Puglia PostZ #9 - Andiamo! Let’s Go to Puglia!
This April and September we will be “Kicking Up Our HeelZ” in Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot.
This is the 9th in a series of Puglia PostZ which I have been publishing every few weeks in an effort to inform you about this unique region of Italy and, of course, to entice you into joining us!
Your Invitation to Say “Si!”
Over the past months I have been inviting you to “Kick Up Your HeelZ in Puglia”, Italy, this year. 13 of you accepted my invitation and we are all so excited and looking forward to enjoying our time together in only 9 weeks!
Several of you have accepted for fall and I know that many of you are still deciding…Well, let me review why joining me in Puglia should be your next vacation destination!
Maybe you hadn’t heard of Puglia?
Maybe you have never heard of Puglia until now? Well, I can promise that you will be hearing a lot more! Puglia is emerging from the shadows of Italy’s more famous regions and is stepping into the spotlight. Recently recognized and cited as a top destination for 2014 by Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler, Puglia is becoming the place to visit. (However, for now, less famous means less touristy and less pricey – two more excellent reason to come with me!)
Puglia is the heel of Italy’s boot, a peninsula which divides and is blessed by two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian. Since last summer I’ve been sharing you about this unique region in my Puglia PostZ and, in particular, about the Salento region where our 10 day visit will concentrate.
La dolce vita in Puglia!
Our accommodation for our entire stay will be a beautiful family-owned masseria (farmhouse) near Lecce, the capital of the Salento region.
Here we will enjoy and immerse ourselves in la dolce vita Pugliese style! And who better to be our local host and expert than Yle Sambati of YLTour? A native of the area and tour leader/guide for over 10 years, Yle has been singled out in the Huffington Post by Walks of Italy as one of the best tour guides in Italy and she was recently unanimously voted President of the Wine Route “Vigna del Sole”! Her engaging and warm, enthusiastic personality and obvious passion for her home guarantees a memorable visit.
Visit the unique & breathtaking Salento region of Puglia.
From its distinctive whitewashed stone huts to the crystal clear beaches…from the charming seaside villages hugging ancient stone cliffs to the palate-pleasing cuisine and wines; whether you’re a foodie, a wine lover, a history or art buff or just an Italophile, the heel of Italy’s boot has it all!
Harkening back thousands of years, this area was ancient before the Greeks settled here! And it’s all of these very influences over the millennia – Greek, Spanish, French and Turkish – that have contributed to it’s rich traditions and allure.
Cooking & dining together! Perfect!
Whether you’re a foodie or wine lover, you’ll love experiencing the rich varietyof Pugliese cuisine and wines, which are as original as its landscape. You probably didn’t know that Puglia produces 40% of Italy’s olive oil and that it’s Italy’s largest wine producer, boasting 25 D.O.C.’s? And along with the wine and olive oil, we’ll be partaking in fresh, local specialties (including cheeses and some of the 200 types of pasta exclusive to the region). And we will experience it all first hand – cooking and dining with local experts (local mums) – as well as wine tasting and olive oil tasting at local family run cellars and farms.
Lecce’s Baroque Santa Croce
Exploring local sites is also on our agenda. Are you an art or history buff? Well, there’s over 2000 years of it here! In addition to Lecce, the “Florence of the South”, famed for its dazzling Baroque art and architecture (and over 40 churches!), we will visit the Itria Valley characterized by its mysterious and marvelous whitewashed trulli, and wander the narrow streets of the picturesque seaside villages of Gallipolli, Otranto, and Ostuni.
All of this and so much more….all in bucolic surroundings and at a relaxed and leisurely pace designed to allow you the time to just bask in and enjoy la dolce vita!
We will be there in September to savor it all! You will be there with us, won’t you??
Still undecided? Questions?
Learn More About Puglia 2014 & How You Can Kick Up Your HeelZ with Us!
Everything you need to say “Si” is here:
Come with Me to Puglia 2014! – An introduction to our holiday together.
Our Puglia Fall 2014 Itinerary! - Detailed itinerary of our time together in Puglia.
Welcome to Puglia 2014! - Information & photos of all the amazing things we’ll do & see together.
I’m Coming with You to Puglia 2014! - How to Register! Don’t be disappointd!
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