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!
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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