If you too never know what to eat on holiday, follow me through this guide and I will make you taste the typical dishes of Apulia, not to be missed! From the spur of Italy to the Salento peninsula, Puglia offers lush countryside, unique beaches and dreamy villages. There are many reasons to visit this beautiful area, but among them you cannot forget the rich traditional Apulian cuisine: a reflection of the variety of the region, resulting from a long gastronomic tradition. Various peoples have succeeded one another in this region, starting with the Greeks and the Romans, up to the Normans, the Swabians and the Habsburg of Spain: each of them has certainly played a fundamental role in shaping the gastronomy of Apulia, some adding an ingredient, some a recipe. There are many typical Apulian dishes, but they all originate from a few main ingredients, simple and of great quality, such as extra virgin olive oil, cereals, legumes, cheeses and vegetables. These raw materials are the basis of the typical Apulian cuisine, made up from genuine but tasty flavours typical of the Mediterranean diet. Puglia's specialities are highly appreciated by travellers, both because they easily being sold as street food, such as panzerotti, and because they are among the top souvenirs to take home, such as the orecchiette di Bari vecchia or the typical friselle. Its flavours and characteristics have made Puglia food unforgettable and widely known even outside the region: this popularity has been helped by starred chefs such as Angelo Sabatino and Antonella Ricci, food bloggers such as “I Magistà” and even film personalities. In fact, the famous actor Lino Banfi has opened a restaurant in the capital that is entirely based on the “Made in Puglia” theme and he is also responsible for the line
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Want to know what to see in Locorotondo? Follow me on this itinerary in Puglia to discover the small jewel near Bari and its surroundings! Located in the province of Bari, Locorotondo is a small municipality in the Itria Valley, on the Murgia plateau. In this territory, halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea, the signs of agricultural work are clearly visible on the surrounding rural landscape: this, in fact, is rich in vineyards, olive groves and cultivated fields, all developed around small communities of trulli. Locorotondo owes its name to its main feature: the typical white houses in the centre, called “cummerse”, form concentric circles that get bigger and bigger as you move towards the outskirts. These houses, with their peculiar sloping roofs made of limestone slabs, are reminiscent of fairy tales and Nordic scenarios, the result of the ancient Swabian domination. Although the “chiancarelle”, the stones used for the roof, are the same, the cummerse have a rectangular structure quite different from the rounded structure of the Trulli of Alberobello; this allows them to create a unique landscape in the Trulli Valley. Table of Contents What to see in Locorotondo Visit Locorotondo & its surroundings What to do in Locorotondo? Events not to be missed How to get there Tradition and conviviality are the essence of this village, full of light-coloured paved alleys, common courtyards full of chairs and steps, and flower-filled balconies. Depending on the time of your visit, you can admire different decorations, from fragrant flowers to aerial displays in the streets of the centre. Moreover, the presence of several viewpoints inside and outside the town will allow you to admire the Itria Valley and Locorotondo in all their splendour. Its countryside is criss-crossed by the DOC
Want to know what to see in Locorotondo? Follow me on this itinerary in Puglia to discover the small jewel near Bari and its surroundings!
Read our guide to discover what to see in Salento and what to do: the most dreamy and uncontaminated beaches, ancient villages full of history and art, excursions, events, food and wine tastings. Salento, also known as the "heel of Italy’s boot", stretches about 50 km along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts and is divided into Upper Salento and Lower Salento. The Upper Salento stretches along the Ionian coast including the provinces of Lecce and Brindisi. It is famous for its small ancient villages such as Gallipoli, Otranto and Santa Maria di Leuca. The Lower Salento, on the other hand, includes the province of Taranto and stretches along the Adriatic coast. It is characterised by wilder landscapes, rocks and natural caves. Both are famous for wine and olive oil production, as well as traditional cuisine. There are many things to see in Salento. If you are here for a short holiday, or if you have more time to spend, consider an itinerary that takes you to the most beautiful art cities and beaches, but also to the typical masserie, the Dolmen, (prehistoric funerary monuments built between 4000 and 2500 B.C.) and the trulli, the characteristic cone-shaped stone buildings. 🧳 Travel and savour Salento with Italia Delight! The beauty of the Salento is also appreciated by foreigners. Among them, the multi-award-winning British actress, Helen Mirren, aspires to live here. She and her husband bought a masseria in Tiggiano, a tiny town in the heart of Salento, not far from the picturesque Capo di Leuca. So come on, we are ready to explore these small ancient villages bordering the sea and deserve a visit. Follow us to discover the best attractions in Salento to enjoy a unique experience you can remember even after years. The reason why it makes
Read our guide to discover what to see in Salento and what to do: the most dreamy and uncontaminated beaches, ancient villages full of history
Here is the complete guide with the best things to see and do in Alberobello and all the information for an unforgettable trip. Today we take you with us to Alberobello, a charming town in the province of Bari, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Located in the heart of the Itria Valley and the Murgia dei Trulli, Alberobello is a place you should absolutely visit, if you are planning a holiday in Puglia. When? Alberobello is a destination for any time of year: beautiful in spring, evocative under the snow, unforgettable at Christmas, perhaps a little too crowded in the high summer season. It is perfect for a day trip or as a base from which to explore its interesting surroundings, filled with art, culture, food and wine, but also with natural beauty and moments of absolute relaxation. Table of Contents Visiting Alberobello in 1 day Origin of the Trulli & Curiosities What to see in the surroundings Food and wine Shopping and Handicrafts Alberobello by night Top Events How to get to Alberobello Also suitable for children, it offers many unique views and vantage points for photography enthusiasts. And if you love cinema, well, all you have to do is read on! 😉 🧳 Travel and savour Alberobello with Italia Delight! What to see in and around Alberobello town centre In this guide, we will offer you a complete itinerary to visit Alberobello and its famous trulli, all in one day: with a two-hour walk, you can see the most important monuments of this enchanting village and taste its specialities. On the other hand, if you have more time at your disposal and, in addition to visiting the Trulli of
Here is the complete guide with the best things to see and do in Alberobello and all the information for an unforgettable trip. Today
Visit Manduria between history, wonderful beaches, top food and Primitivo wine! If you still don't know the “heart of Salento”, now it’s time to plan a trip to the “Land of Primitivo red wine”. Manduria is an Apulian town that absolutely deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime! In this article, you will discover everything you could see, do and taste in this fascinating town, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards overlooking the sea. Manduria, in fact, is famous for its 18 kilometres of coastline where beaches of unique beauty are interspersed with ancient watchtowers. But it is also a place of historical interest, as it was one of the main centres of the Messapic civilisation, traces of which can still be admired today in the Archaeological Park. We are sure you will love wandering around the narrow streets of its historic centre and visiting its monuments and suggestive views, as well as enjoying its specialities in the many restaurants and wine cellars in the area. 🧳 Travel and savour Salento with Italia Delight! A summer destination par excellence, Manduria actually offers excellent opportunities for leisure and relaxation throughout the year. Just an hour's drive from Taranto, Lecce and Brindisi, Manduria is the ideal place to visit either for a day trip or as a base to see its interesting surroundings. In short, one thing is certain: you will be spoilt for choice, if you decide to visit Manduria! Table of Contents What to see in Manduria What to do in the evening & taste What to visit near Manduria Events not to be missed How to get to Manduria The origins of its name Located in the highest part of Salento, in the province of Taranto, Manduria is also
Visit Manduria between history, wonderful beaches, top food and Primitivo wine! If you still don’t know the “heart of Salento”, now it’s time to
Have you ever tried brodetto? If you love the sea and its traditions, follow me to discover the history and myriad nuances of the seafood brodetto recipe! Do you love seafood, but don't know what to choose? The solution for you is definitely seafood brodetto, with all its variations. Be careful, however, because once you try it... it could be addictive! The peculiarity of the Italian coasts, besides their rare beauty, is undoubtedly the great climatic and geological differences present. All this contributes significantly to enriching Italy's natural heritage and especially its flora and fauna, thus filling our seas with a varied marine population. This large assortment has therefore allowed the local cuisines to take advantage of multiple types of fish, creating dishes uniquely localised in specific geographical areas. Hence the origin of the main dish of all those regions bordering the Adriatic Sea: seafood brodetto (also called “brodetto di mare”). There are many recipes behind this excellence, with each region (or even province) offering its own version, all however united by that festival of flavours imbued in a single course. The origins of brodetto To give it this unique taste, how is the seafood brodetto recipe made? The earliest origins of this dish can be traced back to the boats of fishermen who, in order to feed themselves, cooked all those parts of the not-so-noble catch not intended for sale together with a few small crustaceans, molluscs and pieces of reef (used as natural flavourings). From popular tradition, fish in brodetto became increasingly sought after on the tables of the most renowned restaurants, so much so that it was included in the menus of the area's most starred chefs, thus contributing to its promotion also in inland areas. As already emphasised, there is no single recipe
Have you ever tried brodetto? If you love the sea and its traditions, follow me to discover the history and myriad nuances of the seafood
Want to visit the "city of the two seas", but don't know where to start? Follow me to discover all the things to see in Taranto, activities to do and places not to be missed! One of Apulia's brightest cities is certainly Taranto, a city that overlooks the Mermaids’ Gulf and straddles the Mar Grande and Mar Piccolo. And it is precisely from this geographical position that it takes its name "City of the Two Seas". Taranto has got very ancient origins, dating back as far as the 8th century B.C., when the Spartans founded the city under the name "Taras". Thanks to its strategic position in the centre of a gulf, the fertility of its land and trade, it was one of the most important poleis of the time, so much so that it became the capital of Magna Graecia. Today, the Apulian city appears to us characterised by a spectacular promenade, where the sun creates wonderful plays of light... The ideal place for a romantic outing! Moreover, there are tall and mighty palm trees here, which give the setting an absolutely different and special charm. Moving on to the city's most characteristic places, we find the Gulf of Taranto, which I will tell you about in a moment, and the sea, where a historical population of dolphins and other cetaceans lives and thrives. It is characterised by clear waters and shallow, sandy seabed... Perfect for a beach holiday and exciting diving! The port of Taranto is also worth mentioning, as it is among the first in Italy for cargo traffic. Located on the northern coast of the gulf, this port has always played an important role both commercially and strategically. You should also know that the city is home to Ilva, one of Europe's largest industrial complexes
Want to visit the “city of the two seas”, but don’t know where to start? Follow me to discover all the things to see in
Things to do in Ostuni and more! Known as the White City of Salento, it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Southern Italy. Let's visit Ostuni among nature, history and culture. Perched on three hills on the southern slopes of the Murgia, Ostuni is one of the best known and most popular towns in the Salento Peninsula, and one of the most loved by tourists. Its distinctive feature are the famous white houses, painted entirely with lime, which, with the contrast of the sea and the blue sky, makes for a breathtaking scene. But why are these houses white? You should know that the origin of this “flagship” lies in mainly strategic reasons. The light reflected by the sun on the houses had the function of blinding enemies from the sea. But not only that, it was also for hygienic reasons. In 1656, following a period of epidemics and famine, it became compulsory for citizens to use lime for their homes, as the material was resistant to bacteria and micro-organisms. However, Ostuni is so much more. Vineyards and ancient farms colour the landscape, together with the blue Adriatic Sea. A fusion that is expressed in its spectacular beaches, which at night turn into the heart of Salento's movida. Not to mention Apulian cuisine! Visiting Ostuni is an unmissable experience. That's why today I'm going to take you on this fantastic journey. Together we will organise a perfect itinerary to discover the best things to do in Ostuni! 🧳 Want to visit Ostuni? Discover all the experiences by Italia Delight! Top Things to do in Ostuni The White City has a world to discover. From its amazing palaces to the renowned crystal-clear beaches. Not to mention the landscape, a burst of colour! Here are
Things to do in Ostuni and more! Known as the White City of Salento, it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Southern Italy.
What is the taste of olive oil? if you like olive oil taste it like a pro! Here is a short guide that will teach you the correct techniques to follow while tasting olive oil, to appreciate this precious and archaic food. What is evoo? What is the taste of olive oil? Closing the circle, the last piece of a puzzle, the end of a path; tasting olive oil means this. The journey begins in the lands of the Mediterranean in an imperceptible cosmos capable of giving complexity, the drupe of the olive tree. The work of years carried out by skilled hands is revealed at this precise moment, while tasting olive oil. An ancient process which, if carried out to the highest standards, evokes in olive oil tasters strong emotions and memories of this green gold. Indeed, the olive tree as well as the olive oil have always been present in the lives of most of us, Mediterranean citizens. The sensory analysis of olive oil pervades our senses. With its strong evocative power, it stimulates childhood memories of the olive harvest. Olive oil taste test, why is it important? The epithet "green gold" fully expresses the value of this food. The extra virgin olive oil taste test is a fundamental step to recognise its quality. To be called extra virgin olive oil (olive oil evoo or evoo), it must meet certain standards. First of all, let's start with the definition of olive oil: it is obtained by pressing the fruit of the olive tree (olea europeae) through mechanical methods such as pressure and physical methods such as washing, decantation, centrifugation and filtration. The olive oil extraction must take place under controlled thermal conditions. In order to protect its high value, extra virgin olive
What is the taste of olive oil? if you like olive oil taste it like a pro! Here is a short guide that will teach
What are the healthiest cooking oils? Let's discover the importance of knowing the different types of oil to use each oil for cooking correctly! Oil is an important element of the Mediterranean diet and, in particular of the Italian diet. In fact, we are among the world's largest producers of cooking oils. There are many seeds and fruits from which different types of cooking oils are obtained. The composition, from a chemical and nutrient point of view, also differs considerably from one type of cooking oil to another, with some types of oils that are more suitable for direct feeding and others that are typically used for food storage or for animal nutrition. Furthermore, specific types of oil are more suitable for some diets because they are more digestible than others. In addition, many types of oil used for cooking contribute substantially to the maintenance of the health and organic balance of those who make prolonged use of it. Alongside olive oil, the type of oil which is the most frequently used in Italy and produced in very large quantities. We also find other cooking oil types. For example, sunflower oil and peanut oil, very common in the food preservation and frying industries. There are also some good cooking oils from less productive seeds, but with interesting characteristics, such as pumpkin or soy, without forgetting corn oil, flaxseed oil and even grapeseed oil. In Italy, however, the best cooking oil is olive oil. It is used as a condiment and ingredient for many recipes. There are many types of olive oil, ranging from extra virgin olive oil to pomace oil and lampante oil. Let's find out more about the different types of cooking oils and in particular the difference between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil.
What are the healthiest cooking oils? Let’s discover the importance of knowing the different types of oil to use each oil for cooking correctly!