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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

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

Well, the countdown to Christmas 2016 has begun, -21 days! Among all the pre-Christmas traditions, the one of displaying an Advent Calendar on December the 1st, is probably among the most common ones and the one least related to a strict religious custom, hence more broadly adopted. The word Advent derives from the Latin “adventus” or “arrival’ and non-christians have adopted the calendar as simply a fun countdown to winter celebrations. Through the years it has developed from a simple traditional calendar with 24 or 25 openable windows and a liturgical image behind

The small Spanish island of Formentera retains an old-fashioned charm and tranquillity that is increasingly difficult to come by in an age of mass tourism and development. Whilst it is justly popular as a day trip from Ibiza, Formentera is also a superb destination in its own right. The attractive capital, Sant Francesc, forms a natural hub of activities. The beautiful church of St Francesc Xavier is almost 300 years old. Its evocative, dark interior was once used for protection as well as worship, with islanders taking refuge from pirates

LUXE City Guides are the stylish pocket travel guides and mobile apps packed with astute, opinionated information for sophisticated travellers. For over 13 years, and with more than 3 million copies sold, LUXE City Guides have been the go-to trusted source for highly curated, ultra-researched travel and lifestyle information. LUXE covers everything from hotels and restaurants to spas, bars, boutique and bespoke shopping, as well as services, specialists and personal guides – if it’s in LUXE, it’s IN. There are nearly 40 scrumptious guides to choose from, all with colourful

Spend the holiday season in one of Italy’s finest residences, located just 30 minutes from the eternal city, Rome. Chosen by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as her X Factor Judge’s House in October 2015, Villa Elda is one of a kind residence facing a small lake and surrounded by maniacally manicured gardens, and gentle nature. If it was good enough for Cheryl, must be good enough for us! Villa Elda has put together a wonderful festive programme to entice even the most demanding of Guests and please everyone in the family. WINTER HOLIDAY OFFER:

Despite being very much part of Italy, Sardinia is also an island with a remarkably distinctive identity and a whole range of its own traditions and dialects. Though the export industry is growing, Sardinian culture is one in which lovely things are made to be enjoyed in the place and environment where they were created, making it one of the very few places left in Europe where its most prized native delicacies and crafts will be new discoveries for most. There is, of course, the famously ritzy (and pricey) Costa

When thinking of the shopping possibilities in Umbria, one of Italy’s most picturesque regions, the strongest association for most people are the local food and drink specialities. Umbria has several celebrated wines, including Orvieto and Sangiovese. The region has been particularly successful in developing some red varieties in its lovely vineyards in recent years, notably Merlot and Pinot Noir, and it provides a fabulous rustic setting for tasting. Black truffles are indelibly associated with Umbria, with the woods of Norcia and Spoleto proving almost half the nation’s output of the