This Italian cooking class and yoga retreat is immersed in the nature at few kilometers from the sea in the south of Italy in the hearth of Apulia. During your cooking holiday in Italy, you will become competent in many other dishes made with vegetables and Mediterranean spices. This Italian cooking class in South Italy in Apulia is done with expert village women who will reveal the secrets of delicious Mediterranean cuisine!
There are ten rooms in the main farmhouse building, located on either the second or third floor, reached by stairs. The rooms are comprised of a variety of layouts, sleeping either two, three or four guests. Each room is named after a sign of the zodiac. All rooms are very comfortable, providing tranquility and repose in a refined and welcoming environment. The farmhouse also has two junior suites, which are 1-bedroom lofts with a kitchen, as well as, two 2-bedroom apartments in the 14th century tower called La Torre del Brigante.
Check in is anytime but room is available after 2 p.m. Check out of room is before 11 a.m. but it is possible to stay at the venue, the pool, etc. using external toilet.
Yoga mat and free bicycle are provided.
Companions who do not participate in the activities can come in a shared room and pay only the accommodation.
At the Italian cooking class, we will make together a wide range of Mediterranean appetizers and typical Apulian including stuffed meatballs, rolls, tomatoes under oil, bruschetta, pancakes with sauces and plenty of others. In this Italian cookery course, you will prepare different type of fresh pasta like Cavatelli, Orecchiette in the authentic way with typical sauces. You will acquire knowledge of how to make pizza and focaccia barese with different stone ground flour.
All participants of the Italian cooking classes will receive a cookbook including recipes of all the dishes made during their stay, an exclusive apron and a certificate on completion of the Italian cooking course. Vedaguru Centre has chosen dishes that can easily be made at home, using ingredients that you can find in the market wherever you live.
You will experience Italian cooking lessons every day during this retreat. Before each day, you will have daily morning Hatha yoga lessons before breakfast from Sunday to Friday. Tour will be done on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The masseria sits on top of a hill overlooking a valley that used to be a lake and is now filled with local flora and fauna. In the front, there is an enclosed large yard with colorful plants and flowers within high dry stonewalls giving a welcoming feeling of intimacy and protection. The farmhouse was built in the 15th century and was used as a hunting mansion by the Acquaviva dAragona Counts. In 1857, the judge Cataldo Ramunni purchased it and has been since passed down through the generations up to his descendant and current owner Mrs. Nin Bassi Metta.
On the side garden, there is a rural chapel with 17th Century frescos, deemed to be Saint Antonio hermitage. Behind the main structure, there is a wide green lawn, a lovely swimming pool reserved for room guests only, a playground and a four-season gazebo for events such as weddings and business meetings. It is nice to take walks or bike rides on the surrounding countryside paths and roads, with a view of fruit trees, especially almond trees, olive trees and cherry trees.
Two hundred meters from the main structure is the Bandits Tower, a 14th century stone tower rising out of the typical Mediterranean vegetation. The tower has been recognized for its historic architectural significance and is protected by the Italian Artistic and Cultural Society.
In the stone courtyard, along the dry stonewall that encloses the site is the pigeon-house, a charming medieval cylindrical dry stone structure, which was used for housing the homing pigeons. Constructed and renovated entirely with local stone, the property has retained its medieval charm and is a rare find in Puglia. The tower sits on top of a hill with a 360 breathtaking view of Mediterranean vegetation protected by the World Wildlife Fund. The closest town is Conversano, which is a historic and artistic site with a medieval castle.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI).
From Bari airport it's possible to take the metro to Bari central train station (15 minutes, 5 EUR) and from there train to Conversano (40 minutes, 2,10 EUR).
Vedaguru Centre can organize taxi transfer from Bari or Brindisi Airport.
If you want to reach Puglia by boat, the coast towns from Vieste to Taranto offer mooring facilities and hospitality to seafarers. The ports of Bari and Brindisi, popular stopovers for cruise ships, provide services for both watercrafts and crews.
From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can take the metro and reach the railroad station from which you can take train to Conversano. Free transfer from Conversano train station to the farmhouse is included in the retreat price. Please let Vedaguru Centre know before arrival time.
From Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI), you can book a taxi. One way to Masseria Montepaolo will cost 60 EUR.
You can take the Brindisi shuttle bus to the train station and from there to Polignano a mare. Vedaguru Centre can organize transfer from Polignano a mare.
For those who would like to rent a car, Vedaguru Centre recommends renting a car directly at the airport of Bari.
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