Something so beautiful about Italy, the boot shaped country, isn’t it? While Rome is historic and stunning, there is nothing like Puglia.
As I was exploring holiday destinations, I spotted Puglia. Sleepy whitewashed villages, a sea of olive trees, the unique Trullo (conical stone hut), and a large variety of vegetarian food make for one of the interesting, relaxed and laid back holiday destinations. Interestingly, Puglia is the background of the musical Walking on Sunshine starring UK pop-star Leona Lewis. Never mind that it wasn’t a big hit!
There is a lot to experience here, but for me food and wine top the list. You cannot leave Puglia without tasting Negroamaro, the full-bodied red wine from the region.
Puglia also has plenty of traditional dishes which are worth tasting, from the famous Orecchiette and Burrata, which merit a reason to go to Puglia on their own to the traditional Taralli, Friselle and Focaccia. The pugliese bread is a delicacy too. With so much of food to experience, a culinary vacation sounds like a great idea.
You could either set sail on this journey with one of the cooking experience vacations, like the ones offered by Ciaolaura, Silvestro Silvestori’s classes in Lecce or candlelight cooking at the Castle. Would you rather just create your own?
As lovely as some of these holidays sound, they are a bit steeply priced for me. Holiday destinations in Europe usually are if you don’t spend time doing a thorough research. For an authentic Puglia experience, book a Masseria! A Masseria is a fortified farmhouse or country house set in working farms in Puglia producing olive oil, wine or the local produce of the region.. Use Trip advisor or Trivago.com to get the best deals online. I usually look at Trip advisor for finding the best deals on holiday destinations.
As for food, learn how to make Orecchiette
Taste the Burrata as you go on a cheese tour
Participate in the Olive harvest or be amazed at a wine tasting with a sommelier.
We found some great reviews online for Ciaolaura, Awaiting table . Alternatively, just try a cooking class in a traditional rustic kitchen with a local Nonna. You won’t be disappointed and will want to go back for more. I am looking forward to a trip there, based on all that I have read and of course the fantastic reviews.
Don’t leave Puglia without visiting Polignano a Mare. Make sure to book a romantic meal in the Grotta Palazzese, a restaurant set within a cave.
As Frank Herbert puts it, without new experiences, something inside us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. So, go! Explore, Dream, Discover!
Other things you must try:
Dance the Pizzica
Marvel at Mosaics in Otranto
Venture underground at the Castellana Caves
Party at The Atlantis Beach like in Ibiza
Have you been to Puglia yet or any other unique holiday destinations? Tell us what else you discovered?