The beauties of Minervino Murge

Crafts, Kitchen and Culture

May 27th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Minervino Murge

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On May 27, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, we will take you on the balcony of Apulia for the event: “The beauty of Minervino Murge: Crafts, Cooking and Culture.”


In this day you will feel like taking a trip back into the past, passing from the crafts traditions of Puglia to the gastronomy, wrapped and surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the location.


The day will begin with a visit to the workshop of Maestro Cestaio (basket master chef), Vincenzo. He will tell us about his father Luigi and how his skill in making baskets saved his life during his imprisonment in a concentration camp in Germany. A precious art that the master Vincenzo has continued from his father, to make it the greatest activity and passion of his life. Interviewed by national television broadcasts, today its baskets are in the most illustrious restaurants in Puglia and in Italy, but also all over the world.


For the occasion, he will show us and tell us about the secrets to create a perfect wicker artifact.


Next, we will visit a symbol of the home cooking of Minervino Murge, related to street food of Puglia, for the cooking class of the giant panzerotto (fried wrapped pizza)!

Alfredo and his family will be ready to teach us how to make one of the most loved Apulian gastronomic specialty.

At the end of the cooking class we will taste the panzerotto and other local products.


The afternoon we will be dedicate to the scenic and cultural beauties, with a guided visit to the Grotto Church of San Michele. A cavity of karstic origin, created by the erosion that rainwater has operated on the limestone rocks of which the skeleton of our Alta Murgia hills is composed. In this place we will enter the heart of the Earth: in a sacred place, which from the first steps will capture our souls thanks to the statue of the Archangel, placed on the altar at the end of a long staircase.

Limited number event: maximum 40 people.


From 10:00: Visit to the Cestaio workshop;

From 12.30 pm: Cooking Class of the giant panzerotto;

From 3.00 pm: Visit to the Grotto church of San Michele.

How to book

Book before May 23 by sending an e-mail to

Duration: from 10:00 to 16:00

City: Minervino Murge

Language: Italian, English, other languages on request

Cost: 25 euros

Experts: basket maker, chef, licensed tour guide

Price includes: visit to the workshop of the basket maker, cooking class, light lunch with tasting of typical products, entrance to the Grotto Church of San Michele with a local guide.


The price does not include: transfers and tips

Reservations: before May 23, depending on the available seats

Cancellation: free within 24 hours of the booked activity, after 24 hours only 50% of the amount paid can be refunded

Max number of 40 participants

Notes: Dates or activities may vary. To confirm, write an email to

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