5 Souvenirs to Take Back Home from Puglia
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 been creating ceramics since the mid 19th century, a long family tradition still going strong today with the main workshop in Grottaglie and shops in Milan and Rome.
The company currently employs 40 craftsmen in trade and production: lathers, modellers, enamellers, decorators. They are expert, award-winning masters recognised internationally for their craftsmanship and elegance in their executions.
What to take home: plates, vases, ornaments, lamps.
Address: Via Francesco Crispi, 6 – 74023 – Grottaglie (TA) – Puglia – Italy
2- LINEN FROM SOCIETY IN LECCE
A wonderful store in the heart of the historic centre of Lecce offering fine and stylish household linen manufactured by Society, a completely Italian brand in both production and style whose fabrics promise unique emotions and feelings. From tablecloths to bedlinen, from bathrobes to scarves, Society wants yo offers their customers extraordinary emotions. Their motto is “we dress the house as we dress ourselves”, which led Society to create a wide range of colors, materials, weaves, consistence and texture.
What to take home: bathrobes that feel like a second skin.
Address: Via degli Ammirati 6, 73100 Lecce – Puglia – Italy
3- BEAUTY PRODUCTS MADE WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Puglia, tha land of extra virgin olive oil. Azienda Agricola Alessandro Corricciati (ALEA) is known in Salento for the production of an award-winning exquisite organic extra virgin olive oil. Its company is based in Martano, at the heart of the Greek Salento area of Puglia where vast extensions of centennial olive trees dominate the territory. Using the finest organic ingredients, ALEA produces body creams, shower gels, shampoos and sun lotions using olives he picks in his fields.
At ALEA you can also buy bottles of olive oils of superior quality and taste, so whenever you drizzle your salads you can remember Puglia by.
What to take home: body products and extra virgin olive oil.
Address: Azienda Agricola Alessandro Corricciati, Via Zaca, 73025 Martano (LE) – Puglia – Italy
4- WINE FROM ROSA DEL GOLFO SALENTO
This wine producers came highly recommended by the head chef at L’Altro Baffo restaurant in Otranto, who knows a thing or two about great local wines. This label was a true discovery, we liked it so much we had cases shipped back home in London.
We personally recommend the Brut Rosé made with Negroamaro and Chardonnay grapes, great with appetisers and seafood. We also tried and liked Bolina Verdeca del Salento, a white dry wine made with Verdeca and Chardonnay grapes, again great with seafood.
A trip to Alezio is worth it. You can combine it with a visit to the beautiful Ionian coast followed by a wine shopping spree.
What to take home (or have shipped): great local wines at incredible;y acceptable prices.
Address: Via GAribali 18, Alezio (LE) – Puglia -Italyhttp://instagram.com/simonettastaracebeachwear
5- SWIMWEAR FROM SIMONETTA STARACE IN LECCE
Swimwear designer Simonetta Starace dresses those in the know. She creates stylish, unique, limited-edition hand-made pieces, from bikinis to kaftans, from one piece swimming suits to long beach dresses. Simple, chic items created with love and passion by Simonetta.
If you are lucky to be in Lecce from May to August, don’t miss Simonetta’s pop-up store in Via Oberdan 3/B.
What to take home: Simonetta’s signature bikini, with gold rings.