Has anyone taken their Puglia tour?
We typically travel on our own but are considering this company.
In April of this year, I was on an Italy With Pleasure Tour. The accommodation in Locorotondo was excellent. The apartment was spotlessly clean. There were complimentary robes, slippers and a 1/2 bottle of a local wine. It was very conveniently located in the charming old town. I was travelling with a friend who had her own accommodation and she was very pleased with her accommodation, as well.
In June this year my husband and I joined Antonella and Anita from Italy with Pleasure for a wonderful tour of the Best of Puglia. Although we had travelled many times over the years in Italy , this was our first time in Puglia, and we were looking for a small group tour that catered to our love of architecture, history, scenery and food/wine. Our tour group of 13 (apparently the biggest for this company so far ) ticked all the boxes.
Antonella and Anita were extremely well organised, we were picked up each morning in our minibus and driven to a new wonderful destination in a wide arc of Locorotondo where we were based .By the end of the week we felt at home amongst the locals, and could exchange greetings with them as they recognised us.
Our accommodation in the concept called a diffuso hotel, apartments in the Centro Storico of this charming hilltop town was excellent. Everyday we experienced something different, all beautifully organised. Aldorobello with its trulli houses, Matera with its wonderful history, and amazing setup, Baroque Lecce, to name a few. Each day we enjoyed a delicious lunch in a restaurant perfectly fitting in with our surroundings, great wine in generous quantities included with the local food specialities.
Our group got along really well, and enjoyed each others company.
Puglia was certainly a massive highlight of our 2018 visit to Europe, and a Big Thank you to Antonella and Anita for making it happen .We happily recommend this really good tour company to everyone, visit Puglia before it becomes really busy and go with Antonella and Anita ( or Malcolm or any of the members of this company ). A big thank you from Jennifer & Juris.
We just returned from a week long tour to Puglia , organized and executed by Italy With Pleasure. We are a 12 couple group that travels together once a year, primarily to Europe. Everything was perfect! They packaged the hotel, all meals, daily tours to a variety of very special and interesting sites, and handled all of the myriad of details seamlessly. The agency is very customer-service focused and was a pleasure to work with. The two tours guides--Malcolm and Anita-who joined us all week were very knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. I highly recommend this tour company. I've personally coordinated all 20 of our group's tours and have worked with many tour operators. Italy With Pleasure gets 5 stars!
We recently returned from the Puglia trip, and this is one of the best tours we have ever taken. Malcolm and Antonella were excellent tour leaders; they not only conveyed a sense of the features of the area as most tours do, but they also exhibited a sense of warmth and personal connection that made the trip special. What's nice about this tour is the focus on acquainting the tour members with those things that are unique and special to the Puglia area. For instance, they were deliberate in planning menus that reflected local fare that could only be eaten in the towns we visited. They even went so far as to provide treats on our bus rides to and from these places that were local delicacies. They seemed to have thought of everything to make this a pleasurable experience.
It was particularly nice to stay in our allegro diffuso in Locorotondo for the entire week. This permitted us to not only have a restful evening each night, but it also enabled us to feel like we were "locals" in that things and people became quite familiar over the course of the week.
As fellow travelers on the same Puglia tour as DaveL we can only endorse his comments and highly recommend this tour with Malcolm and Antonella. We would also like to mention their excellent choice of local guides used, in particular Antonio in Matera who not only informed us of the historic details, he also gave us a personal insight into living in one of the most amazing and unique areas we have ever seen. If you are looking to explore a different, lesser known part of Italy, Puglia is the area and Italy With Pleasure is the company to provide you with a great experience. 5-stars!
I cannot speak high enough of this well organised, personal, comfortable and most enjoyable tour.
Malcolm and Antonellla were excellent hosts, our bus driver courteous and helpful as were reception and breakfast room staff.
I particularly enjoyed the cultural experience of living amongst the locals in the historic town of Locorotondo for a week. Our 18th century apartment had "the wow" factor, it was exceptionally, tasteful, clean and comfortable with many thoughtful extras including a bottle of wine from the area.
The daily tours were fantastic and varied, and just when you thought you had seen it all; there was more, from the trulli houses in Alberobello to the ancient cave dwellings in Matera among many other treasures.On each tour we were accompanied by a local guide with excellent knowledge and enthusiasm,
Each day we were treated to a three to four course meal and wine of the regions cuisine in venues specific to the area, the wine and all meals including breakfast were of an exceptionally high standard.
I was sad to end this tour and have no hesitation to recommend it to others, Trish
This is a wonderful company; just returned from the Puglia walking tour with Italy with Pleasure and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our tour guide Ritchie was wonderful; the tours are small, we had only 6 people and the experience was really personal with such a small group.
Everything was well organized; really nice accommodations and great food; the area is beautiful. I would definitely do another tour with them as they offer tours to other areas. In short; it was a real pleasure!
I just completed the Culinary tour of Puglia. It was amazing ! The Masseria Salamina were we stayed for the week is not only beautiful but the service was excellent. The itinerary covered many small towns that were not only beautiful but had a historical relevance. The cooking classes, wine experiences, cheese making experiences were great. So much fun, but I also learned many “ tips” .
Our guide, Roberta couldn’t have been more knowledgeable, but also a kind, funny, and sweet person. Our driver Franco was patient and kind . We had a group of 10, a variety of fun loving women from different countries.
Italy With Pleasure is a small family run company and is reasonably priced. Antonella and Malcom have created a top rated company and were always quick to respond to any and all questions .
Having completed this tour in early October 2019 I can only say what a great time we had. The tour was way beyond our expectations. Our guide Richie was not only full of information but a very personable individual. Accommodation in Locorotondo was first class with a wonderful apartment with excellent ammenities and so close to restaurants and shops - with a view to die for! The towns and villages we visited daily were very interesting and our guides were happy to share their knowledge with us. Lunches on this tour will not leave you hungry and were in top 5 star restaurants with wines to match. Produce and wines all local and Richie was happy to explain each course. We strongly recommend this tour with Italy with Pleasure to anyone interested in the history, culture, food and wine of Puglia. Christine & Keith