Apulia, the heel of Italy’s boot, sits between two seas, the Adriatic to the East and the Ionian to the south, is the new destination for your events, congresses and incentive tours with plenty of fascinating locations and the charm of an uncontaminated territory where sea, culture, art, tradition and spirituality blend in a variegated and poetic unison. The region remains authentic and primitive to this day; it can be easily reached and traversed from the Gargano (North) to Santa Maria di Leuca (South). The lifestyle here is different than that of other Italian regions, because it is marked by local traditions, healthy Mediterranean food, a rural and manufacturing-based economy and mild climate year-round, perfect for you event!
Borgo Egnazia, between Bari and Brindisi, it’s an ideal location for company meetings and conferences. The Melpignano family had a dream to fulfil: highlight the ancient traditions and warm hospitality of their native region Apulia, and combine them with the standards of modern luxury hospitality: Borgo Egnazia comes from that dream. The meeting rooms combine the elegance and refinement of Apulian architecture with the most modern technologies, making them highly efficient as well as aesthetically pleasing. The 10 meeting rooms are extremely functional with space for 10 to 300 people. Thanks to its highly cordial and professional atmosphere, Borgo Egnazia is the ideal location for a sizeable convention space, and it’s both multifunctional and prestigious. Every event turns into a unique experience.
Masseria Traetta is an excellent venue for a gala dinner with the natural beauty of the setting together with the sophisticated interior design. The Masseria dates to the 19th century, with 35 hectares of land, olive trees and natural wildlife. The current owners (the D’Agosto Cioffi family) have scrupulously and carefully restored it to its previous glory. Food it’s a mix of Mediterranean tradition and innovative ideas.
Another perfect place for a perfect dinner it’s Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare carved out of magnificent limestone rocks, with a view over the blue-green Adriatic, it’s really an unparalleled location. The summer cave is open from May to October. The chef proposes a cuisine “with the flavours of the sea”, combining quality, Mediterranean tradition and atmosphere.
“Ristorante Donna Gina” is another outstanding restaurant in the area both for the location, the wonderful scenario of Lama Monachile, a sheer drop from the cliff to the sea of Polignano a Mare, and for the delicious traditional Apulian food.
For your Team Building you can consider various activities as interesting and rich as the Region itself. What about a Cooking Experience? For sure one of the best ways to approach the culture of a country is to learn the secrets of its flavours and its knowledge. The group will assist to a demonstration of traditional regional cuisine made by a real “apulian massaia” giving the team the opportunity to mix and prepare the famous “orecchiette” and other delicious recipes such as “panzerotti” and “focacce”. Why not a Pizzica Folk Dance with an experienced teacher illustrating some important steps and the meanings of the Apulian music “pizzica pizzica”. It has a legendary origins linked to the ancient folk rituals, still deeply felt in many villages of Puglia.
Exploring the region by bike could be another great idea for you team building, an original way to get in a bit of healthy outdoor activity while getting acquainted with the surrounding area.
Last but not least sailing in the wonderful water of the Mediterranean Sea.
You could also take into consideration some “original” way of visiting the region for example an orienteering activity between the famous trulli in Alberobello a fairytale town declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 for its typical whitewashed houses called “trulli” with distinctive conical roofs, completely made out of local drystone; an architectural example of universal value, since they constitute a unique testimony of a disappeared cultural civilization. After the activity why not reaching a winery in the area for a short break with wines and local products tasting?
Do not forget Ostuni, the “città bianca”, an enchanting chalk-whitened historical town.
Greetings from “Puglia”, next time a bit further North