June/July 2012 – Special Report: Puglia II

cover2_june121 Where to Stay in Puglia: Six Masserie Offer Charm and Comfort
Innovative locals transforming many of the Puglia’s centuries-old fortified farmhouses, called masserie, into modern oases, with dreamy decor, luxury amenities, fabulous food and cooking classes. Here are six favorites:

You Can’t Beat Their Meat: Visit A Braceria in Puglia
The fornello began as many great Italian traditions do, with great ingredients and a simple gesture of kindness. The livestock in the Murgia feed off beautiful grass, wild herbs, ancient bitter greens, and almost all of it just there for the eating.

Two Puglia Insiders Share Their Tips
On my recent visit to Puglia, I spent a few days with Southern Visions Travel, run by Puglia native Antonello Losito, and his fiancée Laura Giordano, who teaches cooking. They share what makes Puglia unique, locals favorite restaurants and Puglia’s don’t-miss festivals.

A Day Out in the Salento with Yle
A longtime subscriber had been urging me to meet this local guide and tour, saying this warm and passionate Lecce native had a particular knack helping others experience undiscovered Puglia. What a day we had, and you can too.

More Places to Eat and Drink in Puglia
Puglia offers fine, fresh, simple cuisine and the wines…visit this authentic Salentine restaurant in Lecce, then hit a hip, new enoteca for wine tasting. Looking for the best restaurant in Puglia? It just might be this gem in Conversano.

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