What to do in Matera Italy

What to do in Matera Italy

The first time I went to Matera, I was absolutely blown away. I’d seen photos, but it is impossible to get the true sense of an entire town of cave dwellings from photos and descriptions. Read below for my recommendations on what to do in Matera to get the most out of your visit to…

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018 in Puglia | No Comments

Puglia’s underground oil mills

Puglia’s underground oil mills

We arrived in the small Puglian town of Presicce on a wet October morning to meet our guide for a tour of the town’s underground olive oil mills. Puglia’s underground oil mills are easy to visit because many towns have them. The town of Presicce has a huge underground network of these mills: at the height of…

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Puglia | No Comments

What to see in Puglia, Italy – the Heel of the Boot

What to see in Puglia, Italy – the Heel of the Boot

This is a guest post with photos by Jessica Coup and words by Scott Bergstein. Thanks to both! From the rugged hills of the Gargano to the broad plains of the Salento to the sun-drenched, white sand beaches of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts, Puglia provides visitors with a vast array of experiences. The heel of…

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Puglia | 3 Comments

What to see and do in Bari

Whether you’re interested in soccer, seafood, beaches, shopping, or castles and architecture, it’s worth adding a stop in the small city of Bari (pop. < 400,000) to your Puglia itinerary. Founded by the Greeks, and then under Roman rule starting in the 3rd century BC, the city has lots to offer. So hold on to…

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009 in Puglia | No Comments

The Truly Cool Trulli Dwellings of Alberobello

Fabulous for photography, but not so much for an off-the-beaten-track experience, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and town of Alberobello is famous for its white-washed, conical-roofed trulli dwellings.  The History of the Trulli Much about the origins of the trulli remains a mystery, but a few things are known: the trulli were originally peasant houses,…

Posted by on Jun 29, 2009 in Puglia | No Comments