experiences at the aia
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.
The Salento Experience At The Aia is an all inclusive experience. The per person rate includes all activities listed, your stay at the Aia Bed and Breakfast for 7 nights, airport transportation (from/to Brindisi only), all meals at the Aia, picnics and two dinners out.
Single: € 1.200
Double: € 950
Bed and breakfast rooms booked between September 5th-12th will have all inclusive access to the Salento Experience week.
DAY 1 - September 5th
Arrival and airport transfer (from Brindisi airport only)
Walk in Nardò and dinner out
Self-care package making (coffee scrub soap; toothpaste; deo; mosquito spray; soap)
Pasta di mandorla workshop
DAY 3 - Easter day
Walk in Torre Uluzzo and picking of wild fennel
Liqueur making and tasting
Explanation of grafting, exploring the aia garden
Walk in torre mozza picking nettle/dandellion
Picnic in torre mozza
Walk in porto selvaggio and frisa
Lunch at the beach (frisa)
Pasta making workshop
Dinner with the pasta (two sauces; side dishes; aperitivo of cheeses)
Honey harvesting/visit of a masseria
Walk in Lecce
Dinner out in Lecce
Cycling tour on ciclovia
DAY 8 - September 12th
Departure and transfers to the airport (to Brindisi airport only)
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 of the sea.
Walk in Torre Mozza
We will discover the history of a house in Santa Caterina, and explore the land around looking for ingredients for our meals. Here we will learn about the settlements that were established for the refugees during the Second World War fleeing from the concentration camps.
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 center 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 center of Nardò
We will walk through the historical center of Nardò, discovering its history, tiny allies and inner beauties. Listening and maybe learning some dialect along the way.
We will visit a honey producer who will disclose the secrets of these tiny and hardworking animals.
You will have the chance not only to taste the traditional dishes of the area but also learn the secrets of the preparation of some of them.
Pasta di Mandorla
We will prepare together the traditional dessert for Easter lunch, the lamb-shaped almond and sugar pastry, filled with jam. Yummy!
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.
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.
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.
Polpette day (our favorite)
Together we will make different types of polpette, from meat to vegetables, get ready to get your hands dirty!
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.