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Are you one of those travellers who always likes to take souvenirs back from your trips? Anything from a fridge magnet of the Tower of Pisa to a carpet from Marrakech? Let us help you with some ideas should you visit the wonderful and captivating region of Puglia, the heel of Italy.   1 – CERAMICS FROM FASANO CERAMICHE IN GROTTAGLIE The city of Grottaglie in the province of Taranto is has since the 17th century known for the production of plates, vases, ornaments, cups, tiles, ceramics. The Fasanos have

Masserie are characteristically Puglian manor houses which formed the heart of rural estates. Today, many of them have been converted to luxury residences, but they retain their timeless charm as a feature of the countryside in this very special part of Italy. They once housed local nobility and their guests, but were also part of working farms, with arable land, gardens, stables and staff living quarters. The most sympathetically restored masserie have retained some of these evocative features, whilst also offering the highest spec modern comforts. Masseria Della Croce enjoys

Many travellers are keen to combine a luxury villa break with pursuing a new skill or interest. It might even be one of their 2018 resolutions! One of the best ways to immerse in a new culture – learning about the food – is also one of the most enjoyable skills to acquire. After all, learning how to cook the local cuisine from an expert can give pleasure not just to you but to everyone around you, too. Fortunately, there are some properties in some of Europe’s most renowned culinary

For the October half term holidays, which for many schools last a fortnight, there are four truly inspiring destinations that are hard to beat for a genuine change of scene and pace. Morocco does cool down somewhat in the autumn, but still has temperatures in late October which bear very favourable comparison with Northern Europe. Though not its capital, Marrakech is Morocco’s cultural mecca, and has countless exotic and fascinating experiences for adventurous families. In addition to a tennis court and pool onsite the French Colonel villa also offers easy

When children are babies and up to, let’s say, twelve years old, they will follow you everywhere. Or rather, they must follow you unless they want to stay home alone or stay with grandma (also a great option, lots of the times!). But then…then camps and school trips start (no school visits their local historic sites anymore. They all fly your kids to faraway and exotic destinations? What’s wrong with a day trip to Stonehenge?). Then friends come along and you are no longer cool. For parents with teenage kids

Food experts and novices alike will not be disappointed by the simple yet mouthwatering food scene in Salento, one of the most interesting and culturally rich regions of Puglia. Salento offers a decent selection of impeccable family run restaurants, deep red wines and farm-to-table produce, a real treat for the senses and for your appetite. To find out which are the best restaurants in Salento, click here to my article written for A Luxury Travel Blog.     For places to stay in Salento, click here.  

Lecce is no Milan, Florence or Rome, with their haute-couture designer boutiques, trendy cocktail bars and international hotels . There are no Prada or Armani stores nor Michelin star restaurants, although there are some which arguably deserve a star or two. Lecce is more about authenticity, farm-to-table menus, slow living and simplicity. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Margherita Caputo in front of a plate of pasta with fresh tomatoes and zucchini. She is an architect who lives not far from Lecce and is Property Manager of Masseria Mauriani in Carpignano

Blue Flag beaches, white-washed villages, slow life, great food, welcoming locals and over 200 days a year of sunshine is what attracted me and my husband to Puglia, the “heel of Italy”, some ten years ago. Once Italy’s best kept secret, the region has enjoyed a surge in tourism in recent years, to be attributed greatly to celebrity weddings, Hollywood actors purchasing run down Masserie and a very prominent international marketing campaign run by the Region of Puglia across Europe. Once snubbed by discerning travellers in favour of more glitzy

Tuscany is one of our favourite destinations for 2015, and what is possibly the best thing about Tuscany? Its wine! Italy is one of the most renowned producers of top quality red and white wine, and Tuscany is home to countless vineyards – it’s the spirit of wine country! Chianti and Montepulciano are just some of the fine creations which are made in the picturesque region. A wine tasting experience at a Tuscan vineyard is an intriguing and indulgent experience – you won’t just be given a sip of wine

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