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Puglia Italy Travel Articles

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Pugliais the Italian name for this region, though it is often referred to as Apulia in English. This long strip of land on the Adriatic comprising the "heel" of Italy has a unique landscape devoid of mountains and covered by plains and hills. Farms devoted to vineyards, olive trees and vegetables are separated by neatly constructed stone walls. The giant ancient olive trees, several feet in diameter, twisted and towering, are startling. The area surrounding Alberobello is dotted with trulli. These small conical buildings, first built in the 13th century, are created out of limestone and unique to Puglia. Puglia's sandy beaches are a big draw; three-quarters of the region borders the sea. Puglia's strategic location made it a target for conquering and colonization by Byzantines, Saracens, Greeks, Romans, Normans, Swabians, Turks and Spaniards, among others.

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Italy's Best Cooking Schools: Molise and Puglia (Sept. 2014)
Go truffle hunting in Molise and then cook with the tasty tubers. In Puglia, learn how to make Gallipoli-style fish soup as well as wild chicory with bacon and Pecorino. Your mouth will be watering after reading about these cooking classes. . . . read more
Spotlight: Lecce's New Concept Hotel (Nov. 2013)
Lecce is full of surprises. I've thought this since the first time I visited this mini-Florence so far down on Italy's heel, in Puglia. Who expected one of the coolest -- and most affordable -- hotels I have enjoyed in Italy to be here too. . . . read more
New Hotels in Capri, Puglia, Rome and Sicily (Nov. 2013)
A refurbished gem in flashy Anacapri...A new 5-star in Bari's revitalized port...New properties in Rome...A guesthouse on the slopes of Sicily's Mount Etna . . . read more
A Lesson in Pugliese Cooking (April 2013)
Our cooking class is in a whitewashed former stable with a lipstick-red door, called Stalla del Prete, featuring a wood-fired oven dating from 1500. Our three-hour morning class includes lots of hands-on participation, demonstrations and lunch afterward. . . . read more
Great Local Tour Guides in Calabria, Molise, Basilicata and Puglia (February 2013)
If you're visiting any of these wonderful southern Italy regions, we have the local guides you should hire to accompany you. They offer everything from Vespa and biking tours to tours to trace your family's geneaology. . . . read more
A Day Out in the Salento with Yle (June/July 2012)
A longtime subscriber had been urging me to meet this local guide and tour, saying this warm and passionate Lecce native had a particular knack helping others experience undiscovered Puglia. She was right. . . . read more
You Can't Beat Their Meat: Visit A Braceria in Puglia (June/July 2012)
The fornello began as many great Italian traditions do, with great ingredients and a simple gesture of kindness. The livestock in the Murgia feed off beautiful grass, wild herbs, ancient bitter greens, and almost all of it just there for the eating. This lifestyle for the animal creates flavorful cuts of beef and lamb that are very lean and quite expensive. . . . read more
Two Puglia Insiders Share Their Tips (June/July 2012)
On my recent visit to Puglia, I spent a few days with Southern Visions Travel, run by Puglia native Antonello Losito, and his fiancée Laura Giordano, who teaches cooking. They share their tips for best dishes, restaurants and festivals in Puglia. . . . read more
More Places to Eat and Drink in Puglia (June/July 2012)
Puglia offers fine, fresh, simple cuisine and the wines...visit this authentic Salentine restaurant in Lecce, then hit a hip, new enoteca for wine tasting. Looking for the best restaurant in Puglia? It might be in Conversano. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Six Masserie Offer Charm and Comfort (June/July 2012)
The demand for places to stay in Puglia has been met by innovative locals transforming many of the Puglia's centuries-old fortified farmhouses, called masserie, into modern oases. Here are six that combine local architecture, autenthic touches and luxury amenities. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Il Frantoio (June/July 2012)
Il Frantoio offers lovely accommodations, welcoming hosts and the chance to try five different DOP-grade extra virgin olive oils from the farm's 600-year-old underground olive oil press. Cooking lessons too! . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Elegant Retreat and Rental in Ostuni (June/July 2012)
A long tree-lined stone drive leads to the stunning main house whose white washed walls white exterior contrasts with lush green lawns and bright flowers in shades of pink, purple and red. The 65-acre property boasts hundreds of ancient olive trees, private gardens tucked in hidden places and a salt water swimming pool. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Rustic Charm, Peacocks, Cooking Lessons and Pizzica at This Masseria (June/July 2012)
Visiting this Puglia masseria truly feels a soulful journey back in time. It is the landscape (ducks and chickens in a coop; an ancient olive mill wheel in the center of the courtyard) and the people here (the warm and welcoming Mama Giulia who is a fixture in the kitchen) that make it special. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Luxury and Golf in Seaside Savelletri (June/July 2012)
The charming seaside village of Savelletri di Fasano in Puglia is home to some luxurious hotels - this one is one of the best and a dream for golfers. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: Romantic Guest House on a Golf Course (June/July 2012)
Adjacent to the archeological site of Egnazia as well as one of the best golf coursse in Puglia, this masseria offers a romantic atmosphere. . . . read more
Where to Stay in Puglia: An Eco-Friendly Vacation at A Biomasseria (June/July 2012)
If you're looking for an eco-friendly place to stay in Puglia, try this masseria which is powered by solar energy, offers natural furniture and organic sheets and serves delicious meals from products harvested just a few feet away . . . read more
Italian Yoga Retreat: Saluting the Sun in Salento (Puglia)
How's this for a getaway - a peaceful Puglia masseria set on 24 gourgeous acres, yoga classes, massages, swimming, horseback riding and exploring the countryside. This Italy yoga retreat offers all this and more... . . . read more
Sisters Share Their Private Puglia Italy
A guide to the region Puglia - where to eat the freshest seafood to which seasonal events - such as a Christmas nativity scene and huge annual bonfire - should be on your list of musts when you visit the enchanting region of Puglia. . . . read more
Cooking School in Puglia, With a Splash of Wine
Who says sense and sensuality can't share the dining table? The Rascazzo sisters educate us with the empowering message that eating in the healthful Mediterranean manner is a feast for all the senses. . . . read more
Noteworthy Italy Hotel Openings
Check out these new digs in Florence, Milan, Rome, Venice, Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany. Lots of new Italy hotels are opening up and we at Dream of Italy have all the info you need. . . . read more
Puglia's Bounty Awaits Food Lovers
Find out why Puglia, of all Italian cities, is famous for its unique cuisine, including bread, pasta, olive oil, vegetables and other culinary delights. Puglia produces one third of Italy's olive oil. . . . read more
A Quick Puglia Italy Travel Primer
Looking for a nice destination in southern Italy? We have the scoop on location, major cities, weather and history of the "heel" of Italy - Puglia. If you haven't been here yet, now is the time to check out our tips. . . . read more
Puglia: No Longer A Silent Wine Producer
With warm weather, consistent temperatures and fertile soil, Puglia is one of Italy's largest wineproducing regions. So why haven't you heard much about its wines? . . . read more
Lecce: Puglia's Crown Jewel
Explore Lecce, reffered to by many as "the Florence of the South" and "the Athens of Puglia." It's famous for its golden Baroque architecture. Read on for our expert tips on where to go and what to do in Lecce. . . . read more
Castles, Cathedrals, Caves: Highlights of Puglia
Explore the natural and architectural wonders of Puglia in Alberobello, Altamura, Castel del Monte, Castellana, Cisternino, Grottaglie, Lecce, Martina Franca, Monte Sant'Angelo, Ostuni, Pogliano a Mare, Salvetteri di Fasano, San Giovanni Rotondo, and Trani . . . read more
Be Trulli at Home in Puglia Italy with a Trulli Rental or Stay
Fascinated by the trulli of Puglia? (The centuries-old circular building with a cone-shaped roof.) Here are some ideas for staying in a trullo or trulli in Puglia. . . . read more
Escape to a Peaceful Puglia Masseria, Masseria Torre Coccaro
Puglia bound? Don't miss our advice on how to truly find peace in a unique hotel room built into a sighting tower from the Middle Ages at the luxurious Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia, Italy. Read on for details. . . . read more
Noteworthy Travels: Puglia Edition
Seen all the major sites in Puglia? Looking to try something different? Here were give our expert advice on how to experience Puglia by taste, by bike, and on foot with these unique Puglia tour ideas. . . . read more
Puglia: Mussels and the Click of Manolos at Masseria San Domenico
This five-star, 47-room hotel, sits whitewashed and glistening above the ancient olive groves that still provide oil for its kitchens. It is an oasis of calmness and serenity in the beautiful region of Puglia. . . . read more