May 9 – 19, 2016 – LIVE IT UP IN PUGLIA !!!
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Bari downtown and port

Bari downtown and port


Join Valentina and Mimmo for 11 days of cultural and gastronomic adventures. You will discover the seldom traveled sites of Puglia, the heel of Italy’s boot. Sit back, relax and unwind. Let Valentina and Mimmo guide you and transport to a fable life. Whitewashed buildings, secret castles, crystalline Adriatic Sea with a large coastline that has an abundance of seafood, an outstanding array of fresh fruits, vegetables and bucolic vineyards where you will enjoy exemplary local food and wines. This tour includes all the region’s popular and not so popular attractions and represents an ideal itinerary for those who enjoy small group tours and are approaching Puglia for the first time.♢

Symmetry on the Adriatic Sea Promenade

Symmetry on the Adriatic Sea Promenade

You purchase your ticket with your favorite airline and use mileage if you have any accumulated. You will start your trip in your hometown and will reach the city of Bari, in the region of Puglia as your last destination. Bari is the largest city in the South of Italy. There, in Bari International Airport, Mimmo and Valentina’s team will greet you with smiles and will take you by a private BUS/SUV to the designated ancient farm-house or B&B, whichever is available, where each guest is known by first name and not by the room number.
All participants arrive on May 9, 2016 and will be picked up one by one in Bari International Airport. The trip starts on this day.

If you want to arrive one or two days earlier to rest, please let us know, our team in Puglia can arrange your stay, but there will be an upcharge of $500 total for no more than two extra days.
If you want to stay longer, the charge will change accordingly to the extra days you decide to stay.

The next day after your arrival and after the first breakfast, at our leisure we will get on our private BUS/SUV and we will visit this marvelous southern regions.
We will do the same every day until the last day of our sojourn.
This is not a Tour De Force!!!
There will not be packing and unpacking, our clothes will stay in the room while we go have fun and every night we will return to the same room.
We like to pleasantly surprise our guests with activities, please, don’t ask about the itinerary, otherwise will not be a surprise anymore. Just be prepared to have fun, eat, drink and sing.♢

GallipoliBaroque Lecce – Gallipoli – considered the Florence of South Italy.

TRIP DATES: May 9 – May 19, 2016 – 11 days, 10 nights.
Registration closing date: March 30, 2016.
Price $2,900 per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement $400.00

This price will include the following:
A. Three meals a day with water, juices and a couple of wine glasses a person. Extra food or drinks, or extra drinks for the road, are not on the house.
B. Lodge in a 3-5 stars farm-house or B&B.
C. Private transportation, transfer from and to Bari airport.
D. Private bus or mini-van for our excursions.
E. Admission visits to museums, exhibitions and folklore dance.
F. Wine and Food tastings. Be prepared to eat !!!
G. Cooking classes and chef fees.
H. Vintage cars, or Opera singer (if available).
I. Shopping and market visits.

The rate does not include: Air Flight to reach Puglia, Travel Insurance, Travel Medical Insurance, Alcoholic Drinks,  Personal Expenses,  Tips, and Extras.

GRATUITY – At the end of the trip are not expected but they are surely appreciated.

Payment in full is accepted at the time of registration.


If you are purchasing a double occupancy room click below – Price: $2,900 USD.


If you are purchasing a single room there will be a supplement of $400 for the entire stay, click below – Price $3,300 USD.


For any questions, please contact Valentina directly via email:

Trulli Alberobello by Pierpaolo
We will visit Alberobello – Patrimony of UNESCO.


TRAVEL INSURANCE – It is compulsory that all customers travelling are adequately covered by insurance for the duration of their travel arrangements. Organizers cannot in any way be made liable for any cost incurred by customer on any tour.
All customers are required to familiarize with any health requirements specific to the countries being visited. Customers who are aged 70 years or over, or with a pre-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel, or any medical/dietary requirements must visit their doctor and show confirmation that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.
All cancellations must be made in writing to Organizers. In the event of a cancellation a full refund will be honored 90 days prior departure, less administration fees including visa charges, transfer fees, lodging fees already reserved in Puglia and any applicable amendment fees. In the event of health issues occurred prior departure, full refund will be honored with a presentation of a doctor’s note, less all charges already mentioned. No refund will be made for any unused portions of the holiday after the departure date.
In the event a tour is cancelled prior departure due to unforeseeable circumstances, organizers will refund all fees paid by customer prior to departure.
A passport with a minimum of six month’s validity is required for customers travelling to all countries in our programme. Responsibility for documentation accuracy, passport validity and dispatch of documents rests with the customer. Organizers accepts no responsibility for any failure in this respect.
Organizers acts as a coordinator for all persons taking these tours in the making of all arrangements for transportation, sightseeing and hotel accommodation. The Company does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant or any other supplier of services. All coupons, receipts and tickets are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and all services are subject to the laws of the country where the services are provided. The Company acts only as an agent for the owners, contractors and suppliers of transportation and/or other related travel services provided and assumes no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage to baggage or property or for any injury, illness or death or for any damages or claims whatsoever caused arising directly or indirectly from accidents, loss, theft or damage to person or property, delays, transport failure, strikes, wars and uprisings or acts of God, over which the Company has no control. We strongly urge all customers to undertake a high level of personal responsibility in order to ensure that possessions, equipment and personal documents are closely monitored and protected at all times.
This contract is governed by the laws of the state of England and any legal action arising therefrom shall be litigated only in the appropriate court in that state having jurisdiction in that claim.
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ANSA, a specialized travel institute declared Puglia the “Top Travel Destination in 2014”. Read it here:


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One of the longest running American T.V. soap opera “Beautiful” last year took its crew and landed in Puglia, exactly in Polignano and Monopoli two very quaint towns perched on the cliffs of the Adriatic Sea. Sixteen episodes of Beautiful were filmed over there in the course of two months, taking the actors by surprise on how beautiful the area is. Watch the video below of places we visited with a group of Germans.



American actor Mel Gibson filmed “The Passion Of Christ” in the nearby Matera. We will visit this ancient enchanting land.


Listen to a bit of history in this next video – The guests shown in this video came from Sweden and Germany. Please enjoy watching them, as my Italian team and I enjoyed having them during my trip. The look on their faces and their gestures really tell the story of how much fun they had visiting Puglia. The laughter, jokes and fun are all still vivid in my mind. They were so delighted to have gone on my trip to Puglia.



Read what Wine Enthusiast Magazine wrote about Puglia and its wines


(Video by: Sei A Casa Sei A Bari) Featuring the promenade on the Adriatic Sea and part Bari city, downtown area. Permission Granted.

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Copyright © 2015-2016 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Val Admiring World Valentina Cirasola,
designer, author and world trotter will host one or two trips a year. She will guide tours through art, architecture, food and shopping. During each trip she organizes special adventures for people who want to live it up! She has an advantage over people who organize similar trips to Italy, she is a native Italian and a designer who knows where style and good shopping are. Author of three books, all-available on this site at the Books page and on

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Franco Antonetti
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:48:11

    My Sister lives at Bari.
    I have returned to Italy once retired,visiting my older sisters in Rome and Bari.
    I had no idea how much there is to see.You can see a Colosseo like structure near Bari that used lions like the one in Rome.You can see a beautiful Castle with a free tour.
    Yes,i will return as one visit was not enough.



    • Valentina Author
      Mar 01, 2013 @ 18:12:03

      Ciao Franco,
      Puglia is really an unknown region that holds so many beautiful sites worth to be visited, appreciated and enumerated among the most renowned places in Italy.
      Stay tuned if you like to participe to one of my trips to Puglia, they will happen once a year. Thanks for including the link to your book and for taking the time to comment.



  2. Harold Green
    Mar 22, 2013 @ 04:39:33

    Valentina, this sounds delicious. Will keep it upper most on my hat brim.



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  5. Kay Clarke
    Oct 22, 2014 @ 18:34:06

    Hello Valentina: I won’t be able to do this trip but will look forward to another with you. Thanks for your colorful emails. The are “delicious.” I see Angela often!



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