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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.  

Having spent the past 8 summers in Salento, I can honestly reassure you, you won’t have a bad culinary experience anywhere you go in Puglia. Yes, there are the odd and out of place kebap bars here and there or the stalls at the fun fairs, but I know you are wise enough not to get close to any of these, wherever you are in the world. Salento is a gastronomic paradise. Fresh, organic and honest food is served pretty much in every local restaurant, often run by extended families with the

I had the pleasure of talking to Cristina Abriani – Marshall, Owner at Chic-ca Fashion Showroom in London, representing Italian fashion labels in the UK. Cristina and her family travel frequently abroad for both pleasure and business. As a trendy couple Cristina and her husband Andrew used to stay in fashionable hotels. But with the arrival of their child, their choice shifted towards luxury holiday villas. I find out from Cristina why she stopped booking hotels for their family vacations and opted for rental accommodations. HOW OFTEN DO YOU TRAVEL

Why settle for the beaten track when you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime on a road less travelled? This year we’re enamoured with some truly incredible up-and-coming luxury destinations that offer holidaymakers the perfect blend of creature comforts and cultural authenticity. Want to know more? Read on for a list of our favourite undiscovered destinations that are guaranteed to have you falling fast. Aegina  Named after the mother of a Grecian king, it’s no wonder that the Saronic Island of Aegina is royally magnificent. The landmass lies in

A long-time staple and essential ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine, olive oil is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. Believed to be the healthiest of plant-based oils, olive oil is high in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants which can prevent disease, and ‘good’ monounsaturated fats which are also beneficial to health. Good-quality olive oil also has a divine taste, adding flavour and enhancing any preparations it’s added to. But with so many olive oils on the market, how to know which one to choose? Here are some helpful pointers: 1. Only buy

Cycling is one of the best ways to travel and experience a destination in a way which engages all your senses. Cycling is also a form of ‘slow travel’, allowing you to take in every sensory detail of your surroundings: the feeling of the sun on your face and the wind in your hair, the smell of freshly cut grass and the sounds of early-morning birdcalls or the tolling of a church bell.   What better destination for a cycling holiday than Italy? The beautiful landscapes of hills, vineyards and

I have been visiting the region of Salento for the past 8 years. For those unfamiliar with this unspoilt part of Italy,  rich in history and tradition,  Salento is an area in the region of Puglia occupying the “heel” of Italy’s “boot”. Sun kissed for most part of the year, Salento is best known for its friendly welcome, Tramontana and Scirocco winds, white washed houses, baroque architecture,  wonderful sandy beaches, crystal clear sea, not to mention its cuisine. A truly Italian holiday destination, which has finally found a well deserved place in international

Passepartout Homes’ property portfolio showcases a very exclusive collection of unique luxury holiday retreats located in 18 countries on four continents across the globe. What’s unique about each of our exclusive holiday villas is that every one is a home which has been lovingly built, rebuilt or renovated by its proprietors who invested their hearts and souls into creating a unique and special atmosphere for their guests. In this interview series, we meet the property owners who tell us the stories behind their exclusive holiday homes. Puglia, (called Apulia in

What is luxury? This is a question more and more people in the business of travel are pondering today as the needs of discerning travellers change and evolve along with current trends. As the founder and director of a luxury holiday villa rental company, I spend a lot of time discussing our clients’ needs with them so that they can choose the perfect holiday retreat that best suits their requirements.   Luxury travel is no longer about taking a break in a five-star hotel with an infinity pool and a

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