Here are the Italy travel news, culture and food stories that got our attention this week… Is Rome’s new Eataly all it is cracked up to be? Katie Parla writes in The New York Times,”The lack of consistency is perhaps mitigated by the sheer convenience of it all. Thousands of nicely packaged products are artfully displayed in a large, air-conditioned …
Seven Reasons to Love Puglia
In honor of Dream of Italy’s new issue on Puglia, I’ve put together a few reasons why the region of Puglia rocks. There could be thousands of reason but here are seven to start… 1. The Trees: Each of Puglia’s millions of gigantic, ancient olive trees seems to be as unique as a thumbnail, growing and contoring each in its own shape. …
Dreaming of Puglia Cheese
If you’re a firm believer that one can make a meal out of cheese alone, then get yourself to Puglia pronto to taste some of the freshest, most magnificent, tear-inducing (because it is that GOOD) cheese in the world. After all, this is where burrata was invented. On my recent trip, I visited a factory/story that has been producing the …
Some of the Best Beaches in Italy
Recently CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg and his team asked me to share five of the most beautiful Italian beaches over on his travel site. I know the Internet and travelers love lists like this but to be honest, narrowing any down any selection of “best of” or “most beautiful” in Italy gives me some anxiety – so many great …
Villa Rental in Puglia: Masseria Gelso Bianco
This article originally appeared in the June/July 2012 issue of Dream of Italy. Find the main article here. Updated 2018. Few visitors to the area around Alberobello in Puglia haven’t dreamed of spending the night in one of the trulli, historic conical limestone huts, that dot the landscape here and are now protected by UNESCO World Heritage status. At Masseria Gelso Bianco, 11 …
George Clooney in Italy: He Might Be in Puglia
Forget Lake Como, if you’re looking for George Clooney, you just might find him in Puglia. Earlier this week, my guide Yle took me to the new gelateria/cafe CREM in Lecce. The owner is a dead ringer for Clooney, especially when he takes his sunglasses off.
Natural Wonder: Puglia’s Cava di Bauxite
If you find yourself near Otranto in Puglia, don’t miss the natural wonder of Cava di Bauxite. When I visited no one else was there!
Sunset Cocktails Overlooking the Trulli Near Alberbello Puglia
Sunset cocktails at Masseria Gelso Bianco near Alberbello (land of the trulli) in Puglia.
Riding Around Lecce Puglia in a Fiat 600
Someone had a great day in Puglia today – me! I rode around the stunning Baroque city of Lecce in a 1956 Fiat 600. This beautiful bronze bi-color has 97,000 kilometers on it and easily navigates some of the city’s smaller streets.
Cool Swimming Pool in Puglia Italy
Arrived in Puglia today where I found a very cool swimming pool (with a famed Puglia olive tree in the middle!) at Masseria Provenzani.Thanks to Yle from Yltour for introducing me to this place.