 5 minutes.

• People of all ages walk and bike and the older folks still meet in the square to chat and watch the flow of visitors.

• In the town of Altamura, McDonald’s had to close down because the locals used it as a respite for air conditioning but wouldn’t dare to eat the offerings.

• The 14th century whitewashed Trulli homes of Alberobello (town in Puglia) are known for their cone-shaped roofs, where cheese was stored and children slept. Animals lived inside with the family, while bathrooms were outside. Smelly homes (and children) were a sign of wealth.

• Women are the bosses. When mamma says lunch is ready, everyone shows up at the table, even from miles away.

• Ancient olive trees know the secrets to longevity for they have been producing olives for thousands of years.

• It only costs about 2 euros or 10 cents to buy 20 to 25 figs in Alberobello.

• Apulia means land without water. The region is known for its sunny dry climate.

• Locals love to eat greens. My favorite dish is Fava beans with Wild Chicory.

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Fava Beans (and Potato) with Wild Chicory

• Burrata, a fresh cow cheese made from mozzarella and cream originated here. Learn how to make mozzarella at a local dairy farm.

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Making Fresh Mozzarella

• Besides feeding dairy cows grass and grain, the diet is supplemented with orzo (barley) and fava beans.

• Old cities with ancient architecture include: Lecce (known as the “Florence of the South”), Ostuni, Otranto, Locorotondo, Gallipoli and Matera.

Matera

Old City of Matera

• Bike from old city to old city through the back roads of the farms (with a guide).

• Eat or stay at these 2 masserias: Masseria Montenapoleone and Il Frantoio.

Cooking with Giuliano

Cooking with Giuliano and master pasta-maker Teresina

Masseria Monte

On the farm at Masseria Montenapoleone

Il frantoio

In the kitchen at Masseria Il Frantoio (notice-all women)

• Dip taralli, a dry crunchy biscuit that is tied in a knot and is either sweet or savory, into wine.

• Visit a D.O.P. (Protected Designation of Origin) bakery

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D.O.P. Altamura Bread

• A reliable travel company that specializes in authentic food and biking tours is Southern Visions– the team is awesome!

• There are multi-generational family farms (masserias) producing olives, grapes, almonds, cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, hand harvested wheat, fava beans, chicory, tomatoes, fennel, onions, figs, lemons, limes, dates, herbs, pomegranates and so on.

• Farm animals such as cattle, pigs, lamb, chickens, donkeys and horse are part of life outside the old city walls. Historically, the region is known for shepherding.

Buon Appetito!


Lois Robbin

Passion for Puglia changed my way of looking at food!  After spending a week learning about farm fresh vegetables, fresh pressed olive oil, homemade mozzarella cheese, fresh breads and focaccia and viewing local fishes, supermarkets at home are completely mundane!  Not only was the trip a lot of fun, but full of rich culture!  As a group we toured different regions of Puglia, each with a unique flare of food and tradition.  Friendships were made as we learned the ways of the local people and dined at their Masseria and vineyards.  Passion For Puglia combined travel and a wealth of information into a packed, fulfilling week!

Thanks for such a wonderful adventure!
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2016-12-13T12:53:20+00:00
Passion for Puglia changed my way of looking at food!  After spending a week learning about farm fresh vegetables, fresh pressed olive oil, homemade mozzarella cheese, fresh breads and focaccia and viewing local fishes, supermarkets at home are completely mundane!  Not only was the trip a lot of fun, but full of rich culture!  As a group we toured different regions of Puglia, each with a unique flare of food and tradition.  Friendships were made as we learned the ways of the local people and dined at their Masseria and vineyards.  Passion For Puglia combined travel and a wealth of information into a packed, fulfilling week! Thanks for such a wonderful adventure!

Marsee Israel, RN

How do you pack pasta making, bread making, cheese making, historic towns and local olive oils and wines into six days?  Take a trip with Passion for Puglia. This highly orchestrated tour packed in as much as we could see in six days using a continuous Italian guide, knowledgeable in history and all things Italian, along with local guides to enrich the experience.  No other tour offers more at this excellent price. Conscious effort was made to mix our hotels stays with small authentic cities, Masseria farms for the country view and the bigger historic old city of Lecce.  All hotels were four to five stars with excellent locations to experience the vast region of Puglia.

Meal planning was provided at top-notch restaurants and portions were plentiful and healthy.

My favorite part was learning how the locals prepare and appreciate their local organic seasonal food and ancient grains.

Highly recommend this trip.
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2016-12-13T08:58:57+00:00
How do you pack pasta making, bread making, cheese making, historic towns and local olive oils and wines into six days?  Take a trip with Passion for Puglia. This highly orchestrated tour packed in as much as we could see in six days using a continuous Italian guide, knowledgeable in history and all things Italian, along with local guides to enrich the experience.  No other tour offers more at this excellent price. Conscious effort was made to mix our hotels stays with small authentic cities, Masseria farms for the country view and the bigger historic old city of Lecce.  All hotels were four to five stars with excellent locations to experience the vast region of Puglia. Meal planning was provided at top-notch restaurants and portions were plentiful and healthy. My favorite part was learning how the locals prepare and appreciate their local organic seasonal food and ancient grains. Highly recommend this trip.

Paul Nelson

Thanks for including me I want to compliment and thank you for putting together a wonderful and unforgettable program, you really knocked this one out of the park! I hope you can do it again and again!

Our memories every step of the way are definitely keepers. The only stand out that I would have changed is dressing warmer on a couple of evenings. Yes, overall it was that good. I'm grateful to have been included. Based on my personal experience, and what I've heard from the other non-RD's, I think traveling with a mixed group is a winning formula -- at least for us non-RD's. Although we really benefited, I wouldn't want to deprive an RD from experiencing the same. Those who are educating need the Puglia encounter to get it right.

Based on the trip, I'm feeling challenged on 3 fronts:
1. to enjoy expanding my minimalist food prep and cooking skills;
2. to better source farm-to-table foods, and
3. to share usable elements of that balanced Puglia/Italian lifestyle.

The trip was definitely a working vacation. As such, I think the pace was necessary. I wouldn't want to have missed anything. To make more efficient use of my time I could have been more prepared. Research and communications on the fly were difficult given the poor Wi-Fi connections and busy schedule. An admonition and specific guidelines on preparedness might be helpful to the next group. I chose that word 'admonition' because impossibly busy as we tend to be before travel, I tend to have a care for admonitions (Attenzione!). Had I downloaded and opened the app, it might have been enough. Wish I studied it everyday for a couple weeks! The app is an awesome piece of work.

Do it again!
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2016-12-13T12:55:33+00:00
Thanks for including me I want to compliment and thank you for putting together a wonderful and unforgettable program, you really knocked this one out of the park! I hope you can do it again and again! Our memories every step of the way are definitely keepers. The only stand out that I would have changed is dressing warmer on a couple of evenings. Yes, overall it was that good. I'm grateful to have been included. Based on my personal experience, and what I've heard from the other non-RD's, I think traveling with a mixed group is a winning formula -- at least for us non-RD's. Although we really benefited, I wouldn't want to deprive an RD from experiencing the same. Those who are educating need the Puglia encounter to get it right. Based on the trip, I'm feeling challenged on 3 fronts: 1. to enjoy expanding my minimalist food prep and cooking skills; 2. to better source farm-to-table foods, and 3. to share usable elements of that balanced Puglia/Italian lifestyle. The trip was definitely a working vacation. As such, I think the pace was necessary. I wouldn't want to have missed anything. To make more efficient use of my time I could have been more prepared. Research and communications on the fly were difficult given the poor Wi-Fi connections and busy schedule. An admonition and specific guidelines on preparedness might be helpful to the next group. I chose that word 'admonition' because impossibly busy as we tend to be before travel, I tend to have a care for admonitions (Attenzione!). Had I downloaded and opened the app, it might have been enough. Wish I studied it everyday for a couple weeks! The app is an awesome piece of work. Do it again!

Tina Gowin Carlucci, RDN

You've likely never heard of Puglia before - I know I didn't until I saw the itinerary for this culinary adventure - but if you're looking to explore one of the lesser-known, but truly authentic, regions of Italy and experience the Mediterranean diet at its best, I highly recommend adding this trip to Puglia to your bucket list. There's so much that goes into food before it hits your plate. It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the people who produce and create the magnificent food in the region and to get a little taste of the Italian life.

If you're interested in a sneak peek, I've highlighted my favorite parts of the Passion for Puglia tour here (LINK: http://gowinnutrition.com/passion-puglia-journey-mediterranean-diet/).
5.0
2016-12-13T12:58:53+00:00
You've likely never heard of Puglia before - I know I didn't until I saw the itinerary for this culinary adventure - but if you're looking to explore one of the lesser-known, but truly authentic, regions of Italy and experience the Mediterranean diet at its best, I highly recommend adding this trip to Puglia to your bucket list. There's so much that goes into food before it hits your plate. It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the people who produce and create the magnificent food in the region and to get a little taste of the Italian life. If you're interested in a sneak peek, I've highlighted my favorite parts of the Passion for Puglia tour here (LINK: http://gowinnutrition.com/passion-puglia-journey-mediterranean-diet/).

Kaitlyn Dickert, RDN

Passion For Puglia was a valuable culinary and cultural travel program because I got to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle firsthand by visiting farms and exploring the bountiful region of Puglia.

The cooking class at the Masseria was my all-time favorite part of the trip. It was so informative, fun, and set in such a beautiful location. I loved going to the dairy farm, but would have loved to see the outdoor location in the daylight instead of at night. The Masseria lodging was absolute gorgeous as well, and it was a highlight of the trip!

Overall, I would recommend this trip to my colleagues and anyone interested in learning about a healthy Mediterranean lifestyle and exploring this unique area of southern Italy.
4.0
2016-12-13T13:00:10+00:00
Passion For Puglia was a valuable culinary and cultural travel program because I got to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle firsthand by visiting farms and exploring the bountiful region of Puglia. The cooking class at the Masseria was my all-time favorite part of the trip. It was so informative, fun, and set in such a beautiful location. I loved going to the dairy farm, but would have loved to see the outdoor location in the daylight instead of at night. The Masseria lodging was absolute gorgeous as well, and it was a highlight of the trip! Overall, I would recommend this trip to my colleagues and anyone interested in learning about a healthy Mediterranean lifestyle and exploring this unique area of southern Italy.

Brittany I. Cines, RDN

As I return from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Puglia exploring the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle I am asked by my friends and family: "what was the best thing?" To choose just one part of the trip seems impossible. Tasting olive oil, making pasta, visiting a fish market, touring old towns, exploring wineries, and the list goes on and on. The combination of waking up in quaint cities to the endless views of the 2,000 year-old olive trees was incredible. I can honestly say that there is no better way for a dietitian to experience Italy than with a group of dietitians led by Layne Lieberman and Robyn Webb on the Passion for Puglia trip.

Thanks again for such a wonderful trip! I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed myself and wish we could go back right now 🙂
5.0
2016-12-13T13:01:01+00:00
As I return from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Puglia exploring the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle I am asked by my friends and family: "what was the best thing?" To choose just one part of the trip seems impossible. Tasting olive oil, making pasta, visiting a fish market, touring old towns, exploring wineries, and the list goes on and on. The combination of waking up in quaint cities to the endless views of the 2,000 year-old olive trees was incredible. I can honestly say that there is no better way for a dietitian to experience Italy than with a group of dietitians led by Layne Lieberman and Robyn Webb on the Passion for Puglia trip. Thanks again for such a wonderful trip! I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed myself and wish we could go back right now 🙂

​Georgie Evans

The places we stayed and sites we saw and the things we did were amazing.  Had I tried to go to Puglia myself I would never have been able to see the things we saw.  Michele was amazing.  His personality and professionalism were top notch.  He is a true Puglian promoter and he has a lot to be proud of.  The region is amazing.

As a non-RD, I understood there was programming designed to earn CEU's for the RD's and this was a significant component of the trip.  The programming was of interest to me so when asked by my sister to join her on the trip I was very interested in going and am still very happy that I went.

Everyday I find myself remembering something about that week and I appreciate those memories very much.

I would definitely go back to Italy.  I would love to see each region someday.

Ciao!
5.0
2016-12-13T13:02:06+00:00
The places we stayed and sites we saw and the things we did were amazing.  Had I tried to go to Puglia myself I would never have been able to see the things we saw.  Michele was amazing.  His personality and professionalism were top notch.  He is a true Puglian promoter and he has a lot to be proud of.  The region is amazing. As a non-RD, I understood there was programming designed to earn CEU's for the RD's and this was a significant component of the trip.  The programming was of interest to me so when asked by my sister to join her on the trip I was very interested in going and am still very happy that I went. Everyday I find myself remembering something about that week and I appreciate those memories very much. I would definitely go back to Italy.  I would love to see each region someday. Ciao!

Danielle

Passion For Puglia was really a wonderful experience. I loved learning all about the region and really appreciated our guide Michele for his expert knowledge on all things Puglia. He was a top notch tour guide and really made the trip enjoyable. I thought all of the guides were really great.

The only thing that was missing was more free time to enjoy the beautiful accommodations, shop, have a drink at the bar, sit outside and people watch, read a book and relax.  Other than the lack of free time to explore and experience on our own, I had a lovely time and enjoyed getting to know the group.

I hope this is helpful.

Warmly.
5.0
2016-12-13T13:03:33+00:00
Passion For Puglia was really a wonderful experience. I loved learning all about the region and really appreciated our guide Michele for his expert knowledge on all things Puglia. He was a top notch tour guide and really made the trip enjoyable. I thought all of the guides were really great. The only thing that was missing was more free time to enjoy the beautiful accommodations, shop, have a drink at the bar, sit outside and people watch, read a book and relax.  Other than the lack of free time to explore and experience on our own, I had a lovely time and enjoyed getting to know the group. I hope this is helpful. Warmly.

Helga Fisch

Passion for Puglia was indeed an unforgettable experience not only for nutritionists but anyone interested in healthy and balanced eating. We were exposed to this magical region of Italy, where traditional agriculture and cooking methods are displayed with pride and enthusiasm. The trip was filled with hands-on experiences in preparing and eating exceptionally fresh food, as well as visits to relevant sites in the region. A must go to experience of a lifetime!
5.0
2016-12-13T13:04:19+00:00
Passion for Puglia was indeed an unforgettable experience not only for nutritionists but anyone interested in healthy and balanced eating. We were exposed to this magical region of Italy, where traditional agriculture and cooking methods are displayed with pride and enthusiasm. The trip was filled with hands-on experiences in preparing and eating exceptionally fresh food, as well as visits to relevant sites in the region. A must go to experience of a lifetime!

Nayana Gowin

Dear Layne,

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family. Sorry, it took me so long to reply.

My decision to go to Passion for Puglia trip was inspired by my wonderful daughter , Tina Carlucci, RD. I am so glad I decided to join her on this trip - it was an amazing experience.

This was one of the best gifts a mother can receive from a daughter. Spending one-on-one time with her and of course all the amazing ladies I had the pleasure of interacting with on this trip.

"Passion for Puglia " was a very well planned trip and the whole experience was amazing. For me the highlight was all the vegetarian dishes included in the Mediterranean diet. The simple ingredients used gave such tasty flavor to all the dishes. It inspired a lot of ideas to add to my own cooking adventures at home.

Overall I enjoyed this trip tremendously.

Thank you!
5.0
2016-12-13T13:05:02+00:00
Dear Layne, Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your family. Sorry, it took me so long to reply. My decision to go to Passion for Puglia trip was inspired by my wonderful daughter , Tina Carlucci, RD. I am so glad I decided to join her on this trip - it was an amazing experience. This was one of the best gifts a mother can receive from a daughter. Spending one-on-one time with her and of course all the amazing ladies I had the pleasure of interacting with on this trip. "Passion for Puglia " was a very well planned trip and the whole experience was amazing. For me the highlight was all the vegetarian dishes included in the Mediterranean diet. The simple ingredients used gave such tasty flavor to all the dishes. It inspired a lot of ideas to add to my own cooking adventures at home. Overall I enjoyed this trip tremendously. Thank you!

Raquela Suchinsky

Passion for Puglia was the trip of a lifetime! As a dietitian, I felt the itinerary was the perfect integration of food science/nutritional concepts with the cultural background of Puglia. Tours of farms, estates and small towns in combination with exquisite farm to table dining experiences made for an unforgettable journey! After this experience, I have a deeper passion and appreciation for the local produce and cuisine of Puglia, as well a better understanding of the benefits of utilizing organic farming methods. By focusing on different aspects of the Mediterranean diet each day (grains, olive oil, fish, etc.), we were able to have in-depth and enjoyable learning experiences. A lecture by a local nutritionist on the Mediterranean diet tied together our whole trip beautifully. Layne and Robyn were excellent trip leaders along with our tour guide and local experts - would recommend this trip to all nutrition professionals.

Thank you again for the experience! Please stay in touch!!

Raquela Suchinsky, MS, RD

5.0
2016-12-19T01:56:09+00:00

Raquela Suchinsky, MS, RD

Passion for Puglia was the trip of a lifetime! As a dietitian, I felt the itinerary was the perfect integration of food science/nutritional concepts with the cultural background of Puglia. Tours of farms, estates and small towns in combination with exquisite farm to table dining experiences made for an unforgettable journey! After this experience, I have a deeper passion and appreciation for the local produce and cuisine of Puglia, as well a better understanding of the benefits of utilizing organic farming methods. By focusing on different aspects of the Mediterranean diet each day (grains, olive oil, fish, etc.), we were able to have in-depth and enjoyable learning experiences. A lecture by a local nutritionist on the Mediterranean diet tied together our whole trip beautifully. Layne and Robyn were excellent trip leaders along with our tour guide and local experts - would recommend this trip to all nutrition professionals. Thank you again for the experience! Please stay in touch!!

Jennifer Nelson

This trip more than met my expectations! The  schedule was jam packed with culinary experiences, but allowed for lots of great sightseeing in the  process. As the week progressed, one could see how all the different foods that we were learning about  tied in to the region of Puglia. I particularly enjoyed the visit to the flour mill, observing and participating in the cheesemaking, and the hands on experience preparing and shaping pasta.

It was a great trip all around, and I thank you so much for organizing it all. I do recognize the amount of work that went into it!

Also, I thank you for being such a great hostess!!!

Owner NutritionMasters, LLC 28441 Las Arubas Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 phone: 310-497-5116

5.0
2016-12-19T01:57:08+00:00

Owner NutritionMasters, LLC 28441 Las Arubas Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 phone: 310-497-5116

This trip more than met my expectations! The  schedule was jam packed with culinary experiences, but allowed for lots of great sightseeing in the  process. As the week progressed, one could see how all the different foods that we were learning about  tied in to the region of Puglia. I particularly enjoyed the visit to the flour mill, observing and participating in the cheesemaking, and the hands on experience preparing and shaping pasta. It was a great trip all around, and I thank you so much for organizing it all. I do recognize the amount of work that went into it! Also, I thank you for being such a great hostess!!!

Annette O’Neill, RD

Sensory overload from the moment I peered out the airplane window taking in the coastal line of the Adriatic Sea landing in Bari, Italy to begin my unique culinary and cultural tour of southern Italy, Passion for Puglia.  As a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, I signed on to Passion for Puglia to explore the Mediterranean diet and got that and so much more.  A region rich in history, art, culture, and soulful people, with an ideal climate and soil to produce an abundance of grains, legumes, nuts, olives, vegetables, and fruits, all within ideal access to all the seafood the Ionian Sea and Adriatic Sea provide.  We explored cities, farms, and coastal towns providing a vast range of culinary and cultural experiences.  Pasta, bread and cheese making, biodiversity farms, cooking classes, farm-to-table meals, a winery run with Tuscan knowledge in a region ideal for grape growing and wine production. Befriending RD Nutritionists who came together from cities across the United States to share the experience.   The trip organized by Layne Lieberman, RD and Ali Pike of Southern Visions travel, assisted by Robyn Webb, MS and guided by local historian, Michele Miccoli packs a great deal into one week.  Ideal for RD Nutritionists as well as non-nutritionists – truly ideal for everyone!
Best!

Annette O’Neill, RD

5.0
2016-12-19T01:59:08+00:00

Annette O’Neill, RD

Sensory overload from the moment I peered out the airplane window taking in the coastal line of the Adriatic Sea landing in Bari, Italy to begin my unique culinary and cultural tour of southern Italy, Passion for Puglia.  As a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, I signed on to Passion for Puglia to explore the Mediterranean diet and got that and so much more.  A region rich in history, art, culture, and soulful people, with an ideal climate and soil to produce an abundance of grains, legumes, nuts, olives, vegetables, and fruits, all within ideal access to all the seafood the Ionian Sea and Adriatic Sea provide.  We explored cities, farms, and coastal towns providing a vast range of culinary and cultural experiences.  Pasta, bread and cheese making, biodiversity farms, cooking classes, farm-to-table meals, a winery run with Tuscan knowledge in a region ideal for grape growing and wine production. Befriending RD Nutritionists who came together from cities across the United States to share the experience.   The trip organized by Layne Lieberman, RD and Ali Pike of Southern Visions travel, assisted by Robyn Webb, MS and guided by local historian, Michele Miccoli packs a great deal into one week.  Ideal for RD Nutritionists as well as non-nutritionists – truly ideal for everyone! Best!

Danielle Omar, RDN

Passion For Puglia was really a wonderful experience. I loved learning all about the region and really appreciated our guide Michele for his expert knowledge on all things Puglia. He was a top notch tour guide and really made the trip enjoyable. I thought all of the guides were really great.

The only thing that was missing was more free time to enjoy the beautiful accommodations, shop, have a drink at the bar, sit outside and people watch, read a book and relax.  Other than the lack of free time to explore and experience on our own, I had a lovely time and enjoyed getting to know the group.

I hope this is helpful.

Danielle Omar, RDN

5.0
2016-12-19T02:02:40+00:00

Danielle Omar, RDN

Passion For Puglia was really a wonderful experience. I loved learning all about the region and really appreciated our guide Michele for his expert knowledge on all things Puglia. He was a top notch tour guide and really made the trip enjoyable. I thought all of the guides were really great. The only thing that was missing was more free time to enjoy the beautiful accommodations, shop, have a drink at the bar, sit outside and people watch, read a book and relax.  Other than the lack of free time to explore and experience on our own, I had a lovely time and enjoyed getting to know the group. I hope this is helpful.

Georgie Evans

The places we stayed and sites we saw and the things we did were amazing.  Had I tried to go to Puglia myself I would never have been able to see the things we saw.  Michele was amazing.  His personality and professionalism were top notch.  He is a true Puglian promoter and he has a lot to be proud of.  The region is amazing.

As a non-RD, I understood there was programming designed to earn CEU's for the RD's and this was a significant component of the trip.  The programming was of interest to me so when asked by my sister Danielle to join her on the trip I was very interested in going and am still very happy that I went.

Everyday I find myself remembering something about that week and I appreciate those memories very much.

I would definitely go back to Italy.  I would love to see each region someday. Ciao!

Georgie Evans

5.0
2016-12-19T02:05:34+00:00

Georgie Evans

The places we stayed and sites we saw and the things we did were amazing.  Had I tried to go to Puglia myself I would never have been able to see the things we saw.  Michele was amazing.  His personality and professionalism were top notch.  He is a true Puglian promoter and he has a lot to be proud of.  The region is amazing. As a non-RD, I understood there was programming designed to earn CEU's for the RD's and this was a significant component of the trip.  The programming was of interest to me so when asked by my sister Danielle to join her on the trip I was very interested in going and am still very happy that I went. Everyday I find myself remembering something about that week and I appreciate those memories very much. I would definitely go back to Italy.  I would love to see each region someday. Ciao!

Paul Nelson

Thanks for including me I want to compliment and thank you for putting together a wonderful and unforgettable program, you really knocked this one out of the park! I hope you can do it again and again!

Our memories every step of the way are definitely keepers. The only stand out that I would have changed is dressing warmer on a couple of evenings. Yes, overall it was that good. I'm grateful to have been included. Based on my personal experience, and what I've heard from the other non-RD's, I think traveling with a mixed group is a winning formula -- at least for us non-RD's. Although we really benefited, I wouldn't want to deprive an RD from experiencing the same. Those who are educating need the Puglia encounter to get it right.

Based on the trip, I'm feeling challenged on 3 fronts:
1. to enjoy expanding my minimalist food prep and cooking skills;
2. to better source farm-to-table foods, and
3. to share usable elements of that balanced Puglia/Italian lifestyle.

The trip was definitely a working vacation. As such, I think the pace was necessary. I wouldn't want to have missed anything. To make more efficient use of my time I could have been more prepared. Research and communications on the fly were difficult given the poor Wi-Fi connections and busy schedule. An admonition and specific guidelines on preparedness might be helpful to the next group. I chose that word 'admonition' because impossibly busy as we tend to be before travel, I tend to have a care for admonitions (Attenzione!). Had I downloaded and opened the app, it might have been enough. Wish I studied it everyday for a couple weeks! The app is an awesome piece of work.

Do it again!

Paul Nelson (husband of Jennifer Nelson, RD)

5.0
2016-12-19T02:08:06+00:00

Paul Nelson (husband of Jennifer Nelson, RD)

Thanks for including me I want to compliment and thank you for putting together a wonderful and unforgettable program, you really knocked this one out of the park! I hope you can do it again and again! Our memories every step of the way are definitely keepers. The only stand out that I would have changed is dressing warmer on a couple of evenings. Yes, overall it was that good. I'm grateful to have been included. Based on my personal experience, and what I've heard from the other non-RD's, I think traveling with a mixed group is a winning formula -- at least for us non-RD's. Although we really benefited, I wouldn't want to deprive an RD from experiencing the same. Those who are educating need the Puglia encounter to get it right. Based on the trip, I'm feeling challenged on 3 fronts: 1. to enjoy expanding my minimalist food prep and cooking skills; 2. to better source farm-to-table foods, and 3. to share usable elements of that balanced Puglia/Italian lifestyle. The trip was definitely a working vacation. As such, I think the pace was necessary. I wouldn't want to have missed anything. To make more efficient use of my time I could have been more prepared. Research and communications on the fly were difficult given the poor Wi-Fi connections and busy schedule. An admonition and specific guidelines on preparedness might be helpful to the next group. I chose that word 'admonition' because impossibly busy as we tend to be before travel, I tend to have a care for admonitions (Attenzione!). Had I downloaded and opened the app, it might have been enough. Wish I studied it everyday for a couple weeks! The app is an awesome piece of work. Do it again!

Lois Robbin

Passion for Puglia changed my way of looking at food!  After spending a week learning about farm fresh vegetables, fresh pressed olive oil, homemade mozzarella cheese, fresh breads and focaccia and viewing local fishes, supermarkets at home are completely mundane!  Not only was the trip a lot of fun, but full of rich culture!  As a group we toured different regions of Puglia, each with a unique flare of food and tradition.  Friendships were made as we learned the ways of the local people and dined at their Masseria and vineyards.  Passion For Puglia combined travel and a wealth of information into a packed, fulfilling week!

Thanks for such a wonderful adventure!
5.0
2016-12-19T02:08:51+00:00
Passion for Puglia changed my way of looking at food!  After spending a week learning about farm fresh vegetables, fresh pressed olive oil, homemade mozzarella cheese, fresh breads and focaccia and viewing local fishes, supermarkets at home are completely mundane!  Not only was the trip a lot of fun, but full of rich culture!  As a group we toured different regions of Puglia, each with a unique flare of food and tradition.  Friendships were made as we learned the ways of the local people and dined at their Masseria and vineyards.  Passion For Puglia combined travel and a wealth of information into a packed, fulfilling week! Thanks for such a wonderful adventure!

Marsee Israel, RN

How do you pack pasta making, bread making, cheese making, historic towns and local olive oils and wines into six days?  Take a trip with Passion for Puglia. This highly orchestrated tour packed in as much as we could see in six days using a continuous Italian guide, knowledgeable in history and all things Italian, along with local guides to enrich the experience.  No other tour offers more at this excellent price. Conscious effort was made to mix our hotels stays with small authentic cities, Masseria farms for the country view and the bigger historic old city of Lecce.  All hotels were four to five stars with excellent locations to experience the vast region of Puglia.

Meal planning was provided at top-notch restaurants and portions were plentiful and healthy.

My favorite part was learning how the locals prepare and appreciate their local organic seasonal food and ancient grains.

Highly recommend this trip.

Marsee Israel, RN
Subject: Nutrition for someone with diabetes and kidney disease

5.0
2016-12-19T02:10:55+00:00

Marsee Israel, RN
Subject: Nutrition for someone with diabetes and kidney disease

How do you pack pasta making, bread making, cheese making, historic towns and local olive oils and wines into six days?  Take a trip with Passion for Puglia. This highly orchestrated tour packed in as much as we could see in six days using a continuous Italian guide, knowledgeable in history and all things Italian, along with local guides to enrich the experience.  No other tour offers more at this excellent price. Conscious effort was made to mix our hotels stays with small authentic cities, Masseria farms for the country view and the bigger historic old city of Lecce.  All hotels were four to five stars with excellent locations to experience the vast region of Puglia. Meal planning was provided at top-notch restaurants and portions were plentiful and healthy. My favorite part was learning how the locals prepare and appreciate their local organic seasonal food and ancient grains. Highly recommend this trip.
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