Postcard Puglia, ITALY: A Week in a Private Agriturismo

Nardò, Province of Lecce, Italy

The Continental DRIFTER®
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May 4 - 11, 2024
Group size: 6 - 10
Postcard Puglia, ITALY: A Week in a Private Agriturismo
Nardò, Province of Lecce, Italy

The Continental DRIFTER®
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May 4 - 11, 2024
Group size: 6 - 10

About this trip


Join Continental DRIFTER® Founder and veteran tour organizer Ralph Velasco for a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience to the Puglia region of Italy. 

Enjoy a week exploring the “heel of the boot.”

Overview of this Experience

Our Postcard Puglia experience is meant to provide a deep dive into a lesser-known region of Italy, Apulia, a.k.a. Puglia. 

Often referred to as “the heel of the boot,” Puglia is a part of Italy with stunning scenery, gorgeous cities, quaint villages, miles and miles of rugged coastline, and vast agricultural lands rich in olive oil production accounting for, by some estimates, up to 40 percent of Italy’s overall output.

During this experience, you’ll enjoy 7 nights at a private agriturismo owned and operated by an Italian-American woman named Giulia who can’t wait to welcome our group.  Giulia oversees a unique property where she’s created an atmosphere of peaceful tranquility complete with a private chef who cooks only with locally-sourced, farm-to-table ingredients (we even have an included cooking class/demonstration while there).

There’ll also be an opportunity to schedule optional spa treatments and a yoga class right on the property (you'll want to make appointments on arrival), as well as have access to a limited number of bikes provided free during your stay.

Other Activities

Lecce, Gallipoli, Santa Maria al Bagno & Alberobello

Other activities include visits to the nearby seaside at Santa Maria al Bagno and Gallipoli, a day trip to Alberobello with its ancient trulli, or unique stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.  We’ll also visit the nearby town of Lecce, referred to as the “Florence of the South,” and you’ll see why.

There’ll be wine tasting, cheese sampling, ample opportunities for moderate walking and short, mostly level hikes, and simply time to enjoy the property’s facilities, including a large pool, several outdoor seating areas, an olive grove and other beautiful gardens.  You can certainly spend your free time relaxing, reading a book, taking in the Apulian sun, having a coffee or a cocktail, sipping a glass of local wine and more.

This customized experience was carefully designed by Ralph and Giulia with our Alla Campagna guests in mind, and it’s only open to a limited number of participants (single rooms may be strictly limited and are available only on a first-come, first-served basis).

Join us in Postcard Puglia for the experience of a lifetime, one you won’t soon forget!

Info About Our Unique Accommodations

We’ll be staying in a privately owned agriturismo. This property has just 6 simple but ample rooms, each is air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom.

The 5-acre property also has a large pool, several outdoor sitting areas, plenty of grounds to walk and enjoy, plus an incredible chef for occasional on-site meals, including an unforgettable “brunch” that will be served each and every morning of your stay.  Activities include optional yoga, wellness and massage services, as well as a limited number of bikes available for free to ride in the surrounding area.

Located in Nardò, the property also has a lovely garden and several terraces.

Free WiFi is available for all guests and each unit features a daily supply of bottled water.

An ample Italian breakfast (aka “brunch”) is served every morning at the property.


"Visiting Puglia and the beautiful cities there was a great experience that gave me a new perspective on Italy.  I loved the area and especially enjoyed seeing and walking around the old streets of Nardò, Lecce, and Gallipoli.  Staying at The Aia, a unique hotel, made for an enjoyable trip.  Giulia, Cosimo, and the entire staff were wonderful.  Giulia is a delightful, very personable, and knowledgeable guide.  Cosimo is a fantastic and friendly chef whose meals are out of this world.  I would particularly recommend the trip for those who are interested in going to another part of Italy and are looking for a low-key and relaxing tour.  The Aia was beautiful and I loved staying there.  The accommodations are both excellent and rustic." ~ Ron S. (US)

“A wonderful place to stay. Near Nardò and close to the beach too. A lovely pool nestled amongst an olive grove. We loved the breakfast with fresh local ingredients. Giulia is a fantastic host. We will be back ”  ~ Sarah (UK)

“It is a fantastic place if you want to get away from the hectic city life, enjoy the silence and see the stars at night. A great place to relax with a very friendly host, highly recommended! ”  ~ Alessia (UK)

“Giulia – the owner – is a very kind person and present there everyday. – Very nice pool – Quiet and relaxing – Nice garden”  ~ Sorin (Romania)

About the Surrounding Area

Lecce is 19 miles away, while Gallipoli is 12 miles from the property.

Brindisi Airport (BDS) is where you’ll likely want to fly in and out and it’s located approximately 1 hour from the property.  In order to have maximum freedom during your trip you may like to rent a car which can easily be arranged in advance and picked up and dropped off at the airport, but private airport transfers are also available for an additional fee of 80 euros per car (2 – 3 pax max) and can be arranged in advance.

The owner is almost always available and is a native English speaker who can help you to navigate the region.

What is an Agriturismo?

The word “agriturismo” is a combination of the Italian words agricoltura (agriculture) and turismo (tourism), and they’re designed to receive guests, whether for food, holiday accommodation, or a combination of the two and are often working farms.  Ours, of course, provides both food and accommodation, although it’s important to note that in order to provide variety and get to know the surrounding area some meals have been arranged for the group outside of the property.

Our stay promises to be a truly unforgettable experience.

About Apulia (Puglia)

According to Google, “Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s ‘boot,’ is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometers of coastline. Capital Bari is a vibrant port and university town, while Lecce is known as ‘Florence of the South’ for its baroque architecture. Alberobello and the Itria Valley are home to ‘trulli,’ stone huts with distinctive conical roofs.”

Population: 4.029 million (2019) Eurostat, Trending

Area: 7,545 mi²

Capital: Bari

About this Itinerary


Most meals are included and B = Brunch, L = Lunch and D = Dinner

Items mentioned in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS are included in your fee for this experience.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You’ll want to wear good, sturdy walking shoes throughout this experience as the property where we're staying and the towns and villages we'll be visiting are often made up of hilly terrain, sometimes with many stairs, inclines, declines and at times gravel and occasionally rough dirt and stone paths.

If you are even slightly unsure of your walking capability in these conditions it’s HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a quality set of telescoping walking sticks at your local outdoor supply store or online before arriving in Italy.


We are requiring that all participants purchase Travel Insurance to protect their investment in this trip and to cover for all health and travel contingencies before and during their stay.  Please purchase the most comprehensive policy that is right for your needs, and know that we will require Proof of Coverage later, during the registration process.

Please consider using SquareMouth, a travel insurance comparison site to find the best insurance for your situation.

Another site that comes highly recommended is Allianz Travel Insurance.

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    All accommodations in Puglia (7 nights) in a single (may be limited) or double occupancy room during trip dates.
  • Meals
    All Brunches (B), 2 Lunches (L) and 6 Dinners (D), including cooking class/demonstration.
  • Complimentary Wine
    Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at our Meet & Greet the first evening.
  • Additional Activities
    There'll be several wine tastings and a cheese tasting, as well.
  • Beverages
    Bottled water, coffee or tea is provided each day at included meals and a large water will be provided in your room. Wine and cocktails are available for purchase at extremely reasonable prices.
  • English-Speaking guide
    Services of a local, English-speaking informal guide for select group activities.
  • Entry Fees
    Entry fees for select group activities as outlined in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities
    Group tips for local guides and included meals.
  • International Airfare
    Flights or other transportation to and from Italy. We suggest flying in and out Brindisi (BDS), the most convenient airport for international flights.
  • Airport transfers
    Optional airport transfers can be arranged for an additional cost or you are encouraged to rent a car for maximum freedom.
  • Pre- or Post-Trip Nights
    Pre- or post-trip accommodations outside of our tour dates, although we can help to set up extra nights at our agriturismo, assuming availability.
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
    Travel and/or medical insurance is required, but not included (see, which is a travel insurance comparison site or Allianz Travel Insurance)
  • Other Meals
    Meals not specifically outlined in the itinerary as included.
  • Optional Spa Treatments
    Should be arranged on arrival for an additional cost.
  • Drinks/Alcohol
    Drinks or other alcoholic beverages not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Personal Items
    Items of a personal nature are not included.

Available Packages

Double Occupancy (per person)
Available until March 4, 202410 left

Pricing is currently being determined for this experience.

Deposit: $1,000
Single Occupancy
only 2 left

Pricing is currently being determined for this experience.

Deposit: $1,000


Day 1
Fly into BDS, Property Tour, Welcome Dinner

Meals: D


Arrival at Brindisi Airport (BDS) – an optional private airport transfer to our hotel is available for 80 euros per car each way, or you may choose to rent a car, which is very easy to do and will certainly allow you optimal freedom during the trip.  We can also connect you with other participants who may be interested in sharing a car in order to split costs.

5 PM – Attend our MEET & GREET where you can enjoy a complimentary GLASS OF WINE and get to know your fellow participants and we can discuss the trip ahead.

5:30 PM - PRIVATE TOUR of the property where we'll be staying by owner/host Giulia Stasi if she’s available.

Relax and settle in with some free time.

8 PM - Enjoy a wonderful WELCOME DINNER prepared by the chef at our agriturismo.

Your Organizer

The Continental DRIFTER®
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Since 2008, Continental DRIFTER® founder Ralph Velasco has been organizing and leading unique, once-in-a-lifetime small group cultural tours around the world (all have been 5-star rated). Our guides, accommodations, restaurants, and activities are each thoroughly vetted in advance so that your trip goes without a hitch. Come learn about the people, food, drink, music, and many other cultural aspects of the incredible destinations we visit. Remember, DRIFTER...Life's too short not to travel!


Continental DRIFTER’s Northern Spain trip was the trip of a lifetime, but I will definitely travel with Ralph again, so there’s going to be competition for that “trip of a lifetime” title! With a small group of delightful companions, we saw spectacular views and architecture, ate amazing local food, drank delicious local wine, visited interesting locations with fun and knowledgeable local guides, and had so many laughs. Highlights included the sheer cliff faces overlooking Zumaia Beach, the lush terraced vineyards over the impossibly blue Bay of Biscay, the charming beachfront of San Sebastian, the ridiculously delicious tapas crawl on Calle Laurel in Logroño, and spending part of the trip in a little 13th century walled town in Rioja. Ralph takes care of every detail, so all that’s left to do is to marvel, learn, and enjoy. And eat. And eat. I loved spending enough time in each location to really get a feel for it instead of rushing from place to place checking items off a list, and Ralph curates the coolest experiences, like olive oil farm tours and cooking classes. 47 thumbs up from me!
By Karen Gareis G for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 20, 2023
I have recently returned from this trip to Northern Spain and I highly recommend it! We toured wineries, had an olive oil tasting in an olive grove, attended a cooking class, took tours of churches and architecture, and so much else! At each stop Ralph had hired guides with extensive knowledge of their area, who were interesting, helpful, and punctual. (In Ramon's case, hilarious as well!) After daily excursions, we had the late afternoon and evening free to wander on our own and explore the three different cities we stayed in. The food was fantastic and fresh. We never had a bad meal. The hotels were beautiful. My favorite memory will always be sitting on the outdoor patio of a beautiful winery in the sun, eating pintxos (Basque tapas), drinking incredible wine, chatting with the really nice group of people on the trip; all with a beautiful view of the Bay of Biscay. It was definitely one of the highlights for me! I would recommend Ralph and Continental Drifter to anyone looking for an amazing travel experience!
By Diana S for Northern SPAIN’s Basque Country & La Rioja on Sep 18, 2023