From Magna Grecia to Bizanzio, from Normans to Fredric the 2nd , from Angevines to Aragon, from Turkish to Borbone dominations, Apulia is a country where different peoples, traditions and cultures produced a kaleidoscope that still remains in the architecture, landscapes, agriculture, and of course culinary traditions.
UNA CENA IN UNA NOBILE FAMIGLIA DEI BORBONI
“Dining with the Noble Families of the Borboni period”
Arrival in Bari airport/train and transfer to the Masseria.
Time to relax or to go around till dinner at 8 p.m.
During aperitifs and dinner you will jump into the Borboni period through the original Apulia culinary history, that is the Borbony cooking history. You will have the chance to explore my Masseria, once an old Olive Mill, eventually becoming my families summer residence, and hear the stories of generations of my family and tales of the old days (if it pleases you).
The region was once a province of the Kingdom of the Two Scillies, and the recipes here are very similar to the ones of the Reign of the Borboni.
Tonight’s dinner features dishes such as the one of my great grandmother, Donna Ritella d’Erario Recchia, Baronessa diTolve, prepared for her guests. The candle lit dinner will be served in old family potteries and glasses.
POTTERIES: A GENUINE APULIAN ART, FROM THE OLD PEUCETIA, TO THE ONES OF THE CERAMIC MASTERS OF GROTTAGLIE
This day is dedicated to the visit of Taranto and Grottaglie.
You can’t leave Apulia without visiting Grottaglie, whose ancient and charming ceramics quarter is full of shops were ceramic masters craft the most famous pottery of our country, known worldwide. In the pottery quarter there is also a museum devoted to this old traditional art.
You will find the potteries of the ancestors of this ceramic artists visiting the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, that present a collection of terracotta vases and figurines whose painted garments suggest the splendour of Taranto’s famous dyed woollen cloth.
Taranto (Taras in Greek), the finest harbour in South Italy, was one of the major cities of Magna Grecia, and still remains a city of wealth and learning.
It was one of the major centre for the teaching of Pythagorean philosophy, and Plato indicated Taras as one of the hubs for learning of Magna Grecia. Famous for its wool and its wine, the city also produced a much-admired purple dye from the murex shellfish in its harbour.
The National Archaeological Museum of Taranto present also a vast collection of gold jewellery.
Come back to masseria for dinner.
ALLA CORTE DELL’IMPERATORE
We ‘ll go to Castel del Monte, the Castle of the Emperor Fredric the 2nd. Lunch in the deep Murgia and at the sunset we will arrive to the charming town of Trani, where we will walk along the harbour and look at the wonderful Romanesque Cathedral along the sea.
Dinner in a typical Locanda next the Ognissanti Church, the Church of Templars.
MANGIAFOGLIE AND MANGIAMACCHERONI
Mangiafoglie means our tradition of poor people that only have vegetables and pasta (maccheroni) to not eat meat.
After breakfast we ‘ll walk along the narrow streets of Mola, knocking on the doors of the farmers, who display their daily products of vegetables and fruit on “seggioline”, little chairs, outdoors grace this bustling little town. Here you can always have a complimentary smile when you knock on the door to ask for a kilo of figs, or cherries, or “cime di rape”.
And just here we ‘’ll buy the products that we need for our cooking lesson. Then we spend the morning visiting Polignano and Monopoli.
Lunch along the sea, in a “sciala”, where fishermen women cook simple “spaghetti con le cozze or fried little fishes, while fisherman clean and open for the guests fresh see-urchins. As it happened 50 years ago.
In the afternoon cooking class about pasta and vegetables and arrivederci dinner in masseria.
4 nights accommodations with full breakfast (double occupancy)
4 dinners and 3 lunches
1 practical cooking lesson in masseria
Guided Excursions and transportation
Transportation from/to Bari airport/train
For minimum 4 people