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Salento Experience Winter Week - Coziness and hundreds of traditions

  • The Aia Contrada Carignano Grande n. 52 Nardò, LE Italy (map)

The activities 

The activities offered during your week stay will take you into a dual journey. On one side, you will discover Salento, its history and natural resources through the eyes of two locals. On the other side, you will dive into a sustainable household, learning how to make self care products on your own, eating fresh products that come from local producers, learning traditional recipes, experiencing the agricultural environment around The Aia and picking seasonal herbs. 

Self-care products

We will prepare together some products for self-care, such as deodorant, skin scrub, mosquito spray, toothpaste. We will make them together and you will be able to use them during your stay or take them home with you.

Hiking in Torre Uluzzo

We will discover together the natural park close to the Aia, observing the plants from the Mediterranean scrub and enjoying breathtaking views on the sea. 

Hiking in Porto Selvaggio

We will walk through the park of Porto Selvaggio, discovering its history and reaching the beautiful beach of the bay.

Biking on Ciclovia

We will bike along the newly established bike path, Ciclovia dell’acquedotto, which follows the Apulian aqueduct that begins as far as the region of Campania. Here we will discover the history of this massive project and its future development.  

Visit of historical centre of Lecce

We will walk through the historical center of Lecce, admiring its baroque architectures and its Roman history. Lecce at dusk: can’t beat it! 

Visit of historical centre of Nardò

We will walk through the historical centre of Nardò, discovering its history and inner beauties. 

Cheese tasting 

We will visit a local cheese producer who will disclose the secrets of his traditional dairy products.

Cooking classes 

You will have the chance not only to taste the traditional dishes of the area but also to learn the secrets of the preparation of some of them. 

Handmade pasta

We will make together the typical pasta shapes of Salento: orecchiette, michiareddhi and sagne torte for a special dinner which we will of course share together. 

Liqueur making 

Liqueurs are a very traditional product here drank after meals. They are made from different herbs and fruits, and depending on the season families choose which kind they will make. We will do exactly the same, of course depending on the season. 

Jam making

Jams are a healthy sweet treat that can be used in many different ways. They are made basically with all fruits and berries you can imagine. We will make together a seasonal jam, based on a grandma’s recipe, learning the secrets to take home with you. 

Panzerotti day

Together we will make the traditional panzerotti, a fried dough filled with tomatoes and cheese. 

Energy bars workshop 

We will make together the homemade energy bars, a very useful and tasty treat for your sportive activities. 


We will pick olives from the land of the Aia and explore a method to keep them over the winter. 

Wine making/vendemmia

We will explore the vineyards which border the property of the Aia, learn what it takes to make a good bottle of wine and of course, enjoy a taste or two! 

Final Notes: and that’s a wrap. You will take home a sample of the products we will make together (except the ones to be eaten on the spot). Activities might vary from the original program according to the availability of the ingredients, weather conditions and other variables.

Earlier Event: October 2
Wellness Week, October 2019