Puglia PostZ #9 – Andiamo! Let’s Go to Puglia!
Next spring & fall we will be “Kicking Up Our HeelZ” in Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot.
This is the 9th in a series of Puglia PostZ which I published a few years ago before taking the first group there – now, as I look forward to my fifth time to Puglia, I can truthfully say, it was love at first sight and has never abated!
Altogether there are nine (9) Puglia PostZ – enjoy them all! They’ve been updated but the intent remains the same: to inform you about this unique region of Italy and, of course, to entice you into joining us!
Your Invitation to Say “Si!”
Over the past years I have been inviting you to “Kick Up Your HeelZ in Puglia”, Italy with me and there have four groups accepted my invitation and we had the time of our lives together!
Some of us are going in fall and many of you are deciding whether to come or next spring……Well, let me review why joining me in Puglia should be your next vacation destination!
Maybe you have never heard of Puglia until now? Well, I can promise that you will be hearing a lot more! Puglia is emerging from the shadows of Italy’s more famous regions and is stepping into the spotlight. Recently recognized and cited as a top destination for 2014-2015 by Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler, Puglia is becoming the place to visit. (However, for now, less famous means less touristy and less pricey – two more excellent reason to come with me!)
Puglia is the heel of Italy’s boot, a peninsula which divides and is blessed by two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. Since last summer I’ve been sharing you about this unique region in my Puglia PostZ and, in particular, about the Salento region where our 10 day visit will concentrate.
Our accommodations for our entire stay will include a beautiful family-owned masseria (farmhouse) near Lecce, the capital of the Salento region and a luxury hotel or B&B in historical Lecce!
Here we will enjoy and immerse ourselves in la dolce vita Pugliese style! And who better to be our local host and expert than Yle Sambati of YLTOUR? A native of the area and tour leader/guide for over 10 years, Yle was been singled out in the Huffington Post by Walks of Italy as one of the best tour guides in Italy. Her engaging and warm, enthusiastic personality and obvious passion for her home guarantees a memorable visit.
From its distinctive whitewashed medieval hill town and famous, trulli stone huts to the crystal clear beaches…from the charming seaside villages hugging ancient stone cliffs to
the palate-pleasing cuisine and wines; whether you’re a foodie, a wine lover, a history or art buff or just an Italophile, the heel of Italy’s boot has it all!
Harkening back thousands of years, this area was ancient before the Greeks settled here! And it’s all of these very influences over the millennia – Greek, Spanish, French and Turkish – that have contributed to it’s rich traditions and allure.
Whether you’re a foodie or wine lover, you’ll love experiencing the rich variety of Pugliese cuisine and wines, which are as original as its landscape. You probably didn’t know that Puglia produces 40% of Italy’s olive oil and that it’s Italy’s largest wine producer, boasting 25 D.O.C.’s? And along with the wine and olive oil, we’ll be partaking in fresh, local specialties (including cheeses and some of the 200 types of pasta exclusive to the region). And we will experience it all first hand – cooking and dining with local experts (local mums) – as well as wine tasting and olive oil tasting at local family run cellars and farms.
Exploring local sites is also on our agenda. Are you an art or history buff? Well, there’s over 2000 years of it here! In addition to Lecce, the “Florence of the South”, famed for its dazzling Baroque art and architecture (and over 40 churches!), we will visit the Itria Valley characterized by its mysterious and marvelous whitewashed trulli, and wander the narrow streets of the picturesque seaside villages of Gallipolli, Otranto, and Ostuni.
All of this and so much more….all in bucolic surroundings and at a relaxed and leisurely pace designed to allow you the time to just bask in and enjoy la dolce vita!
We will be there in October and next spring to savor it all! You will be there with us, won’t you??
Everything you need to say “Si” is here:
Space is LIMITED to 12 Guests!
Still undecided? Questions? Contact Victoria