Ecco i vostri hostess per il 2012 Language Immersion Tour in Puglia! Siete pronti per una vancanza favolosa in Puglia in Agosto!? Se non avete sentito, Yle di YLTour ed io stiamo collaborando a fare un Tour di Language Immersion in Puglia il 19 Agosto – 26 Agosto. Come vi ho promesso ecco l’itinerario per la settimana. Sono molto emozionata! Non vedo l’ora di passare una settimana indimenticabile con voi in Puglia! Ecco quello che abbiamo in mente per voi!

Here are your hosts in Puglia for the 2012 Language Immersion Tour in Puglia! Are you ready for a fabulous vacation in Puglia this August!? If you haven’t heard the newes, Yle of YLTOUR and I are collaborating on a Tour di Language Immersion in Puglia August 19 – August 26. As promised earlier here is the week’s itinerary. I am very excited! I can’t wait to spend an unforgettable week with you in Puglia. Here is what we have in mind for you!

Here is the Itinerary

Day 1 – 19 August 2012
Arrival and transfer from Brindisi airport to your accommodation (a traditional fully equipped farmhouse)
Welcome “aperitivo”
Afternoon to relax by the pool or in the courtyard
Dinner at the Masseria with your hosts Melissa and Yle to discuss details of your fabulous Puglia week

Day 2 – 20 August 2012
Cooking class and Grecìa Salentina day!
Cooking Class with Mamma Giulia
Afternoon cultural visit of the Grecìa Salentina area and Otranto (were locals still speak ancient greek)
Meet locals, visit unique historic towns.
Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 3 – 21 August 2012
Cheese and Pasticciotto day!
Pastry class (Pasticciotto making) with the acclaimed pastry chef Luca Capilungo
Cheese making demonstration and meal with a local family!
Afternoon visit of Lecce
Free time in Lecce
Dinner in a trattoria in town

Day 4 – 22 August 2012
Photography day!
Today we will visit several lovely places in Puglia, most of them characterized by whitewashed walls little villages, nice balconies, fish markets, and more details that
will capture the attention of your camera
Alberobello, Locorotondo, Martina Franca
Picnic Lunch
Polignano and Ostuni
Back to the farmhouse for dinner

Day 5 – 23 August 2012
Wine day!
Today we will tour, visit, taste and meet some famous wine producers, taste their wines and know many interesting things on their families wine stories and wine
Late afternoon back to the farm
Taralli cooking class and dinner at the farm

Day 6 – 24 August
Yoga and Pizza day!
Today our fun Italian class will take place outdoor among olive trees..
Our yoga instructor will teach you how to relax among nature
A private Olive oil tasting will take place among olive trees…and a picnic will follow
Afternoon in Lecce: papier – maché workshop with two lovely local instructors
Free time to stroll in Lecce
Pizza class with Ronzino and fun Nonna Consilia and Zia Maria

Day 7 – 25 August
Beach, Bread and Italian Family Day in a local village!
Relax morning on the beach
Afternoon baking class with a local family and dinner with them
Balliamo la pizzica!
During our baking and dinner you will also learn how to dance the traditional pizzica.

Day 8 – 26 August
Baci e abbracci day!
Private transfer to Brindisi airport for our goodbyes and departure for the return home
Arrivederci and see you next year!
Melissa and Yle xox


The following program is set for groups of participants for a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 15.
Price Includes: accommodation, meals, Italian classes, transportation from/to Brindisi airport or Lecce train station and field trips, guided tours, classes, tastings, all the activities mentioned in the program

To make reservations or for questions please contact:

Melissa –

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  1. This looks lovely but because of the title “Italian Language Immersion Tour” I was expecting you’d be studying or learning to speak Italian. Sounds much more like a food tour to be precise.

    1. Ciao Jeanette, this IS a Language Immersion Tour! We will be speaking and interacting with locals all through out our excursion. There is no better way to learn Italian than being immersed in the culture and using the language on a daily basis through activities such as cooking with Italian ladies, tasting wine and listening to the vintners explain their wine making process, baking pizza in a local trattoria…all with native Italian speakers. We are taking students out of the class room and into Italy to hear, absorb and use the language all day long. I just spent a week with a friend who visited me from Milan and we spoke Italian the entire time. I learned more during my week of immersion with her than I did studying from a book or listening to language tapes! Yle and I are providing a similar experience and we hope that you will come along with us and put your language to great use and deepen your knowledge of the language by actively participating with the Italians you will encounter through all the activities that we are arranging.

      You can learn more about the Language portion of our tour here:

      Let me know if you have any other questions! A presto! Stammi bene! Meli