Puglia, beautiful Puglia.
As the rainy, grey days of January dwell on, it takes me back to Puglia.
Based in the ‘heel of Italy’, Puglia is a beautiful gem of a region, waiting to be discovered. They’re currently promoting rural tourism, an idea that I’m particularly fond of as I think there’s nothing more interesting than discovering the real people of a region, far from the main tourist attractions.
I got to spend a few days in Puglia last October, enjoying its gorgeous food, meeting its dedicated food producers, sampling its wine and olive oils and discovering the region’s sheer beauty.
Over the course of 4 blog posts, I will share my impressions of this wonderful region. Make sure to flick through the photo galleries below (‘sneak a peak’), as I think nothing tells a story better than pictures.
Today, I start with general impressions of Puglia, focusing on the beautiful medieval towns of Mesagne and Francavilla Fontana. In the latter, I visited a quirky studio, where a young man made religious statues for churches. The little studio was crammed with Saint statues, paint brushes, cans of paint and magazine clippings of religious inspiration. A real interesting little place.
My other articles on Puglia: