Puglia / Italy


Welcome to perfect Puglia in Southern Italy, where we discover this
agricultural and cultural secret paradise.


One of southern Italy's best kept secrets – Puglia is sea breezes, lovely beaches, sensationally fresh and varied seafood, robust pastas and breads. They make so much olive oil and good wine here that everyone is good looking and happy.

This is a sunny land of sweet people, unbelievable seafood, heady wines and very old olive groves. We spend half the week in the Baroque city of Lecce and the other half in a gorgeous masseria in the countryside to learn about burrata, orrecchiette and semolina bread.

You don’t know how much you miss Puglia till you leave it then you long to return to their gentle ways and honest food.

IMPORTANT: For this tour you must be physically fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved.


Southern Italy

30 August – 6 September


 € 3,775 per person
(based on twin share)

This includes 7 nights accommodation, airport transfers on days 1 & 8, Peta and our local guide, internal transport, cooking classes, entrances, all meals & wine with meals. 

€495 single supplement subject to availability.

Maximum of 12 guests.


In Lecce we stay at 
Santa Chiara Lecce

In Pezze di Greco we stay at
Masseria Montenapoleone

Our mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences. We travel initially to lose ourselves and next to find ourselves, because travel cracks us open and so pushes us over all the walls and low horizons that habits and defensiveness set up.  

Behind every person and every household is a story of local traditions and daily life in villages and towns. Traditional food is about ancestral memories and looking back and holding on to old cultures – it is profoundly about identity.  Come with us and partake in the honesty, grace, generosity and fun that is a Peta Mathias tour. Suitable for fit and healthy gastronomic adventurers!

The entire trip was fabulous. I appreciate and fully understand the organisation that goes into creating such an adventure. Ultimately it all rests on Peta. We had such a wild time and I will fully recommend it to friends. There was such a mix of personalities and that is enjoyable. Peta was fabulous!
— Chloe Wright, Tauranga
We had an absolutely fabulous time wandering around Puglia. The weather, food and company was outstanding – we couldn’t have asked for much more.
— Brendan & Shari, Christchurch