Authentic Travel With A Local Italian Expert and Chef
A native from Manduria, (Puglia) Antimo Cimino has an infectious passion and enthusiasm for travel, food, and culture. He is also a trained chef and author of “Food You’ll Make Love To: Ah, Those Italians!” – a cookbook with a southern Italian flare. He has travelled extensively around the world, speaks six languages, and has an outgoing personality. He is both proud and honored to take you through the backdoors of Italy and introduce you to a variety of lifestyles. Antimo has a natural gift at arranging unmanufactured experiences that are real and authentic focused on relationships and human connection. Following him around is a fun, multi-sensory, enjoyable experience like no other. He is well respected and loved by friends, with him by your side you will be treated like family!
This two weeks trip will take you at the discovery of ancient fascinating and charming towns both in Puglia and in Calabria, crossing the south part of the Italian boot from East to West. Traveling from the towns of Lecce, Cisternino, Locorotondo, Polignano a Mare on the Adriatic Sea to Praia a Mare on the Tyrrhenian Sea. During this wonderful adventure we will be cooking with locals, enjoying incredible food and wine, and walking on the beach.
If you plan to stay longer in Italy, you can continue your vacation on your own to check out the Amalfi Coast or spend a few days in Rome.
This two weeks journey is a perfect way to experience two of Italy’s most charming and scenic regions, Tuscany and Umbria. Travel through ancient roads surrounded by wild flowers, cypress trees and rolling hills cultivated with grapes and olives; savor farm to table traditional cuisine; wander through markets; cook with locals, and sip the luscious Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello.
Experience the agricultural riches of Umbria and the passion of the locals hunting for wild boar, carefully aging salami, making porchetta, hunting for black truffles, and making the most incredible cheeses. Keep active while walking through many charming medieval towns to admire cultural treasures and take in the picturesque landscape surrounding you.
Two weeks mingling with Italians, learning about their lifestyle, traveling from Puglia, to Abruzzo, then to Emilia Romagna while spring displays a tapestry of beautiful colors and blossoms from one region to the next. Sightseeing ancient charming cities and towns, tasting and enjoying some of the best wines Italy has to offer and some of the freshest most delicious food. A true multi-sensory journey across the Italian boot that will leave you enchanted! The final itinerary can change according to the needs, interests, and wishes of the group.
This 15 days journey will start in Puglia during the grape harvest season. The end of Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the sea and the inland without the crowds. We start at a relaxing pace in a villa in Gallipoli, visiting the Baroque city of Lecce on the Adriatic coast, enjoying all that the Salento region has to offer: arts, amazing food, the wine and the sea. Our journey will continue to Manduria an ancient town along the Ionian sea and home of the best red wines in the region.
From here we will explore the Valle D’Itria outside of Alberobello and Cisternino and eventually make our way to Calabria to stay in a castle from XIII century.
A memorable two weeks traveling first through the “Toe” of Italy and crossing over into Sicily. Immersed in ancient settings of Baroque routes, magnificent Greek temples, Roman theaters and breathtaking views. Mingling with the locals at the markets; walking around the small towns at the feet of mount Etna; staying in a castle from XIII century; cooking in ancient kitchens; relaxing on beautiful beaches and cruising on a boat along the coast; eating farm to table home cooked meals and of course enjoying luscious local wines.
In these two regions you will meet wonderful locals that will welcome you and treat you as family, sharing their cultural heritage, their humble home or farm, and a slice of their life!