Featured holiday Mozzarella food holiday in Puglia Italy

5 nights/6 days
This is a five-night food holiday offering a fascinating insight into one of Italy’s most loved and versatile cheeses: mozzarella. Your base for this exploration of Puglian cheese is the 5-star Masseria Torre Coccaro. There is time to explore the region on your own with a hire-car too.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bari return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • Visit a mozzarella farm, and visit the markets of Monopoli
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury tailormade mozzarella food holiday in Puglia

This five-night luxury food holiday offers a rare and fascinating insight into one of our most loved and versatile cheeses: mozzarella. Observe the production of this popular cheese and taste the Italian dishes in which it is used, before sampling more broadly the rustic cuisine of Puglia. Your host for your five-night stay is the 5-star luxury Masseria Torre Cocarro, a former traditional Pugliese farm that has been lovingly restored into a picturesque and comfortable hotel and located near the sea and the rich farmlands of Puglia.

Highlights

• A visit to a Mozzarella farm, where the full process of making the fresh cheese can be observed, and samples can be bought and tasted • A visit to the markets of Monopoli, where a wide range of local produce and cuisine can be tasted


Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,850

Holiday Code FHIT10

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury tailormade mozzarella food holiday in Puglia

Arrive at Bari airport, collect your hire-car and drive to your hotel in Savelletri di Fasano. Your hotel, the Masseria Torre Coccaro, gets its name from the Italian word for ‘farm’. Its situation beside abundant olive groves, fig trees, and other farms makes it the ideal spot from which to examine the culinary delights of Puglia. The hotel sits in a large estate overlooking the Mediterranean with a farm where a variety of vegetables, local fruit, unfiltered olive oil (hand-picked and cold-pressed the same day), jams and herbs are produced. The restaurant serves the vegetables grown in its own garden alongside the fish and pasta that Puglia is so excellent at producing and serving. The original masseria itself has been beautifully restored and now holds many of the hotel’s bedrooms. It is from the bedroom windows, and from the terraces that the beauty of the agricultural plains of Puglia can be admired. The hotel also organises cookery lessons where you can learn to cook the dishes and pastas of the region.

Your arrival at the Masseria Torre Coccaro marks the beginning of your culinary experience of Puglia. The main focus is, of course, on the Pugliese mozzarella, reputedly the best mozzarella in Italy, but there is such a wide range of hearty, homely dishes available in Puglia that it would be a crime to miss. Traditional dishes are characterised by their inclusion of lamb (although, recently increasingly beef), durum wheat, tomatoes, artichokes, beans, and onions. The Pugliese pasta is made without eggs, and usually hand-shaped into Oriecchiette, a little like small ears. The durum wheat used in pasta, and so prevalent in Pugliese cuisine, is also used to make bread, traditionally baked in the communal bread ovens that are still used in some remote rural villages. As a fresh cheese, the process behind making mozzarella is quite different to that of some other harder cheeses, such as Parmesan or Gouda, which take months to mature. Because the journey from milk to final product is a remarkably short one, the included tour of the mozzarella farm will witness the full process step-by-step; beginning with the cows and goats whose milk is the primary ingredient. A delicate procedure of exposing the substance to varying temperatures, stretching and knotting ensues, until the mozzarella is produced. The encouraged taste test at the end of the tour will signify the quality of the cheese. This holiday also includes a visit to Monopoli to explore its markets, in which you can taste the world-famous Italian gelato and the focaccia barese. This is a sensory and indulgent experience for the discerning eater who is keen to get to know the roots of the Italian staple cheese that is particularly popular in Britain. The rocky landscape of Puglia is ideal for sheep-farming, and thus the most popular, and most delicious, meat in Puglia tends to be lamb. Consider driving into Cisternino to seek out one of the rosticceria butchers who allow you to choose you desired piece of meat and then cook it in front of you on either a hot charcoal grill or in a wood-burning oven. The proximity to the sea of Savelletri, Bari, and Fasano, means that a lot of the seaside restaurants will specialise in seafood. Fish such as red mullet, anchovies, mussels, sea bass, cuttlefish, and gilt-head bream feature in several traditional Pugliese recipes and are always served unbeatably fresh. Many of the cheeses in Puglia, due to the abundance of rural sheep-farming, are made from ovine milk; meaning that cheeses such as pecorino and ricotta are especially good. An intriguing and unique soft cheese that is essential to taste while on your stay in Puglia is the burrata, which originated in Andria and is sometimes referred to as burrata di Andria. This cheese comes in many different forms but is generally recognised to be a kind of molten mozzarella. The leftovers from mozzarella production are mixed with salted cream and tied up in a sort of knot made of stringy mozzarella. The result is an exceptionally creamy, incredibly indulgent soft cheese that is fairly unique to the region. To finish off a meal in Puglia, be sure to try one of the almond-based desserts. These almonds are a key ingredient in many dishes due to the ease with which they grow on the rocky landscape and in the heat. The desserts will typically be served with a sweet honey or fig-concentrate, or a sweetened version of ricotta cheese. For cultural days out in the area surrounding your hotel, you may wish to drive out to the village of Alberobello, built with the iconic coned roofs and plaster white walls typical of the local Trulli architectural style. With the fir trees emerging from behind the top of the village, this place really has a fairytale aspect, and is worth visiting just for the memory of walking along the narrow winding streets past the hut-like shops. Closer to the sea, Torre Canne is a popular destination for those looking to soak up the healing properties of its thermal springs. Soul-Running in the Trulli Hills is an activity perfect for those looking to try to Puliese Primitivo wines. The fishing village of Savelletri, however, is attractive for its promenade and rustic beach club. Spend one of your days enjoying the sea and exploring the coves, or head further into the village to visit the Archeolido, and see the necropolis and open archaeological sites that are still being excavated. You may also wish to horse-ride on the beach, or dive and sail in the bays of Polignano. Alternatively, you may want to explore the Fasano Valley more freely, taking in the sight of Puglia’s formidable natural landforms.

Depending on the time of your flight back to London, spend more time exploring Puglia or drive to the airport and return your hire-car ready for the flight back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,850

Holiday Code FHIT10

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bari return, economy
● 5 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double room at the Masseria Torre Coccaro, Savelletri di Fasano
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
● Visit to a Mozzarella Farm, with full demonstration of cheese-making process
● Visit to Monopoli market
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,850

Holiday Code FHIT10

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Bari return, economy
• 5 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double room at the Masseria Torre Coccaro, Savelletri di Fasano
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
• Visit to a Mozzarella Farm, with full demonstration of cheese-making process
• Visit to Monopoli market
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are scheduled flights with British Airways (and Easyjet) from London Gatwick to Bari airport, where you collect a hire-car and the driving time to Savelletri di Fasano is about 50 minutes.

Luxury tailormade mozzarella food holiday in Puglia

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Savelletri di Fasano
Masseria Torre Coccaro

Masseria Torre Coccaro is a 5-star boutique hotel which combines modernity and rustic simplicity in a beautiful coastal location. Authentic '0km' local cuisine, unique spa facilities and supremely comfortable accommodation afford guests a relaxing and restorative experience.

Classic double room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

Holiday Code FHIT10

Luxury tailormade mozzarella food holiday in Puglia

About Puglia

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Puglia is an opportunity to explore a gentle land of immense character with a wealth of architectural sights and glorious scenery, both on the coast and in the interior. One of the most startling impressions of Puglia must be the contrasting colours of azure and white, enhanced by the green of olives and vines. Typical sights in Puglia are the trulli, the low lying white-washed houses with beehive-like conical grey roofs, flat fields of grain, olives and vines and here and there perfect examples of mediaeval castles or splendid Byzantine-influenced Norman churches and cathedrals. Red chillies can be seen drying from the wrought-iron balconies of white-washed houses in the villages, whilst broom and mint grow wild in the fields. The coastline of Puglia is noted for its long sandy beaches and the beauty of the hilly Gargano peninsula with bays sheltering beneath dramatic cliffs - a stunning location for your holiday. Our hotels in Puglia tend to be a mixture of 'masserie' - fortified farmhouses that have been converted and extended to be luxury hotels a short distance from the beach, historic hotels in the Baroque city of Lecce and some beachside hotels.

Highlights of Puglia

Explore the Gargano peninsula with its dramatic coastline of coves and cliffs, beaches and forested interior. Take a boat trip to the Tremiti islands off the coast of the Gargano. The Salentine peninsula should be discovered for its vineyards and olive groves, megalithic remains and grottoes including the Grotte di Castellanata.

Cultural highlights of Puglia

The cultural highlights of Puglia are to be found in the quality of the Norman religious and secular architecture and the Baroque of Lecce in particular. Highlights include Lecce's church of Santa Croce begun in 1549 by Gabriele Riccardi and with a magnificent 17th Century facade, the loggia of the 15th Century Palazzo Vescovile, the Duomo rebuilt by Giuseppe Zimbalo (lo Zingarello) and the church of Santi Nicola e Cataldo (the most important Romanesque church in the Salentine). Bari possesses the Basilica di San Nicola, one of Puglia`s first great Norman churches. The 15th Century frescoes in the church of Santa Caterina d`Alessandria in Galatina are of particular merit. In Bitanto`s Romanesque cathedral is an Ambo by Maestro Nicola dating from 1229 with a bas-relief showing Frederick II and his family.

Festivals in Puglia

Martina Franca holds the Festivale della Valle d`Itria in late July/ early August. Bari holds a historical parade of St Nicholas on 7-10 May and a procession on the sea. Galatina has a curious tradition coinciding with the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul on 28-29 June as tarantism has survived here. Lecce has a feast for the patron saints of the city on 24 to 26 August.

Gastronomy in Puglia

Olive oil is produced in enormous quantities and this together with local fruit, wine and seafood feature in the regional gastronomy of Puglia. Specialities include Focaccia bread flavoured with olives, fennel and chicory, Panzerotti (pasta with anchovies, capers and strong ricotta cheese), Tiella di Cozze (rice, potatoes and mussels), Melanzane alla campagnola (aubergines roasted and soaked in oil, garlic and basil). Dried pasta of all shapes and sizes is also a regional speciality. Puglia also is a great wine producer. A light red is produced at Cerignola and a robust red at Bari. Red Primitivo del Salento or di Manduria are well known.

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