Tag Archives: Puglia

Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: Simple, Delicious Food

Known as the vegetable garden of the Italian peninsula, Puglia (Apulia) produces “80 percent of the pasta consumed in Europe, more wine than Germany (about 20 percent of all Italian wine, and more olive oil than all of the other … Continue reading

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Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: Lecce

Kate and I ended our trip to Puglia (Apulia) in the radiant city of Lecce—and what a delightful conclusion! I don’t know whether it was simply the change of pace from six days of small towns to a large city … Continue reading

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Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: The Easternmost Spot in Italy

When Kate and I began planning our trip to Puglia (Apulia), the first tour book that I opened said that the easternmost part of Italy is in the Salento area in the southern tip of the boot’s heel. I couldn’t believe it, so I … Continue reading

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Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: The White Hill Towns of the Valle d’Itria

If you go to Puglia (Apulia), you must visit the trulli in the Valle d’Itria. Lucky you, because the valley, smack dab in the center of Puglia, has other lovely sights, including many dazzling white medieval hill towns, endless fields of olive trees, and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: Trani and Castel del Monte

Although some tour books claim that the best sights in Puglia (Apulia) lie between Lecce in the south and Bari in the northern middle, Kate and I enjoyed two beautiful spots northwest of Bari: Trani and Castel del Monte. Angelo … Continue reading

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Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: Puglia’s Trullo Country

On Tuesday evening, Kate and I left Matera (see yesterday’s post) and settled into the beautiful new B&B Cavour in Gioia del Colle, our tour guide’s hometown in central Puglia, for  four nights. For two of the next three days, we wandered the … Continue reading

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Exploring the Heel of Italy’s Boot: Matera and Basilicata

My friend Kate McKenna and I traveled to Puglia (Apulia) and Basilicata for eight days the first week of February. Although Matera is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and Puglia has so much to recommend it, … Continue reading

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