Canne Bianche, Puglia, Italy (9)
Borgo Naturalis, Puglia, Italy, Exterior (3)
Villa Cheta, Basilicata, Italy (15)
Villa Maria, Amalfi Coast, Italy, The cellar
Relais Blu, Sorrento, Italy (20)

Foodie Holidays in Italy's South

Southern Italy is definitely top of the list for anyone with an interest in food and wine. Holidays in Italy revolve around exquisite dishes, elegant wines and exceptional service, all surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and a large helping of fascinating history.

So whether you are looking for inspiration for your foodie holiday in Italy, or are counting down the weeks before you touch down, here is our virtual food tour of Italy’s South, featuring some of our favourite restaurants and most mouth-watering local specialities.




We start our virtual food tour in the blissful sunshine of Puglia where our first stop is one of our favourite coastal eateries in the charming resort of Torre Canne. Canne Bianche’s restaurant is a favourite with locals, a popular choice for celebrating a special occasion. It is the perfect place to enjoy the elegant Pugliese cuisine in an idyllic setting, on a relaxing terrace overlooking the golden sandy beach and crystal-clear waters. We find it’s usually best to ask the knowledgeable waiters for their recommendations – we have never been disappointed!



Moving south from here takes you on to the Salento peninsula, which is a great opportunity to enjoy a local wine-tasting experience. One of our favourite places to stay in this region is Borgo Naturalis a unique agritourism hotel set in the heart of an 18th century hamlet, which offers a boutique experience with a modern twist. Savour a glass of Negroamaro as the Southern Italian sun sets gracefully over the beautiful grounds. 
 



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ext we head west into the little known region of Basilicata A three hour 40 minute drive takes us through beautiful scenery en route to the Maratea coastline. We break the journey with a lunch stop in the stunning Lucania National Park, enjoying the traditional mountain cuisine. After lunch, we continue west to Aquafredda and the wonderful Hotel Villa Cheta, one of our all time favourites. The elegant boutique hotel offers fabulous, refined food with expertly selected wines. With its new addition of a swimming pool, it is undoubtedly the best place to end day two of our virtual food tour of Italy.



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he next morning, we make our way north to the last location on our foodie holiday, reaching the astonishing Amalfi Coast & Sorrento  Peninsula. Our first stop in this idyllic region is the restaurant at Hotel Villa Maria. Here, the chefs take pride in their home-grown produce & the daily catch from the waters of the Amalfi Coast. Each forkful of their scrumptious menu is of the highest quality. Sitting on the terrace, you feel the evening sea breeze brush your face as you slowly sip a refreshing glass of Greco di Tufo, absorbing the incredible views.




A little shuffle north takes us to the famous Relais Blu. Featured on BBC’s The Trip to Italy, and generally agreed to be one of the top  restaurants in the whole of Italy, the gourmet restaurant boasts elegant dining on a stunning terrace. Treat yourself to a delicious cocktail before indulging in the mouth-watering taster menu with perfectly chosen wines. It’s just as well that Relais Blu offers cookery classes for budding chefs, so you can take home with you some of Italy’s best kept secrets.



If we have inspired you with our virtual food tour of Italy’s south, then you may want to have a look at our collection of food and drink holidays. Alternatively, if you would like us to tailor-make your very own foodie holiday in Italy we’ll be happy to do so, call our Travel Specialists on 01694 722193.

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Masseria Cervarolo

Italy, Puglia

Masseria Cervarolo is a unique boutique country chic hotel in the countryside of Ostuni in Puglia. Long Travel clients adore the authenticity, the light Pugliese stone of the Masseria Cervarolo & its relaxing gardens surrounding the pool. Virtually equidistant between Ostuni and Cisternino (approx 7km), boutique agritourism Masseria Cervar
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Petra Segreta

Italy, Sardinia

Hotel Petra Segreta is a luxury boutique hotel in San Pantaleo, Sardinia. We at Long Travel love Hotel Petra Segreta’s designer quality & spectacular spa. Only about 2km from the charming village of San Pantaleo, yet seemingly a million miles from anywhere, the luxurious boutique Hotel Petra Segreta has stunning, panoramic views across th
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Borgo Naturalis

Italy, Puglia

Nature has carved out a secret corner of paradise for Borgo Naturalis, a boutique agritourism hotel in Martano, Puglia. Peaceful, romantic and a perfect place to forget the daily grind. Less than half an hour from Lecce and just over 20 minutes from Otranto, Borgo Naturalis is perfectly placed for exploring Puglia’s Salento. Boutique Borgo Na
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Canne Bianche

Italy, Puglia

Hotel Canne Bianche is a luxury hotel, right on the beach with a pool to die for in Torre Canne, Puglia. Canne Bianche is luxurious & stylish, the perfect seaside destination for both families and couples. On the strip of Adriatic coast, which has some of Puglia’s most lovely sandy beaches, Hotel Canne Bianche is really well placed for ex
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Masseria Torre Maizza

Italy, Puglia

Masseria Torre Maizza in Savelletri di Fasano in Puglia. A luxury hotel with private beach, boasting exceptional service. The original architectural structure of the Masseria Torre Maizza stands upon a large hillside, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, just one mile from the coast. The restoration of the farm has fully complied with its original vo

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Donna Carmela

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Donna Carmela is nestled in the countryside of Carruba Di Riposto in Sicily. A boutique hotel with unique character, incredible views of Etna & the sea and great food & wine. Long Travel clients love Donna Carmela’s warm welcome and the chic individual style. Only about 30km from Taormina, 40km from Catania airport and 10 minutes
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Santa Anastasia

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Santa Anastasia is a unique agritourism hotel in the countryside of Cefalu in Sicily. In a magnificent setting, between sea & mountains sits this elegant hotel. A great hit with Long Travel guests, it is close to two beautiful towns & the views over vineyards is splendid. In a magnificent setting, between the pretty, coastal town of Ce
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La Foresteria

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

La Foresteria a truly amazing countryside hotel in Menfi, Sicily, near the sea with fantastic food & wine. Enjoy gracious comfort with a full-on gourmet experience. La Foresteria is country living in style. Surrounded by vineyards and in a perfectly chosen elevated spot, La Foresteria can be seen from far off, and its peachy-pink walls have a w
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Torre Marabino

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Torre Marabino is an excellent, boutique agritourist hotel in Ispica in Sicily. The food here is superb. Set in the lovely south-east corner of Sicily, less than 10 minutes from Ispica and about 4km from the nearest beach, Torre Marabino is about half an hour from Modica, Noto and the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, and less than a
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Il Frutteto

Italy, Sardinia

Il Frutteto are family friendly apartments in Alghero, Sardinia. Il Frutteto’s self-catering apartments are perfect for families or groups with a great pool. On a working farm, Long Travel guests will enjoy Il Frutteto’s agritourist apartments rural location and the excellent agritourist restaurant, close by. Only 15 minutes from the in
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Su Gologone

Italy, Sardinia

Su Gologone is an amazing and unique boutique hotel in Oliena, Sardinia. It offers guests a gourmet stay in a spectacular spot. Inland, in the east of Sardinia, little villages like Oliena, which still retain the old Sardinian traditions and crafts, are surrounded by steep-sided hills, caverns, gorges and lakes, more reminiscent of Scotland (with s
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Hotel Villa Cheta

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

Hotel Villa Cheta is an elegant Art Nouveau boutique hotel on the beach in Acquafredda Di Maratea, Basilicata with top notch service and food. We here at Long Travel love the country house feel, the food & the stunning views. A fine and gracious old villa, in a stunning location, overlooking the sea, the fabulous boutique hotel Villa Che
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Hotel Villa Maria d'Abruzzo is an excellent hotel near the sea in Abruzzo in Italy. Locally inspired cuisine, fab spa and a private section of beach has made this hotel one of Long Travel clients enduring favourites. Only 10 minutes from Pescara airport and centre, near Francavilla al Mare, behind the modern façade of the Hotel V
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Tenuta Seliano

Italy, Naples & South Campania

Tenuta  Seliano is a family friendly, agritourism hotel in Paestum, South Campania. Rooms on a unique boutique agritourist country estate, a great laid-back – special atmosphere. Guests love Tenuta  Seliano’s  superb honest food and the buffalo, of course! Tenuta  Seliano is an agritourist hotel like
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Villa Del Golfo Lifestyle Resort is a boutique beach hotel in Cannigionne, Sardinia. Think secret hideaway, think love nest, think luxury and you have the beautiful luxurious Villa Del Golfo Lifestyle Resort. In an elevated position, close to a rather upmarket residential area, and a 15-minute stroll to the resort of Cannigione, Boutique

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Masseria Bosco

Italy, Puglia

Masseria Bosco has huge character and personality, it is massively popular with our Long Travel clients, for its amazing and abundant cuisine. It is just fabulous and that’s a fact! The family friendly Masseria Bosco is in one of the lesser-known parts of Puglia, in a rural setting, surrounded by 110,000 olive trees, and with a wonderful swim
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Masseria Strazzati

Italy, Puglia

Masseria Strazzati is grand and full of character in a tranquil spot in the Salento’s ‘hidden’ Puglia… and the food is some of the best the region has to offer in Long Travel’s opinion! Masseria Strazzati dates back to the 17th century and it exudes character, as the owners have restored it meticulously, ensuring that
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Masseria Stali

Italy, Puglia

An ancient agritourism farmhouse, set in 270 hectares of land, located in the province of Lecce. Nestled in rural countryside, surrounded by wide green open spaces, guests can enjoy peaceful walks between the ancient olive groves and approximately 30,000 trees. The Masseria Stali accommodates 20 renovated rooms with 40 beds, all decorated in keepin
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Parco Cavalonga Borgo

Italy, Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Parco Cavalonga, is a superb family hotel with self-catering apartments in Ragusa, Sicily. It's an ideal agritourism escape. Secluded, modern boutique hotel with two great pools. Parco Cavalonga is set in beautiful countryside, in a secret corner of Sicily. In an undiscovered corner of Sicily and hidden in a unique landscape of rolling fields of an

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Fattoria dell'Uliveto

Italy, Abruzzo

Fattoria Dell' Uliveto is a superb country agritourismo in Scerni, Abruzzo in Italy. Agritourist rooms with pool, an unbeatable taste of rural life and exceptional food. Clients of Long Travel love the whole “Fattoria  Dell' Uliveto experience”. Approached through pretty vine-clad hillsides, this 10-hectare working farm in a true

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