Italy: Puglia


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Life is good in Puglia.  Far removed from Italy’s more familiar (and crowded) destinations, the heel of the boot is a place where time stands still.  Much like the ancient olive trees that dot the landscape, Puglia is authentic and feels like the Italy of old.

Luxury lodging at the masseria, converted farm properties, comes not with a doorman, but rather, life’s simple pleasures – outdoor tubs, orchard views, stone chapels – that send the blood pressure plummeting when combined with a glass of local wine.  Add a plate of burrata cheese, a specialty of the region, and you may never leave your rural retreat!

But please do, as there’s plenty of Puglia to explore.  Our wonderful on-site partner, Southern Visions Travel, creates custom experiences highlighting the area’s cultural and culinary treasurers.  You might bike around the Baroque city of Lecce, delve into the caves in stunning Matera or marvel at the charming Trulli houses in Alberobello, a UNESCO world heritage site.  For foodies, there are family-owned olive groves with freshly pressed oil for tasting and cheese-making farms for picnicking in the Italian countryside.

If you see yourself in this idyllic image of Italian respite, do not delay in digging out your passport and making travel plans with Caroline Travels the World!

Recently dubbed the new Tuscany, Puglia is on everyone’s radar, and it’s only a matter of time before this heel is well trodden.

Favorite hotels include Masseria Torre MaizzaMasseria Torre CoccaroLa FiermontinaMasseria Trapana


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