8 day ITALIAN VACATION for food & wine lovers

Passport to Puglia

 

travel to the valley of trulli, white-washed villages, seaside caves & eat your way through the unesco heritage of southern Italy’s heel like a local.

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Leave the Umbrella Waving Tour Guide (+ Crowded Bus) Behind, Pour yourself a glass of  Negroamaro and immerse yourself in the Valley of Itria with…

PASSPORT TO PUGLIA

…get off-the-beaten path to dine insideTrulli homes, meet a multi-generational cheese producer to the shores filled with seaside caves on this only-offered-once-a-year 8 day cultural culinary journey.

For 7 nights, indulge in personalized service, authentic Pugliese cuisine, world-class wines, and real Italian life. 

Plus, exclusively curated experiences & day trips (including some of Italy’s most beautiful villages, Alberobello, the Barroque city of Lecce, a private boat ride, visits to local artisans & wine-tasting in away from the crowds).

“WE WANTED TO BE ITALIAN FOR A WEEK”

“This trip was exactly what we wanted and gave a glimpse into real Italian life.”

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

“THE PERSONAL ATTENTION & SERVICE WAS AMAZING!”

“This is not like other tours.  On this personally led tour you’ll get amazing service and gain local insight into a part of Italy not really known by tourists”

SUSANA SANCHEZ

California, USA

If you could connect with (and eat like!) the locals all while experiencing genuine Italian life –

without ever having to lift a finger

(or worrying about the lingo)

…would you give yourself that chance?

Or, would you keep on…

🚫 Feeling overwhelmed with planning your Italian vacation while worrying about the logistics & guessing if the activities you’ve planned are money well spent or even worth your time? 

🚫 Rolling up in a coach bus packed with 50 people on a whirlwind “Ultimate Italy” tour only to be exhausted from fighting through lines, and wasting your precious vacation days on a crowded bus?

🚫 Renting a beautiful white-washed stone villa  leaving you isolated in the Pugliese countryside and missing out on meeting the locals & actually experiencing genuine Italian life?

🚫 DIY planning your Italian vacation with TripAdvisor and scoring a deal on Groupon to save big bucks only to find out the activities mentioned were “just suggestions” and “not included in the price” and that you’ve wasted more time planning your vacation than actually vacationing?

🚫 Purchasing a self-guided itinerary, hiring a private driver (white gloves top hat and all), just to realize your itinerary wasn’t put together by locals and those “hidden gems” mentioned are where every other single tour goes?

*Truth Time*

You’ve fallen into just another

tourist trap!

If you’re ready to have that “Wow! I can’t believe this is my life!” Italian moment as you mingle with the locals, indulge in award-winning wines, incredible cuisine, breathtaking UNESCO heritage sites and exclusively curated experiences that you won’t find anywhere else…

…then we’ve got

GOOD NEWS:

On this 8 day Italian Tour through the Southern Italian region of Puglia

You’ll uncover the nuances of everyday Italian life 

Enjoy the best meal of your life moments

Sit, back & relax by unpacking once at a 5 -star luxury boutique hotel complete with 2 restaurants, bistro, spa, gym, and One of Italy’s largest organic wine cellars

And NEVER pull out your wallet for the “extra” activities or get dinged hundreds of dollars in “booking fees” not included in the price

You’ll experience the “Real Italy” just like these travelers before you….

“WE GOT TO SEE THE REAL ITALY!”

“The Italy that so many people who visit Italy multiple times, never get to experience in their lifetime.”

JENNIFER LEVESQUE

Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

“YOU’LL TAKE ALL THE GUESSWORK OUT OF PLANNING YOUR ITALIAN VACATION”

“Giovanni & Chantelle take care of where to go, what to see, where to eat: all while experiencing genuine everyday Italian lifestyle and cuisine.”

ANNETTE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

“YOU WON’T HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE ON YOUR OWN.”

“The exceptional scenery, the out of the way amazing places, wineries and food, all worth the trip to Italy and you wouldn’t find them without Giovanni & Chantelle!”

LEE FARRINGTON

Melbourne, Australia

“THIS WAS AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN EXPERIENCE”

“I wanted an authentic experience as a local in Italy. Giovanni & Chantelle absolutely exceeded my expectations!”

STEPHANY BRANHAM

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

But first, you need to know

I thought about you during my Big Fat Italian Wedding…


A small town girl from beautiful British Columbia, I knew there was so much more out there to discover and dreamed of traveling Europe. 

On my first trip, I did what most travellers do: big bus tour. Exhausted after returning home and feeling like I barely scratched the surface I knew there had to be a better way to travel.

Then I met Giovanni…

Determined to find that elusive La Dolce Vita I packed my bags and returned to Italy for the third time. 

But now I had my trusty guide (my future Pugliese hubby & expert in Italian Food & Wine): Giovanni…

Evening strolls, scenic routes, traveling where the Italians live, digging into authentic Italian food, and discovering all the nuances of everyday Italian life.

This Was The

Italy Insider Difference…

An experience only achievable with a homegrown Italian with passion and expertise for everything Italy.

When we finally got around to tying the knot, we wanted to share a slice of our untainted Italy with our bffs…

Which brings me back to my a-ha moment about you…every single guest had their Italy Insider moment. 

The kind of experience you can only achieve with local insight and insider intel.

It was that day, walking down the aisle, saying our vows, devoting our love, and sharing our Italy with family, friends and relatives from Puglia…

YOUR BACKSTAGE PASS TO PUGLIA WAS BORN

“I wanted an authentic experience as a local in Italy. Giovanni & Chantelle absolutely exceeded my expectations!”

Chantelle and Giovanni are a very insightful, educated, cultured husband-wife team.  From the moment they greeted me at the airport, I felt like a friend. A friend they looked out for and introduced to their local Italian friends who were also lovely, friendly… and local experts.

STEPHANY BRANHAM

Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Here’s the thing…

 

You Only Need to Crave 4 Things to Claim This Exclusive Pass

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LIVE LA DOLCE VITA FULL OUT 

Meet multi-generational zero-km cheesemakers, taste Burrata made right before your eyes, visit the UNESCO Trulli homes and still get to toss that coin into the Trevi fountain? Or dig into a slice of pizza napoletana? Or visit Pompeii?

You don’t have to choose. 

Just a 4 hours by train from Rome and less than 3 hours away from Naples you can tag on those bucket-list items before or after your trip with us.

ACCESS TO LOCAL EXPERTS

Giovanni’s & Chantelle’s passion for top quality Italian food and wine is your gateway to local guides, experts, multi-generational award-winning cheesemakers, tour hosts (who also happen to be passionate foodies & Italian wine experts!) leading your entire trip…with a splash of organic EVOO, & all-star local chefs.

We’ve personally tried, tasted and tested every single experience ensuring quality and authenticity.

Zero tourist traps, subpar service or food.

SMALL GROUP

Remember that whirlwind Contiki tour you took with 50 other guests? Not your jam anymore. You want to feel like you’re traveling among friends – not a participant on a high school field trip. 

From the moment we welcome you on tour to our final goodbyes, we’ll be there every step of the way…and limit your group to just 12 people. 

MAKE MEMORIES

 Instead of a whirlwind city-to-city, unpacking and packing every night trip where everything you see and do becomes a blur…

You want to create never forget moments with hand-picked highlights connecting you with the locals, fellow travellers,  incredible meals, and culture in the unqiue territory of Puglia, spanning from its seaside caves, to the UNESCO Trulli homes of Alberobello, ending at the Southern Barroque City of Lecce.  

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May 11 to 18, 2025 – just 4 spots left!

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2025 TOUR DATES

May 11 to 18, 2025 – just 4 spots left!

 

“OTHER TOURISTS WILL NEVER HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE!”

“This was an experience that throngs of other tourists won’t have. A unique and nice way to see a different culture. And actually spending our last 24 hours in Rome punctuated that. Rome was cool, but we spent exactly the right amount of time there.

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

“SINCE OUR GROUP WAS SMALL WE GAINED INSIGHT & ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED ITALY”

“A portion of Italy, we would have never had the luxury of experiencing if we had been traveling on our own.”

ANNETTE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

SNEAK PEEK INTO YOUR 8-DAY SOUTHERN ITALIAN ADVENTURE

 

  • 7 nights 5-star Luxury boutique accommodations complete with 2 restaurants, Spa, Gym, Swimming pool and One of Italy’s Largest Organic Wine Cellars
  • Eat like an local with 7 breakfasts at your hotel and 7 multi-course meals as per the itinerary
  • Get to know the cultural and culinary hidden gems of Puglia’s olive country with a Visit to a local olive mill  following by an extra-virgin olive oil taste.
  • Bespoke Privately guided walking tour of Alberobello, UNESCO heritage site famed for the Trulli homes just for The Italian On Tour® guests
  • Soak up panoramic views of Puglia’s Adriatic coast with a Private walking tour of Ostuni arranged just for The Italian On Tour® guests
  • All private day trips and visits to some of the Borghi più belli d’Italia (Italy’s Most beautiful Villages) White-washed towns throughout Puglia
  • Escape the crowds of Polignano a Mare with a Private boat ride and aperitivo along the seaside caves of Puglia’s East Coast shores
  • Discover breathtaking Barroque architecture with a Privately guided walking tour of Lecce just for The Italian On Tour® guests
  • Visit to the ceramic quarter of Grottaglie internationally renowned for it’s craftmanshp 
  • All tips for drivers, restaurants and guides included
  • All entrance fees to monuments included.

PLUS THESE EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES…

  • Discover the secrets to making Fresh Mozzarella & Burrata cheese  with a Guided Visit to a Multi-generational Zero-km Cheesemakers following by a complete cheese tasting with wine – designed exclusively for our guests! 

  • Curated Private Day Trips throughout the Puglia region – designed just for The Italian On Tour® guests!

And, don’t worry…we’ll pick you up…

  • Pick-up and transfer from Bari’s Airport with a private driver.
  • Ground transportation in private vehicles/boats in private air-conditioned vehicles

*Not Included: flights, travel and trip cancellation insurance, items of personal nature, spa treatments,  return transfer from your hotel or elsewhere, any items not mentioned in the itinerary.

YOUR 8-day italy ITINERARY to experience the real PUGLIA

DAY 1: WELCOME TO PUGLIA!

Benvenuti!  You’ll be welcomed to Bella Puglia by us – Giovanni and Chantelle! 

Flick your switch to vacation relaxation mode as you’re whisked away to whisked away to Valle d’Itria – the valley famed for the Trulli homes – to settle into your 5-star wine resort for the next 7 nights. 

Minutes from Martina Franca, not only will you have the choice of two restaurants at your accommodations, but the ability to taxi a few minutes into town to enjoy the local dining scene.

Immediately you’ll sense the rhythm of La Dolce Vita. Unpack once, shake off your jet-lag with a doppio espresso macchiato (or two), and settle into your luxury 5-star stay.

Arrive with plenty of time to freshen up and kick off your 8 day vacation in Puglia with a dip in the pool. 

Feeling like you need a little movement after your flight? Your hotel is fully equipped with a gym right onsite.

Tonight, gather around the dinner table inside a Trulli, enjoy a dinner of local seasonal Pugliese specialities, and get to know your fellow travelers and new Italian bffs .

Round out your first evening with a night-cap or hit the sack to catch some Zzz’s before day 2 begins. Buonanotte!

Meals: Trulli Welcome Dinner 

Pick-up point: Bari’s Airport

DAY 2: MARTINA FRANCA, EXPERIENCE MODERN PUGLIESE LIFE

Buongiorno! Welcome to your first morning in The Italian On Tour® bubble.

Everyday begins with breakfast in your 5-star hotel (Want extra space? Room upgrades are available).

You’ll always be met at your hotel before embarking on your adventure of the day.

In the morning, connect with a local history expert for your privately guided walking tour of Martina Francaexclusively arranged just for The Italian On Tour® guests. 

Energized from your morning espresso, you’ll explore magical white-washed city that still beats to the rhythm of its 50,000 residents allowing you to get a true feel for modern Pugliese life & get to know the history you won’t find in guidebooks of the town that is just a 5 minute ride from your hotel.

Worked up an appetite? Next up is lunch of local specialities before heading out to wine taste and visit a local organic wine producer.

Your evening is free to soak up the peacefulness of the Puglian countryside and enjoy dinner on your own.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Taste

Activity: In the morning 3 hours urban walking on mostly flat terrain. Afternoon sightseeing & winetasting

DAY 3: CHEESE & WINE LOVERS DAY IN PUGLIA

After years of importing fresh cheese to Canada’s top restaurants, this day on your tour hold’s a special place in Giovanni’s heart.

Today we’re taking to you a multi-generational Pugliese cheese producer who will share the art of burrata & mozzarella making with you in full transparency. 

Not only will you see the cows & calfs, he’ll give you the technical aspects all the way to making the mozzarella right before your very eyes & of course you’ll get to taste the cheese in the moment it is made!

This is not just a once in a life time farm-to-table cheese tasting experience, but a magical place that you can feel good about supporting so that future generations of this family can keep on producing zero-km, top quality cheese for years to come.

After getting your fill on Puglia’s most delectable cheeses, you’ll continue your culinary journey with lunch at one of Puglia’s Top restaurants for tasting traditional cuisine before escaping deeper into the Pugliese murgia to enjoy some essential afternoon sightseeing.

Your evening is free, enjoy a cocktail poolside as you celebrate an evening of “dolce far niente” followed by dinner on your own.

Every evening you’ll have the freedom to choose from two restaurants at your hotel or heading into Martina Franca for a night on the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Cheese Taste Lunch

Activity: A full morning discovering the art of mozzarella and burrata making with a multi-generational cheese producer – arranged just for The Italian On Tour® guests.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for visiting the farm.

DAY 4: LECCE, CITY OF BAROQUE ARCHITECTURE

Take a bite out of the sweet life and ready yourself for a day filled with architectural beauty as you taken South to Lecce. 

A city once dominated by the Romans,  you’ll be taken on journey through time as you discover its past and experience it as it stands today.

Often called the Florence of the south due to being rich in beautiful Barroque architecture, this city is one to be admired with a walking tour of its stunning historic center.

After, working up an appetite, we’ll head out to a local restaurant for traditional eats and end the afternoon wine-tasting in the heart of Salento’s wine country.

Return to your 5-star wine resort to relax by the pool, enjoy the spa and some delicious dining.

Your evening is free to spend it as you please!

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Taste

Activity: Morning walking tour of Lecce’s Historic Center. Lunch followed by wine-tasting in Salento’s wine country

DAY 5: ALBEROBELLO, UNESCO TRULLI HOMES

Start off your morning with a relaxing breakfast before heading North for a privately guided tour of Alberobello.

A UNESCO heritage site, famed for it’s charming Trulli homes. It is a must visit on any trip to Puglia and seeing it with a local history expert is essential to understanding the importance the Trulli played in transforming the Valle d’Itria’s landscape and it’s culture.

After another exclusive tour just for  The Italian On Tour® guests, it’s onward for lunch.

Lunch will be away from the main tourist track, because we want you to taste the best of the local traditions and we can’t wait to share some of our favorites with you on this day.

Enjoy some afternoon sightseeing before traveling back in the late afternoon to your hotel.

Your evening is free to enjoy as you like.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Activity: A morning guided tour of the UNESCO heritage site of Alberobello, Lunch followed by afternoon sightseeing & a photo stop.  

Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

DAY 6: ICONIC COASTAL CAVES

Travel east to Puglia’s stretch of coastline famed for its cave restaurants & spend the morning getting in a necessary dose of vitamin Sea.

Escape the crowds of the very popular Polignano a Mare with a private boat ride and enjoy a seaside aperitif before settling down to a delicious seafood lunch filled with local specialties.

In the afternoon take in some free time to explore the city center, shop or just savor the seabreeze with a scoop or gelato (or two), before heading back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your evening on your own.

Giving you the perfect amount of activities and free time to enjoy time at the spa, relaxing by the pool, or keeping up with your gym routine.

You can even book additional cooking classes and wine tasting with your hotel, giving you the maximum flexibility to spend your free time on tour as your heart desires.

Meals: Breakfast, Aperitif, Lunch

Activity: Boat ride on Puglia’s coastal adriatic caves of Polignano a Mare followed by lunch

 

DAY 7: OSTUNI & OLIVES

Yesterday your senses were inspired by serenity of the sea and a tradition seafood lunch.

Today you’ll contine your trip for the senses with a tour of Puglia’s most famous white-washed city: Ostuni.  One of Italy’s Most Beautifl Villages, it is a magical town just minutes from Puglia’s east coast. To get a feel for the local life and learn about the history that has shaped the culture of the people that call Ostuni home, you’ll enjoy a privately-gudied walking tour of the city.

Post-private walking tour, you’ll feast on a lunch of typical Pugliese dishes at local agriturismo that produces the ingredients of every you’ll eat on their vast property, followed by a visit to a frantoio where you’ll get to taste olive oil that is produced from the ancient olive trees that span the entire area between the Adriatic sea and Ostuni.

Late afternoon, return to your hotel to relax, fit in a final massage or spa treatment and pack as this is your final evening on Passport to Puglia.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Olive Oil Taste

Activity: In the morning 3 hours urban walking on varied terrain. Comfortable shoes recommended.

DAY 8: ARRIVEDERCI!

It’s check out day…

You feel elated and invigorated after your trip with us! Filled with gratitude, you’re having this was the “best trip ever” moment. 

Should you wish to stay longer or explore further South, travel to Croatia or Greece, we’ll be happy to offer you local insider advice on how to get to your next destination. 

Bid farewell, with a hug and a kiss on each cheek (because after your trip with us you’ll be feeling like an Italian now).  

Until next time “Arrivederci”! Buon viaggio!”

Meals: Breakfast

“Best trip ever! The itinerary was spot on.”

“Enough free time, interesting towns, great food and wine. Don’t just consider this tour – it is a must.”

RACHEL STENDER

Bethseda, Washtington, DC, USA

DON’T FORGET Your PUGLIA Trip Perks

PERSONALIZED SERVICE

Get the details on catching your flight home or connecting to the next leg of your Italian adventure. We’ll get your flight and connecting destination info to give you personalized trip planning advice.

ARTISAN SHOPPING TIPS

For ceramic lovers we’ll take you to the pottery district of Grottaglie so that you can have your pick of the best local artisans to get unique gifts to bring back home.

Psst…more food & wine lover than artisan addict?

 We’ll take you to a multi-generational cheese producer, Puglia olive oil mills  & top independent winemakers where you can taste, try & purchase your favorites to take back home.

INSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS

Whether you want to spend the evening pool side with a spritz or head out for a night on the town, you’ll get our local expert advice for where to eat, what to see, and what’s happening in town.  

“When I lost my luggage, Giovanni took his personal time to help me sort things out”

“This showed me that Giovanni & Chantelle really care about their clients. They really went above and beyond the scope of the tour.

RACHELLE HYNES

Squamish, BC, Canada

“Loved the personal shopping tips!”

“…and all the food recommendations. Giovanni and Chantelle helped us with buying cheese so we could

bring some of the experience back with us. “

ANNA PESTI

Brisbane, Australia

PLUS…A LIFETIME PASS TO THE VACATION  VAULT

✔Packing lists & tips

✔What you need to know guides

✔Restaurant Recos & a local event listing – so you can make the most of your free time on tour!

✔Shopping recommendations

✔Allergy dining out cards for those who are gluten-free (separate cards for celiacs and gluten intolerant)

“Giovanni and Chantelle have relationships with the people…every experience is very genuine!”

This is relaxed touring with a personalised touch where you meet the winemakers or producers…It goes beyond herding people in the hopes they’ll buy merchandise. “

BELINDA REILLY

Brisbane, Australia

Ready to take a bite of handmade burrata cheese?

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$6,997 USD per person

Grab your spot for just $997 down

 (pop open the prosecco & get excited for your trip)

“Take the Plunge!”

The Italian On Tour® is definitely worth the price!

Relaxing & hassle free, it was the trip of our lifetimes. After the trip we felt invigorated! Wonderful tour hosts, Giovanni & Chantelle, provide unique experiences that you’d never be able to arrange on your own.

Larry Cooke

Charlotte, NC, USA

THE 10 QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED

(and the ones we get asked alot)

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1. Who will I be traveling with?

Giovanni –  Your Exclusive The Italian On Tour® host & Italian  Food & Wine expert – Chantelle, and your fellow Italian adventurers. Most of our guests range in age from their 30s to being in their 70s. When you’re on tour with us, age is just a number because everyone is here to sit back, relax, and experience Italy like a local all while enjoying Italy’s amazing culinary and cultural delights.

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“Giovanni & Chantelle are the perfect balance of tour guides & friends.”

“You can really feel the love and care they put into their business and getting to know them was a definite value add.”

Rachel Ruvo

North Carolina, USA

“By the second day we were all “family”

“Giovanni and Chantelle were awesome.

We had the time of our lives!”

CAROL SIENKO

Michigan, USA

“I’VE BEEN TO ITALY MULTIPLE TIMES & NO OTHER EXPERIENCE COMPARES.”

“With Giovanni & Chantelle’s local knowledge we were able to experience food and restaurants we would’ve never discovered on our own.”

KELLY SERVINSKI

Squamish, BC, Canada

2. I’ve already been to Italy...is this the right trip for me?

Yes, because this means you already love Italy and you’ve probably already traveled to all of Italy’s major tourist sites, but are dying to experience Italy like a local. When you travel with us you’ll experience a new culture among locals who become friends (and know Italy like the back of their hand!). Your trip will be the perfect balance of vacationing and relaxing so you can indulge in La Dolce Vita.

“You’ll want to go back & experience their Italy, again and again!”

MINETHA BROWN

Toronto, Canada

“THE ITALIAN ON TOUR SURPASSED OUR EXPECTATIONS!”

As seasoned travelers, we have high expectations. It’s hard to imagine any other place in Italy that better exemplifies the charms of the country that make it a magnet for travellers. It’s even harder to imagine more engaging, charming and thoughtful guides than Chantelle and Giovanni.

MICHAEL ZACKS

Toronto, Canada

3. How about if it’s my first time to Italy - don’t I need to go to the Vatican?

Just 4 hours from Rome and a train ride away to Naples, you can tag on a trip to these bucket-list items before or after your trip with us.

While you’re with us, forget worrying about the language, logistics, or having a bad meal – you’ll travel stress-free knowing we’ve taken the guesswork out of planning your trip. 

4. HELP! I REALLY WANT TO BOOK THIS TOUR, BUT NO DATES ARE AVAILABLE WHEN I CAN TRAVEL. CAN I CUSTOMIZE MY DATES?

This itinerary has been crafted to ensure you’ll escape the crowds & enjoy the best of Puglia’s unique territory.  To offer you the best experience possible this trip has limited to just 1 date. 

 

“It was the best trip ever. The tour of a lifetime!”

We had taken other tours around the world, but this was our first time to Italy. I was a little skeptical at first, not knowing the region, but to my amazement it turned out to be the best tour we have ever done!  If you’re planning on going to Italy choose The Italian On Tour®.  After your trip with Giovanni and Chantelle

you’ll want to go back to experience their Italy again and again!

MINITHA BROWN

Toronto, Canada

Our accommodation was perfect in quality and location. The hotel staff were very obliging and nothing was too much trouble for them.

LEE FARRINGTON

Melbourne, Australia

6. I’m not a “tour person” (I usually plan my own trips). Is this right for me?

Great! Our guests travel with us because they’re looking for an authentic experience, something that they simply cannot pull-off on their own.

Think of this as the kind of trip planned by your local Italian BFFs who just happen to be Italian food & wine experts. 

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5. Where will I be staying?

Your home base is Villa San Martino a 19th-century masseria in the heart of the Itria Valley converted into a 5-star Luxury hotel and Spa complete with a fine-dining restaurant, a traditional restaurant, a bistrot, swimming pool & gym so that you’ll have endless options to enjoy your free time on tour.

Just minutes by taxi from the historic center of Martina Franca, you’ll be able to soak up the Serenity of Puglia’s countryside, while still being able to head out for a night on the town.

Their hotel choice was perfect! Clean, friendly staff, great food and my room was very comfortable with lots of space for luggage.”

RACHELLE HYNES

Squamish, BC, Canada

7. Help! I can’t eat gluten?

Your backstage pass to Italy isn’t off limits because you have to dine gluten-free.  Although the Passport to Puglia is NOT available gluten-free you can still get a behind-the-scenes look at genuine everyday G-Free Italian lifestyle – at no extra cost to you – when you join any of tours that can accommodate gluten-free travellers.

Click here to discover how you can travel gluten-free.

8. WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

You’ll be picked up from Bari’s International Airport. You’ll get all the details of the exact meeting point and The Italian On Tour Trip Support will be able personally offer recommendations on the best way to meet up with your tour.

9. HOW DO I MEET UP WITH MY TOUR?

Forget the headache of organizing a transfer you’ll meet us at Castelfranco Veneto’s Train station (which is a hour train ride from Venice), hop in your private air conditioned vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride knowing you’ll be taken care of.

10. I’m traveling on my own, is it safe?

Every single city that our tours are based in are selected for their ease of travel and comfortability to be able to walk freely in the evenings and enjoy the amenities of the town you are staying in. Chantelle as an expat and female traveller enjoy walks in the city during the day and evenings. Plus to help you get your bearing for where everything is in town you get an orientation walk on your first night on tour!

Didn’t find the answer to your question?

Or maybe you need help deciding what trip is right for you?

“It was my first time traveling solo and Giovanni & Chantelle made me feel comfortable and very welcome”

“As a solo traveller I felt very safe!”

BELINDA REILLY

Brisbane, Australia

“It was a nice balance between feeling like we were vacationing and relaxing”

“but also getting the history & learning about the local culture”

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, United States

You answered my questions.

Puglia here I come!

starting at 

$6,997 USD per person

Grab your spot for just $997 down

 (pop open the prosecco & get excited for your trip)

“It’s an experience of a lifetime that is worth every dime!”

“An immersive experience of Italian Culture, Food & Wine. The best part is that while on tour it feels like you’re traveling with good friends.

ANGELICA ESTRADA

Santa Clara, California, USA

pay for your italy trip in 3 just instalments

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with just $997 USD down per person

  • Pop the Prosecco because when you make down your deposit your pricing is locked-in. 
  • Unlike, many other companies, with us your price never is subject to increases, even if our costs go up.
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2nd instalment

$2997 USD per person

  • plus any single supplements or room upgrades
  • Payable by January 2nd, 2025
  • You’ll get a reminder 5 business days before your next instalment, so you’ll never have to stress about making a late payment
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your remaining balance

  • Payable by February 10, 2025
  • Cin, cin! You’re all set to travel Italy like a local. We can’t wait to meet you in Italy!

plus NEVER GET DINGED FOR BOOKING FEES AT THE CHECKOUT

 

as in you pay what you see, no surprises ever!

 

“Giovanni & Chantelle are the perfect guides to translate the Italian experience”

“Traveling like a local is not straight-forward. This type of experience requires someone on the inside who can guide you – and that’s where The Italian On Tour® steps in.”

To get the most out of this PUGLIA TRIP PUGLIA, you should…

Be ready for insider knowledge — you already know the best way to experience a new culture is among locals who become friends (and know Italy like the back of their hand!)

Want to take the guesswork out of planning your trip. Sit back and relax knowing we’ve taken care of it.  

Never want to feel rushed. You’re in Italy to soak up the local culture and sticking to a by the minute military schedule is NOT your idea of  vacation.  

Love Italian food, cheese, sipping award-winning wines, enjoy walking, picturesque countryside, iconic and off-the-beaten-path places where you can immerse yourself in the local culture – you want a ticket to being Italian.  

…and never want to stress about all the logistics, having a bad meal, or worry about speaking the local lingo.  

This means, you shouldn’t pop the prosecco if…

The flow of Italian lifestyle – dinner at 8pm, shops close for siesta-leisurely meals, and a full glass of vino – isn’t your jam. 

Exploring Puglia’s villages & vineyards doesn’t feel fun. We visit  Puglia’s UNESCO trulli homes & white-washed seaside villages — exploring them means we’ve arranged some private walking tours to give you insight into the history and local culture.

(Please refer to each individual day in the itinerary for an approximation of the activity level.)

You’re a picky eater.  Getting to know the local culture means trying a variety of authentic dishes – your meals on tour run the gamet of everything from pasta, cheeses, seafood and meat.

Luxury 5-star accommodations with focus on amenities, relaxation, character and pure Italian charm isn’t where you want to stay. You’re looking for a noisy city-center stay. (Need extra space? Don’t worry! Upgrades are available)

“You’re not shuffled in and out of a bus. There are no lines to cue up in. Chantelle & Giovanni take all the guesswork out of planning your Italian vacation.”

 

“They take care of where to go, what to see, where to eat: all while experiencing genuine everyday Italian lifestyle and cuisine.  The authentic Italian food was AMAZING! And best of all we had two locals to enlighten each day with their knowledge and experiences.”

ANNE PETRO

San Jose, California, USA

Still Reading?

Then You Should Know This…

 

Plenty of people will book that too-good-to-be-true big bus tour because they think they’ve gotta squeeze all of Italy’s famous spots into one trip or that they’ve scored a deal of a lifetime or DIY it thinking they can find it “cheaper”.

And here’s what will happen…

They’ll wind up being just another tourist on a big bus tour with 50 other people or stranded in the Italian countryside without a clue of where to go, what to see, who to meet, and what to eat.

…only to realize you can’t DIY exclusive experiences and can’t make genuine connections  that create memories to last a lifetime without someone on the inside who can translate the Italian experience for you.

…leaving you on the sidelines, missing out on experiencing the real Italy. 

But that isn’t going to be you…

You want more time relaxing than spending countless hours planning and stressing about all the details

You want to forget about getting from point A to B, and relax knowing you’ll be taken care of

You want to enjoy sipping Prosecco under the Italian sun, digging into another plate of pasta all’uovo made with Nonna’s love, and treating yourself with a second scoop of gelato because you’re in Italy and everyday is a celebration. 

You want a life-changing trip, create genuine connections with the locals, and leave Italy with memories to last a lifetime.

“It was a life-changing trip!”

What an amazing experience! This was my mom’s first trip to Europe and she can’t stop talking about it.

Chantelle and Giovanni introduced us to an abundance of upscale, indulgent, fresh Italian food every single day.

I’ve been to Europe three times before and traveling with The Italian On Tour was easily my favorite trip!

MICHELLE GRASEK

Seneca Falls, NY, USA

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“They should charge more!”

Their prices are unbelievably fair. If you’re hesitant about their pricing then I would say don’t go to Italy…”

RACHEL RUVO

North Carolina, USA

New York Times Bestselling Cookbook Author, and Creator of Nom Nom Paleo

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