We had been waiting for this cooking experience for weeks. It was important to us to make this travel a learning experience since we love to cook and eat.
Chef Gianna and Giorgio gave us the full experience of cooking in traditional Lecce style. We met in the early evening by Piazza del Duomo. We strolled together to the market in a leisurely way while getting to know more about each other. We all have a passion for cooking, eating, and enjoying good company as a common characteristic.
Market experience was fun, we watched how Gianna and Giorgio selected cheese, tomatoes, and other ingredients. The market owner and staff were great. This is an integral part of feeling and breathing the whole experience. These are the kinds of memories that are priceless. We loved it!!
We arrived at the beautiful Cooking Experience kitchen. This is where they cook and entertain the guests.
It is lovely, comfortable, fully equipped with anything needed for cooking a great meal.
The menu was focaccia, orecchiette, stuffed eggplants, and pastacciotto , which is the local custard desert.
Drinking wine 🍷🍷 while we cooked made the whole process even more fun. Chef Gianna is full of great tips and lessons. We made the entire dinner from scratch!!
Learning how to make the orecchiette was amazing. We made eggless pasta dough that could be used for any type of pasta. Chef Gianna showed us in detail how to make the pasta.
We tried our best to follow Chef Gianna’s instructions. Yes! she did use the pasta we made for dinner. She was gracious and kind to say we did well. We think we need more practice 😉
The fully hand on experience was very satisfying. We made everything together. Giorgio assured us not to worry about taking notes since he send the precise recipes to all the students. This helped us relax, concentrate and have more fun.
Voilà!! the finished pasta… it was as delicious as it looks. What’s remarkable is that time flew by, we had great laughs, and a great meal while learning without any strain or intimidation. Giorgio and Chef Gianna have this easy going style that makes any level cook feel comfortable.
While we did only one day, you can customize and book several sessions with Chef Gianna. Start planning your cooking experience; contact Giorgio for details at firstname.lastname@example.org 🇮🇹
Our long time followers know about our Spa addiction. We have been in Spa’s around the world. See our past blog entries for Maldives, Seattle, Kohler, Thailand, etc…
In Lecce, we have been walking everywhere. When you walk all day long and have fun it’s important to rest and treat your body well. It will pay you back!
Our hotel Risorgimento Resort luckily for us has a lovely spa. It is perfect for after a long day of site seeing and travelling. We recommend that you book at least a day ahead.
Our favorite spa expert is Monica Valiani – ask for her by name. She speaks Italian, English, French, and German. We had spa services with her for two days and it was simply excellent.
Turkish Bath (Bagno Turco) after a good salt scrub on the entire body transforms your senses and starts the relaxation process. The emotional shower (rain, breeze) with special light therapy completes the whole treatment. We left clean, relaxed, and energized for our dinner party.
Next day we returned for facial and the special Cinque Sensi massage created by Monica. She designed this massage based on chackras. We loved it and our faces were radiating after the facial. If you want a couples massage ask Monica for her signature massage designed for couples.
The prices are middle range. For a great 50 min massage we paid €80. The Bagno Turco was €20. They have manicures, waxing, and many other facial and body treatments. You can also request something more tailored for your needs.
The spa is small but tranquil and you can reserve it for privacy. You will be surrounded by unobtrusive service and positive energy.
Monica – thank you for awakening our cinque sensi and make our journey even more special! Grazie mille!! 🇮🇹
Our journey started in Stockholm, Skavsta airport. This is the first time we are using this airport and RyanAir. Skavsta is known for cheap and direct flights to places in Europe. Since it is cheap go ahead and treat yourself to a Business Plus upgrade!
We found RyanAir to be basic, entertaining, and efficient. They had food, duty free, and lotto on board. Yes you can indeed play the lottery while flying :))
Total flight was three hours long. Went by quickly. You can imagine our excitement when we saw the land as we approached… we knew out Italian Adventure started!!
As we travel the Puglia region and other surprise locations, follow us along!! Ciao 🇮🇹