A Guide to Puglia
( A special thanks to my dear friend Kate & Carlos Sirtori for the recommendations and guide below)
Explorers, foodies, and history + design buffs will find the southern region of Italy to be nothing short of inspiring. Home to thousand-year-old olive trees that line the fields, breathtaking views of the “Sea” (the true Italian way to reference the beach), and cuisine that will knock your socks off, Puglia, is one of the most special places I have been.
First things first, don’t get overwhelmed. There are so many towns to visit and things to see. Let’s start with some standouts.
Where to Stay (Luxe) : Borgo Egnazia
· While this hotel is relatively new, and I was blown away. Make a note to visit the spa and have a meal there (even if you are not a guest). No words.
Where to Stay ( Cozy & Authentic ) : Masseria Torre Coccaro
· My friend and her husband were married here and I got to stop by for a tour under the stars. Be sure to inquire about their “Village Feasts.”
Towns to Visit:
· This is a must. Quintessentially Pugliese. Home of the “Trulli,” amazing white & stone huts with cone shaped roofs. While this is definitely a tourist attraction, the trulli are amazing to see.
· Wine Bar: Trulli E Puglia Wine Bar (underground). Enjoy their pistachiochello!
· Another must. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This might be one of the most incredible cities I have seen from an architecture and history standpoint.
· Nerd out and take a history tour. It is well worth the time. Trust me, you will be mind blown.
· Standout Pizza Joint: Oi Mari
· Go for the best meal of your life. A beautiful little town.
· Dine (splurge) : Angelo Sabateli. The friends I was visiting took me here for a special dinner. I died and went to heaven.
o My friend, a super foodie, says this is one of her favorite restaurants in all of Italy.
o Make a point to meet the sommelier (a jovial bald gentleman). He will take great care of you! The dessert wine is not to miss!
Things You Should Know about Puglia . . .
· Let’s talk Antipasti. It’s a highlight of Puglia. Make sure you partake in this parade of food. It serves as a great way to try an array of traditional dishes.
· The regional pasta is orecchiette. The regional “crackers” are Taralli. They are SO delicious. Always choose fish over meat here….the seafood is incredible!
Last but not least…
· Sant’Andrea: This was probably my favorite day of the trip. Sant’ Andrea is a town that sits on the tip of the boot on the sea.
· Spend the day swimming in crystal blue waters among the most incredible rock formations. I could live here!
This adventure was definitely a trip of a lifetime, and I am so thrilled to share with you! Puglia is Italy’s best kept secret, as you can clearly see.
Now, book that ticket and let me know if you go! I want to hear your thoughts!