A SLICE OF PUGLIA

Think­ing about your next trip? En­joy fine- win­ing and din­ing on one of Italy Gay Trav­els gas­tro­nomic ad­ven­tures around the beau­ti­ful Sa­lento re­gion

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It’s that time of the year when our thoughts turn to­wards travel plans for the com­ing months, day­dream­ing of es­capes from the mun­dan­ity of daily life. Well, per­haps Italy Gay Trav­els has just the, ahem, pack­age for you.

Dur­ing 2019, they’ll be host­ing three six- night Gay Sa­lento Food & Wine Tours, ex­plor­ing the Sa­lento re­gion of Puglia — the heel of the boot of Italy. Per­fect for those who en­joy the finer things in life, guests will be able to dis­cover the best Sa­lento has to of­fer, from gas­tron­omy and wine- mak­ing to sight- see­ing and boat ex­cur­sions.

Ar­riv­ing ei­ther by plane into Brin­disi air­port or train to the town of Lecce, your hosts from Italy Gay Trav­els will es­cort you to the pri­vate villa that you’ll call home dur­ing the trip. Over a wel­come din­ner, you’ll be able to bond with your fel­low guests. In the fol­low­ing days, your gus­ta­tory ad­ven­ture will con­tinue with hands- on cook­ing lessons and demon­stra­tions from lo­cal chefs, cre­at­ing fresh pasta and re­gional dishes us­ing lo­cal pro­duce and recipes that have been passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. You’ll also see lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets, dine in cel­e­brated restau­rants, visit well- known winer­ies and dis­cover how olive oil is made at a typ­i­cal fran­toio.

Be­yond the foodie as­pects of the trip, you’ll be able to visit some of Sa­lento’s pret­ti­est towns, in­clud­ing Gal­lipolli, Lecce, Otranto and Porto Ce­sareo, en­joy a boat trip around the coast and spend time sun­bathing on sandy beaches.

On the last night of the trip, there’ll also be time to party with lo­cals in both the villa and then the gay bars and clubs of Gal­lipolli.

Who knows — per­haps your new­found culi­nary knowl­edge will re­sult in your own Call Me By Your Name mo­ment with a hand­some Ital­ian stranger…

In 2019, Gay Sa­lento Food & Wine Tours will run from 14- 20 April, 24- 30 Au­gust and 20- 26 Oc­to­ber ( sin­gles only). Book your place from € 1,790, with the op­tion to pay a € 500 de­posit. italy­gay­trav­els.com

“Guests will be able to dis­cover the best Sa­lento has to of­fer”

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