Joan and Friends in Puglia and Tuscany

Joan & Friends in Italy is 10 day travel experience that explores the Puglia and Tuscany regions of Italy. Thanks to an enjoyable series of encounters and conversations that started early this summer, we now have a beautiful tour concept for late March 2018. The destinations and excursions have been hand-picked by Joan and friends with Andee’s guidance. The group size may range from 6 to 14 travelers, not including Andee.

Saturday 17

Depart LAX


Sunday 18

Arrival BRI

Masseria Cimino

Dinner in masseria


Monday 19


Lunch at Antichi Sapori di Pietro Zito


Tuesday 20


Lunch in Matera

Dinner in Masseria


Wednesday 21



Lunch at Grotta Palazzese

Thursday 22



Lunch in Otranto

Dinner in Ostuni


Friday 23

Castel del Monte, BRI-PSA

Cooking Lunch

Dinner at BRI


Saturday 24


Baker’s Brunch

Aperitivo da Aristo

Dinner in Barga


Sunday 25



Lunch in Pienza

Dinner in Siena

Monday 26


Lunch in Panzano

Dinner in San Donato


Tuesday 27


Cooking Lunch, Lucca

Dinner in Sesto


Wednesday 28

Departure PSA



Puglia: monopoli, otranto, alberobello, matera, trani, ruvo di puglia

Puglia is the heel of the boot of the Italian peninsula. Located right at the heart of the mediterranean, it is a treasure trove of historical and natural gems. We’ll discover the deliciously diverse flavors of land and sea from the freshest mozzarella, to the intensity of tomatoes, pane pugliese, “little ear” orecchiette pasta, olive oil, and the rare delicacies of the Adriatic Sea.


Toscana: siena, pienza, lucca, barga, chianti

Tuscany’s fame originates in its art history and city centers such as, Florence, Pisa, Siena, and Lucca but the foundational wealth of Tuscan culture is found in the countryside where peasant culture cultivated some of the most esteemed culinary heritage in the world. We’ll touch on some of the city centers but focus on the smaller towns and the stunning landscape in between.


  1. Bari