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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

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

Puglia (often translated as Apulia in English) has become one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations in recent years. This beautiful region in Italy’s deep south attracts visitors for its amazing beaches, fabulous regional cuisine  and stunning architecture. Puglia is also known for its excellent wine and is in fact Italy’s biggest producer of wine, with many produced in Salento, the region tucked into the heel of Italy’s ‘boot’. The Mediterranean climate here of mild winters and hot summers is especially favourable for wine production. There are 25 wines produced

When Passepartout-Homes asked me to write a piece for their blog, I thought about what could be of interest to the readers and I’ve asked Passepartout Homes where the properties in the portfolio are located. Amongst all the beautiful and exotic locations, one popped up to my eye immediately, Otranto. Otranto is in Puglia (Apulia) in the southern part of Italy, right at the bottom of the heel and more importantly for me it is where my mum is from.   I know what you are going to say now,

How to choose where to swim in Salento depending on the winds. The Salento region of Puglia is kissed by not one but two Seas. The Ionion Sea on the west coast, best for sunsets, and the Adriatic Sea on the east coast, best for sunrises.A narrow peninsula , you can drive from one coast to the other one in just over an hour. But deciding which beach to sunbathe depends less on your inclination and more on which wind is blowing. Salento is known for its sun, sea and

A curated selection of exceptional luxury villa rentals in Europe equipped with a gym or fitness room. Because even on holidays taking care of your health and fitness has never been so important and relevant. Casa Fontegenga, Le Marche, Italy Framed by the towering Le Marche countryside, Casa Fontegenga is a tranquil enclave.This 4-bedroom villa is characterised as a sprawling double-story residence with a historic touch of rustic elegance captured in time since 1770. This home is transformed and sculptured into a serene gateway for a well-earned holiday. You will

Interview to Sandra Di Marcantonio, wedding expert. Getting married in Italy is an enchanting dream for many couples, captivated by the sweet taste of a Mediterranean lifestyle, delicious food, balmy weather and the prospect of dining under olive trees and starry skies. A destination wedding in Italy is the perfect opportunity to create the most memorable experience for both you and those partaking in your celebrations. Passepartout Homes had the pleasure to interview Sandra Di Marcantonio, our talented in-house wedding expert, on the secrets to the perfect wedding in Italy.

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