♥ Traveling Like a Local with Locals in Puglia (Part 2) ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!Kicking Up Our Heelz Together in Puglia… Again!

Traveling Like a Local with Locals! Part 2!

More...La Dolce Vita Salento Style! ♥

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The second half of our unique experience is in Lecce, the Baroque crown jewel of the Salento…

Puglia - Lecce Collage After settling in to our luxury accommodation in Lecce’s historical center, we set out to explore with our expert local guide. On foot is the perfect way to enjoy this spectacular city…

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Puglia - Lecce Collage

After a little rest, we venture out for an aperitivo and lovely passeggiata before enjoying local specialties dinner at a nearby ristorante. The perfect ending to another perfect day in the heart of the Salento.

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On the road, we travel north again to the Itria Valley, this time to explore the unique land of the trulli, UNESCO designated Alberobello.Puglia Alberobello Collage 1The vista of these charming conical dwellings never ceases to delight me  although I know that, at one time, they were home to only the poor.Puglia Alberobello Collage 2Puglia Alberobello Collage 3

Today, Alberobello is bursting with color, tempting souvenirs and places to enjoy a glass of wine or gelato…or maybe a catnap? Puglia Alberobello Collage 4

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By the sea...it’s a picture-perfect day to dine and explore picturesque Polignano a MarePuglia Polignano Collage 1

Perched on the rugged cliffs and overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Adriatic, I have returned to Polignano many times and never tire of its charm and beauty…Puglia Polignano Collage 2 Nor do I tire of its exquisite cuisine (especially the seafood) and a visit to one of my favorite gelaterie, CarusoPuglia Polignano Collage 3 Puglia Polignano Collage 4

I know I’ll fly back...but first it’s time to return to Lecce in time for a little shopping and a passeggiata before another luscious dinner.

Let's Go to Italy Together!♦ Heading south our destination today is Otranto, the easternmost point along the Adriatic coast…Puglia Otranto Collage 1 It’s another crystal clear day to explore the medieval walls, iconic cathedral and wander among the inviting narrow passages and breathtaking spectacular lungomare...Puglia Otranto Collage 2

The Otranto Cathedral, dedicated to the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, is famous for its remarkable “tree of life” 12th century mosaic floor as well as the Cappella Mortiri dedicated to the martyrs of Otranto.Puglia Otranto Collage 4 Puglia Otranto Collage 3

On our way back to Lecce, we venture off the beaten track to Cortigliano d’Otranto, one of the nine towns of Grecia Salentina villages and admire the dramatic Castello Del Monti (Castello di Corigliano d’Otranto).Puglia Collage Cortigliano

Let's Go to Italy Together! To the Ionian coast … Our last (but not least!) excursion will be to Galatina and Gallipoli.

Galatina, rich in Baroque architecture, is seldom visited except for Basilica di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, truly one of the most magnificent cathedrals of Italy…Puglia Galatina Collage

We continue on to meet the Ionian in Gallipoli. Hugging the shores, Gallipoli is known as the “pearl of the Ionian” and  “city of the fishermen” …and it’s easy to see why…Puglia Gallipoli Collage 1A Puglia Gallipoli Collage 1 Exploring its narrow passages lined with beautiful Baroque palaces bathing in their former glory, one can’t help but wonder what it was like in the past… Puglia Gallipoli Collage 2Puglia Gallipoli Collage 3

Let's Go to Italy Together! Where does the time go? Already, it’s our last day and we will spend it in Lecce visiting food artisans and the local mercato.

We start at a local caseificio where we can watch Angelo and his co-worker make the freshest mozzarella you will ever sample! (And we do, of course!)Puglia Cheese Collage 1Puglia Cheese Collage 2 Next stop is a visit to a pasticceria extraordinaire, Luca Capilungo, where absolutely everything is made on site with only the best local ingredients under the dedicated and watchful eye of Luca. Puglia Luca Collage 2Puglia Luca Collage 3Puglia Luca Collage 1After an absolutely perfect cappuccino and pasticciotto leccese, we’re ready for the next stop…

I LOVE visiting local markets and the covered mercato in Lecce is no exception! It’s one of the best ways to really learn about the local lifestyle and culinary specialties of a region…Puglia - Lecce Market Collage

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♥ It’s time for farewells and, as we toast to our extraordinary time together, we know that we will return home filled with indelible memories. ♥Puglia V Meals

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 ♥ I’ll be sharing hundreds more photos but I would rather be sharing the real thing…la dolce vita Salento-style…with You!!! ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!Did you miss the first half of our unforgettable time together?

Just CLICK HERE to see how we spent our time on the masseria, enjoying cooking classes, olive oil and wine tasting, and visiting local artisans as well as the towns of Ostuni, Martina Franca, and Squinzano…

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2 Responses to ♥ Traveling Like a Local with Locals in Puglia (Part 2) ♥

  1. Puglia looks so inviting and wonderful! What lovely trips you plan!

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