GALLIPOLI, WINE-TASTING & SEAFOOD MARKET
From Ostuni, we will head south – crossing the heel of Italy to Gallipoli, a charming fishing town on the sea. After a stroll through the town’s vibrant fish market, we will tour an ancient underground olive oil mill. The, we will savor a delicious seaside lunch at Puritate — one of the best seafood restaurants in the entire region. In the afternoon, you will tour a local winery, Schola Sarmenti, in Nardò. Here, you will visit its ancient wine cellars and taste their award winning, organic wines. Finally, we will drive 10 minutes to Santa Maria al Bagno and visit the “museo della memoria e dell'accoglienza” – learning about the one thousand German and Polish Jewish refugees who lived in Puglia between1943 to 1947, as they awaited entry to Israel or the U.S.
In the evening, you will be surrounded by the golden-hued stones in the Baroque jewel of Lecce. We will dine at Le Zie – a favorite of locals and Italian celebrities. As we walk to and from the restaurant, we will glimpse Lecce lit up at night. Centuries-old palazzos and the carved facades, made from the soft local stone, fill the city center. You will enjoy three nights in Lecce at the 5* luxury resort Hotel Risorgimento, found in the heart of this city; this elegant resort has been an inn since the 15th century. The gourmet restaurant's executive chef, Cosimo Simmini, uses local produce to bring to life the traditional flavors Puglia’s cuisine.