What's cooking in Puglia, Italy?

The doors of the Masseria (traditional farmhouse) Gelso Bianco opened for the first time in June this year. Its culinary school, La Cucina at Gelso Bianco, is housed in a renovated farm house in the countryside of the fabulous region of Puglia in Italy’s deep south, near the UNESCO World Heritage site Alberobello. There are four rooms of boutique hotel status with private bathrooms and a pool to help you keep cool after ‘slaving over a hot oven’! Its kitchen is housed in a former stable but is now state-of the-art and a joy to work in.

Culinary programmes last one week and there are often guest chefs from North America, so don’t worry about the language. So much of this wonderful experience is visual anyway.

This great idea is a project organized by Southern Visions Travel, founded in 2007 by Puglia native, Antonello Losito. The company offers guided and self-guided walking and cycling tours in Puglia, as well as its full immersion culinary and wine experiences. Your hosts will be professional cyclists and food and wine experts and there’s a stress on local culture.

‘The experience at Gelso Bianco is a full immersion into life in Puglia. Our guests get up and close with locals and expert artisanal producers that we are lucky enough to know personally. And, we have access to the freshest ingredients possible-right from the garden,’ says Southern Visions owner, Antonello Losito.

Puglia is a magnet for foodies. Its cuisine is based on vegetables and fresh fish, a classic example of the healthy Mediterranean diet. If you’re salivating just reading this, contact leigh.vincola@southernvisionstravel.com for further details.

Ryanair flies to Brindisi and Bari from London Stansted.

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