I had been hearing about the charms of Puglia for a while and enthusiastically signed up to go when I was invited. This region of Italy is close to Greece, and will remind the traveler of the appeal and feel of some of the Greek Islands. It is a much larger region than I first realized, and will require a car to adequately get around. There are two airports with daily flights to Rome, Bari (BRI), or Brindisi (BDS). You can spend your days on holiday simply relaxing - walking the beach, riding bikes to town and back, lounging by the pool and soaking up the sun, or you can explore a new town each day; Polignano al Mare, Alberobello, Monopoli, Matera, Ostuni, Trani, and Lecce. Puglia is known for its food - but isn't all of Italy? Here you will discover the pasta called orecchiette, which is the eat shaped pasta, and polpette di pane or bread fritters, Fave e cicorie: Fava beans and chicory, as well as lots of seafood. Of course, given the growing conditions, the olive oil is fantastic!
Puglia, May 2022