- Five nights in the best luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels
- Private guided tours and beyond-the-guidebook experiences, including a master-class in cheese-making
- A guided tour of the trulli (historic conical houses) of Alberobello
- A tasting of fruity Puglian reds at a renowned vineyard
- A guided tour of Matera’s sassi (prehistoric cave dwellings)
Day 1–3: Ostuni
Ostuni, dubbed the White Town, shines like a beacon against clear-blue skies and sea, and the lush countryside surrounding it. Behind the fortified white walls of this quiet hilltop town, crumbly terraced houses line narrow old streets and medieval churches dominate piazzas, gleaming in the Italian sun. In the centro storico, former palazzo turned luxury hotel La Sommità will be your stately stay for the first leg of your trip; this historic hideaway is just a short walk from the town’s trattorias and tavernas.
Within Ostuni’s glistening white walls, La Sommità is an elegant boutique hotel set in a converted 16th-century palazzo. Plain, whitewashed walls and stone ceilings, give rooms a serene elegance. Whet your appetite for Puglian cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy a glass of vino rosso in the cavernous wine bar: the ramparts of the fortress are perfect for a sunset apéritif.
Smith Extra For guests staying for one-to-three nights, a bottle of Apulian sparkling wine; for guests staying four nights or more, a bottle of champagne selected by the hotel's sommelier
Day 1: Your English-speaking private chauffeur will meet you at arrivals at Bari airport, to whisk you to your first boutique retreat, La Sommità; a 40-minute drive south. For the rest of the day you're at leisure to relax in your new hideaway or perhaps visit Puglia's famously easy-on-the-eye beaches. If you don't have dinner arrangements come evening, we'll be happy to book a table for you in a local trattoria.
Day 2: For the first stop on your food-filled tour of Puglia we've sought out an artisanal cheese shop in Ostuni where just you and your fellow Smith will learn the region's centuries-old secrets to making melt-in-you-mouth mozzarella. You'll also try your hand at twisting Burrata knots with the fromager before sampling the shop's wares, including aged scamorza.
Next, a private guide will lead you around Unesco World Heritage site Alberobello; you'll wander its narrow streets, lined with Puglia’s iconic trulli (traditional stone huts with conical roofs) built in the 14th century. You'll see inside one of these curious hobbit-style houses when you stop for a trulli (sorry) scrumptious picnic-lunch of traditional dishes and local wines within.
Day 3: Today is at leisure, but speak to the hotel's concierge and you could glide over the Adriatic in a speed or sailboat. Cruise past grottoes, golden beaches and old seaside towns. This area has some of the best fishing in Italy so cast a line and try your luck at catching skipjack or yellowtail. Back on dry land, your driver will be waiting to take you to your next hotel, Torre Fiore Hotel Masseria, about two hours west in Pisticci.
Day 3–6: Pisticci
This quiet hilltop town has breathtaking views of Basilicata’s valleys; on a clear day you can spy the Ionian Sea. Seek out the best viewpoint on Via Nicola Franchi, stop by Chiesa Madre and stroll the streets in search of the ruined towers. Potent, herby liqueur Amaro Lucano is a local delicacy, seek out a taverna in the nearby village of Pisticci Scalo for a tot. You’ll stay in Torre Fiore Hotel Masseria, a sleekly-decorated, former fortified-farmhouse located roughly 15 minutes south of the town.
Between the hillside town of Pisticci and the Ionian Sea, Torre Fiore Hotel Masseria is a boutique hotel in Basilicata’s countryside. Relics of the hotel’s heritage as a fortified farm decorate rooms outfitted in mod-rustic style. You’re free to explore, but you can learn to cook with the chef, visit nearby beaches, lounge by the infinity pool and dine on doughy delights baked fresh in the outdoor pizza oven.
Smith Extra A selection of traditional local delicacies – both sweet and savoury treats – made by the chef, and a bottle of regional red wine or prosecco
Day 3: Start your stay in Basilicata with a bottle of regional red and a selection of traditional delicacies prepared by the hotel’s chef. For dinner, either try the tasting menu in the hotel’s restaurant or head to Pisticci to sample traditional Lucani dishes, like peperone di Senise (stuffed peppers) or baccalà alla lucana.
Day 4: Look into the local culture by exploring the nearby towns and countryside, either on foot, bike or horseback. The nearby town of Pisticci dates back to the Iron Age; for an insider guide to the area, ask the hotel’s owner Mariana for her map – she’s got a good nose for cheese shops. Alternatively, join one of the hotel’s cookery classes and learn to bake, batter and roll like the Masseria’s masterchef.
Day 5: After a hearty hotel breakfast, your guide will take you to one of Gioia del Colle’s prestigious vineyards. Following a winery tour and cellar visit, try some of the estate’s finest vintages and famous primitivo wine.
Head across the border into Basilicata for a walking tour of the Unesco World Heritage Site of Matera: explore the sassi and Rupestrian churches – ancient dwellings carved out of the hills, which were home to some of the first Italians around 9,000 years ago. Afterwards, sample the best of regional food and wine at lunch in a local trattoria.
Day 6: Enjoy your last buffet breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries, cold meats and cheese, before you check out (by 12 noon at the latest) and head home. Your driver will pick you up and take you to Bari airport.
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*The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels and local transportation with your own driver; some meals and all applicable taxes.
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