Is your feed a mixture of magical fairytale cottages, Baroque architecture, cute cobble streets and some of the most amazing grottos? There are lots of great reasons why you seem to be seeing lots of your friends chilling in Puglia in southern Italy right now. Charming Puglia is mostly far away from the tourist trap- stunnning Baroque towns such as Ostuni and Lecce see only a handful of visitors each day. My favourite part has got to be... you guessed it.. THE FOOD! I think that Puglia has the best authentic food in Italy :) Anyways, now lets get onto the ,most instagrammabe spots in the The remote heel of Italy!
WHERE TO STAY
Borgo Egnazia- This stunning contemporary, romantically styled hotel is the perfect destination for anyone- form large families to couples, it has something to offer for everyone. Set overlooking the ocean as well as featuring views of 40 acres of olive groves, this is the best and most exquisite hotel in all of Puglia. I actually stayed here two years ago and was so impressed by all of the events they had going on. In the main square, there was dancing, a delicious food cafe and twinkling fairy lights everywhere- this was definitely an experience that I will never forget.
Masseria Petrarolo- This is the perfect getaway for a large group, especially families. I was lucky enough to stay there this summer and it is where a lot of my photos are taken. There are views of the olive grove as well as the coast everywhere you go. The pools were DEFINITELY my favourite part of the house. There was the rooftop pool and terrace where you could retreat away and the perfect place to have a cool drink at sundown. The main pool almost looked like a white sand beach!
Furnirussi Tenuta - Set amongst the region's largest organic fig plantation, this contemporary 24-suite resort is a luxurious retreat.
WHAT TO SEE
Polignano a Mare- located in in the Metropolitan City of Bari, this adorable town offers breathtaking views of the coastline. When you enter the old town, you are surrounded by pathways of wobble streets and bohemian shops one after the other. INSIDER TIP- do not attempt to go to one of the beaches there as they are almost always overcrowded by tourists as well as locals. Instead, take a sailing trip form Monopoli to Polignano and take a relaxing swim in front of the coastline. Also, the best time to go there is the 'golden hour' at around 5 or 6 because not only is the light perfect for photos, but there are many events going on as well.
Ostuni- If you have a white instagram feed- I got you. This white-washed, greek style city is perfect for strolling around into tiny Italian streets as well as getting some of the best views in Puglia
Alberello- This is where you feel like you are in a fairytale- enchanting Trulli's (adorable cottages) everywhere you go, cutely decorated balconies and of course gelato non-stop.
THE BEST BEACHES
Coccaro beach club- this is considered one of the most prestigious and best beach clubs in Puglia. Made up of bohemian white-washed beach beds and cabanas directly on the beach, this is truly paradise. However, book well in advance as it is very difficult to get in.
Losciale beach club- This is also another great beach club where you can receive authentic Italian dishes and enjoy relaxing with chilled music.
We also went to Umbria, so there are a couple of photos of Assisi and the horse riding stables at Castello di Reschio. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment :)
Also, I am going to ROME for a weekend in a month, so if you have any 'secret places' or great, authentic restaurants that you have seen in Rome, please let me know.
Lots of love,