I have a fear that anything I say to you about our time in Puglia will seem like I’m exaggerating or being hyperbolic. But really, it’s just this simple: you have to go. And sooner rather than later, before everyone else reads this very influential and popular blog and decides to go as well!
Puglia is located (for lack of a better descriptor) on the back of the heel of the boot that is Italy. It’s location on the Adriatic Coast and historical positioning closer to Croatia and Montenegro give it a completely different feel and culture than the rest of Italy.
Accommodations are everything in my book, as you already know if you follow me, and Borgo Egnazia is truly a top spot of all the places I’ve stayed. The resort is a replica of a provincial Puglian Borgo (small village) and it completely nails the feeling with townhouse style accommodations, cobblestone streets and a central square in the middle of the property where a weekly feast with live music and dancing is served family style. The service and attention from staff was unlike any we have ever experienced. With two pools, a kids club and bicycles throughout the property – not to mention two beach clubs on site – we truly felt like crying when it was time to leave at the end of the week.
When visiting Puglia, we work with the best of the best guides, and recommend days to visit the sea caves of Pogliano a Mare by speedboat, a guided tour to understand the fascinating history behind the Trulli homes and their crazy, Smurf-village appearance, trips to the fortress city of Ostuni, a visit to a farm where you can learn how the food of the gods which is called Burrata is produced, and a tour and dinner in the olive tree groves where the golden liquid has been generationally produced by the same family for hundreds of years.
This is one destination where pictures really do more justice than words – our entire family agreed that it was one of the most special places in Europe and that we’d likely make an effort to go back any time we visit Italy in the future. Let’s talk about getting you there soon!