Hello! We have been to Italy many times but never to the Puglia region. That’s why it was fun to relax and explore the area from an authentic hideaway in Puglia: an ancient farmhouse on the east coast of lower Italy!
We rented two smaller cars for our family of five adults from the Rome airport (so much luggage for 2+ weeks and the roads are often narrow). Then drove up to Cortona, Tuscany for two spectacular parties given by our friends, Carlos, Dorothy and Ariana.
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Since we were going to Puglia in the south afterwards, our son-in-law, Luca suggested breaking up the trip midway with a visit to a trabucco. Trabucci are old fishing structures/platforms that they used to catch fish from the Adriatic. Now many have been made into restaurants.
Supporter Deluxe Hotel Fossacesia CH, Italy
Luca and Tommy found this reasonably priced, all white hotel to spend one night.
They have a trabucco that recently opened just across the the street (the hotel can make your reservation). Trabucci are protected national monuments. You feel like you are going into a shack but inside is comfortable and the service is elegant. Such a memorable experience.
Masseria Torre Maizza: A Rocco Forte Resort
Our stay here at this authentic masseria was truly a blast. The comfortable modern design blends with the old. A masseria is a fortified farmhouse found on the estates in the Puglia region and typically built in the 16th century.
The resort is pricey, but if you go before June (in other words, not the summer months), the rates are less expensive. We were there at the end of May.
The service was exceptional and so was the food (an expansive breakfast is included–where we loved the gazpacho with a delicious twist). Our dinner there was great, too. It makes me want to try out all the Rocco Forte Resorts in Europe!
The guys had fun playing nine holes of golf.
“Surrounded by ancient olive groves, the renovated 16th century masseria is filled with thoughtful design accents and details …elegant restaurant overlooking the swimming pool. The resort also features a 9-hole executive golf course, a private beach club and an indulgent spa.”
The Hotel Beach Club
There was an internationally famous Italian soccer player and his wife sitting next to us at the beach club. I, of course, don’t remember his name but I can ask if you are interested.
Sites in Puglia
We took our own cars to the charming (but touristy) town of Alberobello. It is a World Heritage Unesco site. Alberobello is known for its trulli, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. Lots of shops where I bought a linen runner (100% linen but also stain-resistant–can’t wait to give it a test drive).
The hotel arranged a boat ride for us and we all took a dip in the Adriatic Sea.
And that was our stay in an authentic hideaway in Puglia, Italy. I would like to go back as we only four days there.
Would you consider going to Puglia?