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Tag Archives: small group tours to Puglia
Did You Know that More Olive Oil Comes from Puglia than from Any Other Region in Italy? Puglia’s relationship with olive trees dates back 2700 years. 50-60 million trees (no one knows for sure) – including ancient, gnarled trees, called … Continue reading
10 Reasons Why You Will LOVE Coming to Italy with Victoria! If you need another reason, here’s #4!
Did you ever feel “called” to go to or to return somewhere? Like some invisible and irresistible force of gravity was pulling you there? An inexplicable attraction, perhaps? Or perhaps, the enticing photos and a travel blurb that just struck … Continue reading
Today’s Guest Post is from my lovely friend and tour collaborator, Ylenia Sambati. Yle and I met via fellow Italophiles and the internet 3 years ago and the idea of offering small group tours to Italy was percolating for me. … Continue reading
You’ve probably never heard of the small town of Corigliano d’Otranto located near the town of Lecce in the Salento sub-region of Puglia. I know I never had and it’s another, among so many, appealing gems easily overlooked by travelers…
At Quarta Caffè, commitment to “qualità in tazza”, remains the trademark of their success. Like so many family-owned companies, Quarta Caffè started from humble beginnings and hard work in Lecce, the heart of the Salento, in the 1950’s and here … Continue reading
Last spring during my third group trip to Puglia, I once again visited Azienda Agricola Taurino, a magnificent family-owned and operated olive tree farm in Squinzano. Squinzano is located in the south-eastern sub-region of Salento in Puglia and it’s where … Continue reading
Ever since I started traveling to the Salento sub-region of Puglia I fell in love with…well, its olive trees. It’s hard to explain until you’ve actually experienced driving through miles and miles of thousands upon thousands of olive trees… as … Continue reading
One of the many unique features/characteristics of Lecce is its dramatic architecture. Every where you look–and you must look every where–your gaze will be met with rich Baroque ornamentation. Lecce is often referred to as the “Florence of the South” … Continue reading