Puglia. First glance.

Puglia. First glance.

While the majority of people dream to visit Rome and Venice, there are a few tourists that dare to explore more than that.

After visiting Rome and Venice for the second time, I decided to explore Puglia, a dream I had for the last 5-6 years.

As I sit in the airport waiting for my plane, I already started writing on this article.

Puglia, the south…is hard to describe using just words. Many people think that by knowing people from Rome, Milan, Torino, Venice they understand Italy and Italians but I have to disagree.

I visited more than 30/40 places in Italy and I felt more than welcomed everywhere, but here in the south…there is something special, something extra.

The Italians in general are warm (or at least that’s how I see them) but I think that down here, in the heel of the boot people are more than warm.

There’s a special rhythm to life that can be found only in the south, far from the, sometimes maddening, corporate lifestyle in the north.

People seem to walk slower, to eat more, to laugh more, to take more time off to be with their loved ones.

So with this series I will try to paint Puglia for you from what I experienced directly in relation to this place, these people and the food that I ate.

Of course I will mention the drawbacks because after all, no place is perfect.

In this series I will cover my accommodation, 13 places I visited, transport and about 10-11 places that I stopped for lunch, dinner or just a coffee or an ice cream.

Also I will cover some key points (key for me as tourist) regarding transport, weather and more.

During my trip I visited: Bari, Alberobello, Locorotondo, Ostuni, Otranto, Lecce, Matera, San Vito, Poglinano a Mare, Monopoli and enjoyed sightseeing at Grotta della Poesia, Torre dell’ Orso and Grotta Castellana.

So let’s start this Puglia series!