This is a guest post brought to you by my friend Donna Ridge. She and I met on a dragonboat team and subsequently hiked the West Highland Way and the Cumbrian Way together two years ago.
A little over a year ago when my husband and I were considering returning to Italy, my good friend Leigh recommended the Puglia region. We had explored northern Italy, but had never ventured south of Rome. After hours of research we were intrigued with the region and decided to spend a week there this past March. We considered biking the region but opted for something we had never done before. We hired regional guide Angelo Coluccia of Experience Puglia, for a six day tour. A day doesn’t pass that we don’t reflect on how much we miss Puglia and how thankful we were to have Angelo and his wealth of knowledge to explore the region.
Below is a photo essay of the highlights of our trip to Puglia, Italy.
Get off the beaten path in Puglia
Puglia is rich with history, charm, welcoming locals and has very few tourists, especially when we were there in March. In the summer the Adriatic beach towns are invaded by Italians from the north. It is a region of considerable variety; limestone plateaus covered with a sea of olives, coastal plains with vineyards and more olives, and even inland rolling wheat fields and almond trees.
The food is simple, local, and highly seasonal. The wine is the superb Primativo variety, and dirt cheap. It is a bit poorer than Northern Italy, a bit more intense, but that tiny difference keeps 95% of the tourists at bay. If you like getting a bit off the beaten path, Puglia is waiting for you.