The butchers in this village are open well into the evening and they give you the option to choose the meat you like from their fridge, and they will
cook it for you fresh and then serve it with chips, salad and regional wine; this is something so typical for the region but that no tourists would know to do, I was shown this by a Pugliese friend and would never have discovered it otherwise!
A converted hilltop farmhouse in Puglia in the heel of Italy. It's an amazingly peaceful and beautiful place where you can go on a yoga retreat. Some of the rooms are in traditional trulli houses, and the food is awesome.
My new husband and I have recently returned from our honeymoon which we spent initially in Venice for the Biennale and then we travelled by train to Puglia (Apulia) region where we spent a few days exploring this wonderful part of Italy. From Puglia we journeyed on to Greece by ferry intending to finish our journey in Athens.
For many years I had wanted to visit Greece and to travel there by boat and my husband is in love with all things and places Italian. We arranged our passage approximately sixty days prior to our travel date (bookings cannot be made too soon in advance of travel). Our intention was to take the overnight ferry from Brindisi to Patra and then travel by train to Athens. This proved remarkably easy to arrange with the help of the very comprehensive Greek ferries website at www.greekferries.gr/. I highly recommend travelling this way to Greece - at least once. We had booked an on deck cabin with ensuite bathroom for 196 Euros. This price included travel and overnight accommodation which was amazingly comfortable. We travelled with Endeavour line ferries which leave Brindisi daily at 6.30pm local time and arrive in Patra at approximately 10.30 am local time (as it happened our ferry arrived early at 9.30am local time).
The ferry had many amenities including several cafes, bars and a restaurant. Since we were on honeymoon we decided to treat ourselves to the silver service restaurant which proved remarkably inexpensive and of a very high standard. As a result we had the restaurant to ourselves since other travellers obviously mistakenly presumed like we had that it would be very expensive to dine in this particular restaurant.
The entire journey for us was a magical experience allowing us to view a wonderful sunset and a clear night sky alive with shimmering stars. The dawn brought with it stunning vistas from our cabin window of the many Greek Islands we sailed past. As a result we arrived in Patra refreshed and happy and looking forward to the next leg of our journey.
This is a lovely XVIII century Italian villa - just four large ensuite bedrooms, the bathrooms are ultra modern with a walk in wet room. As an extra bonus, all hot water is produced fron the solar panels! In the grounds there is a beautiful saltwater swimming pool and spa. We found the place through a special offer in the Guardian.
One evening there was a pizza party, and we made our own pizza in the wood-fired oven (great fun) plus we had plenty of the Primitivo house wine!
The villa is privately run and the owners take great care of the guests, we even had a complimentary bottle of Prosecco on arrival.
If you're lucky enough to dine at the villa, you'll have a real home-cooked Italian meal (only organic vegetables) of three courses with house wine included, and homemade limoncello, all for just 20 euros!
We'd never been to the 'heel of Italy' before - it is quite different from northen Italy, plenty to see like the picturesque town of Ostuni (worth a visit), Alberobello, Lecce etc.
Brindisi (direct flights Ryanair) 10 min drive.
Bari (Direct flights) Ryanair and BA
50 min drive
Naples.. Easyjet and Thompson
3/4 hr drive
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