The region of Puglia can be neatly split into three zones; the flat north plain and Gargano, the heel known as Salento, and the iconic central zones of Bari and Brindisi.

Little ears with sprouts of cauliflower

Published in Puglia Recipes

This orecchiette pasta recipe has been provided by the Masseria Torre Coccaro, Savelletri di Fasano.

Last modified on 30 January 2015

Vineyards of the Sun

Published in Puglia Itineraries

Vineyards of the Sun or 'Vigna del Sole' is strada del vino number 8 in the province of Lecce in Puglia.

Last modified on 30 January 2015

The Ancient Beauty of the Heel of Italy

Published in Puglia Itineraries

The territory of Leuca, the very tip of Puglia, the so called heel of Italy, is characterised by stones walls, straw stacks and secular olive trees.

These are powerful images made all the more evocative by the smell of origano, thyme, wild fennel and the salty sea.

Spectacular beauty which can be taken in with a round trip of the following towns and hamlets.

Start in Cagliano del Capo where the roads are squeezed between the sea and the bare sun drenched rocks before arriving at the promontory of Ciolo.

Here you can admire a series of gorges which head deep inland. They were natural shleters for the first primitve inhabitants of the zone, in particular the Cipolliane and Prazziche coves or caves.

Last modified on 30 January 2015

Puglia Coast itinerary

Published in Puglia Itineraries

This itinerary along the Puglia coast in the province of Bari will take you from the heart of the Valle d'Itria north to the Adriatic.

Last modified on 30 January 2015

Monopoli, the Unique City

Published in Puglia Itineraries

Monopoli sits tranquilly overlooking the Med much as it must have done when it was part of the Marine Republics of Amalfi and Venice between the 11th and 15th centuries. It is not diifficukt at all to imagine how it must have been 500 years ago.

Head straight to the small port, or Molo Vecchio, where the traditional fishing boats still shore up for the night and marvel at the recently restored 'golden' walls of the castle which contrast spectacularly with the blues of the of the sea and sky. This and the surrounding fortifications date from 1552.

Last modified on 30 January 2015

Festival of Jewish Culture in Puglia

Published in Puglia Itineraries

The second week of September 2009 saw the first "Festival della Cultura Ebraica in Puglia", part of the now annual "Giornata Europea della Cultura Ebraica" or European Day of Jewish Culture.

Last modified on 29 December 2014

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Route of Brindisi

Published in Puglia Itineraries

The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Route 'Collina di Brindisi' needs little clarification. If you are looking for an itinerary to discover the extra virgin olive oil of the province of Brindisi in Puglia, then you're on the right track.

Last modified on 22 December 2014

Tricase Live Nativity display

Published in Puglia Itineraries

The Presepe Vivente or Living Presepe of Tricase in the province of Lecce, south Puglia, takes place every year on the hilltop of Sant'Eufemia. More precisely in the locality of Monte Orco. After 30 years of activity this nativity scene with real actors has reached such a level of importance for Tricase to nicknamed the 'Bethlehem of Italy' and is one of the oldest eight estalbished presepi in south Italy.

Last modified on 18 December 2014

Best Castles in Puglia

Published in Puglia Itineraries

A first hand guide of the main Castles of central Puglia

CASTEL DEL MONTE

Frederick II had Castel del Monte built around 1240 and it is the most famous of the numerous Swabian castles in the region, both for the recurrent use of the number eight (external perimeter of the courtyard, shape and number of towers) which is full of symbolic meaning and because of its uncertain function.

UNESCO included it in the World Heritage in 1996. The sixteen trapezoidal rooms are characterised by refined sculptural adornments in which ancient (motifs belonging to the classical repertoire) and modern (elements clearly inspired by gothic European) are blended along with elements from the Arab world. www.castellodelmonte.it

Last modified on 12 December 2014

Gastronomy of Foggia

Published in Puglia Food

The approach to the cuisine of the province of Foggia in north Puglia can be summed up by the local term: 'a chi è convinto che a tavola non si invecchi'.

In other words if you know how to eat well you'll never grow old. Read on for what they're talking about.

For olive oil, fennel and sausage try Lucera. The town also produces its own DOC the 'Cacc'èmmitte' made from Troia grapes. Also look out for the vegetable paté.

The troia grape is ready for picking at the start of October and the wine is some of the most alcoholic available. It also ages extremely well.

It's so good that the coastal hills of Bari also host the vines. Look out for the 'Rosso di Cerignola', 'Orta Nova', 'Rosso Canosa' and 'Rosso Barletta' all made from the grape.

Last modified on 12 December 2014

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