While searching links to Italy on FB 2 years ago, I discovered Yle Sambati from Lecce, Italy.
I had never traveled south of Naples and the SE portion of Italy was a part of Italy I wanted to see along with Sicily and all the out islands.
If you are traveling solo or have a special interest, Yltour.com is the only company (my opinion) that can create a trip that is more than a vacation. On my adventure Yle found a nonna for me (grandmother) who would teach me how to make pasta.
The following year I learned to taste olive oil, met the dolce boss of Lecce (pastry boss), met a master artist in traditional paper mache, wine tasting, visiting an Italian market and cooking with Mamma! I could have stayed there longer, maybe forever. I feel I have Friends in Lecce! This year I adoped a 1,000 year old olive tree at the Taurino farm. Perhaps I shall attend the olive harvest this year.
What will you select for your adventure: cooking, photography, hiking, driving in classic cars, wine and oil tasting, pastry, art, language, hiking, diving in the blue sea..... just dream....
Programs change and others added monthly so contact Yle for details. Some of the programs offered when I checked her web site were:
FIND A PROGRAM BY INTEREST: cultural experiences through authentic travel programs We are happy to organize or book any activity from the large selection below. Our local staff will be delighted to help you arrange activities and excursions to make your holiday even more enjoyable. Fully escorted, Private, small groups tours: culture, food, wine, cooking classes, sport, painting, photography, Italian language camps are just some of our programs. We will escort you throughout the trip with a bilingual coordinator and Puglia expert.
COOKING CLASSES AT YOUR VILLA Culinary and Wine Classes at your private Villa. We organize private half day cookery classes right at your Villa, for your family and friends. Our cook and wine expert will bring everything is needed for this incredible culinary experience and serve a delicious meal you’ll have cooked together, paired with some great local wines.
WINE & FOOD TASTING TOURS Puglia is paradise to some amazing food, wine, cheese, bread and so much more. Let us custom your tour to cellars, mills, food markets, pastry shops, cheese farms where you can taste and meet the food producers.
PASTRY EXPERIENCE We organize a half day cooking experience in a traditional pastry shop where you will learn how to make biscuits, cakes and so much more, right with the local pastry chefs. Classes can be arranged either in the morning or in the afternoon and are set for singles, couples or small groups.
COOKING CLASS WITH A LOCAL MUM Cook with a local Mum preparing the real Puglia dishes of the peasant cooking style (cucina povera) and enjoy your preparation at the end of the class paired with some great indigenous wine. The cooking class can be provided at a wonderful masseria, in an oil mill, in a private kitchen of a Salento village. Ingredients to enjoy our cooking classes: lovely local mums and private kitchens, organic ingredients and new friends!
ITALIAN CLASSES Private Italian Language Classes at the place where you are lodged or at a place close to your lodge that you can easily reach. Your teacher will focus on your needs and teach you this lovely language in a very amusing and informal way. Italian classes are integrated with walks in the “daily” Italian lifestyle: local streets markets, cookery classes and more activities with locals only speaking Italian.
PRIVATE HANDS-ON JEWELLERY WORKSHOP Meet your lovey jewellery expert and create with her all kinds of multicolored gems and unique personal jewels. In the end of the lesson you will have your personal jewels as a souvenir of this beautiful creative experience.
PAINTING CLASSES AT THE MASSERIA A private painting lesson with a talented and skillful local maestro and a delicious lunch served at the end of your class. The maestro will give you a demonstration and teach you how to use colors and painting techniques. This painting class can be personalized. We will arrange an amazing picnic at the Masseria where the class will be held with some delicious Puglia selected cheese, cold cuts, organic bread, dessert and excellent wine.
SPORTS ACTIVITIES We provide a wide range of activities during your holidays, for children, couples and families alike: play tennis with locals, go sailing, snorkeling, diving, kite surfing and windsurfing, cycling, boat trips, fishing, family day out, sailing salento with lunch on board, yoga. BREAD MAKING WITH A LOCAL FAMILY We offers private bread making experience with a local family. We provide all the ingredients and equipment: whether you are an absolute beginner wanting to learn the basics or an enthusiastic baker, we would be glad to enjoy this authentic experience with you. The class is hands-on and you are actively involved in the process of bread making. We will teach you how to make several different types of bread.
CONCIERGE & BOOKING SERVICES FOR RESTAURANTS AND MORE We offer a complete concierge service for any need guests in Puglia may have: Typical Restaurants, wine bars & farmhouses, Stone pizza oven, transfer to and from Brindisi and Bari airport, city tours, escorted tours,shopping tours.
PICNIC AND PRIVATE OIL & WINE TASTING AT THE OIL MILL Our English speaking personal tour leader will meet you at an agreed meeting pointand leads you to a traditional oil mill in one of the best areas of production of extra virgin olive oil in Puglia. You will first get a detailed introduction to the world of extra virgin olive oil in our area and the techniques of olive collection, the phases of the olive pressing process and the secrets for a good extra virgin olive oil according to the Mediterranean diet. After seeing the machinery, you will enjoy an amazing picnic amidst the olive trees together with local friends serving you different types of extra virgin olive oil of local production and indigenous wines. The picnic will be a spectacular Puglia experience of olive trees, extra virgin olive oil, wine, food and local friends.
POTTERY CLASS An expert ceramic artisan will teach you the secrets of the clays and help you creating unique objects: vases, jugs, plates and many other different objects. In the end the item you created will be baked in the oven and you can get it the following days and have your personal souvenir of Puglia. During this class we will offer you some very good wine!
MASSAGE AT YOUR VILLA Book a relaxing massage in the comfort of your own lodge. We offer private massages at your villa: our masseuse will come to your villa with her professional massage table, towels, oils, scents and gentle music. Our masseuse will put you at ease and make you feel relaxed and wonderful. This is a 50 minute massage.
A LECCE ORIENTATION - Walking Tour This half day tour is especially designed for those would like to get an overview of the magnificent city. You will be met by your guide at your hotel or a designated meeting point and thus begin your magical journey into the city of baroque. Our guide will share with you little known aspects of the Salento culture. They will also point you in the direction of the best of Italian shopping. At the end of this lovely walking tour you will also get recommendations on the availability of the finest local traditional cuisine and the names and addresses of some of the best restaurants in the area. Walking Tours in Puglia top destinations available as well.
ORDERING PUGLIA WINE AND OIL FOR YOUR HOLIDAY ACCOMODATION
Create Your Own Itinerary: if you would like a site that is not mentioned in our existing selection of tours we are able to eager you custom tour planning. Contact us and Yle, your personal Puglia trip holiday: firstname.lastname@example.org