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Coming Back

A check mark by the name means they have already been to the school once before, where as an underline means that they have been more than once, and there was a lot of blue ink on the page. We were boarding the private coach...

Coming back to Puglia

We all met under the arch of Porta Napoli, about to load up our luggage to head down to the castle for the week. I knew we had returning students but it wasn’t until I actually looked over their faces did I realise how many. Over...

Food & Travel Magazine

Lately it seems that food and wine journalism has taken a strange turn. Or It might be that it’s always been strange,  and it’s just that I’m new to it. Or that my perception is peculiar, as I’m in this odd position of being on...

Our New Website and Resource Centre

'Most of the code is having tremendous age that I am not seeing since my training', said the sympathetic Indian voice over the line. We were discussing updating our site, which I'd learn slowly over the course of the phone call, would be like repairing a...

whom you’ll meet in Lecce

‘Cultivate your relationships with those that produce and sell you your food. Few have more ability to directly affect your quality of life’. To meet these people, book a course in our Lecce school. Next week, whom you’ll meet at the castle. To our calendar To our YouTube...

Our 15th birthday, October 8th-13th, 2018

our 15th anniversary Quindici! The paint was still wet on two walls. We forgot about a minor holiday and our market was closed. We prayed that no one asked anything too specific about wine. It was 2003 and our school had just opened. And we knew so...

Jewish cooking in Italy

Our cooking school has always been in the former Jewish ghetto of Lecce, a fact that often troubles those on a first visit to Italy. (Those that know Italy well often point out our school’s location as in the ghetto, even before I say it). And...

Jan’s Birthday Week

Just when we think we understand who comes to our school and why (54 countries and counting, by the way), there is a new twist: a week-long destination birthday party. ‘I knew I wanted to do something big for my 60th, and Italy always tops my...

2018 Calendar – New Courses

Yesterday we posted our 2018 calendar and even while I was hitting the 'pubblica' ('publish') button, I couldn't help but feel that we are at the end of an era, the beginning of another. And not just that everything was about to change, but that...

Italian Art and Italian Food

We all know that climate and agriculture influence local cooking in Italy but does art as well? I try to answer this in under three minutes, using our most famous local artist in Lecce, Eugenio Maccagnani. Tell us what you think? New film: Art and Cooking in Puglia [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY3-TZ4YAdA[/embed] To...

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What do Insiders Know About Getting the Most Out of Southern Italy?

Find out, with our free 20-page guide to the food, wine, language, extra virgin, as well as insider travel tips. If you want to fall in love with this part of the world, you’ll need to to know a few things first. What’s worth visiting? What isn’t? And what should you be eating and drinking along the way.