Pilates Holiday in Puglia

Inspiring small group journeys.
8 days from $2995
  • Holiday type: Cooking Tours, Pilates Holidays
  • Countries: Italy
  • Starts (city): Brindisi
  • Ends (city): Brindisi
  • Group size: 8 maximum
  • Trip style: Superior - 4 star
  • Tour code: 755

Learn pilates and cooking by the sea

Our Pilates holidays in Puglia combine daily Pilates classes, taught by our Pilates experts, with staying in the heart of a stunning Italian region. Puglia is one of the sunniest and warmest regions in Italy, also famous for being the heel of Italy's boot. With dramatic coastal landscapes, a rich archaeological history, historic baroque towns full of magnificent palaces and churches there is so much to discover. Our beautiful venue, Casino Pisanelli, is based in Salento, the heart of Southern Puglia and is a fantastic place to relax and inspire the body and mind. Sights to savour are long sandy beaches, a 13th-century castle, Lecce’s Baroque churches and Otranto cathedral's amazing mosaic floor.

  • 6 Pilates lessons
  • 2 cooking lessons
  • An afternoon visit to Gallipoli with evening meal and wine in a local restaurant
  • A day sightseeing, visiting Lecce with lunch in a local restaurant, then on to explore Otranto, situated by the sea
  • An afternoon visit to Santa Maria di Leuca
  • Private wine tasting at a local winery
Tour Leader

Our Pilates holidays in Italy are taught by highly experienced Pilates instructors. All of our instructors are experts in the body control technique, a method of Pilates with a huge amount of physical advantages, from toning your body to combating back problems and arthritis, that is suitable for any age or ability.

Solo Traveller Comments

Group sizes are usually about eight people and generally half are single travellers. Whether you're used to travelling alone or simply taking some time out for yourself, the relaxed, friendly atmosphere at all our venues is geared towards allowing you to be part of the group when it suits and striking out on your own when you want to.

This holiday is not just a typical touristic experience as it involves travelling with a purpose and the opportunity to see the genuine and local face of Italy. Our local Italian hosts have lived abroad and know exactly what to do to avoid making our guests feel like tourists. They will always be by your side and organise trips to places of cultural interest.

The ages of our guests vary. We understand that it is important to be with like minded people, so we always do our best to match ages for each group. Our guests are from all over the world - mostly from Australia, UK, USA, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa.

And most importantly for solo travellers - there is NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT!


Day One (Saturday)

Depending on your arrival time, there will be a transfer from Brindisi Airport to the beautiful Casino Pisanelli. Enjoy welcome drinks and time to relax before dinner prepared by our local chef.

Day Two (Sunday)

Begin the day with energising morning Pilates, followed by breakfast. After breakfast, your first cookery lesson with our lovely local chef Antonio, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, a visit to Santa Maria di Leuca, at the very tip of the Salentine Peninsula where the Ionian and Adriatic Seas meet. Enjoy an aperitivo before returning for dinner at Casino Pisanelli.

Day Three (Monday)

Enjoy your second Pilates lesson followed by breakfast and lunch. Afternoon free to relax by the swimming pool or take a cycle ride to a nearby village. Dinner at Casino Pisanelli.

Day Four (Tuesday)

Energising pilates before breakfast. Leave after breakfast for sightseeing in Lecce, the "Florence of the South." Time for shopping before lunch at a local trattoria. Drive to Otranto, situated by the sea, with the chance to visit the famous cathedral. Return for dinner at Casino Pisanelli.

Day Five (Wednesday)

Pilates lesson before breakfast and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a private wine tasting at a local winery. Return to Casino Pisanelli for dinner.

Day Six (Thursday)

Another Pilates lesson this morning and your second hands-on cooking lesson . Late afternoon visit to Gallipoli and the chance to wander around the old town. Dinner at an excellent local fish restaurant.

Day Seven (Friday)

Enjoy your final Pilates lesson this morning and then lunch. Afternoon free to sunbathe or relax. Farewell dinner at Casino Pisanelli this evening.

Day Eight (Saturday)

Depart early for your flight.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change, depending on the weather and allowing for the Italian ways!

Currently there are no dates available for this tour. Please email us if you would like to be kept informed about new departures.


  • 7 nights ensuite accommodation at the stunning Casino Pisanelli, with pool
  • 6 Pilates lessons
  • 2 cooking lessons
  • All meals and wine
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Transport by private minibus
  • Airport transfers (at set times only)


  • Tips

Casino Pisanelli

Casino Pisanelli is a stunning venue, situated in the heart of rural Salento - a real hidden gem. Originally a hunting lodge built in the 17th century for a local count, the estate is now used exclusively for our holidays for just a few weeks a year. The style is a stunning mix of traditional and modern, with wonderful formal gardens and a swimming pool - the perfect spot to relax after a busy morning in the kitchen.

The property was originally used by the local aristocrat, Count Pisanelli, as a hunting lodge. It has in the past few years been lovingly restored using the skills of local craftsmen and artisans to produce a stunning blend of modern and traditional Italian style. As well as the swimming pool, cleverly integrated into the formal gardens, there are also courtyards with lemon and orange trees - the perfect setting for meals al fresco! Surrounding the lodge are acres of olive groves, which provide delicious extra virgin olive oil throughout the week.


"I love the variety of activities provided during the holiday - Pilates, cooking, excursions. It was very nicely paced too. There was enough time to just sit by the pool and not do much."  Natasha

"Pilates teaching very, very good and life changing for me. Just one week of very focused teaching made a big impact on my physical condition. I really enjoyed the sightseeing and outings that were arranged. We were also a happy and sociable group."  Dorothy

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