Although Puglia and Basilicata are getting more and more popular, they offer and will continue to offer less traveled itineraries, charming undiscovered villages, relaxing landscapes, miles of backroads, beaches and pristine sea, genuine people and delicious food. . . in Puglia and Basilicata you can still feel the pleasant feeling of traveling off the beaten paths.
And, in such difficult and uncertain times in which we all are required to keep social distances and avoid crowds, traveling off the beaten paths is the perfect way to travel.
Easy to avoid crowds, in Puglia and Basilicata. Easy to take pictures that doesn't include millions of strangers, sit down at a table in a quiet street to enjoy your delicious lunch or dinner, walk alone in the countryside and stand in the shade of an ancient olive tree, find a quite accommodation in a typical dwelling with your own garden.
You don't need public transportation and stressful transfers. . . you only need your local expert to take care of you.
"Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost" (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
"Get lost" in Puglia and Basilicata with a real local and live your truly, authentic holiday experiences.
Enjoy again the magic of traveling. . .
"LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE BUT BY THE MOMENTS AND PLACES THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY"
Feel the vibe of the places you're visiting. . . let it take your breath away!
I'm Gianluca, experienced and passionate tour leader for Puglia (the latin "Apulia") and Basilicata, born and raised in this lovely part of the world.
"Ah!Pulia". . . what a wonderful discovery!
I'm not just experienced of Puglia. . . I really, really LOVE it too.
AS ONLY A TRUE LOCAL CAN DO, I can drive you around my region and more: sightseeings, food&wine and extra virgin olive oil itineraries, street food tours, cooking classes. . . and in the most unlikely places, looking for your Italian and Apulian roots.
I've improved my english skills in Ireland, where I used to live and work in tourism field.
And I've been blessed to travel all over the world: far and wide in the USA, all over Europe. I've learned about different cultures travelling to India, Indochina, Japan, Middle East, Central and South America, Caribbean, etc.
Now I'm also the father of a wonderful little girl . . . a "different" journey, but equally intense and exciting.
If you're planning to come to Italy, Puglia and Basilicata FOR A VACATION or you're looking for a CUSTOMIZED private "EXPERIENCE" or a private SHORE EXCURSION in Bari or Brindisi during your Mediterranean cruise, don't hesitate to contact me.
If you're originally from Italy and YOU'D LIKE TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS, I'll be more than happy to take you to your relatives' hometown, and help you in dealing with locals and local offices.
I provide private guided tours to: BARI and surroundings, ALBEROBELLO, VALLE D'ITRIA and POLIGNANO A MARE, LECCE and the coast of Salento, TRANI and CASTEL DEL MONTE, GARGANO's sea and beaches.
Last but not least. . . MATERA, european capital of the culture in 2019.
And beyond, in the Basilicata region: lovely small villages where time stands still, ghost towns, etc.
HALF-DAY, FULL-DAY, MULTI-DAY and CUSTOMIZED tours, according to your preferences and interest.
I arrange transfers and pick up/drop off service at your convenience, either with a comfortable and modern minivan or rented minibus.
I'll be always more than happy to give you suggestions about sights, itineraries and activities.
To provide your experience with an added value and make it more memorable, I'll recommend you typical restaurants and accommodations (the places where we locals go. . . ), grocery shops, public markets to listen, smell and taste the real Puglia.
Or a private cooking class, in a typical farmhouse or directly at cook's house.
Wine, olive oil and typical delicatessen tasting. . . and I could go on and on.
Greetings from Puglia!
A Recent Review of this guide
This was our first live virtual tour and we are glad we took it with Gianluca! We had some internet issues, but Gianluca was really patient and flexible with us. He explained everything in detail and answered all our many questions. Now we can't wait to visit Alberobello and the trulli with Gianluca. Hopefully soon we'll be able to do it! Thanks, Gianluca!
Licensed Tour Leader (with qualification in English Language)
Qualified promoter of Puglia: destinations and tipicity.
Keen traveler and photographer.
Language skills: English Advanced Level Certification (issued on behalf of EU by European Career Evolution, Cork - Ireland)
Work experiences in touristic industry as hotel receptionist (in Ireland and Italy)
I provide private tours for small groups only (max 4 people)
Anyway, I can also accommodate larger groups (contact me for further details)
If on calendar I'm marked as unavailable, pls contact me as I might still assist you.