Symphony World Travel - Kingswood

29th October 2019

Italy – Polysensorial Puglia

Image of the scenic Puglia Coastline
The Puglia Coastline

Puglia is an Italian region in southern Italy with stunning coastlines of the Adriatic Sea. This region has quaint architecture throughout and a variety of olive and fig trees. We stayed in a beautiful villa located near Spongano a region in the province of Lecce for a week in May. The villa grounds included many gorgeous olive trees and gardens surrounding a large and delightful infinity pool.

Olive trees around the infinity pool
Olive trees around the infinity pool

After having a couple of days to settle into the villa, we went on a guided walking tour along the coastal paths, an area around Otranto, taking in the scenic views up high on the cliffs of the coast and spotting the amazing wild flowers including the oriental orange poppies. We explored round the Torre Sant’Emiliano enroute to a visit a dairy factory, overlooking the lighthouse of Punta Palascia in the eastern point of Italy.

Wild flowers along the Coastal Path
Wild flowers along the Coastal Path

At the Masseria we were shown the production of Ricotta cheese and tasted a variety of Ricottas particularly sheep Ricotta which I thought had a very milky and creamy texture. By the end of the tour we were completely “cheesed out” and had a long route back to burn off the calories!! En route back we explored an ancient abandoned Masseria taking in the scenic views from the top of the crumbling stairs!

  • Ricotta production at the Masseria
  • An abandoned Masseria

We enjoyed a full and eventful day on the L’Astore Masseria, a family run house and farm where we explored the underground mill used long ago to produce the olive oil.

We also took a tour around the wine cellar to see the wines being aged in the barrels. We tasted the olive oil from the region, followed by a demonstration, on making fresh pasta.

Local wines - not to be missed!
Local wines – not to be missed!

Needless to say we wholeheartedly indulged ourselves in a true feast of food and wine of the region. A truly scrumptious holiday!

Have a chat with us at Symphony World Travel to plan your trip to this stunning Italian region.

By Sue Manuel
29th October 2019