Rough guide to Puglia: Bari - Lecce - Brindisi - Foggia [Travel Guide]


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  1. 1. PUGLIAPuglia – or Apulia is located in south-east Italy, between the Adriatic coast and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Ithas a surface of about 19.000 sqm and approximately 4.1 million inhabitants. Salento peninsula, insouth Apulia, constitutes the heel boots. Bari is the capital of Apulia.In the fertile coastal plans are cultivated olive-trees, cereals, tomatoes and grape-wines. Apulia is avery important region for wine production. From here come some very appreciated red wines. The mostfamous varieties are: Primitivo, Negroamaro and Sangiovese. In an area of 107.571 hectares, areproduced 7.580.000 hectolitres wines in total (DOC production: 259.900 hectolitres). The most famouswine producing zones are Castel del Monte, Canosa, Locorotondo and Foggia. The climate ischaracterized by hot summers and gentle winters.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  2. 2. GEOGRAPHYThe provinces of Puglia: Foggia, Bari, Brindisi, Lecce e TarantoPuglia includes the following provinces: Foggia, Bari, Brindisi, Lecce and Taranto.There are many monuments and places to see, because the land boasts an ancient history which overtime has been ruled by Dauni, Peucetians, Messapians, Greeks, Romans and Byzatines. Who isinterested to see the ancient Magna Grecia capital, should go to Taranto. The most impressivemonuments are the testimonies dating back to the times of Emperor Frederick II, including Castel delMonte. Other interesting places to visit are the Gravine, deep valleys embedded in the limestoneMurge, whose walls were often used for the construction of apartments in the rock, such as inMassafra, Mottola....Above all, Puglia is a region where the Roman style predominates. In all the coastal cities, but also inthe hinterland, there are important buildings in Roman style. Among the most important centres, wefind: Trani, Bari, Molfetta, Troia, Monte Sant’ Angelo, Canosa, Bitonto. Itria Valley is the Trulli area,where the white buildings from the curious curved roofs are not to be missed. A special mention has tobe made for Alberobello.In many places you can visit the ancient remains dating to the prehistoric period. Near the city ofFoggia, you can find the ruins of the ancient Daunia; the Peucetians settled in the today’s land of Bari,while the Messapians settled in Salento. Of particular interest are the excavations of Egnatia, nearFasano, located on the Adriatic coast. Messapi ancient ruins can be seen in Mandria.Another attraction are the caves of Castellana, the largest of Puglia, maybe of Italy, not far from thehomonym town.A pleasant modern entertainment is the nearby Zoo Safari of Fasano, whereas palaeontology loverscan go to Altamura, where interesting caves hosts prehistoric drawings and traces of dinosaurs.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  3. 3. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTBARICapital of the Apulia Region, with its 316,500 inhabitants, is situated along the coast plain. It’s only afew kilometres from the border with Murgia Barese. The Murgia is a limestone plateau bounded byCorso dell’Ofanto, by the region of Messapia, Basilicata and the Adriatic Sea.Murgia region, which partially includes the homonym park, is astonishing for the variety of itslandscapes, such as caves, shrines, defensive structures, churches and rural settlements,villages and cities.The shape of the city resembles a bird with outstretched wings, whose head corresponds to the oldtown Bari Vecchia. In the third century BC began the Roman Empire domination. Over the centuriesBari came under the dominion of the Arabs before, the Lombards, Byzantines and Saracens later.The city of Bari was the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire fleet. After that Saint Nicola relics hadbeen secretly filched and was later built the Basilica dedicated to the saint, Bari became one of themain Christianity centres. It was the point of departure and return of the Crusades as well ascommunication bridge with the East.Following the Normans, Angevins, Aragons and Spanish dominations, in 1813 the city began todevelop outside the centre, with the construction of new settlements. Today, Bari plays a primary role inthe international commercial relationships, thanks to the strategic role of its ports, airports, and toFiera del Levante trade fair complex.PLACES OF INTERESTSome remarkable monuments and some important relatively recent buildings are: Petruzzelli Theatre,Margherita Theatre, Piccinni Theatre and Fizzarotti Palace. There are numerous rural churches andtombs carved into the rock: among them, S. Candida Church, the Temple of S. Giorgio, Madia DianaHypogeum and the Jewish Hypogeum. Among the most interesting museums, we recall theArchaeological Museum, the Provincial Library, the Historical Museum and the Botanical Garden.The most significant events are St. Nicholas, patron saint of the city, which takes place December 6and 7-9 May, and the exhibitions of Fiera del Levante, organized with the same enthusiasm since1930.Also the Basilica of San Nicola and its Museum, the Norman-Swabian Castle of Bari definitely wortha visit.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  4. 4. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTMONOPOLI Monopoly is in the Adriatic coast; its territory is flat except for Loggia del Pilato, a terrace overlooking the plain. It has almost 47,000 inhabitants and in the surroundings, easily reachable, there are interesting tourist centres like Polignano a Mare, Alberobello, Castellana Grotte, Ostuni and Fasano. Its position on a beautiful sea, awarded by Legambiente with Vela Blu (blue sail), is characterized by 25 fine sandy beaches, spread over a surface of 13 Km.The typical rural buildings are the Masserias, old fortified farms and homes of agricultural jobs,churches, villages and countryside villas. Agricultural production primarily consists of the cultivationof olive-trees, almond-trees, fruit trees and vegetables.The name Monopoly means unique city, and probably dates back to when the citizens of the nearbyGnazia, destroyed by the Goths of Totila, arrived in the city, which at the time was only a village.Even in Monopoly, as in other towns in the region, Normans, Byzantines and Swabians ruled over thecenturies.Monopoly was also ruled by Venice, which realized the enlargement of the port and under which thecity experienced a very flourishing period, in part due to having supported trades with the hinterlandregions, whose products were much in demand by external market.Following the Spanish and Austrian domination, Monopoly came under the Kingdom of Naples andfinally under the Kingdom of Italy.PLACES OF INTERESTThe monument representing the city is the Castle of Charles V, a defensive construction of Aragoneseorigin, built as a Benedictine monastery, later renewed by Charles V for defensive purpose andcurrently home to exhibitions and conferences. The entire old town consists of well-preserved remainsof the old city walls. The fortified Masserias, still in perfect conditions, are located just beyond theborders of the historic centre, in the heart of the port, and in the sweet hills of the inland.Just 3 km away from the city is Santo Stefano, a private manor estate, once a Benedictine Abbey,founded in 1086 by Goffredo dAltavilla.Among the many traditions, it’s important to remember the holiday dedicated to Saints Cosma andDamiano, which take place the first weekend of June and the raft commemorating procession, whichcarries the icon of the Madonna della Madia; it repeats the same two times a year, on 14 August and 16December.Worth seeing are also the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Feast of Saint Lucia and the Christmas market.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  5. 5. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTBRINDISI Capital of the homonym province, Brindisi has about 88,000 inhabitants and is located in the Salento plains, on the Adriatic Sea with which is connected from a natural harbour. It was the principal centre of Messapia, always out of line with the near city Taranto. In 267 BC it was conquered by the Romans and linked to Rome by Via Appia and Via Traiana, whose end is attested by two Roman columns.Brindisi was an important bishops seat; it was conquered by Goths, Byzantines and in 674 AD wasdevastated by the Longobards. Later, as all the surrounding towns under the Byzantines, fell underthe Norman and Aragonese domination, before being conquered by the Maritime Republic of Veniceand finally get under the Kingdom of Naples. Brindisi reached its heyday under the Kingdom of Italyand in the next century, between 1943 and 1944, was capital of Italy for five months.PLACES OF INTERESTThe impressive Aragonese Castle, also known as the castle of the sea, was built for defensivepurposes in 1491 on the island facing the port. It has two distinct parts: the Red Castle, which takesname from the red bricks which compose it, and the Fort, seat of Navy Command.In the centre of the city, in Piazza Duomo, the De Cateniano Portico, once belonging to HospitallerOrder of the Knights of Jerusalem, the Archaeological Museum, the Loggia of Palazzo Balsamo, theDiocesan Museum.In San Pietro degli Schiavoni area you can visit the archaeological excavations, partially dating backto Roman times.Along the road towards San Vito you can see Tancredi Fountain, built in the year 1192, at the handsof the Norman King Tancred of Sicily.In Casale district you can find the monument to Italian Sailors, a huge 5 meters rudder.If youre ever in Brindisi in the month of September, you can watch the procession of the patronsaints into the sea, which takes place the first week of the month and processions of Cavallo Paratodel Corpus Domini e l’Osanna, religious tradition of Greek origin, which takes place from the middle ofthe 1900.Don’t forget a visit to Santa Maria del Casale Church and to Brindisi Cathedral.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  6. 6. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTFASANO Belonging to the Province of Brindisi, it has about 38,600 inhabitants and is located south of Monopoli, not far from the sea. Its latest outlying suburb "Selva di Fasano" is known for the dense vegetation. In Fasano are the archaeological excavations of Egnatia, a number of old farms and Masserias, Trulli, age-old olive trees and dry stone walls.The history dates back to the destruction of Egnazia, after that the inhabitants of the coasts came backto protect themselves from pirates and from the invasions of other populations.The first settlement of Santa Maria di Fajano dates back to 1088. Many other coastal areas of theregion suffered the attacks of various populations until the end of the eighteenth century. Each yearthey remind the victory against the Turks.PLACES OF INTERESTThe city is best known for the great Safari Zoo, which houses about 4,000 animals belonging to 40different breeds.Fasano is situated near the archaeological site of Egnatia, the ancient city of Messapia, which datesback to proto-historic period and is located along the Via Traiana.The center of Fasano is characterized by narrow alleys, small streets and squares, embellished withwhite houses.The Mother Church, dedicated to St. Giovanni Battista and located in the historic centre, is a typicalexample of late Renaissance architecture.The Arch-Knight, leading to Baliale Palace, also has a very artistic value. It was renovated and hostsnowadays the town hall.The many old farms and Masserias were independent and responded to the needs of each. With thetime, they have developed and have started to be used for tourism purpose too. In the particular case ofMasseria di S. Angelo de Graecis, inside the ancient olive-press has been set up a small museum.On a landscape scale, particularly interesting are the dunes of Torre Canne and Torre San Leonardo.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  7. 7. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTOSTUNI The White City, divided between land and sea, medieval buildings and nightlife, also belongs to the province of Brindisi, has only 33,000 inhabitants and is located about 8 km from the Adriatic coast. It’s the most important cultural centre of the Salento plain. The first settlement dates back to III-IV century BC, and was founded by the Messapi. During the Second Punic War, the town was destroyed and later rebuilt by the Romans, with which Ostunistarted a particular flourishing period.After the fall of the Roman Empire, Ostuni was ruled by several populations: the Ostrogoths, theLombards, the Normans and the Aragons, which, however, failed to introduce any feudal order. From1800, Ostuni expanded his territory until reaching the current size.PLACES OF INTERESTThe charm of Ostuni is the characteristic white colour of the ancient buildings. All the facades of the oldtown were white painted. This is what gave the names of White City, Queen of Olives and the CribCity. We recommend visiting the old town, called "The Land", which differs from the most recent, called"Marina". At the centre of the old city is Ostuni Cathedral, with a hardly classifiable architectural style,but whose origins are clearly referable to the Gothic-Roman tradition.Not to be missed is the portal of Spirito Santo Church, built in 1450, today declared a NationalMonument.Another attraction is the 17 km of beaches, alternating sandy coves, cliffs, pebble beaches and dunescovered in Mediterranean maquis.Along the coast, you will find a nature reserve in the Lido Morelli.Very famous is the Feast of St. Oronzo, the patron saint and protector of the city, which takes placeAugust 25 to 27, during which the clergy and the municipal authorities participate to a parade onhorseback with ladies and knights in the original medieval costumes.Madonna del Carmine Church, the Convent and Monacelle Church as well as San Giuseppe trade,the Museum of Pre-Classical Civilization of the southern Murgia and the Archaeologic Park ofSanta Maria Agnano definitely worth a visit.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  8. 8. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTThe coast of Salento is characterized by a varied landscape. The sun, the sea, the wind: nature is thefirst thing that strikes you when you arrive in this small piece of land. The area of Salento is centredin the province of Lecce and just borders on the province of Brindisi from the side of the Adriatic Sea,and on the province of Taranto from the side of the Ionian Sea.Surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing lovers meet in the beaches facing the lakes Alimini and divers canchoose between the different centres, and especially between the beautiful waters of the Ionian seaand those between Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca.On the coast road that from Santa Cesarea leads to Castro, there are the famous Grotte di Castro:Grotta Romanelli, one of the most important prehistoric caves in Italy and Zinzulusa, the pearl amongthe caves, whose name Zinzuli, rags, was used by the fishermen to describe the similarity with thewonderful stalactites and stalagmites.LECCECapital of the homonym province, with over 83,000inhabitants, it has very ancient origins: Sybar, city ofMessapia, existed already before the Trojan War.Called Lupiae during the Roman Empire, Lecce reached a veryflourishing period under Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It felllater under the Greek domination and was then sacked by theOstrogoths. In 549 it was under the dominion of the EasternRoman Empire, under which he remained for the next 500years.Under the Normans domination, Lecce became a prestigiouseconomic centre and was the capital of Salento.In 1463, Lecce fell under the Kingdom of Naples and became the most dynamic cultural centre of theMediterranean; in this period it developed the baroque art with Lecce’s stone. In the followingcenturies, during the reign of Charles V, the city was equipped with a second wall to protect from theseveral attempts of Turkish invasions. In the same period, it began the construction of many churchesand control structures, making the city looks like a huge construction site, until the arrival of thepestilence, which subsided thanks to the miraculous intervention of St. Oronzo, who later became thepatron saint of the city. The expansion of the city beyond the walls occurred at the beginning of thetwentieth century.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  9. 9. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTPlaces of interestLecce is characterized by baroque buildings, for which it is famous. This style is characterized by theparticular richness and abundance in decorations, for which the master sculptors used Lecce stone,very malleable and easy to work, also known as the marble of the poor.The artistic and architectural heritage of Lecce is incalculable, and has given it the name of Florence ofthe South and Pearl of Salento. During your visit in Lecce, you will realize to be in a real open airmuseum, where Lecce stone dominates uncontested in the palaces, the churches, the fortifiedbuildings.Among the many churches in the city, we remember the Basilica of Santa Croce, whose constructionstarted in 1353 and was completed only in 1699. In the historical centre, overlooking the beautifulsquare, stands the cathedral, the bishop, the seminary and the church tower. Lecce Castle is born froma project of Gian Giacaomo dellAcaya, upon order of Charles V.Interesting sights to visit are also the amphitheatre, the Olivetani Convent, the Feast of St. Oronzoand the Provincial Archaeological Museum Sigismondo Castromediano.Gallipoli Gallipoli is located on the west coast of the Salento peninsula and has 20,266 inhabitants. It is divided between the modern district (Borgo) and the old town district, which lies on a calcareous island (Island of St. Andrew), joined to the mainland by a bridge. Gallipoli, once called Anxa, was one of the centres of Messapia. It was later conquered by the Romans and became an important economic centre, thanks to the purple produced in the region.Gallipoli remained for a long time tied to Greek traditions about habits, rituals and dialect: the Latinrite, widespread in Salento area since the Middle Age, in Gallipoli replaced the Greek only in thesixteenth century.After the fall of the Roman Empire, it was sacked by Barbarians, Vandals and Goths. These lastswere then defeated by the Byzantines and then expelled. Then came the domination of the Swabiansand the Aragons, traces of which can be found in the renovation of the old Byzantine castle, whichbecame a fortress, further fortified by the Spaniards during their rule over the city.The old part of the town, fortified with towers, ramparts and walls, was repeatedly assaulted: weremember in particular the Venetians siege in 1484 and the French one in 1528.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  10. 10. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTPlaces of interestAmong the main reasons that lead to visit Gallipoli, there are not just the churches, the palaces andthe monuments: the old town for example is very characteristic, beginning from its particular locationon St. Andrea Island.The small island has a perimeter of 1.5 kilometers and is characterized by a tangle of alleys andsquares, intertwined within each other. The city walls, the ramparts and towers that once protectedthe city from invaders, shelter nowadays from the floods and confer the city a special charm, givingthe impression of a journey into the past.Definitely deserve a visit Santa Maria degli Angeli church and the Cathedral of St. Agatha ofGallipoli, in Baroque style, which exhibits very interesting paintings and inside frescoes. Nearby youcan admire the Hellenic fountain, once mistakenly classified as the oldest fountain of Italy, rich inreliefs inspired by Greek mythology. In front of the fountain is the Santuario (sanctuary) SantaMadonna del Canneto, with ceilings dating from the eighteenth century.Gallipolli is a popular destination for sea lovers, thanks to the fine sandy beaches such as the Lido SanGiovanni, very appreciated from families. It s also very popular with divers.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  11. 11. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTUGENTO Ugento has 10824 inhabitants, is located a few kilometres from the Ionian Sea coast and has a coastline of about 8 km, mostly low and sandy. The traces of the first settlements date back to 1000 B.C. The city was called Ozan and its inhabitants were devoted to the worship of Zeus, as pointed out by the many remains of temples and statues dedicated to him. Defensive walls clearly show the presence of Messapi.Once, Ugento was an important commercial centre as well as a commercial and military power.The rivalry with Taranto decreed the beginning of his decline, accompanied by bloody wars anddramatically decimation of the population. The city was finally destroyed by the Romans, who neverforgave the Ugentini their help to Hannibal, allowing him and his troops the passage in their coasts.PLACES OF INTERESTThe Municipal Museum is rich in archaeological and prehistoric finds unique in their kind, found in theRoman and Messapian necropolis. Among the churches to visit in the centre, we remember theCathedral, built in 1537 in the eighteenth century in Gothic style and destroyed by the invasion of theSaracens; the Church of St. Antonio, dating back to the fifteenth century, which houses 10 altars.Very impressive and well preserved are the Byzantine walls, well-equipped with 5 gates and built afterthe destruction of the city occurred in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  12. 12. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTOTRANTO In the easternmost point of Italy, about 30 Km from Lecce, with its 5200 inhabitants, is Otranto, once known as Hydruntum, the first colony of Magna Graecia, later became Municipium Romano. Before the destruction by the Turks in 1480, it was for a long time an important political, commercial and cultural centre, under the Byzantine and Norman domination.Otranto was also a meeting point for different cultures and a crossroads between the Mediterraneanand the eastern lands.PLACES OF INTERESTOtranto satisfies both the seaside tourism and the one with a more natural, historic or cultural purpose.A walk in the old town to will see the age-old charming district, enclosed in the Aragonese walls,with its white houses and cobbled streets, which lead to the beautiful S. Maria Annunciata Cathedral.It’s the largest church in Puglia and is characterized by the imposing Renaissance rose window,with clear Gothic-Arabs influences. In memory of the tragic battle of 1480, in the Cathedral were theremains of the deceased citizens. Also worth visiting is the Church of St. Peter.Equally interesting is the Castle of Otranto, which was modified by the Aragons, who decided toextend the existing defensive structure. Nature lovers can visit the beautiful Grotta dei Cervi at PortoBadisco, known for the many finds dating back to post-Palaeolithic.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  13. 13. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTMINERVINO DI LECCE Coming to Minervino of Lecce, the first thing you notice is the presence of many churches, which immediately make you think of a special Christian devotion. The Main Church is dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel, and represents the most beautiful Renaissance church of Salento. It was built in the mid-sixteenth century to accept and join people. Particularly interesting is the portal with its preciouscarvings; the large ornate rose window that reminds Santa Croce in Lecce, and the towering bronzebell of great value which is, it is told, able to keep away from the town the violent storms, with its strongstrokes. On one of its portals is the statue of St. Michael the Archangel. The main apse, richlydecorated in local stone, is by Gabriele Riccardi, an artist who has performed numerous works in thebest churches in Salento region.Venturi Palace was considered a real fortress, thanks to the many loopholes from which were beingfiltered particular pollutants materials (such as pitch) to defend themselves against attackers.The Portal, of considerable artistic interest, is characterized by the presence of the Venturi crestPalazzo Scarciglia has a fabulous lobby. The small Addolorata chapel is located just a few stepsfrom the Main Church. From the seventeenth century is also the Convent with the adjoining Church ofSt. Anthony, belonging to the order of the Minori Osservanti Riformati (1624-1628).This church was enriched in 1733 by putting an organ, by Carlo Sanarica. In the main altar is awooden statue of St. Anthony of Padua and the wall hangs a fine painting by Catalano.In the area there are many churches, like Immacolata, Madonna delle Grazie, whose main altar datesfrom 1680, the ancient churches of St. Pietro and Santa Croce, which complete the list of the manychurches of the area.Another attraction of significant historical interest are Dolmens and Menhirs. The largest and bestpreserved Dolmen in the province of Lecce, called Li Scusi, is located in Minervino of Lecce. Finally,very important is the Trappeto Ipogeo, with an area of 700 square meters, totally dug into the rock andlocated 3 meters below the roadway.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  14. 14. GEOGRAPHY & PLACES OF INTERESTSANTA MARIA DI LEUCASanta Maria di Leuca, called just Leuca, is a very appreciated touristic resort. Promontory PuntaMeliso is the easternmost region of Salento and of the boot, as well as meeting point between theAdriatic and the Ionian Sea. The name comes from Leukos, "white", given by the Greek sailors, whosaw this land illuminated by the sun, so white. The second part of his name has Christian origins.Since 2006, Santa Maria di Leuca area and Tricase wood have joined the Regional Park of Costad’Otranto. There are numerous caves, embellished with and Greek Latin inscriptions. The caves andthe sea beds are of great natural interest, as well as a paradise for diving enthusiasts.Inlands are rich in history and culture, the landscape offers dreamy views, including luxury countryhouses dating back to the eighteenth century.Currently, the territory is one of the most popular seaside resorts, both thanks to its clear sea, boththanks to the climate, with summers beginning in May and ending in the middle of October.A staircase of 184 steps connects the Cathedral of Santa Maria with the port, framing theAcquedotto Pugliese. Its construction began in 1906, had to stop due to the outbreak of World War I,it followed at the end of the war and it ends in 1939.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  15. 15. MASSERIAS IN PUGLIAOur Masserias suggested by are:Masseria Torre Coccaro – Savelletri di Fasano – Brindisi Torre Maizza – Contrada Cerasina – Brindisi Cimino – Contrada Fasciola – Brindisi La Brunetta – Massafra – Taranto Li Foggi – Contrada Li Foggi – Lecce Montelauro – Montelauro – Lecce Cenci Relais Masseria – Contrada Carperi – Brindisi San Domenico – Savelletri di Fasano – Brindisi Alchimia – Marina di Savelletri (Brindisi) Quis ut Deus Spa & Resort – Crispiano (Taranto) Don Cirillo – Ugento (Lecce) Mozzone – Montalbano di Fasano (Brindisi) Il Frantoio – Ostuni(Brindisi) by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  16. 16. HOTELS IN PUGLIAOur hotels suggested by are:Baia dei Faraglioni Beach Resort – Mattinata Gargano – Foggia La Sommità – Ostini – Brindisi 68 – Lecce dei Francesi – Maglie – Lecce & Chateaux Il Melograno – Monopoli – Bari Villa San Martino – Martina Franca – Taranto Corta Altavilla – Conversano – Bari Il Palmento – Locorotondo – Bari Palazzo del Corso – Gallipoli – Lecce Palazzese – Poglinano a Mare – Bari Peschiera – Capitolo (Brindisi) Histò – San Pietro sul Mar Piccolo (Taranto) Personè – Lecce di Nettuno – Otranto (Lecce) Resort – Ugento (Lecce) Corte Palmieri – Gallipoli (Lecce) by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  17. 17. WELLNESS & RELAX HOTELS IN PUGLIAOur wellness hotels suggested by are:Masseria San Domenico – Savelletri di Fasano – Brindisi Resort & Spa – Polignano a Mare – Bari Hotel Kalidria Thalasso & Spa – Località Principessa – Taranto Giorgio Resort & Spa – Cutrofiano – Lecce Resort – Lecce by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  18. 18. GOLF IN PUGLIAOur golf hotels suggested by are:Golf Club Riva Tessali – Località Riva dei Tessali – Taranto Hotel Bari Alto – Casamassima – Bari Domenico Golf – Savelletri di Fasano – Brindisi by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  19. 19. GUIDERestaurants Il Pepe Finto – typical dishes and sea food specialties – Bari Osteria al Gambero – located in the old town, it offers creative local dishes – Bari Prosciutteria Salumeria (charcuterie) Matteo – local products – warm hospitality – Bari Il Poeta Contadino – traditional cuisine with more than 20.000 wines – Alberobello Pastificio dei Trulli – pastry and delicious sweets – Alberobello San Pietro – located in an historic house, with round arches and a second hall in the cave – traditional and savoury dishes – Ostuni Odissesa – simple and elegant restaurant, located in an old cloister and personally managed by Tasselli family – Ostuni Osteria Antica Posada – ancient hall – exquisite gastronomy – Ostuni Grotta Palazzese – seafood specialties – hotel restaurant in a Polignano a Mare The restaurant particularity is the terrace, partially inside the cave, which offers a breathtaking sea view – Polignano a Mare Osteria degli Spiriti – simple local dishes – Lecce Trattoria Cucina Casereccia – traditional dishes, very appreciated by Salentino people – Lecce Golosità del Salento da Valentina – local productes dishes and a wide wine selection – Lecce La Puritate – wine specialties, overlooking Puritate sea – Gallipoli Marechiaro – located in the promenade, it offers typical seafood dishes from Salento – elegant and refined setting – Gallipoli Tricase – delicacies from Salento – Marina di LeucaCaffé & Patisseries Caffè Pasticceria Stoppani – historical café, where you will taste the best almond pastries – Bari Pasticceria Gelateria Enoteca Tambone – large wine selection and delicacies from Salento – Bari San Cesario di Lecce – Piazza Garibaldi – Patisserie with typical delicacies – Lecce Maglio Arte Dolciaria – bakery and patisserie – LecceFeatured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  20. 20. GASTRONOMIC SPECIALITIES OF PUGLIAAgnello allo squero lamb skewerAlici arraganate breaded anchovies (without fish bones) in a mixture of garlic, mint, capers, oregano, to make in layers in a trayful and dressed with oil, vinegar, then baked.Calzone pugliese “calzone” filled with oil, onion, tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies, parsley, or with mozzarella, with ham, ricotta and Caciocavallo.Capuzzelle half backed lamb or goat’s head with potatoes, oil, salt, garlic and oreganoCarduncieddi boiled cardoons, flavoured, in Brindisi area, with black olives, anchovies and grated bread - in Bari and Foggia area, with a beaten egg, cheese and pepper. Both have to be backed.Cozze arraganate the superior part of the mussels is put into a terracotta container, then flavoured with a mix of white bread crumbs, oregano, garlic, parsley, olive oil and tomato sauce, than backed. After the first half of the cooking time, it has to be sprinkled with white wine.Cutturidde lamb prepared with onions, parsley, sheep cheese pieces, salt, pepper, olive oil and covered with water. The pot has to be covered and needs a low flame.Melanzane ripiene aubergines stuffed with tomatoes, capers, olives, and anchovy fillets, covered with white bread crumbs and bakedNcapriata large bean soup, mashed with a large wooden spoon and then dressed with olive oil. The soup is served with bitter chicory, sweet pepper and tomatoes or with cooked onions.Orata alla pugliese sea bream is prepared with pecorino cheese, potatoes, garlic, lots of parsley and olive oil. Everything is made in layers in a container: first parsley, then the sliced potatoes with grated cheese over and the fish, then another layer of grated cheese and potatoes - finally put into the oven.Pasta con i peperoni Pasta with tomato sauce and peppers.Pèttue oder Popizze crepes filled with anchovies and fried in ricotta cheese or in oil.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  21. 21. GASTRONOMIC SPECIALITIES OF PUGLIAPinne Large molluscs belonging to the family of clams. They have to be eaten raw in salads with olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and parsley.Puddica 1 centimetre thick focaccia, with tomatoes and garlic chunks, dressed with olive oil, oregano and salt before being baked in the oven.Rècchie ai tre colori Orecchiette cooked along with the rocket salad, with tomato sauce and pecorino cheese.Rècchie con cime Orecchiette with turnip greens and anchoviesdi rapa e acciugheTarantello Salami made of fresh tuna, taking the stomach parts.Torta rustica It consists of a covering of pasta, mixed with flour and dry white wine. Stuffing: olive oil, fresh ricotta, mozzarella, Scamorza, ham, salami or Caciocavallo cheese, held together by beaten egg.From the country cuisine from Puglia, there are several traditional recipes, to prepare with wood oven:different varieties of bread and focaccia, calzuni (calzone stuffed with onions, tomatoes, mozzarella andanchovies). The wood oven is also important for the preparation of meat specialties.Taralli Wheat flour, lard, olive oil, yeast, fennel seeds, chilli or pepper. Key ingredients of crispy rings, which are served in southern Italy as an aperitif.Crostini White bread slices, toasted in the oven and then seasoned with olive oil and oregano, or with olives, anchovies or tuna. WINESPuglia is one of the most important wine regions of Italy and has a very high production. Thebest known wines are the Castel del Monte (red and rosé) and Salice Salentino.Primitivo di MandriaAleatico di Puglia (dolce naturale)Castel del MonteLeverannoGioia del ColleMoscato di TraniRosso BarlettaOstuni BiancoIn Puglia, there are many wineries where you can enjoy the many types of wines.Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail:
  22. 22. INFORMATIONLooking forward and interested coming to Puglia, spend some beautiful and unforgettable holidays onthis part of Italy?Book here and now with, your online specialist for luxury holidays inPuglia.We are pleased to give you more information or further particulars, kindly contact us onbooking@charmingpuglia.comThe general office opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. OFFICE Royal Travel Jet Sardegna S.r.l. Via S. Tommaso D’Aquino 18 09134 Cagliari – Italy tel.: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964Featured by tel: +39 070 513 489 fax: +39 070 554 964 e-mail: