Authentic Travel With A Local Italian Expert
A native from Manduria, Puglia a small town famous for the best Primitivo in Italy, Antimo Cimino has an infectious passion and enthusiasm for travel and culture. He has travelled extensively around the world, speaks six languages, and has an outgoing personality. He loves sharing his Italian roots and showing you the most authentic aspects of being Italian. 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 15 days journey will start in Puglia during the grape harvest season. We start at a relaxing pace in 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.
Finally, the last couple of days we will explore the south part of the Amalfi Coast.
This is a dream trip for all those who love Italian food and wine. A feast at every stop and experience as we move from the southern region of Puglia, to the central region of Abruzzo and finally to Bologna in Northern Italy. To these 10 days trip you can add on your own a few days to explore Venice, Verona, Lake Como, or Florence, all very easily reachable from Bologna.
Cooking with locals, enjoying some of the best mozzarella, burrata, and other fresh cheeses made locally every day. Tasting some of Italy’s most delicious wines such as Primitivo di Manduria, Negroamaro, Aglianico, Montepulciano, Lambrusco and more.
As we move north we will experience other regional cuisine and their incredible staple produce such as tagliatelle, spaghetti all chitarra, tortellini, Parmesan Cheese, tigelle, Parma Ham, and Balsamic Vinegar.
This two weeks journey is a perfect way to experience the French and Italian cultures. We will relax in a villa outside of Nice for a week, enjoy relaxing promenades on the beach, wine and cheese tasting in the Provence region. Walking around Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez and Monaco.
The second week we will enjoy staying in a villa with a view of the Mediterranean on the hills near Cinque Terre; take day trips to the Barolo region and Lake Como in the north; experience truffle hunting and hiking around Manarola, Vernazza and Riomaggiore
This is a vacation as much as a journey about experiencing the beauty in life through food, wine, and art. Created in the spirit of the Italian saying “Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte” meaning the eye too has an appetite; an appetite for beauty.
During this journey through Italy we will explore the concept and application of beauty in various aspects of Italian life, from the arts, to the table, food and wine, fashion and more. Guided by travel expert from Puglia, Antimo Cimino along with Italian culture blogger Lonielle De Haven, this trip will be a treat for your senses and an unparalleled lifetime memory.
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 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 Maratea 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.