Giovanni Fasano met us at Masseria Boezio (also excellent) for a full day of private touring in Puglia. My wife, adult daughter and I were traveling together and enjoyed this day the best of several days in southern Italy. We began at a large (for the region) winery near Lecce (Conti Zecca). The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and engaging. We happened to be there during harvest and were able to see nearly the entire operation. We were the only visitors at the time and had the tasting room to ourselves. From there we returned to Lecce for lunch at Cucina Cassereccia. This small restaurant gets high ratings the guidebooks. The ratings are well deserved. It was a leisurely, relaxing, delicious lunch, the most amazing eggplant parmigiana. We then had a pleasant walk in the old part of Lecce followed by a tour of Castel Del Salve winery. Another great guide greeted us. We were the only ones at the winery and had both an interesting and tasty tour. With all of this, I personally felt that the fee was actually less than the high quality of the day (including the lunch at a truly great Cucina).
Through the entire tour we found Giovanni an engaging and friendly guide and believe that we have made a new friend with whom we would enjoy sharing a meal and conversation again.
Trip advisor requires that I click a "sort of Visit" box, none of which apply to our visit. I checked solo. Now trip advisor is requiring that I open an account in order to file this review. Giovanni gets 5 stars, trip advisor gets none.
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