Today it’s time for my second Guest Post. Michelle Summerville from 3onthego blog shares her essential experiences when travelling to Puglia. 3onthego is a family travel blog that talks about kids, food and the adventures she has at home in NYC with her son Jake. It’s a great blog for finding lovely travel destinations through personal experiences. The beautiful scenic photographs will make you want to hop on a plane and head straight there!
With its olives groves and white washed hotels, rustic homemade cuisine and miles and miles of glistening Adriatic coastline, we couldn’t help but be charmed by Puglia, Italy’s still somewhat undiscovered region to the south. On a two week roadtrip in the summer of 2012 we set out to explore as much of the “heel” as we possibly could. Here we share a few of our essential experiences for a lovely Puglian holiday:
STAY IN A MASSERIA
For a truly authentic stay, check into a masseria – or fortified farmhouse, usually set in a working farm producing olive oil, wine, or produce. The coast between Bari and Brindisi is filled with them, many of which have now been converted into stylish boutique hotels. A few of our favorites include Masseria Torre Maizza, a hip hideaway with modern furnishings, Borgo San Marco, a rustic beauty with a fabulous beach-edge pool and Masseria Cervarolo, where you can overnight in a traditional cone-roofed trulli bedroom.
FEAST ON LOCAL SPECIALTIES
Fertile and flat and close to the sea, Puglia produces lots of locally grown vegetables, extra virgin olive oil and fresh caught seafood. Creamy burrata and orecchiette (the region’s official pasta shape) also make appearances on menus everywhere. Don’t miss Da Tuccino in Polignano a Mare for impressively presented crudo, Masseria Il Frantoio in Ostuni for a beautiful al fresco dinner surrounded by olive trees, and LaltroBaffo in Otranto for inspired, creative seafood dishes.
FIND YOUR PERFECT BEACH
Dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters, pebbly coves and sandy stretches – Puglia has it all. Boasting more than 400 miles of coastline, the region is home to some of Italy’s very best beaches. We loved the glistening Spiaggia della Purità on Gallipoli’s Cittá Vecchia, Porto Badisco, a picturesque rocky cove to the south of Otranto and Baia dei Turchi, shallow and sandy with transparent seas.
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