TAGS: Epic cycling, pasta making, Adriatic beaches
Five hundred. That’s how many miles of coastline you’ll find in Puglia, which is in Italy’s boot heel and dips into both the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. You’ll also find copious fresh seafood, from squid to anchovies to mussels, in addition to bountiful fennel, cherries, figs, almonds, olives, pasta, and vino. Bonus: the rolling countryside and coastline are perfect for burning off the carbs on two wheels. Base out of Fasano’s Masseria Salamina, an olive estate that has been in the same family for three centuries (doubles from $130). After classes in making olive oil, pasta, and bread, head to the white-sand beaches of Torre Guaceto Marine Reserve and sign up for sailing or windsurfing instruction with Centro Velico Torre Guacato, then savor the catch of the day at family-run Osteria Perricci in the seaside city of Monopoli. Rather not DIY? On Southern Visions’ seven-day Cycling and Culinary Adventure, you’ll ride up to 40 miles a day with stops to help chef and guide Rocco Cartia gather ingredients for cooking classes in a beautifully restored 19th-century farmhouse (from $2,699).