DAY TRIPS AND TOURS
There are so many wonderful places to see and things to do… no matter how long you stay we can help make every day special.
Adriatic and Ionian Beaches
For us, it’s not a vacation until you’ve gone to the beach. Luckily, we are located fifteen minutes away from the beautiful beaches hugging the Adriatic Sea. If you love the beach as much as we do this is a dream come true. The Ionian coast is only an hour away, and equally worth visiting. We have 300 days of sun per year, so almost every day is a good day to head to the coast. The water is extra salty and an intense shade of turquoise.
Boat tours exploring sea caves
Spend the day at a secluded beach cove for a relaxing picnic and a bottle of wine
Visit one of the many beach clubs and relax on a sun bed under an umbrella listening to music and enjoying a spritz
Great food, visiting vineyards, olive oil tasting and culinary experiences
In Puglia we have the highest concentration of olive trees in the world. Ancient olive groves shape the landscape unlike anywhere else in Italy, with trees thousands of years old still producing olives! We also have many great vineyards to visit, from small organic family run cantinas to larger producers with sprawling gorgeous properties. With so many local farms growing seasonal vegetables, producing fresh cheeses, raising healthy animals, and a coastline supplying us with access to fresh seafood year round... it is always easy to find a fresh, organic, and delicious meal to share with friends. Some culinary experiences we can offer are...
Tours of local vineyards with wine tasting
Olive oil tastings touring ancient olive groves
Cooking classes with local experts in Pugliese cuisine
Seaside lunches at the best fisherman owned restaurants, seated at a table so close to the sea that you can dip your toes in!
Dinner at local "fornelli" butcher shop restaurants where you select fresh meat to be wood fire cooked
Enjoy dinners and lunches at our favorite off the beaten path destinations
Picnics with locally sourced food and wine after a long hike discovering ancient ruins
Pizza making at our villa, using olive wood in our traditional outdoor pizza oven
Fresh meals prepared at our villa using seasonal ingredients
The Itria Valley is home to the whitewashed cities of the Adriatic. Ostuni, nicknamed "La Città Bianca" still echoes it’s Greek roots with beautiful architecture and white walls throughout the entire town. The old towns of Ostuni, Cisternino, and Locorotondo are a maze of alleyways, littered with bars and restaurants carved into the thick limestone. Each of these towns town has its own charm and distinct character to explore, and each with its own unique dialect to tease foreigners trying to grasp the Italian language.
"The Florence of the South", is a university town with endless energy that keeps the streets full until the early hours of the morning. While walking the cobblestone streets you will see intricate baroque architecture everywhere you look. Boasting a Roman amphitheater in it's central piazza, this town is rich in history and beauty. Some of our favorite restaurants and cocktail bars in Puglia can be found in Lecce.
Polignano a Mare
Built as close to the sea as one can build, Polignano towers above the Adriatic twenty meters above the beautiful sea caves it sits upon. Take a boat ride under the city, admire the sea from above, or relax on the beach and admire the crystal clear water at a picturesque beach cove.
Matera is one of our favorite places in all of Italy. This area, known to be settled since the Paleolithic, is overwhelming in beauty and history, and is set to be the European Capital of Culture in 2019 in Italy. From dining in the cave restaurants of the Sassi to the breathtaking views of the grand ravine, one could easily spend a day visiting the churches and exploring this city carved out of stone.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a popular tourist destination due to its unique cone shaped houses called trulli. The town looks like something out of a fairytale. The incredibly well preserved limestone dwellings are a beautiful example of ancient architecture in use today.
Churches and Castles
There are so many incredible churches in Puglia can spend hours marveling at the intricacies of the baroque details in Lecce, or the understated beauty of an ancient crypt. Whether you visit the 13th century Castel del Monte or the romanesque cathedral in Monopoli you'll be transported to another time. One of our favorite places to visit is the cathedral in the eastern most city in Italy, Otranto. There you will find the chilling altar of the martyrs and a beautiful 1,000 year old mosaic covering the entire floor of the church.
Puglia is surrounded by water, and there are countless seaside towns to explore. We love spending a beautiful afternoon eating fresh seafood caught that morning. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during the right season, you can enjoy the local favorite ricci, or sea urchin at small seasonal restaurants run by fishing families directly on the water's edge.
Connect With Nature
There's a whole side of Puglia that can be explored simply by parking the car and moving on foot; getting lost in a ravine, traveling down a dirt path in an olive grove where the casual goat herd is grazing, wandering through wild flower fields surrounded by distant farms. When we do walks or hikes like these we tend to pack a picnic and some wine, usually stopping with a blanket somewhere under a fruit tree to have fresh cheese and homemade bread. Whether we decide to visit abandoned farmhouses by the sea, explore ancient trulli (the traditional cone houses of our area) in the countryside, or explore the rocky coastline, there’s beauty in the simplicity of experiencing Puglia as it was.