Monday, 24 March 2014

Oh, Italia!

I come from the most beautiful country on Earth. Beside being run by idiots stupid politicians, Italy has so much beauty that it is impossible not to fall in love with it all. 

Granted that I am biased, but which other small country is shaped liked a boot, therefore having most of its land surrounded by beautiful coast? If that wasn't enough, the Alps are just as majestic in winter covered in snow as they are in summer when they are green and lush? Then there are miles and miles of beautiful countryside, plus big islands, small islands and just about any natural beauty you can possibly feast your eyes on. This is before we have even touched on the art, the historical cities and the food!!! Gelato, anyone?

Italy is a fail safe holiday destination for people of any age or interests. A few weeks ago Inghams travels approached me to ask my opinion about what makes my country such a perfect holiday choice. You can read about it here

The readers of this blogs will know that airports make me happy and that travelling makes me giddy. My head is forever planning the next escape from Blighty. So, in the spirit of research, I started looking at the Inghams website and specifically at the one region of Italy that I have been dying to visit for the past couple of years.

Puglia is the 'heel' of Italy and it is a region touched by the Adriatic sea to the East, the Ionic Sea to the West and the Strait of Otranto to the South. If you follow me on Pinterest you know how much I'm coveting a trip there. I basically hardly ever use Pinterest unless I want to see some picture of Puglia and dream. 

I want to spend some night in a traditional white-washed Trullo in the white village of Alberobello, then head off for a luxurious stay at Borgo Egnazia where Justin Timberlake got married to Jessica Biel. After that, I'd rent a room in traditional coiuntryside masseria, but not too far from Pescoluse, otherwise called 'the Maldives of Salento' (Salento is a region of Puglia) or Santa Marina di Leuca or Gallipoli, where the night life is.

I would then finish it all off with a hop to another Italian region called Basilicata where you can admire the famous Sassi di Matera, a subterranean city build inside the rocks in prehistoric times and believed to be the home of the very first human settlement in Italy centuries ago. There are some boutique hotels there that have me literally salivating at their Expedia page, which is wrong on so many levels!


Images sourced from Pinterest 

Aww, Italia, my beautiful country! Are you dreaming a Puglia escape with me right now? And I bet you didn't even know about this wonderful corner of Italy until now! So, when are we going? I forgot to mention, please don't tell people about Puglia as it is quite undiscovered - relatively to the Italian parameters of tourists being everywhere - so let's keep it that way as it would be so annoying to having to fight a German for a sun lounger, wouldn't it? #joking #notreally

9 comments:

  1. I dream of visiting Italy. Your tales of your travels just make it worse! ;-) x

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  2. Being myself Italian, I couldn't agree more that Italy is indeed the most beautiful country on earth. We are blessed with majestic mountains, ravishing countryside and a dreamy and very diverse coastline. People are generally friendly and welcoming. The food is divine and Italian gelato is my personal weakness. Having said that, I am always disappointed when I read that Italy is only ranked fifth in the world most most visited destinations. We come after not only France but Spain as well. I have nothing against these two countries. In fact I actually live in France, therefore I understand well why it is the most visited destination with Paris having the largest number of tourists (by comparison Rome welcomes half the number of tourists of the French capital). France is great at marketing itself not only as the quintessential romantic and cultural destination but also as the capital of fashion and luxury goods as well as the culinary centre of the world. Italy is great in all these categories as well, our problem is that we are not as good at selling the dream as the French are. My apologies for the rant, I just wish Italians (government, entrepreneurs, ordinary citizens) would understand what an incredible source of income, jobs and pride tourism can bring to our beautiful land.

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  4. My friend, your tips and advice never falls on death ears. Like you, I don't like British invasions on holiday, and always searching for that something little different. Puglia is perfect for my needs (oh and the family) took your advice, booked our summer holiday through Inghams Travel and we are off to Puglia.

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    1. OMG! Now I am actually green with envy! It is such a beautiful part of Italy

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  5. We are visiting there in Sept 2014. So looking forward to it, especially after your blog, thanks for sharing!

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  6. we went to puglia a couple of years back and rented a double trullo just outside alberobello, it was absolutely wonderful. we want to go back but next time we will take the slightly longer route there so we can fly with BA and not ryan air which was a hideous experience!

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  7. Nice blog friend. Your blog is very informative for all holiday’s planners. I am going to Florence city in Italy before my dc cherry blossom tours with my business partner. It has many beautiful destinations for visiting. Statue of David, Piazzale Michelangelo and Museo di San Marco are the nice places for visiting.

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  8. You are right! Italy has a lot to offer and every corner is amazing, ready to give unforgettable experience.

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