AROUND WITH US: Art, History, Tradition, Sea, Wine and Food
As far as the schedule of our services is concerned, we have focused our attention on both stays for groups and individuals.
For those who want to take part in groups we suggest itineraries, well-defined or on request, - the only challenge is to enjoy the lovely world of the region. For those who prefer to organize their holidays by themselves, we give likewise tempting suggestions.
Conversano, the ideal starting point for suggestive tourist itineraries stretching across Apulia, including lunchs at restaurants, trattorie, masserie selected where you can eat typical dishes and visits to agri-food firms.
Cathedrals above sea-level
Bari - Trani
After breakfast, departure for Bari. Visit to St Nicholas' Basilica and romanesque cathedral Promenade by the Antica Muraglia (Ancient Wall) where you can enjoy a wonderful view of sea. Lunch in a typical restaurant to taste specialities from the coast of Bari, as well as famous orecchiette. In the afternoon, departure for Trani. The port, which is the old centre of urban life, is situated between two small promontories: St Anthony's blockhouse towers on the one and Cathedral on the other. Visit to the church of Ognissanti. Promenade in the old town. Return to Conversano.
Castel del Monte - Ruvo (UNESCO heritage)
After breakfast, departure for Castel del Monte. Considered as one of the most perfect examples of medieval art, it is a mysterious and attractive castle, situated on a rise of Murge. Probably used as hunting residence, it was traditionally attributed to Frederick II nd of Swabia. Going on to Cantine Torrevento, an ancient stone cantina with wonderful views of the castle and tasting of d.o.c. wines. Stop for lunch in a historical farmhouse situated in front of Castel del Monte, where Rosa will make delicious traditional dishes of ancient recipies. In the afternoon, departure for Ruvo and visit to the Jatta Museum and the cathedral. Return to Conversano.
Matera - Noci (UNESCO Heritage)
After breakfast, departure for Matera and visit to Sassi (blocks of rock), which are included in UNESCO heritage. Lunch in restaurant in the same area of sassi. In the afternoon, departure for Noci and visit to Cantine del Barsento with a warm welcome from the owners and the oenologist and tasting of the good wines.
Panoramic drive and return to Conversano
The road of pottery and paper-pulp
Grottaglie - Putignano
After breakfast, departure for Grottaglie: visit to the quarter of potter's art, where craftsmen show their works and sell them in typical small shops. Lunch in a picturesque trattoria, where you can eat excellent local meat. In the afternoon, going on to Putignano. Visit to craftsmen's shops to attend the working of manufactures and typical products.Tasting of "salumi" producted by Libest. Going on to the industrial area and visit to well-known laboratories of dairy products. Tasting.
Return to Conversano.
Romanesque style in Puglia
Bitonto - Montegrosso - Ruvo - Bari
After breakfast, departure for Bitonto and visit to the cathedral, wonderful building celebrating romanesque style in Puglia. The facade is decorated with a 16-armed rose window. Going on to the delle Zagare oil-press at the Azienda Agricola Conte Onofrio Spagnoletti Zeuli in Montegrosso. From here, on one side the enchanting landscapes of the Gargano and on the other Frederick II's imposing castle can be glimpsed throgh the olive trees. Tasting of the company's wine and highly-esteemed olive oil. There will be an opportunity to purchase various olive oil preserves and the Count's own famous soup. Lunch in a local farm-house.
Afternoon: departure for Ruvo, where you can visit the cathedral, whose romanesque style is dated back to 1200. The cathedral is characterized by a central portal, filed with lions and snouts. Going on to Bari and visit to the St Nicholas' Basilica and the cathedral.
Return to Conversano.
The way of baroque style in Bari
Martina Franca - Locorotondo - Alberobello (UNESCO heritage)
After breakfast, departure for Martina Franca. Promenade in the historical centre and visit to the main palaces (XVI-XVIII centuries) of notable architectural interest. Visit to the St Martin's collegiate church, Duke's Palace, St Dominick's church and the church of Carmine. Going on to Locorotondo. visit to the imposing Cantina Sociale del Locorotondo and tasting of d.o.c. wines with the help of expert sommeliers.
Lunch in a local trattoria where Giovanni will make for you:.orecchiette with meat sauce, strozzapreti with aubergine, mushrooms and speck, cavatelli with tomatoes and salsiccia.
In the afternoon, departure for Alberobello. Arrival at the town's main square and visit to Trullo sovrano, D'Amore house, Aia Piccola quarter (Medieval style), Monti quarter together with the visit to Trullo Siamese.
Return to Conversano
Itinerary for Baroque in Lecce
Lecce - Acaya - Scorrano
After breackfast, departure for Lecce, one of thr historical capitals of Baroque art.
Visit to the cathedral, the bishop's palace, the seminary and Santa Croce church.
At the end of the morning, walk in the Old Town and visit to the papier-machè craftshops.
Lunch in a local trattoria in Acaya within the castle's walls and tasting of tipical dishes wich Carlo makes.
Afternoon, departure for Scorrano and visit to the Azienda Agraria Duca Guarini di Poggiardo in a splendid building belonging to a family of ancient noble tradition.
Guided tasting of the excellent wines.
Return to Conversano
Tarallucci, wine and olive oil
Ostuni - Montalbano - Fasano
After breakfast, departure for Ostuni. Perched on three hills and enclosed by Aragonese walls, the splendid town of Ostuni owes its frame to the way it has developed vertically rather than orizontally and to the blinding reflection from the white-washed walls of its houses. Nice walk in the meanders of the "white town", stop for shopping in typical artisan's shops and visit to the fifteenth century cathedral.
Going on to the most important farm houses of Montalbano. Finally, visit to an ancient underground oil mill, today's Olive Oil Museum inside the St Lawrence's Farm House and snack with "friselline", typical local dish dressed with olive oil. Stop for lunch in old "masserie", where you can taste and buy home-made products: virgin olive oil, cheeses, mozzarelle, vegetables in oil, cherries and jams.
In the afternoon, departurefor Fasano. Visit to Cantine Borgo Canale, located amid the beautiful scenary of the vinestrewn Canale di Pirro, where a dessert and d.o.c. wines will be served.
Return in the evening to Conversano.
Conversano, art town
After breakfast, promenade in the historical centre and visit to the cathedral. Stop at the St Benedict's Monastery and the Castle. Theme-visit to Paolo Finoglio's works in the picture gallery and visit to the baroque St. Cosma and Damiano churches. Visit to the sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola (XV-XVI centuries) and to the St Catherine's small church (XII century). Lunch in a typical "masseria". In the afternoon, visit to the Marchione Castle, noble hunting residence.
Return to Conversano.