Yle has created another special event in Puglia With Victoria De Maio


Let’s discover and enjoy Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot, together!!

* Cooking Classes * Yoga * Wine Tasting * Sightseeing * Bike Rides * Olive Oil Tasting *  * Beach Time * Creative Time * Free Time and Fun Time! *

* And So Much MORE! *

Your Hosts:

Victoria De Maio, Postcards from Travel PiZazz

Travel Consultant, Blogger, Writer & Yoga Instructor, Lover of All Things Italian
Yle Sambati, YLTours

Puglia Travel Expert, Tour Organizer & Leader    

The Spring 2014 Trip is FULL! (Wait List Only)

NEW Fall 2014 Dates – September 28 – October 8!

Our Daily Itinerary *

La Dolce Vita for YOU and me!

The spacious and gracious Masseria Provenzani, a beautifully renovated farmhouse, with its lovely sala di pranzo for dining, library, inviting patios, pool and gardens is the perfect place to relax and experience la dolce vita. Enjoy the company of friends and make new friends in this cozy and hospitable setting.

puglia 2014- masseria provenzani
Receive a Warm Benvenuti at Masseria Provenzani!

We’ll enjoy fresh, organic Pugliese cuisine and wine tastings daily. Yes, wine will be an important part of our time together! Meals will be prepared just for us (and sometimes by us!) in the large kitchen or, when visiting other areas, we’ll eat where the locals eat.

Visiting ancient and historic sites, we’ll learn about the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle of this spectacular  region of southern Italy. And then, of course, there are the gorgeous beaches and crystal clear blue waters…and so much more!

Ahh, I can hardly wait, can you? So, let’s go! Andiamo!

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  • Spend 10 days and 9 nights in fabulous Puglia – the heel of Italy’s boot.
  • Travel with a small group (min. 6, max. 12).Puglia 2014- Cooking & Wine
  • Airport transfers to and from Brindisi Airport.
  • Bi-lingual hosts and guides.
  • Stay in one fabulous, luxury accommodation, Masseria Provenzani, located in the heart of the Salento region.
  • Morning yoga and meditation with Victoria. (No previous yoga experience necessary.)
  • ALL meals lovingly prepared at the Masseria by a private chef or at local family-run trattorias.
    puglia 2014- eat & drink
    Enjoy delicious Pugliese cuisine prepared just for YOU!
  • Four cooking classes featuring local, organic ingredients and local mums.
  • Wine tasting at every meal.
  • Olive oil tasting.
  • Visit local artisans for gelato, cheese, and pastry making demos (and tasting, of course!).
  • Visit historic and charming Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, the Itria Valley with its famous trulli, and more!
  • puglia 2014 - sightseeing

    Visit the unique & breathtaking Salento region of Puglia.

    Sightseeing and excursions including a wine tour, walking tours, and a boat ride.
  • Enjoy a local cartapesta (papier-mâché) demonstration.
  • Optional bike rides and art class.
  • Beach time.
  • Relaxed pace.
    puglia 2014 - pool
    Enjoy free time to just relax & enjoy “la dolce far niente”!
  • Free time to enjoy the pool, read a book, get a massage, take a walk, relax or just indulge in la dolce far niente (sweet doing nothing!)
…and MORE!

After all, you do like surprises, don’t you?


                                                                                                                                Victoria De Maio, Postcards from Travel PiZazz                                                      La dolce vita for me! 
My name is Victoria De Maio, and I am a lover of all things Italian.
IMG_1083 copyI grew up in an Italian family in California and am in a constant state of “homesick for Italy”!

As a travel consultant, blogger and writer, I am dedicated to providing no-nonsense,
practical travel tips and insights – with a light-hearted twist – and I specialize in helping people plan and take that next fabulous vacation.
Please join me at
http://PostcardsfromTravelPiZazz.com. You’ll also find me on Italian Notebook (http://www.italiannotebook.com/author/Victoria), Facebook  (Postcards from Travel PiZazz), Twitter (@LADOLCEVITA4ME ), Google+ (Victoria De Maio), YouTube (www.YouTube.com/user/VictoriaTravelPiZazz) and AboutMe.com.

                                                                                                                                                             Details of your time in Puglia  
DAY 1 – Friday, April 25 Welcome to Puglia!

  • You are picked up upon arrival at Brindisi airport.
  •  puglia 2014 - cooking, wine tasting Benvenuti! Welcome to Puglia! Enjoy a Benvenuti” (Welcome) Aperitivo Pugliese.
  • Unpack, relax by the pool…
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Meet your hosts Victoria & Yle and learn about the fabulous time we have planned for you!

DAY 2 – Saturday, April 26 – I Hope You’re Hungry!

  • Breakfast.
  • Enjoy a relaxing morning at our beautiful accommodation.
  • Cooking class and lunch at the Masseria with the preparation of some traditional healthy recipes.
  • In the afternoon: take an easy little bike ride, an afternoon of painting with a local maestro or relax by the pool. (Or perhaps you would like to schedule a massage?)
  • Private wine tasting at the Masseria and dinner to follow.

DAY 3 –Sunday, April 27 – Let’s Explore!

  • Breakfast.
  • Lecce guided tour: a “passeggiata” in the city of Baroque and its historic center: we’ll be greeted by cherubs, monsters, flowers, fruits, beauties, and beasts.

puglia 2014 - lecce Visit Lecce, the “Florence of the South”.

  • Cartapesta (papier-mâché) experience with a famous local artisan.
  • A light lunch at a local trattoria.
  • Free afternoon to explore Lecce or relax by the pool.
    • Cooking class and pizza making at the Masseria.
  • Dinner based on our creations.

DAY 4 – Monday, April 28 – Let’s Stretch and Go Sightseeing! Don’t Forget Your Cameras!

  • Morning meditation and yoga with Victoria.
  • puglia 2014 - trulli The famous “trulli” – bring your camera! Breakfast.
  • Photography day in the Itria Valley and its rural landscape of “trulli”, cylindrical buildings with conical roofs: area tour with a guide of Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca.
  • A light lunch at a local trattoria.
  • Free time to explore and delight in the labyrinth of whitewashed village streets, the olive trees and the brightblue color of the Adriatic sea.
  • Back to the Masseria for dinner.

DAY 5 – Tuesday, April 29Una Giornata di Vino, Olio e Pane! (A Day of Wine, Oil & Bread!)

  • Morning meditation and yoga with Victoria.
  • Breakfast.
  • Wine tour in the “Park of the Negroamaro Wine” area.
  • Lunch with a private oil tasting in an oil mill amidst thousands of olive trees.

puglia 2014 - cooking, wine tasting Let’s cook together! Pasta and Bread Afternoon Cooking Class with a local mum and dinner to follow. DAY 6 – Wednesday, April 30By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Seaside!

  • Morning meditation and yoga with Victoria.
  • Breakfast.
  • Excursion: Gallipoli Tour, the “beautiful town of fishermen”.
  • Enjoy a light lunch with a delightful ocean view at a local trattoria.
  • Free time on a white sandy Gallipoli Beach.
  • Back to the Masseria  for an afternoon wine tasting/aperitivo. puglia 2014 - cooking, wine tasting Enjoy daily wine tastings!
  • Maybe time for a quick dip in the pool, a massage or a nap before dinner together at the Masseria.

DAY 7 – Thursday, May 1 – Surrounded by Water…

  • Morning meditation and yoga with Victoria.
  • Breakfast.
  • A boat excursion in the the beautiful waters of Salento.
  • Lunch together in Lecce at a local trattoria.
  • Free time in Lecce. Time to buy those souvenirs!
  • Back to the Masseria for dinner.

DAY 8 –Friday, May 2 – A Little Bit of Everything!

  • Morning meditation and yoga with Victoria.
  • Breakfast.
  • Excursion to Otranto beach and time to relax.
  • Lunch by the ocean at a local trattoria.
  • Afternoon walking visit of Otranto, ancient coastal town famous for the mosaic floor of its cathedral: elephants, peacocks, mermaids, cats with human feet, centaurs!
  • Return to the Masseria.
  • Dolce” cooking class.
  • Dinner together at the Masseria.

DAY 9 – Saturday, May 3Our Last Day and It’s Foodie Day in Lecce!

  • Breakfast.
  • Visit Lecce’s food market.
  • Enjoy a cheese making demo and tasting.
  • See how it’s done: pasticciotto making and tasting with a local pastry chef.
  • Lunch in a local trattoria.
  • Afternoon – gelato-making demo and tasting.
  • Back to the Masseria. Free time to start packing or to relax by the pool.
  • Our last evening: Let’s all cook and enjoy together.

DAY 10 – Sunday, May 4 Baci ed Abbracci Day!

  • Breakfast.
  • Time to finish packing, relax by the pool and to say our good-byes…
  • Transfers to Brindisi Airport.

Arrivederci Puglia! ( * Note: Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. Sequence of day trips may vary. Final itinerary will be given to participants prior to the start of the trip.) I’m Coming! I Want to Kick Up My HeelZ in Puglia! How Do I Register?
spacer - long red with  ylw Early Bird “GRAZIE”!

Published by Lee Laurino

A traveler not a tourist, searching for experiences not in travel books. Solo traveler who travels as long and far as possible sharing photos of the people and places I discover

2 thoughts on “Yle has created another special event in Puglia With Victoria De Maio

  1. Grazie Lee! I appreciate you sharing this amazing adventure with your followers. I can hardly wait to be in Puglia with Yle and her family and friend! Hopefully, we will connect in person one day, too…maybe in Puglia?


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