Shaped by Sun, Sea & Wind!
We’ve been taking quite a few walks and strolls visiting some of the towns and neighborhoods of Italy. Today, let’s slow our pace even more and partake in a pleasant stroll, Salento style…
“There is no way to talk about this land without being aware one is in a legendary place.”
Puglia is often referred to as the heel of Italy’s boot and the Salento is Puglia’s southernmost sub-peninsula. Lying between the Adriatic and Ionian, it’s referred to as “terra tra due mari”, the land between two seas.
Puglia is certainly quite unique among Italy’s regions. It embodies all of the charms and allure of Italy, but since it is still slightly unknown, it’s not subject to the swarms of tourists…yet! Until recently, Puglia, much less the Salento were virtually unknown, but that is changing. The limelight, once primarily on regions that are home to Florence, Rome and Venice, is starting to reach here.
Among the many distinctive features of Puglia and the Salento, is the sense of timelessness personified in its millions of olive trees. Standing in silent testimony to a heritage that has evolved over the millennia, surely they have been shaped and defined by sun, sea, and wind. As with the grape vines, their roots are deep and their fruits boast characteristics that are gifts from this land.
Another of the unique features here are the masserie (plural for masseria) which line the coastline of the Salento. And what exactly is a masseria? A masseria is a farm house or country house.
Typically dating back to the 16th-19th century and usually family-owned and run, the masserie are often renovated and welcome visitors who want to experience the Salento lifestyle firsthand. Surrounded by fortified walls that were to protect them from various invaders and intruders, they remain working farms often located, naturally, amidst hundreds (if not thousands) of acres of ancient olive trees…
Let’s visit one, shall we? Let’s visit family-owned Masseria Provenzani. Conveniently located only 30 minutes from Lecce, here we have everything we need for a relaxing stay and opportunity to completely immerse in the Salento lifestyle. And yet we don’t have to travel far to visit many of the nearby picturesque cities and villages. Perfect!
Still a working farm, we can stroll among the lemon groves, see what’s growing in the herb and vegetable garden, and visit the roosters and hens. Maybe take a bike ride on the country road or simply relax by the pool…
Heading back to our room, as we pass the kitchen and dining room, you might be followed by friendly dogs and find napping kittens.
Here our delicious and healthy meals will be prepared by Mamma Giulia (sometimes with our help!). Enjoying authentic regional recipes and locally grown ingredients transformed into delicious and healthy meals, always accompanied by out-of-this-world wine is definitely a highlight of our visit.
The spacious living quarters are comfortable and welcoming. It’s hard to resist the urge to just relax with a glass of wine and soak in the warmth of the sun, the faint aroma of the nearby sea and the gentle caress of the wind…
And why would we resist the magical allure of the Salento lifestyle? I know I won’t!
Are You Ready to Experience and Immerse in the Salento Lifestyle with Me?
Whether you’re a foodie, a wine lover, an art or history buff or just love Italy, this is the perfect experience for you! Enjoy being in a small group, unpack only once and this all-inclusive trip is a great value!
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